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Official Loctite Customer Magazine

Turn up the heat nobly discover

how stars ovens are handcrafted
with tradition and best ingredients.
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Precious seconds at the Dakar Rally

Witness the ground breaking performance of the
latest adhesive innovation on page 6.


Dear Readers,
Its time for our update on the latest developments in the world of adhesives. It seems that we never run out
of fascinating, unusual stories to tell, because Loctite is used in such an amazing variety of contexts. This time,
we went to Paris to take a look at the production of the worlds most exclusive oven and cookers: La Cornue of
France is as symbolic in the kitchen as Rolls-Royce is on the motorway. But we also travelled to South America, to
lend a hand and some Loctite to the KAMAZ-master team during the Dakar Rally. Their amazing success was the
best Thank you that we could hope for.
Loctite engineers did not only look after the powerful KAMAZ trucks during the Dakar Rally, the new Loctite
instant adhesive 3090, contributed to the success of many other vehicles too. How we were able to do this is the
subject of the article about our latest brainchild, Loctite 3090.
Only variety can destroy variety this is the quotation that appears in our trend report, to describe what
is called the Third Technological Revolution. Another way to describe it would be the renaissance of adhesive
technology. I think what the author means by this statement, is that only a technology as versatile and ingenious
as engineering adhesive technology is able to replace it. This is what we work on every day here at Loctite.
Now, all thats left for me to say is: enjoy the variety of stories we have found for Loctite applications and the
future of adhesive technology.

Cdric Berthod
Vice President and
General Manager
Henkel General Industry

Yours sincerely,

Cdric Berthod





Highlight: Dakar Rally 2010

Experience how truck driver Vladimir Chagin and
his KAMAZ-master team set up an all-time record
at the 2010 Dakar Rally.

Reliability Report 8: AMG

Few technological challenges are as demanding
as manufacturing high-precision robotics for the
aerospace industry. Except maybe bonding them.

Reliability Report 7: La Cornue

Gain an exclusive insight into the manufacturing
of legendary ovens aspired by chefs and
celebrities all over the world.

Handy Hints
Insights online discover the new possibilities of
structural bonding and find your corresponding
solution within seconds.

Trend Report
People have always combined things to create
something new. Join us on an exciting journey
through the history of joining.

Some of the topics in the next issue of Loctite
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RD&E insights
Adhesives play a decisive role in todays
medicine. Experience how Henkel solutions make
medicine help save lives.

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| Highlight

The prime minister offers

his congratulations

on the historic success at the


showing his appreciation for the

entire K
AMAZ-master team

and their success at the toughest

rally in the world.

A Russian legend
From a birds eye view, the desert seems devoid
of all human life. Zooming in you can see a trail of dust
rapidly moving down one of the high dunes. Enlarging the
image still further, you can make out the details of a racing
truck in blue and white. Suddenly, a second trail of dust
appears from the other side of the dune. It is a Hummer.
The Hummer starts to catch up, and for a moment the
two vehicles are speeding side by side through the almost
empty desert.
Though rich in spectacular images, it is the photo finish of
the 7thstage of this years Dakar Rally that really stands
out. The driver of the truck is called Vladimir Chagin, a
living legend on the racing circuit. Chagin is the driver for
the Russian KAMAZ-master team, one of the worlds most
successful rally teams.

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The KAMAZ-master team was established 22 years ago

by the Russian manufacturer of the same name. KAMAZ
produces vehicles for transporting concrete mixers,
construction materials, food products, etc. What is
more, these vehicles are designed to be used in extreme
conditions. KAMAZ trucks run in all kinds of climatic and
geographical environments from impassable areas in the
Taiga to the quicksands of Africa.
Losing weight, looking better
Keeping in mind the requirements for rally and serial KAMAZ
trucks, Loctite engineers found solutions especially for the
KAMAZ-master team.
Moving a heavy vehicle at high speeds, especially
across difficult terrain, requires excellent aerodynamic


