Wet Strength Resins—a Packaging Solution That Sticks Apr21

Wet Strength Resins—a Packaging Solution That Sticks...

Whether you are a business that offers products to customers or you are a consumer who purchases products, if you’ve ever received goods in a box, you’ve come in contact with wet strength resins. These resins help make paper and paperboard more durable and water resistant. They are widely used in the corrugated industry to enhance the durability of boxes and containers, and they add strength to tissue, paper towel and other paper products. How Resins Work Resins are liquid plastics. They are applied wet and harden as they set. Drying time can take anywhere from 4-6 hours, but once they dry, they are solid and extremely durable. wet strength resins are added to starch adhesives used in the production of corrugated boxes and containers. When a corrugated box is made, the heat of the corrugating machine helps the resins to set, providing the adhesive with a water-resistant shield. This makes the box stronger and resistant to cold and humidity. Three Levels of Wet Strength for Corrugated Boxes The higher the level of resin used in a product, the more water-resistant it becomes. Products can be made to keep simply moisture out, or they can be designed to be fully waterproof.  * MRA (Moisture Resistant Adhesive) — this is the lowest level of wet strength, used to pack products that will not be exposed to water or humidity.  * WRA (Water Resistant Adhesive) — the mid-level of wet strength is most commonly used by packaging manufacturers. This level is ideal to ensure that boxes remain strong in all shipping and storing conditions and that the adhesive does not come unglued due to moisture.  * WPA (Water Proof Adhesive) — the highest level of adhesive is primarily used in products that cannot come into contact...

Houses for Sale in Malden, MA Made Easy Apr20

Houses for Sale in Malden, MA Made Easy...

Buying a home doesn’t have to be the daunting experience that you assume it will be. While there can be plenty of choices to make, you don’t necessarily have to go into things alone. Whether you are buying your very first home or you’re looking to relocate – the services of a realtor can really come in handy. By doing some simple research online and finding the professional that is right for you, you can easily be on your way to discovering your dream home in no time! Industry Insight The real estate industry can be challenging to navigate alone, and if you’re blindly looking for houses for sale – it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Instead of wasting time and effort on listings that may not be right for you, let your realtor take the wheel. By getting an idea of your wants and needs, he or she can use their industry expertise to pull listings that are relevant for you. No time is wasted, and you already have a leg up in your search! Guidance You Need The home buying experience is different for everyone.  Because of this, it can be confusing to understand what exactly YOU need to be doing in your unique situation. When working with a realtor, he or she will guide you through the available houses for sale. Malden, MA homes on the market are spread far and wide, so the assistance of a real estate professional can be quite beneficial. A realtor will also ensure that you’re on top of other parts of the process like applying for your mortgage and having a home inspection completed. These are crucial to your end result, so it’s important that nothing is left out simply due to inexperience. That’s where your...

Natural Carbonation or Forced Carbonation? Apr20

Natural Carbonation or Forced Carbonation?...

Beer connoisseurs will concur, the light sting of carbonation on the tongue is a major part of the appeal in a fine quality beer. There are two methods used to achieve the optimum beer carbonation in these beverages and they are natural carbonation and forced carbonation. Achieving the perfect balance is required to avoid production of a flat beer or over-carbonated bottles that explode when you open them. Natural Carbonation Natural beer carbonation involves retaining the yeast in the beer. Sugar added to the beer and then sealing of the container begins a fermentation process. The yeast action is stimulated by the sugar. CO2 is released during the yeast action and dispersed through the beer. Pros and Cons of Natural Beer Carbonation This process can be less expensive than forced carbonation methods. The appearance of the beer is not as attractive as the forced method as a layer of yeast will still lie on the bottom of the container. The head is richer, and for better or worse, there is generally more of a yeast flavor to naturally carbonated beer. This can be a plus if you enjoy the flavor and a con if you don’t. Forced Beer Carbonation This method requires beer to be placed into a container with the high pressure addition of CO2. The CO2 absorbs into the liquid quickly and the containers are sealed. Pros and Cons of Forced Carbonation Most breweries prefer this method of beer carbonation. It allows for a faster turnaround time for production and for a cleaner and clearer product. There is no yeast remaining in the bottom of the bottle. The flavor does not have the sting of yeast as found in beer carbonated with the natural method. This method produces a more attractive beer...

Machining Plastics is a Popular Solution for Many industries...

There are a great many products in this world that are made from plastic and this is with good reason. Plastic is readily available, and easy to work with. There are different varieties of plastic, and many can be very effectively machined to make a great range of different pieces and parts. This is part of the reason why machining plastics is such a common practice to make what is needed for so many different industries. Types of Plastic for Machining There are numerous different types of plastic that can be machined, and each has its own unique qualities. For example, there is acrylic, which has a nice, clear finish, ABS, which is very strong, or polycarbonate, which is both transparent and tough with good elasticity and impact resistance. Other varieties might have qualities like good adhesion or a non-stick surface. Just a few of the other popular plastic types would include Fluorosint, nylon, PBT, polystyrene, Teflon, Torlon and eco-plastics. The Machining Process Machining plastics uses basically the same process as machining wood or metal. Machining is a general term that usually means to remove the excess from a piece of material to shape it into a desired piece or part. Specific machining techniques can include sawing, grinding, drilling, routing, tapping, polishing and more. Machining is often done on a CNC system, in which a central computer controls a number of processes and coordinates them to make sure that the finished product conforms to a set blueprint. Machined Plastic Pieces and Parts With a versatile material like plastic and a versatile process like machining, the only real limit on what you can create is your imagination and ability to make and follow a blueprint. You could make clear products like windows, aquariums, glasses and...

Add Class With Custom Embroidered T-shirts Apr20

Add Class With Custom Embroidered T-shirts...

While not all designs translate into great looking custom embroidered t-shirts, most company logos, team logos, and even brands can easily be designed to go with any type of shirt. Most of the custom embroidered t-shirts are the heaviest cotton shirts. They have a dense enough fabric to hold the embroidery without bunching or sagging where the stitching is completed. Other  great options to consider for embroidery include, polos, sweatshirts, and hoodies. Keep it Simple While custom embroidered t-shirt and logo designs can be as detailed and intricate as you like, the simple designs are the most memorable and really stand out. Simple, clean lines and one or two colors are the most eye-catching. They look classy and balanced on the very basic style of a t-shirt. Too much detail and too many different colors can be distracting, and take away from the appearance of the design or logo. Where to Embroider? For most custom embroidered t-shirts, there are two areas to consider for embroidery. One is above the pocket or just above where a pocket would be on the shirt, and the other is on the outside and bottom area of the arm. Generally, it is the company, team, or brand logo or name that is embroidered in these locations. Of course, it is possible to combine the two or have one in one place and the other component at the other location on the shirt. Color Combinations As with printing, choosing the colors for both the background and the thread for custom embroidered t-shirts is going to be a critical factor. As this is a more costly option than printing, you want to create the perfect look with your first order. It is highly recommended to choose contrasting colors for the thread...