• Label on Waitrose's apple juice

    One size fits all – in-mould labelling

    This article discusses mono production for large volume flexographic labelling.
  • Surface Engineering Division - Hub

    [img_assist|nid=25972|title=Surface Engineering Division Hub|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=92|height=100] The SED Technology Hub is under development but when live will allow members to access information and articles on each of the technology sectors within the hub (Transport, Packaging, Energy, Manufacturing, Consumer Products and Medical) and allow members to access articles on the supporting technologies (Legislation/REACH, Education/Training, Best Practice and Metrology/Measurement).
  • Getting the green light — bio-composite racing car

    A UK-based research consortium from the Universities of Ulster and Warwick is building an eco-friendly Formula 3 racing car. They are making use of bio-resins and bio-composites to make a lighter structure and reduce fuel use.
  • Investigation of the epoxy-metal-interphase by micro-extensometry

    The polymer interphase in adhesively bonded metal joints plays an important role concerning the mechanical behaviour and durability under service conditions. Recent investigations have been able to identify a polymer interphase region adjacent to the metal surface with a thickness of up to 100μm where cross linking density and glass transition temperatures differ significantly from those of the bulk polymer due to the long-range influence of the adhesive interactions in the contact zone to the metal surface. In a joint research project the mechanical behaviour of the interphase region has been investigated by microextensometry using scanning electron microscopy as an imaging device and computational image analysis.
  • Progressive damage and lap joint residual strength predictions

    Adhesion and adhesives at the University of Surrey

    The four main areas of activity in the field of adhesion and adhesives at the University of Surrey are outlined: structural adhesive bonding; pressure-sensitive adhesive research; the interfacial chemistry of adhesion; and smart adhesive research.
  • Formation of a void in a rubbery particle

    Toughening epoxy resins to meet today's challenges

    There are many advantages that polymeric adhesives can offer compared to the more traditional methods of joining, but the structure of such thermosetting adhesives also generally results in brittle materials, with a poor resistance to crack initiation and growth. The incorporation of a second phase of dispersed rubbery particles into the epoxy polymer can greatly increase toughness for applications where a very high impact resistance is required for the adhesively-bonded joint.
  • Mosaic tiles

    Sticking it to the ceramics sector – Mosaic tiles benefit from robots

    European companies need to compete more aggresively in an expanding global ceramic manufacturing industry. ABB Robotics, in collaboration with Italian engineering consultancy EMC has developed a robotic application for the tile industry that removes the manual element of cutting and assembly of mosaic squares in tiles, providing one solution that streamlines and automates manufacturing in the ceramic sector.
  • In a flap: Tampering can be detected using PulseLine labels

    Toe the line - PulsLine anti-counterfeiting tamper proof label

    Stanlenco was commissioned by pharmaceutical company Rhone-Phoulenc Rorer to develop more effective tamper evident seals while at the same time maintaining product integrity. The result is the Aquasol - PulsLine label, a multi-layered construction that incorportates the overt and covert characteristics considered to be the best methods in making counterfeiting prohibitively complex and costly.
  • Obituary - Bill Lees

    Obituary of the technical director of Permabond and winner of the 2005 de Bruyne Medal - Bill Lees, the 'guru of glue'