characteristics in the trucks body, combined with enhanced structural

rigidity. Using the Terokal 5045 bi-component adhesive during the
installation of on-board panels and air inlets contributes to the increase
of body rigidity in KAMAZ racing trucks. Team servicemen avoid additional
welding and riveting works. Those combined efforts reduce the vehicles
weight, improve their appearance and reduce fuel consumption.
For many years anaerobic products from the Loctite line have been
used to secure threaded joints in KAMAZ racing trucks. Traditional
mechanical fixing methods like split pins and studs resulted in corrosion
and dismantling problems. Such problems are crucial under racing
conditions technical support cars had to carry plenty of auxiliary
equipment to repair minor damage. Loctite products ensure that parts
are resistant to vibration and corrosion, while at the same time reducing
weight. Disassembling can be easily done under field conditions without
sophisticated equipment.
It is this openness, this readiness to constantly develop and work with
other top manufacturers like Henkel, that is part of the reason for KAMAZs
success. The company itself has an interesting history: set up in the
mid-sixties to produce a heavy-duty transport vehicle for Soviet transport
needs, it has developed into a joint stock company that is successful on
the global market.
All-time record champion Vladimir Chagin (far right) of the
successful KAMAZ-master team proudly presents the 2010 Dakar

The Tsar
KAMAZ driver Vladimir Chagin went on to win the Dakar Rally in his
category in under 56 hours. Chagin is nicknamed the Tsar in Russia, a
moniker reminiscent of another sporting legend, the German footballer
Franz Beckenbauer, known as the Kaiser everywhere in his home
The similarity is no coincidence; like Beckenbauer, Chagins achievements
in his field are difficult to match. During this years Dakar Rally Chagin
set a record for winning the most stages in one race. Since this years
event, the six-time Dakar winner also holds the record for winning the
most stages overall a success for KAMAZ and another job well done
for Loctite.

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| Highlight

New Loctite 3090 demonstrates high performance even under extreme conditions.

Three Charlies for Rodolfo

3090, the latest Loctite innovation, shows what it can do in the worlds toughest rally
The devil is in the detail that was the lesson
rgentinas motocross pilot Rodolfo Bolletero learned when
the sidelight of his bike came unhinged during the 2010
Dakar Rally. The particular detail that could have become a
real problem for Bolletero was a gap of just under fivemm.
This gap needed to be filled to reattach the sidelight to his
KTM racer. Conventional instant adhesives are not able to
fill gaps, and replacing the sidelight altogether would have
meant a serious delay.
The solution came in the form of four simple digits 3090.
The new Loctite 3090 instant adhesive can fill gaps of
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up to five mm. Along with the traditional benefits an

initial bond within seconds, a clear bondline, high strength
and easy dispensing any exposed adhesive remaining
outside the joint will harden within 24 min. Thanks to
Loctite3090, the Henkel specialists were able to deliver
an instant solution in a situation where time was of the
essence. Rodolfo Bolletero could continue the race without
losing valuable minutes.
Quick solutions for urgent problems
Henkel launched the product at the beginning of the year,
so it formed part of the toolkit that the three Loctite


ngineers accompanying the Dakar circus had on offer.

The engineers, affectionately known as Loctite Charlies
by pilots and mechanics, were able to find quick solutions
for urgent problems on many occasions during the race.

been able to go beyond this limitation. Loctite3090 is a

2-component adhesive that significantly expands the range
of applications for instant adhesives.

With Loctite 3090 the Charlies, Jean Gaborit from

France, Martin Gonzalez and Jose Cornejo from Argentina,
had a true innovation at their disposal. The use of instant
adhesives can deliver real benefits in repair, maintenance
and industrial production. They are able to join most
materials securely and in a matter of seconds. In many
cases, this translates into considerable savings, because
the use of expensive spare parts can be avoided.

Loctite 3090
Fills gaps of up to
Gel based / non-drip
Allows vertical and
overhead application

However, the scope of instant-adhesive usage has been

limited up until now by the fact that most of them are
not able to fill gaps. Conventional instant adhesives can
mainly be used for close-fitting parts. With their latest
brainchild, Loctite 3090, the Loctite developers have

Always busy supporting the


the three Loctite Charlies, solving

almost any technical problem

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Excellent b
characteristics on
a broad variety of
Convenient syringe

at the Loctite service truck the first

place to visit in case of damage.

