Adhesive is basically used for sticking two objects together which resists their separation after joining. It is used interchangeably with glue, or cement.

An industrial adhesive is anything that is used in a fastening or bonding application in a manufacturing industry. There are different types of adhesive that are used regularly – epoxies, hot melt, sealants, acrylics, thermostat and silicon adhesives. Cement and mortar are considered to be industrial adhesives.

Adhesive has binding techniques which helps in sewing, mechanical fastening and thermal bonding. They efficiently bind materials together and distribute the stress across the joint. Adhesives are found naturally and can also be made synthetically.

Types of adhesives

Different types of adhesives have different properties and different applications. Few adhesive have good bonding properties like hot melt adhesives which can be repeatedly softened and hardened by alternate heating and cooling.

There are pressure sensitive adhesives which need only very slight pressure to adhere to surfaces. They are available in water, latex and solvent based forms. UV curing adhesives gives a strong and permanent bond without the use of heat, as they use ultra-violet light, or other sources of radiation. Some of the UV curing adhesives bond instantly, while others require a longer time.

Some industrial adhesives are defined by their chemical make-up like acrylic, silicone, rubber and polyurethanes. Acrylic adhesives have a faster setting time than most other resins, and also offer excellent resistance to the elements. Polyurethanes offer durability, flexibility and high resistance to impact.

Rubber sealants and adhesives are widely available and have different advantages. Rubber adhesives are usually based on compounds such as nitrile or butyl which offer a strong yet highly flexible bond between surfaces. Epoxy adhesives are known for their ability to resist chemical and environmental damage, as well as their general versatility in many areas.


  • Use of adhesives greatly eliminates the corrosion associated with dissimilar metals joining with different galvanic potential like steel or aluminum.
  • The use of adhesive as bonding material does not produce any deformation in the materials or substrates, eliminating metal grinding processes thereby reducing the manufacturing cost and improving the aesthetics of the product.
  • It does not produce any mechanical aggression to the substrate, avoiding any damage to the structure of the material.
  • Reduction of the product weight, in the case of traction vehicles .Weight reduction is directly linked to reducing energy consumption and pollutant emissions to the environment.
  • Increasing fatigue resistance using elastic adhesive thus increasing reliability and durability of the product.

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The use of adhesives

Adhesives are compounds that are used to stick two different surfaces together. They are available in various forms such as liquids, paste, strips etc, but their operation are same. Historically, they were desired from gums and resins of plants coupled with a variety of other materials to increase the additive properties. However, modern adhesives are made of synthetic materials that are developed extensively for varying adhesive properties. Industrial adhesives are not the same as commercial or domestic ones.

The uses of adhesives

Adhesives are used in a variety of applications, most of which go unnoticed by regular people. From sealing condiment packets to fitting mirrors, they find uses in all kinds of chemical and mechanical industries. They are also used in modern households to fix broken vases and other such little works. These adhesives are extremely versatile and flexible, which ads to their wide range of appeal.

Commercially, adhesives are widely used in carpentry for fitting together wood pieces, veneers etc. They are also used in manufacture of gadgets and toys, in order to keep no movable parts sturdy.

Adhesive strength

Not all adhesives are of the same strength and composition. Generally, industrial grade adhesives are extremely strong and ought to be handled with caution. They also tend to be more toxic than the commercial adhesives. Domestic adhesives are not as strong, but are only designed to have good enough adhesive properties suitable for casual works.

Household use

From sticking envelops to fixing toys, there are multiple household needs for adhesives. It is also extensively used in the binding industry. Using glue instead of biding papers will reduce production costs and will also result in increased production.

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A brief note on aluminium tapes

More popularly known as foil tape, for their reflective, foil like finish, aluminium tapes are used extensively in electrical, construction and HVAC industries.

These are more popular in applications that require resistance from moisture and heat. They are also showcase properties of electrical and thermal insulation, and hence suitable for industrial grade adhesive use as well.

Aluminium tapes offer excellent adherence even in low temperature. They effectively block out all moisture and odour, thus suitable in a multitude of applications. Certain types of tapes such as the polymer coated tapes and flame resistant aluminium tapes offer excellent thermal resistance, and can be used in relatively hot applications as well.

These tapes are used in a variety of industries, including HVAC, construction, electrical cable coating, duct bonding etc, which stands testament to their superior strength and versatility. Their sturdy and rugged nature gives them an added advantage over traditional adhesive tapes.

