Improved Product Durability and Reliability

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Hermetically seals against moisture, salts, UV light, smoke/frame spread, and other environmental conditions


Market: Assembly (Rigid)
Application Area: Automotive

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Market: Assembly (Rigid)
Application Area:Miscellaneous

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Sealing of Solar Panels

Market: Assembly (Non-Rigid)
Application Area: Apparel Laminates

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  • Fabric combining: Fusible interlinings are able to withstand washing and dry-cleaning without wrinkles. Differential shrinkage due to shrinking of the shell fabric and thread is eliminated, resulting in more resilient and environmentally resistant tailored suits, jackets and sportswear. Adhesive applied in discrete dot patterns provide stitchless, invisible bonds of interlinings to the garment shell. Before adhesives, bonding was accomplished via stitched floating interlinings.
  • Fabric combining: Adhesive combined with activated charcoal particles and other filter or absorptive materials absorb hazardous agents. This permits use of laminates with high performance characteristics, as found in hazmat suits and chemical warfare uniforms. Protective garments with breathable absorptive layers provide chemical agent protection. Before adhesives, stiff, clumsy, hot, non-breathable, protective film coated garments were the rule.
Market: Automotive
Application Area: Vehicle Assembly

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Car Body Sealing

Market: Building and Construction
Application Area: Building Envelope

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  • Firestopping sealants: Used for interior firestopping applications, typically between rooms, head of walls, and around penetrations through walls. Typically, silicone, acrylic, and intumescent acrylics are applied as smoke or flame spread resistant products in walls or floor joints, and around pipes or cable trays.

Market: Building and Construction
Application Area: Exterior/Interior Cladding and Fenestrations

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  • Structural Window Glazing: Refers to the use of specially formulated silicone sealants which bond glass, metal, stone or other infill panels to framing members. Previously, windows and architectural panels were adhered to a building's structure via mechanical fasteners (based on gaskets), which tended t be less resistent to rain, snow and other environmental factors.

Market: Building and Construction
Application Area: Window and Door Openings

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  • Insulating Glass Unit Perimeter Sealant

Market: Transporation
Application Area: Vehicle Assembly

Specific Applications Include:

  • Automotive Manifold Assembly
  • Automotive Windshield Bonding

  • Power Supply Housing

Improves energy efficiency and air quality by helping to control mold and mildew growth within wall cavitie

Market: Building and Construction
Application Area: Window and Door Openings

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  • Air and vapor barrier sealants:Pre-molded silicone sheet and silicone sealants control air and vapor flow through window perimeters. Previously no such systems were used in either new or restored window installations.

Compensates for differential thermal expansion or contraction caused by exposing dissimilar materials to temperature change

Market: Building and Construction
Application Area: Exterior/Interior Cladding & Fenestrations

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  • Structural Window Glazing -Refers to the use of specially formulated silicone sealants which bond glass, metal, stone or other infill panels to framing members. Previously, windows and architectural panels were adhered to a building's structure via mechanical retention (based on gaskets) which created less reistant to differing thermal expansion between the glass window and metal framing.

Market: Building and Construction
Application Area: Flooring Underlayment

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  • Installation of floor coverings on sub floor heating systems - Here, different substrates (e.g., cementous screeds or asphalt as subfloors and wood or rubber as floor coverings) are joined by an adhesive, which also reduces the tensions exerted by the different temperature change responses of the subsrates.

Market: Assembly (Rigid)
Application Area: Machinery

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  • Motor Assemblies -Ceramic magnets bonded to steel stators. Adhesives help insulate dissimiliar metals which may react differently to service temperature changes and consequently may expand or contract at different rates.

Market: Electronics
Application Area: DVD Assembly

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  • Digital Versatile Discs (DVDs) - Designed in a "sandwich" construction, DVDs are bonded using specialized UV curing acrylate or hot melt adhesives. These adhesives bond under the influence of UV light in a few seconds and offer high optical purity and good long-term stability under warm humid conditions.

