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5 Strength Defying Uses for Super Glue

October 28th, 2016
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While super glue can be a great tool to use around the house for those DIY projects, most people don’t know just how strong this adhesive really is. In fact, time and time again, super glue has been proven to be one of the strongest available bonding agents on the market.

Here’s a look at five ways super glue has been used that proves just how strong a bonding agent it truly is.

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 1. The Hanging Car

A radio station had heard about super glues and decided to put them to the test at a local junk yard. Among the super glues tested were many of the National Brands on the market today. The test was to hold a hanging car from a crane. Eastman 910 (commonly known today as super glue) bonded steel which lifted up to 3000 pounds after just 10 seconds. Today’s record for weight held up by super glue is 5000 pounds.

 2. Mountain Free-Climbing

Recently, two Americans completed what has long been considered the world’s most difficult rock climb, using only their hands and feet to conquer a 900m vertical wall on El Capitan, the forbidding granite face in Yosemite National Park that has beckoned adventurers for decades.

Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson became the first to free-climb the Dawn Wall, a feat that many had considered impossible. They used ropes and safety harnesses to catch them in case of a fall, but relied on their own strength and dexterity to ascend by grasping cracks as thin as razor blades and as small as coins, which is extremely tough on the fingertips.

When the fingertip callus splits, climbers have devised various remedies that allow them to keep going. Athletic tape (applied in an X-pattern to allow full mobility of the finger joint) can provide enough protection for an injury. More advanced than the X-pattern is the Miami Thong, also known as the British Flag, in which separate strips of tape are applied in layers, first longitudinally, then in a crisscross design.

A common problem with tape is its tendency to slip off the finger. Instead of wrapping the finger more tightly and risking it going numb, climbers often use a strong adhesive such as super glue, applying it directly to the skin before wrapping the digit in tape.

 3. Battlefield Wounds

The use of super glue in medicine was considered early on. Eastman Kodak and Ethicon began studying whether the glue could be used to hold human tissue together for surgery. In 1966, super glue found a use in Vietnam, tested on-site by a specially trained surgical team, with impressive results.

The compound demonstrated an excellent capacity to stop bleeding; so, during the Vietnam War, Dr. Coover developed disposal super glue sprays for use in the battlefield. This spray was used as a way to stop bleeding from an open wound, so that wounded soldiers were able to be transported back to the base hospital.

Super glues are still used in surgeries today to close up wounds and surgical incisions, and can be used as a barrier against common bacterial microbes including certain staphylococci, pseudomonads, and Escherichia coli. Super glues also find use in medicine for orthopedic surgery, dental and oral medicine, veterinary medicine, and for home use as Band Aid brand Liquid Bandage.

 4. Fixing Coral Reefs

Super glue has even proven to be strong underwater, as it can be used to fix coral reefs. While this is a popular trend among people who own aquariums, just imagine the potential that super glue has for fixing damage to coral reefs in the ocean.

To attach coral frags in your aquarium:

  1. Gather your materials—Super Glue adhesive, AquaMend putty, paper towels, and your coral frag.
  2. Find the right location—take into account the flow and lighting the area provides, match that with the requirements of the coral frag.
  3. Trim the frag plug—frags are sold on live rock pieces or on their own. You will need to trim to match the type of aquascape you are looking for.
  4. Mix up a small ball of AquaMend putty—make just enough to fill any holes or areas that are on the live rock you are attaching to.
  5. Apply the adhesive gel to the frag or plug—dab dry the coral with a paper towel. Use the correct amount to make a secure bond for the next step, but try not to add too much that it will ooze onto the coral itself.
  6. Apply the putty ball to the adhesive on the frag—you don’t need to push very hard, just secure it to the glue.
  7. Apply another layer of adhesive to the top of the putty—super glue gel will cure to a wet surface.

WELL SAID: When Customers Speak Super Glue Corporation Listens!!

August 12th, 2013
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The best part of our day here at Super Glue Corporation and Pacer Technology is hearing from customers!  Whether they call us, or send us their story via our website, there is nothing we like better than talking to our customers.  I guess the fact that we have great, tried and true, products helps!!  😉

The majority of Super Glue Corporation customers – users of our brands like The Original Super Glue, Pro Seal, Bondini, ZAP, Front Porch Treasures, and Pacer Industrial – are very happy with our products’ performance.  Of course, every once in awhile they write in to ask us to perfect the product more or tweak it for their specific need; or to ask us where they can find our products, but we enjoy hearing these comments as well … they help us improve!

As a company, our roots were with the Remote Control model airplane business (this has now morphed into a whole new arena called drones!) … Many of our products were originally purposed for the hobby end of the industry.  Turns out this is a great foundation as hobbyists are some of the most detail oriented and precise people in the world!  They know what they need, they want what they need and they don’t let up until they get what they need for each part of their building process!!  Therefore, we have managed to build up quite a wide selection of high performance, job-specific products.  Many of these products end up being very multi-functional and work great across many genres!

