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Bonding Low Surface Energy Plastics

Low surface energy (LSE) plastics, like polypropylene (PP), polyethylene (PE), and other thermoplastic olefins, have become popular due to their low cost, durability, flexibility, and resistance to heat, moisture, and solvents.

But LSE plastics are not easily bonded with conventional adhesives. As a result, mechanical fasteners and ultrasonic welding are used to assemble LSE plastic structural components, and these approaches create problems that affect the service life and aesthetics of products.

Fabrico is helping to find better, more efficient and lower cost ways to attach LSE plastics to themselves and other substrates. Fabrico is discovering new advanced liquid and viscoelastic adhesives that are changing the outlook for adhesive-based assembly of LSE plastics.

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