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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The next time you’re enjoying a delicious glass of your favorite Merlot, take a moment to think about all of the adhesives that were involved in the process of getting the wine from the vineyard to your table.


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This hot-melt system for case and carton sealing that reduces adhesive costs and boosts packaging production is as notable for what it has as for what it doesn’t have.

 


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Consumers clamor for easy-open packages in research report after research report—many times appearing as the No.1 complaint when it is not a feature of the packaging.


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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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In packaging, adhesives are a significant expense—and a potential area for savings when done efficiently. Typically, you will be bonding major flaps (the outside larger flaps) to the inside minor flaps.


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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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Technical data sheet for standard White Direct Thermal 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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The food packaging industry is home to a variety of packaging, from high glosses that boost shelf appeal to wax boxes that increase functionality. While these unique packaging materials offer a competitive edge in the food industry, they are much...


This hot-melt system for case and carton sealing that reduces adhesive costs and boosts packaging production is as notable for what it has as for what it doesn’t have.

 

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Consumers clamor for easy-open packages in research report after research report—many times appearing as the No.1 complaint when it is not a feature of the packaging. Yet, in today’s safety-conscious environment, the need to assure customers that...


Torayfan® PWX5 BOPP film

Torayfan PWX5 BOPP film delivers superior metal adhesion and barrier-durability performance for products requiring an extended shelf life. It is designed for use as a high-...


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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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.


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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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Power Adhesives has been paving the way in hotmelt glue guns and glue stick technology for over 30 years, constantly introducing new applications and uses for our wide range of products.

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

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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...


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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...


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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...

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