Choosing Adhesive

In most instances, the use of tape can eliminate mechanical fastening systems and reduce assembly costs.

There are two types of tape/lamination systems: Heat Activated Tape (HATS) and Pressure Sensitive Adhesives (PSA). For permanent applications, the 3M™ HATS is generally used.  

When mechanical fasteners are used, the acrylic and rubber-based PSA lamination methods can be used to hold the gasket in place during assembly. Acrylic lamination works best on painted or fiberglass surfaces while the rubber-based lamination works better on aluminum, bare metal and stainless steel.


Is Taping Right for Your Sealing Application?

Many different HATS and PSA lamination systems are available, allowing for the application of lamination to a multitude of surfaces.

Your Cooper Standard ISG specialist can help suggest the correct lamination method for your specific application. Lamination attachment systems are a great alternative to screws, staples or metal attachment systems that can often ruin the visual appeal of your application design.

Our versatile lamination systems are  easy to install and cost competitive. Cooper Standard ISG’s lamination offerings include double-coated paper, film and foam tapes, transfer tapes and 3M heat-activated tapes (HATS).

Testing Adhesive

Our Considerations For Specifying A Lamination System:

  • The temperature range the part will be exposed to
  • Whether it is a static or dynamic application
  • Whether the tape will only be used in assembly or if it will need to work for the life of the part
  • The chemicals/solvents the part will be exposed to
  • They type of surface (substrate) the tape be applied to
  • How much surface area is available for tape application

Improve Your Next Design

Learn more about selecting the right materials and processes with our Sealing Design Guide.

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