AFTC SilverTapes are widely used in several areas of transportation. Trains, trams, busses, airplanes, mobile homes, caravans, subway carts, trailers are many of the applications that fall under the umbrella of “transportation”. Because of the diversity of materials and applications within the transportation market, AFTC offers our full range of industrial tapes.
One of AFTC’s most successful markets is trailers industry. AFTC SilverTapes are used to mount and bond the roof, wall, floor panels, corner profiles, lighting and reflective plating on exterior of trailers. After seeing the results of the AFTC products many customers decided to make the switch from rivets and screws to the AFTC SilverTape. Making the switch to AFTC has significantly improved the speed of their production process and has lowered their overall production costs. Other advantages include reduced the sound and vibration of the trailer by 40-50%. In addition, AFTC SilverTape weighs significantly less that mechanical fasteners, less weight means less fuel burn which saves money.
RV’s and mobile homes, in many cases, have the same pre-fab interior or exterior parts. These part such as full shower or bathroom units, in the past were mainly riveted or glued into the interior. Due to the friction of these vehicles, the rivets would loosen, resulting in the annoying sound of rattling and vibration. Using liquid glues required long drying times where AFTC ‘s bond is instant. In addition, exterior trims, lighting and windows for buses is where liquid adhesives have always had a prominent role. Because of the uneven surfaces, welds and high torque this is still the preferred bonding method. However, the quest for improvement of productivity and cost reduction has opened the door for AFTC SilverTape. Working in conjunction with engineering teams of several leading bus manufacturers, AFTC has found some very interesting applications. The hatches for the luggage compartment is a perfect example of how the AFTC SilverTape is now used to bond the aluminium sheet to the steel frame of the hatch. Besides the obvious holding power and increase in production speed, this bring another advantage; the AFTC SilverTape forms a barrier between the two metal preventing bi-metal corrosion.
Other SilverTape applications in the manufacturing of buses are logo, emblem attachment, exterior trim, floor & roof panels and lighting.
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