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2014 Odyssey of the Mind Problem #4 “The Stackable Structure” Uses Balsa Wood & Glue

February 4th, 2014
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Each year creative students, from elementary school through college, participate in Odyssey of the Mind programs around the world.  Aspiring engineering students often choose the Balsa Wood and Glue structure building, weight bearing problem.  This year, as in year’s past, the Balsa Wood & Glue problem is being sponsored by Nasa.  Here’s the problem synopsis:

Problem 4:  The Stackable Structure

Teams will design and build a structure made up of separate components stacked on top of one another.  The structure components will be made of only balsa wood and glue, and will be tested by balancing and supporting weights after they are stacked.  Teams will be scored for the number of components they use in their final structure.  Before they are stacked, the separate components will be integrated into an artistic representation of the Earth.  The team will include the stacking of the components, placement of the weights, and Earth into the theme of its performance.

You can see from the specific instructions that there are many problem-solving challenges involved with this particular structure building project.  One of the important decisions all teams will make is what glue they use to build their structure.  We recommend our ZAP CA glues (preferably medium viscosity although this is something teams should test on their own prior to building their competition-grade structure).  Here is an excellent video showing the best way to cut the balsa wood and apply the cyanoacrylate (CA) to the joints.  Note:  We love the tip of using the packing tape as a surface on which to apply the glue as the balsa wood and super glue can be lifted off of the packing tape with little or no sticking!  We also recommend using Zip Kicker as the accelerator for the ZAP CAs.

[Video Credit:  NC Science Olympiad:  How to Glue Balsa]

We encourage Odyssey of the Mind teams working on this challenge to share your stories with us as you progress through the local, state, national and international competitions.  Good luck to all!!  We support your willingness to take on these creative, problem-solving challenges in an effort to expand your thinking skills!!

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!

How Well Do You Know Super Glue? Take a Quiz!

February 13th, 2012
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Recently, we saw this super glue quiz circulating on Twitter so – armed with years of product knowledge – this blogger decided to step up to the plate and ace it (er, um, I mean, take it).

Here’s the link to the internet quiz:  http://bit.ly/AqIXF2

We suggest you take the quiz now, before reading further, and see how you do.  FYI: I was surprised that I missed two out of the ten!  I’ll let you know, which ones and why, once you’ve had a chance to take the quiz … go now, take it … then come back and finish reading this post.

READ BELOW ONLY AFTER YOU’VE TAKEN THE QUIZ!

So, how did YOU do?  Did you get them all right?  If so, good for you … If not, keep reading, maybe this will make you feel a bit better …

After I missed two, I sent the quiz along to some others “in the know” (cyanoacrylate scientists and such ;))  and asked them to take the quiz.  Turns out most of us missed the same question!  It’s not that the quiz answers are wrong, but we think we would have stated the answer differently if we had been clever enough to design this quiz.

The first question I missed is the one most of us missed.  It is question #4  What is required to trigger super glue to work?  (heat, air or water)  We answered “air”.  The correct QUIZ answer is “water”.  In our opinion, the moisture in the air is what is required to trigger super glue to work.  Perhaps you think that still means water, but you do not need to douse super glue with water to get it to work.  Simple exposure to air is enough to trigger super glue to work as there is enough moisture in the air to trigger super glue to work. 

The second question I missed was really my mistake.  It was question #6 If you stick your fingers together with super glue what should you soak them in? (water, alcohol or soapy water)  I answered “alcohol” which I mistook for acetone — acetone DOES remove super glue, but the quiz is correct, the first thing to try is “soapy water”.  If soapy water doesn’t work then try acetone … not alcohol.

Anyway, that was fun and a good exercise in semantics if nothing else!  Let us know how you did and you may win some free products!… As for me, am I smarter than a fifth grader? Not so sure! 😉

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!

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

March 27th, 2011
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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.

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!

Fly-Tying Tip

February 19th, 2011
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[Photo Credit:  Winona Fly Factory]

What do Zap Glues have to do with fly fishing?

Apparently Zap Glues can be combined with wire fly tying to create some pretty authentic looking midge larva. 

