This Earth Day, 3M Makes Electronics Recycling Easier

  This Earth Day, 3M Makes Electronics Recycling Easier

  Electronics Bonding Adhesives Help Manufacturers Rework and Recycle Mobile

Business Wire

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- April 18, 2012

In today’s mobile society, technology is evolving at an accelerated rate
leaving consumers coveting the latest advancements and leaving outdated and
unwanted electronic equipment ready for the landfill. This Earth Day, 3M is
helping to increase rework, repair and recyclability of these gadgets through
its Thermal Bonding Films and Plastic Bonding Adhesives.

Bonding touch display panel to smartphone chassis using 3M(TM) Plastic Bonding
Adhesive (depicted in ...

Bonding touch display panel to smartphone chassis using 3M(TM) Plastic Bonding
Adhesive (depicted in orange) enables rework, repair and recyclability.
(Photo: 3M)

The electronics bonding solutions from 3M enable manufacturers to achieve
higher Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) criteria
ratings by earning optional points for enabling greater rework and more
effective recycling. EPEAT is a comprehensive global environmental registry
that helps consumers, manufacturers and resellers identify environmentally
preferable electronics.

According to the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, approximately three
to four million tons of electronic equipment is recycled every year. 3M
Thermal Bonding Films and Plastic Bonding Adhesives help make the process of
dismantling the components more efficient when rework in manufacturing is
required. In comparison to traditional dismantling processes that require the
use of solvents, 3M electronics bonding solutions make rework easier, allowing
manufacturers to fix damaged parts, salvage the device, reduce the amount of
electronic waste and keep costs down.

“Consumers are upgrading their electronic devices at a much faster pace in the
last five years and the need for electronics recycling has increased
exponentially,” said Julie Liong, 3M electronics bonding solutions business
development manager. “It is part of 3M’s DNA to identify how to help
customers, like electronic manufacturers, find innovative new ways to remain
competitive and decrease their environmental footprint.”

Here is how the electronics bonding solutions work. 3M Thermal Bonding Films
are thermoplastic adhesives capable of achieving bonding strength beyond 1000
psi Overlap Shear Strength, which is more than strong enough to bond metal to
plastic or metal to metal parts in laptop computers, mobile devices and other
electronic components. Using heat, the electronic bonding films from 3M are
easily disassembled for rework or recycling of individual material components
of metals and plastics.

3M Plastic Bonding Adhesives are used in the external housing to bond the
touch panel to metal or plastic chassis. They are moisture curing urethanes
that are applied as liquids. Because they have sufficient open time to allow
for easy assembly of parts, they are ideal for touch module assembly
applications. Disassembly and rework are achievable with moderate heating
(~80^oC or 176^oF) and pressure.

3M electronics bonding solutions is consistent with 3M’s longstanding
commitment to sustainable development. For the eighth consecutive year, 3M
received the ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award from the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy for its
comprehensive worldwide energy conservation efforts. The Dow Jones
Sustainability Index continues to recognize 3M as a sustainability leader by
including the company in its 2010-2011 global sustainability index. For more
information about 3M’s sustainability initiatives visit

For more information regarding 3M electronics bonding solutions visit

About 3M
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ingenious products. Our culture of creative collaboration inspires a
never-ending stream of powerful technologies that make life better. 3M is the
innovation company that never stops inventing. With $30 billion in sales, 3M
employs 84,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 65 countries.
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