Multinational conglomerate 3M, St. Paul, Minnesota, has announced the introduction of the 3M VHB Tape LSE Series, a fast, easy and reliable bonding solution for LSE substrates like polypropylene (PP), thermoplastic olefins (TPO) and thermoplastic elastomers (TPE), as well as composite materials like glass-reinforced plastic (GRP) or fiber-reinforced plastic (FRP).
Made of double-sided acrylic foam, it creates a long-lasting, high-strength bond and performs well across a wide temperature range – providing a durable alternative to ultrasonic welding and other adhesion methods.
The 3M VHB Tape LSE series can:
- Bond without primer to difficult-to-bond-to substrates
- Increase speed and productivity
- Reduce the use of chemicals, like primers, which can contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) or chemicals of concern
- Offer long-term durability outdoors
- Provide greater design flexibility
- Lower manufacturing costs
The 3M VHB Tape LSE Series also offers high initial tack at low temperatures, so manufacturers can benefit from faster and more reliable bonds in cold environments, such as outdoor applications or unheated factory floors. This low temperature capability allows for immediate handling strength in a wide variety of environments, eliminating time spent waiting for assembly to continue through your production process.
Like all 3M VHB Tapes, the LSE Series is engineered with a full acrylic construction which means it resists cycling temperatures, exposure to UV light, moisture and solvents. Its holding power under a wide temperature range makes it a durable alternative to rivets, ultrasonic welds and liquid adhesives.
While designed specifically to meet the needs of low-surface-energies, the LSE Series also has superior bonding performance on medium surface energy plastics, metals and more. It can be applied by hand, with semiautomatic equipment or robotics. The tape is available in 0.6 mm, 1.1 mm and 1.6 mm thicknesses.
For more information, visit www.3M.com/VHB-LSE.