Avery Dennison Performance Tapes recently released the second in a series of bonding studies that reportedly make it easier for converters to evaluate the performance of Avery Dennison Core Series™ adhesive products with commonly used materials. This study focused on Woodbridge AutoBond™ flexible foams, which can be found in automotive applications such as acoustics, seating, and interior and overhead systems.
The study was performed in collaboration with Woodbridge at the Avery Dennison Performance Tapes Painesville Innovation Center, an ISO 17025-certified facility that reportedly tests under real-world and extreme conditions with tight control of environmental conditions. The study evaluated Core Series adhesives using two different laminating methods on Woodbridge AutoBond products. Samples were tested at 180° peel adhesion at 12 in./min.
The resulting study determined that heat lamination is beneficial, and it classifies the performance of Core Series adhesives when used with Woodbridge AutoBond products. Avery Dennison reports that using the study in conjunction with the its Core Series Product Selection Tool allows converters to evaluate bonding strength, along with other application requirements, to quickly select the right adhesive for the material and application.
“The purpose of the study is to use our technical expertise and testing facilities to simplify the process of choosing adhesives based on the specific characteristics of the Woodbridge AutoBond family of trim foams,” said Deanne Lewis, general industrial product manager at Avery Dennison Performance Tapes. “Adhesion to foam is impacted by factors such as adhesive mass, pressure, compression, lamination speed and temperature. Using this study, converters can specify and quote adhesives for Woodbridge AutoBond flexible foam products with greater speed and accuracy.”
Woodbridge AutoBond flexible foams are manufactured using a continuous-pour method and can be used in a variety of processes and applications. Designed to meet most specifications and requirements for OEM automotive interiors, the foams are available in flat and round blocks, as well as in polyether and polyester foam grades.
“We’re happy to have collaborated with Avery Dennison on this bonding study, which will serve as a valuable resource for our customers,” said Ron Smolinski, manufacturing director for flexible foam and lamination.