Often done to produce parts for shock absorbance, the rubber to metal bonding process is essential for many manufacturers, particularly in the automotive industry. Manufacturers have been coming to us for years to produce automated rubber to metal bonding spray equipment, but before any work is done, nearly all have the same questions:
- How can we guarantee a consistent, quality product?
- How can we reduce material costs?
- How can we do this safely?
Three important questions that go a long way in determining how a part is made. So, how can an automated rubber to metal bonding machine address these questions?
How can we guarantee a consistent, quality product?
The simplest way to guarantee quality is through the reduction of man power. Incorporating a custom automated machine means the rubber to metal bonding process is no longer reliant on an operator. Human error occurs in manufacturing. And when a part is in such high demand that it needs to be produced at faster rates, those errors grow exponentially.
Through the use of an automated spray system for adhesives, the exact amount of adhesive is applied to the part with precision, eliminating the risk of human error and repeating that application without variance.
This level of quality results in savings on the back end of production. A bond fail is expensive, eating up materials costs for the bonding process in addition to the costs associated with the part, whether it can be salvaged or is ruined.
How can we reduce material costs?
Try to show us a manufacturer who doesn’t want to reduce costs without sacrificing quality. They don’t exist. Getting the most bang-for-your-buck is a major goal for many manufacturers and it’s no different for the rubber to metal bonding process. With automated spray equipment, material usage is controlled throughout all parameters of the spray process, minimizing wasted materials.
Depending on the type of adhesives, costs typically range from $50 – 100 a gallon. In some cases, the automated machine has created a 50 – 75% savings depending on the application. These front-end savings are key benefits to using an automated machine for the rubber to metal bonding process.
How can we do rubber to metal bonding safely?
This is the most prominent question manufacturers ask for any consideration of an automated bonding machine. These adhesives are extremely flammable and contain a lot of volatiles that are hazardous to your team members on the manufacturing floor. Being able to handle the materials and exhaust them correctly is a major concern.
It’s not uncommon for prospective clients to have monthly fires due to the volatility of the materials and process. Safety is the most important concern, which is why all of our machines are explosion proof and have fire suppression systems. Additionally, our automated rubber to metal bonding machine will properly exhaust volatile fumes by controlling the air flow. Our machines have 100% air-capture systems. We pull air in from the environment, capture all volatiles and run it all through filters to clean the air completely before it is exhausted.
Ultimately, the machine produces an evenly applied adhesive that bonds molded rubber pieces to metal substrates in a safe, timely, consistent and effective manner. The bonding is so strong that over time, the rubber tends to tear away from itself instead of the adhesive or the metal.
Take steps to save time and cut costs
Staying lean, keeping costs under control and maintaining quality is paramount to the success of manufacturers—especially those in the automotive sector. The next phase of your success starts here: Download our guide to automating anti-vibration component assembly.
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