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November 18, 2014

To Automate or Not to Automate

The choice to go with an automated or semi-automated adhesive application system versus manually applying adhesive depends greatly on the production needs, time and resources available. In the long run, it is usually more cost effective to use an automated application system because it will use less glue, take less time, use less manpower, make fewer errors and require less clean up. Even with more complex designs, small or large products, or ever-changing requirements, you’ll be surprised at how well an automated system can handle both.

Here are two examples:

  1. A manufacturer of large plywood crates for specialty shipping needs had a problem. Because of the crates large size and weight, they require forklifts and cranes to maneuver yet the packages needed to remain stable. So the manufacturer uses a layer of polyethylene foam—known to have excellent shock absorbing and vibration dampening properties—on the bottom of every crate. The problem came with keeping the foam adhered to the plywood.

They were using a hot melt glue gun to apply their adhesive. The hot melt would start to cure as the person tried to cover the large area. Coupled with too much adhesive being used, this led to a weak bond. The foam was peeling off as the crate was being moved.

We evaluated their requirements and installed a ITW Dyantec adhesive application system with a swirl spray using our standard pressure sensitive hot melt adhesive.  Now, no matter what excessive handling or long-distance transporting, the crates remain structurally sound and the package unaffected. Plus this system has reduced labor and the amount of adhesive needed by almost 40%.

  1. A casket manufacturer (yes, coffins) uses several adhesives in virtually every aspect of constructing a casket including sealing lids to keep them water and air tight. To do this, they used an expensive adhesive tape for gasket sealing which was a cumbersome process and slowed down their entire production line. The manufacturer looked to us to reduce costs and increase efficiency.

We custom developed a semi-automatic adhesive application system for their unique requirements. Using ITW Dynatec equipment and our pressure sensitive hot melt adhesive, this system made the caskets water and air tight in half the time and for half the cost.

Switching to an automated application system will often save a company thousands while being able to keep up with production demand for the long term.

Are thinking about ways to increase efficiencies in your manufacturing operations?

Eric Eckert, Technical Sales Manager
(716) 852-7955

Posted by Lynette Filson on November 18, 2014 at 9:24 AM in Adhesive Tips & Trends | Permalink | Comments (0)

November 4, 2014

Shipping "Freezable" Adhesives During Winter Weather

Winter is almost here! As the temperature drops and the snowflakes fall, we may think of the holidays, sledding, skiing, a warm fire or even getting away to a warmer climate. How many of us think about glue? If you said yes, you are either a glue sales representative, glue manufacturer or need to get a life!

Seriously, if you order, use, or ship glue in the cold months, you SHOULD be thinking about it! While hot melt glue is mostly immune to colder temperatures, water based adhesives are very sensitive to the cold. Since most water actually freezes at 32ºF, your water base glue will too.

But what if your glue arrives frozen? Just let it thaw? It’s not an option! Once water based glue freezes, it’s probably a goner. Emulsion adhesives, contain very, very tiny glue solids which are suspended by a “protective colloid.” This protection keeps the particles, which are heavier than water, suspended in the water and keeps them from settling to the bottom of the container. When the glue is frozen, the particles clump together and/or fall to the bottom. Gluee with all those clumps will never be able to stick anything together. Dextrin adhesives, however, are somewhat different.  Because they are solutions, often times they will be usable after some stirring.

So how do you know if a product is frozen? It’s not always easy. The first thing you need to do is to open the container and do an inspection. If you see lumps floating on the top (looks like cottage cheese), ice crystals, or even worse, a solid, it has been frozen. Feel the outside of the container. If it feels very cold, all the more reason to inspect the liquid itself. Get yourself a thermometer and keep it in your receiving department. That way you can determine the actual temperature when you took it off the truck. This won’t be the absolute determination whether it was frozen or not, but if it comes in at 55 degrees or higher, you can probably feel safe that the product is good.

Another quick check is to see when the product was actually shipped. If you buy in a tote tank or 55 gallon drum, the adhesive has a lot of internal heat. That helps to keep it from freezing. So, short overnight trips typically are not an issue. However, if the glue has been on the road for several days, be very cautious and check the adhesive thoroughly. If your glue left from Ohio on Monday and arrived at your facility in Ohio on Friday, you may have a problem with your adhesive – especially if the weather was very cold. That’s why we never ship waterbased products on a Friday in winter months. If we did, the glue would sit in a truck for two to three days and if the weather is cold enough, freezing would occur.

