Flexible adhesives are available in a range of formulas, including elastomeric adhesives, MS polymer adhesives, and flexible cyanoacrylate adhesives with each designed to fulfil a specific range of functions in bonding applications where elasticity, pliability, and plasticity are important. Suitable for both gap-filling and sealing techniques, as well as strong adhesion between numerous substrates, flexible adhesive solutions provide excellent curing speeds and fixing times. Flexible adhesives are used in almost all industries where moving parts and components require non-mechanical bonding. They are also suitable for a broad range of substrate materials, while allowing for sag-resistant joints where aesthetics is an integral part of design. Additionally, where environmental and considerations must be taken into account, UV and weathering resistance come as standard in all of our products.
The benefits of flexible adhesives include the following:
- Versatile products suitable for various applications
- High strength and elasticity
- Broad-spectrum adhesion
- UV and weathering resistance
- Suitable for a wide range of substrate materials
- Options include compliance with electrical safety standard
- Ideal for joining materials that have different coefficients of thermal expansion as adhesives accommodate the movement
- Liquid flexible adhesives can be robotically dispensed for automated assembly lines
Choosing the ideal flexible adhesive for your application requires knowledge of the type of substrate to be bonded, alongside its use case and intended environmental conditions. Additionally, selecting the right product for automated and semi-automated processes will allow you to increase efficiency and cut costs, ensuring that your chosen product can easily be integrated into your manufacturing systems.
To address these challenges, Henkel’s range of flexible adhesives under the TEROSON® and LOCTITE® brands include comprehensive data sheets and detailed information on each product, alongside targeted application attributes for bonding, sealing and assembly. Additionally, hand-held, manual, and semi-automated processes are catered for with easy applicator systems that integrate seamlessly with existing processes or allow you to assemble new processes and machines where required.
Many modern designs incorporate dissimilar materials. For this reason, a significant challenge is that, as temperatures change, each material contracts or expands differently. Large panels like those on opposite sides of vehicles and outdoor structures are examples of this. One side is warmed up in the morning while the other is warmed in the afternoon. Henkel flexible bonding products are designed to flex and accommodate this movement without imparting high stress on the structure.
To discuss your specific requirements, application, and industry, contact a member of our team today to learn more about our flexible adhesive products.