Posts tagged "Adhesives"

Temperature is an important consideration throughout the entire vehicle development process. The most prominent example is inside the car where driver and passenger comfort are taken into account. This is far from the only example, though, especially today as lightweighting initiatives have introduced mixed material designs that cause a new set of challenges related to thermal […]

Today’s drivers are more used to digital technology in their cars than ever before. Music streamed from the cloud, real-time traffic information and personalized roadside assistance have become common. But there is certainly more to come. While the change to autonomous vehicle technology is influencing many aspects of vehicle development, the most noticeable area for […]

Finding the right adhesive for your lightweight component is dependent on the right chemical mix. Some adhesives are rigid. Others have high degrees of elasticity. Some offer increased energy absorption. How do you know which is right for the job? It starts with considering some basic questions. What are the materials you need to join? What are your […]

“Form follows function” is a maxim credited to early 20th century architect, Louis Sullivan, in relation to architectural and industrial design, inferring that the shape of a building or object should be primarily based upon its intended function or purpose. Form also follows function in vehicle lightweighting. With 2025 CAFE standards targeting 54.5 mpg per […]

Adhesives can be seriously strong. They’re used in the manufacture of anything from airplanes, automobiles and massive machinery to baby products, golf clubs and mobile phones. These are demanding applications. But if you’re hoping to achieve optimal performance, there’s a job that must be completed before an adhesive is applied: surface preparation. The Importance of […]

If you read our previous blog, you discovered some of the many ways in which adhesive bonding can be more effective, more efficient and more reliable than bolts or other assembly solutions. If you’ve decided to explore a switch to adhesives, the next step is understanding your options. There are pluses and minuses to each […]

“Bit by bit, putting it together Piece by piece, only way to make a work of art Every moment makes a contribution Every little detail plays a part” Stephen Sondheim – “Sunday in the Park with George” What works to make great art also works in manufacturing and repair. But when it comes to putting […]

Have you ever tried to fix your child’s broken toy and found that when bonding two dissimilar materials, your conventional bonding method didn’t work? In the automotive industry, as OEMs are exploring new material choices to help meet the 2025 CAFE standards, this is a common occurrence as well. Light metals like high-strength steel and […]

One of the challenges of LED design is the accommodation of not just a primary optic to collect, focus and shape the light produced, but the need to also accommodate secondary optics (those that exist outside the LED package) as well. These include reflector cavities, Fresnel lenses and pillow lenses.  As secondary optics are essential […]

LED lighting is designed to run for 50,000 hours – or more – under the right conditions. Making sure those conditions are optimal is one of the challenges faced by LED manufacturers and manufacturers of board level components.  Unlike incandescent bulbs where filaments can safely reach well over 1,000°C, LEDs need to be run at […]