Hot melt adhesive is no stranger to packaging, not only is it efficient, but cost effective. There are a few common packaging techniques that are used when applying hot melt. Check out our short descriptions and images above to get an idea on what technique is right for you packaging application.
Regular Slotted Cartons (RSC)
Create durable cartons by using a 1/8" adhesive beads laid approximately 1/2" from the flap edge. Need extra high strength? Use twin beads. Easily apply twin beads using a T shaped nozzle. Having a T nozzle is the most efficient way to lay twin beads and gives you the same results every time. However, you can use a standard nozzle and just lay two beads if extra strength is needed.
Easy Open Techniques on RSC
Hot melt allows you several ways to make a carton easy to open without sacrificing a good seal. These methods make it easy to reuse the carton. We recommend using a 1/8" bead to maintain carton strength. You can also use 1/16" bead, but the carton strength will be reduced.
Full Overlap Cartons (FOL)
The best results can be achieved by laying a 1/8" bead on the front side, on 3 sides or you can lay a double bead. For single bead applications on FOL cartons we find an L nozzle is very convenient. If a double bead is required, it's easiest to use a T nozzle.
Box on Demand creates one of a kind corrugated box making machines that can be easily programmed to create almost any shape or size box for packaging and shipping. This all in one solution cuts down on storage and can provide a savings of 20% or more on your daily shipping & packaging needs.
Hot Melt for Box On Demand Machines
Hotmelt.com carries Box On Demand approved bulk hot melt products including the Power Adhesives 7731F. This fast setting, clean burning hot melt will help keep your Box On Demand equipment running smoothly and free from clogging and charring that some lower quality bulk hot melt products may cause. 7731F is also FDA approved for indirect contact with food.
When purchasing bulk hot melt for your Box On Demand machine, using this premium product may cost a few more cents per lb but will end up saving users much more money in the long run with lower maintenance costs and less down time.
Make Box On Demand and their unique, high quality box making machines your go to for all of your packaging needs. And remember, Hotmelt.com is your reliable, low cost provider of Box On Demand approved hot melt products. Need pallet pricing? Contact us or call (877)933-3343 to speak with one of our account representatives.
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Hotmelt.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attributes of Overtec FR 5 Glue Sticks
Top Overtec Applications
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Easy as 1-2-3
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Corrugated plastic packaging and product assembly is a quickly growing field and until now finding a bulk hot melt that provides excellent bond strength and optimal set time has been difficult if not impossible. Enter the Ad Tech 189-800, a bulk hot melt formulated specificially for corrugated plastic assembly.
The Ad Tech 189-800 offers excellent adhesion to most plastics, especially polypropylene. This formulation is an improvement of the previous 186-000 product offering a lower melting point and lower viscosity making it easier to apply. Along with superior plastic bonding, the 189-800 offers excellent high heat resistance.
Why Use Polypropylene Corrugated Packaging?
Where Is Polypropylene Corrugated Used?
For more information on the Ad Tech 189-800 or polypropylene corrugated packaging contact us or call (877)933-3343.
Here at Hotmelt.com we take pride in our knowledge of adhesives and being able to direct our customers to the correct perfect product for their application. Naturally, hot melt is a big part of what we do and a product we love, but something else might just top our favorites list. Kid's creating awesome projects with hot melt.
We were recently contacted by a group from Bassett Street Elementary looking for some hot melt supplies for a project focusing on engineering and building. We were lucky to have the opportunity to sponsor this awesome science class with some glue guns and sticks to help create multiplication houses, division pyramids and pasta Ferris wheels.
A couple of weeks later we got an awesome thank you letter and some pictures of what they had created. These 5th grade students are masters with hot melt guns and glue sticks! Seriously, they put us to shame with their hot melt skills. We are still trying to figure out how they constructed that pasta Ferris wheel. We want to give this amazing group of kids a big shout out for their creativity and say thanks for the banner they made for us, we've got it hanging where everyone can see.
We have seen a lot of confusion in customers trying to properly line up the correct hot melt stick to their specific hot melt gun. To try and help clear up the mystery behind choosing the right size glue stick, we have created a handy little cheat sheet to help you along the way. For specific questions about your hot melt needs or application, always feel free to contact one of our hot melt experts.
1/2" or 12mm Glue Sticks (Sometimes seen as 7/16")
1/2" glue hot melt sticks are the most common size available on the market today allowing for the widest variety of formulations to be used. The biggest thing to look for when choosing a 1/2" glue stick is making sure your hot melt gun and stick temperatures match up correctly. Unless you are using an adjustable temperature hot melt gun, you must use a high temp glue stick with a high temp gun and a low temp glue stick with a low temp gun. Here are some of our favorite glue guns in the 1/2" size:
5/8" or 15mm Glue Sticks
There are 3 types of 5/8" glue sticks. 5/8" x 2" TC glue sticks (a 3M glue stick size), 5/8" x 8" Q glue sticks (they have ridges or bumps and another 3M creation), and lastly 5/8" glue sticks where the length doesn't matter. 3M glue guns have their niche 5/8" glue sticks, but the standard 5/8" glue stick will fit an array of glue guns. 5/8" glue sticks are a little less common than 1/2" glue stick, but they increase your output. As with all glue sticks, it's essential that you use the right temperature glue gun for your glue sticks. Low melt glue sticks need to be used with a low temp glue gun. If the glue stick isn't noted as low temp or low melt, it will work in your standard temp hot glue gun.
