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The Many Benefits to Choosing Structural Adhesives for Your Next Application (Part 2 of 2)

Posted By ASC, Friday, June 23, 2017

Structural Adhesives Save Manufacturers Time and Money


When structural adhesives are used to bond components together, manufacturers save a great deal of production line time and realize cost savings. For example, welding takes a considerable amount of time and expertise and leads to a need for additional steps to obtain a neat finish. If they choose to use nuts, bolts, and rivets, there will be several attachment points per component, and each of these will add to the amount of labor needed to create a finished product.


In most cases, adhesive application is a single-step process. Whereas the two-part epoxies of the past required a mixing process, many modern epoxies are no mix products that are applied using advances such as static mixing wands that precisely measure and mix the components during use. Adhesive technology advances have also reduced cure time, and even longer-curing adhesives often produce bonds that will allow for component handling within minutes or even seconds. Instantly curing UV adhesives and cyanoacrylates were previously not suitable as structural adhesives, but they too have advanced. These adhesives are now suitable for lower stress structural bonds.


By eliminating the need for an extensive inventory of fasteners for different components, reducing the number of steps in the production process, and reducing the time needed for each process, structural adhesives enable manufacturers to reduce costs and save time.


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