Adhesives play a significant role in today’s manufacturing. From food packaging to automotive door panels, the world would be very different if it weren’t for adhesives. Let’s take a look at some examples of how adhesives improve the quality of our daily lives.
Adhesives Make Ready-to-Eat Meals Possible
As consumer lifestyles have shifted, single serving, instant food products help address demand for speed and convenience. Whether consumers are aware of it or not, adhesives are largely responsible for making these products possible.
For example, adhesives are used in the lidding for microwavable food products. Their formulations are able to withstand both cold freezer temperatures and hot microwave temperatures. Additionally, they can be FDA-approved and safe for direct or indirect food contact.
Adhesives are also used in manufacturing the shipping containers that transport these food products across long distances and under extreme stress.
Adhesives Make Airplanes Safer and More Comfortable
In addition to being used in aircraft assembly, adhesives help make airplanes safer and more comfortable for passengers. For example, they can offer flame retardancy, which impedes the spread of fire during an emergency. This capability gives passengers more time to safely exit the plane.
Furthermore, adhesives can help with noise and vibration damping. This boosts occupant comfort during the flight. Adhesives also aid in improving aircraft interior aesthetics in applications such as overhead bins and lavatories.
Adhesives Make Cars More Durable
Nuts and bolts have been the traditional bonding methods for cars. However, mechanical fasteners can cause certain problems, such as weakened stress points and added weight. Adhesives offer:
- Uniform coverage: continuous, even strength throughout
- Lighter weight: better fuel efficiency and operation
Additionally, adhesives offer improved crash performance. This is because adhesives don’t affect the substrates used in assembly.
While adhesives in general help improve quality of life, smart adhesives also help improve operation efficiencies, saving customers time and money. For more information on how Bostik’s smart adhesives can help you, call 800-7-BOSTIK, or visit www.bostik.com/us.