Authoritative and easy-to-follow guides on bonding, coating, dispensing, curing and PCB rework.
25 Top Dispensing Tips
An invaluable list of do’s and don’ts for liquid, fluid and paste dispensing, to help you achieve optimal adhesive and fluid dispensing processes.
The 10 Myths About Cyanoacrylate Adhesives
A guide about cyanoacrylate adhesives and the 10 most commonly believed myths about their use.
Top Tips for Getting the Best From Your UV Curing Process
A guide on UV adhesives and equipment and how to use them together to create an optimal bonding process.
The 10 Myths About Robot Dispensing
Are any of these misconceptions about dispensing robots holding back your productivity?
An Introduction to Time/Pressure Dispensing
This guide provides an overview of how time/pressure dispensing works and the factors that you should consider when using this dispensing method.
Adhesive Problem? Whats the Cure?
A guide to adhesive bonding, considering structural bonding and the criteria involved for successful assembly.
Users Guide to Adhesives
A very useful general guide to adhesives from Huntsman, makers of Araldite
DYMAX Comprehensive Guide to Light Curing Technology
32 page guide to every aspect of light curing materials and equipment.
Technical Articles & White Papers
Technical articles and white papers exploring the technology behind our products.
Sustainability benefits of LED UV curing
By Simon Gibbs. LED UV curing lamps are gaining popularity as a replacement for mercury arc lamps. Their rise in use reflects their process benefits, but there are additional environmental advantages, such as reduced energy consumption, enabling long-term cost savings. Simon Gibbs explains the sustainability advantages of LED UV curing systems.
Adhesive Considerations at the Design Stage
By Peter Swanson. Adhesives are often treated as the final piece of the jigsaw puzzle. But by the end of the design stage, it may be difficult to find an adhesive that meets all the criteria, meaning the design must be amended, or even started again. This paper explains the benefits of considering adhesives early in a project.
Designing in light curing adhesives - a holistic approach to adhesives in medical device assembly
By Peter Swanson. This whitepaper discusses how by taking a holistic view of designing in light curing adhesives during the early stages of a project, medical device manufacturers can develop and build robust bonding processes.
Nailing Your UV Curing Adhesive Process
By Peter Swanson. To help manufacturers gain confidence in their UV curing adhesive processes, this whitepaper discusses the key UV curing adhesive process variables that need to be understood, and either eliminated or kept within acceptable tolerances, to achieve accuracy and repeatability.
Moving to UV LED Curing, the 365nm Myth
By Peter Swanson. Many product data sheets for UV light curing materials suggest they need to be cured with 365nm UV light, or show an example cure time using 365nm. The implication is that these adhesives require a 365nm LED light to cure. This paper explains how a dance between physics and chemistry belies the myth that 365nm is always needed.
Adhesive Selection - A race against the clock?
By Peter Swanson. Numerous considerations are required when specifying an adhesive. Not only should an adhesive bond effectively to the required substrates, but it also needs to meet the functional requirements of its application. In addition to these, there are also time-based considerations to factor in, which Peter Swanson will explore in this white paper.
Potting and Encapsulating - Avoiding Voids
By Paul Whitehead. The formation of air bubbles or voids in a final encapsulated or potted component can cause major headaches for manufacturers. In this whitepaper, Paul Whitehead considers ways in which processes can be adapted or specified to avoid the risks of void formation.
Relyon Plasma Piezobrush PZ3 Operation Principle and Characteristics
By Relyon Plasma. The main task of the piezobrush PZ3 is the plasma treatment of different materials for increasing surface energy. The increased surface energy enhances wettability, adhesion of glues, casting compounds and sealants, and improves printability in a wide range of industries. This white paper explores the operating principles behind this technology.
Managing blooming in an adhesives process
By Peter Swanson. Cyanoacrylate adhesives are a popular choice for many applications due to their fast curing speeds. They can however be volatile in nature, causing unwanted blooming to occur. In this whitepaper, Peter Swanson addresses how manufacturers can manage the risks of blooming during their adhesive process.
Cold Plasma in the Electronics Industry
By Peter Swanson. Based on real world applications, this paper discusses the potential benefits derived from implementing cold plasma surface treatment prior to a bonding, coating, or printing process.
Precise Dispensing of Anaerobic Adhesives
By Peter Swanson. Fast curing and easy to handle, anaerobic adhesives are commonplace in workshops everywhere. In this paper, Peter Swanson considers the challenges involved when attempting to dispense the material with higher levels accuracy and precision caused by their unique cure mechanism.
Precise Dispensing of Two-Part Materials
by Paul Whitehead. When metering, mixing and dispensing small amounts of two-part materials, consistent mixing and precise application to the correct location can impact a project’s success. In this whitepaper, Paul Whitehead looks at how manufacturers can meet these challenging requirements.