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What separates metal cutting from metal fabrication?

Metal cutting and metal fabrication are two completely different things. However, certain elements overlap in both kinds of work, yet their intended operations are different and their intended key clients are also different.

Metal fabrication traditionally involves working with metal sheets and metal bars in order to create strong, sturdy structures that are capable of bearing heavy loads easily. Fabrication also involves creating intricate metal equipment such as designer hand railings, staircases, windows etc. Depending on which metal is used and how it is to be contorted, different kinds of shaping and cutting equipment are used to achieve the necessary results.

Metal cutting however, does not involve fabricating metal furnishings from a single metal piece. Instead, it involves manipulating the shape of the metal by trimming/ cutting away the unnecessary parts. This also involves grinding, lathing, machining and other removal procedures used to shape and polish the edges into usable textures.

However, both operations use specific fabrication, cutting and shaping tools to achieve their determined results. Not all specialists are capable of handling both these operations with equal finesse.

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Pocket Tape Rule- an essential measuring tool

The standard Pocket Tape Rule is an indispensable part of anyone working in the construction industry. Although it might not be precise, it offers a reliable measure to suit basic, everyday needs such as quick estimates and quick calculations. From measuring the right hole size to a fairly precise estimate of wall length/ floor dimensions, these tapes are used regularly for a variety of purposes.

The pocket tape comes in a variety of shapes and sizes, giving the construction professional ample choices when choosing one, depending on its intended use. The standard 6 inch pocket scale is extremely popular and is widely used across the globe. It is quite handy, fits easily inside a pocket and it also comes with a clasp, which makes it easy to be clasped on to the worker’s vest/belt.

These tape rules are made of stainless steel or spring steel, and they are coated with stain resistant paint/ coatings which makes it prone to rust and other disintegration. Thus these tapes have a long shelf life even when used in extreme dust and moist environments.

The steel also gives it a certain degree of flexibility and strength. This ensures that you can use the tapes in tight corners with relative ease. The robust strength gives it longer life when used in harsh conditions.

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Arc welding vs Gas welding

Arc welding and Gas welding are the two most popular types of welding currently begin used in industrial and commercial practices. However, both these methods have their own pros and cons, and are specifically used in certain applications only, and one method cannot be substituted to another in most cases.

Arc welding is one of the oldest welding practices in the world. It is quite cheap to work with and requires little equipment, which makes it quire inexpensive. While the Gas welding also known as MIG (Metal, Inert Gas) welding uses an Argon/ CO2 as shielding gas in order to achieve a weld.

The electric arc, which is used as a source of heat in arc welding can reach up to 40000oC, while the gas welding, which uses a gas as the source of heat can reach only up to 3200oC. In Arc welding, the filler rod operates as an electrode, thus performing dual purposes. The filler rod is introduces separately in gas welding.

One of the biggest concerns with Arc welding is electric shock. The equipment operates at high voltage and any misstep can lead to disastrous results. Arc welded joints are extremely strong and sturdy; while the gas welded joints are no match for the arc welded ones. The Arc welder can operate on both AC and DC current sources, while the Gas welder only operates on DC source. Both methods are however, non-pressure fusion welding method.

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How effective are fire fighting gears?

Fire fighters use specially designed suits, which provide just enough protection from the raging fires that they are trying to suppress. Agility is an important factor in combating fire effectively, hence there is an unfair trade off between keeping the gear protective enough, yet light enough to provide optimal mobility to the fire fighters.

The gear does little to protect the fighters from explosions. The fire fighters primary aim is to suppress the fires, and they are trained to identify problem areas and attack them first before moving on to combating low priority areas.

Although the suits do protect them from heat to a certain extent, they do not necessarily provide an overall protection. However, they are designed to disperse evenly and block radiant heat effectively. This allows them to stay in hot areas for longer periods with little discomfort. The suits are designed to absorb copious amount of heat before it gets saturated. One the fire fighter begins o feel the heat, he generally retreats to safer areas to let the suit cool off.

The face masks do an excellent job in filtering the smoke and other airborne toxins, however, research has shown that the skin can absorb smoke and toxins just as effectively. Hence, it is dangerous even for a fully geared fire fighter to stay in a smoke filled room for long.

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