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July 22, 2014

The Dynamini™ Makes An Impact at Blackstone Brewery

Our partner who manufacturers leading hot melt glue application equipment, ITW Dynatec, recently visited one of our customers, Blackstone Brewery in Nashville, Tennessee. A brewery who bottles and ships their own brand of craft beers uses the ITW Dynatec Dynamini and hot melt adhesives for their packaging operations. ITW Dynatec posted an interview with Blackstone Brewery’s Facility Engineer, Chris Cooper, talking about their beers, their manufacturing process and the benefits of working with ITW Dynatec hot melt glue equipment for sealing their cases.

Blackstone Brewery currently runs 100 bottles a minute and packages cases two to three days a week with the capacity to run five days a week in two shifts. They have been using the Dynatec Dynamini with hot melt adhesives for their packaging operations.  Chris Cooper states “Our Dynatec Dynamini has worked flawlessly. It’s been in the facility for two and a half years. We have not had any type of break down or malfunction. It truly is a set it and forget it equipment.”

Chris goes on to state how they have never needed any replacement parts or needed to do any repairs. This makes perfect sense. The Dynamini is an extremely simple to operate adhesive application supply unit featuring a patented no char, melt-on-demand hopper that virtually eliminates adhesive degradation and downtime. More details about this workhorse are detailed in our blog The Small Yet Mighty Hot Melt Application Supply Unit: ITW Dynatec’s Dynamini.

Chris Cooper explains the benefits of the Dynamini, “It’s just been so perfect for us. I can’t imagine anybody would want to have to tape their boxes when you can put a piece of equipment in and set it and forget it.”

We are so glad Blackstone Brewery thought beyond the tradition of taping boxes and looked for a more assembly-line approach. Furthermore, the added benefits of precise and faster application and no downtime that, in the long run, is lower cost is a winning combination!

Bill Liston, Regional Equipment Sales Manager

Posted by Lynette Filson on July 22, 2014 at 10:40 AM in About HAR Adhesives | Permalink | Comments (0)

July 7, 2014

Food Grade Lubricants: A Food, Beverage, Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Manufacturing Essential

Did you know that at HAR Adhesive Technology we carry NEVASTANE food grade lubricants that meets USDA 1998 H-1 guidelines and ISO 21469 standards? 

People in any of the food, beverage, pharmaceutical or cosmetic industries know they need to regularly lubricate their processing equipment used to manufacture anything where incidental food contact may occur.  We supply Nevastane® lubricants that are kosher and NSF H-1 registered. These lubricants outperform other food grade lubricants by combining superior anti-wear properties along with oxidation and water resistance properties to protect against corrosion and increase re-lubricating intervals.

In order to operate at peak efficiency, manufacturers require lubricants for high speed processing equipment that are exposed to extreme production conditions such as:

  • High speeds during blending and mixing
  • Wide temperature ranges
  • Presence of liquid ingredients, dust and residues
  • Extreme shock loads
  • High moisture levels

In order to meet production demands while complying with quality and safety standards, NEVASTANE food grade lubricants are your best choice for use in food, beverage, pharmaceutical or cosmetic processing environments.

If you are interested to learn more about Nevastane® food grade lubricants, please call HAR Adhesive Technologies directly at 440-463-4581 or complete our Request Form online.

Michael Casper, Technical Sales Manager

Posted by Lynette Filson on July 7, 2014 at 1:27 PM in Coatings & Other Specialty Products | Permalink | Comments (0)

June 25, 2014

Variations in Carton, Case and Box Sealing

There are literally thousands of kinds of paperboards, fiberboards, chipboards and other paper-based containers used for storing and shipping. For manufacturers, it is essential to determine the best way to form and seal them. Different types of laminates or other films, the styles and strengths of corrugates, and the shape of the container are all factors in determining what kind of adhesive can be used. Coupled with other production requirements such as quantities needed, environmental factors, regulation standards and available resources, it can be a challenging decision-making process.

Our technical team examines the whole assembly operation and the production needs of the company to determine the best adhesive solution. We supply leading-edge adhesive technologies that form and seal cases, cartons and other varieties of trays or boxes to handle every conceivable substrate, machine and line speed. The goal is to improve the quality and efficiency of packaging operations with better bonding using less adhesive. The result is greater convenience using environmentally sound technologies at a lower cost per unit without sacrificing quality standards.  