Easy application, controlled curing

The innovative 2-component technology works like this: the activator maximises control over the cure speed and triggers
product curing in a defined time frame, regardless of temperature and moisture. The product can be used on a variety
of substrates, including plastic, metal, rubber, wood, stone, leather or fabric, and is capable of withstanding a force of
some 20N/mm2.
Application is easy, as the adhesive comes in a dual syringe with seven mixer nozzles. These mixer nozzles ensure a
clean application and mean that the correct ratio of each component is always applied. Furthermore, its gel viscosity
means the adhesive can be used for vertical or overhead application. After applying the product, it has an on part life of
between 1.5and 3minutes. Afterwards, the adhesive has cured and you are ready to go.
It is these outstanding features that Rodolfo Bolletero could profit from in the Chilean Andes. With a little help from the
Loctite engineers, he reached the 31stplace in this years Dakar event. That made him Argentinas most successful
motocross pilot in the competition: mission accomplished, Loctite Charlies, job done.

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| Reliability Report 7

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Reliability Report 7

The ovens that dreams are made of

Prince Aga Khan, the Duke of Windsor, Jacques Chirac, Yves Saint-Laurent,
CelineDion, Madonna, Sandra Bullock and Brad Pitt, Jennifer Lopez

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| Reliability Report 7

Every year, over 1,600 gas fittings are secured at La Cornue. The greatest possible flexibility and a totally reliable thread seal are the decisive factors for using
Loctite 577.

The tension-prone enamel surfaces do not allow the screws to be tightened during assembly. This is where Loctite 243 is applied, which guarantees that the
screws and components are securely fastened.

La Cornues customer list reads like a Who's Who?of

the rich and famous and in their kitchens, Loctite is
doing its job, quietly and totally reliably. In Xavier Dupuys
own words: Over the years, an extraordinary clientele
has frequented La Cornue: perfectionists, great chefs,
passionate amateurs, aristocrats, politicians, bankers,
famous artists, singers, movie stars.
La Cornue is not only a favourite of the rich and famous
comments in online forums show that the companys
exclusive products fuel the imagination of normal people,
too: My wife says when we win the lottery, I get a built-in
La Cornue rotisserie, says scrapironchef in the forum
chowhound. Or very simply, in the words of gardenweb
forum member Coventry Cat 86: There is nothing in the
world like a La Cornue Chateau.
Handmade to order
Since 1908 this prestigious family business has produced
generation after generation of truly elegant kitchen range
cookers that integrate technological innovations with a
unique design to guarantee cooking enthusiasts matchless
culinary capability. Le Chateau and Cornuchef cookers are
still handmade to order, by one craftsman with patience and
pride just outside Paris. Or, as forum member foodnut
puts it: They do almost every single thing themselves. They
are crazy, but they do amazing work.
The man responsible for ensuring that every single
La Cornue product lives up to the high standards that
have made the company a legend is called AlainSavignat,
Production Manager at La Cornue. Alain in charge of all
the products La Cornue makes, heading a team of about
20 people.
Explaining the role Loctite plays in the manufacturing
of the various La Cornue ranges, he explains: Loctite
provides more than just products; they are our partners.
They supply us with current products and develop new
processes with us for the future.
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Reliability Report 7

Xavier Dupuy
La Cornue

Alain Savignat
Production Manager
La Cornue

Hello, Im Xavier Dupuy, Chairman of La Cornue since 1985. La Cornue

is a family company that I inherited from my father, who had inherited it
from his. Design, performance and reliability are our most important values.
Therefore, we use only components with an extremely high durability.

We use several Loctite products, in particular Loctite577

thread sealant for the gas fittings, and Loctite243 as a
medium-strength threadlocker and a 2K-Epoxy adhesive.
What we expect from the Loctite products is absolute
reliability, especially for the gas fittings, which are a vital
part of the range cooker and for the customer.
The perfect cooking environment
It was Albert Dupuy, the passionate creator and gourmet,
and grandfather of Xavier, who invented and patented the
natural circulation of hot air in a vaulted oven.
Foods cooked in the oven need to be encased in a sealed
environment for even cooking. Even a detail such as
the glass viewing window can lead to uneven cooking
temperatures. This oven is completely sealed for the perfect
cooking environment. In 2010 the La Cornue vaulted oven
is still unique and synonymous with style, technique and
quality of working definitions that the La Cornue brand
proudly embodies.

