The on-site Innovation staff and facilities in Glen Rock, PA, and Limerick, Ireland, are dedicated to adhesive and tape product development. With a full staff of scientists and engineers, our Innovation team formulates new technologies and constructions to transform our customers’ product concepts into commercial realities.

We utilize a stage-gate process to manage the successful development of our adhesive technologies for commercial launch. This is accomplished through close customer collaboration and cross-functional, multi-disciplinary teams from product concept to commercialization stages.

We offer formulation and manufacturing capabilities at each facility including polymer synthesis, mixing, and compounding, casting, and drying, slitting, and packaging, as well as custom release liner development. These capabilities ensure the achievement of key customer specifications to facilitate rapid product commercialization.

Innovation Capabilities

Analytical Laboratory

Provides our scientists with the analytical capabilities to quantify key attributes for product characterization during the development and production of commercial materials. This lab also supports quality control efforts through the development and validation of test methods.

  • Polymer rheology
  • Thermal characterization
  • Separation technologies (GC-MS, GC-FID, GPC)
  • Spectroscopy (UV-VIS, Fluorescence)
  • Microscopy (AFM, SEM, Optical)

Mixing & Coating Laboratory

Existing adhesive technologies are mixed, coated onto substrates and then dried in conditions to simulate commercial manufacturing to achieve the desired performance properties. Product prototypes then undergo physical and analytical testing prior to being sent to our customer for evaluation.

Liner Release Laboratory

Often a critical component of final product performance, release liners are developed and tested for coat weights, release performance and extractable materials.

Physical Testing Laboratory

Here the adhesive and tape constructions developed in the lab or from our manufacturing facility are tested for various performance properties. Common tests include peel adhesion, shear performance, adhesive tack, and liner release along with any additional tests which are appropriate for meeting customers’ design requirements.

Polymerization Laboratory

Unique polymers are synthesised in reactors to achieve an adhesive with desired properties. Monomers are carefully selected to fine-tune the adhesives functionality and performance.

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