In winter months we always require that freight companies who haul our “freezable” products protect them from being frozen. When they accept and sign for pails, drums or totes, they guarantee that the material will arrive at your location in good condition. If the product does freeze, the shipping company is responsible.

If you ever suspect that a shipment of water based glue has been frozen, be sure to contact us at 440-786-7185 immediately. As an adhesive supplier, we can help you make a determination whether you should accept or reject the product.

Ken Schonauer, Sales Systems and Support Manager

Posted by Lynette Filson on November 4, 2014 at 10:52 AM in Adhesive Tips & Trends | Permalink | Comments (1)

October 21, 2014

Hot Melt Adhesive: The “Secure” Option instead of Staples

Imagine you just bought an expensive piece of furniture that comes in a box closed with staples.  You take it home.  As you attempt to carefully pull it out of the box the staples that sealed the box scratch your brand new furniture, or worse yet, scratch you!

This was happening far too often for a local manufacturer of high-end outdoor furniture made from poly lumber. The staples they used to seal the corrugated cartons were scratching the furniture as a customer would pull the item out of the box.  Additionally, the staples presented a safety risk to their customers because of the exposed sharp edges.

By way of a client referral, the furniture manufacturer gave HAR a call. We immediately brought in an ITW Dynatec Dynamini™ configured system along with our standard packaging hot melt glue. We evaluated their requirements and provided training on the most efficient and effective way to incorporate hot melt into their packaging operation.  We left the system unit there for a one-week extended demonstration and the company carried out numerous performance tests. With every test performed, our configured system combined with our hot melt technology outperformed the staples and held together perfectly with no failures and no damage to the furniture. They bought the entire system and our adhesive the following week. 

The furniture company came to us to help eliminate the possibility of damaging their products and provide safer packaging for their customers. The added bonus is they also received a hot melt system that we set up to be safer, faster and easier to operate with no increase in production costs.

 Dynamini™ configured system Hot Melt Glue

The Dynamini™ configured system they purchased consists of a Dynamini™ adhesive supply unit, hot melt adhesive hose, DGII™ manual applicator and bead nozzle. This system is a small yet mighty workhorse with a melt-on-demand hopper—that means less energy consumption, safer operation and virtually no adhesive charring or degradation.

Now instead of staple guns, they use the DGII™ manual applicators which are safer and easier to operate and allow for better accuracy. Plus our hot melt adhesive also costs less per unit over staples which will save the money over the long term!

As you can see, hot melt adhesive is a “secure” option instead of staples because it protects against product damage and allows customers to safely unpack the product. Are looking for ways to improve your packaging operations? Look no further and give us a call.

Bill Liston, Regional Equipment Sales Manager

Posted by Lynette Filson on October 21, 2014 at 1:47 PM in Adhesive Application Equipment | Permalink | Comments (0)

October 8, 2014

What Do Pringles® Chips, Ajax® Cleanser & Pillsbury® Crescents All Have in Common?

Tough one? Think about the packaging. They are all packaged using composite cans. These cylindrical containers are attractive, functional, versatile and economical, making them extremely popular for consumer packaging needs. And adhesives are an integral part to the manufacturing of composite cans.

Composite cans are just one of the many paper tube products. These containers are used to package countless commodities such as motor oil, frozen juice, table salt, coffee, rolls of paper or foil, games, mailing tubes and fiber drums to name a few. The body of the containers is usually made of spiral wound paperboard but also can be convolute (parallel) wound paperboard. Some of the tubes then are decorated with eye-catching convolute labels to attract consumers.

Composite can construction also allows for various top and bottom closures made from plastic, metal or paper such as shaker tops, pull tabs, snap on lids and more. To further its functionality, the containers can be lined with foil, including food grade foil, to protect and preserve contents. Because composite cans and other tube products are made of paperboard, there is a wide range of wall thickness and sizing options.

HAR Adhesive Technologies has a number of hot melt, dextrin and water based adhesives to manufacture these spiral wound and convolute wound paper tube products. Our adhesives offer both excellent mileage and quick-setting characteristics for improved line efficiency and quality. We have adhesives that contribute to a firmer core for cans and tubes to improve crush strength regardless of the paper core and processing speeds.  If that wasn’t enough, we also supply laminating adhesives for lining the interior of composite cans—including food grade certified adhesives—and labeling adhesives to bond exterior labels.

