If you follow our blog, you’ve probably noticed we’ve been talking a lot about the use of double sided pressure sensitive adhesives in assembly applications. Whether they’re used for joining materials together as the final assembly or holding materials in place prior to final assembly, PSAs offer numerous benefits.
One of these benefits is the ability to apply by hand. In a world where technology is always advancing and automation in manufacturing has become a competitive advantage, hand application may seem counterproductive. While automation is thought to be the holy grail of manufacturing, it may or may not be the best fit for your operations. Production quantities, number of employees and facility size are all factors to consider.
Hand applying a double sided adhesive during your assembly application eliminates the need for equipment. As a result, there are many advantages.
Key Advantages of Applying PSAs by Hand
- Easy to use – pressure sensitive adhesives are extremely easy to use, therefore they require little to no training. You simply place the adhesive onto the desired surface, apply pressure to the adhesive, and peel the liner. Consider the costs associated with training employees to operate machinery, instead. Hand application allows you to eliminate these types of costs.
- Decreases downtime – the absence of equipment also eliminates the need to perform maintenance. Manufacturers often find it challenging to balance maintenance with production, worrying about maintaining equipment while meeting production standards on schedule. Not having to use equipment decreases the amount of downtime and costs associated with preventative maintenance.
- Low capital investment – one of the most costly operating expenses for a company can be automated machinery. Perhaps your company runs a small to medium operation where the cost of an automated machine would not be economical. PSAs do not require you to purchase costly equipment or make any major modifications to your current process.
Depending on your specific manufacturing/assembly application, hand applying PSAs can save you time and money. Adhesive Squares™ double sided adhesive provides an easy-to-use solution for your assembly process. For more information, call our technical service team at 1-800-844-1740 or use the form below to reach us and we’ll quickly respond.