Sika Body Panel Adhesive Solutions
Sika panel bonding adhesive solutions enable increased freedom to design new commercial vehicles. Bonded structures increase the durability of vehicles and join various materials like metals with composites. They allow different process orders and higher efficiency in body assembly. Sika has supported the transportation industry by providing innovative fast, and reliable bonding technologies for more than 40 years.
"Sika’s innovative bonding solutions and local support help the transportation industry worldwide to increase vehicle performance and output"
Sika’s global expertise, combined with the local technical service, provides commercial vehicle manufacturers optimal solutions for individual challenges in the industrial production of vehicles.
Sika As Your Strategic Partner for Vehicle Assembly
Sika’s global team provides expertise for standardizing processes to cope with a high variation of materials and components. Sika’s network of experts supports you in assessing design challenges. In the conception phase, as well as by providing customized solutions for optimizing the industrialization. Fast-setting and accelerated adhesives reduce handling time and reach a complete cure quickly. Combined with all-in-one sealing & bonding solutions, or by selecting adhesives that require no or little surface preparation, production output can be increased.
Rely on Sika – starting from the conception phase to production, anywhere in the world.
Sika Panel Bonding Adhesives Lines for Industrial Assembly Processes
Sika’s adhesive sealants and structural panel bonding adhesives for use in the production of commercial vehicles allow fully bonded load-bearing structures. Such a design avoids damaging the corrosion protection layer, e.g., by drilling holes or mechanical fixtures. It enables the integration of lightweight composite components and the assembly of parts at any stage.
General Mixed Material Assembly
Elastic bonding enables the combination of different materials. Typical challenges in mixed material designs are related to different thermal elongation of the bond materials, surface preparation, and process parameters.
Products of the Sikaflex®-200 Series are high-performance moisture curing, one-component urethane adhesive, and sealant products. The range offers solutions for all kinds of joining challenges of similar and dissimilar materials.
Sikaflex® 500 Series panel adhesives have a proven track record in all kinds of adhesive bonding and sealing applications in industrial manufacturing. Sikaflex® 500 elastic adhesives are based on Sika’s own Silane Terminated Polymer (STP) Technology, which combines the high shear strength and durability of Polyurethanes with sustainability and easy processing.
Structural Lightweight Assembly
For the structural integration of lightweight components such as Thermoplastics and Thermosets, structural adhesives with high elasticity are ideal for coping with challenges in mixed material designs:
Elastic adhesives like 1C Sikaflex® panel bonding adhesives can be accelerated with Sika®Booster and are very versatile and easy to use option:
In industrial assembly, 2C SikaForce® structural urethane adhesives combine high shear strength with specific process benefits like primerless adhesion, and unique snap cure effect.
Large Component Assembly
When joining large components in industrial assembly, the application of the panel adhesive and the assembly process require significant working time. On the other hand, curing speed is essential to move the assembly to the next steps. Sikaflex® Booster technology and SikaForce® Curing by Design products combine these aspects perfectly:
Structural adhesives like SikaFast® acrylic adhesive systems are ideal for replacing mechanical fixtures such as rivets, screws, or welded joints. SikaFast® acrylic adhesives combine high shear strength and fast strength development with minimal surface preparation for a wide range of bonding surfaces.
Composite Shell to Shell or Shell to Frame Assembly
Many thermoset composite vehicle parts consist of different components that are bonded together. Often this is required to reinforce vehicle parts. Sika’s structural polyurethane adhesives integrate well with your process requirements. From automation to high cure speed while maintaining enough handling time, SikaForce® structural adhesives help you increase your production output.
Weld Shop Assembly and Metal Bonding
Adhesive bonding has proven to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of assemblies in the weld shop or body shop. Using structural adhesives to bond stiffeners and panels reduces the dependency of scarce welders and enables faster processing with fewer posttreatment steps. Sika’s experts guide you in implementing adhesive bonding into your weld shop.
Vehicle Glass Assembly
For the assembly of vehicle glass, Sika offers a vast range of solutions: from manual installation to fully automated processing, all-in-one urethane adhesives with high shear strength for glass bonding and backfilling to fast cure aftermarket and repair adhesives.