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A Brief History on Adhesives and Their Uses


Adhesives are designed to keep two things together. Historically speaking, we know that the first adhesives were basically resin and gum from various plants. However, we now generally use synthetic compounds, which make the adhesive far stronger. These products are used in many elements of our daily lives, often without us even realizing it. Adhesives are flexible and versatile, which is why they are so popular.

The list of uses is huge. Indeed, we are often oblivious of how much adhesive we are actually surrounded by. However, a quick look around you will probably immediately show you some of the ways they are used. Labels on cans, the soles of your shoes and so on all employ adhesives. Because there are so many uses, there are also many different types. Some are toxic, others are not, for instance.

Traditionally, bonding two items together was done in a variety of ways. This included brazing, welding or soldering to name but a few mechanical and thermal procedures. Now, however, adhesives are generally used wherever possible. This is also because they don’t need special devices, tools or power sources in order to be used. Broadly speaking, however, they are used either industrially/commercially or domestically.

Commercial and Industrial Use of Adhesives

Almost every industry will use adhesives in some form or another. In stationary items, toys or food production, for instance, they are used mainly in terms of packaging. They are also used in heavy industries, for instance, such as part assembly, branding items, car paints and more. Furthermore, they are found in the construction industry, mainly to bond wood together with a uniform stress distribution. Finally, they are essential in the world of furnishings.

Domestic Use of Adhesives

In domestic applications, the use of adhesives truly is almost endless. We use items that already have adhesives on them, such as envelopes or stamps, or we purchase adhesives to fix broken things or engage in craft projects with children. Gums, cello tape and glue sticks are everyday household items that almost everybody has. We use them to fix our shoes and to attach tags and labels to gifts and more.

While there are many types of adhering processes available on the market, using adhesives is generally the most beneficial one. One of the reasons for this is that they are much quicker than any other type of adhering method. Naturally, it does take a little bit of time to make sure the surface is properly prepared, and you do also have to spend money on adhesives. However, these are processes that you will have to go through regardless of which method you use and the reality is that adhesives are usually quicker and more affordable. Furthermore, however, they are far more flexible than other mechanical or thermal fastening methods. You are not restricted in terms of the type of materials you are joining together, nor do you have to worry about the size of the object itself, although you do have to get an adhesive that can support the weight of the item that is glued.