Chemique Adhesives is committed to building long-term relationships with its customers, providing them with technical and chemical innovations that help them to grow and prosper. A customer that has benefited from this commitment is FOAMtech, an independent distributor and fabricator of thermal insulation products based in the West Midlands.
FOAMtech had been using Chemique Adhesives products for almost a decade to bond foam panels for internal and external applications. However, because RockWool was added to the range of materials used in panel manufacturing, FOAMtech needed to update its adhesive application system, having previously used hand rollers. To meet the new requirements, Chemique Adhesives supplied a portable rake system, which dispenses small glue beads, and makes the whole process quicker and more efficient.
The adhesive used with the rake system is Solfre1 – a single component, solvent-free polyurethane product. Solfre1 is suitable for a range of applications such as construction panels, truck building, caravan panels and many similar uses where a permanent structural bond is required. Its unique formulation provides superior resistance to chemicals, heat, humidity and thermal shock. What’s more, it is non-flammable and can be used across a wide range of temperatures.
“For a long time, we had been using a roller coater for laying down adhesive, but when we started working with RockWool and bonding it to cement sheets for external insulation of parapet walls, this method became very messy and time consuming,” explained Andy Carroll, Director at FOAMtech. “The other issue was that the roller coating was breaking down the mineral, which created additional problems for our operators. But with the new rake system the adhesive beads are laid down a centimetre apart and they are precisely formed so there is no mess, no waste, and there are clear time-saving benefits.”
Having been a Chemique Adhesives customer for almost ten years, FOAMtech has a close and mutually beneficial relationship with the company. Chemique Adhesives was able to quickly and successfully develop the new system for FOAMtech because it had a clear understanding of FOAMTech’s requirements and the challenges it faced.
“I’m very happy with the new system Chemique Adhesives has installed for us,” continued Andy Carroll. “The company has a very good technical team and its products, support and aftercare are so good that we recommend Chemique Adhesives to all of our customers!”.