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    So many parts so many solutions

    Over the years our company has evolved into one of Western Canada's best distributors of specialty access hardware.

    Almost 30 years later, Steeves Agencies is still striving to be your first choice for specialty access hardware. We have factory certified salespeople to help with your technical questions. We're here to help! We can stock anything you need in Winnipeg for quick delivery, and are flexible enough to meet any special requirements you may have.

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    What sets us apart

    Steeves Agencies is family run, and proud to be 100% Canadian owned.Over the years our company has evolved into one of Western Canada's largest distributor of specialty access hardware.

    And though our product offering has changed a little since the 1980's, our approach is still the same: we want delighted customers!

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    We LOVE solving problems

    We may have some high quality parts and great product lines, but we still offer some of the best customer service you will ever find.

    We will take the time to find the right solution for you, but most importantly,  we will make sure you are satisfied. We only win if you win.

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    We can do things your way.

    Whether it's a customized component, special labeling or just scheduled deliveries.  We can do that!  Let us know your specific requirements and we'll take care of the rest.

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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.

Accuride Ascent Slide

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in Drawer Slides

The Accuride Ascent Slide mechanism!

The Ascent Slide mechanism is great for mounting a display where you might want to conceal it.  A small computer display, television or other panel can be mounted and tucked away with just one finger.  It’s that easy.

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!