Hello, Im Alain Savignat, Production Manager for La Cornue. Im in charge

of all the products we make, with a team of about 20 people. We use
several Loctite products in particular, Loctite577 for the gas fittings,
and Loctite243 a general screw-locking device and as a 2K-Epoxy. What
we expect from the Loctite products is absolute reliability, especially
for the gas fittings, which are a vital part of the range cooker and for the
customer. Loctite provides more than just products; they are our partners.
They supply us with current products and develop new processes with
us for the future.

The fronts of La Cornue cookers, for example, are mostly

coated with a glass-enamel finish. When assembling the
fittings, the utmost care must be taken because they are
highly vulnerable to stress such as when tightening
screws. This is where the medium-strength Loctite243
threadlocker comes into play. It securely locks the screws
in after hardening without any initial tension. And thats
how Loctite high-performance products make the lives
of people all over the world a little simpler, better and more
enjoyable. Bon apptit!
And if you are not convinced, why not follow the advice
of foodnut: Do your homework. Visit the La Cornue
factory in France. Its free. Its near Paris. Its transparent.
Nothing is hidden ...

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La Cornue
Sealing of gas fittings.
Locking of threaded
Loctite 577
Loctite 243

One hundred years after his ancestor, Xavier Dupuy

believes: A legend has to be built every day. Every year,
La Cornue seals around four hundred metres of pipes
and sixteen hundred connections. For assembling and
sealing the gas connections, they use Loctite577, a liquid
medium-strength pipe-thread sealant. Loctite577 reliably
prevents connections from working themselves loose and
stops any leakages caused by vibrations or impact. It also
allows fine adjustments to be made during assembly before
hardening in anaerobic conditions.
A muse for every cook
By contributing expertise and French inspiration to the
culinary art, La Cornue offers three main product ranges:
Le Chateau, Cornuchef and Cornufe. For musicians,
their musical instrument is an inspiration just think of a
Stradivari violin. The same goes for La Cornue. Every range
is a source of inspiration, a muse for every cook.

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| Trend Report

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts

Every era of history has developed its own joining technology. In return, thoughts and
actions were influenced by the ability to connect things, in order to create something
new. The history of adhesives began more than 120,000 years ago near the city of
Jlich, Germany, and is far from over.

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Trend Report

For 2.5 million years the early humans used tools made
from either sharpened stones or from suitable pieces of
wood. Although the tools were increasingly made in a more
sophisticated and skilful way, their technology and use did
not change much.

spear tip of the Roman Pilum was attached by three iron

nails. And even the sandal of a Roman soldier had dozens
of nails in the sole. The nail became a symbol of the power
of the Roman Empire, a symbol of the decisiveness of its
rulers to create a whole from many different parts.

The first technological revolution

The first technological revolution started about
120,000 years ago: people learned to connect wood
and stone to more effective weapons and tools by grass
and birch pitch humanitys first glue. A heavy stone in
combination with a lighter shaft increased effectiveness in
hunting, in working with wood and stone, and in digging
in the soil. However, despite this technical milestone,
life remained unchanged for a long time. People were
dependent on where their prey was, and so everything
they owned had to be transportable, or it would be left

A nail with two heads the rivet

After the collapse of the Roman Empire, the development
of joining technology stagnated for several centuries until,
in the effort to prevent nails from loosening, the rivet was
invented. The earliest riveting on record dates back to ship
construction in the 11thcentury, whereby the nails were
bent over and hammered flat.

