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Design Solutions for Low Surface Energy (LSE) Materials

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Apr 1st 2021

Low surface energy (LSE) materials tend to be designers' favorite materials to work with and utilize to create their applications. These materials provide innovative solutions to modernize the design process and tend to be a favorite due to their lightweight, low cost, ease of processing, resistance to chemicals, and ability to mold easily. LSE materials are specifically valuable for the Point-of-Purchase (POP) and Extrusion markets.

When working with LSE materials, many designers face the challenge of finding an adhesive that doesn't provide a lack of adhesion when applied to LSE materials. These materials' structure and surface prevent what most would call the "wetting out" stage, which is vital to establish a secure, lasting bond needed to hold an application together overtime. Ordinary adhesives provide poor performance properties and low adhesion, which means they generally do not bond well to LSE materials. When this happens, it is difficult to adhere, bond, or mount materials such as plastics, print UV inks, powder-coated metals, and UV coatings.

When working with LSE materials, a primer must modify the surface to enable the adhesion's best adhesion strength. The disadvantage of having to prime the surface is that it costs you time and money and makes for the use of chemicals that are very hazardous to the environment and a person's health. With this in mind, we have heard your request for an adhesive that can quickly bond to LSE materials, and we now have products that can do that.

Our new LSE adhesive tape series addresses these issues by providing the following:

  • A durable adhesive that quickly bonds on contact with LSE plastics and substrates
  • Alternative to mechanical fasteners and liquid sealants, no tools required
  • Reduces cost and assembly time, increases production, and improves operation processes
  • Provides uniform thickness and gap filling properties
  • Fast and easy-to-use bonding method that requires no preparation or use of hazardous chemicals

We designed a new LSE adhesive system based on our legendary tapes that our customers love for POP assembly and extrusion applications. You will get the same great service you are used to from Duraco, including a new adhesive tape that bonds even better to those hard-to-bond surfaces such as polypropylene, polyethylene, UV coatings, UV inks, and powder coated paints.

While designed to meet LSE surfaces' needs, the LSE tape series also has exceptional bonding performance. Available in pieces or continuous rolls, these tapes are ideal for both automatic and hand application.

Unravel new design potential, which allows you to focus on what is most important, designing to your fullest potential. Contact one of our tape experts by clicking here to request a sample to test in your end application and redesign the way you design.