Welding Versus Industrial Adhesives – A New Standard for Manufacturing?

Welding Versus Industrial Adhesives – A New Standard for Manufacturing?

 

All across the United Kingdom, 3M preferred convertors are finding themselves inundated with queries and requests from manufacturing businesses, looking to adopt custom adhesives into their manufacturing processes.  The reason being that as time moves forward, we are finding ourselves in an era where there’s pretty much no such thing as a joining requirement that a custom adhesive product cannot do better than any traditional method.  And given the way in which adhesives can be so much easier to use, safer to work with and cheaper to acquire, it’s little wonder so many are transitioning from traditional joining methods to bespoke adhesive products.

But what about welding?  Is it really true to say that the right custom adhesive products can replicate or even improve upon the strength, durability and quality of a welded joint?

The answer, quite surprisingly, is yes.  Even in the most heavy-duty manufacturing environments, adhesives are being brought in to not only replace, but to actually improve upon the properties of traditional welding.  Is likely to be some time (if ever) that welding is ousted from manufacturing settings entirely, but the rate at which it is being replaced in many instances is quite incredible to say the least.

But given the fact that welding has been tried, tested and trusted for so many generations, what is it about industrial adhesive products that makes them a superior choice?  Or more importantly, why should you actively consider making the switch for your own business?

1 – Easier to Work With

Well, as previously mentioned there is the way in which custom adhesive products can be exponentially easier to work with.  The media benefit of this being the fact that there is practically no learning curve whatsoever, with regard to required training and education.  With welding, employees will either need plenty of relevant experience or extensive training, in order to get the job done adequately.  With custom adhesive products, it is often almost impossible to get it wrong.  And the easier products like these are to work with, the more consistent and indeed excellent the results that can be expected in turn.  Welding is a demanding and relatively complex process – bespoke industrial adhesives are the exact opposite.

2 – Equally Strong Bonds

As for the all-important matter of bond strength, custom industrial adhesive products are being designed, developed, supplied and used right now which are every bit as strong as welded bonds.  In fact, in some instances they can even be considerably stronger and more versatile as well.  The simple reason being that when you work with traditional welding processes, you are relatively limited with regard to compatible materials.  With industrial adhesives created specifically for your own exact manufacturing purposes, they can be designed to function flawlessly with absolutely any materials and in any circumstances/conditions.  Whatever it is you wish to join, fundamentally flawless joins are always possible with the right adhesive.

3 – Invisible Bonds

Also worth bearing in mind is the improved aesthetic value comes with absolutely invisible bonds.  With traditional welding, even when accompanied by the most meticulous finishing processes possible, it is still very difficult to create truly invisible bonds.  And in instances where near-invisible bonds are possible, it can be a very time consuming and costly process.  With custom adhesives, everything that is required to create a flawless and reliable bond is kept entirely invisible and away from view.  So if aesthetics are of any importance when it comes to whatever it is you are manufacturing, this should also be taken into account.

4 – Reduced Manufacturing Costs

Working with custom adhesives can reduce manufacturing costs in a variety of ways.  First of all, the actual adhesive products themselves are significantly less expensive than those required for any comparable joining methods – welding included.  Secondly, little to no additional equipment is required – certainly not the same extent as the expensive equipment and tools required for welding. Next, there is the way in which training and staffing costs can be significantly reduced, given the way in which no specific experience or expertise may be required.  And of course, the fact that it is possible to speed up the production process while at the same time potentially improve product quality speaks for itself in terms of value.

5 – Improved Health and Safety

Last but not least, welding can – for obvious reasons – be a fundamentally hazardous approach to joining materials.  Even when carried out by those with significant training and experience, it is still impossible to rule potentially catastrophic accidents out of the equation.  By contrast, working with bespoke adhesive products can be significantly safer – particularly when health and safety has been considered during the design and production process of the adhesive itself. 

 

 

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