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Permanent bonding for commercial signage

3M Europe : 02 February, 2004  (New Product)
Permanent bonding solutions offering cost and performance benefits for commercial signage.
All exterior signs have common functions: identification, information and recognition of a company, product or service. From shops to banks and petrol stations, signage plays a crucial promotional role. However, that is very often where similarity ends and individuality of design becomes the dominant feature. It is this individuality that impacts the construction of signage.

Using traditional fabrication techniques such as rivetting, welding or screwing, can necessitate design compromises or cost penalties, or both. However, 3M offers a comprehensive range of alternative bonding solutions that eliminate mechanical fixings, encourage and extend design freedom, and that simplify and speed-up construction processes. Importantly, 3M Bonding Tapes & Adhesives provide an aesthetic, durable result tailored to material choice and sign design. Key among the bonding solutions offered by the company for outdoor signage applications are 3M VHB Tape, 3M Scotch-Weld, EPX Adhesive and 3M Jet-Weld Adhesive.

Suitable for both small and large signs, 3M VHB (Very High Bond) Acrylic Foam Tape provides a high strength bonding solution that lowers system costs and reduces production time. It also offers durability, reliability and longevity, A range of tapes is available from clear to specifically developed versions for bonding before or after the powder coating process.

3M VHB Tape helps achieve high production speeds and immediate bonding. It delivers a clean and fast assembly solution that allows a broader span of design possibilities, as well as an outstanding aesthetic finish, unmatched by mechanical fixing systems. Furthermore, the instant bonding property of 3M VHB eliminates the need for storage during curing and provides for immediate handling and transportation of the assembled sign to site, thereby giving a significant productivity advantage.

3M Scotch-Weld EPX Structural Adhesive is characterized by its high strength and load-bearing capability that gives it an ideal fit in a broad range of sign applications, static and mobile. Although able to bond dissimilar surfaces such as plastics to materials including wood, metal and glass, its real strength lies in its ability to impart outstanding adhesion between hard-to-bond substrates such as polyolefins. For example, it can provide a superior structural bond between polypropylene and polyethylene without any prior preparation beyond wiping dust, water or oil from surfaces.

3M Scotch-Weld EPX adhesive cures at room temperature, thereby saving time as well as the investment and space required for heaters, curing ovens or UV lamps. 3M Scotch-Weld EPX is available in cartridges and complemented by a dedicated applicator system that simultaneously mixes and dispenses the two-component adhesive.

These solvent-free adhesive are curing at room temperature, thereby saving time as well as the investment and space required for heaters, curing ovens or UV lamps. 3M Scotch-Weld EPX is available in cartridges and complemented by a dedicated applicator system that simultaneously mixes and dispenses the two-component adhesive

3M Jet-Weld Adhesives are one-part adhesives that give rapid initial set and handling strength and help eliminate or minimize holding or fixturing, providing for fast sign fabrication and high structural bond-strength, without compromising quality or performance. They achieve best strength when bonding plastic materials and wood, but also work well bonding rubber, aluminium, glass or painted metals with other dissimilar materials. These adhesives have their own Jet-Weld Applicator.

With one of the most comprehensive ranges of adhesive products currently available in the marketplace, 3M provides customers with full technical assistance in selecting the bonding solution offering an optimum balance between performance and costs, for their sign application.
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