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Corona Treatment of Silicone Elastomers and Plastic Films

Posted by Katie Sullivan

Aug 12, 2020 8:30:00 AM

Silicone rubber materials and some plastic films have chemically inert and non-porous surfaces, which equates to low surface energy. This means they have a weak molecular bonding force making it difficult to create a bond with many pressure sensitive adhesives.

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Topics: Surface Energy, Foams, BISCO Silicone, Silicone

Silicone Rubber, a Low Surface Energy Material

Posted by Katie Sullivan

Mar 31, 2020 10:00:00 AM

Silicone Rubber, a "Low Surface Energy" Elastomer, what does this mean?

Silicone is a high performance elastomer with the ability to withstand extreme temperatures, both high and low. It also naturally repels, which makes it an excellent choice for a water seal or a moisture barrier. However, this also makes silicone tricky to bond to other surfaces.

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Topics: Pressure Sensitive Adhesive, Surface Energy, Foams, BISCO Silicone, Silicone

Surface Energy and Pressure Sensitive Adhesives

Posted by Katie Sullivan

Jul 8, 2014 1:51:24 PM

The use of adhesives is growing rapidly in manufacturing in practically all industries. The advantages of using adhesives are clear: they are lightweight, clean, safe and cost effective. This means more and more design engineers are in the process of selecting a Pressure Sensitive Adhesive for their application. An impetrative part of the adhesive selection process is to determine the surface energy of the two substrates that are being bonded. 


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Topics: Pressure Sensitive Adhesive, Surface Energy