tesa® HiP (High Initial Performance) is a unique tape for bonding plastics that is set to revolutionise the automotive industry by eliminating the need for ultrasonic welding (USW). Designed for creativity and efficiency, these tapes offer fascinating design possibilities and contribute to making plastics an even more attractive solution for internal vehicle applications. No matter if you want to bond PP to ABS or PA to PC, this innovative solution makes it instantly possible.
Plastics are increasingly becoming a prevalent substance in vehicle production and are key to the future of light-weighting the next generation of fuel-efficient automobiles. For every 10% saved in vehicle weight, there is a 5-7% reduction in fuel consumption. Plastics offer strength and rigidity but with so many different types available, bonding together reliably has never been a simple process. Traditionally, plastics would be bonded by either clips, gluing or using costly ultrasonic welding.
Made from a single layer performance polymer foam, tesa® HiP is a low VOC adhesive tape capable of bonding all common plastics immediately after application with no curing time. Eliminating plastic-to-plastic bonding restrictions, this range of tapes come in three different levels of thickness, tesa® 92105 (500µm), tesa® 92108 (800µm) and tesa® 92111 (1.1mm).
Typical application areas for tesa® HiP includes the assembly of door panels, cockpits, dashboards and instrument panels. The use of robot applicators can ensure the full automation of applying this adhesive tape.
Showing a reliable bond in temperatures ranging from -30°C to 100°C, manufacturers of interior applications can be confident in the tape’s temperature resistance properties. Furthermore, tesa® HiP shows outstanding performance in both dynamic shear resistance and pull resistance, which is often an essential requirement for component manufacturers.
Mike Poulton from tesa UK’s automotive team said, “We understand that freedom of design is an integral factor in turning automotive concepts into reality. By removing process restrictions, such as the need for ultrasonic welding equipment and associated costs, these tapes will help previously impossible ideas come to life. Process optimisation is achievable thanks to the removal of long curing times and the need for pre-treatment.”