This is a question we face quite often – how long do sealants last? Short answer – from a few years to decades – it all depends on the conditions it’s used in.
We do not have any specific data on lifespan since that is dependent on so many factors. Simply put – sealants can last a good number of years – even up to 50 to 100 years, but the amount of weathering and exposure will affect the lifespan. Constant movement or mechanical abrasion are also factors which will decrease lifespan.
There are actually indicators of durability and lifespan reflected in the PSB test reports of our products, and since these have controlled variables, they are easier to quantify. They don’t tell you how many years a sealant can last. Instead, they simulate real world durability by subjecting our sealant samples to accelerated stress. This, in turn, gives users a good idea on the durability of the sealant.
Our sealants are sent to TÜV SÜD PSB for testing using the ASTM C920 : 2008 Standard Specification For Elastomeric Joint Sealants test methods. In each test report, the following are a few tests that pertain to the durability of a sealant.
6: Cyclic Adhesion & Cohesion
Adopted ASTM C719 : 2005 Standard Test Method for Adhesion And Cohesion Of Elastomeric Joint Sealants Under Cyclic Movement (Hockman Cycle).
Brief description: Constantly stretching and compressing the sealant in a range of conditions over a few weeks. To adhere to the standard, sealant must show no loss in bond, i.e. no adhesion or cohesion failure.
7: Effects of Heat Ageing
ASTM C1246 : 2017 Standard Test Method For Effects Of Heat Ageing On Weight Loss, Cracking, And Chalking Of Elastomeric Sealants After Cure
Brief description: Heating up the sealant up to 70C for 21 days to see if there is cracking or chalking. To adhere to the standard, sealant show no cracking or chalking.
8: Effects Of Accelerated Weathering
Adopted ASTM C793 : 2005 (2017) Standard Test Method For Effects Of Accelerated Weathering On Elastomeric Joint Sealants
Brief description: Repeated cycles of exposure to UV and condensation for more than 30 days. To adhere to the standard, sealant must not crack.
Users may find these data in our test reports available on each product page, where applicable. An example of the test results is shown here:
These 3 points give a good overall view of the durability of a sealant when subject to accelerated stress, and in turn, should give users confidence in the quality and durability of our sealants.
It has happened.
For years, we’ve been doing demonstrations of Fix All Turbo by using two pieces of wood. It’s simple – apply Fix All Turbo to a piece of wood, stick another piece of wood so it bonds together, press tight, and start the timer. You might have seen it in the official Turbo video here:
The end result looks like this.
20 minutes later, challenge anyone and everyone to break the pieces apart. There are plenty of places to grip, and enough space for two people to try to pull the pieces apart with all their strength. Just 20 minutes of bond time – and our Turbo adhesive bonds so strongly that so far, nobody has been able to pull it apart.
And then it changed. A new challenger was able to break it.
It looks like this.
This very strong man managed to, somehow, use some inhuman strength to break the pieces apart. We were shocked when it happened, as he gleefully handed us the broken pieces.
But take a closer look and you’ll see what exactly happened. The wood snapped. Fix All Turbo kept its bond.
Basically, when faced with tremendous pressure (or rather, tension), something’s got to give. But no, it’s not our adhesive. Wood breaks before Turbo does.
This is something we can differentiate with some technical terms: adhesive failure, cohesive failure, and structural failure.
Adhesive failure is when the bond between substrates is broken at the surface of the bond – between adhesive and substrate.
Cohesive failure is when the bond between substrates is broken within the adhesive (or sealant) itself.
Structural failure is when the substrate itself is broken.
In this case, we have a situation of structural failure, where somehow the adhesive and cohesive strength of the bonding agent was higher than the structural strength of the substrate – wood. Thus we can conclude that the strength of Fix All Turbo is higher than the strength of wood, which doesn’t really surprise us, actually.
Failure in adhesion
To show some contrast, this is an example of failure in adhesion by other products. Here’s an image of a solvent-based adhesive (not ours) used to stick a sign on a wall. Since the sign is no longer there, obviously there was some failure in its adhesion.
Take a closer look and you’ll see that in some parts, the paint was peeled off (the grey parts). This could be classified as adhesive failure of the paint on the wall – so not the adhesive’s fault.
