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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

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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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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