REDwire The benefits of a two-component water-based adhesive

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SABA Aquabond 3801, available from Toronto-based Adheco, delivers very rapid initial tack and bonds rapidly and permanently to a wide variety of substrates, including plastics, metals and other non-porous substrates.

A common challenge faced by many bedding manufacturers and foam fabricators is finding a water-based adhesive solution that can provide rapid initial tack and immediate handling strength on the most challenging substrates. If you find yourself facing similar challenges, Adheco may have the optimal solution for you — a two-component water-based adhesive, SABA Aquabond 3801.

A two-component water-based adhesive combines a water-based adhesive with a catalyst (activator) that is injected into the adhesive spray pattern at the point of application. SABA Aquabond 3801, available from Toronto-based Adheco, delivers very rapid initial tack and bonds rapidly and permanently to a wide variety of substrates, including plastics, metals and other non-porous substrates. 

The bonding characteristics are impressive. The initial tack bonds faster than most hot melt and solvent-based adhesives, while remaining water-based and environmentally friendly. For mattress producers and foam fabricators, it’s the answer when immediate handling strength is required on difficult-to-bond or very heavy substrates. 

When comparing SABA Aquabond 3801 to solvent-based adhesives, the advantages are clear. Aquabond 3801 delivers similar, if not superior, initial handling strength, while remaining water-based, VOC free and non-flammable. 

This means a safer working environment for employees and a “green” alternative to solvent-based adhesives. When compared to hot-melt adhesives, Aquabond 3801 provides additional advantages. In terms of product quality, lab testing shows that Aquabond 3801 provides a final bond strength that is up to three times greater than hot-melt bonds. Further, there is no risk of “noise” or “crackling” from bond failure with Aquabond 3801 as compared to hot-melt bonds. Also, from an application standpoint, it provides enhanced employee safety as there is no risk of skin burns that are common in hot-melt applications. 

Is Aquabond 3801 the optimal solution for you? The answer to this question is simply based upon your product mix and the required initial handling strength. If a standard one-component water-based adhesive, like SABA Superspray 3802, provides you with adequate initial tack and handling strength, then perhaps a two-component adhesive isn’t needed. However, if you are challenged by applications where water-based adhesives have simply never been able to match your required production needs or perhaps failed to provide the optimal bonding characteristics, then Aquabond 3801 may be the answer. 

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