Tapes bonds metal before or after painting.

Press Release Summary:

3M(TM) VHB(TM) tape families enable OEMs to join materials before or after powder-coating process. They provide seal, vibration damping, thermal expansion allowance, and bond differential substrates. Tapes can replace spot welds in metal assembly applications, prior to most paint systems, or replace rivets or screws by bonding to most powder coatings after painting process. Applications include attaching metal stiffeners.

Original Press Release:

New 3M(TM) VHB(TM) Tape Bonds Metal Before or After Painting

St. Paul, Minnesota - August 1, 2002 - 3M announces two new 3M(TM) VHB(TM) Tape families that give OEMs the flexibility to join materials before or after the powder coating process. One new tape family can replace spot-welds in metal assembly applications prior to most paint systems. The other tape family can replace rivets or screws by bonding to most powder coatings after the painting process. With these two product families it is possible to realize immediate cost savings and improved product aesthetics by eliminating spot-welding, grinding, and polishing or by eliminating hole-punching, aligning, and riveting.

3M(TM) VHB(TM) Tapes provide a complete seal, have excellent vibration damping characteristics, provide for thermal expansion, and can bond differential substrates. Applications include attaching metal stiffeners in metal cabinetry, office furniture, and electrical enclosures.

For additional information, call 1-800-567-1639, ext. 5012. You can also visit www.3m.com/vhb. This product is offered through the 3M Engineered Adhesives Division, 3M Center, Building 220-7E-01, St. Paul, MN 55144-1000.

About 3M

3M is a $16 billion diversified technology company with leading positions in industrial, electronics, telecommunications, consumer and office, health care, safety and other markets. Headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota and celebrating its 100th Anniversary in 2002, the company has operations in more than 60 countries and serves customers in nearly 200 countries. 3M businesses share technologies, manufacturing operations, brands, marketing channels and other important resources. Additional information about the company is available on the Internet at www.3M.com.

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