Designing beyond the limits of mechanical fasteners

on 08 November, 2017

In today’s market, the demand for innovative products and advanced solutions has never been higher.

The benefits of using Structural Adhesives in construction projects, undoubtedly cannot be ignored at the moment.

One of the most interesting benefits is the ability to eliminate the use of more traditional fastening methods, Mechanical fasteners such as rivets, screws, bolts and welds etc.

By using Structural Adhesives, businesses of all sizes are provided with a wide range of benefits for all stages of developments.

Advanced Design Solutions

Significantly improved aesthetics: The use of structural adhesives can improve appearance with invisible joints and smoother bond lines. They can reduce weight and noise as well as enhance corrosion and fatigue resistance, and much more.

Freedom of Design: Structural adhesives provide a multi-material bonding solution. Join composites to metal, build with hard-to-bond plastics, and use thinner gauge, lighter weight materials.

Performance Optimisation

High strength, Flexible Bonds Are Achieved: Adhesives bond and seal simultaneously. They also eliminate stress concentration that is often found when using mechanical fasteners absorbing shock and vibration to give ultimate performance.

Increased Durability: These adhesives offer great resistance to chemicals, environment, galvanic corrosion, fatigue, and material separation along edges or corners.

Improved Efficiencies

Enhance Processes: Compared to mechanical fasteners, the use of structural adhesives help to reduce labour and material costs. Build faster with minimal surface preparation and match cure rates to your process needs. All two-part adhesives cure upon mixing the two components with a static mixing nozzle.

Two Epoxy adhesives: Epoxy structural adhesives have the best overall performance and highest strength. This includes having the best resistance to hightemperature, outdoor weathering and solvent resistance, together with the highest tensile strength

Two-part Acrylic adhesives: also provide excellent bond strength and durability and are a good all-round product. These products bond metals, plastics and composites such as Dibond and Alucobond. Two part Polyeurethane adhesives: are great products where strength and flexibility or movement within the joint maybe required. They are excellent for applications where high shock loading and/or impact resistance is needed. They are particularly good for bonding different materials to each other where there will be movement/expansion.

Carmel Saville works for First Stop Packaging

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