Polyamide adhesives are ideal bonding solutions for many markets, including packaging, filtration and automotive. However, finding the right one that meets your specific application needs can seem daunting. Consider these four tips to make the selection process easier:
- Know the Application Temperature
An application’s temperature requirements play a key role in determining which polyamide adhesive is right for you. For example, if your application must withstand high heat, your adhesive must be able to perform in these conditions, too. Ensure you know the end-use application temperature level. This will determine which adhesive is able to perform best in that environment.
2. Understand the Process Requirements
Furthermore, not all polyamide adhesives cure at the same time. For example, some adhesives have shorter open times of 20 seconds, whereas other options have longer open times of 60 seconds. By understanding your assembly process, such as the length of time it entails and what equipment is involved in it, you’ll have a good idea on how slowly or quickly your adhesive will need to achieve its full bond strength.
3. Ensure Substrate Compatibility
Another item to consider when choosing your polyamide adhesive is whether or not it is compatible with your given substrate. Typical substrates that these adhesives can bond to include:
- Heated metal
While polyamide adhesives offer versatile bonding capabilities, it is still a good idea to verify how well it will bond to a particular substrate prior to selection.
4. Work with a Knowledgeable Adhesive Supplier
Working directly with an adhesive supplier can also ensure your adhesive is properly suited for your application prior to selection. For example, Bostik’s experts conduct sufficient adhesive evaluation and testing based on your exact specifications. This eliminates the worry on your part and ensures you’re able to get the job done right the first time.
Contact a Bostik expert today to learn how we can help you find your ideal polyamide adhesive.