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Sensors & Instrumentation Live

NEC Birmingham(B40 1NT)

25/09/2019 - 26/09/2019

Sensors & Instrumentation Live will celebrate its 10 year anniversary in 2019 and the UK’s (more)

PPMA Show 2019

NEC, Birmingham(B40 1NT)

01/10/2019 - 03/10/2019

The UK’s largest ever event in the processing and packaging sector calendar. With over 350 exhibitors (more)

Advanced Engineering 2019

NEC, Birmingham(B40 1NT)

30/10/2019 - 31/10/2019

The UK's largest annual advanced manufacturing trade show, Advanced Engineering is your opportunity to (more)

Henkel’s hotmelt restores the boy king’s mask

Henkel’s hotmelt restores the boy king’s mask

Henkel doesn’t just manufacture and supply adhesives, it also uses its knowledge to create the very best bonding solution for the job. Many manufacturers benefit from this service that calls on both standard and bespoke formulations to optimise the process. Recently, however, Henkel’s expertise was put to test by a very different application.

The 3,000 year-old golden mask of King Tut Ankh Amun is housed at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. During a routine cleaning procedure the beard fell off and it was hastily, but improperly, glued back in position, sadly causing further damage.  

On hearing of the museum’s plight, Henkel offered its help, not only to remove the incorrectly used epoxy glue but also to develop a customised hotmelt adhesive. This is the type of adhesive that is commonly used in the UK to encapsulate delicate electronic components.

Henkel developed a method to remove the epoxy from the mask without leaving any residue and also recommended the hotmelt alternative that could withstand the high ambient temperatures in Egypt and vibration caused during transportation.  

At the press conference held to unveil the newly restored mask, the head of the restoration project highlighted Henkel’s role: “The competent advice and support from the research experts at Henkel made a significant contribution to the project’s success,” concluded Christian Eckmann of the Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum in Mainz.

 

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