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New range of Rite-Lok adhesives

07 February 2008

Anixter Components has announced the addition of 3M’s Rite-Lok adhesives to its 2008/09 catalogue. The new range includes Rite-Lok cyanoacrylate and anaerobic adhesives, which are fast, easy to use, and form strong bonds to secure components firmly in place. With 56 different formulations, there is a product to suit nearly any job, including the bonding of metal, plastic, wood, ceramic, rubber and composite materials, even in harsh environments which are traditionally difficult for adhesives to cure in.

Rite-Lok cyanoacrylates are solvent-free adhesives with high-tensile and shear strengths that can be applied easily using manual or automated equipment. There are 30 formulations of cyanoacrylates available which feature a wide range of characteristics. These include having a superior resistance to impact and vibration, and being able to withstand high temperatures and humidities. Used in component assembly, maintenance and repair, and when used in conjunction with the Rite-Lok Primer, the adhesives give a high performance on difficult-to-bond substrates such as polyethylene and polypropylene. The low blooming formulations offer a high finish for cosmetically-critical applications.

Rite-Lok anaerobic adhesives are a range of 26 formulations of high-performance engineering adhesives that cure in the absence of air and in the presence of metal parts. These can be used in a variety of applications: as threadlockers to minimise vibrations and loosening between metal threads; as retaining compounds to increase the load-bearing stress of cylindrical joints; as gasket makers to eliminate pre-cut gaskets and improve seals and strength; and as pipe sealants to eliminate the need for PTFE tapes and dopes.

“Frequently used by OEMs in the assembly process, the adhesives offer a quick and reliable method of fixing components together,” says Andrew Fletcher, technical director of Anixter Components. “The adhesives are a single part and customers are able to save time and cost associated with traditional mechanical methods of securing (eg. using threaded fasteners, clips or rivets). Both adhesives are available in a range of strengths and viscosities to suit all our customers’ needs.”

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