At the 2015 SAE World Congress
, Dow Corning
unveiled a new silicone and elastomer technology for automotive underhood applications. The adhesive, EA-7100
, is a breakthrough in silicone technology. It will greatly expand design options for electronic assemblies such as engine control modules, sensors, and lighting modules. This is due to the adhesives ability to bond with a wider range of substrates and provide up to 50% faster cure times than conventional heat-cured, platinum-catalyzed silicone adhesives. EA-7100 can speed assembly line processing and reduce energy costs on assemblies using metals, ceramics, glass, laminates, and plastics, including polyethylene, polycarbonate and acetal plastics. It is a one-part adhesive that cures rapidly from the inside out. Heat can accelerate curing, but EA-7100 can use smaller, lower-temperature curing ovens.