Joker FX, a designer and manufacturer of visual communication displays, creates outdoor signs and visual display products that face a number of challenges. They need to be strong, durable, paintable and able to withstand outdoor elements – all while maintaining their aesthetic appeal. Using Henkel’s LOCTITE® adhesives helped transform Joker FX’s manufacturing process. A six-week turnaround used to be routine, but Joker FX can now complete projects in as little as 24 hours, thanks to LOCTITE® instant and structural adhesives. “It’s pretty safe to say that LOCTITE® has enabled us to become the company that we are today,” said Pierre Knobbs, Joker FX’s president. LOCTITE® adhesives provide design advantages, improve overall product performance and appearance, speed assembly time and reduce overall costs. These adhesives provide strong, durable bonds that are ideal for manufacturers like Joker FX, who need their products to withstand even the toughest environmental factors and still look great.
One of Joker FX’s challenges was finding a solution for joining metal that is too thin to weld. LOCTITE® provided the answer: reliable, quicker, durable bonding with structural adhesives. “We can use really thin materials that can never be welded because they would be deformed. We don’t look at that anymore. We bond it,” said Knobbs. At Joker FX, LOCTITE® HY 4090™ hybrid adhesive has opened the door for other new applications and solutions. When creating outdoor brochure holders with a clear window, Joker FX uses LOCTITE® HY 4090™ to bond acrylic to aluminum because it cures quickly, doesn’t cause any blooming effect on the clear window, and can withstand the outdoor elements.
Joker FX uses LOCTITE® structural adhesives as a reliable solution for bonding aluminum structures together. The company also uses LOCTITE® instant adhesives for bonding dimensional letters on structural displays. Henkel Adhesive Technologies is the leading solution provider for adhesives, sealants and functional coatings worldwide.
About Joker FX
Joker FX, a designer and manufacturer of visual communications, has modernized this industry by successfully combining digital and graphics with the structural manufacture of displays. By aligning this way, the 15-year-old company is able to provide a customized, complete solution from concept to design to final product assembly. The company’s creations range from indoor displays to signs located in parks and trails as well as other outdoor structural designs.
About LOCTITE® Structural and Instant Adhesives
LOCTITE® structural adhesives are designed to provide exceptional bond strength, long life and dependability for a variety of materials and applications such as metal, plastic and composite bonding, multiple surface bonding and magnet bonding. They are available in several formulations including two-part acrylics, one- and two-part epoxies, polyurethanes and two-step acrylics. As the first hybrid structural instant adhesive, LOCTITE® HY 4090™ delivers the speed of a cyanoacrylate and the strength of an epoxy. LOCTITE® instant adhesives provide excellent bond strengths to the widest range of plastics, rubbers and metals. They are easy to use and cure rapidly at room temperature without heat or light.
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