Whether the solution is a hot melt, a water-based cold glue using natural or synthetic polymers, industrial tapes or even an adhesive application system, we can achieve unmatched versatility with the confidence that your containers will seal quickly and stay sealed on time, every time.

Jeff Fugitt, Technical Sales Manager

Posted by Lynette Filson on June 25, 2014 at 12:49 PM in Adhesive Solutions | Permalink | Comments (0)

June 10, 2014

Getting to Know Padding Compound and Other Bindery Adhesives

For decades, HAR has been a leader in manufacturing and distributing bindery glues to paper merchants, graphic arts suppliers and the print industry. Often sold under a variety of brands, our particular adhesives are the industry standard for creating continuous carbonless forms, notepads and general bookbinding. We also manufacture ChamPADco padding presses, recognized for over 50 years to be the most reliable, cost effective and simple to operate press on the market.

Interested to know more about the different adhesives and application equipment for bindery work? Here’s a brief overview:

Universal Fan-Apart Adhesive - For carbonless paper to create multiple sets, this adhesive is designed to work on leading national and international paper brands. Applied by brush, HAR’s universal fan-apart adhesive produces a strong bond that will not crack, split or flake, yet easily fans apart.

Premium Quick Pad Adhesive - This padding compound is the industry’s top quality high solids formulation that binds to any paper stock as well as vinyl, plastics, textile and leather. Our quick pad adhesive dries in approximately 5 minutes and only needs one coat for superior strength, flexibility and adhesion.  Applied by brush, it cleans up with water and is guaranteed not to chip, flake, crack or stick.

Precision Padding Cement - This versatile and flexible water-based resin sets the standard for padding and general bookbinding. Available in a variety of colors, our adhesive is freeze resistance, will never chip, flake or crack and has an exceptional shelf life.

Hot Melt Adhesive - Hot melts have increasingly been used in the paper industry for bookbinding, especially coated or heavy UV paper stocks and for specialty applications. There are multiple kinds of hot melt adhesives available, including EVA, PUR and pressure sensitive, to meet any requirement. All hot melts are freeze resistance, will never chip or flake and have exceptional shelf life.

ChamPADco Padding Press - An economical yet rugged unit for high production, these presses are available in three sizes: 11, 14 and 22 inches with additional ‘pressure units’ for each size. Complete with base and pressure clamp, a padding press is perfect for quickpad, universal fan apart or any other padding compound adhesive to make quality paper pads and forms.

Hot Melt Application Equipment – When using hot melt adhesives for bindery work, ITW Dynatec’s adhesive application equipment systems lead the way for automated applications. We also supply industrial strength hot melt glue guns for manual applications to meet any bindery need on any budget.

Every bindery job is unique. If you are looking to enhance your end product and help streamline your manufacturing, please give us a call and we’ll be happy to work with you to create effective adhesive solutions for your company.

Dennis Grosel, Manager of Product Delivery and Administrative Systems


Posted by Lynette Filson on June 10, 2014 at 1:35 PM in Getting to Know Adhesives | Permalink | Comments (0)

May 26, 2014

Global Trends of Adhesive in the Packaging Industry

I recently read an informative article by one of our top suppliers, H.B. Fuller published in ASI's Adhesives and Sealants Magazine. The article describes the evolution in adhesive technologies for the packaging industry entitled “Adhesive Suppliers and Manufacturers Make Strides in Serving the Packaging Sector." It details the importance of predicting the needs of their customers to stay viable. 

While it may be no surprise, global trends are to use less packaging, reduce production costs, and use more sustainable, safer products. To keep up with those needs, innovation is the key. Companies like ours, H.B. Fuller and adhesive application equipment manufacturers like ITW Dynatec have made significant advancements both in adhesives and in the equipment used to apply those adhesives. The results include more specialized hot melts that require less glue and can be applied at lower temperatures as well as new applicator systems that only heat up a small area for “on demand’ service and feature automated on/off control. These innovations go hand-in-hand to increase quality and safety while lowering long term costs. Less adhesive is needed, thus there is no charring or degradation of the adhesive and energy use is at a minimum, meaning there is less contamination and less waste.

To add to these benefits, adhesive manufacturers have broadened their supply chain for more sustainable sourcing of raw materials and developed new products that do not require hard-to-source materials needed in the industry.

