3M EX4500 series is a primerless Acrylic Plus Tape portfolio designed for use with medium surface energy plastics.
These products are double coated acrylic foam tapes for attaching automotive exterior trim parts. Their deep black color creates an excellent bond-line appearance.
3M EX4500 Series Application Ideas:
- Bumper Sensor Attachment
- Nested Components
- Window Visors
- Other Aftermarket Accessories
- Much More
3M EX4500 Acrylic Plus Tape is recommended for use with medium to high surface energy paints, low surface energy paints, as well as plastics including ABS, acrylic, AES, ASA, polycarbonate, PC/ABS, PMMA, RIM, nylon, TOP, PP/EPDM, and PP.
Issues Prevented by Using Primerless Acrylic Foam Tape:
- Worker Health and Environmental Risks
- High Costs of Primer Automation Equipment
- Costs of Primers
- Additional Labor Costs to Apply Primer
- Potential Quality Issues due to Primer Application Issues
- Maintenance and Storage or Primer and Priming Equipment
- Much More
3M EX4500 can potentially offer many benefits to manufacturers. By eliminating the need for primer you can improve environment, health and safety issues for your employees who handle, apply, and are exposed to primers. This also reduces the complexity of your manufacturing process and can lead to better quality control and greater quality assurance of your product by eliminating variables in your process. 3M EX4500 tapes also help to reduce costs associated with primer. Costs for the primer itself as well as shipping, handling and storing the chemicals can cut into project budgets and profit margins.
Converting 3M EX4500
3M EX4500 can be die cut and converted into custom formats depending on your needs.
Slitting: Strouse can slit rolls of Acrylic Plus Tape to custom widths. This provides you bonding tape in the exact width you need for your project. No excess, waste, or cutting necessary for your employees.
Spooling: This unique capability allows Strouse to combine multiple rolls of Acrylic Plus Tape into one large spooled roll or reel. Much like fishing line is neatly wrapped around a reel; spooling neatly wraps foam tape onto a wider core allowing for longer length rolls of material. This can save you time and money reducing changeovers of rolls while keeping your machines running longer.
Die Cutting: This is the process of cutting a wide roll of tape into a custom shape or usable part for your process. Parts can be cut into different formats to fit seamlessly into your assembly.
Individual pieces – Foam tapes can be laminated with liner on both sides leaving no exposed adhesive. This means that when parts are die cut they are provided as individual pieces placed inside a bag.
Sheeted Parts – Some assembly processes require multiple shapes or parts of the same material. This is where sheeted parts come in handy. Multiple parts can be cut onto a single sheet ensuring that assemblers will use all of the required parts during assembly. This reduces error in your process as well as the potential for product failure.
Die Cut Parts on a Roll – This is our most popular format for providing die cuts. Custom cut parts can be provided on a liner in the form of a rolled good. This allows for hundreds or thousands of parts to fit on a single roll. This makes application of die cut parts easy and efficient as parts can be removed from the roll and the next part is ready to be peeled and placed.
Tabs or Extended Liners: Die cut solutions are great for hand assembly or automated processes but sometimes removing the backing from an adhesive die cut can be difficult. Strouse simplifies this process by adding a tab to the part or extended liners that make it easy to remove the liner and place the adhesive. This can make tasks easier for your assemblers saving them from the frustration of removing thin liners while saving time and money in the process.
Popular 3M VHB Adhesive Tapes:
Strouse is a 3M Preferred Converter and can source VHB foam tape directly from 3M at discounts due to the large bulk orders we often place. We have over 75,000 rolls of material and more than 2,000 individual materials in stock at any given time. If you're looking for a specific material, just ask, but here are some of the most popular VHB foam tapes: