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Low Odor Packaging Hot Melt Sticks

Monday April 7, 2014

Low Odor Packaging Hot Melt Sticks adds new packaging glue sticks! Now we know this might not be exciting for everyone, but for some of us who smell hot melt on a regular basis it's pretty amazing. Power Adhesives Tec 341 was formulated to be a low odor hot melt. We have tested it here in house and it delivers! This fast setting hot melt works wonderfully for carton closing.

We are happy to see the Power Adhesive offers this in 1/2", 5/8" and 1 3/4" glue sticks. This hot melt is a great idea for small work places, because the smell of hot melt never becomes overwhelming. TEC 341 is a white, fast setting, medium viscosity hot melt making it great for packaging and woodworking applications. This hot melt has also been popular for cable attachment in the the cable, phone & alarm industries.

We currently have an offer going if you purchase 7 cases of the 1/2" or 5/8" glue sticks at once you will receive a free Power Adhesives TEC glue gun. Give us a call 877-933-3343 if you are interested in this promotion and we will send you more information.

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1/2" Glue Stick Recommendations by Application

Tuesday March 11, 2014

1/2" Glue Stick Recommendations by Application


Power Adhesives TEC 1942 - This is a high strength hot melt works well on a variety of surfaces, but dominates when bonding wood to wood.

Ad Tech 962-110 - This hot melt was design specifically for general purpose woodworking applications. It's viscosity allows for high delivery rates and a open time of 20-40 seconds.

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End of Line Carton Closing for Beer, Soda & Wine

Wednesday January 8, 2014

Resealing Damaged Cartons for Beer, Soda and Wine

We are fans of equipment that makes packaging easier, but sometimes it's necessary to fix a carton here and there. not only can quote you on customized hot melt equipment for your beverage packaging needs, but we can also provide hand held glue guns necessary for quick fixes. Commonly, the beverage industry requires repair for damaged cartons. It's best for all companies using in line hot melt packaging equipment to keep some glue guns on hand.

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Power Adhesives Overmolding Glue Sticks

Wednesday October 23, 2013

News from Power Adhesives: is thrilled to introduce Overtec 5 FR glue sticks. We first saw these incredible glue sticks in action at MDM Chicago 2013 brought to the show by our friend Lee from Power Adhesives. Overtec is a cost effective molding system that eliminates traditional heat curing, housing and casing that are used in potting. Since the Overtec system works perfect with aluminum molds allowing you to save money. Aluminum molds can be made quickly because they are easy to mill and drill. We are thrilled to be able to present this cost effective molding option to our customers. If you have any questions about Power Adhesive's Overtec products, please call 877-933-3343 or e-mail

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Matching 3M Glue Guns to 3M Glue Sticks

Monday June 10, 2013

Updated: June 10, 2013

3M has rigged the game a little when it comes to using their Scotch Weld Glue Sticks. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes and only work in 3M guns locking you into a product unless you are willing to purchase a new, non-3M, glue gun. Within the 3M line of products, finding the correct glue sticks to match your 3M Applicator (glue gun) can be a bit of a struggle. The key factors you need to know when selecting your glue sticks are the size and temperature that match your gun. If you are using a LT (Low Temperature) Applicator it needs to be used with LM (Low Melt) adhesive.

Check out our quick reference guide below for what 3M glue sticks your 3M Applicator needs.

3M Applicator (Glue Gun): (adhesive size & temperature)

Low Temperature Glue Guns

Standard Temperature Glue Guns

Multi-Temperature Glue Gun

For example, if I am using my 3M Scotch-Weld Hot Melt Applicator LT I need to purchase adhesive size TC (5/8 x 2) that are LM (Low Melt). The products offered in TC and LM are 3755LM, 3762LM, 3792LM, 3798LM. If I am using my 3M Scotch-Weld Hot Melt Applicator AE II I would need size AE (1/2 x 12). The AE II glue gun allows you to use any standard 1/2" or 7/16" glue sticks.

