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Pressure sensitive adhesives are tacky materials used to bind flat objects together and are activated by light pressure. They do not require the use of heat or solvents to form a viscoelastic bond, but rather a push of the finger or hand. They are used with or without release paper, and are sometimes coated on foil or plastic as well. Read More…

Pressure Sensitive Adhesive Pressure sensitive adhesives are tacky materials used to bind flat objects together and are activated by light pressure. They do not require the use of heat or solvents to form a viscoelastic bond, but rather a push of the finger or hand. They are used with or without release paper, and are sometimes coated on foil or plastic as well.
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Hackensack, NJ  |  201-343-8983

Master Bond formulates high quality adhesive systems to help engineers meet specific requirements for their bonding, sealing, coating and encapsulation applications. The product line consists of epoxies, silicones, UV curable and LED curable systems that feature outstanding performance properties.

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Bloomington, MN  |  800-401-1441

Heigl Adhesive Sales & Equipment is a stocking distributor & custom packager offering adhesives to satisfy a number of bonding requirements. Cyanacrylates & anaerobics, epoxy products, hot melt packaging adhesives & glue sticks, UV light adhesives, sealants, plus related equipment, accessories and dispensers. We offer a complete line of one and two part epoxies for structural bonding.

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Heigl Adhesive Sales & Equipment $$$

Rochester Hills, MI  |  248-299-5585

Our skilled engineers and technicians will work closely with you in order to provide you a product that will fit your unique applications! Our laminating adhesives are among the best in the industry and we want to prove it to you! We pay extra attention to our customers in order to ensure that we are exceeding customer expectations at every turn. To learn more about how we may benefit you visit us online today!

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Parson Adhesives, Inc $$$

Hickory, NC  |  800-627-1687

Tailored Chemical Products is a leading adhesives manufacturer who is committed to customer satisfaction and versatility in product design. We manufacture a full line of hot melts, water-based glues, emulsion polymers, mastics, and many other adhesive chemicals for any industrial application. We take great pride in our ability to think outside the box and offer the best customized adhesive solutions to all of our customers.

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Tailored Chemical Products $$$

Acton, MA  |  978-897-8000

For more than 60 years, RH Adhesives has been engaged in the development and manufacturing of superior quality, industrial strength, specialty adhesives servicing the footwear, orthotic, marine liner, truck tarp, sporting goods, construction and rubber/gasket industries. We are a successful domestic manufacturer of solvent-type adhesives. Call us today!

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Pressure sensitive adhesives require no physical or chemical reaction during the bonding process, and they adhere to almost any surface including wood, paper, metal and plastic. However, they do not perform as polyurethane or silicone adhesives do, because they lose tactility in low or high temperatures. It is not meant to be permanent as the tougher adhesives are.

There are three main types of pressure sensitive adhesives. The first is called hot melt. This adhesive is quite moldable and often used in metal and wood working as well as car repair. Hot melt PSA is often applied with a glue gun. PSA glues are runnier than hot melt, and set almost instantly. They come in aerosol or liquid form and are used in the electric, industrial and medical industries.

Perhaps the most popular type of pressure sensitive adhesive is PSA tape. This tape withstands friction and moderate temperature change well, and is used to bind two flat surfaces together. The adhesive is coated on fabric, metal or plastic. Other pressure sensitive adhesive products include post-it notes, notepads, automobile trim, foil tape for duct work, sound and vibration dampening film, masking tape, price labels, band aids and athletic tape.

The adhesives themselves are made out of non-crosslinked rubber, styrene copolymers or acrylic. A rubber based adhesive, whether natural or synthetic, will be highly flexible and elastic. Styrene copolymer adhesives are commonly used to make hot melt adhesives while acrylic PSA is environmentally friendly and sets fast. Pressure sensitive adhesive products are designed with different bond styles and may be semi-permanent or repositionable.

Permanent pressure sensitive adhesives are not actually permanent, but as close as the type of adhesive comes to it. Therefore, it must be carefully applied because once it has bonded to a surface, it cannot be removed easily. A permanent PSA will set and dry almost instantly. These products keep tactility for years and can last through many different conditions. They are mostly used for industrial applications.

A non-permanent PSA is commonly found around the home or office. This type is usually coated to a material, and while still providing adequate tact, may be relocated if needed. Both types of pressure sensitive adhesives can peel off without damaging the surface or leaving a visible layer of glue, which is why the permanent version is not literally permanent.

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