Manchester, UK - Adhesive manufacturer Itac, based in Manchester, has launched a new version of its ITS-Fibretherm adhesive, which is being used for glueing electric blankets in China.
The firm said it has used 'Fluoro Technology' to enhance the product and resolve a "long-standing problem with clear sprayable adhesives." ITS-Fibretherm UV is visible when viewed under ultraviolet light. This enables the person applying the adhesive to see any overspray which may have occurred clearly, "providing improved production efficiency and enhanced quality control," said Itac
This is particularly useful for the ITS-Fibretherm, which is a two-component polyurethane adhesive initially developed for use in the manufacture of electric blankets. The adhesive has a wide range of advantages for textile and fabric applications, including clothing and fashion.
"This method of product tracking is simple yet effective," said Paul Armitt, managing director of Itac, in the statement. "It will be a real production aid for our customers at home and overseas," he added.
Itac said it is "developing more complex tracking and tracing technologies" which will "enable us to add unique 'chemical DNA' to any adhesive to identify product source and lineage," Armitt continued. Such products will be "a major advance in a world where traceability and accountability are becoming more important every day," he said.
ITS-Fibretherm UV is an easy to apply, clear, sprayable adhesive. Itac says that it bonds fabrics quickly, "allowing components to move rapidly through the manufacturing process."
In addition, it is non-flammable and has good resistance to heat and moisture, said Itac. It provides a strong, flexible bond important as it allows modern fabrics to remain soft to the touch after the adhesive has been applied, Itac points out. epw"