Industrial Adhesive Bonders for Glass, Medical, Metal, and Plastic Assembly
Industrial bonding adhesives cure in seconds upon exposure to ultraviolet light and/or visible light, heat, or activator, Solvent-free adhesives form high-strength, environmentally-resistant bonds to plastic, metal, glass, and medical-grade substrates. DYMAX adhesives bond to a wide range of substrates making them exceptional for assembling dissimilar materials, something that cannot be done with traditional welding methods and other types of adhesives.
Industrial glass bonders are ideal for assembling stemware, glass headlamps, art glass, crystal figurines, trophies, architectural glass, novelties, metal brackets to glass, and lens laminating.
Medical-grade bonders are ideal for all facets of medical disposable device assembly including catheter bonding applications such as guide wire assembly, lumen sealing, balloon bonding, catheter hubs, and sensor attachments as well as tube set joining, needle bonding, and assembling blood oxygenators and reservoirs, face masks, and connectors.
Industrial metal bonders are ideal for choke and transformer bonding, DC motor assembly, alternator and flywheel applications, tacking, unitizing, ruggedizing, sealing, and shallow potting.
Industrial plastic bonders are ideal for appliance assembly, automotive sub-assemblies, headlamp assembly, plastic component tacking and sealing, potting, fixturing and ruggedizing plastic housings, high-end displays and jewelry manufacturing, cosmetic household items, and aerospace vibration dampening.
CHOOSING THE BEST ADHESIVE FOR YOUR MANUFACTURING PROCESS IN 6 EASY STEPS:
Step 1. DESIGN
Designing an adhesive into an application should be done with consideration for many different aspects of the adhesive process. Substrate selection, bond gap, dispensing patterns, failure modes, tensile requirements, environmental stresses, thermal events and transitions, and a host of other parameters all combine to play a part of the process. When designing for a light curable adhesive, it is also important to include substrate transmission, and to avoid shadowed areas in the bond area. The recommended bond gap: 0.002 to 0.006 inches, or 0.5 mm to 1.5 mm.
STEP 2. ADHESION
The first and most basic property that all adhesives must have is good adhesion to the substrates being bonded. Substrate selector guides are a good place to start for choosing candidates. When only one substrate material is to be bonded (for example, polycarbonate to polycarbonate) the process of selecting a group of adhesive candidates is
straightforward. When two different substrates are to be bonded, i.e., acrylic to glass, a range of candidates should be evaluated. After a few adhesion tests, it will be obvious which substrate is more difficult to bond and adhesive choices can be optimized for that substrate.
STEP 3. PHYSICAL PROPERTIES
DYMAX supplies adhesives with a wide range of physical properties. Since bond and part performance are dependent on adhesive physical properties, it is critical that full consideration be given to the stresses that will be applied to your parts during their expected lifetime. Product Data Sheets (PDS) include an extensive list of product properties.
STEP 4. VISCOSITY
In choosing a viscosity, consideration should be given to how the adhesive must flow (or not flow) on the part after the adhesive is applied. Part geometry, process design, assembly speed and method should all be considered when selecting a viscosity. Viscosity is a materialís resistance to flow. Low-viscosity adhesives flow more readily than high-viscosity adhesives. Gels flow very slowly and are recommended when adhesive flow on a part after dispensing must be minimal.
DYMAX adhesives are available in a variety of viscosities. An intuitive nomenclature is used to identify relative viscosities.
The identifiers appear as suffixes on product names:
VLV = Very Low Viscosity, LV = Low Viscosity, T = Thick, VT = Very Thick, Gel = GEL. Standard-viscosity products do not have a suffix. In general, all viscosity grades of a particular adhesive offer similar physical properties.
STEP 5. CURING EQUIPMENT
DYMAX light curing adhesives cure either with ultraviolet (UV) light only or with both UV and visible light. Those that cure with UV and visible light typically cure faster, deeper, and through transparent, but UV-blocked, substrates. All DYMAX UV-curing systems emit either UV, visible, or UV/visible light and are designed to cure all DYMAX UV and UV/Visible curing adhesives. In applications where the adhesive is exposed to air during the cure, higher-intensity lamps may be required to achieve a tack-free surface. As with any manufacturing process, a safety factor should be incorporated into the UV curing process.
STEP 6. FUNCTIONAL TESTING
Prior to production, actual parts (assembled with the candidate adhesive(s)) should be subjected to real-life stress conditions to ensure adequate performance. In addition, actual parts, assembled at the upper and lower limits of the dispensing and curing process should also be tested to ensure all parts produced meet the end-use performance criteria. In most cases, use testing should employ accelerated testing. DYMAX adhesives are used in many applications where parts must endure stressful conditions for long periods of time from years to even decades. Adhesive use testing should include stresses somewhat above those expected for assembled parts. The severity of this testing is best determined by part designers.
Max says if you don't see an adhesive bonder that suits your application, call DYMAX Applications Engineering for a recommendation. We have a library of over 3,000 adhesive formulations to choose from!