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With decades of adhesive research and development and more than 100 years in the automotive industry, 3M has set the stage for continuing breakthroughs in areas such as bonding exterior automotive sensors. Our technologies enhance the most important automotive trends: electrification, autonomous vehicles and increased use of sensors throughout the vehicle. Check out our solutions here.
3M™ Acrylic Foam Tapes and Acrylic Plus Tapes are go-to solutions for automotive bonding and joining. Conformable, viscoelastic foam cores provide stress relaxation under high application loads, and under normal conditions maintain tight bond lines. These tapes have been developed specifically for attaching exterior trim and other parts to automotive paint surfaces. These versatile tapes can also allow designers to use thinner components, since they can eliminate the need for ultrasonic welding.
This range of 3M™ Acrylic Foam Tapes (AFT) allows for the installation of exterior sensor brackets to automotive paint without the time and expense of adhesion promoters. All tapes feature viscoelastic acrylic foam cores for excellent stress relaxation under high application loads and tight bond-line aesthetics. Adhesives are formulated for specific substrates and for robust performance, even on complex contours and difficult automotive surfaces. These solutions can also allow designers to use thinner components, since they can eliminate the need for ultrasonic welding.
3M provides our 3M™ Structural Bonding Tapes (SBT) applied to single-function and multi-function sensor brackets at the Tier level. Tier suppliers can improve OEM efficiency by supplying tape-attached brackets for cameras, mirror buttons and rain sensors. Hardware applies quickly by pressure-sensitive adhesive and is heat-cured to a semi-structural bond at the Tier. 3M tape-attached sensor bracket systems are compatible with manual and automated manufacturing processes and commercially available autoclave processes.
3M is constantly working to meet the evolving challenges of automotive OEM and Tier suppliers worldwide. If you need help finding an existing solution or would like to talk about specific ideas you’re working on, get in touch with us.