As their name implies, industrial adhesives are those adhesives used for industrial applications. They are usually made from three main types of adhesive: polyurethane, acrylic and silicone. You will often find industrial adhesive varieties grouped according to these materials, in addition to their curing mechanisms and adhesive properties.
Examples of industrial adhesive applications include: concrete bonding, road repair and crack sealing. Some of the industries to which industrial adhesives are important include: electronics, aerospace, automotive manufacturing and repair, construction, roofing, transportation, and mining.
Industrial adhesives offer a wide variety of advantages over more traditional industrial binding processes, like mechanical fastening, sewing, thermal bonding and the like. First, they offer greater design flexibility, as they are discrete and do not require additional machining. In fact, they do not require machining at all. So, the production process of industrial adhesive-bound parts is quicker, more efficient and less expensive than the alternatives. In addition, those pieces bonded or sealed with industrial adhesives tend to be more aesthetically pleasing than those joined with visible joints. Finally, industrial adhesives allow manufacturers to more evenly distribute stress across the joint.
Note: Industrial adhesives are similar to but not necessarily as strong as structural adhesives. Sometimes their definitions overlap. To make sure you are getting the right adhesive for your application, always talk to a professional.