Spreads and absorbs stress to provide increased fatigue resistance versus mechanical fasteners
Market: Building and Construction
Application Area: Exterior/Interior Cladding & Fenestrations

Specific Applications Include:

  • Structural Window Glazing - Refers to the use of specially formulated silicone sealants which bond glass, metal, stone or other infill panels to framing members. Previously, windows and architectural panels were adhered to a building's structure via mechanical retention (based on gaskets). These tended not to distribute environmental stresses as well, resulting in more frequent window replacements.

Market: Building and Construction
Application Area: Resilient Flooring

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  • With the installation of floor coverings that possess significant coefficients of dimensional changes caused by humidity or temperature (e.g., parquet, linoleum) the adhesive layer between subfloor and floor covering reduces the arising stresses.

Market: Transporation
Application Area: Aircraft and Aerospace

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  • Helicopter Rotor Blade
  • Aircraft Lightweight Honeycomb Sheets - The application of adhesive bonding technology in aircraft manufacture allows extremely lightweight design afforded by using light metal alloys, fiber-reinforced plastics and so-called sandwich components. One specific example involves bonding internal structures together, namely lightweight honeycomb sheets. Adhesives are also used for creating high stress joints, so-called primary structures, for example for the external stiffening of sheet metal of differing geometric size, for sandwich structures made of aluminum or plastic honeycombs with bonded-on veneers and for bonding stacks of sheets. The vertical tail of the Airbus commercial aircraft is one example of this, and is composed of carbon-fiber reinforced epoxy resin adhesive. Individual components of the veneers are precured and the entire component bonded in an autoclave. Today's next generation aircraft, such as the Airbus 380 and Boeing Dreamliner 787, rely on significantly more plastic materials of construction, which incorporate more adhesives than earlier generations of aircraft.

Provides continuous bond line, offering stiffening with no added weight/material

Market: Transporation
Application Area: Exterior/Interior Cladding & Fenestrations

Specific Applications Include:

  • Helicopter Rotor Blade
  • Structural Window Glazing- Refers to the use of specially formulated silicone sealants which bond glass, metal, stone or other infill panels to framing members. Previously, windows and architectural panels were adhered to a building's structure via mechanical retention (based on gaskets) which added additional unnecessary weight to structures.

Market: Transporation
Application Area: Vehicle Assembly

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  • Auto Door Stiffener
  • Auto Hood Stiffener

Provides even load distribution across the entire bond joint, preventing pull-through of mechanical fasteners

Market: Building and Construction
Application Area: Exterior/Interior Cladding & Fenestrations

Specific Applications Include:

  • Structural Window Glazing - Refers to the use of specially formulated silicone sealants which bond glass, metal, stone or other infill panels to framing members. Previously, windows and architectural panels were adhered to a building's structure via mechanical retention (based on gaskets) that often resulted in high stress points leading to a greater chance for window detachment over time.

Market: Assembly (Non-Rigid)
Application Area: Shoe Manufacturing

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  • Shoe Fabrication - Use of adhesives to bond shoe soles to uppers rather than stitched results in a more durable and comfortable shoe.

Eliminates corrosion associated with metal fasteners and dissimilar metals

Market: Automotive
Application Area: Vehicle Assembly

Specific Applications Include:

  • Automotive Body Repair
  • Railcar Panels
  • Roof Profiles on Trucks
  • Bonding and Sealing Luggage Compartment Flaps
  • Automotive "Clinched Flange" Assembly

Market: Building and Construction
Application Area: Exterior/Interior Cladding & Fenestrations

Specific Applications Include:

  • Structural Window Glazing - Refers to the use of specially formulated silicone sealants which bond glass, metal, stone or other infill panels to framing members. Previously, windows and architectural panels were adhered to a building's structure via mechanical retention (based on gaskets) which often times resulted in corrosion between dissimilar metals.