AFTC® Automotive SilverTape™
AFTC’s Automotive SilverTapes are proving their capabilities throughout the global Automotive industry. Overall approvals from several OEM’s and Tier1 suppliers have contributed immensely to the development of the Automotive market for AFTC. Click here to find out which AFTC SilverTape will be the right choice for your application.
In today’s modern day automotive industry, AFTC’s line of SilverTapes™ are one of the most widely used products for the mounting and bonding of various types of plastics and painted metals. However, prior to the time when AFTC’s SilverTapes were being used, the automotive manufactures were using more traditional bonding systems like, rivets, screws, clips or welding (mechanical fasteners). Today, most of these applications using traditional bonding systems have been substituted by adhesives and in particular, acrylic foam tapes due to their specific characteristics.
Automotive manufactures typically bond to various types of plastic and painted metals. The type of plastic used in the manufacturing of the parts, in combination with the clear coat finish of the vehicle, requires a certain type of adhesive system. The thickness of the chosen adhesive depends on the materials, the length of the bond, the design and lastly, the stress levels endured by the parts.
The surface tension may require preparation of the substrate(s). Various forms of preparation include plasma, corona or liquid primer / adhesion promoters.
AFTC also offers a line of high quality heat activated SilverTapes™ used for the bonding of soft EPDM weather seals surrounding the vehicle. Heat activated tapes consist of a pressure sensitive SilverTape™ on one side and a specially formulated heat activated hot melt system on the other. The hot melt side is laminated to the freshly extruded rubber seal and provides a structural bond to a material that is extremely difficult to bond.
Having such a broad range of capabilities allows the line of the AFTC SilverTapes to be used on all applications on the car. These applications include; door trims, body side mouldings, roof trims, roof ditch mouldings, emblems, shark fin antennas, spoilers, treat plates, weather seals etc.
AFTC offers its automotive SilverTapes in any shape or form. For low volume trim applications we offer slit rolls in the desired width with lengths of 33 or 66 meters. For high volume (automated) trim applications we offer spool rolls with lengths up to 1500 meters, depending on the type of adhesive, the width and thickness of the required SilverTape. Besides available roll dimensions, we offer a wide variety of custom designed die-cuts. AFTC works in close cooperation with our converters to provide the form or shape our customers require.
SilverTape™ is AFTC® Group’s registered trademark and is AFTC® Group’s core product. SilverTapes are double sided viscoelastic 100% acrylic Foam tapes (AFT).Lees verder