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Bob Goss, senior technology specialist at Henkel, has written a 180-page book entitled ‘Practical Guide to Adhesive Bonding of Small Engineering Plastic and Rubber Components’.

The book is published by Smithers, an organisation that provides an independent service covering testing, analysis, processing and research for the polymer industries.

Goss has been a guest speaker at Smithers Rapra (formerly Rubber and Plastics Research Association) functions for a number of years.

He explained that a search of the market revealed an absence of publications covering adhesive bonding of engineering plastics and his book aims to fill this gap.

Among the 10 chapters are sections dealing with an introduction to adhesives, selecting an adhesive, joint design and troubleshooting.

To illustrate the various uses of adhesives, a number of case studies are included.

Henkel, which makes Loctite brand products, provided support for the project, as did the publishing and polymer library section at Smithers.

The book costs GBP75 in hardback or electronic form and can be published from Smithers in Shrewsbury or via Smithers’s website.

Henkel is the world market leader in state-of-the-art industrial adhesives, sealants and surface treatment products for a wide variety of engineering applications. Its leading brands for the industrial market are Loctite, Bonderite, Teroson, Aquence and Technomelt.

Strong customer focus, research and innovation, consistent quality and sustainable business practices have contributed to its record of success, as has continuous improvement in both its products and methods of manufacture.

The company applies its expertise to the entire value chain across the engineering sector. Whatever you build, manufacture, assemble or repair, its technical consultancy service will provide all the assistance and training you need to ensure you have the best product and the skill to apply to its best advantage.

Henkel brands are internationally renowned for their proven reliability and performance and the scope of the company’s product programme extends from cleaning and pre-treatment through to bonding, sealing, filling and protecting, coating and lubricating. 

Henkel is the only adhesive manufacturer to offer a comprehensive range of products that are hazard-label free. Its Loctite Health and Safety series is suitable for the lion’s share of engineering applications and includes thread lockers, thread sealants, gasketing adhesives, retaining compounds and instant adhesives.

As both the product and its method of application dictate the quality of process, Henkel also has considerable expertise in the supply of dedicated dispensing equipment that, if necessary, can be bespoke to the application. This equipment ensures the product is applied quickly, cleanly, accurately and economically.

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