UV light glue for industry

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  • UV glue polymerization with UV light
  • Loctite 350 UV glue
  • Loctite 3526 UV adhesive
  • Controlled UV light curing
  • Transparent final assembly
  • High mechanical strength
  • Very fast bonding

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What is UV glue - or light-curing adhesive?

Main characteristics

  • Single-component, solvent-free adhesive containing photoinitiators
  • Liquid adhesive, with variable viscosity depending on the type
  • Cures only when exposed to UV light with appropriate wavelength
  • Almost instantaneous adhesion under UV light
  • Optically transparent: discreet and aesthetic final assembly

 

Compatible materials:

UV activated glues are frequently used for bonding glass or hard plastics (PMMA, PVC, etc.) to similar substrates or to other materials (metal, leather, wood, rubber, ceramics, etc.).

 

In general, UV adhesives work well with the following glasses: clear float, mirrors, tempered glass and wired mirror glass.

They can be more difficult to use on structured glass, like shaped glass.

 

In all cases, one of the substrates to be bonded must be transparent to UV radiation which activate the curing of the adhesive.

 

UV glues can be used on machined surfaces that have lost their transparency. They become translucent again on contact with the adhesive.

 

Important: Choose a UV light glue that is adapted to the nature of your surfaces!

 

4 main types of UV adhesives:

  • Acrylic UV adhesives
  • Cyanoacrylate UV adhesives
  • Silicone UV adhesives
  • Epoxy UV adhesives

 

Glues that cures with UV light generally have very good mechanical resistance. Some of them even perform similarly or better than conventional epoxy adhesives.

Curing time of UV glue

Complete polymerization usually takes places after 10 to 30 seconds of UV exposure.

 

However, polymerization time depends on several factors:

  • Spectrum of the UV lamp: photoinitiators included in UV glues are variable and activate the polymerization chen the UV spectrum of the lamp matches them (365 nm or 405 nm).
    An inadequate UV wavelength can slow or block the polymerization.
  • Distance between the lamp and the adhesive: position the lamp as close as possible.
  • Glue thickness: this is specified in the data sheets.
  • Materials used: for instance, some plastics absorb UV light and slow down the curing process.

 

How to use and apply a UV adhesive ?

  • Clean the surfaces to be assembled: see our page on surface preparation and cleaning for adhesive bonding.
  • Apply the UV activated glue avoiding the formation of bubbles.
  • Position the surfaces, avoiding any tension in the assembly.
  • Wipe off excess glue with a lint-free cloth.
  • Expose to UV light to initiate the polymerization.

 

Precautions for use:

Ultraviolet light bonding requires proper protective equipment:

  • UV protective goggles
  • Suitable gloves
  • A suit and/or UV protection sheets in case of intensive emission

 

Keep the UV glue in its original, well closed bottle, away from natural and artificial light.

Use is not recommended in the presence of pure oxygen and chlorine.

How to choose the right UV adhesive ?

  • Choose a UV light glue according to the requirements of the materials to be bonded, the strength needed and the final use of the assembly.
  • Check technical data to ensure that the UV spectrum of the lamp corresponds to the chosen UV glue.
  • Areas not accessible to UV light: choose a multi-purpose adhesive such as Loctite 3526 UV glue which has the ability to cure at 120°C for 15 minutes.
  • Areas that are difficult to access: use an ultra fluid UV glue that will spread by capillary action.

 

Contact our experts to find the ideal UV adhesive for your application!

Industrial applications of UV bonding

Thanks to its instantaneous polymerization, UV adhesive is perfectly suited to fast production cycles.

 

Advantages:

  • You can follow the different production steps without waiting for the adhesive to dry
  • Quality control can be easily integrated by using a UV lamp

 

UV glues are often used for applications in POS/POP, automotive, electronics, medical, telecommunication, furniture industry or decoration.

 

Some examples of applications:

  • Gluing ornaments to glass
  • Fixing metal handles to glass doors
  • Gluing metal frames to glass panels
  • Museum display cases
  • Mounting displays or other POS accessories

Some of our references

Non exhaustive list. If you are looking for a specific product, please contact us !

Loctite 3526 UV cured adhesive for plastic and glass

Loctite 3526 Light cure adhesive for glass and plastic

UV curing adhesive ideal for plastic and glass
Forms a solid and transparent glue joint
Heat curing possible


Loctite 350 UV curing adhesive

Loctite 350 Water resistant UV curable adhesive

High resistance to humidity and chemicals
UV curing
Adheres on a wide variety of substrates


Krylex KU503 UV glue

Krylex KU503 UV curing adhesive for glass and metal

Durability and chemical resistance
UV and visible light curing
Strong adhesion