Henkel, whose brands include Loctite, Bonderite and Technomelt, is featuring several new products on its stand M73 at Southern Manufacturing 2014. The first is described as a technological breakthrough, as it combines the characteristics of an instant adhesive and an epoxy. The new Loctite 4090 hybrid has the fixture speed of a cyanoacrylate and the durability of an epoxy, a combination that brings the benefits of instant fixture strength to structural bonding applications.
Also new at the show are two proven retaining adhesives whose benefits have been extended through continuous development. Retaining adhesives are used to secure bearings, bushes and cylindrical parts into housings and onto shafts. Loctite 638 and 648 are time-served products for these applications, but their performance has now been enhanced by increased temperature resistance and greater oil tolerance. They also have the ability to cure well on passive metal surfaces such as aluminium or stainless steel.
The final new product is a re-launch of a cost-saving protective coating for welding processes. Formerly Aerodag Ceramishield, Loctite SF 7900 Ceramic Shield prevents weld spatter from adhering to welding equipment. The coating forms a dry film that ensures uninterrupted welding for up to 8 hours without the need for re-application. Loctite SF 7900 Ceramic Shield increases productivity by up to 10 per cent while reducing the cost of consumables but a substantial 70 per cent.
To find out more, visit the company on stand M73 at Southern Manufacturing 2014, Farnborough, 12–13 February 2014, or visit the website at www.loctite.co.uk.