With recent innovations, some self-curing adhesives create bonds that are nearly as strong as the components to which they’ve adhered. VHB tape is 10x stronger than rivets and outperforms other traditional bonding solutions.
For years, when engineers needed to permanently bond substrates, they used mechanical fasteners, rivets, screws, bolts, welding, or liquid adhesives. These traditional materials work for some projects, yet they’re often heavy, messy, from an uneven bond, create vulnerable stress points, or disrupt the assembly process.
When thinking about possible uses of VHB tape, it’s easiest to consider every possible product on which you would typically use a traditional bonding material: weld, rivet, mechanical fastener, etc. Simply replace those with VHB tape, a permanent bond that doesn’t negatively impact a product’s performance. That process has been embraced by engineers and product designers for thousands of different applications.
Yet, applications benefitting from VHB tape go further, especially when it comes to using VHB’s conformable nature to apply to curvatures and irregular surfaces. Demanding industries in which VHB tape excels include construction and manufacturing solutions, automotive products, outdoor signs, medical devices, aerospace applications, electronics, and more.
While traditional options typically bond metal-to-metal or plastic-to-plastic, VHB tape can create secure bonds between two or more different surfaces. Material examples include:
Another reassuring thing about VHB tape is its durability and versatility, being incredibly effective both indoors and outdoors, and amongst many different environmental factors:
The ultimate goal of any project is to solve an application challenge while also creating assembly efficiencies and cutting costs. A full-service adhesive tape converter that knows VHB tape helps find the right materials, solves problems, and creates an adhesive solution that’s customized to meet a company’s needs; in other words, VHB tape in custom lengths, widths, sizes, shapes, and formats. Whatever format is most conducive to your process — whether that’s in rolls, die cuts, sheets, or multi-stack lamination — that converter helps select the right VHB tape for your job.
Choosing an adhesive converter is no easy task. Here are things to keep in mind when evaluating potential partners:
The entire process, from concept through the finished solution, can easily be handled. If the adhesive material for your job doesn’t exist, top-end converters create the material to meet your application’s demands.
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The most trusted VHB tape in the world is made by its originator: 3M. When an adhesive converter achieves 3M Preferred Converter level, it signifies that they’ve been honored for excellence by 3M as being the top of the top. It lets the world know that this converter deeply knows the industry leader, including 3M VHB tape.
When a converter says, “We’re 3M Preferred,” it means they:
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