Building a More Competitive Edge for the Future

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Written By: Ed Klavin, President and CEO

Recently Edge Adhesives launched its website which includes our new upper-case company logo. These updates mark a symbolic change for Edge Adhesives as our company advances to bring proven elastomeric adhesive sealant technologies and new product innovations to a broader market.

Customer focus and communication are critical not only for business growth, but also for industry longevity. Innovation and opportunity come from close contact with our customers and the market and listening to and anticipating their needs. Likewise, it is important that customers know about Edge Adhesives, our products offerings and our capabilities. The Edge Adhesives and Plioseal™ websites provide useful information for both current and potential new customers.

Positioning Edge Adhesives for the future is not just about marketing. Our recent investments in people and equipment are a testimony to our commitment to bring new resources into Edge Adhesives to meet our customer needs and create solutions. Customers have already taken notice and are benefiting from the enhancements in the technical capabilities in our R&D laboratory and our plants. In addition to lab and manufacturing upgrades, our new technical team combines industry experience, new ideas and enthusiasm into a function that provides quality control, customer application support and new product innovation. This is a significant part of the value that Edge Adhesives is offering customers.

Whether there is a need for innovative pressure sensitive adhesive (PSA) tapes, sealants or coatings specifically for building and waterproofing applications or performance butyl gaskets, tapes and sealants designed for other markets including HVAC, subgrade, aerospace and OEM applications; Edge Adhesives has a broad line of solutions to meet your needs.

If you need custom / toll compounding of rubber adhesive formulations, Edge Adhesives can provide the product and the service. Edge Adhesives is known as a leading developer and manufacturer of rubber-based adhesive sealing products with capabilities in butyl and block copolymer formulations as well as water based acrylic coatings. Private label / toll manufacturing business is a core element of our business and is an area where we are growing internationally through partnerships with existing and new customers.

Our Plioseal™ brand brings innovative sustainable technologies to construction industry stakeholders through distribution. These environmentally friendly performance sealants, coatings and pressure sensitive tapes offer contractors, builders, and property owners better building envelope solutions for making their structures waterproof, more durable and energy efficient. Our recent launch of Ecobutyl™ and the soon to be launched next generation Powerflash 14™ are examples of innovative PSA tapes for construction and waterproofing.

The changes at Edge Adhesives go beyond just a new logo and websites. The future is now and we look forward to bringing continued value and innovation to customers, the industry and the community. Your comments and inquiries are much appreciated as Edge strives to provide “Solutions that Stick™”!

Summer Trade Show Season is Here!

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From coast to coast, Edge Adhesives and our brand Plioseal™ are going on the road.

First come join Plioseal™ in Orlando at the FRSA show (Florida Roofing and Sheet Metal Contractors) on June 22-24 in booth #433. At this year’s show we are excited to officially launch our new primer, ISOPRIME. This product not only passivizes red dust, it provides a surface that will inhibit any further corrosion. In addition to the ISOPRIME, you will find our line-up of innovative roof coatings, sealants and tapes.

If you are on the west coast, come see us at this year’s PCBC show (Pacific Coast Builder’s Show) in San Diego on June 28th & 29th at the San Diego Convention Center in Plioseal™ booth #2543. Here you will find our full line of building envelope products from our innovative window and door flashing tapes like EcoButyl™ to our tough and durable roof coating, Acrylink™.

A special highlight at this summer’s show for Plioseal™ will be our new and improved PowerFlash 14™ for windows and doors. Edge Adhesives is the originator of thin mil, versatile, aggressive – super tack adhesives and we are proud to launch this new improved version that is laminated on a scrim-less metalized polyester backing that guarantees nail-sealabilty 100% of the time. Window flashing tapes using backings with scrim can’t make that same claim.

Later in the summer Edge Adhesives will be back on the east coast in Orlando exhibiting at the CAMX Show (The Advanced Materials and Composites Expo) in booth #N80. Check back closer to the show for a close-up look into Edge’s vacuum and composite forming tapes.

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Lab Chat: Ageing and Weathering of Modified Asphalt Tapes vs Block Co-polymer and Butyl Tapes

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Common modified asphalt pressure sensitive adhesive (PSA) tapes employed in building envelope and construction applications are comprised of polymer modified asphalts and typically incorporate either a random styrene butadiene polymer (SBR) or a styrene-butadiene-styrene (SBS) block co- polymer chemistry. While these polymers can be effective at modifying the base asphalt to impart the necessary physical properties for the composition to function as an adhesive they do have their limitations and weaknesses. Aging and weathering performance is one of these weaknesses when compared to other available co-polymer and butyl based PSA tapes. Asphalt based adhesive tapes are particularly prone to property loss through this type of degradation due to the fact that both the asphalt base as well as the unsaturated polymer used to modify it will contribute to the formation of oxidation products and the coupling of polymeric radicals.

SBR and SBS polymers owe their strength and elasticity to their block copolymer structure and design. The hard, glassy styrene end-blocks and their soft, rubbery butadiene mid-blocks have solubility parameters that are different enough to create a phase separation that drives much of their physical properties. In the polymerization processes used to manufacture SBS block co-polymers the polymer chains are left with vulnerable C=C bonds as they are unsaturated polymers. These C=C bonds commonly referred to as unsaturation in the molecule, make these polymers susceptible to various environmental agents such as ozone, UV light and other thermo-oxidative agents that can compromise their physical properties as they naturally age.

