Industrial adhesives & tapes offer a number of benefits in several industries; however, one type of application has grown in popularity due to the benefits it offers. Acrylic pressure sensitive adhesives & tapes have become a preferred bonding method over liquid or spray forms for a diverse set of industries. This is because the industrial adhesives & tapes deliver these unique advantages:
• Able to Withstand Higher Temperatures
• Applicable in Harsh Environments
• Bond Securely to a Number Substrates
• Deliver Lower Assembly Costs
• Eliminate Time-Consuming Production Methods
• Reduce the Need for Cumbersome Equipment
Pressure sensitive adhesives are created by one of three processes: solvent, hot melt, or emulsion. Each process is designed for specific materials and is performed at a set temperature range. The wrong process will harm the substrate material or prevent the adhesive from bonding with the substrate. This makes it important to use a professional with vast experience in these processes and who is able to work with a broad range of materials.
What Are Acrylic Pressure Sensitive Adhesives?
While typically higher in price than rubber based, acrylic pressure sensitive industrial adhesives & tapes offer the best results when it comes to long-term aging and resistance to diverse environments. These options do not adhere as well to low surface energy substrates. Acrylic industrial adhesives & tapes are exceptionally resistant to:
• UV Light
• Higher Temperatures
• Chemical Reagents
An alternative option is modified acrylic applications, which incorporate some of the additional benefits offered by rubber-based choices to deliver improvements for initial adhesion for low surface energy substrates. While a better choice for initial adhesion, properties such as temperature resistance and environmental stability are reduced with this choice.
How Do These Applications Compare?
If you compare the three options for pressure sensitive industrial adhesives & tapes, then it is apparent that each meets the needs of certain application purposes. Acrylic is better for high surface energy plastics, offers increased solvent resistance, and has a medium to high temperature resistance. It is not the best option for low surface energy plastics and rubber based offers the best choice in these application scenarios.
Adhesion qualities are comparable between acrylic and rubber-based industrial adhesives & tapes. High-performance acrylic materials are good for fast, accurate bonding and this makes them extremely efficient for assembly line operations. The choice also integrates easily into automated environments where application occasionally needs to be performed by hand.
Some conventional pressure sensitive choices bleed at the edges; however, acrylic options are more stable and maintain integrity throughout processing. These industrial adhesives & tapes are able to bond immediately without curing or having to cool. While an ideal choice in industries such as consumer electronics or automotive, other methods and forms are sometimes better depending on the application.
It is important to partner with a company who has the experience to deliver the most benefiting industrial adhesive & tape choices. Whether you need a permanent or removable pressure sensitive application, Jessup Manufacturing has over 50 years of experience and a professional team of engineers to provide the most suitable industrial adhesive & tape options for making your products or assembly processes shine.