New solvent-free UV adhesive 17 March 2017

Vitralit® VBB-2N LV, a new solvent-free UV adhesive, is now available from UK distributor Techsil. Manufactured by Panacol, this adhesive features low viscosity and is ideally suited for bonding elastomeric materials.

Elastomeric materials and rubbers all differ in their polymer structure, polarity, and surface properties. This makes them very difficult to bond and there are drawbacks with using traditional adhesive systems.

Techsil points out the Vitralit® UV curing acrylates are specially formulated for bonding rubbers, as well as being solvent-free, simple to dispense, and easily integrated into existing production processes. They state the adhesive cures within seconds under UV or visible light and are therefore the perfect choice for high volume production in manual or automated production lines.

Due to its extremely low viscosity Vitralit VBB-2N LV is suitable for large area bonding, as well as applications where the gap size is very small. When cured, it demonstrates excellent flexibility and environmental stability. Transparent assembly material cures in seconds with UVA light, to produce a strong and reliable bond. UV blocking materials like polycarbonate can also be cured due to the adhesive’s ability to bond using visible light (>400Nm).

For use in medical applications Techsil can also provide an alternative product with similar properties, which meets the requirements for USP Class VI and is compatible with sterilisation by autoclaving, gamma irradiation and ETO.

Trading since 1989, UK-based Techsil has grown into a global supplier of industrial RTV silicones, adhesives, sealants, encapsulants, conformal coatings, tapes, casting and mould making materials to a wide range of manufacturing industries including aerospace, automotive, medical, electronics, packaging, LED lighting and rapid prototyping.

Panacol-Elosol GmbH, a member of global Hoenle group, is an international supplier of adhesives with a broad product range that includes UV curable adhesives, structural adhesives, and conductive adhesives. Hoenle is a global technology leader and manufacturer of industrial UV curing devices and systems.

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