The first climate change

The situation changed probably due to climate change
when people began to settle around 13,000 years ago.
For the first time in history, buildings were constructed to
last for a long time and had to protect their inhabitants from
weather, wildlife and possibly strangers.
Structures, first made of wood and later of clay and stone,
were built. The stone buildings were supported by clay and
their own weight, and wooden buildings were connected
by laced splice. In 8500 BC the first city in the world
Jericho was built. The oldest-known wooden tenon joint
is more than 7,000 years old. The knowledge that our
ancestors once had about glueing wood and bricks using
birch tree pitch or resin has been forgotten. It took another
3,000years for the Sumerians and the Egyptians to use
glue made from animal skin for ornate woodwork.
Settled life gave a whole new meaning to being able to
combine materials. Whereas lightness and recyclability
of the individual parts had previously been of crucial
importance, durability and stability now became vital. This
was a development that would later reach its well-known
peak in the architecture of ancient Egypt.
The nail the second technological revolution
The oldest wooden nail ever found came from a well in
Saxony, Germany, and was accurately dated on the basis
of the tree rings to the year 5101BC.
The first metal nails with heads were made in Mesopotamia
in 2600BC. They were used more frequently for jewellery,
ornaments and property marking than for practical
purposes, not least because metal was very rare and
too expensive to be used in construction. Not all cultures
knew of or used nails. The Egyptians ships, although built
using the planking method, were not secured by nails but
by ropes pulled through holes. The Phoenicians, Greeks
and Carthaginians mainly used wooden bolts to build their
Nails made of iron were first used in joining techniques in
the Roman Empire. Roman galleys, merchant vessels and
naval ships were made with several thousand nails, and
were therefore able to withstand extreme pressure. The

Five hundred years later the development of riveting was a

necessary response to the emerging industrial production
of iron and steel profiles. As a constructive element,
the rivet influenced a whole era not just technically,
but also visually like no other before. With riveting
technology, building on a large scale could finally take
off. The construction of gigantic iron and steel structures,
railways and shipbuilding blew away any known order of
In 1779 the British Iron Bridge was the the first bridge
completed to be made entirely from cast iron, whose
individual elements were joined together solely by rivets.
In 1850 the Britannia Bridge followed, becoming the first
railway bridge made exclusively from wrought iron and
As time went on, the buildings became taller and more
daring: in 1889 the Eiffel Tower in Paris was opened, a
building constructed with 2.5 million rivets. In 1912 the
Titanic, built with 3million rivets, was launched. In 1931
the Empire State Building was completed, with the number
of rivets used estimated at 3.5million.
The era of riveting in architecture came to an end due to the
development of reinforced concrete and welding technology.
Lighter materials and the need to use cost-saving energy
and metals displaced the old technology, and with it came
the prospect of a world in which all things could be done
by pure mass production.
The Archimedean screw
The Greek mathematician, physicist and inventor Archimedes
was far ahead of his time in many things. Some of his ideas
were not understood or used until many centuries after his
death. The original idea of the Archimedean screw was
not to join things, but to pump water. Later, based on this
principle, oil and wine presses were developed, followed
by wooden screws for mounting.
In contrast to the relatively archaic principle of nailing the
screw, this was a highly intelligent design, which allowed
assembling, disassembling and reassembling. Metal
screws were first produced in the early 15thcentury, but
for nearly 300years they were too expensive to be used.
The industrial production of screws was made possible
with the patenting of a threading machine first in 1797
by Briton Henry Maudslay, followed by American David
Wilkinson a year later.

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| Trend Report

The screw was the prototype for the concept of recycling.

In 1986 the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank was built
based on plans by renowned London architect Norman
Foster. It is not only the most expensive bank building in the
world, but its structural components are also connected
exclusively with screws. Theoretically, the building could
be disassembled into its constituent parts and rebuilt

Only variety can destroy variety this quotation from

the cyberneticist W. Ross Ashby is more relevant than
any other to the future of those technologies that have to
be developed in order to be ready for the challenges of
tomorrow. Maybe its one of historys little ironies that we
will have to return to the principles and methods that are
120,000years old and a milestone of human evolution.
Dr Oskar Villani, SDI Research

