Will Industrial Adhesives Soon Make Traditional Welding Redundant?
Here is a question – could you imagine a future where traditional welding as we know it now is completely replaced by the use of custom adhesive products? It is a difficult concept to wrap your head around and one that will be refuted by many. Nonetheless, as bespoke adhesive products continue to make important and enormous strides into crucial industries, the idea as a whole might not in fact be as incredible as it appears on the surface.
According to the professionals at www.bdk.uk.com, more industries and businesses of all sizes up and down the UK are deciding to make the switch to custom adhesives that are manufactured to order than ever before in history. Technology has come a very long way indeed over the last decade that in so many situations, traditional welding methods could be removed from the production process completely and be replaced with the use of simple adhesive products.
So what is already clear is why adhesive products at least technically have the capacity to replace conventional welding. But actually doing so, will this ever happen? Or more significantly, will there be real benefits of a universal switch to bespoke adhesives, while at the same time eliminating the need for traditional welding?
While traditional welding has the potential to create undeniably amazing results, it is not exactly the easiest or fastest process. Even in the cases of simple joins on small scales, it usually takes a great deal of experience, time and skill to get the job done correctly. By contrast, using a bespoke adhesive product could be a completely different story. If one needed for example to assemble a piece of metal furniture making use of conventional welding methods and the same piece of furniture but a simple yet equally functional adhesive…well, it wouldn’t be difficult to guess which of the two methods would be easier and faster to complete.
Compatibility of Materials
Another crucial argument in favour of adhesive products ultimately gaining dominance is the way in which traditional welding has always been to some extent limited by which materials could be joined with one another and the many many others that are extremely tricky to join or impossible to join directly. That is the situation of course, unless custom adhesives are used to take care of the job as in removing the heat and harshness associated with welding, it essentially becomes possible to join any two given materials across the board.
Some people might say appearances are not everything, but if you are given the choice of two similar products at the same price – one with a perfect finish and one without – it’s highly likely that almost nobody would go for the latter. Traditional welding produces incredible joins, but at the same time is a very aggressive and intensive process that is almost always guaranteed to leave some impact on the material in question. The experts have been trying to minimise all such marks with secondary finishing processes, but it’s usually very clear to see where a join has been created. Another important benefit of using bespoke adhesive products to join metallic parts is the way in which they have no negative impact on the materials to be joined, which leads to a genuinely perfect final result.
Will it really be possible that a bespoke adhesive could create a stronger bond than super-efficient welding? Believe it or not, that is in fact true. You should think about it like that – you are presented with two metal components to be joined. If you were to choose traditional welding to join the parts, it would be a case of producing a bond between the two components around all of their edges. This would undoubtedly create a strong bond, but it would be limited to the edges of the components. By contrast, if you were to join the two parts using a bespoke adhesive, it would be possible to use the adhesive across the complete surface of the components in order to bond the entire things. Therefore, the adhesive option will create a stronger overall bond.
A Cheaper Overall Process
Last up, it is also worth realising the way in which custom adhesive products are simply not in the same league as traditional welding when it comes to initial and long-term costs. Welding technology could cost a small fortune, as too could the expert manpower needed to operate it and the ongoing costs of maintaining, repairing essential hardware. Additionally, the way in which conventional welding uses a rather large amount of energy does not really bode well for the respective business’ carbon footprint. So not only are bespoke adhesive products more cost-effective, they could also be environmentally friendly.