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10 reasons Why Polymeric Microspheres Add Value to the Composite Industry

Posted by Mark Elve on Sep 26, 2018 10:00:00 AM

The composite industry is highly competitive and wrestles with a number of variables in production. Examples are long exotherms and surface roll-out times.  In post - production part fabrication, machinability issues can occur with cracking from brittle parts along with constant blade wear.  Polymeric microspheres address these issues along with reducing part weight and costs.

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Topics: Micrsopheres, Dualite, Polymeric Microspheres

Are Surging Numbers of MLB Home Runs a Result of Water-based Polyurethane Resin Technology?

Posted by Rick Ackerman on Aug 10, 2018 9:44:00 AM

In 1994, Fischer Industrial Coatings of Westchester, Ohio, developed a unique water-based polyurethane dispersion (PUD) to dip coat baseball bats in production at Hillerich & Bradsby (HB) in Louisville, Kentucky, for Hall of Famer Ken Griffey of the Seattle Mariners. Griffey cited* "his new bat as a crucial contributor to his success in April, May and, June of 1994, including 32 home runs, 64 RBIs, and a .318 batting average". The PUD coating applied during the manufacturing process at HB utilized a 37% solids aliphatic PUD resin featuring low VOC 182 grams per liter, rapid cure, high film build and great depth of image. In addition, the bat coating exhibited extraordinary adhesion, along with resistance to abrasion, water, perspiration, and impact, proving its ability to stand up to major league punishment.

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Topics: Polyurethane Dispersions, MLB, Baseball

8 Reasons Why You Should Consider Polymeric Microspheres

Posted by Mark Elve on Jun 20, 2018 2:28:50 PM

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Most people are aware that polymeric microspheres can dramatically reduce the cost and weight of their formulas/products. In addition to cost and weight improvements (Image 1), there are several other benefits you can obtain when using polymeric microspheres. 

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Topics: Dualite, Polymeric Microspheres

3 Reasons Why Polyurethane Dispersions are The Best Choice for Your Coating

Posted by Rick Ackerman on Apr 25, 2018 10:30:00 AM

Are very low Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) projects challenging your need for the correct cost performance balance? Do you want to build coating durability with polyurethane resins? Fortunately, high molecular weight waterborne polyurethane dispersions can build durable coatings and can meet your low VOC needs as well as your budgetary demands.

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Topics: Low VOC Applications, Polyurethane Dispersions, Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) projects

What’s the Best Choice for Your Application? Thermoplastic vs. Glass Microspheres

Posted by Mark Elve on Mar 15, 2018 2:00:04 PM

There are several types of low-density hollow microspheres to consider when choosing a microsphere for your application. Thermoplastic, glass, ceramic and phenolic beads represent the main family of microspheres from which to choose.

The challenge is determining which type will be the best choice for your application. This will depend on your process and the goal of your product characteristics.

For the following comparison, we are going to focus on Dualite thermoplastic microspheres vs. hollow glass microspheres:

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Wanted: A Few Good Formulators for Low VOC Applications

Posted by Rick Ackerman on Feb 26, 2018 11:13:00 AM

Do you formulate coatings or adhesives for industrial or consumer products that require high durability and low Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)?  Are regulations increasing costs and delaying your process? Increasingly stringent low VOC regulations and a friendly Safety Data Sheet (SDS) make the correct decision concerning a resin essential.    

Fortunately, water base polyurethane dispersions (PUDS) contain low or zero VOC, offering a wide range of properties that can be formulated to a product meeting performance and VOC requirements plus an attractive SDS. PUDS come with the challenge of customizing a coating or adhesive for low VOC end use applications however formulators can employ several additives supplied by Chemical industry partners to assist during product development phase.

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Are You Making This Mistake When Calculating The Cost of Microspheres?

Posted by Mark Elve on Jan 22, 2018 11:00:00 AM

We are all used to buying things such as gas and milk by the gallon. Have you ever wondered what the costs for these products would be if you paid by the pound?  For milk at $2.00 per gallon, you’d pay around $18.00 per pound. Gas at $3.00 per gallon would cost around $21.00 per pound. Such high prices might have you rethinking your dairy consumption. They’d definitely push you toward purchasing one of those all-electric cars.

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Topics: Micrsopheres, Dualite

How to Reduce the Density/Cost of your Adhesive 20% or More

Posted by Mark Elve on Dec 19, 2017 11:17:00 AM

The market for adhesives is very competitive.  It is difficult to reduce the density/cost of your adhesive without affecting the adhesives quality and performance.   Using glass microspheres is an option, but low-density glass microspheres are not sprayable and can break during mixing, resulting in increased density and cost. Other rigid lightweight fillers can have a negative effect on your adhesive’s physical properties. 

Dualite Microspheres have an organic thermoplastic shell which encapsulates a low boiling point hydrocarbon.  The Dualite Microspheres are available in both expanded and unexpanded grades.

There are several reasons why you should consider the Dualite  Microspheres in your current or future adhesive application.

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Topics: Micrsopheres, Dualite

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