The third technological revolution back to

basics with adhesives
Nails, rivets, welding and screws make important
contributions to the world of modern technology through
continuous development. But with a combination of
increasing technical demands, the need to reduce weight
and the need to join different materials, mechanical joining
methods are being pushed to their limits.
The use of new materials such as carbon, and the possibility
of combining materials so as to produce new properties,
must be complemented by new joining techniques. The
sparing use of resources and energy, coupled with a
reduction in weight and lightweight design, are the most
essential requirements:
In both the aviation and the automotive industries,
lightweight design with maximum safety is the primary
economic goal.
In architecture, new forms and structures are explored.
In the brown-goods industry, the demand for
miniaturisation and design challenge technology.
In the white-goods industry, energy efficiency and noise
reduction are required in addition to faster production.
In mechanical engineering, lower floor and service
times are required as part of increasing demands on
In many cases, its no longer just a matter of connecting
components but of creating new possibilities and
characteristics through these connections. Where
mechanical joints such as screws or rivets do not affect
material characteristics, and thermal connections such
as welding or brazing are only able to connect materials
of a similar nature, structural bonding solutions allow the
connection of different materials at a molecular level in such
a compact way that new properties can be created. Thanks
to the almost infinite number of combinations possible of
materials and properties, we have opportunities that go far
beyond that known today.
Due to the possibility of working on a nanotechnological
level, properties of structural bonding can be specifically
manipulated in the future:
Compounds that are formed or released under influence
of electrical or magnetic fields.
Compounds that can be either elastic or solid, and that
dampen vibration.
Compounds that heal and repair leaks by themselves.
Compounds that can either insulate or conduct heat.
Compounds that can resist extreme temperatures and
Compounds that are just virtually invisible.
The development of nanotechnology adhesives is still in its
initial phase. Important aspects such as health indications
have not yet been tested.
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Trend Report

Invention of instant

60 years ago

140 years ago

First synthetic adhesive

230 years ago

256 years ago

Iron bridges built by rivets

England: first letters patent

for adhesive

The Netherlands (1690):

first adhesive factory

320 years ago

500 years ago

Screw from metal

Ship construction with


900 years ago

4,000 years ago

Egypt: adhesive made from

animal skin

4,600 years ago

7,111 years ago

First metal nail

Nail made from wood

10,500 years ago

13,000 years ago

Jericho, the first city

Beginning of settlements

First adhesive made from

grass and birch pitch

120,000 years ago

2.5 million years ago

Tools made from stones

and wood
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| RD&E Insights

Light-cure adhesives for medical


Many people
still have painful
memories of the
times when doctors
used large glass
syringes with a metal
cannula. Through
the use of adhesive
technology, we have
been able to reduce
the diameter of the
cannula to a size
that is a lot more

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Adhesives have become as vital to medical engineering

as to virtually every other branch of industry. The use of
this relatively young joining technology is likely to increase
in the future. Under the Loctite brand, Henkel offers a
wide range of adhesives specifically developed for the
production of medical equipment. In particular, adhesives
that cure quickly on exposure to light have swept across
the industrial spectrum, gaining widespread acceptance
because they significantly reduce process costs and have
a wide range of properties.
Applications in which clamping, bolting, screw fixing or
welding were previously the norm have today extensively
switched to adhesive bonding. In fact, most conventional
joining techniques can now be replaced by this modern
technology. This also applies to the medical engineering
field. In direct comparison, the use of adhesives is not only
more economical, it also enables the production of stronger
and more homogeneous connections between materials.
As well as improved product appearance, it offers a higher
degree of flexibility in terms of the selection of component
materials. This applies especially to the manufacture of
medical items such as syringes, catheters, blood filters
or cannulas.
Delivering benefits to patients
The use of adhesives renders real benefits to the patient,
as Hermann Handwerker, Head of Applied Adhesive
Technology Europe, explains: Many people still have
painful memories of the times when doctors used large
glass syringes with a metal cannula. Through the use
of adhesive technology, we have been able to reduce
the diameter of the cannula to a size that is a lot more
patient-friendly. Ever since the commercialisation of
ultraviolet-light-curing products over three decades ago,
Henkel has remained at the forefront of the development of

