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On With the Shows

The team at Franklin Adhesives & Polymers is hitting the road in October to exhibit at several industry trade shows. We packed up our booth from the early-October Wood Components Manufacturers Association (WCMA) fall conference in Louisville and are headed to two other key shows:

The Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association (KCMA)
Management Conference, Exposition & Plant Tours
October 8 – 11
Minneapolis, Minn.
Booth #17
Featured product lines: Titebond and Assembly wood adhesives for manufacturing cabinets.

Woodworking Machinery and Supply (WMS) Expo
Toronto, Canada
October 27-29
Booth #202
Featured product lines: Our new Advantage EP-940 adhesive for bonding treated lumber and other wood substrates that are difficult to bond; our Plywood Line of seven CARB-compliant adhesive for plywood products.

If you are attending either or both of these shows, we hope to see you at our booth.

Autumn: ‘Tis the Season for Change

Fall Maintenance Tips
With the changing of the leaves comes the time to check and change out a few components on your machinery, as part of regular maintenance. Here’s our semi-annual list of maintenance tips:

This is a good time to check the condition of bulk storage tanks and remove any buildup or sediment that might have accumulated. Check your inventory to make sure you don't have any old pails, drums, bulk drums or totes hidden from view.

Good maintenance of ripsaws involves more than just changing saw blades. When was the last time you checked parts alignment or the condition of arbor bearings?

Mixing Equipment
The mix ratio of two-part Multibond adhesives is important for good radio frequency gluing and the development of proper water resistance. Is it time for you to check this ratio?

Glue Spreaders
Repair or replace any loose flights on conveyors. Remove any glue build up around the spreaders. Check the condition of the applicator rolls and lubricate parts as necessary.

Clamp Carriers
Clean and lubricate each clamp. This is also a good time to replace the thrust washer, located behind the tightening nut on each clamp. Check each clamp to ensure that it is applying proper pressure. Also assess the condition of the drive chains, and replace any broken air or hydraulic gauges.

Radio Frequency Presses
Most machines have several hydraulic pressure cylinders. Area all of them working? Check fluid levels in pumps and make sure that all gauges are functioning. The beryllium copper strip along the front edge of the machine and other ground straps are frequently damaged or disconnected. You also want to clean the retard system in continuous flow machine and check for wear.

Quick Fixes for a Few Fall PVA Gluing Problems
Autumn carries crisp weather across the country, generally creating the ideal conditions for gluing. However, fall also brings sudden drops in temperatures, which can cause the same gluing issues in unheated buildings you might face in the depth of winter. You can reduce these problems by turning on the heat slightly before rather than slightly after the factory temperature drops too far.

Early morning fog in late autumn can cause under-cured joints. Cool and damp conditions frequently result in under-cured joints because most water-based glues cure more slowly under these conditions. If you are experiencing an increase in panel failures or delaminations, allow the panels to remain clamped an extra 10 to 15 minutes. If you are using radio frequency equipment, try increasing the cure cycle by five to 10 seconds.

Adhere to the minimum-use temperature to avoid glue line chalking. Most glues dry clear or slightly opaque. A chalked glue line is abnormally light. A milky or chalky white glue squeeze out means that the plant and wood are too cold for the adhesive being used. The "minimum use temperature" is noted on our data sheets as a guide. For ideal glue performance, you want to keep the wood and plant temperatures at least a few degrees above this value.

Unlike PVAs, PUR Hot Melts tend to set more quickly in cooler weather. This is normally not a problem, but if the open time or set time of a hot melt becomes too short, please consult your Franklin representative.

"When It’s Not Wood"

Wood products manufacturers trust ASTM standards to ensure the quality of bonding wood components for interior and exterior parts. But what standards should you follow when bonding substrates other than wood in these products?

ASTM standards cover nonstructural lumber products centered around a variety of wood species only. ASTM currently does not offer separate criteria for adhesives applied to such substrates as acetylated lumber, plastic composites, thermally treated lumber and bamboo – although these substrates are increasingly popular.

Our testing shows these new substrates absorb water and behave differently than wood does. Accordingly, they might also respond differently to a particular adhesive. This possibility suggests that we might – just might – need to use a different adhesive when bonding alternative substrates to achieve the same degree of water resistance. And it also gives rise to the possibility, however distant, that ASTM might need to develop a separate set of standards for these substrates.

We would like to know what your experience working with these substrates has been. Do the same adhesives you have been using to glue wood components seems to work as well as one of these alternative materials? E-mail a comment to us directly at

In fact, we always look forward to hearing from you. It’s one way we can ensure we are meeting our standards – and yours – for quality, too.


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