Hybrid adhesives

18 September 2017

Protecting the workforce and environment through ever-tightening health and safety rules has a double edge. Of course, it’s in everyone’s best interests but for those whose job it is to evaluate the suitability of hazard-labelled products against process needs and company policy, tougher legislation means a lot more work.

The quick fix is to select products with minimal hazard labelling and this is a field in which Henkel continues to invest heavily. The LOCTITE brand is said to have the most comprehensive choice of hazard label-free products in the form of its Health and Safety range. The company is also developing new adhesive technologies that are extremely safe to use yet have unique application benefits too.

The new LOCTITE Universal Structural Bonders products owe many of their attributes to new, patented hybrid technology that combines the qualities of many adhesive technologies to achieve bond strength, fast fixture speed and durability.  

The new hybrid adhesives provide improved performance on a variety of substrates and the versatility to solve many more design, assembly, maintenance and repair challenges. Structural bonding has become the joining method of choice for many companies as it allows different materials to be combined. It also creates uniform stress distribution over the bond face which makes a significant contribution to the durability and reliability of the product or system.

The new LOCTITE HY 4090 adhesive is described as providing exceptional bond strength of plastic/metal combinations and on rubber materials. For those in maintenance and repair, the new LOCTITE HY 4070 is suitable for engineers seeking methods to optimise efficiency and reduce costs while keeping plant running smoothly and safely.