Think about the mattress you rest on when you go to bed at night. The car seat beneath you during your daily work commute (hopefully it’s not a long one!). And the chair you settle into as you begin your work day. These everyday items have at least one thing in common – it’s highly likely they were assembled using an adhesive.
The use of adhesives in product assembly has continued to show signs of growth. According to the Paint & Coatings Industry magazine, adhesive bonding technologies are advancing into applications previously dominated by mechanical fasteners and other joining systems. Double-sided, preformed pressure sensitive adhesives, specifically, are used in a growing number of applications.
These types of PSAs can solve a number of assembly challenges, helping engineers save time and increase productivity.
Why Should Engineers in Assembly & Manufacturing Use a PSA?
Benefits of a PSA:
- Increases Safety
Manufacturing facilities can be full of potential safety risks. PSAs do not require heat during application, eliminating the risk of burns. Unlike solvent-based adhesives, they don’t emit any toxins or hazardous fumes.
- Ensures Quality
Preformed pressure sensitive adhesives provide the exact application amount needed – not too little, and not too much. You get just the right amount of adhesive each time for consistent application.
- Ease of Use
We know how difficult it is to hire and train skilled workers in the manufacturing industry. Pressure sensitive adhesives are easy to use and require no learning curve. Simply place, press and peel to bond your components. You can spend less time training and more time increasing your production.
- Provides an Assist
Assembly applications often require an “assist” to keep components in place until the final adhesive cures or mechanical fastening takes place. PSAs act as a second set of hands, working in conjunction with other adhesives and mechanical fasteners. They bond instantly and also offer you the flexibility to reposition components, if needed.
- Offers Flexibility
Since PSAs are typically manually applied, they do not require equipment, occupying minimal space in your facility. Also, no equipment eliminates the need to perform maintenance. This solution easily integrates into your current process, allowing you to focus on meeting production standards.
Our line of Adhesive Squares™ pressure sensitive adhesives improves the speed and efficiency of your assembly operations and ensures a quality end product. Want to discuss your specific application and find out how a PSA could benefit your process? Call our technical service team at 1-800-844-1740 or use the contact form below and we’ll quickly respond.