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Latex Gloves – Are You Allergic?


Many industrial manufacturing environments require workers to wear protective gloves, including during electronics and medical device production and assembly. Latex gloves not only protect workers from harmful chemicals but also protect products from worker contact and contamination during manufacturing Read more

ST 925 SMT Rework System–Three favorites combined into one nice savings


Save a few steps--and some money--with the Pace 925 SMT Rework System Pace has introduced a new low-cost “combination” system ideal for surface mount technology (SMT) rework. It’s worth adding up the savings by comparing the a la carte prices Read more

Metcal’s CV-5200 Connection Validation Soldering Station Changes Everything


You may or may not have heard about Metcal’s new soldering station, the CV-5200. The evolutionary tool removes much of the reliance on visual inspection of hand-soldered joints and adds a second, more technology-driven method for validating a successful Read more

3 Essential Benefits of the Bond-a-Matic® 3000 Dispensing System

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With the latest major addition to the All-Spec Loctite® line, we are excited for our clients to try out the Bond-A-Matic adhesive dispensing system, which has a pressure range of 0 to 15 psi, ideal for low-viscosity adhesives under 3,000 cPs. Here are three essential benefits of this system:

#1 Precision = Efficiency and Lower Cost of Ownership

With this model, Loctite focused on a system that dispensed adhesive in the most efficient manner possible. With the adjustable pressure regulator, users have increased control of the amount of solution dispensed, significantly reducing waste.

#2 Adaptable

The Bond-A-Matic has a diverse dispenser that is compatible with a variety of bottles and squeeze tube sizes, including:

  • 250-ml bottles
  • One-pound bottles
  • One-liter bottles
  • Two-kilogram bottles
  • 200-gram squeeze tubes

#3 All-Inclusive Kit

Rather than nickel-and-diming its customers, Loctite took the best route possible and offers everything you need to get your adhesive dispensing started in one, complete order. The Bond-A-Matic comes with the following accessories:

  • Reservoir with ¼” tank fitting
  • Vari-Drop applicator
  • Teflon-lined black feedline (¼” outer diameter; 7” long)
  • Two spring strain reliefs
  • Anti-bubbler tip and sleeve
  • Needle assortment kit
  • Tube of silicone grease

If you need more information about this dispensing system or adhesives in general, reach out to our sales team at Sales@All-Spec.com.


Types of Threadlockers

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Liquid Threadlocker

This is your normal threadlocker, used for general purposes. There are a wide variety of liquid threadlockers in low, medium, and high strengths. This allows for a great versatility, whether you need to just prevent movement from vibration or a permanently affix a bolt to a hole.

Gel Threadlocker

Gels are used when you need to close a larger gap between the screw and the threads. This is especially helpful for larger screws, as it provides an even stronger bond than normal liquid threadlockers. It also helps prevent the dripping and mess associated with liquid threadlockers.

Stick Threadlocker

If you have a bolt that cannot have any liquid dripping off of it then a stick threadlocker may be best suited for your need. The stick threadlocker has the consistency of a wax-like semi-solid that is packaged like a traditional glue stick.

Tape Threadlocker

Tape threadlockers are another non-liquid alternative, and they provide a great bond in an easy to use substance. One extra benefit to tape threadlockers is that they only cure when confined between close fitting metal surfaces in the absence of air. This means you can apply them to your screws days before they are assembled, to streamline your assembly process.

Have any more questions on threadlockers? Leave a comment below or visit our website at www.All-Spec.com!


Product Spotlight: Loctite 454 Prism® Instant Adhesives

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Loctite 454 Prism Instant AdhesiveLoctite 454 Prism is a general purpose no-run clear gel adhesive. This gel adhesive is great on almost all surfaces, especially porous substrates, rough and acidic surfaces. The gel can fill gaps of up to 0.01”, and has a fixture cure speed of only 15 seconds! This is a great adhesive for projects that need uniform stress distribution as well as strong shear strength.

Features:

  • Adhesive category: Surface insensitive Ethyl
  • Viscosity cP: Gel
  • Tensile shear strength: 3,200
  • Temperature range: -65°F to 180°F
  • Cure Speed: Fixture – 15 sec.; Full – 24 hrs
  • Specific Gravity: 1.05
  • Agency approvals: CFIA, ABS

Types of Adhesives: Instant and Pressure Sensitive

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Loctite 49550 Instant AdhesiveToday’s article is the second in our Types of Adhesives series, now focusing on instant and pressure sensitive adhesives.

Instant adhesives are pretty straight forward and act as you would think from their name. These adhesives are used when you need short cure times to quickly bond two materials. To get a full cure you may need to wait up to 24 hours, but the fixture cure time can range from 90 seconds all the way down to 2 seconds depending on the material and adhesive. This allows you to affix two objects or materials quickly so that you can let them sit for a longer period by themselves for the full cure.

Pressure sensitive adhesives work in a very different way from instant adhesives. When using pressure sensitive adhesives you have to first apply it to one of the two surfaces that you want to join. Then you let the adhesive sit and it will start to become tacky and thicken. Once the adhesive dries and becomes tacky then you can press the second surface against the first, creating the bond. This makes pressure sensitive adhesives perfect for when you need to set up your adhesive to be assembled at a later point. Pressure sensitive adhesives also work on a wide variety of surfaces, giving you a wide range of use.

Join us again next week for our final segment on adhesives! Interested in learning about sealants? Check out last week’s blog post here for more information. Be sure to leave a comment below if you have any questions!


Vendor Spotlight: Loctite

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Loctite AdhesivesAll-Spec Industries is an authorized distributor of Loctite, and we carry many of their adhesives and lubricating products. Loctite provides many high quality items for the electronics, automotive, aerospace, and medical industries. Below are some of the many products that All-Spec carries which are perfect for your adhesive or lubricating needs.

Epoxies and Epoxy Dispensers

Instant Adhesives

Threadlockers

Accelerators, Activators, and Primers

Anti-Seize Lubricants

Have any questions on our Loctite products? Visit our site at www.All-Spec.com or call customer service at (800) 537-0351 today!