Although cyanoacrylate (CA) adhesives cure instantly on contact with a surface, reliable volume curing requires the action of UV light – a technology that has been applied in industry for over 20 years. But could consumers benefit from the same concept? As well as performance-based and regulatory requirements, other challenges are the unpleasant odour of standard industrial CAs, and the need to avoid powerful UV light sources.
But by using odour-free CAs, an initiating system receptive to a low-powered blue LED (described in this patent
), and an innovative product design, we were able to overcome these issues during my time at Afinitica. The resulting ‘Fix & Flash
’ product created a significant market opportunity, and has been very well received by customers.