As the H.B. Fuller article states, taking this multifaceted approach shows “infinite opportunities are available to find new value for customers either through adhesive innovation or cost reduction.” Read more about the strides in adhesive innovations in the H.B. Fuller article and find out more about the these types of adhesives and adhesive application equipment on our web site. As a full service supplier of adhesives and equipment, we are constantly innovating our operations to provide our customers effective and sustainable adhesive solutions.

Lynette Filson, Communications Manager

Posted by Lynette Filson on May 26, 2014 at 12:55 PM in Adhesive Tips & Trends | Permalink | Comments (0)

May 21, 2014

ITW Dynatec Adhesive Applicators are Superior to Nordson

This is a repost of a blog from 2011, but it still holds true today: When it comes to application of hot melt adhesive, ITW Dynatec offers superior quality with efficiency in mind. 

ITW Dynatec offers a wide range of adhesives including slot, bead, and adhesive spray technologies to meet any company's application needs. Their applicators offer reliable performance, low maintenance, flexible design, and long product life. 

ITW Dynatec Marathon BF Applicator Head

For example, their Mod-Plus Marathon is a one-of-a-kind applicator head that offers air open/air close valves with a sturdy built-in filter. In contrast, Nordson’s applicator heads use air open/spring close technology. After time, this spring wears out causing stringing and drooling, so then the entire applicator head needs replaced. Other great features of ITW Dynatec’s Marathon BF head offers a fast and easy screw-on nozzle and a built-in filter with 35% more surface area than Nordson’s standard filter—so they don’t have to be replaced nearly as often.

You can read more on the benefits of the Mod-Plus Marathon and it’s technical specifications by visiting their Mod-Plus Marathon page. If you would be interested in making the switch, give me a call!

Bill Liston, Regional Equipment Sales Manager

Posted by Lynette Filson on May 21, 2014 at 12:35 PM in Adhesive Application Equipment | Permalink | Comments (0)

April 30, 2014

The Hot Melt Adhesive Advantage, Take II

Back in October 2012, I wrote a blog titled The Hot Melt Glue Advantage. Almost two years later, it still holds true but I decided to update the blog with some new insights and information.

As one of the most versatile adhesives for home and commercial use, hot melt adhesive is widely used in packaging, bookbinding, labeling, non-wovens, crafts, construction, electronics and other product assemblies primarily due to fast processing capabilities and a wide range of bonds. Offering excellent adhesion, a quick set and easy to use, H.B. Fuller sums up the major advantage of using hot melt technologies in industry over other adhesives on their web site, “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.”

Besides those major benefits, hot melt adhesives are very affordable and there are many types of hot melt adhesives to meet material, use and performance requirements. While most of us picture hot melt adhesive as glue sticks, these solid adhesives in industrial applications are also available as pellets, chips, pillows, blocks, ribbons and dots, allowing for various applications.

These adhesives and adhesive application processes are developing all the time to meet the need for high conversion speeds in a variety of environmental conditions. With increasing demand to bond a wide range of substrates, polymer technologies have elevated the performance of many hot melts, such as Rapidex® reactive hot melts, Advantra Encore™ and LiquiLoc by H.B. Fuller. And today, hot melt glue equipment goes way beyond the simple glue gun technology, using different feeders and applicators to create customized spray or bead patterns for laminating, bonding and sealing. There are now fiberized spray technologies from ITW Dynatec as well to meet the non-woven markets need to use less adhesive to make products lighter and more affordable for consumers.

Truly, the uses of hot melt adhesives are virtually endless in any type of assembly processes while providing long-term cost savings that no other types of adhesives can match. For more information on how hot melt adhesives can benefit your company, give us a call at 440-786-7185.

Ken Schonauer, Sales Systems & Support Manager

Posted by Lynette Filson on April 30, 2014 at 1:18 PM in Adhesive Tips & Trends | Permalink | Comments (0)

April 14, 2014

Adhesive Solutions in Door and Window Manufacturing

Adhesives are a vital part of quality construction for all types of doors and windows. HAR offers a full line of adhesives that give door and window manufacturers a world of production options. From all types of polyvinyl acetates, hot melts, urethanes and polyurethanes, HAR can tackle any challenge a manufacturer may face.

