Henkel provides the fastest route to market for new product designs

At Southern Manufacturing 2013, Henkel aims to demonstrate how the latest generation Loctite® products can benefit the entire value chain. Whether the task is in system building, assembly or repair, Loctite® engineering adhesives, sealants and surface treatment products can improve performance and cut costs.

HK061 Macromelt_USB_tmb On its stand, Henkel will demonstrate the impact Loctite® adhesives can have on the speedy and cost-effective development of customers’ new products. It’s a process for which Loctite® Macromelt hotmelt adhesives are already proving particularly popular.

The Macromelt range is the ideal choice for creating sealed and trouble-free electronics assemblies. These adhesives have very short setting times so there is no need for clamps or fixtures and they can be used on a variety of substrates including difficult-to-bond plastics. Crucially they only require low pressure to create the overmould.

The ability to seal delicate components is a clear benefit of this low pressure process but of even more significance is the impact the technique has on associated development costs. Over-moulding is accomplished with a low cost mould, making prototyping and small batch production both fast and highly economical. When combined with Henkel’s technical advice, this technology has much to offer OEMs keen to develop new designs.

Another new time-saving product that will feature on the Henkel stand is Loctite® 3090. This product is unique among superglues. As well as being ideal for fast fixturing it can also fill gaps. It cures through volume and won’t run out of the joint in the absence of perfect face-to-face contact or if there are any surface imperfections.

The product provides instant adhesion between most materials including porous substrates such as wood, paper, leather, cork and fabric. The gel consistency of the two-part Loctite® 3090 enables it to be easily worked into an area for maximum stress distribution. It can also be used to encapsulate a delicate component or part; once it has hardened it can be machined and polished.

Loctite® 3090 is one of several instant adhesive developments that will be showcased at Southern Manufacturing 2013. Also featured will be three new ‘instant’ additions to the Henkel Health and Safety range. The company is the only manufacturer to offer a comprehensive range of non-hazardous engineering adhesives that cover the majority of applications.

Whilst most instant adhesives can withstand a maximum temperature of 80◦C, Henkel can now also supply variants suitable for temperatures up to 120◦C. This makes them ideal for use in the manufacture of products such as electric motors, generators, loudspeakers, white goods and lighting equipment.

Visit Henkel at Southern Manufacturing 2013 or go to www.loctite.co.uk

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