UV Curing Adhesives
UV curing adhesives are adhesives that cure when exposed to UV light. When exposed, they first gel within seconds, then cure within minutes. What’s left behind is a durable bond between the items the adhesive is joining.
UV curing adhesives are used primarily in optical applications and to bond glass (including fiberglass and glass-filled plastics) to other materials. Examples include: glass to metal, glass to glass and glass to plastic. Some of their applications include: assembling prisms, mounting lenses, insulating electrical components, assembling electronic components (ex. LCD screens, kiosk panels), thermal management, coating electronics, masking electronics and generally assembling glass and plastic parts.
These adhesives are popular in industries including: electronics, appliance, optical display, glass, automotive manufacturing, aerospace, medical device and healthcare, orthopedic device, metal finishing, packaging and power generation.
UV curing adhesives offer a variety of advantages. First, they are solvent-free and halogen-free. Typically, they are RoHS compliant and REACH compliant. This means that they are environmentally friendly. Second, they generally go on clear, so they do not negatively impact the appearance of the materials they are bonding. In addition, they are versatile; they can enhance clarity, insulate, join, seal and finish parts. Finally, they are efficient. Their curing process is incredibly fast, simple, easy and low cost.