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Specific solutions for your industrial manufacturing process

  • Improving your production process is a must if you want to stay ahead of the competition. 3M can help. We've created a state-of-the-art Bonding Process Center with three locations around the world where our scientists and engineers can work with you in person or remotely to address your production challenges. Whether you want to try new innovations in dispensing and automation or are simply looking for a better tape or adhesive to bond your parts together, the 3M Bonding Process Center will work with you to find customized solutions for your production challenges.


  • Capabilities

    See the possibilities. We’ll work with you to explore bonding with different types of adhesives and dispensing options from powered manual dispensers all the way to fully programmable machinery.
     

    • All assembly types from large surfaces to small joints and encapsulating
    • Full range of adhesive options and dispensing solutions
    • Metered 1- and 2-part dispensing
    • Automated tape dispensing
    • Hot Melt technologies
    • Secure facilities with limited, controlled access
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  • Benefits

    Our experts will work with your team to help you understand dispensing options and how they affect your process, from the adhesives and tapes you use to the various levels of automation available.
     

    • One-on-one attention
    • Process development on your specific parts
    • Individualized solutions for your process
    • Optimization of existing dispensing processes
    • Suggestions for process improvements
    • Follow-up support after your visit

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Locations across the world

Serving customers with three Bonding Process Centers around the world.

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    St. Paul, USA
  • Image of the room including several machines at the Neuss Bonding Process Center
    Neuss, Germany
  • Image of the room including several machines at the Shanghai Bonding Process Center
    Shanghai, China

Explore a Wide Range of Dispensing Solutions for Critical Applications

Most problems have more than one solution – it’s a matter of choosing the best one for the circumstances. We can help you make the best choice by testing on a variety of different equipment options.*

  • Nordson Pro-Meter D2K
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      This variable-ratio, positive rod displacement, meter-mix dispense system has dual independent-drive servo motors to accurately meter materials. The ratio is adjusted in the operator interface, and the system dispenses precision volumetric shots or bead profiles.

      Assembly applications:

      • Panel to Post
      • Small Joint Assembly
      • Mounting and Trim Attachment
      • Potting and Encapsulating
    • Video still of a working sliding a piece into the machine for coating

      Rubber application roller to apply coating directly to a part passing through the machine. The coating thickness is varied by the doctor roll pressing against the applicator roll, which uses variable speed and direction capabilities to apply coatings with precise control of adhesive coating weight.

      Assembly applications:

      • Large Surface Application
    • Video still of a robot arm applying adhesive to a panel in a spiral square pattern

      The Delta 8 is a flexible robotic conformal dispensing system that is ideal for potting, bead and meter-mix dispensing applications. Also features a robust overhead three-axis motion platform.

      Assembly applications:

      • Small Joint Assembly
      • Mounting and Trim Attachment
      • Potting and Encapsulating 
    • Video still of a robot arm applying a thin bead of adhesive to a part

      400mm x 400mm x 150mm Z Table Top Robot with three-axis constant velocity contouring, maximum speed of 500mm/sec and position repeatability of +/-.02mm.

      Assembly applications:

      • Small Joint Assembly
      • Mounting and Trim Attachment
      • Gasket Attachment
      • Potting and Encapsulating
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      One-shot 3D Measuring Macroscope combines the advanced optical design of a digital microscope with high-speed, high-accuracy measurement and 3D technology. This new technology captures 3D data over a wide area with just a click of a button, eliminates measurement variation and provides a variety of measurements such as profiling, volume and roughness.

      Assembly applications:

      • Small Joint Assembly
      • Mounting and Trim Attachment
      • Gasket Attachment
      • Potting and Encapsulating
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      PURBlue 4 adhesive melters efficiently process PUR, from two-, three- or four-kilogram foil-encased slugs or form-liner slugs with foil bottoms. PURBlue melters provide the ability to easily use small volumes of PUR for increased productivity and reduced adhesive waste.

      Assembly applications:

      • Panel to Post
      • Small Joint Assembly
      • Mounting and Trim Attachment
      • Potting and Encapsulating
    • Video still of a worker depressing the foot control to dispense adhesive

      Stand-mounted pneumatic dispenser for Duo-Pak cartridges features adjustable height with swivel. Linear encoder with digital controller operates the pinch valve at mixer tip.

      Assembly applications:

      • Small Joint Assembly
      • Mounting and Trim Attachment
      • Gasket Attachment
      • Potting and Encapsulating
    • Video still showing the in-line priming capability ahead of tape application

      Automatically apply a wide variety of 3M™ VHB™ Tapes to flat surfaces and square tubes. Tape strips can be applied continuously or in strips with gaps, as required. The 3M VHB Tape is applied with pressure immediately thereafter. The tape is cut flush or at a pre-set distance from either end.

      Assembly applications:

      • Panel to Post
      • Mounting and Trim Attachment
    • Image of the machine set up to apply two strips of tape simultaneously

      Apply a wide variety of 3M™ VHB™ Tapes or other pressure sensitive tapes to flat surfaces. Tape can be applied continuously or in a pattern.

      Assembly applications:

      • Panel to Post
      • Mounting and Trim Attachment
  • *Equipment listed here is for our St. Paul location. Equipment at other locations will vary according to local manufacturing needs, but all of our 3M Bonding Process Centers can work together to address customer needs. Discuss your specific needs in detail when scheduling your visit.

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"The customer feedback about the 3M Bonding Process Ceter in Neuss is absolutely positive! Our end users find it very helpful to learn about potential dispensing solutions and test the equipment with their substrates."

"The customer feedback about the 3M Bonding Process Ceter in Neuss is absolutely positive! Our end users find it very helpful to learn about potential dispensing solutions and test the equipment with their substrates."

Phil Mcintire, 3M Sales & Marketing Manager
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Remote consultations are available

In a world where social distancing and staying home are important to everyone’s health and safety, we can also work with you remotely. Rather than scheduling an in-person visit you can arrange to send us your parts and we’ll discuss what you’d like us to test and show you, which we can then do remotely.

Do you have parts you want to test? Let's find solutions together.

You have your experts and we have ours. Let’s put them together to find a complete solution for your application. 

Call 1-800-831-0658 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time)

You have your experts and we have ours. Let’s put them together to find a complete solution for your application. 

Call 1-800-831-0658 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time)

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