*An exception is 3M Scotch-Weld Hot Melt Applicator EC, which can work with both low melt (LM) and standard hot melt, so I could use either temperature adhesive as long as it is size Q (5/8 x 8). The EC applicator from 3M has 5 different temperature modules check out the information below for the hot melt sticks you can use with each temperature module. 3M Scotch Weld Standard and Low Melt Q & LMQ series hot melt sticks (5/8" X 8") Temperature Module 1: 3762 LMQ, 3776 LMQ, 3792 LMQ Temperature Module 2: 3762 LMQ, 3776 LMQ, 3792 LMQ Temperature Module 3: 3762 Q Temperature Module 4: 3738 Q, 3747 Q, 3748 Q, 3748 V-O Q, 3764 Q, 3792 Q Temperature Module 5: 3731 Q, 3779 Q, 3789 Q

Still struggling to figure out which adhesives work with your gun? We have created a easy reference chart to help you find the correct 3M adhesives for your 3M applicator. Click link below:

Guide to Matching 3M Glue Guns to 3M Glue Sticks

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APAO Hot Melt in Bulk, Sticks and Slugs

Tuesday April 9, 2013

Amorphous Poly-Alpha-Olefin (APAO / APO) bulk hot melt is a non-crystalline adhesive that is soft, tacky and flexible. APAO hot melts offer a long open time from 30 seconds to 4 minutes. Their low polarity makes them ideal for bonding polyolefin substrates like PP (polypropylene), PE (polyethylene) and PET (polyethylene terephthalate) along with non-woven materials. APAO bulk hot melt offers a higher heat resistance and increased fuel, acid or chemical resistance compared to an EVA hot melt. APAO adhesives offer a better adhesion in low temperatures than a EVA. Many APAO hot melt adhesives are sprayable, which allow you to cover a large area without a problem, great for product assembly applications. is happy to help you find the correct adhesive for your application. Manufacturers don't always state what type of hot melt adhesive their formulas are making it difficult to find an APAO. If you are thinking an APAO is correct for your applications call us with questions 877-933-3343.

Top Applications for APAO (APO) Bulk Hot Melt:

  • Appliances
  • Furniture & Cabinet Assembly
  • Foam & Mattress Fabrication
  • Case & Carton Sealing
  • Product Assembly
  • Athletic Shoes
  • Feminine Hygiene
  • Diapers
  • Adult Incontinence
  • Auto Industry

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CastTEC Precast Hot Melt Adhesive

Thursday March 28, 2013

Precast concrete just got easier with Power Adhesives Cast Tec 42 hot melt adhesive. This high performance spray hot melt can be applied to foam, wood, plastic, and weld plates for mould bases. No need for using magnets, welding, double sided tape or drills and bolts Casttec hot melt is faster, easier and more cost effective. Use Cast Tec 42 for creating structural and architectural precast concrete.

The Cast Tec hot melt adhesive requires no primers and sets almost immediately, it also has an excellent release from forms. This new Tecbond adhesive is revolutionizing the precast concrete industry. The Casttec 42 hot melt slugs can be applied using the TEC 3200, TEC 6100 or TEC 6300 glue gun. This hot melt works well whether it's applied in beads, blobs or sprayed.

The Casttec Adhesive is perfect for bonding detail strips and other architectural elements. Cast Tec 42 Precast Hot Melt Adhesive

Cast Tec 42 Precast Hot Melt

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Freezer Grade Hot Melt

Wednesday October 31, 2012

The freezer section in the grocery store is filled with products that use freezer grade hot melt. We all appreciated a good frozen pizza every now and then. Just like the convenience of a frozen pizza we thought we would serve up some go to choices for freezer grade hot melt. If you have any questions about these hot melts please feel free to call (877) 933-3343, use our Contact Form or heck send us an e-mail

Freezer Grade Hot Melt Sticks

A freezer hot melt 1/2" glue stick, we couldn't believe it when we discovered this little gem. Generally, freezer strength hot melt isn't available in anything below a 1 3/4" hot melt slug. These freezer glue sticks have an excellent hot tack and long open time.

Buy Infinity Melt Freezer Hot Glue Sticks

Freezer Grade Hot Melt Slugs

Ad Tech Freezer grade hot melt glue slug are a medium setting adhesive. These slugs are perfect for bonding wax-coated cartons. FDA approved for indirect contact with food and can be used in a extrusion or spray gun.

