Cyanoacrylates and MDF: A Picture-Perfect Match!

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ASI Adhesives – ASI Cyanoacrylate Adhesives and Bonding MDF, by Peter Atchison, Technical Sales Expert

Cyanoacrylate adhesives, next to wood glues, are the most common adhesives used in the world today. “CA’s” as they are commonly known, are in just about every toy, electronic component, automobile and home appliance on the market today, and simply put, they are amazing in terms of strength and durability on variety of the substrates: rubber, plastic, metal etc. What they’re lesser known for bonding is Wood and Wood Fibre based materials like MDF (Medium Density Fibre). MDF is widely used in home construction, home decoration (picture frames) or anywhere that traditional wood products have been used in the past.

What is MDF? We’re sure you’re going to say:”Wood!” And you’d be correct, but did you know almost all MDF products use a Formaldehyde resin to hold the particles together before being pressed into shape? And resins are plastics (in generic terms) which means that CA’s, which bond really well to most plastics, can be used to bond pieces of MDF together… in SECONDS! And yes……we mean seconds!

In the past year Steeves Agencies has been talking with numerous Art Galleries and framing stores and demonstrating how CA’s can improve productivity. To our credit, we’ve had a few early adopters. But in an industry steeped in traditional methods, a revolution has taken place. It had been common-place to have frame makers, or better yet, “Craftsmen and Artisans” create frames from hardwoods like Maple, Oak, Mahogany and other exotic woods. Well, just like everything else these days, even those craftsmen are becoming a thing of the past as the manufactures of framing materials have moved in to the modern age. The uses of plastics and new technologies have taken over and where those skilled craftsmen are unfortunately being turned into technicians and assemblers. More and more frame materials are being created by machines, chemical and moulded products like MDF and other Poly Plastics. But more notably is the techniques used to assemble them (Wood Glue, Nails, V-Nails etc) don’t work on these new materials very well, and as hard as they try…..there is failure in one manner or another. If there isn’t failure there certainly is an abundance of frustration because of them. But fear not, the CA’s are your NEW friend. Better yet, you don’t have to buy any costly tools, jigs or clamping devices to make them work. There is a technique to master and it isn’t too hard to learn.

The range of CA’s offered by ASI (Adhesive Systems Inc) and distributed by Steeves Agencies is very extensive; and range from as thin as water, to as thick as a gel…..it just depends on your application. In the world of picture frames, thicker is better because you don’t want the product to run once you place it. The next step is to apply what’s known as an “Activator” (heptane based) that when applied to the opposite part of the adjoining substrate triggers the CA to cure instantaneously on contact. There is of course the technique, I was speaking of earlier, but you need to test it and see just how best to perform the assembly without using too much (resulting in “ooze-out”) or too little (weak bond). It’s important to note, that with this kind of product, more isn’t always better. The purpose of the activator is to prevent the adhesive from migrating into the porous, moisture absorbing, substrate and essentially locks it in the joint where it belongs. And though there is some migration into the MDF, the adhesion and strength is better because it’s rooted in the MDF. Breaking the joint (which is always fun) results in the destruction of the substrate but the adhesive remains intact. In the world of adhesive sales, substrate failure is the measure of success.

My suggestion to you is to try them! You’ll be amazed!

-Peter Atchison

Want to learn more about CA’s and their many uses? Use our Contact Form to send a request, and Peter will contact you directly about your project!

Cyanoacrylates

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in Cyanoacrylates

RP-Series_thumbDurable Instant Adhesive Products and Sealants (Cyanoacrylates)

Our robust and versatile instant adhesives have many applications for utilization in your assembly operations. They have exceptionally fast curing times, leaving an indestructible bond that will hold up to the harshest of elements. The tenacity of these instant grab adhesives makes them a required manufacturing product in automotive, aerospace, and medical devices applications, among others. The diversity of our adhesive products ensures they are suitable for your specific assembly applications.


Instant adhesives

In the automotive industry, the metal-to-metal adhesive bonding capability of our adhesives is essential. Beyond metal-to-metal bonding, our adhesives also seal metal to other substrates, such as in rubber-to-metal bonding. This rubber-to-metal bonding is useful in aerospace applications and weather-stripping. We also have cyanoacrylate adhesives strictly for applications involved for medical devices. These durable instant adhesives are used in the assembly of a variety of medical equipment.

We offer many more instant adhesives that will work for all of your assembly applications. Our quality standards assure maximum performance, consistency, and reliability. If you need custom formulations for your instant adhesive requirements, our company can work directly with your company to formulate a product to your exact specifications or we can formulate a new product just to fit your company’s needs. We will work with you in developing high performance, cost-effective solutions to meet your application requirements.

