The Adhesive and Sealant Council is making its latest report on the industry
available for purchase by the public at www.ascouncil.org. In addition to data on
global adhesives and sealants marketplace, the study includes a global overview
with market information on hot melts and two end-user markets, construction and
The Council says the world market is 20-billion wet lbs, or $26.2 billion.
North America uses 34% of the adhesives and sealants, and the U.S. uses 91% of
Among the top suppliers listed in the report: Henkel Loctite, H. B. Fuller,
National Starch, Bostik Findlay, and 3M.
Release of the report is part of the industry's efforts to promote the
reliability of adhesives. "Focus groups have told us we have to communicate that
reliability better," says Larry Sloan, of the Council.
The Council plans to eventually launch an Adhesive Fastening Institute. Part
of that effort will be a program to add new tools for engineers to aid in
selecting bonding agents.
Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.