CAMX 2019 preview: Ashland
Ashland Global Holdings (Columbus, Ohio, U.S.) is featuring truck and transportation components used for tailgating and other applications. Ashland’s Pliogrip structural adhesives have been specified for use in bonding and the assembly of mixed materials joining and virtually any application that requires a strong, reliable bond such as transportation, aerospace, infrastructure, industrial and aftermarket repair applications. Pliogrip structural adhesives reportedly enable bonding of dissimilar substrates, mitigate bond line read-through on thin Class A parts, improve productivity while eliminating residual container waste, and adhere low energy substrates without the use of primers. Booth H42.
Decades of development have propelled it to prominence but its future demands industrial solutions for handling cost, complexity and process control.
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Hand layup has a long history in aerospace composites fabrication, but it's not well suited for automotive composites manufacturing, where volumes are much higher. But the discrete placement of fiber reinforcements still has value. Research is pointing toward automated hand layup that might help this process bridge the aerospace-to-automotive divide.