Formulation Overview Part 2: Oligomers

Now that we have an idea of what we want, it’s time to build our formula. The first element to consider is the oligomer, as it provides the foundation of the formula. Oligomers are molecular complexes that make up polymers, and there are many...

What Are the Two Basic Types of Light-Curable Materials?

In the 1960s ultraviolet (UV) light-curing technology was originally developed as an alternative to solvent-based, heat- and air-drying processes and slow-curing silicones, epoxies, urethanes, pressure-sensitive tapes, cyanoacrylates, modified...

9 Keys to Successful Use of Radiometers

A radiometer is to a light-curing process what a thermometer is to an oven-curing process - essential to achieving complete cures. It measures the intensity and/or energy associated with light of specified wavelengths. It can also help with providing...

Is Your Adhesive Biocompatible?

Almost all medical device assembly processes require an adhesive or sealant to bond the parts together. But the task of finding the right one is not that easy; there are always concerns about chemical compounds leaching or migrating into finished...

5 Questions to Help You Understand Shelf Life

Shelf life is defined as the length of time that a commodity may be stored without becoming unfit for use, consumption, or sale.[1]  So how is the shelf-life determined and what factors affect it? In this blog post we’ll address the 5 most common...

Everything You Need to Know About Formulations - Part 1

Several market forces such as the need for increased productivity, regulatory concerns, and the need for the improved products performance continue to push companies towards evaluating UV-curable technology as an alternative to other solvent-based,...

How to Reduce the Effect of Oxygen Inhibition

A large portion of UV-curing formulations cure through a free radical curing process. In this process, UV waves from a light source trigger a photoinitiator to release free radicals, which then start a chain reaction with reactive acrylate groups on...

10 Questions to Help You Find the Right Conformal Coating 

Conformal coatings are becoming increasingly popular, as electronic assemblies get smaller and more widespread in mobile devices, automobiles and even medical devices. These coatings protect  smaller circuits from shock, humidity, dust, fungus,...

How to Create a Soft-Feel Formulation in 3 Steps

Soft feel coatings are desired in many industries, but the primary applications can be basically broken down in two: graphic arts applications like packaging, advertising, and print media; and durable coatings for consumer electronics and automotive....

4 Best Medical Device Assembly Techniques

Over the past decade medical devices have become more intricate, leading manufacturers to focus on quality to eliminate production failures, defects, and field failures.

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