Enticing trout on streams is not only a sport, but a science and an art.  The Winona Fly Fishing blog has terrific tips incorporating all three of these aspects of fly fishing.   We particularly like this one featuring Zap A Gap CA

Here’s a brief description of the process involved (note:  go directly to Winona FlyFishing blog for the complete article):

 “Taking a section of Ultra Wire (size BR) I wrap tight kissing turns the length of the hook shank on this Dia-Riki 135 Scud Hook (#20). To cleanly remove both tag ends wiggle the wire against the hook shank until it pops free, I often use a pair of forceps to aid me in this to save on the amount of wire I use. Use your (dirty in my case) fingernails to push the wire together removing as much of the gap between wraps as possible. Once finished use a thin layer of Zap-a-Gap to seal the wire and adhere it to the hook. This method allows for a neat, thin, segmented body without cluttering the hook with thread. I find it to be very effective but I should note: Allow the Glue to DRY! before touching it. If you do not you will ruin the nice clear finish that allows you to see the wire properly.”

Here’s recent video posted on the same site to motivate you to want to get out there and fly fish now!  Go Get ‘Em!

Dr. Harry Coover, Inventor of Super Glue, Recognized by President Obama

November 18th, 2010
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Dr. Harry Coover was awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation in a ceremony at the White House Wednesday, November 17th for his invention of “cyanoacrylates – novel adhesives known widely to consumers as ‘super glues’ – which today play significant roles in medicine and industry.

Super Glue Corporation representatives were pleased to join Dr. Coover’s family members and Eastman Chemical Company colleagues at a gala honoring the 2009 Laureates on Tuesday evening, November 16th, in Washington DC.  A plaque from all of Super Glue Corporation’s employees was presented to Dr. Coover in a private meeting with him prior to the White House ceremony.

At 93 years of age, Dr. Coover is still sharp as a tack and remains engaged through media and the internet actively following a broad spectrum of  interests including the economy, science and technology innovation, politics and government.  Super Glue Corporation representatives were pleased to have the opportunity to visit with Dr. Coover about a wide range of topics.  With 460 patents to his name and over 60 publications, Dr. Coover’s candid statements are very insightful.  We are honored to be associated with this preeminent scientist and congratulate him on receiving the United States government’s  “highest honor for technological achievement bestowed on American innovators by the President of the United States.”

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.”

Congratulations, Dr. Harry Coover, from all of your fans at Super Glue Corporation!

Young Adult Engineers Need Super Glue!

September 3rd, 2009
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[Photo Credit:  Boy Scouts of America]

It’s September and school is starting! A time when Odyssey of the Mind groups begin and science teachers introduce the criteria for science fair projects and Science Olympiad – even though the actual events may not happen for quite some time, a lot of planning is required for those winning designs.   It’s also a time of year when many scouting and afterschool groups  kick off their year long activities.  It’s all creative and lots of fun!

Pinewood Derby events have been around for decades and kids (and parents) really get into the planning and preparation involved with coming up with those winning designs.  Here is a funny story from one of our customers, Rita, who told about some of the trials and tribulations involved with building her son’s third place finishing car:

“I never realized how great super glue worked until I had to help my son make a derby car for Boy Scouts.  The super glue worked so well that our hands were stuck together and still after two weeks my son accidentaly glued a washer and a nut to my wooden dining room table.  The good news is my son came in third place with his Derby car and I almost have the nut and washer off my table.  So hats off to super glue, glue that finally works.”

[Blogger’s Note:  Finding a glue that actually works (as Rita describes above) is tricky.  White glues and glue sticks made just for kids often lack the strength necessary for intricate, engineering-based projects.  Super Glue Corporation’s ACCUTOOL (original formula) and (gel formula) would be the  best super glue product for young adults to use UNDER ADULT SUPERVISION.  Cyanoacrylates are GREAT glues, but they are dangerous for young people to use – so we only suggest they be used under the conditions described above where young people are creating and learning under adult supervision.  Super Glue Corporation product designers designed the ACCUTOOL dispenser to have pinpoint accuracy allowing you to apply the glue exactly where you want it with much less mess than traditional super glue tubes.  Conscientious teachers and leaders may want to have the ACCUTOOL available for those projects requiring instant set times and strength.]