However, you’ll see that there has been a lot of failure in the adhesive. To establish whether it was cohesive failure or adhesive failure, we will need to look at the dropped sign, which we do not have. However, one thing is for sure – it doesn’t matter whether it’s adhesive failure or a cohesive failure – a failure is a failure, and a failure means wasted time, labour, and material to go back to a site and re-do a job. And unhappy customers.
It’s times like this when you wish you had used a better product.
Guess they would have been better off using Fix All Turbo.
A big thank you to all who came down and chatted with us during the BuildTech Asia Building and Construction Technology Expo last week!
As part of the Singapore Pavilion, PFE Technologies Pte Ltd had a booth under the banner “Future Ready Singapore”. Just three words to encapsulate what it means to be part of the construction industry in Singapore – keeping the country in the forefront of construction technologies.
Construction technologies come in all shapes and sizes, and we’re proud that our technologies come packaged in small(er) sizes – sealants and adhesives are an integral part of any construction, and using the right material in the right way is key to quality, whether in terms of durability, aesthetics, or efficiency.
Here’s a quick and dynamic peek at our booth:
Some of our key products that were emphasized and discussed during the exhibition:
PERESEAL 702 IN FOIL PACKAGING
With our commitment to advanced construction technology, a better environment, and state-of-the-art production processes, PFE Technologies Pte Ltd is proud of our initiative to support greener, more efficient building practices. Our Pereseal 702 Acrylic Sealant product is now available in sausage packaging, besides the PE cartridge packaging that is currently available. Pereseal 702 will be available in both versions. Aluminium foil packaging offers many advantages, mainly lower costs, easier disposal, and better environmental-friendliness.
Recent events have gotten the construction industry concerned about fire safety and standards. We are proud to have offered our fire-rated sealant, Pereseal FR, for over nine years – with our products being audited annually and consistently obtaining a Certificate of Conformity from TÜV SÜD PSB year by year. Pereseal FR is a fire-stopping acrylic sealant with a fire-rating for up to 4 hours according to BS 476: Part 20, with Warres Test Report number 181672.
Soudal Fix All adhesives and sealants are the problem-solvers of the construction industry, offering solutions where other sealants and adhesives keep failing. Based on Soudal’s proprietary SMX hybrid polymer technology, the Fix All range offers unparalleled performance for all bonding and sealing applications. Advantages include extremely high bonding strength of up to 320 kg / 10 cm², extreme initial tack of up to 400 kg / m², ultra-high bonding speeds as quick as 20 minutes, suitability on almost all materials, extreme weather and water resistance, and food safe and anti-fungal sanitary properties.
Visitors were impressed with the bonding strength with this simple example of a very heavy brick bonded to an MDF board using Fix All High Tack. Our team also did live demonstrations of Fix All applications, including the Fix All Turbo 20 minute test where if anyone could break the bond after 20 minutes, they would win a prize! Unfortunately for the visitors, nobody won.
Soudal PU foams are one-component, easy-to-use products that expand in size to easily fill up gaps, joints, and voids. They are high-yield and self-expanding, with each 750 ml can achieving up to 60 litres of cured foam. Based on Soudal’s open-cell PU foam technology, Soudal PU foams offer excellent thermal and acoustic insulation for many construction applications, reducing electrical consumption for cooling and HVAC.
If you’re keen of eye, you’ll also notice the Ridley bicycle on display. No, we didn’t all cycle to the fair (though some of us did). Soudal, being the sponsor of the Belgian Lotto Soudal cycling team, brought this Ridley Noah SL to showcase Soudal’s focus on matters beyond chemicals – in this case, cycling. Cycling has the reputation of being one of the most green and efficient ways that humans can travel, and in this spirit, Soudal has become a sponsor for their Belgian team, and for the Belgian Cycling Project.
Also on display were Soudal’s Bike Range – chemicals for assembling, cleaning, and lubrication of bicycles, developed specially by Soudal for the team. Also, some of our team-mates in the Lotto Soudal jersey.
One big question we kept getting from visitors were – where can I buy these bike products? Our answer – stay tuned.
All in all, we had a great time at the expo, and lots of fun with old friends and new with our favourite cold beverage (thank you Dester!). A big thank you to everyone who came down to the fair and met up with us, and we hope to see all of you soon.
We’re proud to announce that we will be participating once again in BuildTech Asia, an International Building Technology Expo held in Singapore. This annual exhibition is the region’s leading trade show for the building and construction industry. It’s hosted by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) in Singapore, and it is where the top companies of different fields come together to showcase their many different advanced building and construction technologies.