Product Series:

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Rubber/Plastic Series

Metal Bonding Series

Surface Insensitive Series

Fast Setting Series

Toughened Series

HP Series
Toughened / Black

NI Series
Low Odor / Low Bloom

NI-M SERIES
Low Odor / Low Bloom

High Temperature Series

Medical Grade Series

Quick Tac
Activators

Poly Prep
Primers

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Debonder

Advanced Performance Cyanoacrylates

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Cyano ASI makes a line of Cyanoacrylates that are specially formulated to bond instantly, like nothing you’ve ever seen before.

The trouble with instant adhesives is sometimes the “instant” part. Anyone who has ever tried this type of glue knows that “instant” is just shorter than the time it takes for you to realize your fingertips are now permanently stuck together.


Our Advanced Performance Series adhesives are available in a wide range of viscosities. The thicker the adhesive, the longer the working time. The other benefits of thicker glue include the ability to apply it on vertical surfaces, as well as increased gap-filling properties. There are also special formulations for Rubber/Plastic, Metal, and Surface Insensitive (for everything else). There’s a CA for everyone!

Instant adhesives provide an economical and FAST solution where a permanent bond is necessary, but screw holes, or other mechanical fasteners are not desirable.

Call us today for more information about our Advanced Performance adhesives.

Cyanoacrylates and MDF: A Picture-Perfect Match!

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in Adhesives, Cyanoacrylates, Products

ASI Adhesives – ASI Cyanoacrylate Adhesives and Bonding MDF, by Peter Atchison, Technical Sales Expert

Cyanoacrylate adhesives, next to wood glues, are the most common adhesives used in the world today. “CA’s” as they are commonly known, are in just about every toy, electronic component, automobile and home appliance on the market today, and simply put, they are amazing in terms of strength and durability on variety of the substrates: rubber, plastic, metal etc. What they’re lesser known for bonding is Wood and Wood Fibre based materials like MDF (Medium Density Fibre). MDF is widely used in home construction, home decoration (picture frames) or anywhere that traditional wood products have been used in the past.

What is MDF? We’re sure you’re going to say:”Wood!” And you’d be correct, but did you know almost all MDF products use a Formaldehyde resin to hold the particles together before being pressed into shape? And resins are plastics (in generic terms) which means that CA’s, which bond really well to most plastics, can be used to bond pieces of MDF together… in SECONDS! And yes……we mean seconds!

In the past year Steeves Agencies has been talking with numerous Art Galleries and framing stores and demonstrating how CA’s can improve productivity. To our credit, we’ve had a few early adopters. But in an industry steeped in traditional methods, a revolution has taken place. It had been common-place to have frame makers, or better yet, “Craftsmen and Artisans” create frames from hardwoods like Maple, Oak, Mahogany and other exotic woods. Well, just like everything else these days, even those craftsmen are becoming a thing of the past as the manufactures of framing materials have moved in to the modern age. The uses of plastics and new technologies have taken over and where those skilled craftsmen are unfortunately being turned into technicians and assemblers. More and more frame materials are being created by machines, chemical and moulded products like MDF and other Poly Plastics. But more notably is the techniques used to assemble them (Wood Glue, Nails, V-Nails etc) don’t work on these new materials very well, and as hard as they try…..there is failure in one manner or another. If there isn’t failure there certainly is an abundance of frustration because of them. But fear not, the CA’s are your NEW friend. Better yet, you don’t have to buy any costly tools, jigs or clamping devices to make them work. There is a technique to master and it isn’t too hard to learn.

The range of CA’s offered by ASI (Adhesive Systems Inc) and distributed by Steeves Agencies is very extensive; and range from as thin as water, to as thick as a gel…..it just depends on your application. In the world of picture frames, thicker is better because you don’t want the product to run once you place it. The next step is to apply what’s known as an “Activator” (heptane based) that when applied to the opposite part of the adjoining substrate triggers the CA to cure instantaneously on contact. There is of course the technique, I was speaking of earlier, but you need to test it and see just how best to perform the assembly without using too much (resulting in “ooze-out”) or too little (weak bond). It’s important to note, that with this kind of product, more isn’t always better. The purpose of the activator is to prevent the adhesive from migrating into the porous, moisture absorbing, substrate and essentially locks it in the joint where it belongs. And though there is some migration into the MDF, the adhesion and strength is better because it’s rooted in the MDF. Breaking the joint (which is always fun) results in the destruction of the substrate but the adhesive remains intact. In the world of adhesive sales, substrate failure is the measure of success.

My suggestion to you is to try them! You’ll be amazed!

-Peter Atchison

Want to learn more about CA’s and their many uses? Use our Contact Form to send a request, and Peter will contact you directly about your project!