Archive for February, 2013

Radio Control Hobbyists Launching Exciting Career Paths Via UAVs & Drones

February 23rd, 2013
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rc-airplanes-AMA-300x16[Photo Credit:  Academy of Model Aeronautics website]

Over five decades ago, our company Pacer Technology (aka Super Glue Corporation) established its roots as producers of hobby airplane kits (and the job-specific glues and cyanoacrylates used to build them).  These kits transformed into radio-control (RC)airplanes, RC helicopters, and RC jets, and as such the adhesives used to construct and maintain them became more and more chemically challenging to formulate.  We branched off to produce the complex adhesives while all along the way maintaining strong bonds with the hobbyists participating in this evolving industry.  These hobbyists became, and remain to this day, some of our most trusted new product development team members and advisors.  Today, breaking news daily reports that an entire new career – qualified operators highly paid and highly sought-after – is here for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) Drone pilots who learned their skills as RC  hobbyists.  We couldn’t be more proud!! 

This February 14, 2013  St. Louis Today article, written by Jesse Bogan, entitled “Kirkwood Man Goes From Hobbyist To Drone Pilot In Afghanistan”  is just one of the many success stories being written about our military drone operators and these “private contractors that are needed to help the military keep up with rising popularity of the unmanned aircraft.”  One thing they all have in common is they began as RC hobbyists and enthusiasts.   For the private contractor, Peter Sunder, highlighted in this article, “his route to Afghanistan began as a young child tinkering with remote control planes”.   Sunder began piloting unmanned aircraft in 2009 as a paid job.  “He operated drones in Iraq” seeing some “very intense stuff”.  Now Sunder works for AAI Corporation, “a firm that designs drone aircraft and contracts services with the military”.  The article states that Sunder is still an active hobbyist and “has a collection of model planes that he plays with when he has downtime on base …”.  He even conducts air shows for the local Afghans in his spare time.

Drones are very helpful to the military because they can be used to take photographs from the air, map terrains, document buildings and infrastructure along with providing aid in a variety of other ways to missions and operations.  Additionally, they can be armed with weapons reducing the risk of sending manned warcraft into dangerous situations. 

The growing use of these UAVs is also providing career paths stateside as well.  According to this, May 17, 2012, article from PoliceOne.com, entitled “Police UAV pilot:  A career path less traveled by”  the author Doug Wyllie lays out just what people interested in these careers need to do to get started on the path of piloting drones or UAVs.  “The first step an interested officer might consider taking toward achieving the goal of becoming a LE UAV operator is simply by becoming/being a hobbyist and enthusiast …”. 

In his article, Wyllie interviewed “Curtis Sprague, a retired SWAT Officer and former Federal Air Marshal who now serves as director of the aviation division for a company …”.  According to Sprague, ‘There is a lot of information to sift through on the subject of unmanned aircraft systems.  Subjects range from types of UAVs, how to fly, cost, FAA regulations, law enforcement applications, peripheral equipment training … the list goes on …’  “The best way to gain this information, Sprague said, is get involved in hobby flying RC aircraft.” …. “Far more than simply building and flying RC vehicles, Sprague advises the seriously-interested officer to join an AMA (Academy of Model Aeronautics) sanctioned RC club.”  

Along with safety and the ability to eliminate the risk of human capital, one of the main reasons drones or UAVs are starting to be used more and more by the military, police forces and homeland security is cost.  According to the Wyllie article, “… when compared to the cost of its full-size counterpart, the costs are nominal”.  “A full-size helicopter can require an investment of around $1.2 million just to buy the vehicle — this doesn’t even include associated costs such as storage fees, ongoing maintenance, or crew training and salaries…. A department may be looking at spending about $200K for a reliable unmanned aircraft system – including operator training and a year of maintenance …” 

According to one source, UAV pilots make between $30,000. to $150,000. to start.  In addition to salaries, another source notes that pilots and operators are also receiving reinlistment bonuses of $50,000 – $80,000. and mission flying bonuses of $840 per month.

Here is an interesting AMA article about one of our partners and chief advisors for ZAP adhesives.  Frank Tiano has been a leading RC enthusiast since 1972 and in 1979, along with other members of Sticky Group International worked with our company to produce ZAP, a form of super glue for the modeling industry.  ZAP has been one of the main sponsors of Tiano’s events:  Top Gun and Florida Jets two exciting international competitions that draw some of the most talented RC Pilots in the world.   

As we stated at the beginning of this article we are thrilled by this whole new career path open to our friends in this industry – talented people who started out as hobbyists and enthusiasts!  SOAR!!

Like New! Super Glue & Plastics

February 23rd, 2013
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[Photo Credit:  Shirl in Dallas]

We were thrilled to receive this photo and testimonial from one of our cherished customers in Dallas, Texas.  “Shirl” wrote in to tell us how super glue was able to repair one of her household treasures:

“Hi!  I have a ‘super glue testimonial’ – I have a Lucite ice bucket that has a detachable lid.  The lid fits into the bucket with a small Lucite fob.  In my haste the other day the lid fell and the fob broke away from its ‘place’.  I used the glue and allowed it to dry and ‘eureka’!!! it worked!!!!  Is that good or what???”

