Bookmark and Share 



Spring Gluing Tips

Spring is a great time for gluing! The weather is beginning to warm up, so frozen  glue, open glue joints from extremely dry plants and even chalking are less problematic. High amounts of rain in the spring months can raise the humidity in  the plants. Watch your adhesive for slower curing times and adjust your clamps  accordingly. For moisture curing urethane products, watch for faster curing with  the higher humidity. During the spring months, Franklin Adhesives & Polymers  recommends a thorough cleaning and maintenance of gluing and pressing equipment.

Storage - This is a good time to check the condition of bulk storage tanks to remove  any build up or sediment that might have accumulated over time. This is also a good  time to check inventory to make sure that there are not any old pails or drums hidden  from view. 

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

Mixing equipment - The mix ratio of two-part adhesives is important for good radio  frequency gluing and for proper water resistance. It has probably been a while since  this ratio was checked.

Spreaders - Repair or replace any loose flights on conveyors. Remove any glue  buildups around the spreaders. Check the condition of the applicator rolls. 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 proper pressure is being applied. Make sure that the drive chains are in good condition. Replace any broken air or hydraulic gauges.

Radio frequency presses - Most machines have a number of hydraulic pressure  cylinders. Make sure that all of them are working. Check fluid level 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.  The retard system in the continuous machine needs to be cleaned and checked for wear.

                                                                                                     read more

Franklin Adhesives & Polymers Launches "Ask the Adhesvies Expert" LinkedIn Discussion Group

“Ask the Adhesives Expert” Discussion Group extends the Franklin International division’s renowned in-person and online technical and customer service capabilities and enables group members to share experiences and solutions.

Franklin Adhesives & Polymers, a division of Franklin International, has launched a discussion group on LinkedIn, “Ask the Adhesives Expert,” as an additional channel to carry information to customers and other companies that use adhesives in their manufacturing processes and as another way for customers and industry professionals to get answers to specific questions quickly.

The division sees the discussion group as a natural extension of its strong commitment to customer service. Franklin Adhesives & Polymers prides itself on maintaining well-trained and responsive in-person and online technical and customer service teams, and on its ability to provide a high level of support to domestic and global customers.

“The discussion group gives us one more way to serve our customers and others who have questions about adhesive products, applications, market trends and related topics,” said division marketing communications manager Abbe Raabe. “

“Ask the Adhesives Expert” also adds another dimension to existing communication methods: It enables Franklin Adhesives & Polymers to simultaneously discuss solutions with many people, in different locations. The forum environment enables members to share their own views and experiences, broadening understanding of any given topic related to adhesives. 

LinkedIn members can get access to the discussion group at or Professionals who do not yet have a LinkedIn account can open one at the LinkedIn site. 

                                                                                                     read more

Upcoming Events:

May 19-21, 2013
Napa Valley, California
Visit our booth!

June 4-6, 2013
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
WDMA Technical Conference
Visit our booth!

July 24-27, 2013
Las Vegas, Nevada
Association of Woodworking and Furnishings Suppliers
Visit us at booth #8437!

                                                                                                     read more