Here’s an example: One of the most inventive manufacturing companies came to use to help in the design of a new window. This innovative product does not require the expense and time of structural reframing for installation. Our goal was to find a structural adhesive and adhesive application method to hold the glass in the frame that provides superior strength, impact and durability in all types of environments. Through extensive product testing, the window uses a pressure-sensitive hot melt to bond the glass to window frames made with specifically compounded polymers that inhibit UV degradation. Sized to fit between existing 16" studs, these unique windows can be installed simply and quickly, offering an inexpensive, high performance picture window alternative.

Look to HAR to help find unique alternatives to traditional manufacturing practices. When you need strength, flexibility and excellent adhesion to a variety of substrates such as lumber, plywood, particleboard, glass, metals, fabrics, foam and plastics, we work with you every step of the way to make your manufacturing process and your end product is a success. Contact us today!


image courtesy of Geometrics Windows

Scott Lepard, Technical Sales Manager

Posted by Lynette Filson on April 14, 2014 at 1:29 PM in Adhesive Solutions | Permalink | Comments (0)

March 25, 2014

Automatic Bulk Adhesive Feed System Provides Benefits to Manufacturers

Here's a really informative article about adhesive feed system from ITW Dynatec. Read more on ITW Dynatec's ADS1 Dynfill and contact us to see how using an automatic adhesive fill system can benefit your company!


from Adhesives & Sealants Industry, April 1, 2010
by George Hoff, Business Unit Manager at ITW Dynatec


Automatic adhesive fill systems offer many manufacturing benefits, including reduced labor and raw-material costs. In addition, the expanded holding capacity of an adhesive storage container increases operating efficiency and decreases the time between adhesive container refilling. Automatic feed systems also eliminate the need to manually fill adhesive tank hoppers, freeing operators to perform other tasks. When using a bulk feed system such as ITW Dynatec’s ADS1 Dynafill, a removable adhesive wand can be fed directly from large bulk containers supplied by adhesive manufacturers to the hot-melt unit.

The Dynafill system continuously monitors the adhesive levels in hot-melt system hoppers; without the use of bulk-feed systems, operators must constantly monitor hopper levels by manually opening the lid and looking at the current volume. This process introduces many variables into the manufacturing process, such as labor costs to monitor and fill the hopper, failure to fill the hopper, and even the chance of spillage or thermal shock to the adhesive. With an automatic feed system, adhesive levels and temperatures remain steady, providing less risk of char and other degradation. The ADS1 is a closed, positive-pressure system that virtually eliminates contaminants that lead to char and nozzle clogging by reducing adhesives’ exposure to the environment. Thus, fewer replacement parts are required and downtime and maintenance are also reduced.

Purchasing adhesive in larger quantities for a bulk-feed system can mean volume discounting. In addition, the system can reduce power consumption, decrease adhesive degradation and waste, and reduce scrap. A safer work environment is also achieved, as operator exposure to molten adhesive when refilling the equipment’s hopper tank is eliminated. The ADS1 features a positive-pressure, self-contained design that minimizes contamination, resulting in improved performance and reduced equipment downtime.

The ADS1 Dynafill can be installed out of the box with simple plug-and-play components. The unit’s control box is attached to the lid assembly, which eliminates the need for separate mounting and saves time and money. The lid assembly is sized to drop into most hot-melt adhesive hoppers and can easily be moved to other hot-melt units. With 120 or 240 Vac standard electrical configurations, the ADS1 requires little to no wiring.

Using an Automated Filling System

Operating on 20 cfm at 50 psi air pressure when feeding, the Dynafill automatically draws and transfers adhesive to the tank hopper when the level falls to a pre-set minimum. Even low levels of adhesive are drawn through a suction wand immersed in the adhesive bin and delivered under positive-pressure to the tank hopper, ensuring little to no waste. A vibrator installed on the wand keeps the adhesive flowing freely. A capacity sensor immersed in the adhesive tank’s hopper responds to a low level pre-set by transmitting a signal to the DynaFill system to draw adhesive through the wand and deposit it in the hopper. When the hopper reaches the pre-set maximum adhesive level, the sensor discontinues the signal to the system and adhesive transfer is stopped.

