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Automated Manufacturing with Adhesives and Tapes

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Improve your processes with 3M Tapes and Adhesives

At 3M, we understand that there are many different ways to improve manufacturing processes. You may require different solutions in different parts of your production process. Whether you're already moving toward automated solutions, or still relying on basic tools, 3M has the resources and support to help you take your manufacturing process to the next level by improving your assembly process.

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    The 3M™ On Demand Bonding System featuring 3M™ VHB™ Extrudable Tape can help you simplify assembly.

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    The 3M™ Straight Line Laminator for stiffener and post assembly can help increase throughput and consistency.

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    3M™ On Demand Bonding System brings your operation the efficiency, versatility, simplicity and sustainability you need to maintain a competitive edge.

Are you ready to improve your bonding process?

There are many factors that can play into the decision about what range of process improvement best meets your needs. Your decision for any process changes will be based on your part volume, labor, how precise the application must be, available budget and whether you do short or long production runs.

These general categories can help you understand the broad range of process improvement options and - just as importantly - the possibilities of automation. As you're preparing to take your manufacturing process to the next level with automation, consider what level (or levels) your production is on today.

Start by evaluating where you sit on the readiness scale below.

Our bonding solutions can help you get started

  • The 3M™ On Demand Bonding System featuring 3M™ VHB™ Extrudable Tape is an automated bonding solution that can launch your process into the future. Learn more about how this solution can help your operation maintain a competitive edge.

  • Brought to you by the experts at Innovative Automation and 3M, this solution automates production tape applications that require precision, repeatability, and high output. Find out how this carefully optimized system can help make your assembly faster and easier.

Bonding process resources from 3M

We're your partner in improving your bonding process. These resources can help you get started.

  • Learn more about automating assembly with 3M tapes and adhesives. Find out if automation is right for you and how to get started with an integrator.

  • It's important to find a partner that knows how to handle tapes and adhesives. Don’t have one? Get started with integration services or a machine builder in our Bonding Automation Network.

  • Visit a 3M Bonding Process Center in-person or virtually to learn what solutions can help you achieve your assembly goals. Talk to a 3M Application Engineer or try the equipment with your own components.

  • 3M Preferred Converters can provide 3M Tape cut-to-size for your application - no matter where you are in your automation journey.

We're here to help.

Need help finding the right product for your project? Contact us if you need product, technical or application advice or want to collaborate with a 3M technical specialist. Or give us a call at 1-800-831-0658.

Need help finding the right product for your project? Contact us if you need product, technical or application advice or want to collaborate with a 3M technical specialist. Or give us a call at 1-800-831-0658.

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