Application Notes, FAQs, and Tech Tips

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In this section, you’ll find a wealth of information about how Appli-Tec helps engineers solve tough application challenges.

The content is arranged by type — scroll down to see the various sub-topics.

General Information

Whether you have questions about working with us or how to read the Shipping Indicator Tube, you’ll find it here.

Appli-Tec PMF Adhesives Working with Appli-Tec

Frequently asked questions about working with Appli-Tec and how to place an order.

Shipping Indicator Tube

How to read the Appli-Tec Shipping Indicator Tube that arrives with every shipment of our PMF adhesives.

appli-tec-frozen-aerospace-adhesives Material Handling Tips for PMF Adhesives

How to safely handle, store and thaw your Appli-Tec pre-mixed adhesives.

History of Pre-Mixed and Frozen (PMF) Adhesives

Learn how PMF adhesives became a commercial product.

Application Notes

Examples of how Appli-Tec has helped engineers solve their adhesive challenges.

Manufacturer Saves Costs, Eliminates In-House Mixing

Replacing the mixing machine was quite costly, so a manufacturer turned to PMF adhesives from Appli-Tec.

Contractor Eliminates Meter Mix Machine

A process engineer called on Appli-Tec to help the company reduce labor and adhesive mixing costs.

thermally-conductive-adheives Appli-Thane 7300 Solves Circuit Board Heat Challenge

An engineer turned to Appli-Tec for an adhesive compound with high thermal conductivity and a 4-hour pot life.

Manufacturer Reduces Board Failure Rate to 0.2%

After repeated attempts to solve exposed circuit board failure rate of 20%, a manufacturer turned to Appli-Tec for help.

appli-tec-urethane-adhesive Medical Device Company Turns to PMF Adhesives

A medical device manufacturer eliminated in-house mixing by purchasing PMF adhesives from Appli-Tec.

Appli-Tec Custom Material Development Contractor Replaces Discontinued Raw Material

An aerospace contractor called on Appli-Tec to help source a new raw aerospace adhesives material and then create a formulation to meet existing specifications.

Appli-Tec Fabricates Sensor that Integrates Adhesive

Appli-Tec fabricated a sensor that integrated six parts plus an adhesive Appli-Tec mixed in-house. Sensors arrived at the factory, ready for installation.

Creating Reusable Molds

Appli-Tec helps a company create resuable molds by mixing, dispensing and curing a silicone material to conform to an intricate metal mold.

Tech Tips

Information on how to reduce in-house mixing costs as well as improving adhesive performance.

Calculating a Component’s Total Designed-In Cost

How a company’s product and hidden costs can soar due to mixing adhesives in-house.

adhesive-glass-beads Controlling Bond Line Thickness

Glass spheres-filled adhesives move the bond line process control from a manufacturing process to a “designed in” feature.

appli-tec-urethane-adhesive Urethanes Absorb Stress of Thermocycling

Learn how urethane adhesives help mitigate the stresses of aerospace applications.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Answers to questions about using our adhesives.

thermally-conductive-adheives FAQs about Thermally Conductive Adhesives

Solve challenges with high-heat applications that thermal conductive pads can’t handle.

pmf-adhesive-syringes-appli-tec FAQ: Adhesive Pot Life and Syringe Size

What size syringe should you use for your adhesive application? Answer: “It depends.”

Process Variables that Affect Your Adhesive Mix

When mixing adhesives in-house, it’s easy to assume that if a small number of parts or components fail, it’s because the adhesive mix ratio (Part A to Part B) was incorrect. Most likely, it’s not the mix ratio. It’s your process.

wooden-sticks Part 1: Variables in the Mix Process

Three of the more common variables of the mix process that can lead to potential failure.

thermometer Part 2: Why Temperature and Humidity Affect Your Mix

Temperature and humidity greatly affect viscosity, pot life, adhesive performance, and cured properties.

adhesive-voids Part 3: Why You Have Voids in Your Cured Adhesive

Mixing multi-part adhesives requires a great deal of stirring, a process that whips in a lot of air.

vacuum-degassing Part 4: Vacuum Degassing

How vacuum degassing can introduce contaminants into your mix – often unknowingly.

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