Are cyanoacrylate adhesives structural?
by Peter Swanson. In this whitepaper, Peter Swanson discusses the role of cyanoacrylate adhesives in load-bearing, structural applications as well as how new developments in the industry have repositioned the chemistry in the hierarchy of adhesives.
High performance light and moisture dual curable encapsulant white paper
by Dymax Corp. This paper discusses the performance of dual-curable adhesives against other light-curable materials, as well as other types of encapsulants in reliability tests such as heat and humidity, thermal show resistance and corrosion resistance.
Whitepaper: Plasma Technology for Surface Cleaning
by Relyon Plasma. Ultrafine cleaning of surfaces with cold atmospheric pressure plasmas.
The flowplus16 Pressure Sensor
The physical principles and function of a flowplus pressure sensor for measuring dosing pressure while dispensing.
Ensuring Success When Switching from Conventional Lamp to LED Light Curing Sources
by Dymax Corp. What makes LEDs different? Is it worth switching? What factors need to be addressed during the migration process? This whitepaper lays out the points to consider in regards to these questions.
ATEX Certification for Electronics Potting Compounds and Encapsulants
by Jack Hardy & Peter Swanson.
The legal framework that businesses must follow in order to protect employees and property from explosion risk in areas with potentially explosive atmosphere is ATEX.
Contactless Jetting Improves Lubrication Speed and Accuracy
by Peter Swanson.
In this whitepaper, Peter Swanson examines application of lubricants through jetting technology, and looks specifically at the capabilities of the Liquidyn P-Dot electro-pneumatic dispensing valve.
Designing-in Light Curing Adhesives
by Peter Swanson.
Light curing adhesives can provide significant process advantages. Designing-in or specifying a light curing adhesive allows engineers to include such advantages from the early stages of production.
Ensuring the Reliability of Disposable Syringes with Light-Cure Adhesives
by Dymax Corp.
The integrity of the joint between plastic hub and stainless steel cannula is critical to the function and safety of disposable syringes. Light-curing adhesive technologies can help to ensure the reliability of such a bond.
A New Fluid Pressure Sensor for Process Control and Validation in Critical Dispensing and Dosing Applications
by Peter Swanson.
Accuracy and repeatability of a process can be vital for dispensing and dosing applications. A fluid pressure sensor can aid in process control and validation of these critical applications.
The Endless Piston Pump Technology for Precision Dispensing
by Peter Swanson.
Sometimes also referred to as positive displacement dispensing, progressive cavity dispensing and volumetric dispensing, the endless piston pump principle provides accurate and repeatable dosing using a rotor and stator principle.
Protecting Automotive Electronics with Conformal Coatings
by Dymax Corp. The right kind of conformal coating can offer sufficient protection against harsh automotive environments without producing inefficiency. This whitepaper considers the benefits of using a light-curing conformal coating for electronics in the automotive industry.
Dispensing Light-Curable Materials: Process Controls for Dispensing Light-Curable Materials
by Dymax Corp. Important factors to consider when selecting a light cure material.
Customized Masking Solutions Don't Require Customized Masks
By DYMAX Corp. Temporary UV-curable maskants provide reliable surface protection under harsh conditions and are an ideal choice for many surface treatment and machining operations.
Achieve Better Process Controls with Light Cure Technology
by Dymax Corp. Light-curable materials lend themselves well to process control, which, in turn, can help optimise a process and reduce the risks of damage, failure and loss.
LED Curing of Light-Curable Materials - Unraveling the Myths and Realities
by Dymax Corp. A whitepaper to bust the myths and demonstrate the realities of LED curing. It highlights technical variables to consider when evaluating LED curing lights and their technological performance.
Case Histories Of Light Curing Adhesives In Electronics Manufacturing
by Peter Swanson. Three case histories where photo cure adhesives were introduced to an electronics manufacturing environment.
Robots in Manufacturing – How the Smaller Machine Provides Automation and Competitiveness
by Peter Swanson. The success of benchtop or desktop sized robots aside from their larger multi-axis relatives.
Improving Industrial Dispensing with Pneumatic Dispensing Valves
by Peter Swanson. Finding the optimal dispensing valve can be complicated - material rheology and reactivity. alongside valve capability and outcomes. need to be carefully considered - but the results can be really worth it.
Advances in Light Curing Adhesives and Coatings Lead to Process and Quality Benefits in Electronics Manufacturing
by Peter Swanson
Light-curing adhesives, coatings and encapsulants are increasingly being used by industry drivers in electronics manufacturing because they possess properties and process advantages over conventional methods.
Hands-on technical information, tips and hints to help you get the best out of your processes.
How to choose a Thinky mixer
Choosing the correct mixer with the right capabilities for a process will often depend on the materials you need to mix and the results you are after.
