CASE STUDY: Sheffield Panel Company Deploys Chemique Adhesives’ Solfre2 to Increase Productivity

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Panel Systems Ltd. of Sheffield has been a major UK manufacturer of insulated architectural and structural panels, CNC machined panels and board materials, hot-wire cut Styrofoam®, and external cladding since 1974. Their key markets include construction, automotive, packaging, lightweight staging, caravans and marine. With three sites covering 60,000 square feet and 60 employees, including, sales personnel, CAD designers, production operatives and logistics specialists, their reputation and track record for excellence makes them a manufacturer customers rely on.

Panel Systems manufactures an extensive range of panels, comprising as little as two layers or as many as six layers. The layers can be a multitude of
materials including metals, particle boards, foam plastics and honeycombs. When thin plastic sheet became more widely used in manufacturing about
15 years ago, the company found that a single-part moisture curing polyurethane adhesive was not effective for bonding these new materials. Preparation of plastic substrates prior to bonding resulted in lower production rates.