Welding incompatible plastics

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  • Novel technology enables new plastic combinations
  • Many incompatible plastics can now be welded
  • Applications: from automotive to medical

Henkel Adhesive Technologies has developed a novel technique for welding incompatible plastics with welding machines available on the market.

Novel technology enables new plastic combinations

The development of a novel technology for welding incompatible plastics enables manufacturers from various plastics processing industries to realize a variety of new plastic combinations. As a result, manufacturers can use market-based welding techniques on a much larger scale while simultaneously benefiting from a shorter process time and many more advantages of this established joining technology. This new technology can also be applied to the welding of compatible plastics.

Many incompatible plastics can now be welded

In the process of welding plastics, various joining techniques such as hot plate welding, ultrasonic welding, vibration welding, infrared welding or laser welding are applied. Until now, these welding techniques were only applicable to plastics that were compatible. With the novel technology and in close collaboration with manufacturers from the plastics processing industry, many incompatible plastics such as polypropylene (PP) with acryl butadiene styrene (ABS), polyamide (PA), polycarbonate (PC) or polymethamethacrylate (PMMA) can be welded.

Applications: from automotive to medical

The technology offers high potentials for improving processes and production methods, in particular within the automotive industry, the medical industry or for home appliances.

Henkel is already working with lead customers from various industries on launching the first marketable applications of this new technology.



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