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Worker fatigue is a problem in many product assembly and packaging applications. However, there are a few things that can help you decrease this issue. The most obvious cause of worker fatigue is the weight of the glue gun being used. Obviously, the weight of the gun is affected by the strength of the operator. However, after working all day on an assembly line a 2 lb. glue gun is heavy enough to make anyone's arm, hand, or fingers tired.
It's all in the trigger
Not all glue guns are created equal. We have experienced a finger cramp and hand cramp quite a few times in our line of work. Finger cramps are no fun and caused by using a glue gun with a trigger big enough to only fit one or two finger on it. This type of trigger is commonly associated with craft glue guns. It's best to look for hot melt guns that have a full hand trigger, which on Hotmelt.com is pretty common. Most industrial hot melt guns are equipped with a 4 finger trigger, but some feel better than others. Having a glue gun with a full four finger trigger means your fingers won't get tired as fast. Another option is the palm trigger, which you can see on Ad Tech's MT 500. While the palm trigger takes some getting used it greatly reduces operator hand fatigue and is easy to use.
Take some weight off with a spring balancer
Spring Balancers are one of the easiest ways to offer relief to glue gun operators. These tool positioners allow for the glue gun to be suspended at the correct height for your application. Workers will simply guide the gun and without feeling the full weight be able to maneuver it around the items they are gluing. Most industrial glue guns offer a spot to clip the spring balance tool and they are an inexpensive way to greatly reduce user fatigue.
Take your application hands free
Go hands free, or take steps in the right direction by starting with the right equipment. Power Adhesives TEC 6100 pneumatic glue gun is not only a great gun, but can also be modified into a hands free hot melt gun. Power adhesives has created a bench mount kit for this hot melt gun with a foot pedal. Workers will no longer be required to pull the trigger, instead they can simply utilize a foot pedal. Make the foot pedal dispensing even better by adding a timer kit to release the exact same amount of hot melt each time. Save your workers hand and finger cramps by using the foot pedal bench mount system while still utilizing a high output gun. If you add in the timer kit, you will also be able to save on hot melt cost by reducing excess waste.
Top Hot Melt Guns for Relieving Operator Fatigue:
We have been asked a lot lately about metered hot melt dispensing. This article will cover the various ways you can control the amount of hot melt dispensed using a variety of tools including standard hot melt guns, pneumatic guns and bulk equipment.
Option 1: Stroke Adjustment
Stroke Adjustment on handheld glue guns allows you to vary the amount of hot melt adhesive you get per trigger squeeze. This is not an exact dispensing method but it does allow users to adjust about how much hot melt is applied with each trigger pull. Our favorite hot melt guns that have the stroke adjusters are Surebonder Pro2-220 & Power Adhesives TEC 805.
Option 2: Pneumatic Guns with Benchmount, Foot Pedal and Timer
Pneumatic hot melt guns are air powered and can be accessorized with bench mounts and foot pedals for hands free application. Commonly, product assembly requires a more control on how hot melt is applied and foot pedal systems can offer a great solution to this problem. The top glue guns capable of utilizing bench mounts and foot pedals are 3M Polygun II, Power Adhesives TEC 6100 and the TEC 7100. Adding a timer to these pneumatic systems adds an additional level of control over adhesive levels. Power Adhesives has a great timer for these type of systems.
Option 3: Stationary Dispensing
The Surebonder Stationary Pneumatic Hot Melt Applicator is designed for hands-free assembly applications. It has a 2 pound melt tank, adjustable temperature, adjustable air pressure regulator, foot pedal for on-demand gluing and a shot timer. The shot timer on Surebonder's 753 stationary hot melt applicator dispenses exactly the same amount of hot melt each time the foot pedal is compressed. Surebonder's stationary system is ideal for dispensing peel-able pressure sensitive adhesive and EVA based hot melts.
Please call Hotmelt.com with any additional questions 877-933-3343. We also offer custom exact dispensing solutions if these don't fit your application needs.
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:
Finding the right bulk hot melt equipment can be a challenge. We aren't going to lie, our customers sometimes even stump us with an application. Hotmelt.com has adhesive engineers that specialize in bulk dispensing equipment. If you have a dispensing debacle, we are sure we wil find a solution. Our adhesive engineers are able to help you with your product assembly, woodworking or packaging applications.
Right now, the most stand out hot melt dispensing system we have is the LS10 Bulk Hot Melt System. We recently added Astro Packaging to our vendors and are thrilled with their 10 pound hot melt tank system. We brought one LS10 into the office and were very pleased with it's performance. If anyone is familiar with the Slautterback® Little Squirt you will love the LS10, because it's the direct replacement! If you were using a Little Squirt Hot Melt System before no worries, the LS10 is compatible with your current Little Squirt Hose and Little Squirt Glue Gun.
Check out our Bulk Hot Melt Dispensing section online, but that's not everything we carry! Hotmelt.com has the ability to create custom dispensing options and offers even more bulk dispensing machines that aren't lisited on Hotmelt.com.
See the LS10 Hot Melt System in action below
Point-of-purchase displays often utilize hot melt sticks and guns. In this article we are going to discuss some of the most popular hot melt guns used in the POP display industry. These guns range from simple electric units to hot melt guns with built-in reservoirs allowing for the use of bulk adhesive. Whatever your application, hotmelt.com has an applicator to maximize efficiency and budget.
For your basics point-of-purchase displays we recommend the following glue gun options Surebonder Pro2-220, PAM HB 220, or Power Adhesives 820-12. Besides excellent output and durability, all of these guns allow users to adjust the dispensing temperature. Having an adjustable temperature hot melt gun will work in your favor when different types of adhesive are needed. Commonly, POP Displays are made from foam spacers and 3D corrugated cardboard. If you are finding a these hot melt guns don't have a high enough output for your POP display assembly then it might be time to check out a bulk system.
