Avery Dennison Performance Tapes recently released a study in collaboration with Armacell component foams. This study is the fourth in a series of bonding studies that aim to make it easier for converters to evaluate the performance of Avery Dennison Core Series™ portfolio adhesive products with foams and other commonly used materials.

This latest study focuses on Armacell's Component Foams division, which offers products primarily used in aerospace, automotive, building and construction, industrial, medical, packaging, and sport/leisure. The study was performed with Armacell at the Avery Dennison Performance Tapes Painesville Innovation Center, an ISO 17025-certified facility that can test under a variety of real-world conditions.

Foam bonding is affected by the foam's base polymer, thickness, and cell type; adhesion to foam is affected by factors such as adhesive mass, pressure, compression, lamination speed, and temperature. This study was conducted under the following conditions:

  • The Core Series adhesive products were backed with a 2-mil PET film and trimmed to a 1-in. width
  • Two sample sets were laminated to Armacell component foam
  • All samples were tested at 180° peel adhesion at 12 in./min

The resulting study classifies the performance of Core Series adhesives when used with Armacell component foams. According to Avery Dennison, using the study in conjunction with the Core Series Product Selection Tool allows converters to evaluate bonding strength along with other application requirements to quickly select the right adhesive for their unique application.

"Our goal with this study is to leverage our technical experts and world-class testing facilities to simplify our customers' adhesive selection process," said Deanne Lewis, general industrial product manager at Avery Dennison Performance Tapes. "Armacell is a leader in expanded foams, and using this study, converters can efficiently and accurately specify adhesives for Armacell Component Foams' innovative products."

Armacell's component foams include elastomeric and polyolefin products. Elastomeric component foam (ECF) products include high-performance foam formulated to meet stringent physical and chemical property requirements; ECF brands include ArmaSound®, ArmaSport®, EnsoLine®, EnsoLite®, and Monarch®. Armacell's polyolefin component foams (PCF) are made from thermoplastic polymers; PCF brands include OleCell® and OleTex®.

"We're pleased to work with Avery Dennison and provide this resource for our customers," said Isabel Wright, senior technical manager for Armacell. "Over sixty years of foam innovation enables us to design optimized cell structures and densities for specific physical properties, custom engineered to customer needs. This study further emphasizes our commitment to meeting our customers' changing demands."

Learn more and view the full bonding study at https://tapes.averydennison.com/na/en/home/insights/materials-science/armacell-component-foams.html.