11 December 2006
11 December 2006
Betamate low energy substrate adhesives (LESA) from Dow Automotive have been commercialized in front-end carrier applications on the 2007 Jeep Wrangler and the 2007 Dodge Nitro.
Designed, integrated and manufactured by Decoma International, Dow say that the front-end carriers bonded with Betamate LESA enable greater design flexibility, weight reduction and streamlined manufacturing techniques.
“In the traditional assembly of hybrid front-end carriers, the metal reinforcement is attached to the plastic using mechanical techniques such as rivets, heat stakes or through over-moulding” said Dave Recktenwald, Dow Automotive Plastic Bonding Market Development Manager. “When the substrates are bonded with Betamate LESA, the metal reinforcements and moulded plastic parts can be optimized for reduction of part thickness, resulting in significant weight savings and improved structural performance. In addition to providing Betamate LESA material, Dow Automotive also offers design support for bond line optimization.”
A recent winner of industry recognition from the Society of Plastics Engineers, PACE Awards and R&D 100, Betamate LESA can be used to replace or supplement welds and mechanical fasteners in a wide variety of structural applications. Betamate LESA bonds long-glass filled polypropylene and e-coated steel with no pre-treatment or primers.
Sharp & Tappin has installed and commissioned a Compcut 200 composite plate saw at Renault Sport Racing in Enstone, Oxfordshire, UK.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) selected a lightweight FiberSPAN fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) bridge deck, manufactured by Composite Advantage, for the Rugg Bridge on Route 57.
Electric GT Holdings and SPV Racing recently unveiled the race-ready version of the EPCS V2.3 Tesla P100DL at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. The car features lightweight body parts made using Bcomp's ampliTex and powerRibs natural fibre composite reinforcement products, contributing to a 500 kg weight reduction over the road edition.