PFE Technologies will be taking up a stand in the Singapore pavilion (of course!) – where we join our other fellow local Singaporean companies at the forefront of construction technology. Other notable exhibitors in the Singapore pavilion are Kobe Construction, Makita Singapore, and of course, our principal Klingspor Singapore, who will be showcasing their diamond cutting wheels.
Our favourite portion is always the sundowner lounge, and wondering which brand of cold beverages they will offer this year.
PFE Technologies Pte Ltd will be showcasing our range of advanced construction sealants and adhesives. In particular, we are proud to launch and offer our Pereseal 702 in economical and ecologically-friendly sausage packaging. Also, our range of Soudal Fix All adhesives and sealants are the problem-solvers of the construction industry, offering solutions where other sealants and adhesives keep failing. Lastly, Soudal PU foams continue to offer excellent thermal and acoustic insulation for many construction applications, reducing electrical consumption for cooling and HVAC.
Recent events have also gotten the construction industry concerned about fire safety and standards. We are proud to have offered our fire-rated sealant, Pereseal FR, for over nine years – with our products being audited annually and consistently obtaining a Certificate of Conformity from TÜV SÜD PSB year by year.
We look forward to seeing you at our stand – do pop by to say hi, or even request for a demonstration of some of our products on display. See you!
Update: The exhibition is over! See what went on.
For exhibition pre-registration, please click here.
BuildTech Asia 2017
24 – 26 October 2017
PFE Technologies Pte Ltd is proud to offer Pereseal 702 in our new aluminium foil sausage packaging!
So far, our sealant packaging has been confined to only PE cartridges. We have made the change to now offer our sealants in aluminium foil packaging (or sausage packaging), which brings about many benefits.
Remember – PE is a non-biodegradable material that lasts decades in landfills. Even in its usage and application, PE is not the ideal packaging for sealants – it is hard to cut open, and requires certain amount of engineering parameters to balance out the production process, ease-of-use, and shelf life.
With sausage packaging, PFE Technologies is taking a big step to make the world a better place. We are currently the first and only sealant supplier in Singapore offering acrylic sealants in aluminium foil sausage packaging.
For the press release, please read below:
PFE TECHNOLOGIES’ SEALANTS IN SAUSAGE FOIL PACKAGING ENHANCES WORKING EFFICIENCY AND BETTER ENVIRONMENTAL FRIENDLINESS
With our commitment to advanced construction technology, a better environment, and state-of-the-art production processes, PFE Technologies Pte Ltd is proud of our initiative to support greener, more efficient building practices. Our Pereseal 702 Acrylic Sealant product is now available in sausage packaging, besides the PE cartridge packaging that is currently available.
Pereseal 702 will be available in both versions.
Our Pereseal sausage foil products will be offered in 330 ml, 400 ml, and 600 ml net volumes, which offers 10%, 33%, and 100% more volume than our standard 300 ml hard PE cartridges respectively.
These sausage foil packaging will require a compatible sausage foil applicator gun to work, and we are proud to offer these guns into our product portfolio as well. With a range of extra-heavy-duty guns to affordable, lightweight versions, we are able to offer the full range of products and accessories to consumers at every price point.
This initiative by PFE Technologies will lead to a wide range of benefits for the customer, the user, and the environment.
- Lower costs
- Environmentally-friendly packaging
- More recyclable and degradable
- Easy to dispose
- Takes up less space in landfills
- Higher product-packaging ratio saves transportation energy
- More efficient application
- More volume per product
- Longer runs per unit
- Less time required to open new packaging
With everything you require to make the switch from PE cartridges to sausage foil packs, PFE Technologies will be happy to help you make the switch into more efficient, more environmentally-friendly sealing practices. Contact us to find out more.
Soudal has released its latest annual report for 2016.
From the Soudal website:
In 2016, Soudal has achieved a turnover of € 670 million, which is an increase of € 40 million or 6,3% compared to 2015. The net result amounts to € 25 million. Soudal invested more than € 30 million in 2016.
You can read the most important wordwide developments, events and figures of 2016 in the online annual report.
You can download the full report in PDF here.
Soudal has had stellar performances year on year, and we have seen first-hand the innovations the company has been making in the field of sealants, adhesives, and foams. This report gives a good glimpse into the company culture and structure, and should give confidence in the reliability of the products and services of the company.