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Hot Melt Adhesive in A Variety of Applications


Hot-melt adhesive fundamentals Appropriate for a variety of applications, hot-melt adhesives provide optimal hold and superior manufacturing flexibility vs. waterborne or solvent-based adhesives. Hot-melt adhesives are widely used in a variety of applications, including packaging, product assembly, bookbinding, woodworking and pressure sensitive tapes and labels.

Hot-melt adhesives are solvent-free, thermoplastic materials that are mixed and applied in the molten state at temperatures varying from 120° to 180°C.

In packaging, converting, assembly, bookbinding, nonwovens, footwear and many other markets, hot melt glues and adhesives offer a critical advantage: fast processing. Unlike water-based or solvent-based adhesives, hot melt adhesives do not require drying. Hot melts begin bonding almost immediately after application, as they cool down to their solidification point. This fast solidification is ideal for use on highly automated manufacturing lines that require rapid bond formation.

Hot melt glue sticks has a number of unique advantages over other types of adhesives:

Long shelf life

Little or no environmental precautions for disposal

Minimal waste

No volatile organic compounds

Rapid drying and curing

No loss of thickness during curing

Creates tamper-resistant seals

Applicators are simple and low-cost

Accepts color additives to match the materials being bonded

Depending on its specific formulation, hot melt adhesive glue can set quickly or the set time can be extended to allow exact positioning of parts when assembled.