St. Paul, Minnesota – 3M Aerospace has launched a protective PU tape designed to protect aircraft interiors from corrosion. Replacing floor panels and beams in the aircraft substructure extends downtime and can cost anywhere from $30 000 to $100 000 per aircraft, making protection a high priority, 3M said in a 27 March news release.
3M’s PU tapes cover the seams in floor panel joints and can protect larger areas exposed to moisture. The flame retardant tapes provide an excellent, durable moisture barrier with a long service life, according to 3M. The tapes are made of an extremely tough, puncture-resistant thermoplastic elastomer coated with a pressure-sensitive adhesive.
“These aircraft solutions are perfect examples of the time- and money-saving innovations that 3M Aerospace consistently works to develop,” said Sean McAfee, 3M Aerospace sales & marketing manager. “Our new wet area polyurethane protective tapes have been engineered to help customers protect aircraft and extend their service life, ultimately saving critical budget funds.”