In applications historically dominated by metal fasteners, adhesives now are taking their place and seeing major market growth. So, what benefits would your company see in its manufactured products by switching from metal to glue?
Improved Product Performance: Using metal fasteners to join two materials together create a local area of strength (and also stress) to the structure. Adhesives, on the other hand, provide a continuous, strong bond throughout the structure, lowering fatigue effects, strengthening the product overall and allowing it to function more effectively and efficiently. In doing so, adhesives also provide fastening in places where there had been none. This continuous adhesive bond also serves as a seal throughout the product, which makes it leak proof and less prone to erosion.
Improved Product Quality: Products that are assembled using adhesives can be considered safer, better quality than ones joined with metal fasteners. There are fewer and less severe concentrations of stress, which lowers the likelihood of cracks forming. Additionally, the bond lines act as a crack-stopper, which prolongs the life of the product.
Improved Product Design: The product’s appearance is smoother with adhesives, as there are no protruding fasteners, such as screws. Adhesives also enable a company to be more inventive with its product designs and functionality; for example, certain complex assemblies like composite sandwich structures cannot be created with traditional fasteners.
Bostik manufactures adhesives for a variety of markets including aerospace, automotive, rail, truck cab, bottle labeling and more. To learn about how smart adhesives can help your products, call 800-7-BOSTIK. We are also on Facebook (Bostik Industrial) and Twitter (Bostik_IND).