We wanted to name today's post "A Song of Fire and Ice" and make some Game of Thrones jokes, but our editor called us "a bunch of slack-off nerds" that need to "turn off HBO" and "actually work for once in our lives" instead of "daydreaming about Dungeons and Dragons or whatever."
We thought it was a good title, because today's post is for those hardworking folks looking for novel ways to improve workflow at the sand foundry, whether that's for casting bonds, fixing or assembling sand cores, or processes like Coldbox and Alpha Set. Regardless of whether you're working with cold processes or materials at 2500 degrees Fahrenheit (see? fire and ice…sort of) there is a hot melt adhesive solution for a multitude of foundry tasks that will help increase your efficiency and improve your quality – without ballooning your budget.
In fact, there is a great company that makes cost-effective, durable adhesives specifically designed for working with sand cores and other products in and around a foundry - they are called Power Adhesives, and their product line is called (fittingly) FoundryTec.
Here at Hotmelt.com we believe in fixing a good thing, like the Scotch-Weld Polygun II Pneumatic Glue Gun.
Why? Well, first off this glue gun isn't exactly pocket change. Buying a PG II glue gun is an investment, but there is something to be said about buying quality. We consistently see these glue gun stay in working condition for many years.
In many cases when a glue gun breaks it's a toast, because the parts are not available to purchase. We have always had a soft spot for the PG II, which is why we tracked the down it's spare parts so you don't have to. Hotmelt.com is happy to carry a wide array of 3M Polygun II spare parts.
Not sure what spare part you need? Check out the PG II Owner's manual for the troubleshooting section on page 8 it's also followed by repair instructions. Many of the spare parts work for both the PG II and the PG II LT glue guns, however, if you need a certain item for your Polygun II LT glue gun contact us.
Hotmelt.com carries a wide array of spare parts for 3M Scotch-Weld hot melt applicators. If you aren't finding the part number you need, please give us a call 877-933-3343 and we will try and track it down.
This desktop roll coater applicator can use bricks, slats, pellets and chips. This handy bulk hot melt dispensing machine is great for applying adhesive to a wide array of substrates. Some of the most common substrates are for foam and wood. Open wheel makes it easy to coat the materials evenly and apply them were ever necessary. Surebonders 853 comes in variable widths of 6", 12" and 18" plus call to request a custom width.
Here at Hotmelt.com, we are always on the lookout for new and clever applications for our products, and today, we want to tell you about some recent innovations we stumbled upon.
If you are in the woodworking or furniture industry, you already know that hot melt glue is an indispensable tool, and has been for over half a century – especially when it comes to affixing panels. However, it just keeps getting better – recently, many woodworking professionals have started using hot melt for assembling cabinets and drawers, because glue provides superior strength, precision and quality without the time or expense of a hammer and nails.
Has your gummy glue application expanded?
Are you stick and tired of applying your fugitive glue by hand with a 3M Polygun LT or Surebonder Pro100? Well, say hello to the big leagues: Surebonder's 753 Stationary Pneumatic Hot Melt Applicator.
Why didn't we recommend this bulk fugitive glue dispenser to begin with?
Well, with the price tag of $1,440 it isn't for everyone. Majority of gummy glue applications start small then grow into a bigger deal after it's tested out and successful. On the other hand we have some customers who know right off the bat they want an automated system for applying their fugitive adhesive.
How does the Surebonder 753 make applying fugitive glue easier?
This bulk unit from Surebonder is designed for hands-free assembly line application. It has a 2 pound melt tank and a shot timer, which allows you to dispense the exact same amount every time the foot pedal is compressed. But if you need varied amounts, no problem, just use the foot pedal for on-demand gluing.
If you work in the flooring industry, you have probably noticed a growing trend: Folks with hardwood floors have begun to use custom rugs and carpet runners to create aesthetic, functional hybrid floor schemes that feature the best of both carpet and wood. Here at Hotmelt.com, we've noticed too, and in the interest of helping you stay on top of industry trends, we have put together this little blog for you today with some resources on how to install custom rugs and carpet runners – and the hot melt products that will work best to help you get the job done.
Candlewick setting is an important detail int the candle industry. No one wants a candle that doesn't burn evenly or with wicks that are too short. It necessary to glue wicks down so they stay in place during the pouring of the hot wax. Hot melt adhesive is perfect for this application. Why? Hot melt offers heat resistance, instant tack and can be dispensed in small dots. Hot melt adhesive makes adhering wicks in candle containers easy.
We recommend Power Adhesives 7822 bulk hot melt, which is formulated specifically for this application. This product assembly offers a strong bond for multiple substrates. Of our candle producers customers they are very happy with the performance and cost of TEC 7822. If you are doing wick fixturing on a smaller scale we suggest you use TEC 240 for your application. This hot melt has proven very versatile and works for our crafty customers.
If you have any questions about wick setting contact us.
As the DIY economy continues to expand, and folks all over America are learning they can make a living doing what they love, we here at Hotmelt.com are constantly learning new and creative uses for our adhesives from the folks that use them. Whether it is for packaging and shipping, templating solid surfaces, woodworking or more, hot melt is proving to be versatile – and cost-effective – for a wide array of businesses, organizations and entrepreneurs.
One such application that never would have occurred to us comes from people in the candle making business
Hotmelt.com 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.
Spring is in the air, which means everything is thawing – including demand for construction and remodeling services. It's an exciting time – finally, a chance to shake out the winter blues, dust off those tools and get back to work, ladies and gentlemen. This month, we are going to focus on the flooring industry, because we have a whole basket full of great products that are perfect for flooring applications, including carpet, tack strips, carpet seaming and more. We'll get more into details in the coming weeks, but as for today, here's a quick primer on some of our bestselling products, organized according to their applications: