Self-Tooling Tube caulks fine or flat bead.
July 12, 2007 -
Eliminating need for cutting, molding, or removal of excess material, Self-Tooling Tube contains triangle-shaped device that acts as guide for bead. End of tube can be laid right into groove and bead can be directly and accurately applied, with little or no further work on bead once it is finished. Suited for acrylic latex and other latex caulks, tube is also self-burping, which allows contents to be packed so there are no air pockets to interfere with extruding caulk.
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Research Plastics, Inc.
5000 Howard Business Pkwy.
Windsor, ON, N9H2K8
Caulks a Fine or Flat Bead-Right Out of the Tube
Research Plastic's new self-tooling tube lays a fine or flat bead - with no extra cutting, molding or removal of excess material
For painting and other applications requiring a fine or flat bead, it has always been a bit of a headache: squeeze out the caulk or other material, then carefully wipe away the excess. Or attach a specialized-and expensive-nozzle. Or try and flatten the existing nozzle yourself. In any of these cases, it requires extra work. But now, no additional effort is needed at all.
"The self-tooling tube benefits both the professional painter and the 'do-it-yourselfer'," says Wayne Pulman, Sales Manager of Research Plastic. "The first major attribute is the very fine bead-once you cut open the tube you can have a very fine bead size." Professional painters, often having a need for a small bead, have been enthusiastic about the new tube. It is ideal for many applications, with the triangular nozzle acting as a guide laying a flat bead into a groove.
Called "self-tooling" because virtually no extra tooling is needed either on the tube or the product extruded from it, the tube contains a triangle-shaped device that acts as a guide for the bead; the end of the tube can be laid right into a groove and the bead can be directly and accurately applied, with little to no further work on the bead once it's finished.
Traditionally, a wider bead has to be laid from a caulking tube, and then the excess had to be wiped away with a scraper or a finger, either of which must then be constantly cleaned.
This triangle-shaped device also allows for laying a flat bead. Normally, a round bead is laid and then flattened with a tool or even a finger; now, the bead can simply be laid and the user can move on to the next task with no fuss or mess. The width of the bead can be customized by cutting closer or farther from the tip.
"You basically have three benefits of this triangle, one of which is cutting a flat bead," Pulman says. "So many guys have to work with a round bead and smooth it into a flat bead because of the round formation of the standard tube tips. We've now got a flat side to the nozzle so they have to tool it less. They don't have to work with it as much. If you lay the bead properly, you only have to lay it once."
These features mean savings in caulking, as less needs to be applied, and also reduced labor costs, as less time needs to be spent with each and every application. "It gives you less tooling time, which means working with the material," Pulman says. "And it reduces labor cost because you shouldn't have to spend so much time on it."
This tube is also "self-burping"-a unique design allows contents to be packed in such a way that there are no air pockets to interfere with extruding of the caulk. This feature eliminates previous problems such as material shooting out when the tube is first opened, and caulk continuing to eject from the tube when the user's finger lets off the trigger. The material ejects in one smooth bead. "With the self-tooling tube, not only do you get the benefit of the fine or flat bead, you also get the benefit of less pops and skips when you're extruding the material," says Pulman.
This type of tube primarily benefits acrylic latex or other latex caulks, and in addition to painters and 'do-it-yourselfers', plumbers can also benefit.
Only recently released to the market, the self-tooling tube is already generating excitement: one of Canada's largest hardware store chains, is looking at adopting the tube for their whole line of caulking products. Large paint companies are also test-marketing the product with an eye toward adopting it for their caulking products as well.
As with all Research Plastic products, these tubes also allow for superior 4-color silk-screened graphics printed right on the tube; there is no paper label to peel off or become stained and unreadable.
The family-owned and operated Research Plastic is gaining a reputation for their innovation in plastic tubes. "We listen to our customers, and consistently come up with unique designs that offer something of extra value," says Pulman. "Not just the 'same-old, same-old'."
For further information: Contact Wayne Pulman, at Research Plastic, 5000 Howard Business Parkway R.R.#3, Windsor, Ontario, Canada N9H2E9, or call toll free 1-877-990-9917 Ext. 29, or email: Wayne.firstname.lastname@example.org