Understanding adhesive shelf life on aerospace parts

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By Paul Michaels | Sep 18, 2012
Warning Decal Adhesive

There are many factors that go into ensuring part quality, from production and material control, to storage. When you add an adhesive into the mix, there’s only more to consider.

When it comes to adhesive backed parts there is a strict shelf life to ensure the quality of adhesion. Adhesive backed parts have a shelf life of two years from the day they are manufactured — the moment the adhesive is applied. This shelf life is consistent for all parts that are backed with adhesive.

Since there aren’t any visual indicators a part has passed its shelf life, GMN Aerospace has a tracking system in place for stored parts. If any parts kept in stock are not purchased within their shelf life, they are purged.

Clearly, it is critical to ensuring that your manufacturer of decals, placards and nameplates has a strict protocol on tracking parts and their shelf life. Not doing so could mean that integrity of the adhesive is compromised and that those important safety labels will not stay where they are meant to.