Buy Ad Tech 650 Freezer Grade Hot Melt Slugs

Low Temp Packaging Freezer Grade Hot Melt

Infinity Melt is a low temperature bulk hot melt that offers excellent freezer resistance. This bulk freezer hot melt works on a wide variety of paper and cardboard/corrugated stocks.

Buy Infinity Melt Bulk Freezer Grade

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Pressure Sensitive Hot Melt

Wednesday September 12, 2012

Pressure Sensitive Hot Melt

Bulk Pressure sensitive hot melts are used is a wide array of applications. Pressure sensitive adhesives hold two surfaces together solely by contact. To achieve this bond external pressure needs to be applied to the surfaces. Pressure sensitive adhesives can offer a permanently tacky aggressive bond or fugitive glues offer a temporary bond allowing the two materials to be easily separated. PSAs can be used to bond numerous materials like plastic, paper, metal, glass, wood, etc.

Pressure sensitive adhesives are ideal for using in assembly. PSA application doesn't require elaborate equipment and can be easily automated. PSAs save time in production compared to liquid adhesives as they require no setup or long curing time. Using bulk pressure sensitive hot melt all manufacturing to go uninterrupted as adhesion is immediate. No need for screws, rivets, clips, or drilling holes as pressure sensitive adhesives eliminate the need, plus they provide and insulating seal, as well as sound and vibration control.

Bulk pressure sensitive hot melt has a board substrate adhesion. PSA is permanently tacky and repositional. Pressure sensitive hot melt has a long open time allowing you time to situate the subtracts correctly.

Top Application for Pressure Sensitive Hot Melt(PSA)

Marketing & Packaging

Pressure sensitive hot melt is ideal for marketing applications. Fugitive glue commonly known as gummy glue, peel-able glue or credit card glue. This type of pressure sensitive hot melt is ideal for attaching samples, coupons, & flyers.

Point-of-Purcahse Displays (POP Displays) & Trade Exhibits

Pressure sensitive hot melt is great for bonding foam spaces into 3 dimentional corrugated cardboard POP displayds. Easily attach samples of wood flooring, laminates, foams, fabric, or other materials and small products with pressure sensitive hot melt to dispaly boards. Pressure sensitives make it easy to attach decorations to baskets. Easily bond polystyrene foam and other materials used in counter top displays, jewelry cases, and exhibitor booths.

Other applications for pressure sensitive hot melt: Assembly, Labeling Food Packaging, Bookbinding,

Some specific items that use PSA are diapers, feminine hygiene, appliances, furniture, case & carton sealing, packaging, envelops & shoe manufacturing!

Want to learn more about Pressure Sensitive adhesives? Wondering if PSA is right for your application? Give us a call 877.933.3343!

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Hot Glue Sticks

Friday June 22, 2012

Hot Glue Sticks

Hot Glue Sticks are truly one great invention, then again it's what we do so maybe we are a bit biased. Hot glue sticks are used in both the household and industrial realm. This cylindrical shaped adhesive is easy to apply by using a hot melt glue gun. Just insert the hot glue stick and wait the appropriate warm-up time.

What are hot glue sticks?

They are thermoplastic polymers, which at room temperature are solid but at elevated temperatures turn into molten liquid.

What materials can you use hot glue sticks for?

Just about everything, metal, fabric, foam, wood, plastic. However, it's necessary to buy a hot glue formula that caters to the correct material is a must to create a solid bond. Check our "Bond to" filter to help you find the correct formula just check the box or boxes to narrow down your options. If you have any further questions give us a call 877.933.3343.

What sizes hot glue sticks come in?

Hot glue sticks come in a variety the most common size is 1/2" sticks. But they are also available in 1/4" (aka mini glue sticks--generally at craft stores), 5/8", 1", and 1 3/4" hot glue sticks.

What are some of the most popular applications for hot glue sticks?

Packaging, Product Assembly, Woodworking, Crafts/Hobbies (Psst...follow us on Pinterest @Hotmelt)

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