Transportation

Saunders is the go-to material converter for the transportation manufacturing industry. We work with top OEMs and suppliers across the transportation landscape, including automotive, truck and trailer, aerospace, marine, and specialty vehicle applications. Our converting services drive manufacturing efficiency, enhance products and help control costs, while our sourcing capabilities help manufacturers access top-quality materials. We have extensive experience working in the transportation space and can deliver custom solutions that meet project requirements and exceed expectations.

Specialized Solutions for Transportation Projects

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Transportation Solutions

Eliminating Rivets

Looking to eliminate rivets in airplanes, trailers or other vehicles and equipment?

We have extensive experience developing adhesive bonding solutions to replace traditional rivets while maintaining bond integrity to meet strict project requirements.

We convert VHB and other high-bond adhesive tapes for a variety of transportation applications. Our custom solutions not only eliminate rivets but also reduce weight and improve aerodynamics for better fuel efficiency.

Panel Mounting

From large airplane panels to automotive applications, we specialize in solutions for panel bonding, mounting and assembly.

We can convert VHB or other adhesive tapes with a high bond strength to replace mechanical fasteners. Custom-cut foam tapes are also common in panel mounting applications because the compression characteristics are ideal for mounting floor panels in trailers and other vehicles.

We can help devise solutions that reduce weight while maintaining the bond strength to meet industry standards across a variety of applications.

Trim Attachment

When looking to attach pieces of trim, emblems, profiles or other small branding or decorative elements, custom cut foam tapes and foamed acrylic adhesives provide a solution.

We can easily convert materials to tight tolerances for interior and exterior trim attachment and other bonding applications. We have the materials science expertise to create solutions for bonding dissimilar substrates and have access to specialty materials for automotive and aerospace applications.

Perfectly cut custom tape solutions help speed assembly time for trim and other finishing elements.

Sealing and Gasketing

We can create custom gaskets and sealing solutions in a wide range of shapes, sizes and materials for enhanced ingress protection in transportation applications.

Whether you need to keep out water, dirt, or just need an airtight seal around components, we can work within your project requirements to create a custom solution that enhances the end product. We also have extensive experience creating sealing and gasketing solutions from durable materials that can withstand exposure to harsh conditions.

We’ve worked with just about every type of gasket material imaginable and can use our experience to guide materials selection and create a solution that exceeds your expectations.

Automotive and Heat Resistant Masking Tape

As automotive and aerospace manufacturers know, coating and painting the exteriors and interiors of a plane or vehicle is generally not a quick process.

From preparing the surfaces and cutting masking tape by hand to applying base coats and primers, it can take many hours and materials to complete the job. Our custom solutions not only to save time and money, but also reduce product consumption costs.

We provide automotive, aerospace and heat resistant masking tape that dramatically speeds the coating or painting process. These materials are essentially a kit, custom cut to fit your windows and other parts so you can quickly apply the masking materials and remove them without cutting them on-site. This saves time, labor, materials and can greatly enhance efficiency in your automotive or aerospace manufacturing operations.

Saunders is a 3M Preferred Converter

We are a proud converter partner for 3M. That means you can rest assured that Saunders has the materials expertise and engineering chops to handle any challenge in the world of foams, tapes and more.

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