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We are now an approved distributor of Bondloc

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We are pleased to announce that we are now an approved distributor of Bondloc

Bondloc are a well known UK based manufacturer of industrial adhesives and sealants, offering high quality and performance products.

The Bondloc range that we now offer includes –

  • Anaerobic Adhesives
  • UV Adhesives
  • Superglues
  • Structural Adhesives
  • Sealants
  • MRO Aerosols
  • Activators and Cleaners

Bondloc products have served the needs of a range of industry sectors for many years, including –

  • Automotive
  • Aerospace
  • Marine
  • Transport
  • General and precision engineering
  • Sign and display

To request more information on the Bondloc products that we offer, why not get in touch with one of our experts by emailing – web@thecastlegroup.co.uk or by calling our Walsall Branch on – 01922 626664 / Nottingham branch on – 0115 939 6061.

 

November 2nd, 2017|

3M™ VHB™ Tape Universal Primer UV – Infographic

3M VHB uv primer infographic

Do you have a question or want more information about 3M™ VHB™ Tape Universal Primer, why not ask one of our experts? Get in touch by emailing – web@thecastlegroup.co.uk or by calling our Walsall Branch on – 01922 626664 / Nottingham branch on – 0115 939 6061.

 

October 23rd, 2017|

The Next Generation of 3M™ VHB Tapes – A New First Choice for The Sign Industry?

The Next Generation of 3M VHB Tapes – A New First Choice for The Sign Industry?

Regardless of weight, size and shape, signage has one specific thing in common – Their structural integrity is always top priority! Reliability, durability and strength are crucial.

The use of technical tapes throughout the sign industry is a well-known and accepted practice and thanks to tapes such as 3M™ VHB™ (Very High Bond tape) the most complex of designs are now achievable.

The 3M™ VHB™ range provides a strong alternative to mechanical fasteners such as rivets, bolts, screws and welding. This is because of their high strength, shock absorbing abilities and their ability to distribute stress evenly.

The Next Generation of VHB Tapes

Last year, 3M™ launched the latest addition to the 3M™ VHB™ family, the GPH Series.

The next generation VHB™ tapes have been designed for bonding product parts with precision, ease, reliability and strength.

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The GPH series offers a range of benefits to sign industry professionals, including –

  • Enabling excellent stress dissipation and gap filling due to it being made from grey conformable double coated acrylic foam.
  • Instant adhesion to many different substrates such as – metals, glass, ABS plastics and polycarbonates & some powder coat paints to name but a few.
  • It has increased initial tack over the existing VHB tapes.
  • It is a solution to many multi-material bonding challenges (ie. Acrylic to metal for example)
  • High temperature resistance. Its strong bond to substrates like metal, partnered with its short-term high temperature resistance (up to 230°c) makes it perfect for applications such pre-bonding of metal-metal which will then go through a powder coat paint process.
  • The tapes are used in many bonding applications, both indoor and outdoor, and they are often selected as an alternative to liquid adhesives and mechanical fasteners.
  • Cost, time and space saving benefits as opposed to mechanical fastening.

Currently, the below GPH tapes are available. These include –

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Do you have a question about 3M VHB GPH tape, why not ask one of our experts? Get in touch by emailing – web@thecastlegroup.co.uk or by calling our Walsall Branch on – 01922 626664 / Nottingham branch on – 0115 939 6061.

 

October 20th, 2017|

Health and Safety For Your Hands

Health and safety for hands

Health and Safety For Your Hands

In many work environments our hands are extremely vulnerable to a wide range of hazards, including – chemical attacks, cuts, temperature extremes, blows etc.

With the growingly complex health and safety & manual handling procedures throughout a range of industries – comes the employer’s responsibility to provide PPE such as “job fitted” gloves suited to each user’s specific requirements.

