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Huntsman Raising Performance in Assembly Operations

10 November 2015

Huntsman Advanced Materials is striving to continue to provide unique bonding technologies that create value for its customers and by drawing upon its 60 years heritage as innovators in high performance adhesive technology, it has developed a comprehensive range of adhesives to provide solutions to the large majority of design issues that engineers face on a daily basis.

According to Huntsman, as structural bonding techniques play a key role in today's assembly operations, designers are continuously working to bring lightweight and durable products to market in the quickest time possible. When doing so, they increasingly choose industrial adhesives as the best solution for complicated design issues. This is the reason for its developments.

It says that adhesive bonding enables the most resourceful use of materials, increasing their long-term potential while optimising manufacturing methods with easy handling and processing.bCompared to mechanical joining, it explains that adhesive bonding allows the assembly of dissimilar substrates and higher weight loads to be carried while offering more uniform stress distribution across the entire bonded joint and superior fatigue resistance.

Huntsman claims that adhesives offer the potential to minimise costs in parts production through simplified assembly processes and hence speedier cycle times. Consequently, adhesives are vital in manufacturing exterior and interior parts in order to deliver superior performance, durability, and aesthetic. It says that the Araldite adhesives range for assembly operations contains a selection of adhesives from the latest epoxy, polyurethane and methacrylate technologies to meet the great majority of high-performance bonding applications.

From adhesives with long open times for large area applications to fast-curing adhesives for early removal fromfixtures and rapid throughput, this range includes adhesives which are resistant to high temperature, water and chemicals.

Liquid adhesives as well as thixotropic adhesives for gap-filling or vertical applications can be found in this range. Adhesives with highest strength can be selected from this range as well as tough and impact-resistant adhesives with a well-balanced combination of strength and flexibility and also elastic adhesives to cope with different thermal expansions when bonding larger structures of dissimilar materials.

Products from the Araldite adhesives range for assembly operations are available in a variety of packaging including easy-to-use cartridges with static mixers and working packs for manual applications as well as hobbocks and drums for higher volume applications. The Araldite adhesives range for assembly operations will continuously be updated to meet the newest demands of innovative design using the bonding technology.