Using adhesives for connection technology has many benefits. It is cost-efficient, and fast, and allows homogeneous stress distribution between the bonded surfaces.
Adhesively bonded surfaces consist generally of two joined components and a layer of adhesive between them. The most important part of the bond is the adhesive itself, followed by the preparation process that precedes the application of the adhesive. The adhesive bonding process requires its own special process, which involves three main aspects: qualified methods/processes, trained operators, and dedicated tools.
The benefits of adhesive bonding include:
- Expresses weight savings with the elimination of rivets or other stress concentrations
- More evenly distributed stresses
- Excellent fatigue resistance
- Increased compliance with critical tolerances
- Enables joining of dissimilar base materials.
Any professional who works with adhesives knows surface preparation is the most vital element of achieving high bond strength and optimizing durability and lifespan. Different substrate materials require different types of preparation, but all must remove intermediate surfaces cleanly and thoroughly.
Patented EnduroSharp® Torlon® maintenance tools, exclusively from Performance Plastics, are the correct, dedicated tools for surface preparation. They are non-metallic scraper tools that quickly and effectively remove silicone, sealants, adhesives, and coatings while keeping an effective edge and not damaging underlying materials.
Developed from Torlon® polyamide-imide, EnduroSharp tools hold a superior edge, are resharpenable, remove unwanted materials and protect expensive projects.
For more detailed information about the EnduroSharp® line of tools and how they can save you time and money in maintenance, please reach out to Rich Reed, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, at [email protected] or visit our website at www.performanceplastics.com/endurosharp.