On demand bonding system featuring 3M™ VHB™ Extrudable Tape: the new automated bonding solution from 3M


For more than 40 years, 3M™ VHB™ Tape has redefined manufacturing design and assembly processes, allowing users to bond industrial materials quickly, securely, and permanently without the use of unsightly mechanical fasteners such as screws or rivets. Today, 3M continues that legacy by extending its tape solutions even further, opening a new era of manufacturing capabilities enabled by heightened flexibility, increased throughput, simplified automation, and improved sustainability. “3M™ VHB™ Extrudable Tape – the company explains – combines one of the best qualities of high strength acrylic foam tape with the versatility of liquid adhesives without any of their inherent drawbacks. While liquid adhesives offer excellent versatility with the application, they can be messy, difficult to handle, increase waste, and require longer curing times, all factors that increase manufacturing time and overall costs. In contrast, the 3M™ On Demand Bonding System – designed to work with the Nordson® ProBond™ System – eliminates liners and container waste while providing immediate material bonding and handling strength. These benefits help significantly streamline, simplify, and speed up production operations”.

Simple storage and application
Shipped on spools, 3M™ VHB™ Extrudable Tape comes in the form of a long, coiled spool that is easily stored and doesn’t require special packaging or handling. Unlike large, complex liquid adhesive machines, the 3M™ On Demand Bonding System has a small footprint (30”x37”) and very few moving parts, allowing easy integration into assembly lines without a long list of replacement parts.

Versatile usage
3M™ VHB™ Extrudable Tape works effortlessly on curved surfaces, irregular shapes, and dissimilar materials, eliminating the need for unsightly fasteners. The material can bond mulitple subtrates including metals, glass, rubber, woven surfaces, and plastics, alone or in combination with each other. As a result, 3M™ VHB™ Extrudable Tape can be used across multiple parts of the manufacturing process as a single adhesive that replaces several specialized solutions.

Next level efficiency and sustainability focused
The tape’s innovative stretch release technology provides a quick and easy adhesive removal process that reduces scrap, waste, and rework, making component repair easier.