So that household appliances remain sealed in everyday use.

Ever more plastic parts are finding their way into washing machines, tumble-dryers, vacuum cleaners, dishwashers, fridges and freezers.

They have to meet high requirements. As do the foam sealants, cast resins and glues used in the production of white goods. They are not allowed to swell on contact with water, must withstand a wide range of temperatures and be resistant to the chemical components of washing and cleaning agents. Some are also approved for contact with food.

Because in the kitchen appliances world the hygienic preparation of food is paramount, rust-free stainless steel is often used for housings, while sealants are used that have an anti-microbial protection function.

Whether in a vacuum cleaner, a ceramic hob, a sink or a washing machine – it´s often the unseen qualities that make the difference.

Unseen qualities like reliable seals, potting solutions or adhesives! Not until seals or glues fail to live up to expectations does it become apparent what an important influence they have on the functioning of the device and the lifespan of the product.

These product systems by Sonderhoff provide secure protection: Polyurethane- and silicone-based FERMAPOR® K31 foam sealing systems and FERMADUR® cast resins, FERMAPOR® K31 rigid foams for filling housing cavities and FERMAGLUE® adhesives, which offer clear advantages over the traditional joining methods, screws, rivets and welding.

Even if Sonderhoff products remain invisible to the end user, they still ensure the faultless running of household appliances.

 

Safely protecting household devices 4.0 – for the kitchen of the future

The trend towards more electronics, and thus more networking, in household and kitchen appliances is getting under way. Not least, added electronics achieve improved efficiency for the device in which they are incorporated. So that Kitchen 4.0 becomes a reality in the near future, the protection of sensitive device electronics in becoming ever more important. As white goods often use liquids, parts of the equipment have to be permanently glued and/or sealed.

FERMAPOR® K31 housing seals, component adhesion with FERMAGLUE® and potting solutions with FERMADUR® for device electronics protect above all against moisture intrusion during use in the bathroom and kitchen.

Thus the corrosion of electronics, often a cause of loss of function in such devices, is avoided. Watertight protection of electronics is especially important for Kitchen 4.0, in order that no disruption to the communication between devices should take place.

 

Sonderhoff seals fulfil the strictest norms and regulations

Flame-protected versions of our products in compliance with UL 94 (HF-1, HF-2 and HBF) are also available. With the UL classification “HF-1” our FERMAPOR® K31 polyurethane foams achieve the highest US fire protection class and are self-extinguishing in case of fire.

To create the conditions for even safer use of electrical household appliances, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)'s code of requirements for reaction to fire in household appliances has been tightened worldwide. The now clearly stricter criterion, “resistance to fire in unattended household equipment” is set out in IEC 60335.

FERMAPOR® K31 foam sealant and FERMADUR® potting, when part of the overall construction of a device, possess a UL listing for US testing requirements UL 50E and UL 508 for the safety of electrical switching devices. Under UL 50E, the sealing material to be tested is stored at 70°C for 168 hours. After this, the tear-resistance of the seal must be at least 75% and the elongation at break at least 60% of the value prior to ageing.

Fully automated material application for reproducible quality

The Formed In Place technology (FIP) used in Sonderhoff’s mixing and dispensing systems for the application of our sealing, gluing and potting products is especially suited to fully automated volume production in large quantities, as for example the components of household appliances.

With household appliances it is often the case that both gluing and sealing or potting must take place, and this, for reasons of efficiency, as far as possible using a single machine in an inline production concept. This is what our 3- or 4-component mixing and dispensing systems offer.

If, for example, a household appliance needs a housing part glued here, and an electronics component potted there, we can set up our

2-component material systems so that the same hardener is used for both glue and potting. This is what the three available supply tanks are used for in our 3-component system DM 403.

With the 4-component system DM 404, four material systems can be processed, if for example the foam seal and glue applied to a component require different hardeners.

These plants can be very easily integrated into fully automated volume production and ensure high-precision processing. With a repeat accuracy of +/- 0.1 mm of the blender head positioning over the component, constant reproducible quality of material application is achieved.

 

With the diversity of applications of our products, there’s something for everyone

Our sealing, gluing and potting systems offer you numerous solutions and new production approaches. According to the different conditions for use in different household appliances, we tailor our foam sealant, adhesive and potting system recipes to the individual requirements you specify.

For these are what contribute decisively to the functionality and safety of the household appliances in question and thus to the satisfaction of the customer.

 

You will find our products in numerous places:

  • Sealing kitchen sinks and hobs
  • As sealant, shock-absorber and insulation in washing machines, driers and vacuum cleaners
  • Insulating and sealing housing cavities in refrigerators
  • Gluing or foam-sealing housing parts
  • Gluing viewing windows in microwaves and ovens
  • Potting displays in household appliances
  • Potting electronics components in electrical appliances
  • Ensuring the low-noise running of electrical appliances thanks to vibration-reducing foam seals
  • Providing for the hygienic use of anti-microbially sealed kitchen appliances.