This is where the fun comes in for us!  Hearing from people who love our products and depend on them for uses far beyond their original purpose …. we never imagined all the crossover uses, but it seems logical once you realize that many of the same issues occur in a wide arrange of hobbies, crafts, do-it-yourself projects and other fields! 

Here’s just one example of a cross-over product use:  FLY TYING!

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We say, “WELL SAID” to our customer B. Byrd who wrote in to tell us:  “I have used many adhesives for finishing flys and there is nothing on the market that even compares to the strength and virtual invisibility of Zap-a-Gap.  I would like to pass on to beginning tiers to not waste their time trying any other product!”

Thank You!  Once again, a satisfied customer made our day!!

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Don’t waste your time trying other products!! 🙂

 

Model Making: From Dream to Reality

July 25th, 2013
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This amazing architectural model from Renzo Piano workshop for the Whitney Museum of Art is just one example of how models are used to transform dreams into reality.

Communication is tough and model making is often used to help people visualize concepts and designs prior to building.  Seeing really is believing!  Architects often use models to show clients exactly how the finished product will look down to some of the most intricate details.

Many of our customers are model makers, both professionally and as hobbyists.  We’ve heard from many architects who write in to tell us how well our epoxies and super glues work for building prototypes and models which effectively communicate design concepts and ideas to customers.   It’s a pleasure to work with people who share our passion for “Adhering to Excellence”!

Disney Movie – Planes!!

March 27th, 2013
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Ok, we LOVE the movie “CARS” and the Disneyland theme park based on it, but can you believe the new Disney movie, “PLANES” is coming out August 9, 2013?  We are so excited!! 

Super Glue Corporation and Pacer Technology began decades ago producing model airplane kits!  Since that time we have continued to work with model airplane enthusiasts and hobbyists to develop the best adhesives in the business for building custom Radio Control (RC) planes, jets, rockets, etc. 

Our ZAP brand partners produce the world famous TOP GUN and FLORIDA JETS air show/competitions for RC scale model airplanes and jets!

Many of the drone operators of the past came out of this hobby world and it is a world we know and LOVE!

According to this USA TODAY article, DisneyToon’s animated adventure “PLANES” will hit theaters in 3D August 9, 2013!  John Lasseter is Executive Producer.  So fun!  Can’t wait!!

Radio Control Hobbyists Launching Exciting Career Paths Via UAVs & Drones

February 23rd, 2013
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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!!

Super Glue Team Hits Universal Studios!

October 11th, 2012
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Super Glue Corporation treated employees along with their families, and all of its local vendors, to a day at Universal Studios recently.  Over 360 people attended the fun-filled day!  A picnic lunch was served in an amazing star-studded dining room with Shrek videos looping non-stop for the kids!  All of the incredible attractions were available to us (Animal Actors and Special Effects shows were two favorites) and a great time was had by all! 

High quality products and excellent customer service are two key features of Super Glue Corporation, a privately held, American based, manufacturing company, and how better to breed, and exemplify, that corporate philosophy than by treating employees like they are gold … what goes around comes around with customers treated like they are gold as well by each and every employee at Super Glue Corporation! 

How lucky we are, too, that our corporate headquarters is in Rancho Cucamonga, California not far from this terrific Hollywood Theme Park!  A place that seems to have the same philosophy about high quality products and excellent customer service as Super Glue Corporation does — we were treated like gold and had a grand experience!

Super Glue Corporation is home to many brand name adhesives products like The Original Super Glue(R), ZAP(R), ProSeal(R), Pacer(R), Front Porch Treasures(R), and Bondini(R) and we know that our cyanoacrylates (super glues), epoxies, contact cements, silicone sealants, and many other products are critical to creating much of the magic we see in movies!

Check out this blog we wrote awhile back about how they used super glue and baking soda to make snow in the Universal Studios distributed movie, Coraline!  And check out this blog about the many masks used in making the 3D feature animation, Paranorman, and how they used super glue to strengthen each one!  Again, what goes around comes around ….  We appreciate their products (Universal Studios Theme Park) and they appreciate ours (Super Corporation Adhesives)!

So … a special day, indeed!  Fun to be with our work family and our real family, in the same place at the same time …. and fun to see the magic, our products help to create, in action!

2012 Export Achievement Award for Super Glue Corporation

May 21st, 2012
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As a USA manufacturing company, Super Glue Corporation was pleased to be recognized recently for our export activities.  The 2012 Export Achievement award was presented by the U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Association in honor of our achievements in the Global Marketplace.  The award was accepted by Nick Grooters, International Sales Manager for Super Glue Corporation and Pacer Technology.