Typical manifestations of polymer degradation in adhesives based on asphalt that has been modified with a SB or SBR or SBS block copolymer are increased hardness or a resulting decrease in the penetration. This increase in hardness is actually an increase in modulus of the system and is typically accompanied by a decrease in tack aggression. The predominant degradation kinetic at work in SBS polymers is a cross-linking of the butadiene segments. This diene cross-linking can create an insoluble gel content that severely diminishes the adhesive properties and cause failure in the bond line. This cross-linking can also increase the softening point of the adhesive as well as increase the high molecular weight species of the adhesives. The elongation and elastic recovery of these degraded systems is negatively affected making the adhesive system more prone to failure under cyclical dimensional changes in the substrate from repeated thermal swings. The increase in hardness or modulus can create poor “wetting” out of the tape to the intended substrate. These effects taken as a whole typically equate to a compromised adhesive that has lower room temperature tack, is physically harder and has substantially decreased cold temperature performance.

Edge Adhesives has long been aware of the poor ageing and weathering of the SBS chemistries and found the hydrogenation process that converts the butadiene mid-block to ethylene-butylene, substantially improves upon these particular performance attributes creating an SEBS polymer. Our SEBS (styrene-ethylene/butylene-styrene) based tapes have essentially none of the vulnerable double bonds remaining with residual unsaturation levels below 3%. The hydrogenation process not only creates a much more thermally stable polymer it also tends to yield increased mechanical properties of our PSA tapes and increase the ageing and weathering properties as well when used in building envelope.

Look for Edge Adhesives and Plioseal to publish ad expanded case study on aging and its effects on the performance of Window and Door flashing tapes coming Fall 2017. Ask your sales associate for more information or call 1-866-232-2026 to find your local representative.

EcoButyl™ Window and Door Flashing is Ready for its Close-Up

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Watch out asphalt tapes! Plioseal’s game changing EcoButyl™ window and door flashing tape is now more than two times stronger, in-stock and for ready shipment nationally.

After the overwhelming positive feedback from a targeted beta launch of the EcoButyl™ window and door flashing tape, Plioseal is now launching an optimized version of the butyl flashing tape to the entire market.

You may not be aware of this, but through our strategic partnerships, Edge Adhesives is the leader in developing premium performance butyl formulations and the innovator of thin mil block co-polymer adhesive backed pressure sensitive building and construction tapes with super stick performance characteristics.  Now through the Edge brand Plioseal, we are launching a new line of lower cost butyl waterproofing tapes specifically engineered to be closer in price to asphalt and asphalt blended window and door flashing tapes while exceeding on performance and dependability.

Asphalts and modified asphalt based tapes have proven in performance and are widely known to have sealant compatibility issues, poor temperature performance, short life-cycles and long term vinyl adhesion issues, but they remain the dominant used tapes when it comes to waterproofing your fenestration openings because of their low price.  With EcoButyl™ window and door flashing tapes we are taking Edge’s almost 40 years of building product and waterproofing technology development expertise and applying it to this uniquely positioned waterproofing tape being offered exclusively through our building and waterproofing brand, Plioseal to give you THE superior performing and lower cost butyl tape.

EcoButyl™ is a tough and flexible pressure sensitive tape that can be applied down to 40⁰F to most common building surfaces without the need for a primer. Unlike asphalts, it will not bleed or stain when in contact with common installation sealants and will pass the AAMA 713 standards for chemical compatibility.   This benefit gives the installer the freedom of choosing which sealant they prefer and not be limited to what will work with the specific bitumen based tape product they are trying to use for the window installation.

Exclusively through Plioseal you get all of these performance benefits without having to make a huge sacrifice on price.   EcoButyl is the new penny-4-penny pound-4-pound best window and door flashing on the market.  We challenge you to find a better performing product at a better price.  So what are you waiting for?  The decision has never been easier.

Find more about EcoButyl™ on the residential products page of www.plioseal.com or call 866-232-2026 to find a sales representative near you.

 

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The Science Behind

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Edge Adhesives is happy to announce we are taking the product knowledge and technologies of FIVE industry leading companies and rolling them into one uniquely diversified brand: Plioseal™.

Edge Adhesives has been the science behind some of the most innovative technologies and largest brands in the Metal Building, Waterproofing, Roofing, HVAC and Construction markets for over 30 years through our private label partnerships. Recently Edge has begun strategically purchasing other businesses that diversify and complement our existing technologies, market channels and philosophy of technologies, market channels and philosophy of market improvement through product development and innovation.

The first acquisition made was Rubex, Inc. Rubex has been a trusted supplier of sealants and tapes to the Metal Building market for over 30 years. PARR Technologies, Inc. was Edge’s second acquisition. PARR has been supplying a diversified technology base of sealants, butyl tapes and coatings for over 80 years. When Edge acquired Plioseal™, we gained a recognizable and trusted brand name in the commercial and single-ply roofing market that has been supplying for over 25 years. Our most recent acquisition was of a unique roof and liquid coatings company, Isothermal Protective Coatings, Inc [IPC] in early 2015. IPC further rounds out Plioseal’s 360 degree approach to being your one-top-shop supplier of all of your sealing and waterproofing needs.

Plioseal™ now represents over 150 years of combined knowledge, product development and field proven experience. By taking the best of what these companies have to offer, Plioseal™ now offers a Building Solution the Sticks from the foundation to the ridge of you roof a wide range of market leading tapes, sealants and coatings. For many of these products, it will be the first time they will be offered manufacture direct to the market.

With the Plioseal™ brand, we are committed to continuing to make positive contributions to the Building and Waterproofing markets by developing in our labs, producing on our plant floors and now driving direct-to-market our innovative tapes, sealants and coatings.

Visit our website often to see the newest products and developments to the evolving Plioseal™ product line.

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