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A Competitive Advantage Through Innovation

The vast majority of products contain joints, therefore, joining technology is key to the strategic implementation of new materials. This paper considers three innovative solutions to industrial problems ClearWeld™ A recently developed technique for laser welding materials, creating a joint almost invisible to the human eye. AdhFAST™ This novel, three-in-one fastener, allows adhesive to be injected through the middle of the device whilst retaining the joint and controlling bondline thickness Vitresyn™ Transparent plastics such as polycarbonate and acrylic have the potential to replace glass in a number of applications, car headlamps and spectacle lenses for example. However, these plastics are relatively soft materials and need protection against abrasion and scuff damage. This recently developed system gives good protection at acceptable cost