The paper describes the use of electromagnetic-sensitive nano-particle additive for developing a reversible hot-melt adhesive for structural applications. A prototype of a lower tail gate has been manufactured by means of this innovative technology to demonstrate the potential for joining plastic components in automotive and aerospace applications. Monitoring of nanoparticles release during preparation of modified adhesives shows very low environmental impact if the mixing process is performed under a fume hood. The innovative electromagnetic bonding process can provide to the manufacturing industry new opportunities in terms of simplification of productive lay-out, more flexible design and process rapidity, in addition to significant economic benefit. The reversibility of the process would also increase the chances for part reuse and/or recycling that would otherwise be discarded.

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