Archive for March, 2011

Dr. Harry Coover, Inventor of Super Glue, Passes at Age 94

March 27th, 2011
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[Photo Credit:  Super Glue Corporation]

Dr. Harry Coover, inventor of Super Glue, passed away on March 26, 2011 at his home in Kingsport, Tennessee.  According to Elizabeth A.  Harris with The New York Times, Dr. Coover’s daughter, Dr. Melinda Paul, confirmed that Harry Wesley Coover was born on March 6, 1917 (not 1919 as some reports state) making him 94 years old when he passed away this weekend.

Super Glue Corporation representatives (Marcia Littler and Ron Gravette, pictured here with Dr. Coover) were thrilled to join Dr. Coover’s family members, and Eastman Chemical Company colleagues, at a gala honoring the National Science and Technology Medals Foundation’s  2009 National Medal of Technology and Innovation Laureates on Tuesday evening, November 16th, 2010, in Washington DC. 

The National Medal of Technology and Innovation is the United States government’s  ”highest honor for technological achievement bestowed on American innovators by the President of the United States.”  Dr. Coover received the award for his invention of  “cyanoacrylates – novel adhesives known widely to consumers as ‘super glues’ – which today play significant roles in medicine and industry”.  

The November 16th Gala literature states about the program,   “It recognizes those who have made lasting contributions to America’s competitiveness, standard of living, and quality of life through technological innovation, and to recognize those who have made substantial contributions to strengthening the Nation’s technological workforce.  The Medal also seeks to inspire future generations of Americans to prepare for and pursue tehnical careers to keep America at the forefront of global technology and economic leadership.”

A brief video history of Dr. Coover’s super glue discovery was presented at the gala. 

Super Glue Corporation representatives also captured some interesting interview time with Dr. Coover the morning after the gala, in November 2010.  The interview covers a range of topics including the following: Dr. Coover’s response to The Original Super Glue(R) Corporation’s iphone app; Dr. Coover’s love for his family and his animals; Dr. Coover’s interest in following new developments in science and technology; Dr. Coover’s concerns for the future of the United States’ leadership role in science, technology and math, and much more!

We were thrilled to know Dr. Coover!  His invention created an entire industry and continues to help solve many sticky problems for creative producers around the world.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of his wonderful family members.

Happy Spring!

March 27th, 2011
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[Photo Credit:  Hostess With The Mostest Daily Blog]

Do-It-Yourself (DIY) decorating is the best, and most impressive, kind of decorating.  These clever terracotta Easter baskets will brighten up any table, classroom, or break room at your work place, and they are super fun and easy to make.

Check out the complete directions for making the “baskets” by going directly to the HWTM Daily Blog.  Basic supplies needed include terracotta pots, colorful scrapbooking paper, Easter “grass” and plastic eggs.  We would recommend you use a super glue gel (best for the porous paper and pots) to adhere the paper trim to the pots.

Good Luck and thanks to HWRM Daily Blog for the very inspiring idea!

Send us your story of how you use super glue products to create a DIY Spring craft and you may win sample products!

Make Your Own Smart Cover For IPAD

March 21st, 2011
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Well, once again, the latest, coolest trend from 6 months ago is now dated and “old school”; something newer and cooler has hit stores!  In this case, it’s the Ipad 2 … replacing its predecessor, the Ipad 1, but guess what?  Using a little super glue and some magnets – you can upgrade your old Ipad with the latest smart cover!

We loved this blog The Russians Used A Pencil!  It clearly describes the process for transforming your Ipad 1 with the Ipad 2 smart cover.  Here’s how simple it is according to this blog:

“To place the magnets, I stuck them first to the magnetized hinge of the Smart Cover. I slid them around until they became locked into a position. This ended being asymmetrical, but I didn’t mind. I then lined up the cover with the iPad and used masking tape to mark where the magnets should be placed. I wanted this to be a somewhat permanent solution, so I used super glue to affix the magnets to the iPad.”

Check out the instructive video here:

Smart Cover for iPad 1 from Studio Neat on Vimeo.

Yay, it’s good to know we can be hip again with the help of these creative guys, some magnets, and a few drops of super glue!!

Word!

March 6th, 2011
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[Photo Credit:  The Girl With The Green Glass Heart blog]

How clever is this?  A Scrabble Tile Ring!

You can make your own monogrammed, scrabble tile ring in seconds!  According to The Girl With The Green Glass Heart blog here’s all you need:

- A plain stainless steel ring

- A scrabble tile

- A tube of superglue

Voila!  There you have it – a chic, designer ring that’s bound to score EXTRA POINTS!  We love it and so will your friends!

For more details, check out the entire blog article.

March Madness!

March 6th, 2011
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Once again, it’s almost time to fill out those brackets!  So much excitement is in the air … next weekend daylight savings time takes effect AND March Madness begins!  The anticipation is almost too much to bear …

Let the games begin!

You might be asking, “Why do you care?” … Well, Shannon Ryan, a writer for the Chicago Tribune, sums it up perfectly, in her 2.28.2011 article, “It’s Make or Break Time for NCAA bubble teams”:

“Just when it looks like a team is falling apart, it finds Super Glue. Just when a team appears to have fallen into quicksand, it finds a lifeline.”

We love it when a broken team “finds Super Glue” and when a team that looks like it’s going down “finds a lifeline”.  Spirit, that’s what we admire!  Strength, stamina, teamwork and the pursuit of excellence.  Herein lies the difference between good and great!  We’ll be watching as the journey unfolds and the winning teams march through the brackets to victory! 

Key word:  Sticktoitiveness!  May the best team win!

Model Mania

March 3rd, 2011
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 [Video Credit:  Hoggamadog on You Tube ]

In an age where computers, televisions, ipads, ipods, and extreme technology seem to rule it is interesting to note how many hobbyists are still hard at work building scale models in their spare time.  We hear from all kinds of model builders, including scale model builders, who use our glues and cyanoacrylates to recreate accurate model replicas of airplanes, trains, cars, trucks, buildings, dioramas, ships, wargames (real and fictional) and more.

These niche markets attract hundreds and thousands of creative people who, along with assembling model kits and designing their own models, usually spend many, many hours researching the history, life and times, surrounding the models they build.  We think these people are amazing.  Preserving history is so important and these crafters are helping ensure that the images from our past can be viewed and recalled with accuracy for generations to come.  

Our company has a deep and wide connection with these creative producers.  Here’s a quote from the About Us page on the Super Glue Corporation website:  “From our humble roots producing hobby airplane kits, Super Glue Corporation/Pacer Technology has grown exponentially over the last four decades to become the worldwide leader in the manufacture of high grade bonding agents.”  Our premium brand cyanoacrylate product, Zap(R), seems to be a preferred adhesive product of model builders (note the bottle of Zap A Gap sitting on the work table for the ship in the video above).  We take our role in this model mania very seriously and our research and development team works hand in hand with hobbyists to continue to create the best products possible to meet the specific needs of the people using our products.

If you are a hobbyist specializing in model making we want to hear from you!  Your challenges are our challenges!  Share your stories with us and you may win free sample products!