Design Engineers Use Structural Adhesives To Replace Mechanical Fasteners

Structural adhesives, both liquid and tape formats, are used in a growing number of applications as replacements for mechanical fasteners. Some of the reasons for this trend include:
  • Higher energy costs pushing weight reduction and fuel efficiency in automotive and aerospace applications;
  • Manufacturers want to reduce costs, reduce the number of components, and improve productivity;
  • Manufacturers are looking to improve product quality by eliminating process variables;
  • Design engineers are working with dissimilar materials, such as plastics, composites, and alloys - structural adhesives allow for the different coefficients of expansion of these materials;
  • As components become smaller and lighter, there‚Äôs less space in the design for mechanical fasteners;
  • Manufacturers are automating more processes, with structural adhesives better suited for those processes.
Fabrico works with design engineers and manufacturers to select the right adhesive for the substrate and application. Fabrico can:
  • Analyze the application for materials and adhesives requirements;
  • Recommend materials, adhesives, and suppliers;
  • Test the materials and adhesives;
  • Develop prototypes for customer testing;
  • Provide design-for-manufacturability.
Using our in-house test lab, we can make suggestions and test alternatives to ensure that the structural adhesive will work correctly in the application.


Replacing Mechanical Fasteners with Structural Adhesives


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