light-curing adhesives, sealants and coatings for industrial

applications including glass assemblies, plastic bonding
and medical device manufacturing. Originally, light-curing
adhesives were formulated to be cured with ultravioletlight sources (UV sources), followed by UV-/visible-lightcuring systems. The latest generation of light-curing
adhesives offered by Henkel relies solely upon the visiblelight spectrum to deliver safe, efficient, immediate curing
for a broad range of assembly applications.
All Henkel products are tested using the same techniques
as those employed in the licensing of medical components.
They are certified in accordance with the generally accepted
global ISO test standard 10993. And they are subject to
a continuous process of further development, ensuring
that they correspond to the constantly changing technical
and process-related requirements encountered in medical
Light-curing adhesives that set within seconds
The light-curing adhesives from Loctite make a visible
difference: they are ideal for the bonding of clear and
transparent materials where an integral appearance is
desired. These bonding agents are made to set within
seconds without the need for any additional heat input
by simply irradiating them with UV or visible light. The
adhesives have fluorescent properties. Not only do they
enable rapid manufacturing speeds, they also allow a
100% in-line surveillance system to be maintained while
maximising productivity.
The technology offers further advantages in the form of
easy in-process handling: until the adhesives are exposed
to the light source, they remain permanently fluid so that the
components to be bonded can be precisely aligned prior
to curing. As single-component systems, such solutions

RD&E Insights

also eliminate the need for time-consuming and costly

mixing. And last but not least, these solvent-free adhesives
from Loctite also meet the highest demands in terms of
environmental compatibility and occupational safety.

octite3311 is pretty darn cheap. But even though an

item is inexpensive, people still want it to work every time.
The Loctite product made our Snap SwabTM reliable. All
of this would not have been possible without it.

Being able to bring the total solution to the customer

is essential, says Robert Whitehouse, Focus Account
Manager Medical in the UK. At Henkel, we have the
adhesive technologies, the application, dispensing and
curing systems plus the experience and the expertise to
provide a full-service solution.

LED curing and dispense equipment: singlesource equipment supply

There are four major factors that have to be taken into
account in the industrial application of light-curing
adhesives: the emissions spectrum of the curing system,
the light intensity required, the transmittance of the material
being bonded and the requisite curing properties. The
selection of the right equipment and coordination of these
tools with the relevant adhesive are decisive for the quality
of the join.

Solving problems for customers

The case study of Loctites successful cooperation with
MPC (Medical Packaging Corporation) in the United States
illustrates what Whitehouse means:
For years, the medical testing industry had been using a
swab device with glass ampoules containing reagents.
After a sample had been collected, the medical technician
broke the glass ampoule to release the reagent. There
were many problems with this technology, including the
possibility of glass shards that could cut the technician,
clogging the dropper tube, or getting into the reagent and
affecting the variability in the volume dispensed.
Addressing these safety issues became increasingly
important with the AIDS problem. Medical Packaging
Corporation saw the need to produce a swab package
that would make collection and transportation easier and
safer. Thus, they invented the Snap SwabTM, a Dacron
swab tip on a polystyrene shaft encased in a polyethylene
tube. The shaft releases the reagent, and the swab is ready
for use. With no glass to puncture the skin or prevent the
reagent from flowing, its simple and easy to use. But the
engineers at MPC knew that to keep the cost down and
ensure dependability, the swab had to be reliably bonded to
the inside of the tube. In addition, the interface of the swab
shaft and the protective tubing and the reagent bulb had to
be made leak-proof. The tolerance of the two parts (swab
extrusion and blow-moulded tube) were incompatible.

Henkels portfolio includes not only the adhesives

technology but also the necessary hardware for metering,
curing and monitoring. Modular equipment technology
from Loctite guarantees bubble-free flow metering in
accordance with the high standards of reliability applicable
to medical products. Various light-curing systems are also
available for both blanket and focused light irradiation,
depending on the application. As a system supplier,
Loctite is able to ensure the ideal interplay between all the
major components influencing the outcome, for maximum
joint quality every time.

