Thread Locking Adhesives

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in Adhesives, Threadlockers

TL SeriesTorque™ Thread Locking Adhesives for Fast Permanent Assembly

Adhesive Systems has the thread locking adhesives to increase the productivity and reliability of your assembly process. Threadlockers are single component, solvent free adhesives (anaerobics) that cure in the absence of air and in the presence of metal ions. Our Torque™ products and adhesives represent state of the art anaerobic technology, with world class performance. The thread locking sealants are manufactured to provide specific viscosities, strengths, and cure speeds to meet any application requirement. They distribute the load on a fastener over the entire engagement length of the assembly thereby greatly reducing or completely eliminating fastener and material fatigue.


Our thread locking products work hard to lock and seal threaded fasteners for your assembly applications from delicate electronic devices and appliances to heavy industrial equipment. These anaerobic resins prevent loosening and shock from vibration, while locking and sealing threaded assemblies and metal parts. They prevent rust and corrosion that could jeopardize threaded areas. They have excellent resistance to extremely harsh environments; and they significantly reduce production costs.

We offer Torque™ products that will lock and seal the smallest screws, as well as a thread locking compounds for all your bolts and other porous metal parts. Even for what seems to be the tightest fitting assembly, there are small voids which over time will cause the shifting and loosening of parts. For small metal screws in electronic devices and assorted appliances, our thread lockers can fill the smallest voids. For the larger metal threaded fasteners in large machinery and transportation equipment, high temperature thread locking sealants provide permanent thread locking with resistance to extremely high operating temperatures. This durability and versatility ensures our adhesives will meet your specific application requirements.

 

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TL SeriesTL Series Thread Lockers

PS SeriesPS Series Pipe Sealers

Adhesives in Wall Climbing

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in Adhesives, Methacrylates

I sell adhesives, but I’m amazed at the sheer number of applications that I find.  Just recently, I was searching for a hollow wall anchor for a wall-climbing setup that a group of volunteers is building at Christ the King School.  When I called my trusted source for anchors and fasteners, he recommended an epoxied-in threaded rod method.  Hmm.  It’s easy, very solid, doesn’t require high-tech or costly equipment, and just as important… it’s low cost.

The idea is very simple:  Drill a 5/8” hole that’s 1” deep into the masonry wall (avoid the grouted areas if possible).  Make sure to remove all of the dust from your drilled hole using compressed air for best results.   Fill the hole halfway with epoxy (we’d recommend Adhesive Systems MP 5405NS Maximum Performance 2 part epoxy), insert the threaded rod piece.  In this case, we’re using 2 1/2” lengths of threaded rod, so that they’re flush with the 2×4 we’re attaching to the wall.  Wiggle the threaded rod around in the epoxied hole to make sure that the epoxy fills up the threads, and evenly fills the hole.  You’ll have to work fairly quickly, as this epoxy sets in only 3-5 minutes.  Allow the epoxy to cure for about 30 minutes to ensure that it’s solid (though it only really takes 5-10 minutes).. and attach the panels to the wall.  EASY!

IMG00089-20101122-1124Still not convinced this is a good solution?  We tested it!

We took a cinder block, and drilled a 5/8” x 1” deep hole.  Once the glue had cured for an hour, we subjected it to the most destructive of testing methods.  We hit the exposed threaded rod with a hammer!  Our intent was to see how many hits it would take to break either the bolt, the cinder block or the adhesive.  This was a lot of fun, except that nothing broke!

With at least 10 solid hits to the exposed threaded rod, all we managed to do was destroy the threads, and bend the 1/2” diameter threaded rod. The epoxy held firmly in place.  Awesome stuff!

Want to learn more about possible applications for your project? Use our Contact Form to reach us!  We’re here to help!

Advanced Performance Cyanoacrylates

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in Adhesives, Cyanoacrylates

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!