Automatan Litho-Laminating Challenge

A key customer of Adhesive Brokers, Award Packaging in Commerce, CA told us that our water-based adhesive was a little too difficult to clean up on their Automatan litho-laminating machine.  We immediately contacted the lead technical resource for the adhesive manufacturer and were pleased to learn they had seen this issue before and were able to provide an immediate remedy.

The technical solution was to reduce the viscosity and add some new raw materials to the formula.  The result was an adhesive that provided superior adhesion along with the easy clean up that Award desired.  Problem solved. 

This is just one example of a satisfied litho-laminating customer of Adhesive Brokers.  We are experts on laminating applications including those found on Automatan and Stock labelers as well as roll-fed laminators like the Asitrade from Bobst.  We also provide adhesives for tabletop laminators like the Potdevin.

Give us a call to find out how our specialists can increase your efficiency by eliminating tunneling, warping and cracked edges on your labelers.  Call Rob Manriquez at 562-706-7518 today!

Beverage Packaging & Labeling

Hot melt adhesive technologies for beverage packaging and labeling continue to evolve.  Many beverage manufacturers are now using newer metallocene-based adhesive technologies for their tray making, carton sealing and case closure.

Metallocene-based adhesives provide many benefits that include improved mileage, reduced application rates and they are more "equipment-friendly" so adhesive equipment downtime is virtually eliminated.  A more recent development with metallocene based hot melt technology is that it is used in newer bottle labeling adhesives and thus many of the benefits of metallocene are now available for this important application.

Hot Melt Glue Guns or Nozzles Leaking or Stringing?

Hot melt adhesive customers regularly ask us what causes their glue guns or nozzles to leak or string.  Some refer to the stringing as “angel hair” because of the thin hair-like webbing of adhesive that accumulates on their packaging machinery.  This issue can be a simple housekeeping issue easily maintained or it can be severe enough to cause production downtime.  There are many things that can cause leaking and stringing.   Here are the common causes.

Automatan Labeling Adhesives That Perform

At Adhesive Brokers, our primary goal is to help customers solve their problems relating to adhesives.  Whether you're testing a new application or trying to improve an existing process, we partner with you to get the most out of today's adhesive technologies.

A year ago, we got the call to help out at a Southern California-based corrugated box and folding carton plant with a litho laminating application. 

PUR, EVA and Pressure Sensitive Adhesives for Bookbinding

Are you a bookbinding company doing traditional high-volume perfect binding on a Kolbus or Muller-Martini perfect binder?  Or, maybe you're binding digital printed books on newer and smaller perfect binding machines from Horizon, Duplo USA or C.P. Bourg.   Regardless of your bookbinding requirements, Adhesive Brokers is ready to help you source the highest quality bookbinding adhesives for every machine and situation.
Whether you are looking for common EVA hot melt adhesives for spine gluing or PUR for more demanding spine gluing including Xerox iGen paper, we have the solutions.  We also have pressure-sensitive hot melt adhesives for side gluing.  We couple expertise with our adhesives to help you meet the needs of your customers.  Call us today to discuss the latest technology for your specific requirements!  (800) 820-0288

Mapei Discontinues Ultrabond Turf 577

For years, Mapei has been a market leader in manufacturing commercial-grade synthetic turf adhesives.  Their adhesives have been used to install synthetic turf in professional sports complexes as well as high school and college sports fields all around the world.  Mapei adhesives have proven performance and reliability under the most extreme conditions. 

The Mapei Corporation has recently consolidated their product line in an ongoing effort to maximize efficiencies and keep costs low for the consumer.  Therefore, Ultrabond Turf 577 has been discontinued.  This one-part adhesive was green in color and specifically designed for residential applications.  Consumers now have two adhesive options for residential turf.

Hot Melt System Innovation Eliminates Char and Related Production Downtime While Improving Safety

Tired of char in your hot melt systems causing unscheduled downtime due to clogged nozzles and filters?  Losing too much production time waiting for your Nordson, ITW Dynatec, HMT or Slautterback hot melt equipment to warm up to operating temperature?  Is it costing you too much in plant labor to have production personnel constantly refill hot melt tanks?  Concerned about the safety of your employees due to their exposure to 350° F. molten adhesive?

If these symptoms or concerns sound familiar, there is an exciting new innovation in hot melt equipment that eliminates these issues.  It’s the InvisiPac system from Graco, a leading manufacturer of fluid handling and dispensing systems.

Metallocene-Based Hot Melt Adhesives

Are you curious about metallocene-based hot melt adhesives for packaging?  Wondering if this newer adhesive technology is the best option for your specific application requirements?  Trying to decide if you can justify converting from conventional EVA-based hot melt to metallocene hot melt?  Here are some important considerations.  Whether you spell it “metallocene” or “metalocene,” these adhesive formulas are the absolute highest performing adhesive technologies available for packaging.  Metallocene-based hot melt adhesives virtually eliminate production downtime because they do not char like EVA-based hot melts so clogging of nozzles and filters are eliminated. 

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Adhesive Brokers is a manufacturers' representative company serving the industrial adhesive industry. We offer our customers the widest variety of adhesive technologies available through the many diverse manufacturers we represent. Simply put, we act as a liaison between the manufacturer and the customer. There are no middleman “up charges” because our customers buy directly from the manufacturer. This allows for our manufacturers’ sales costs to be substantially lower than those of competitive adhesive manufacturers with expensive direct employee sales forces.

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