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Talking about Industrial Adhesives


An industrial adhesive is defined as anything that is used in a fastening or bonding application in any manufacturing industry. There are several different types of adhesive that are used regularly - epoxies, hot melt, sealants, acrylics, thermostat and silicon adhesives. And something many of us are familiar with - cement and mortar are also considered to be industrial adhesives.

There are a number of types for the industrial product. Topping the list are acrylic or acrylate adhesives. These adhesives are favored because they have excellent resistance to environmental conditions. When compared to other bonding systems, these ones set faster on the surface where it is applied.

There are yet other types of adhesives classified according to chemical compositions. One type is known as the cyanoacrylates which are often referred to as super glues because they instantly create a bond on any type of mated surfaces. Another is known as epoxy adhesives or compounds that join components together.

Other types are phenolic, formaldehyde and melamine resins and polyurethane, silicone and rubber adhesives.

Adhesion refers to the ability of a certain component to stick firmly into another material. In this regard, there are also various types of adhesives. Hot melt adhesives are those that usually undergo the heat softening process and are later on hardened through cooling.

This is a flexible type of adhesive basically because it allows repositioning or removal of materials while the assembly is being conducted. Pressure adhesives on the other hand are those that have the capacity to work even with minimal pressure employed during the bonding process. These are also often called contact adhesives.

Other types of industrial adhesives are known as thermoset and UV curing adhesives. Thermoset adhesives are those making use of heat or a combination of heat and pressure during the curing process. UV curing - also known as radiation curable adhesives - are those that make use of ultraviolet radiation to perform the adhesive's curing process.

Different industrial adhesive types have different properties or features and can be used effectively for different purposes. Also particularly versatile are so-called pressure-sensitive adhesives, which - as the name suggests - need only very slight pressure to adhere to most surfaces. Pressure sensitive adhesives are available in water, solvent and latex based forms.

Some industrial adhesives are designed to provide an electrical path or connection between components. These adhesives help to prevent problems such as radio frequency interference and electrostatic discharge. These adhesives are routinely used in the manufacture of circuit boards, transformers and generators.

Today, the development of industrial adhesives with new - and more effective - properties is continuing constantly. Engineers and scientists explore ways to enhance several different factors such as flexibility, toughness, setting time, temperature and chemical resistance to make industrial adhesives as effective as they can be.