Adhesives

The three main types of packaging adhesives are water-based, solvent-based and hot-melt adhesives. Of these, water-based and hot-melt systems are gradually edging out solvent-based systems as adhesive manufacturers strive to reduce volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions and improve air quality.

For packaging applications, water-based adhesives are the most widely used. In addition to air-quality benefits, water-based adhesives offer the advantages of strength, low cost, energy efficiency, ease of use and safety. Water-based adhesives are available in both natural and synthetic variants. Natural ingredients include animal- and vegetable-derived materials like starch and animal glue.

Synthetic water-based adhesives are used—increasingly in place of natural water-based adhesives—to label containers, make composite cans and form and seal cartons and cases.

Use of hot-melt adhesives for packaging applications continues to grow, primarily for automated carton and case sealing. This type of adhesive is 100 percent solid; it contains no solvent or water. On the packaging line, a dispensing system applies the adhesive to a substrate such as paperboard, rigid polyethylene or film-laminated material. The hot-melt adhesive dries quickly after application, forming a strong bond between the joined surfaces.

Because hot-melt adhesives dry so quickly, they are most suitable for high-speed operations. This type of adhesive also can be formulated for use with a range of packaging materials, though any substrate that is sensitive to heat is a poor candidate. Processes that expose the hot-melt bond to high temperatures also are not appropriate, as the heat can cause the adhesive to melt and the bond to fail.

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Like Goldilocks, packaging engineers search for carton or case sealing parameters and patterns that are “just right.” Advice from adhesives expert Pierce Covert will help you attain your fairy-tale ending.

 

 


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For over 25 years the collective talents in chemistry, engineering and marketing have pursued the art of effective adhesive systems.


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Technical data sheet for standard White Direct Thermal 50Lb paper with a permanent adhesive on a 42lb liner.


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Glue Machinery is a leading distributor and manufacturer of hot melt and cold glue machinery to a wide range of industries.


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Technical data sheet for standard White Thermal Transfer 50Lb paper with a permanent adhesive on a 42lb liner.


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Established in 1952, Valco Melton is one of the world's leading suppliers of adhesive application and quality assurance equipment across the packaging, paper converting, graphic arts and nonwoven industries.


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Innovative, clean, safe, and accurate packaging and dispensing solutions for single-and multi-component adhesives, sealants, encapsulants, coatings and lubricants


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Headquartered in Fairfield, NJ, Decker Tape is a printer, converter and specialty manufacturer of a full line of pressure-sensitive tapes, serving a unique niche in the tape distribution channel.


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Privately held, the company employs 500 people in seven manufacturing and warehousing facilities located across Canada and in the United States.


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 If you're looking for a hot-melt adhesive system for your packaging needs, you've likely seen advertisements touting "tankless" hot-melt adhesive systems and their benefits.


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Technical data sheet for standard White Thermal Transfer 50Lb paper with a permanent adhesive on a 42lb liner.


Technical data sheet for standard White Direct Thermal 50Lb paper with a permanent adhesive on a 42lb liner.


 If you're looking for a hot-melt adhesive system for your packaging needs, you've likely seen advertisements touting "tankless" hot-melt adhesive systems and their benefits. According to the manufacturers of “tankless” adhesive systems, their...


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This whitepaper quantifies the reduction in adhesive usage achieved by using a high-speed electrically operated gun dispensing a stitch pattern, as opposed to a pneumatically operated gun dispensing a continuous pattern.


This whitepaper offers a comparative analysis of a customer using a pneumatic valve and a traditional bead of adhesive for their card attaching applications.


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3M

3M is a global innovation company that never stops inventing. Over the years, our innovations have improved daily life for hundreds of millions of people all over the world. We have made driving at night easier, made buildings safer, and made...


For over 25 years the collective talents in chemistry, engineering and marketing have pursued the art of effective adhesive systems. While our roots are in hot melt glues and guns, we also have a solid knowledge base in other specialty adhesives...


We SELL and DISPENSE everything from Drops to Drums.


Robatech offers a comprehensive product line of melters, filters, heated hoses, application heads, nozzles, cold glue systems and controllers.

Our products range from the minimum configuration up to entire integrations including pattern...


For over four decades, Taconic has been a leader in the development and manufacture of advanced engineered composite materials. Founded in 1961 by Lester T. Russell, the company now has manufacturing facilities in the United...


Established in 1952, Valco Melton is one of the world's leading suppliers of adhesive application and quality assurance equipment across the packaging, paper converting, graphic arts and nonwoven industries. We specialize in the manufacturing,...


Accumetric, LLC, a ISO 9001 certified company, manufactures, packages and markets adhesives, sealants, lubricants and related products to domestic and foreign customers worldwide. Its products and services are marketed and sold under one of...


Established in 1960, ACHEM has applied coating technology as its core competitiveness to produce and commercialize PSA tape products over four decades. ACHEM is the first PVC tape producer in Taiwan. As the first to develop solvent acrylic BOPP...


Adhesives Plus, Inc. was founded by Diane and Ken Bruce in 1981 to be Texas' premier distributor of hot melt equipment and industrial adhesives. Working out of their home and using the garage as the warehouse, they built a customer base that...


Adhesives Specialists Incorporated is a hot melt and water based adhesives manufacturer headquartered in Allentown, PA. Each division processes a wide range of formulas to service a diverse consumer base with specific needs.

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When you're looking for a supplier that can meet all of your adhesive needs, look no further than AJ Adhesives. Our inventory of hot-melt, liquid, structural, and aerosol products can support a broad range of applications including; case and...


When you purchase your adhesives from American Chemical, you are not just calling an order taker like the catalog guys. Our sales engineers are adhesives experts who can answer your hard, technical questions and find the right adhesive to meet the...


Basic Adhesives is a manufacturer of industrial adhesives and coatings. In business since 1960, Basic Adhesives serves the packaging, converting, laminating, graphic arts, tape, label, fabric, leather, medical and flooring industries, among others...


Privately held, the company employs 500 people in seven manufacturing and warehousing facilities located across Canada and in the United States. Since 1950, our focus on developing superior products and services has helped create a diverse North...


Charter NEX Films, Inc. is the leader in engineering, extruding and manufacturing superior-quality monolayer, coextruded and barrier films, including shrink, stand-up pouch and flexible packaging films. Charter NEX blown film products are ideal...