How Surface Treatments Can Lead to Big Savings in LED Assembly

    November 11, 2015

LEDs have revolutionized the lighting industry, particularly in their remarkable longevity compared to traditional lighting solutions.

This has driven new requirements in LED assembly and luminaire design, as companies must create surrounding fixtures with housings and components capable of lasting as long as the LED components they protect. 

Manufacturers are now faced with the challenge of producing LEDs that deliver huge energy-savings benefits while still maintaining high volume, low cost, environmentally-friendly production processes.

You know about the ways adhesives and sealants can help with these challenges. But there is one more component of LED manufacturing that can extend the lives of painted or anodized aluminum housings and components, as well as ornamental brackets, lamp poles and bases – the right surface treatment. 

How Henkel Can Help

In addition to being the world’s leading solutions provider for adhesives and sealants, Henkel is a leader in the field of surface treatment – the preparation of metal surfaces to provide extended paint life, sealing of anodized aluminum, improved aesthetics and enhanced corrosion resistance.

One recent success story resulted in Henkel surface treatment technology doubling the long-term weather resistance of painted lamp bases and aluminum street lamp poles. 

The large producer of these public lighting structures also reported significant production cost savings (in part through the elimination of one subcontracted step), a substantial reduction in required cleaning and treatment chemicals, a 30 percent drop in energy usage, reduced water usage, and a 75 percent reduction in disposal costs. 

Total savings: more than $100,000 a year.

BONDERITE EC2 TM ElectroCeramic Coating: Our Latest Surface Treatment Breakthrough

BONDERITE EC2 ElectroCeramic Coating is a revolutionary surface treatment process that provides a host of benefits, including: 

  • 5 – 10X improved corrosion protection over older treatment methods and conventional paints

  • Significant performance improvement over anodizing

  • Effective application on aluminum and titanium, as well as their alloys

  • Eliminates the need for surface pretreatment and 1-2 layers of paint

  • Air-dries with no post-curing required

  • Allows for use of mild steel instead of more expensive stainless steel

BONDERITE EC2 also reduces the number of processing steps, increasing parts throughput and reducing the production floor space required. Energy savings and waste reduction make it a very environmentally-friendly process.

If you’ve already integrated adhesives and sealants into your production processes, coatings may be the missing link to achieving peak efficiency. 

Over to You 

If you have any questions about how surface treatments might be able to help you, visit our website, or leave us a question in the comments or on Twitter (@Loctite_NA).

About the Author, Matt Donelan

Matt Donelan is a Market Development Director for Henkel North America based in Rocky Hill, Conn. His responsibilities cover the Electrical and Optical segments including Lighting, Wire Harnesses, and Electric Motors. Matt has over 20 years of experience at Henkel in both marketing and product management positions. He also has design, test, and manufacturing engineering experience in the aerospace, optical, medical and electronics industries. Matt holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from The University of Connecticut and an MBA from the University of Hartford.

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