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How to Estimate Hot Melt Coverage

How to Estimate Hot Melt Coverage

Deciding what hot melt formula isn't the only important factor when buying hot melt. We understand how tricky it can be to estimate cost and coverage of hot melt. Hotmelt.com is about to make your life easier by showing you some simple math for finding your hot melt coverage and cost.

Dot Reference

Dispensing in dots can be calculated by estimated dot size. For exact dot dispensing, see the Surebonder 753 bulk tank (for bulk hot melt). It's a great way to make sure every drop is the same as the last.

  • 1/4" Dot Size will give you approximately 9,500 dots per pound or approximately .10 pounds per 1,000 dots
  • 1/2" Dot Size will give you approximately 2,300 dots per pound or approximately .42 pounds per 1,000 dots

Linear Reference

Not all lines are created equal. You will need to know your approximate line size to accurately estimate how much hot melt your application will use. Bead size can also be changed using different nozzles.

  • 1/16" linear bead will give you approximately 1,600 feet per pound or approximately .6 pounds per 1,000 linear feet
  • 1/8" linear bead will give you approximately 425 feet per pound or approximately 2.3 pounds per 1,000 linear feet
  • 1/4" linear bead will give you approximately 180 feet per pound or approximately 5.4 pounds per 1,000 linear feet

A little more information

Dots: (Dots per piece x pieces per hour) = dots per hour / dots per pound = glue pounds per hour

Linear: (Feet per applications x applications per hour) = total feet per hour / feet per lb. = glue pounds per hour needed

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