How to Select Industrial Adhesives Images Courtesy of Grainger Industrial Supply Industrial adhesives are organic and inorganic chemical compounds that are used to join components. Products include acrylic, epoxy, hot melt, polyurethane, silicone, thermoset, and UV curing adhesives, as well as industrial sealants. Most industrial adhesives are used in fastening applications. Industrial sealants are used to fill gaps between seams, or on surfaces; and to contain fluids, prevent leaks, and...
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Q & A on Industrial Adhesives

We asked our users for their input on Industrial Adhesives. Here are the results of 100 users familiar with Industrial Adhesives.

Who Took Our Poll? | Design Trends | Applications and Use | Features | Buying Advice

Who Took Our Poll?Top

Design TrendsTop

Q:
What new technologies are influencing industrial adhesive design?
15 answers
Answers:
The different type of new materials, e.g. composites, new alloys.
~KS L, Marketing/Sales, Pathumthani, Thailand
Solar, photovoltaic, wind energy, green technologies, new materials
~Enver A, Technicla support for sales, Rouse, Bulgaria
Structural and automotive industries are the main targeting areas.
~Engineering, Other, Swansea, United Kingdom
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Q:
From your perspective, which companies are creating the most innovative industrial adhesives?
17 answers
Answers:
Dow corning, Huntsman, Permabond, Dymax
~Johan J, Engineer, Stockholm, Sweden
Aremco, Loctite/Henkel, Masterbond
~Enver A, Technicla support for sales, Rouse, Bulgaria
3M & Miracon's products range
~KS L, Marketing/Sales, Pathumthani, Thailand
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Applications and UseTop

Q:
What are some of the applications you have used industrial adhesives for?
22 answers
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"Hanfas" have made the applicator called GLU-MAN which is a hand-held glue applicator with two rollers. It is available with micro adjustment for variable flow of glue application. It facilitates easy and even spread of glue over large panels as well as curved surfaces. Any make or brand of PVA glue can be spread with this amazing ‘Glu-Man’. Almost 30% glue saving against conventional spreading with brush or spatulas or rollers. Work can be completed in half time, thus making it possible to complete large volumes of pasting in target time.
~Sofea H, CEO, PUNE. MAHARASTRA, INDIA
Roofing - Insulation and membrane bonding, Waterproofing - Installing drianboard, Tilt-Up and Precast - Adhering reveal strips, etc., Geotextiles - Seaming, Foam Insulation bonding.
~Robert I, Technical Support, St. Paul, MN
Charpentry-Fourniture, Paper-Packaging, Film Laminating, Decorative-Building, Flooring.
~Engineering, Consulting, Sondika-Bizkaia, Spain
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Q:
Please share with us any “non-standard” applications that industrial adhesives have been used for.
7 answers
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Perhaps, underwater bonding applications? Instead of the regular welding of plates [e.g. ships/oil rigs], a high-strength, UV adhesive may be applied...
~KS L, Marketing/Sales, Pathumthani, Thailand
PVA based adhesive being coated then peeled in to a sheet for use in artificial latex forms.
~Engineering, Other, Swansea, United Kingdom
- encapsulation of LED for sterilization
~G W., Engineer, Biel, Switzerland
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Q:
Do you know of any disastrous mistakes that occurred due to the incorrect usage of industrial adhesives?
6 answers
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Couple years back, we have a whole bunch of rejects caused by the wrong type of adhesives used. The buyer and end-user 'thought' the tubes were 'similar' externally to the type used before, instead of looking at the specific product code. This silly mistake caused us almost USD125K in penalty, scraps and replacement!
~KS L, Marketing/Sales, Pathumthani, Thailand
I have seen adhesives having a combustible effect on certain materials before curing.
~Engineering, Other, Swansea, United Kingdom
Incorrect adhesive will not hold to the strength needed, or could be too strong.
~Michelle Giampoaletti-Roy, Purchasing & Assistant Manager, Tucson, AZ