Shirl, we think that’s not just good – it’s GREAT!  THANKS for sharing your story!  Our customers are the most valuable resource our research and development team has in its “toolbox”.  Customer stories provide THE BEST product feedback and help us tailor our products to meet the wide variety of challenges our customers encounter on a daily basis.  We especially liked this feedback as certain plastics have posed a problem at times, in the past, for super glues

Plastics today can be made out of many different chemicals and consist of a variety of substrates as many plastics (particularly kids’ toys) are often made from recycled materials.  This can be problematic when developing a glue for the general category of “plastics” because the term “plastics” can actually reference a lot of different materials and substrates.  We’re glad that The Original Super Glue(R) worked for Shirl’s Lucite ice bucket, but you may appreciate knowing we also have a unique super glue made just for plastics, too.  It is called Plastic-Fuse and works when other super glues won’t.  The key to this glue is the primer that you apply to the surface of the plastic prior to applying the Future Glue Gel(R).  It works best for use with polyethylene and polypropylene based materials also known as “plastics”.  This unique product solution – job specific to plastics – came about as a result of customer feedback.  We can’t overemphasize how much we value this type of  input!!

If you have a story about how one of our products worked to solve one of your project challenges, or if you haven’t yet found an adhesive product that works well  for one of your project challenges, tell us – we want to hear from you – and you may win some free super glue!

 

Guess Super Glue Isn’t The Only Way To Rescue RC Planes!

February 19th, 2013
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Excuse the language in this video entitled HELICOPTER FISHING, but we know our RC airplane enthusiasts will be blown away by this dramatic rescue video so we have to share it!  Super Glue and RC (Radio Control) Airplane hobbyists have always had a strong bond largely due to super glue’s ability to help with repairs in times of trouble, specifically crashes … but this takes the term rescue to all new levels!  Check it out as this helicopter team jumps in to retrieve the RC plane from the tree top!  Whoa!  Again, excuse the language!

[Video Credit:  Helicopter Fishing Rich Ogy via You Tube

Super Glue Making Health News for Multiple Uses!

February 14th, 2013
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An article by Sharon Worcester, in the January 2013 issue of Skin and Allergy News states “A cyanoacrylate adhesive-based implant is feasible, safe and effective for the treatment of great saphenous vein incompetence, according to 1-year follow up data from the first study of the product in humans….. Of 38 patients with an incompetent great saphenous vein who were treated with a proprietary formulation of cyanoacrylate adhesive (known as superglue), 100% deomonstrated complete closure of the vein immediately and at the 48-hour follow-up, as measured using duplex ultrasound and clinical examination; after 1 year, 92% maintained complete closure, said Dr. Proebstle of Hirschberg, Germany.” 

Additionally a report, written by Bruce Jancin, in the December 1, 2011 of Skin & Allergy News  found that “Applying a fast-drying cyanoacrylate glue to the proximal nail fold once or twice weekly is an inexpensive and effective treatment for the habit-tic condition of onychotillomania … often categorized as a compulsive psychiatric disorder … The likely mechanisms of benefit from the cyanoacrylate glue, such as Super Glue or Krazy Glue, are twofold:  the built-up layer of glue creates a physical barrier that helps protect the proximal nail fold against the patient’s mindless repetitive picking, and, at the same time, the artificial layer promotes self-awareness of the tic habit, said Dr. Blatiere, a dermatologist at the University of Montpellier (France).” 

This amazing health news comes as no surprise to the makers of super glue at Super Glue Corporation.   Cyanoacrylates, commonly referred to as Super Glues or CAs, have been used for decades in a wide range of industries.  Dr. Harry Coover serendipitously discovered the original product in a government research assignment to find a better way to cast gun sights.  He discarded the product for that purpose because it was too sticky to be practical.  Six years later he went back to the product he had developed knowing that he had discovered a new class of adhesives.  According to Dr. Coover, “it is probably the best single material that has more uses than any other material we have.”  Check out this video

One of the first uses of cyanoacrylates was for wound closure during the Vietnam War.  It is a very “potent hemostatic agent” according to Dr. Coover and was initailly used extensively to topically stop bleeding.  Since that time it has been used in conjunction with deep stitches in a wide range of surgical procedures.  Additionally, cyanoacrylates are used topically by hikers, musicians, athletes and others, providing relief from pain, and protection from infection and fungus, on blisters, calluses,a and paper cuts.  Cyanoacrylates have been used in the cosmetic nail industry for years in a variety of ways including nail tip application, nail repair, silk wraps, acrylics and powder applications.  Most recently, cyanoacrylates are being used in conjunction with a color gel to produce a glossy smooth finish that dries in minutes.  Studies have shown that topical use of cyanoacrylates is safe although the product should not be used near lips, mouth, or skin exposed to hair or body fluids.

We know that eventually cyanoacrylates will break down with extended exposure to water or alcohol, but consumers have sent us eyewitness testimony that our cyanoacrylates have held their dental caps on for years.  Coral fraggers have told us about their success in using our super glue products to propagate coral underwater for long periods of time, so while we know the product breaks down with exposure to water it seems to hold for a reasonable length of time.

We are proud to be associated with this truly exceptional, safe, effective, multi-use product and were happy to be in attendance when Dr. Harry Coover was presented with the National Medal of Technology and Innovation for discovering it!