New Technology InsightsWelQuickTM: Quickly Bonding Film of Dissimilar Materials
In recent years, there has been an increasing need in the field of material bonding and adhesion to save energy and labor. As such, customers need joining and bonding processes that are both simple and time-saving.
In addition, "multi-materialization" has become a keyword in materials development to realize weight reduction or high strength by the combined use of dissimilar materials such as resins and metals.
Based on our material technologies and interface control technologies of both resins and metals, we have developed a film-type bonding technology that is easy to use and provides strong bonding of dissimilar materials.
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What is WelQuickTM？
WelQuickTM is a film-type novel bonding technology that delivers both simplicity and adhesive properties.
WelQuickTM does not require a long cure time like conventional adhesives by taking advantage of the phase change between solid and liquid to enable instant bonding simply by welding the film. Furthermore, it does not require special surface treatment such as oxidation as long as the surface of the material is clean and free of dust.
Based on our strong points in a wide range of material technologies such as metals and resins, WelQuickTM also delivers strong adhesive strength even when bonding various combinations of dissimilar materials.
In addition, WelQuickTM can be applied by various welding methods. We can recommend effective bonding solutions to our customers by combining methods that suit their needs.
- Quick bonding
Bonding can be achieved quickly by utilizing short processes. Its film shape also makes handling easy.
- Strong bonding of a diverse range of dissimilar materials
WelQuickTM can be used to bond a variety of dissimilar materials including various resins (PC, PBT, PA, PPS, PMMA, ABS etc.) and metals (Al, Fe, Cu, etc.) in resin–metal, resin–resin, and metal–metal combinations.
- Wide variety of welding methods
We can recommend a welding method that meets our customers’ needs, including ultrasonic welding, electromagnetic induction welding, heat welding, etc.
WelQuickTM takes advantage of the phase change of the film material between solid and liquid to enable bonding in just a few seconds simply by sandwiching and then welding the film.
No VOCs are scattered during the bonding since no VOCs are used.
In addition, WelQuickTM film can be stored for a long time at room temperature.
WelQuickTM solves a wide range of problems for customers when using conventional bonding methods, including controlling the application conditions of adhesive, handling of liquids, time restrictions for bonding, and long cure time.
Strong bonding of a diverse range of dissimilar materials
WelQuickTM can be used to bond a variety of dissimilar or similar materials alike, including various resins (PC, PBT, PA, PPS, PMMA, ABS etc.) and metals (Al, Fe, Cu, etc.) in resin–metal, resin–resin, and metal–metal combinations.
By leveraging our strong points in a wide range of material technologies for metals and resins, we have developed a method for strong adhesive bonding between dissimilar materials.
* Shown below are examples of dissimilar or similar materials bonded using WelQuickTM, and measurements of their adhesive properties and functionality.
Please refer to the technical data document for specific and detailed data for each material.
Shear adhesive strength test for PC/aluminum & PBT/aluminum bondings (high bonding strength)
WelQuickTM provides such strong adhesive strength that the base material may break under certain conditions.
Bending adhesive strength test for aluminum/aluminum bonding (high toughness)
WelQuickTM also delivers excellent toughness and maintains high bonding strength even under severe external stresses such as bending.
Repeated adhesive strength test for steel/steel bonding (recyclability and repairability)
After bonding, WelQuickTM can be peeled off by high temperature such as 200°C heating, and repeated bonding can be achieved by the same process.
This property realizes recycling and reworking of the bonded materials.
Water-resistance test for aluminum/aluminum bonding (high water-resistance)
WelQuickTM provides excellent water-resistance and durability under high-temperature and high-humidity conditions for a long time.
Heat-resistance test for PC/aluminum bonding (high heat-resistance)
WelQuickTM delivers greater adhesive strength compared to conventional hot melt adhesives and also provides excellent heat-resistance.
Wide variety of welding methods
WelQuickTM can be applied by a wide variety of welding methods, including ultrasonic welding due to its excellent bonding speed, and high-frequency induction welding with metals. It can be also applied by heat welding with a simple heating device such as a clothes iron set at 180°C.
We can recommend specific welding methods according to the needs of customers.
Please refer to the technical data document for specific welding methods and detailed data for each material.