Building Better Utility Vehicles
( 10/03/2017 )
An article in the September 2017 issue of Trailer/Body Builders Magazine highlighted our expertise helping commercial vehicle manufacturers build utility vehicles with better aesthetics, improved impact resistance and increased cost efficiencies.
Used in applications ranging from firefighting and emergency service vehicles to utility operations, construction, and trash collection, these work truck and trailer bodies often require customization that must withstand challenging environments or where aesthetics is important. Joining techniques where mechanical fastening may not be feasible or practical, such as with plastic and composite bonding, or when multiple adhesives would be needed.
One solution to address this issue is the use of next-generation acrylic adhesives to bond assemblies to work trucks and trailers. They remain robust in difficult conditions and retain excellent bond strength on various metal substrates when exposed to environmental extremes. They also maintain structural integrity without any degradation during the high-temperature e-coat process.
The article explains how the chemistry and key features have evolved from first- and second-generation adhesive systems to the advantages offed by next-generation acrylic adhesives, including seam sealing properties to protect against corrosion and the elimination of leaks and stress cracks by reducing rivets and welds.