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Choose the right adhesive and sealant for each and every application.

Forge strong bonds with confidence—even in the face of unfamiliar technologies, dissimilar substrates and ever-changing customer demands. Our definitive selection resource for today’s industrial adhesives helps you form an attachment to all of your materials in question, so you can attach your name to them as well.

Joints Under Stress?

Relax and Take 4 Loads Off

When the forces of nature work against you, consider joint and adhesive designs to minimize their impact. The load or stress on your bond is influenced by the orientation of the joint. Remember, physical, manufacturing as well as end-user concerns should all be weighed heavily to lighten the load on your joint. And, in most applications, your bond is susceptible to a combination of four stresses.


Shear stress is a pull force that causes layers or parts to slide in opposite directions parallel to the plane of their contact. Most adhesives withstand shear stress as the primary force.


Tensile stress exerts pull equally over the entire joint. Most adhesives withstand tensile stress or tension as the primary force.


A prying force on the bond, cleavage stress is pull at a joint’s edge. The other edges of the joint exhibit little or no stress. Its leverage effect concentrated on a small area causes the bond to fail with less force than tension and shear.


Peel begins at an edge of the bond in which one substrate is flexible. The bond begins to separate along a thin line with a concentrated leverage effect similar to cleavage that causes the bond to fail with less force than tension and shear.

Focusing on tensile and shear stresses in your adhesive designs can help mitigate the forces at work. Consider reducing or even eliminating those areas where stresses concentrate for a stress-free environment no matter how you slice it.

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Which adhesive holds up?

Compare by properties and applications for optimum performance and production levels.

Epoxy Adhesive

The strongest structural adhesive with the widest variety of applications


  • One-and two-part systems
  • Excellent heat, water and chemical resistance
  • Flexible or rigid
  • Transparent or opaque
  • Fast- or slow-setting


  • Wood, metal, glass, stone and some plastics
  • Aircraft, automotive, general industrial, electrical/electronics and more
  • UV light cure available for optics and fiber optics

Polyurethane Adhesive

Highly elastic bond for flexibility between substrates


  • One-and two-part systems
  • Can be turned into foam
  • Often used interchangeably with "urethanes"
  • Excellent heat, water, chemical and impact resistance
  • Good for bonding dissimilar materials


  • Wood, metal, glass, concrete, plastics and more
  • Automotive, general industrial, electrical/electronics and more

Anaerobic Adhesive

Fastens metal parts quickly without air


  • One-part system
  • Varying strengths
  • Fast cure speed
  • Excellent heat, water, oil and solvent resistance
  • Excellent sealant, particularly with metal fasteners


  • Metal, glass, concrete, rubber and plastics
  • Aerospace, automotive, general industrial, electrical/electronics and more

Cyanoacrylate Adhesive

Strong, instant adhesive that cures with water or UV light


  • Typically one-part system
  • Good resistance
  • Cures on contact or via humidity in the air
  • Bonds to wide variety of substrates


  • Wood, metal, plastics, LSE plastics, rubber, ceramics and more
  • Automotive, general industrial, electrical/electronics and medical devices

Acrylic Adhesive

High-strength, no-prep bonding for hard-to-bond materials


  • One- and two-part systems
  • Excellent heat and climate resistance
  • Fast cure speed
  • Surface preparation not required
  • Bonds to wide variety of dry materials


  • Metal, glass, plastics, LSE plastics, powder coats and paint systems
  • Commonly used in electronics and medical devices

Silicone Adhesive

High-resistance sealant/adhesive that cures with water or UV light


  • One- and two-part systems
  • Excellent electrical properties
  • Flexible and resilient
  • Range of adhesive properties


  • Metal, glass, plastics, rubber, ceramics, concrete and more
  • Aircraft, automotive, general industrial, electrical/electronics and medical devices

Hot Melt Adhesive

Low- or high-strength bonds and gap filling for high speed manufacturing


  • One-part system
  • Fast cure speed
  • Large gap filling
  • Excellent sealant
  • For use with guns or hand rollers


  • Wood, metal and plastics
  • Automotive, general industrial and electronics

UV Cure Adhesive

Ultraviolet curable resin for bonding, potting, coating and sealing


  • One- and two-part systems
  • Fast cure speed
  • Gap filling properties
  • Known for versatility


  • Metal, glass, rubber and plastics
  • Aerospace, general industrial, electronics, optical and medical devices

Conductive Adhesive

Electrically conductive adhesive for heat-sensitive parts


  • One- and two-part systems
  • Metallic particles in a polymer resin
  • Extremely resilient
  • Conduct electricity in varying directions
  • Curing temperature below soldering temperature


  • Metal, glass, ceramics and plastics
  • Aerospace, automative, general industrial,electrical/electronics and medical devices
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