At Castle, our range includes the following gloves from a variety of brands –

–          PU coated

–          Nitrile coated

–          Disposable gloves

–          Grip it oil gloves

–          General handling gloves

–          Latex coated gloves

–          Work gloves

–          Rigger gloves

–          Specialist handling gloves

–          Cut resistant gloves/ colour coded cut resistant

–          Chemical resistant gloves

–          Cold handling gloves

–          Heat handling gloves

EN388 is a standard that applies to all kinds of protective gloves in our range, that protect from physical problems caused by –

–          Abrasion

–          Blade Cuts

–          Punctures

–          Tearing

Do you have a question about PPE or want more information on our range of protective gloves, why not ask one of our experts? Get in touch by emailing – web@thecastlegroup.co.uk or by calling our Walsall Branch on – 01922 626664 / Nottingham branch on – 0115 939 6061.

 

October 17th, 2017|

A Quick Overview Guide To VHB Tapes

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Why Use 3M™ VHB™ Tape? 

3M™ VHB™ (Very High Bond) tapes offer outstanding performance and adhesive strength.
In many situations, they are able to offer a great alternative to traditional mechanical fixing methods such as rivets, bolts, screws and welding, this is because of its high strength, shock absorbing abilities and its ability to distribute stress evenly. These products can be used to bond plastics to metals to glass and more.

 
Other benefits of using a 3M™ VHB™ tape are –
 

  • Its ability to provide virtually invisible bonds – using tape means that surfaces stay smooth and clean. They are more aesthetically pleasing than rivets and welds.
  • Increased efficiency – significantly increase efficiency and reduce production times by using 3M™ VHB™ tape. The process of welding, drilling etc. can be time consuming in comparison to the straight forward and quick application of 3M™ VHB™ tapes.
  • It’s impressive sealing properties – 3M™ VHB™ tape is able to seal microscopic imperfections within the substrate. It is able to provide a seal against environmental conditions including water and UV light. 
  • 3M VHB tapes give high shear and peel adhesion, resistance to plasticizer migration, have excellent durability and excellent solvent and moisture resistance.

 

What are some of the industries that benefit most from using VHB™ tape?

  • Signage – 3M™ VHB™ is used within the assembly of signs – where strength and reliability are key and also where stress levels need to be distributed evenly.
  • Metal/ plastic fabrication – most popular for panel to frame bonding as an alternative to conventional mechanical fasteners providing a smooth and attractive finish. Hat channel attachment is another popular application where mechanical integrity is needed without cosmetic defects welds and rivets may add.
  • Frame to face – 3M™ VHB™ tape is a virtually invisible fastening product. It provides an instant bond and assures ease of application. It also avoids expensive substrate waste created by cracking and damage caused by drilling. 
     

Which 3M™ VHB™ Tapes are most suitable for use with what substrates?

49/59 VHB Ranges 

These 3M™ VHB™ tapes provide excellent adhesion to a broad range of high and medium surface energy substrates. They can also bond varying substrates to each other with ease.
Good all round capabilities but particularly suited to heavy duty requirements, for critical bonding applications and specialised bonding requirements.
 
These VHB Tapes can be used with a wide range of materials, including –

  • Metals
  • Glass
  • Plastics
  • Vinyl
  • Composites (Dibond type materials)
  • Most powder coated surfaces
     

RP

The VHB RP range provides good adhesion to a variety of high and medium surface energy substrates. It also bonds varying substrates to one another. The VHB RP is suited to general purpose applications and is often the first choice for bonding most surfaces.

These surfaces can include –

  • Metals
  • Most plastics
  • Glass
  • Composites (Dibond type materials)
     

GPH

The new generation of 3M™ VHB™ Tape, GPH series, solves the challenges of multi material bonding, it has a high initial tack and is excellent for pre-powder coat bonding of metals due to it high temperature resistance. Will also bond plastics and composites.

What surface preparation is needed for the VHB?

 

Preparing substrates for bonding

 

Do you have a question about VHB tape, why not ask one of our experts? Get in touch by emailing – web@thecastlegroup.co.uk or by calling our Walsall Branch on – 01922 626664 / Nottingham branch on – 0115 939 6061.

 You can also find out more about our 3M VHB tapes here.

October 2nd, 2017|