New UV hybrid adhesives from Epoxy Technology Inc. offer a primary tacking cure using UV light with a final, secondary heat cure for completion. This allows adhesives to be used in areas that were not previously considered to be reachable with adhesives as well as provide designers with greater flexibility in product design while optimizing production processes.
UV light curing adhesives offer several significant advantages thanks to their high-speed curing times, and eliminate the need for fastening and fixation tools, reducing production costs. High-speed automation and mass production are thus facilitated. Plus, the clear adhesives create invisible bonds that improve aesthetics.
It’s also possible to examine bonds using their fluorescing properties, and this makes quality control quick and easy. Combined curing using heat, humidity or activators solve curing challenges in areas where UV is not able to reach. In addition, the solvent-free adhesives improve workplace safety and are more environmentally friendly. The single component adhesives eliminate the possibility of mixing errors and have an almost indefinite shelf-life.
Epoxy Technology Inc.’s hybrid adhesives can be identified through the ‘HYB’ prefix and are based on their EPO-TEK 353ND and 301 product lines.