Posted at 09 February 2021

Tape has a simple job, but what if it could do more?

Paul Skade
By Jon Whitehouse
Director, Industrial MRO and Safety

Having started in the Electrical industry in 1995 my early career developed holding a variety of roles from technical support through to business development with...

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All new designs begin with a simple idea. But for that idea to come to fruition, the execution must be as good as the initial idea. Removing the barriers between you and your invention is only possible by choosing the right components along the way.

 

Increasing trends such as lightweighting, automation and reducing costs are now the driving force behind engineers attempting to find new ways to bond beyond their typical assembly methods, and 3M™ VHB™ Tapes are a game-changer in the approach from concept to construction.

Bonding individual components with precision, ease, reliability and strength requires an approach that breaks the conventional barriers of construction. Opening up a world of new possibilities, 3M™ VHB™ Tapes are specifically designed to maintain consistency from original sketch to final construction, eliminating distracting, visible fasteners including screws and bolts, allowing you to enhance your design appearance through virtually invisible bonding.

 

The high strength of these double-sided acrylic foam tapes allows you to quickly and easily create a long-lasting bond which increases in strength over time. Not only do they increase bonding strength saving time through added reliability, but the ease of application saves engineers time, increasing productivity.

The superior bonding strength of VHB™ Tapes has the capability to resist the rigors of exposure to extreme environments such as hot, cold and cycling temperatures, UV light, moisture and solvents, as well as sealing against environmental conditions, damp and vibration, significantly reducing wear and tear.

Rethinking what is possible

Plastics, composites, and other low surface energy (LSE) materials are integral to the future of manufacturing. Unfortunately, bonding these materials with adhesives can be extremely difficult and often requires the use of a primer or adhesion promoter – but the innovative 3M™ VHB™ Tape LSE Series rethinks your possibilities.

Developed specifically for LSE substrates including polypropylene (PP), thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) and thermoplastic olefins (TPO), the LSE Series is a double-sided acrylic foam tape that creates long-lasting, high-strength bonds without the requirement of primer or any other promoter.

Like all members of the VHB™ family of tapes, the LSE Series significantly improves the aesthetics of your designs, while pushing the limits on shapes via unique material combinations and textures allowing you to realise your breakthrough designs faster and with more durability.

Offering even more possibilities, the 3M™ VHB™ Tape LSE Series also has the capacity to bond a variety of high and medium surface energy materials including aluminium, steel, glass, plastics and painted surfaces. Finally, they allow for low temperature bonding with high initial tack and low temperatures on frost-free surfaces down to 0°C.

 

The VHB™ Tape LSE Series is just one of many 3M™ innovative bonding solutions. So, whether you’re bonding LSE plastics, powder coated surfaces or transparent materials, 3M™’s VHB portfolio has a tape to suit your design requirements.

If you would like to know more about 3M™'s range of maintenance products, please contact your local ERIKS Service Centre or visit our Webshop today.

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