Hot melt adhesives are a critical component of the automotive manufacturing industry. Hot melts are largely used in automotive production because they are ideal for bonds that need the flexibility of movements, such as contraction and expansion. Hot melt is also suitable for adhering different materials that may have differing thermal expansion properties. It creates tough, impact-resistant bonds that are chemical and weather resistant and have a high abrasion resistance as well as high shear strength. These qualities makes hot melt perfect for use in the auto manufacturing industry for:
- Exterior Trim Bonding
- Package Tray Attachment
- Truck Liner Bonding
- Instrument Panels and Controls
- Headliner Attachment
- Door Sealant
- Attaching Weather Striping
- Car Seat Upholstery
The specific advantages of hot melt adhesive in this industry are numerous:
- Superior Strength
- Quick Tack
- Quick Assembly Processing
- Bonds With a Wide Range of Materials
- Facilitates Handling and Repositioning
- Has an Excellent Shelf Life
Types of Hot Melt Adhesives Used in Automotive Manufacturing
APAO: (amorphous- poly-alpha-olefin) used mainly for bonding low-tension plastic, such as polyethylene and polypropylene.
PSA: (pressure sensitive adhesive) used mainly for bonding higher surface tension plastics.
Polyamide: used in high-temperature applications with load bearing requirements.
Hot Melt Polyurethane: used in high-temperature applications with sustained load bearing requirements.
Hot melt is changing the automotive industry in three significant ways. It can be used to bond many different substances together it reduces manufacturing processes, which makes it very cost effective. It helps to reduce the car’s vibrations and insulates its electrical components. Furthermore, because it is now used in place of metal fasteners to connect shell layers, it reduces the car’s overall weight and can even help increase gas mileage.
Sure Tack Systems has been providing hot melt adhesive equipment since 1980. We offer an extensive product line that has a level of quality you can count on. We are committed to ensuring 100% customer satisfaction. Contact us today to find out how we can help you with your hot melt adhesive needs, so you can increase efficiency and productivity.