5 Automotive Applications for Die-Cut LSE Tapes

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5 Automotive Applications for Die-Cut Low Surface Energy Tapes & Adhesives

As the number of car makes and models grows exponentially, engineers are looking for solutions to solve some of the most complex problems facing automotive design. Plastics and composites have become essential in this process as they offer a lightweight and inexpensive alternative to metal, but many of these materials suffer from low surface energy which makes bonding difficult. Luckily, 3M LSE Adhesive is specifically designed to bond to LSE materials like plastic and composite, ensuring safe and effective use while keeping costs down.

This article, the second in our three-part series, describes five common automotive applications that require a low surface energy adhesive for optimal performance. It will also discuss the benefits of each adhesive, as well as the advantages that JBC Technologies provides with our vertically integrated services.

 1- Steering Wheel Trim

As recently as a few years ago, steering wheels were relatively simple: they contained an airbag, a horn, and not much else. Now, with the rise of bluetooth technology and satellite radio, most steering wheels include buttons and switches that control radio volume, hands-free phone calls, and dashboard controls. This has led to a change in steering wheel design, as engineers shift from a predominantly leather or rubber design to one that includes more plastic and composite.

 One of the most common uses of hard-to-bond material comes on the trim around the steering wheel. This helps add dimension and aesthetic appeal to the design, making a secure bond and clean finish vital. However, this trim is often made of chrome or plastic, which are both low surface energy substrates. That’s why engineers often turn to 3M LSE Transfer Adhesive Tape to meet their needs. Transfer adhesives adhere directly to the bonding substrate, creating a low-profile bond without sacrificing durability. This helps to maintain a sleek design, an important factor of many modern steering wheels.

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