Adhesives for Laptop Manufacture

Rebecca Wilmot
Industry Applications
September 9, 2014

A quality computer should be able to stand on its own four rubber feet!

While shopping for a new laptop I was reviewing the features and benefits of several machines.  Each machine had a card next to it with a long list of components such as; the brand and type of processor, video card, memory, etc…  To get a better look, I lifted a laptop from the store shelf.

One of the little rubber feet from the laptop remained on the shelf!



That got me thinking, where else on a laptop are adhesives used, and what types of adhesive chemistry are used on the different applications?

Types of Adhesives for Laptop Manufacture

There are many adhesive applications within PCs and laptops – mainly for bonding electric components.  Acrylics, Epoxies, UV Curables, Cyanoacrylates and Hybrid Adhesives are all used in laptop assembly.

Some typical applications include:

  • Case to the frame
  • Latches
  • Hinges
  • Keypad
  • Touch screens
  • Camera Lens
  • Speakers
  • Connectors
  • Drives
  • Fans
  • Magnets
  • PCBs
  • Heatsinks
  • Wire tacking
  • Label and barcode bonding
  • And yes, bonding the little rubber feet to the bottom!

Each application has its’ own challenges, and quality adhesive manufacturers work with designers to review the requirements and offer the best solution for each application.

I may be more demanding of high quality adhesives than many – but I think most shoppers would hesitate to spend $1000 on a laptop with only 3 feet.

For further assistance with adhesive selection, please contact Permabond.

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