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Henkel has revealed that its Loctite engineering adhesives have been selected for use on the Silver Star ‘hypercoaster’. Chief engineer Hans Volz said Loctite 243 is strong enough to withstand the loads and vibrations experienced on the ride.

Every year, the safety bars on the ride are stripped down for detailed inspection; during re-assembly, the engineers use Loctite 243 to threadlock the bolts that connect the ratchet components to the main bar.

In a separate application on the hypercoaster’s rolling stock, Henkel’s Loctite 7063 general-purpose cleaner and degreaser is used on the guide wheels and Loctite 638 is applied to refix the steel ball bearing cage.

The bolts that secure the ball-bearing cage casings and those that fasten the wheels to the train are then threadlocked with Loctite 243.

Key benefits

Loctite 243 application

  • Prevents self-loosening
  • Secures threaded fasteners against vibration or shock loads
  • Fills the gap between mating threads
  • Eliminates fretting corrosion by creating a unitised assembly
  • Holds tight for as long as needed but parts can still be dismantled with hand tools

Loctite 7063 application

  • Leaves no residue
  • Prepares surfaces for adhesive bonding and sealing

Loctite 638 application

  • Acts as high-strength retaining compound
  • Provides resistance to dynamic, axial and radial loads
  • Achieves maximum load transmission capability and uniform stress distribution
  • Eliminates fretting corrosion

Henkel is the world market leader in state-of-the-art industrial adhesives, sealants and surface treatment products for a wide variety of engineering applications. Its leading brands for the industrial market are Loctite, Bonderite, Teroson, Aquence and Technomelt.

Strong customer focus, research and innovation, consistent quality and sustainable business practices have contributed to its record of success, as has continuous improvement in both its products and methods of manufacture.

The company applies its expertise to the entire value chain across the engineering sector. Whatever you build, manufacture, assemble or repair, its technical consultancy service will provide all the assistance and training you need to ensure you have the best product and the skill to apply to its best advantage.

Henkel brands are internationally renowned for their proven reliability and performance and the scope of the company’s product programme extends from cleaning and pre-treatment through to bonding, sealing, filling and protecting, coating and lubricating. 

Henkel is the only adhesive manufacturer to offer a comprehensive range of products that are hazard-label free. Its Loctite Health and Safety series is suitable for the lion’s share of engineering applications and includes thread lockers, thread sealants, gasketing adhesives, retaining compounds and instant adhesives.

As both the product and its method of application dictate the quality of process, Henkel also has considerable expertise in the supply of dedicated dispensing equipment that, if necessary, can be bespoke to the application. This equipment ensures the product is applied quickly, cleanly, accurately and economically.

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