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ACPO Names Director of R&D

Oak Harbor, Ohio – acpo, ltd. announces the naming of Tom Dupont as Corporate R&D Director.  Tom has been with acpo for three years and has led the team developing and commercializing multiple products lines including: High Barrier Flexible Packaging films, Anti-Counterfeit films, Laser Printable films and Digital overlaminates.

Tom has over twenty years experience in the pressure sensitive tape industry. Prior to joining acpo, he was Plant Manager at tesa tape, previously holding the positions of Process Engineering Manager and Coating/Converting Department Manager. Tom was also Coating Department Manager at Spinnaker Coating and a Technical Associate at Akrosil.

Currently Tom retains a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson University, an MS in Aeronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and an MA in Religious Education from the Grand Rapids Baptist Theological Seminary. In sharing his knowledge of the PSA tape industry, he was also a faculty member for the Pressure Sensitive Tape Council.

Pressure Sensitive Adhesives

Pressure Sensitive Adhesives (PSAs) are adhesives which form a bond when pressure is applied to marry the adhesive with the adherend (or substrate). No solvent, water, or heat is needed to activate the adhesive. They are used in pressure sensitive tapes, labels, note pads, automobile trim and a wide variety of other products.

As the name “pressure sensitive” indicates, the degree of bond is influenced by the amount of pressure which is used to apply the adhesive to the surface. Surface factors such as smoothness, surface energy, removal of contaminants, etc. are also important to proper bonding.

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Lamination

A laminate is a material that is constructed by uniting two or more layers of material together. The process of creating a laminate is lamination, which generally refers to placing something between layers of plastic and bonding them with heat and/or pressure, usually with an adhesive. The materials used in laminates can be the same or different. An example of lamination using different materials would be the application of a layer of plastic film — the “laminate” — on either side of a sheet of glass — the laminated subject. Vehicle windshields are commonly made by laminating a tough plastic film between two layers of glass.

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Polyester

Polyester (PET)
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Polyethylene terephthalate (sometimes written poly(ethylene terephthalate)), commonly abbreviated PET, PETE, or the obsolete PETP or PET-P), is a thermoplastic polymer resin of the polyester family and is used in synthetic fibers; beverage, food and other liquid containers; films, thermoforming applications; and engineering resins often in combination with glass fiber.

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Polypropylene

Polypropylene

Polypropylene (PP), is a thermoplastic polymer, made by the chemical industry and used in a wide variety of applications, including packaging, textiles, stationery, plastic parts and reusable containers of various types, laboratory equipment, loudspeakers, automotive components and polymer banknotes. An addition polymer made from the monomer propylene, it is rugged and unusually resistant to many chemical solvents, bases and acids.

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