A company celebration was held at our Super Glue Corporation headquarters in Rancho Cucamonga, California, and at our distribution center in Ontario, California, after the official award ceremony at the Hilton Hotel.  Here’s our team photo — Congratulations on a job well done!! 

Export-Achievement-Award[Photo Credit:  Super Glue Corporation – Pictured Super Glue Corporation Team including President, Ron Gravette (center – light jacket); US Department of Commerce official (center – dark jacket, dark pants – shaking hands); and Nick Grooters, International Sales Manager (center – dark jacket, light pants – accepting award)]

Harry Coover – How Stuff Works!

April 25th, 2012
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[Video Credit:  HowStuffWorks]

Check out this fun video … We think our friend (and amazing inventor of super glue) the late Dr. Harry Coover, gets five stars on Benefits & Ripple Effect scales as well!  We were so lucky to witness Dr. Harry Coover receive the National Medal of Technology and Innovation at a gala in Washington, D.C. in November 2010!

For the record:  Dr. Coover passed away at the age of 94 years old on March 26, 2011 (Note:  Dr. Coover was born March 6, 1917 NOT 1919 as stated in the How Stuff Works video – see reference:  Super Glue Corporation blog).

Evolution of Innovation: The Story of ZAP Foam Safe Super Glues and Foam Safe Kickers

December 19th, 2011
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RC (Radio Control) Airplane Hobbyists make up a big part of our Research and Development Team at Pacer Technology.  We consult with them, and they consult with us, on a regular basis to work out solutions to new challenges.   As with other industries, an improvement in one step of a process can result in new problems or failure in another step of a process.  Innovation often arises out of necessity or as the Roman philosopher, Seneca, stated in 1st century AD, “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” 

Balsa wood has been a mainstay building material for many years and our cyanoacrylates have proven to be the best – fastest and strongest – glues to use for traditional wood construction.  In recent years, a variety of foam and fiberglass materials are being used in building RC Airplanes.  “Foamies” can be made from free or inexpensive plans which can be found online or can come from RTF (Ready to Fly) or ARF (Almost Ready to Fly) kits.  In general, “Foamies” are much less expensive to build and when they crash they can either be repaired simply and easily or remade cheaply reusing the electronic parts.  These new foam materials used in building RC airplanes raised a particular challenge for our R & D team.  Regular CAs (cyanoacrylates) would burn through or melt the foam before curing.  This was a huge frustration for the airplane hobbyists.  Overall, these hobbyists have exacting personalities and strive for perfection in construction of their planes.  Understandably, they did not like adhesives burning through their foam materials yet they needed the added support and protection of  CAs to properly construct their planes.  After much testing, consultation and “trial and error” between the two teams two new terrific products were developed – Foam Safe CA and Foam Safe Kicker.

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When ZAP Foam Safe Kicker is sprayed on the foam surface prior to applying the Foam Safe CA (Zap-O) parts can be joined fast enough so that a foam meltdown doesn’t occur.  (Note:  Some users prefer to spray the kicker along the adhesive edge immediately after joining the parts, but our lab testing showed better bonding when the kicker is applied first.) Whatever works best for your purposes is what we recommend!  It’s always best to test your preferred process on a small piece of scrap foam.

If you do not use the foam safe kicker it will take longer for the adhesive to cure.   Additionally, we found that using the foam safe kicker along with the foam safe CA ensured a bond on materials that didn’t bond with just the foam safe CA alone.

The following video clearly illustrates a unique process of using Zap Foam Safe CA with Zap Foam Safe Kicker to apply fiberglass material onto foam and balsa surfaces.  In this case the CA is applied prior to using the kicker:

 [Video Credit:  Peninsula Silent Flyers with Brett Becker]

Constant communication with our customers and the consumers who use our products is a key to our success.  We want to hear from you.  Tell us a particular challenge you are having with traditional CAs or tell us how you use our products and you may win free samples!  We’d love to help develop a new adhesive product that will better meet your needs, too!

Merry Christmas from All of Us at Super Glue Corporation!!

November 25th, 2011
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Super Glue Corporation employees, and their families, were recently treated, by management, to a very special day at Sea World, in San Diego, California.  This pre-holiday tradition is a huge hit with our family based corporation!  In the past we’ve been to Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, Long Beach Aquarium, San Diego Wild Animal Park, and many other southern California theme parks.  It’s always fun to catch up with our co-workers along with their kids and spouses, and just enjoy a day of recreation together.  So many Super Glue Corporation employees have worked with the company for well over 15 years … we’re not only a team, but a family!

We hope this personalized holiday greeting puts a smile on your face like it did ours!  Merry Christmas from All of Us at Super Glue Corporation!  We hope you have the happiest, craftiest, most hobby filled holiday ever!! (Thanks to Susie and Fifi for sharing these pics!)