Thats when they called Loctite for help. The answer:

an easily applied adhesive that bonds both surfaces.
Loctite Light Cure3311 is a one-component, low-viscosity
adhesive. It cures rapidly to form flexible, transparent bonds
when exposed to ultraviolet radiation and/or visible-light
sources. MPC now automatically dispenses Loctite3311
directly on the assembly line using equipment they already
Inexpensive and reliable
Since patenting the Snap SwabTM, Medical Packaging
Corporation has signed contracts with companies in
various markets including food, medical, industrial, drug
delivery and cosmetics. The opportunities for application
seem endless, including burn/wound care containing
antibiotics, home self-testing kits, mixing of solutions at
point of use, and single-use cosmetic samples.
Loctite Light-Curing Acrylic 3311 enabled MPC to
produce a product that was safe, convenient, reliable,
and inexpensive. Frederic Nason, president of Medical
Packaging Corporation said, Two to three cents for
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| Reliability Report 8

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A high-precision niche

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What is a cartesian shuttle? A micromanipulator? How about a polar carbon

fibre manipulator? If a simple I dont know is your answer to all of the above,
then you probably havent heard of AMG SA of France, either. AMG is one of
those medium-sized companies operating successfully on the global market, while
also keeping a relatively low profile. Working in a very specialised niche market,
AMG have been able to establish subsidiaries in key locations in Europe and on
the American continent.
Producing devices like the micromanipulator requires extremely high-precision
manufacturing. Why the production process is so demanding and sophisticated
becomes clear when taking a look at what a micromanipulator actually does as
a device that is used to physically interact with a sample under a microscope.
Here, a level of accuracy of movement is necessary that cannot be achieved by
the unaided human hand.
High-level meeting
AMG products are also used in space, such as the polar manipulators, another
type of robot. Working at this level means that AMG has to draw on the most
reliable material and equipment suppliers. This is where Loctite and AMG
While designing a robot for the automotive industry, AMG encountered a problem
trying to join aluminium with cast aluminium. The forces that the robot has to
withstand when in use can reach up to six G. Initially, AMG tried using conventional,
i.e. mechanical, fastening technology. However, this approach i.e. the welding
didnt work. The bond was not strong enough to guarantee the functioning of
the device. AMG turned to Loctite, and the Loctite engineers found a solution:
Loctite94662KEpoxy. The use of adhesive technology enabled the robotic arm
to pass all the tests the joint proved to be strong enough.
Unmatched resistance
Epoxy adhesives form part of the class of adhesives known as structural adhesives
or engineering adhesives. Epoxy adhesives can be developed to suit almost any
application. Epoxies are virtually unmatched in heat and chemical resistance
among common adhesives. Loctite offers a wide range of epoxy adhesives
and is able to develop tailor-made epoxies for specific tasks.
In the case of AMG, this wasnt necessary as the solution was found in
the existing product range. However, considering the way that AMGs
business is developing and the kind of challenges they face, this
might very well change in the future.
One reason why the French supplier of robotics and microelectronics
is able to respond so effectively, is because it has specialised in
certain niches.

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Founded in 1979, AMG is a family company that originally specialised in mechanical milling. Building on its manufacturing
potential and process expertise, over a decade ago the company began to expand into other fields such as specialist
machinery and modular gripping systems.
We have quickly become one of the European leaders in handling solutions for automotive stamping lines and, like
Henkel, we must always be there for our clients. Thanks to a combination of innovation and the latest technology, we
are therefore able to meet the technical and financial requirements of major customers and automobile manufacturers
such as Renault or PSA.
As a long-term user of Loctite adhesive and threadlocking products in our
specialised machinery, we naturally sought advice from Henkel when we needed
to ensure that our grippers were being reliably assembled. These components are
at the centre of our press lines and are subject to highly repetitive movements.
The speed of production leads to ever faster acceleration and deceleration, and
so we wanted to be able to optimise our manufacturing processes. With this in
mind, together we developed a structural adhesive solution that uses Loctite 9466
instead of welding, making the whole construction more flexible and durable. This
innovative adhesive solution has already won over our regular clients, as well as
allowing us to break into new markets, particularly in Africa and South America.

Guy Corve, R&D and Gripper

Department Sales Manager

Manufacturing of the high-precision parts starts on a fully digital basis using state-of-the-art CNC lathes.

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Thorough cleaning of the parts is essential before bonding. Loctite 7063 is therefore the ideal accessory.

Structural bonding of
high-precision parts
made of aluminium and
cast aluminium
Loctite 9466 2K

Loctite 9466 2K Epoxy ensures the reliable bonding of aluminium and cast aluminium withstanding forces up to six G.

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