Tips on the Safe Use of Hot Melt Adhesive
Hot Melt Adhesive come in many forms. They include epoxy, instant glue, plastic adhesives, rubber cement, white glue and re-moistened adhesive. For instance, nowadays, short run re-moistened adhesive jobs are possible because of current high quality yields from machines that have good production rates. This was not possible until the 1990's, and it makes selling product through direct mail campaigns much more profitable.
There are two kinds of adhesives used as remoistenable adhesive. There is the older technology, which is water soluble remoistenable adhesive that undergoes a cold application. It works by transferring adhesive to paper by use of either a wheel or a blanket. There were 2 advantages to this technical adhesives property. First it isn't activated by heat, this made it laser compatible in downstream applications. Secondly, different sizes of glue application pads can run in many different aspects. This allows for efficient manufacturing of complex product.
Before using any adhesive, read (and heed) the manufacturer's instructions. And try adhering to these few safety precautions.
- Never use adhesives near an open flame.
- Don't use toxic adhesives on items that will come into contact with food, such as plates.
- For large projects that require toxic adhesives, wear long-sleeved shirts and pants, goggles, rubber gloves, and a respirator (available at hardware stores).
- Don’t wear soft contact lenses when you use toxic adhesives because they can absorb solvent fumes.
- Always use adhesives in a well-ventilated area, and replace the cap or lid tightly after applying the product, even during frequent applications.
- You can dispose of nontoxic adhesives and instant adhesive in the regular trash, but save spent containers of other adhesives for hazardous-waste collection.
- Instant adhesives bond instantly, not just to target surfaces, but to skin as well. If this happens, call a poison control center or doctor immediately. When using this kind of adhesive, be especially careful not to touch your mouth or eyes with your fingers.
The safest adhesives are adhesive sticks, library paste, mucilage, white glue, and yellow carpenter's glue - all low-odor and nontoxic. You should think about whether one will serve in place of a toxic product to start a project.
There are several factors you should know when selecting the right kind of adhesives, such as the materials you are using and the kind of adhesion strength you require. A good adhesive can help you get your projects done on time, so take time to shop for the right glue or adhesive, according to the application you will be using them for.
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