Design Engineers are faced with challenges in every step of a project. Strict deadlines must be met, budgets can be tight, and oftentimes hundreds of materials or parts are sourced to finalize a design. The number of challenges and decisions that design engineers face can be overwhelming and when it comes to bonding applications there is no shortage of options. That's why it's important to work with full service adhesive tape converters as they aim to make one decision much easier with the use of 3M™ VHB™ Tape.
For many years, engineers have relied on screws, bolts, mechanical fasteners, rivets, welding and liquid adhesives to create permanent bonds between two substrates. While these materials can work for the right project, they often have unintended consequences. Screws, bolts and mechanical fasteners can all significantly increase the weight of your product and in some cases this can impact product performance. Rivets tend to be a lighter weight solution but each rivet that is punched through a material creates an uneven bond with vulnerable stress points that can fail on minimal impacts. Welding can create a strong permanent bond but the process to weld can be time-consuming and disruptive in an otherwise efficient assembly process. Liquid adhesives can create a lightweight high performance bond but they can be tedious and time consuming to apply.
If you’re contemplating a bonding solution for your application challenge you may want to consider 3M™ VHB™ tape. Here’s why:
Light WeightFor products that require lightweight permanent bonding solutions, 3M™ VHB™ can provide the performance and efficiency you need. VHB acrylic foam tape fom Strouse is supplied in many thicknesses and widths so that you can select the material that is right for your project.
High Performance3M VHB tape outperforms traditional bonding solutions and is 10x stronger than rivets. By using strips of VHB tape along a surface you can avoid creating concentrated stress points that are often experienced when using rivets and fasteners. VHB tape allows you to spread the bond along the surface where you’ve applied the tape creating a permanent high performance bond.
No MessMany traditional bonding solutions can be a hassle to apply. Liquid adhesives and other solutions that require primer can be extremely messy and leave finished products looking unsatisfactory. VHB tapes can easily be applied to surfaces by hand or with machine automation. They create smooth and clean bond lines that many finished products require.
Safer to Use and ApplyThe use of primer or adhesive promoter creates many pain points for manufacturers. Employees are exposed to harsh chemicals that can create health issues. Primer application slows down production as it’s time consuming to apply and creates one more step in a complex process to introduce potential quality issues. Some states like California even limit the use of solvent-based adhesion promoters. Not all VHB tapes require the use of primer and 3M has even released Primerless Acrylic Foam Tape designed for automotive manufacturers to make their assembly processes safer, cleaner, and more efficient.
Versatile and Easily Die Cut3M VHB tape is an extremely versatile family of adhesives. With over 40 different products in the VHB brand, these bonding tapes come in a variety of colors and are designed for bonding to specific substrates. Due to the construction of the material, VHB can easily be converted and die cut to custom shapes and sizes. Converters can work closely with engineers to provide you the material you need in the format that helps your product or project succeed.
3M™ VHB™ Tape has become a go-to product for permanent bonding applications in every industry. Automotive manufacturers rely on VHB™ to assemble vehicles. Medical device manufacturers choose VHB™ to bond critical components in their product assembly. As the electronics industry continues to design lighter, thinner and smaller products, VHB™ tape can deliver a lightweight permanent bond that doesn’t negatively impact product performance.
Strouse converts 3M™ VHB™ tape to custom lengths, widths, sizes, shapes and formats to help customers solve application challenges while creating impactful business outcomes. It’s one thing to solve a project challenge, but if you can cut costs, improve performance and create efficiencies in your assembly process this not only bodes well for your project, but for your company. That’s what you can expect when you work with Strouse.