5/8" x 2" TC Glue Sticks
5/8" x 8" Q Glue Sticks (glue sticks with ridges)
5/8" Glue Sticks
3/4" Glue Sticks
This is the most unusual stick size that we carry on Hotmelt.com. We have two brands that offer this size Infinity Melt & Surebonder. This size was made popular by some older model Hysol hot melt guns and tends to limit your formula options. Let us know if you are using this stick and we can often save you enough money on a case of hot melt to purchase an awesome new gun.
1" x 3" Glue Sticks
The only glue gun that uses this stick size was invented by 3M and has been around as long as we can remember. The 3M PG II pneumatic glue gun is a work horse. Consistently, a top seller in high volume pneumatic glue guns. The 3m PG II glue gun comes in both standard temp and low temp, it's important to buy the correct temperature hot melt. Since this 3M glue gun is so popular for industrial applications, we are happy that our other manufacturers like Ad Tech and Surebonder also carry this unique 3M glue stick size.
1 3/4" x 1 3/4" or 43mm Glue Sticks
Glue slugs are common for high output industrial applications. Power Adhesives, Loctite/Hysol and PAM all have a glue guns that are capable of using the 1 3/4" glue slugs. All the glue guns available to use this size glue slug are high output. Commonly, we see 1 3/4" glue guns used in product assembly and packaging. We have a wide variety of hot melt formula shaped into 1 3/4" slugs.
Please give us a call 877-933-3343 if you are unsure on what glue sticks or glue guns to purchase. We are always happy to help you select the best hot melt formula for your application and glue gun.
Theater sets and displays are made of a wide variety of materials. Often, you are able to utilize a glue gun and glue sticks for creating theses works of art. Glue sticks work extremely well for set design and displays since hot melt does not require hours to dry, it takes only seconds.
Glue Gun Recommendations for Set Design and Displays
The go to glue gun for set design and displays is the Steinel TM 6000. This cordless glue gun is powered by butane! Each cartridge gives you 100 minutes of run time. These LEC cartridges are easy to refill. Move around the set no problem, a cordless glue gun makes it safer for everyone working - no need to worry about tripping over cords.
Glue Stick Recommendations for Set Design and Displays
There are a few different formulas we recommend for set designs and displays. It's best to let us know what materials you will be working with and then we can make sure to get you a hot melt formula made for your application. Below, we have outlined our top glue sticks for theater set design and for creating displays.
*Hot melt should not be used for any structural application
Hot melt adhesive is no stranger to casket manufacturing. Surprisingly, hot melt is used in a few different aspects of casket manufacturing from bonding corrugated material to filling in knots in solid wood.
Where is hot melt used in casket assembly?
What hot melt adhesive should be used for applying cloth lining?
What hot melt should be used for cloth covered caskets made from corrugated, fiberboard, pressed wood or softwoods?
What hot melt should be used for filling in knots on a solid wood casket?
Types of Caskets
Cloth Covered Caskets: Made out of corrugated fiberboard, pressed wood or softwoods and then covered with cloth and have finished interiors.
Steel Gauge: Made from 20-gauge, 18-gauge, or 16-gauge steel
Non-gasketed Steel: Normally made of 20 gauge steel and spot-welded
Hardwood: Made of solid wood, finished in a satin or gloss coat. Hardwood caskets come a variety of designs and often are the most expensive due to the craftsmanship involved
Veneer-Finish: Less expensive than solid wood caskets
Cooper or Bronze Caskets: Least common casket or urn bronze and copper is measured by weight 32 oz. or 48 oz.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 877-933-3343 for any questions about the right hot melt to use with your casket manufacturing process.
Finding the right hot melt for freezer packaging is no easy feat. When it comes to selecting a freezer grade adhesive not only do you have to consider environmental factor, but also the substrate itself. Many freezer and refrigeration stored products have coated stock, which isn't the easiest packaging material to bond.
Our Top Freezer Packaging Products:
Bulk Hot Melt for Freezer Packaging
1/2" Glue Sticks for Freezer Packaging
Always feel free to contact us if you are unsure of what product is right for your application. Hotmelt.com lists our most popular products online, but we have numerous packaging formulas not available through the website. If you are having trouble bonding certain substrates in your packaging applications give us a call 877-933-3343 or e-mail email@example.com.
Adhesive char is a pain. We aren't fans, but it is unavoidable when you are dealing with bulk hot melt. Yes, there are a few ways to reduce the char, but nothing that will stop it entirely.
Facts about Adhesive Char
No, you can't really clean your hot melt hose.
Replace your hot melt hose once it shows any type of external damage, has been wet (non-waterwash), leaking fittings or clogs a new nozzle within 3 months of use.