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3M™ VHB™ Tape & Skidsteer Window Panels

A NO-MESS, HIGHLY ADHESIVE SOLUTION THAT CAN WITHSTAND WIND, RAIN, HAIL, AND SNOW
3M™ VHB™ Tape & Skidsteer Window Panels
Industry:

Commercial & Heavy Duty

Application:

Acrylic Glass Window Panels

Product:

3M™ VHB™ Tape

BACKGROUND

An industrial off-road vehicle manufacturer contacted PGC to find a solution for the window panels on its skidsteer vehicles. The manufacturer had been using a messy epoxy that took hours to cure and had to be reinforced with bolt fasteners. PGC had to find a solution that:
> Could be applied with no mess.
> Adhered to plastic and painted aluminum.
> Provided a leak-proof bond that could withstand the elements..
> Eliminated the need for physical fasteners.

CHALLENGE

Through the PGC discovery phase, we realized the physical bolts on the current window panels created an opportunity for leaks to occur. To eliminate leaks, we needed to find a solution that did not require a physical fastener. The other challenge was to find an adhesive that was as durable and strong as epoxy but easier and more time-efficient to install.

SOLUTION

The PGC engineers discovered 3M™ VHB™ adhesive tape could eliminate the need for bolts and streamline the installation process. VHB™ tape withstands stiff winds and extreme temperatures so well that the aeronautical industry uses it to seal aircraft windows. This made it an ideal choice for the manufacturer’s skidsteers. Our engineers came up with an inventive way to package the adhesive tape so it collapses on itself for shipping without cutting the tape or wasting material.

RESULT

Once we sent prototypes to the manufacturer for field testing, it became clear that our solution worked. We have shipped hundreds of our VHB™ tape solution to the company over the last 11 months, one of the fastest sales cycles we’ve experienced from discovery to development. The company is also considering our solution for window panels on other equipment.

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