Posts Tagged ‘Pro Seal’

Super Glues Improve Fuel Efficiency In New Cars

September 18th, 2014
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untitled[Photo Credit:  A new Lincoln MKC …  European PressPhoto Agency via Wall Street Journal]

According to a Wall Street Journal article, September 8, 2014, Super Glues are being used to help make cars lighter in order to ultimately improve fuel economy.

Heavier metal fasteners like rivets, nuts and bolts are being replaced by super glues which can hold things together just as well, or better, while improving fuel efficiency.

“The global market for structural adhesives used in cars, airplanes and other vehicles should hit $2 billion this year, up from $1.5 billion a decade ago,” according to IHS senior consultant Erik Linak quoted in the article.

The WSJ article states that “carbon fibers and other composite materials lend themselves more to glues than screws” and lighter weight aluminum and composite fibers are what automobile manufacturers are using instead of heavier substrates like steel wherever possible in new cars.  “About 27 pounds of adhesives go into the typical car today, up from 18 pounds a decade ago,” said Daniel Murad, chief executive of ChemQuest Group Inc., a Cinncinati consulting firm.

Deciding which metal fasteners can be replaced by glues is a challenge for engineers.  Safety is still their top priority and federal standards must continue to be met.  Adhesive manufacturers, working with engineers, are always seeking new formulas which can withstand higher temperatures, be removed and/or replaced easier, and bond to a wider range of substrates.

Using adhesives (super glues, epoxies, etc.) to replace fasteners is definitely on the rise, in the automobile and airline industries as well as many other industries,  and this is excellent news for manufacturers and consumers!

Super Glue: “The Household Fix All!”

October 26th, 2013
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	bamboo-vase

[Photo Credit:  via George Crill]

Some of our best product use ideas come directly from satisfied customers.  George C., from Kalamazoo, MI, sent us this photo of a “porcelain bamboo vase which was broken into a couple dozen pieces and put back together with super glue gel.”  George suggests using super glue “sparingly, it doesn’t take much to achieve a strong bond with household items.”  We agree!!

George also tells us he “used the gel to bond fabric to leather on shoes; repaired a CFL light bulb to its aluminum base with glass adhesive as well as multiple [other] glass items; and once repaired an engine fuel injector & oxygen sensor with super glue gel.”  Additionally, he connected an engine gasket to a water pump with Pro-Seal.  George added,  “One of the most delicate repairs was a glass figurine repaired and attached to its metal base.   I could think of a 1,001 repairs that can be made with the variety of super glue products available.”

Wow, we appreciate that feedback, George!   THANKS for sharing your story with us!  It made our day!   And now,  let’s give George the last word:  “One thing I always have on hand is Super Glue which has become a household fix all!  It hasn’t failed me yet.”  🙂

 

 

 

Art in Miniature

September 9th, 2010
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[Photo Credit: Jacqui M.]

The picture on the top left looks like a photo of a life size fishing boat tied to the dock, but the second photo includes a ruler to prove it is actually a scale-size replica.  Aren’t they amazing??

Miniature Art is fascinating. It can be held in the palm of your hand.  Paintings, sculptures and scale-model furniture are just some examples of how this art form is presented, but the process always involves acute attention to detail regardless of its form.

Nothing makes us happier than having satisfied consumers write in to tell us about how Super Glue Corporation’s products are working for them.  We use this information in our product research and development process.  Here is what talented miniature artist (of the fishing scene pictured above), Jacqui M., from Hawaii, recently shared:

I am a miniaturist working in 1:48″ scale and I work with fragile scale pieces that cannot be clamped. I need glues that I can hold together by hand until it sets up and often I need to glue surfaces that are dirty or have had other glue that failed. Future Glue and ProSeal are my very favorite all purpose adhesives as they work for most of the things I need to do. One project entailed gluing a small building frame together and then gluing small strips of weathered wood to that. I also built a skiff that was planked and the pieces needed to be curved around the frame but couldn’t be clamped. ProSeal worked like a charm! I am currently working on a building scene from Sweeney Todd where the barber chair tilts back and required leather to be glued to wood and metal. The entire chair is glued to a “plank” which will drop a “body” into a chute to the lower level. There is no other glue I have tried that would allow me to accomplish these things. I had difficulty soldering copper to make an oven and hopper for a meat grinder and SuperGlue Gel came to the rescue!