In consumer product, automotive and industrial applications, thermoplastic elastomers often have to work as part of a materials system that includes a rigid substrate made from engineering plastics. And when TPEs can readily bond to that substrate, all sorts of benefits follow. Among these are manufacturing efficiency and cost reduction since bondable TPEs can often be overmolded onto their substrates in a single manufacturing step — doing away with adhesives, surface treatments and manual assembly steps. And as bondable TPEs become compatible with more varieties of thermoplastics, it gives engineers the ability to work with new materials combinations that better meet performance goals. So important is bonding that most TPE suppliers continually work on bondable grades. They've been able to dramatically increase the ability of these materials to bond to rigid engineering thermoplastics — including nylon.
Here are three recent developments:
Bonding In Broad Daylight
Elastomer Sticks To Modified Nylons
Bonding difficult plastics