Another option would be a bulk hot melt handgun like the Champ 3 or Champ 600. This hot melt gun has an attached reservoir allowing it to take bulk hot melt chips. Both these glue guns from Glue Machinery allow users to save money on the cost of hot melt adhesives. We also like the fact that you can use bulk pressure sensitive hot melt in these guns, a product that isn't readily available or as cost effective in stick form.
POP display and trade exhibit projects that require higher output than a traditional hot melt gun can provide should look at the LS10 bulk hot melt system. The LS10 bulk hot melt tank with flexible hose and handgun is great for producing high quantities of large point-of-purchase displays. The LS10 hot melt system allows for operators to use precise patterns on substrates with speed and accuracy. This bulk system also helps reduce material cost by using bulk hot melt adhesive.
A final option for POP display creation would be pneumatic hot melt guns. Pneumatic guns offer the ease of a traditional glue gun with added air assistance, reducing user fatigue over extended periods of use. Two of our favorite pneumatic units are the 3M PG II and the TEC 6100. Both guns offer tremendous output and have a proven themselves to be durable, hard working guns.
We hope this article helped lay out the various options and benefits of using hot melt guns for creating POP displays. Please contact us with additional questions or to discuss the best option for your specific application.
2012 has long come and gone, and as we reflect on a great year, we decided it would be a good time to recap the top selling hot melt glue guns from yesteryear. The hot melt guns that made the top ten are all excellent quality, but have a range of differences. These hot melt guns cover a broad scale of applications and glue stick sizes but what they all have in common is their undisputed popularity with the Hotmelt.com customers. For more information or help choosing your next hot melt gun, feel free to contact us or visit our complete hot melt gun section.
We hope this little list helps educate you to the best in the business hot melt guns out there right now. Hotmelt.com is adding new vendors and products every week so check back often for the latest and greatest in hot melt technology.
Adhesives find their way into almost all parts of a mattress. Mattress assembly primarily utilizes hot melt, water-based adhesive or solvent-based adhesives. Mattress manufactures use adhesives for securing pillow tops, cushioning foam, joining slabs and blocks of foam around spring systems, adhering fabrics, fibers and insulation materials to foam. Using adhesives lowers the cost of mattress manufacturing simply because of how quickly they can be applied plus they ensure long lasting results.
Why hot melt is perfect for mattress assembly? Hot melt adhesives are easy to handle, nonflammable and require no special ventilation or disposal. Hot melt adhesives are solids, meaning you get exactly what you pay for. Solvent and water based adhesives require an evaporation process.
Also, many water based spray adhesives are gravity fed and limit mobility around the shop floor or for hitting different parts of the mattress. You can use the TEC 6300 spray hot melt gun and 425 sprayable glue slugs and save a ton of time over gravity fed systems. We currently have these systems in a large number of mattress manufacturing operations.
Sprayable hot melt is a perfect for mattress assembly. We recommend using bulk hot melt tank with spray nozzle, Power Adhesives Tec 6300 or TEC 7300. Spraying hot melt is the best method for heat sensitive applications like the foam used in mattress manufacturing.
Utilizing hot melt adhesive in mattress manufacturing has other advantages besides application versatility. Hot melt has the ability to handle low and high volume applications and speed up your manufacturing with a fast drying time. Hot melt's curing time allows you to manufacture and ship mattress in the same day! It is also non-flammable and non-toxic, something consumers are always paying attention to. Hotmelt.com can make sure you get the correct hot melt gun and adhesive for your application, contact us for details.
Hotmelt.com offers a wide range of bulk hot melt and glue sticks that are perfect for packaging agriculture products. Agricultural packaging can be different than traditional carton closing applications because of higher humidity conditions, heavier package contents and coated stocks to help fight moisture. We're going to cover a variety of our most popular packaging hot melt products that fit the agriculture and food industries. All of these products are available in bulk discounts and we are happy to provide testing to prove the materials for your application.
Our 'Go To' products for packaging are the Ad Tech 610 Glue Sticks, Surebonder 711 Glue Sticks, Infinity Melt Freezer Grade Sticks, Infinity Melt 611, Infinity Melt 135 Low Temp Bulk Hot Melt and Surebonder 711 Bulk Hot Melt. These bulk and stick formulations are low cost, high quality and provide excellent bonds to almost any type of cardboard or corrugated surface.
Why hot melt is better than tape for sealing agricultural boxes? It's cost effective, reliable and fast.
Is hot melt safe for being in contact with food? Packaging hot melt must be in compliance with FDA Regulation #21CFR175.105 for food packaging. FDA Regulations #21CFR175.105 means that the adhesive meets requirements for indirect contact with food. This requirement can be found on hot melt technical data sheets (tds).
What types of agriculture products are placed in hot melt sealed boxes? Hot melt is used for carton sealing both vegetables and fruit boxes. Hot melt isn't just used for agriculture products, but also pre-packaged food boxes.
Will cartons closed with hot melt withstand hot, humid climates? Hot melt does quite well in hot climates, because of its heat resistances is high. Cartons closed with hot melt withstand getting driven across country in trucks trailers all summer long.
Is hot melt suitable for vegatables and fruit that are frozen? Yes, we carry freezer grade hot melt that is great for carton closing freezer foods.
We understand that packaging isn't always about closing boxes. We also have agriculture packaging customers using hot melt adhesive to secure soaker pads to clamshell fruit containers, ideal for packaging berries. We work with our agriculture customers to find the best adhesive for their application. Give us a call 877-933-3343 if you have any questions about hot melt adhesives.