FeaturesTop

Q:
What would your design or feature "wish list" be for this product?
12 answers
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For over a decade, Hanfas products have been adding value and enhancing efficiency in the woodworking industry. Acknowledging the ever evolving needs of our customers, we have an ongoing R&D process with new products constantly being added to the range. Innovation and simplification of design features have resulted in substantial time and cost savings for our customers. Our products are designed along international norms and standards with the user friendly System incorporated in most of our products.
~Sofea H, CEO, PUNE. MAHARASTRA, INDIA
1. Ease of application 2. Reasonably priced 3. Availability/short lead times 4. Controlled curing duration 5. Desired strength 6. Longer shelf life than current [typically 1 year] 7. Shielding from UV deterioration
~KS L, Marketing/Sales, Pathumthani, Thailand
1) Resists >500 cycles of autoclave sterilization (1cycle = 18 min, 134°C, 2.2bar of water steam) 2) Optically clear even after sterilization cycles
~G W., Engineer, Biel, Switzerland
Heat cure at max 80 deg C. Temp resistance over 150 deg C after room temp cure.
~Johan J, Engineer, Stockholm, Sweden
Should able to paste Polypropylene plastic easily & quickly
~Mandar Rajpathak, Industrial Designer, Pune, India
Low temperature, fast hardening, initiate curing by UV
~Wolfgang, Engineer, Hermsdorf, Germany
One component adhesive, one side application adhesive
~Technical Support, Trofa, Portugal
Renewable, Recylced, Bio based are key concepts.
~Robert I, Technical Support, St. Paul, MN
Apparel packaging and flexible packaging
~Manufacturing, BANGALORE, India
Meets Customer Specifications
~Michelle Giampoaletti-Roy, Purchasing & Assistant Manager, Tucson, AZ
Instant, low temp cure
~Project Manager, Irvine, CA
Non Flammable, No VOC
~Marketing/Sales, Rheinfelden, Germany

Q:
Is there any advice you want to share with users to help them avoid common errors in selection or usage of industrial adhesives?
11 answers
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1. Cheaper adhesives may not necessary be good. 2. Look for accredited, reputable and proven manufacturers. 3. Buying adhesives nearing its expiry dates may be risky even though it may be priced lower. It depends on when you are using the adhesives or is it to keep stocks?
~KS L, Marketing/Sales, Pathumthani, Thailand
Choose one carefully. Test and validate extensively. Educate and certify operators. Secure process and do all quality control work during the production process and incoming parts- not on the finished product.
~Johan J, Engineer, Stockholm, Sweden
- be careful with the cure conditions, epoxy can withstand more than what is claimed in datasheets if cured at high temperature
~G W., Engineer, Biel, Switzerland
Really identify critical to quality parameters (surfaces to bond, temp and time of cure, adhesive strength, modulus, etc).
~Project Manager, Irvine, CA
Understand the products before using. Consider benefits as well as limitations.
~Robert I, Technical Support, St. Paul, MN
Do not assume that as it is an adhesive that it is correct for your application
~Engineering, Other, Swansea, United Kingdom
Look for all parameters of working environment and pre-application steps
~Enver A, Technicla support for sales, Rouse, Bulgaria
Read instructions carefully before selection as these are costly
~Mandar Rajpathak, Industrial Designer, Pune, India
Order exactly what customer specifies. not a subsitute
~Michelle Giampoaletti-Roy, Purchasing & Assistant Manager, Tucson, AZ
Temperatur of the glue, reading technical data sheet
~Technical Support, Trofa, Portugal
Test before you use
~Vladimir JEREB, Distributor, LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA EU

Buying AdviceTop

Q:
Do you have any advice for people relative to buying or using industrial adhesives?
10 answers
Answers:
The ‘Glu-Man’ glue spreader from Hanfas is a manual hand-held glue applicator with two rollers. It is available with micro adjustment for variable flow of glue application. It facilitates easy and even spread of glue over large panels as well as curved surfaces. Besides being user friendly, it also enhances the operator efficiency. Almost 30% glue saving against conventional spreading with brush or spatulas or rollers. Work can be completed in half time, thus making it possible to complete large volumes of pasting in target time.
~Sofea H, CEO, PUNE. MAHARASTRA, INDIA
Need to analyze and understand the objectives of using a particular adhesive so as not to be 'overpaid' due to excessive & unnecessary strengths attained vs actual requirements, or unnecessary rejects/failures due to 'understrength' and the use of cheap & inappropriate adhesives.
~KS L, Marketing/Sales, Pathumthani, Thailand
Yes Get advice from experts, a manufacturer who has an advice line who can assist in product type and application list.
~Engineering, Other, Swansea, United Kingdom
Understand the products before using. Consider benefits as well as limitations.
~Robert I, Technical Support, St. Paul, MN
Review existing portfolio of products before selecting products.
~Project Manager, Irvine, CA
Information before buying, tests with a glue specialist.
~Technical Support, Trofa, Portugal
Know what specs. are needed before placing order
~Michelle Giampoaletti-Roy, Purchasing & Assistant Manager, Tucson, AZ
Spec in more then one adhesive.
~Johan J, Engineer, Stockholm, Sweden
Test before you do the job
~Vladimir JEREB, Distributor, LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA EU
Buy 3M
~Mandar Rajpathak, Industrial Designer, Pune, India


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