The DynaFill system can feed a hot-melt unit from up to 20 feet vertically and up to 100 feet horizontally, accommodating adhesive sizes up to a half-inch slat. The flexibility of locating the ADS1 up to 100 feet away from the hot-melt equipment allows for additional floor space considerations.Other features and benefits include:

  • Reduced power consumption.The ADS1 limits the need to open the hot-melt machine’s reservoir lid during the filling operation, an action normally required during manual feeding of a hot-melt system. Frequently opening the lid allows heat to escape, which then requires the hot-melt system to cycle for additional heating. The ADS1 contains and maintains the heat within the hot-melt system and reduces the need for additional heating cycles.
  • Reduced thermal shock. In a manually fed hot-melt system, the unit can go unattended and the adhesive level can run low within the system. This process is inefficient and leads to wasted energy and heat. When the tank is refilled after running too low, it can shock the hot-melt system into overshooting the need for heat. The ADS1 eliminates the risk of allowing the system to run low; an efficient level is constantly maintained in the hot-melt system.
  • Reduced adhesive waste. The ADS1 provides an enclosed system that virtually eliminates adhesive spills and waste. During manual feeding of a hot-melt system, adhesive is occasionally spilled onto the floor or overflows from the adhesive reservoir. With the ADS1, the adhesive level is properly maintained at all times to eliminate overfill. The metal lid fits securely and prevents adhesive from spilling onto the floor during dispensing.
  • Reduced product waste. Most hot-melt systems have ongoing issues with filter and nozzle clogging, due to contaminants and adhesive char. When nozzles clog, the production line must be stopped and improperly sealed product scrapped. The ADS1’s enclosed system keeps contaminants in the work environment from entering into the hot-melt system. Common contaminants include fiber, paper particulate, and miscellaneous objects such as screws and other work-related materials.
  • Safety. Splash back while filling a hot-melt reservoir is one of the main causes of operator adhesive burns. Since the ADS1 takes the operator out of the process of filling the reservoir, the potential for splash back and burns is reduced. In addition, there is less operator exposure to harmful fumes.
  • Floor space requirements. The ADS1 can accommodate adhesive transfer up to 100 feet away. This allows the system to be positioned in an area that has easy filling and maintenance access. In a manual-filling process, 50 lb. boxes are commonly lifted into place so the operator can scoop adhesive to fill the hot-melt system. In some cases, the operator must use a ladder to reach the hot-melt system for filling. The ADS1 bulk-feed system eliminates the use of adhesive boxes and the need to scoop and climb to fill the hot-melt system. The ADS1 system offers an optional caster base that allows operators to simply move drums to the loading area when they need to be refilled from a bulk container.
  • Cleanliness. In industrial areas, materials that can cause tripping or slipping must be kept off the floor. Since the ADS1 is an enclosed system, it avoids the waste and safety hazard of spilled adhesive onto the floor and work areas around the hot-melt system.
Automatic adhesive fill system
Detail of the ADS1 Dynafill system.


Automatic adhesive fill systems offer several manufacturing benefits, including reduced labor and raw material costs, greater holding capacity, and increased operating efficiency.

Posted by Lynette Filson on March 25, 2014 at 1:58 PM in Adhesive Application Equipment | Permalink | Comments (0)

March 10, 2014

Product Protection – It’s All in the Container.

Every day, we take products off the shelves or out of our cupboards and open a box or carton to access what is inside. Have you ever stopped to think about that container? Why was it designed that way, how does it stay together and why is it so gosh darn hard to open? Questions like these do have an answer: it is because companies like ours spend countless hours formulating and producing adhesive products geared toward making that container—no matter what the design, shape or material—hold strong and protect its contents.

Through superior technology, we have developed a full line of water based extrusion glues each designed to handle numerous coatings including foil lined boxes. Through our refining process, we have resolved companies’ issues with clogged nozzles and pop open containers. Because of our hands-on approach to customer support, we are known to find or formulate the best adhesive to meet any production requirement from short-run needs to 24-hour continuous operations. Our adhesives are designed and purposely tested on many different machines to carry with them approvals on a variety of extrusion glue systems.

I welcome the opportunity to talk with you about these types of packaging adhesives and create an adhesive solution that works best for your company.

Eric Eckert, Technical Sales Representative

Posted by Lynette Filson on March 10, 2014 at 9:57 PM in Getting to Know Adhesives | Permalink | Comments (0)

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