It’s an amazing time for adhesives and coatings and nothing is more exciting than the research that is being undertaken into switchable adhesives.
Smart coatings and adhesives have properties that can be altered quickly and reliably, making them suitable for an almost infinite range of uses.
Switchable adhesion is the term coined for adhesives that bond under certain circumstances but not others. A smart adhesive is able to grip then release on demand. The bond can be temporary or long lasting as is required in the case of furniture manufacture, where the adhesion could ideally be turned off by environmental factors at the time of disposal.
Many studies are currently being undertaken at UK Universities and Institutions across the world. We at Itac are examining and developing possibilities for our customers. If you have a product idea that you think would gain from a switch on and off adhesive or coating please let me know.
Call Paul Armitt on 01204 573736 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
New Itac coating
We are very pleased to announce that our ITS Reveal Technology coating has been granted a European patent. ITS Reveal is a unique coating which was developed at Itac’s laboratories in Manchester.
ITS Reveal will provide almost any textile with the ability to create a twenty-first-century litmus test. But, whereas litmus paper is fragile and for use in the laboratory ITS Reveal is highly durable and can be used on an industrial scale. Also, unlike litmus paper, which displays acid as red, ITS Reveal rapidly changes colour from green to fluorescent yellow, allowing it to be seen from a distance, providing an early warning sign of potential leaks and seepage.
ITS Reveal is part of our ITS-intelligent technical solutions, industry specific range of products. We are currently developing other formulas within the same family, which will reveal various types of toxic and hazardous seepage plus products which will react to entirely different types of stimuli – such as direct heat. These products are alerting manufacturers to the benefits of involving Itac from the outset, whenever they need to create an innovative intelligent textile.’
We are currently developing an ITS Reveal Technology coating that can be activated by alkali liquids. For more information email: email@example.com