Thermal management, electronics protection, and structural bonding materials enable long-lasting performance of smart factory components
Building a resilient factory of the future requires both digital capability and reliable, robust hardware. Henkel, a leader in industrial automation material solutions with an extensive product portfolio, announced the success of several formulations that meet the challenges of evolving Industry 4.0 (I4.0).
The operational demands of more complex machine-to-machine (M2M) communication systems, advanced robotics, and factory energy management networks require high-performance thermal control and electronic protection materials. Integrating system-enhancing materials can reduce manufacturing downtime, reduce costs, and extend the viable life of equipment through improved reliability. Henkel’s proven products include:
- High performance thermal interface materials (TIM) to optimize the operation of high power density devices through efficient heat removal.
- Protective coatings, encapsulants, gaskets and sealants that protect electronic modules against operating stress and environmental influences such as humidity and dust.
- Bonding adhesives that firmly hold components and enclosures in place during perpetual production runs.
“The demonstrable quality and efficiency benefits of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning within the smart factory are well documented. However, the successful evolution of I4.0 requires innovations that can meet the intersecting expectations of form, function, cost, efficiency and reliability, while integrating digitized production systems with more devices. powerful to support big data and continuous operation,” says Henkel’s director. of market strategy for energy and industrial automation, Justin Kolbe. “We partner with the world’s leading developers of power generation and conversion systems, motors and drives, and controllers and sensors that make the factories of the future possible. »
Recent examples of tangible results include:
- Bergquist BOND PLY TBP 1400LMS-HD A thermally conductive adhesive was selected for a power supply requiring automated assembly, a thin alternative to mechanical fasteners, and robust heat dissipation. All objectives were achieved with a single material.
- A DC-DC converter used Bergquist TGF 3500LVO joint filler Liquid TIM to facilitate automated application, resulting in a 20% reduction in production costs, a 15% improvement in production and thermal management performance equivalent to the old material.
- Sonderhoff automated dispensing technology combined with Fermapor K31 Formed-in-place foam (FIPFG) gasket materials provided significant quality improvement and 30% cost reduction for sealing a power distribution system enclosure.
Kolbe stresses the importance of Henkel’s ingenuity in the I4.0 space, acknowledging the central role of control and data analysis, while emphasizing the absolute requirement for high-performance mechanical systems. “Motors, drives, controllers and robotics are the muscle that runs on the intelligence of the smart factory,” he says. “For true power-off automation to occur, bits and bytes must be supported by reliable, high-performance muscles. That’s what Henkel materials deliver.
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