This technical bulletin highlights the key considerations for selecting a suitable planetary mixer for your application.
UV Curing and Tack-Free Cures
Sometimes cured UV adhesives or coatings have a tacky or sticky surface, even after being exposed to the correct amount of UV light. This phenomenon is due to oxygen inhibition. This Technical Bulletin explains the issue and makes recommendations to overcome oxygen inhibition.
Thermally Conductive Silicones
Developments in modern electronics - smaller and faster - have made necessary the use of more effective ways to remove the excess heat which is generated. This Technical Bulletin conveys the benefits of thermally conductive silicones as well as levels of thermal conductivity in comparison to other materials.
How Much Adhesive Will I Need?
Calculating how much material is needed for an application can be tricky. This Technical Bulletin includes a link to our Adhesive Usage Calculator and aims to guide users on how to calculate the required amounts.
Wire Tacking - The Options
What to consider when adding wires to a printed circuit board, particularly the method of bonding and the material used to bond these additional wires.
Operator Sensitisation from Fibre Optic Epoxies
Some fibre optic epoxies are strong sensitisers triggering allergic reactions in operators exposed to such material. Opti-tec 5053-F-A High Temperature Fast Cure Epoxy Adhesive for Fibre Optic Terminating presents a much lower tendency to cause sensitisation.
Epoxies for Thin Rock Section Manufacture
Using epoxy adhesive to bond thin rock sections to glass when preparing rock samples for examination under a microscope.
Vacuum Mixing & Degassing
For specific applications that require a material to contain no micro-bubbles, a mixing and vacuum degassing machine is the efficient choice as illustrated in this THINKY model comparison.
FIP Gaskets Cheaper Than You Think
UV light curing FIP (Form-In-Place) or CIP (Cure-In-Place) gasket materials offer significant advantages in cases of high throughput or fast turn-around.
Double Syringe Cartridge Instructions
How to correctly use side-by-side double syringe cartridges for optimum two part adhesive dispensing.
Twinpack Mixing Instructions
Improve adhesive performance with these instructions for mixing twinpacks.
Snapshot examples of real-world success stories.
Application Insight - Fuel Cell - Cooling Plate Bonding
Bonding and sealing of cooling plates to fuel cells using IRS 2125.
Application Insight - Electronics Assembly Potting
Potting PCBs within wireless remote control devices using Elastosil RT 601.
Application Insight - Vehicle Electronics Assembly Potting
Potting electronic modules for vehicles using IRS 2040-1.
Application Insight - Tyre Pressure Sensor Potting
Potting of vehicle tyre pressure monitoring sensors using IRS 2012-1.
Application Insight - Railway Sensor bonding
Bonding of levelling sensors to concrete railway bearers and sleepers using IRS 2112.
Application Insight - Ultrasonic Probe Bonding
Bonding elements into non-destructive, ultrasonic test equipment for a variety of industries including gas, oil, road and rail transport and aerospace with IRS 2128.
Application Insight - Record Turntable Belts
Bonding of high-end record turntable drive belts using ADH 9406.
Application Insight - Makeup Brush Bonding
Bonding of thin aluminium brush ferrules onto machined aluminium handles using IRS 3223-B.
Application Insight - Potting Industrial Switches
Potting of mass-produced switches regularly used in the oil and gas industries, manufacturing, mining, marine and many other extreme environments using IRS 2040-1
Adhesive Technology Seminars
The adhere academy provides training to our customers, tailored to your own challenges and without a sales pitch. The seminar can be held on your premises, at our Technology Centre near Oxford, or via video conference or webinar. Having spent 30+ years working with adhesives and protective materials in technology manufacturing, and with experience of many applications, we have a wealth of knowledge to share with you. We believe that helping our customers to fully understand the underlying technology of adhesives and equipment is a win-win scenario: you manufacture better products more efficiently, and we have the opportunity to learn more from you as well, increasing our mutual understanding.
If you are interested in hosting or attending adhere academy training, please contact us.
Adhesives for Medical Device Manufacturing
Medical device manufacturing processes require robust SOPs and guidelines for production to produce devices with high reliability. The process needs to be robust, consistent and able to be validated.
The Art and Science of Choosing a Structural Adhesive
There are an increasing number of structural adhesives on the market, so how do you choose the best ones to evaluate for you application? Starting with
design and working through production and
processing considerations, we will discuss the
various factors which will influence your decision.
Dispensing of Adhesives and Protective Materials: Meeting the Challenges of Technology Manufacturing
Adhesives, protective materials, lubricants, etc, can only do their job if applied in the correct quantity and location. Couple that need with the demands of production speed, the ever finer tolerances and repeatability required for quality, and the increasing miniaturisation of technology-based products, and the challenge gets tricky.