Across the UK and beyond, the rate at which mechanical fixings are being replaced with custom adhesives is astonishing. To such an extent in fact that there are some who can already envisage an era where both mechanical fixings and even welding are rendered obsolete. Realistically, this problem isn’t going to be the kind of thing any of us will see during their lifetime. Nevertheless, it paints a pretty vivid picture of just how rapidly things are progressing right now.
But assuming you find yourself in any instance where both adhesives and mechanical fixings could get the job done just fine. Which of the two should you choose? Or assuming that custom adhesives are becoming the choice of the professionals, what is it that can make a bespoke adhesive product so superior?
The truth is, it all comes down to what you’re doing, who you’re working with and what you intend to get out of the deal. For the average DIY enthusiast, keeping a spare bag of nails at home is probably easier than setting up a contract with the most advanced 3m preferred converters in the UK
. But for those who get through thousands upon thousands of mechanical fixings for business purposes…well, it’s an entirely different story altogether.
So while it may seem like a rather radical change, here’s a quick rundown of just a few of the reasons why custom adhesives outperform both mechanical fixings and even welding, pretty much every time:
1 – Joining Incompatible Materials
First up, one of the biggest advantages of working with custom adhesive products is the way in which doing so immediately lifts all limitations, with regard to which materials can and cannot be joined. With welding in particular, you are somewhat restricted to only those metals that are compatible with welding processes. But even with standard mechanical fixings, it can sometimes prove difficult or even impossible to join two materials this way. When you order a custom adhesive product, you get to specify exactly which materials need to be joined. Which in turn means the same kind of joining power and performance as would be expected from mechanical fixings, though with much greater flexibility and versatility.
2 – Improved Efficiency
A simple point but an important point nonetheless, there really is no contemporary method of joining that is quite as quick and easy to carry out as using a custom adhesive product. This applies in particular to the use of adhesive tapes, which can be applied practically in an instant and relied upon to get the job done flawlessly. In manufacturing environment in particular, the difference that can be made by making the switch to high quality adhesive products can be nothing short of remarkable – revolutionary, in fact. And it’s also worth reminding that when working with custom adhesives, there is generally no need for any additional tools, supplies or the kinds of setup costs that can be rather on the high side, to say the least.
3 – Overall Aesthetics
It’s also worth considering the overall aesthetic so whatever it is you are manufacturing. Generally speaking, manufacturers go to whatever lengths required to ensure that mechanical fixings and welded joints are as invisible as possible. This has the potential to be a somewhat time consuming and costly process in its own right, though often creates a final result which is less-than flawless. This is another area in which custom adhesive products excel, given the way in which they are uniquely able to create joins that are 100% invisible.
4 – Stronger Bonds
Contrary to popular belief, the right adhesive can actually create even stronger bonds than traditional welding. The reason being that when you join two materials by way of welding, joined is created across the strip that is welded and nowhere else. Likewise, when joining two surfaces with mechanical fixings, the only area that is actually physically joined is the area where the screw/bolt etc. is fitted. With industrial adhesives, the adhesive can be applied to the entire surface area of the material to be joined, which in turn results in a fundamentally stronger and more durable join and any comparable bonding method.
5 – Workforce Benefits
Last but not least, it’s also worth bearing in mind that when it comes to welding in particular, a certain level of skill, knowledge and experience is required for the process to be carried out. Even then, there are dangers that cannot be avoided entirely. The same also goes to a slightly lesser extent with mechanical fixings, which depending on the additional equipment and tools required can be hazardous or awkward to work with. Industrial adhesives exist right on the opposite end of the scale, being not only incredibly easy and convenient to work with, but also significantly safer. And with little to no specific training or prior education required, it becomes far easier for businesses to train their own workforces accordingly.