3M launches new automated bonding system to drive fast and sustainable manufacturing

US – 3M announces the debut of 3M™ VHB™ Extrudable Tape, a new manufacturing bonding solution that brings elevated levels of automation, simplicity, and sustainability across industries.

This end-to-end bonding solution combines all the benefits of 3M™ VHB™ Tapes with the versatility of a liquid adhesive in a single contained footprint enabling usage on any scale.

3M On Demand Bonding System, which is compatible with Nordson ProBond System, avoids liners and container waste while delivering instant material bonding and handling strength.

3M VHB Extrudable Tape is shipped on spools and comes as a long, coiled spool that is simple to store and does not require special handling or packaging.

3M On Demand Bonding System has a modest footprint (30″x37″) and very few moving components, making it simple to integrate into assembly lines without a lengthy list of replacement parts.

The VHB Extrudable Tape works seamlessly on curved surfaces, odd forms, and various materials, doing away with unattractive fasteners.

The firm said 3M VHB Extrudable Tape can be utilized as a single adhesive to replace several specialist solutions in various stages of the manufacturing process.

For more than 40 years, 3M™ VHB™ Tape has redefined manufacturing design and assembly processes, allowing users to bond industrial materials quickly, securely, and permanently without the use of unsightly mechanical fasteners such as screws or rivets.

Initially used for bonding panels to the frames of specialty vehicles like ambulances and box trucks, this new bonding solution proved superior to other methods due to its ability to distribute stress loads across an entire surface instead of concentrating stress loads around each individual fastener.

With the new tape, bonded parts are immediately available for handling, eliminating stages and boosting throughput, thus simplifying the procedure by requiring little to no surface preparation.

The tape’s stretch release technology offers a quick and easy adhesive removal process that eliminates scrap, waste, and rework, making component repair easier, said the company.

According to Patrick Meifert, Global Portfolio Director of 3M: “3M™ VHB™ Extrudable Tape does things no tape or liquid adhesive could ever do.”

“It’s an entirely new category of product and bonding solution for manufacturing innovation. This bonding system creates endless design and application possibilities at scale — whether you’re a global multinational or local manufacturing business.”

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