Can you think of other uses for composite cans? If you are a composite can or other tube winding manufacturer, it may be worth your while to talk with us to find the best adhesive solutions for your production needs. We work with our customers every step of the way to determine the right adhesive and adhesive application to meet all production requirements.

Scott Lepard, Technical Sales Manager

Posted by Lynette Filson on October 8, 2014 at 12:51 PM in Adhesive Solutions | Permalink | Comments (0)

September 23, 2014

Adhesives Used in Manufacturing Fireworks

Most of us enjoy seeing the nighttime sky light up with a display of multi-colored bright sparks of light. These wondrous aerial fireworks are made using precise chemicals and fuels that are assembled in specific patterns within paper tubes to create unique and colorful explosions.

HAR Adhesive Technologies | Paper Tube Hot Melt Glue for Fireworks

The paper tubes used in fireworks are customized in various shapes and sizes, complete with either salute cores, plugs (caps) or discs. From the tube winding process to the making of salute cores, discs and plugs—and even the colorful outer wrappings—all require adhesives in the manufacturing process. That’s where we come in. We supply all the adhesives needed to produce fireworks or, more to the point, to manufacture any composite can, tube winding, paper laminating and labeling used in any industry.

The adhesive technologies used in these processes can be either a cold glue, water or dextrin-based, or a hot melt glue depending on the production requirements. And we supply them all!

Interestingly, a customer of ours is a custom manufacturer of the paper tubes used in the incredible nightly displays of fireworks at Disney World theme parks! Have you ever seen the fireworks display at one of the theme parks in Disney World? If you have, you know just how spectacular those fireworks are.

We are so thrilled that, in some small part, HAR Adhesive Technologies helps put smiles on tens of thousands of people across the globe each night at Disney World!

To learn more about the adhesives we offer or if you are looking to Get More Return on Your Equipment Investment, please give me call!

Gary Hajek, Technical Sales Manager

Posted by Lynette Filson on September 23, 2014 at 12:18 PM in Adhesive Solutions | Permalink | Comments (0)

September 8, 2014

Form and Function: Tissue Paper and Paper Towel Adhesives Make the Difference.

Did you know that there are at least three adhesives used in every roll of bath tissue or paper towel? From the paperboard core to the top sheet, adhesives bring form and function that is essential to every roll.

Adhesive Technologies | Toilet Paper RollWhen the paper is being converted to that tissue or towel, there may be lotions, anti-virals, perfumes, embossing, and printing added to the product yet adhesives are required to convert the paper. These processes are not so obvious to the end-user but contribute immensely to the overall quality of the product on how easily the paper releases, how well the paperboard core stays in tack, and how well the roll keeps its shape.

The adhesive processes include core winding, transferring and tail-tie. The adhesive and the application method used at each step in the converting process really make the difference:

  • Core winding – The paper tube is formed using either hot melt glue, dextrin-based or polyvinyl acetate-based adhesives depending product specifications, yet all of our adhesives allow for high-speed production, fast-drying and stable rigidity.
  • Pick-up (Transfer) – For excellent machining and clean processing, our adhesives provide excellent release and tack that works great on surface winders or center wind machines and have no staining, even for spray applications. 
  • Tail-sealing (Tail Tie) – The last step to a finished roll, our adhesives give the top sheet just the right wet tack and excellent release no matter what adhesive application used.

HAR Adhesive Technologies supplies any kind of adhesive used for bath tissue and paper towel converting, including hot melts, water-based adhesives and the standard dextrin line. These specially formulated adhesives offer excellent mileage and quick-setting characteristics for improved line efficiency and quality.

We work with each customer to select the adhesives and the adhesive application method to achieve higher productivity that match their requirements along with consumer expectations. To find out more, please complete our request form or just give me a call.

Scott Lepard, Technical Sales Manager

Posted by Lynette Filson on September 8, 2014 at 11:21 AM in Getting to Know Adhesives | Permalink | Comments (0)

August 20, 2014

Gearing Up for the Global Harmonized System

Everyone in the manufacturing industry knows that OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) is now aligned with the United Nation’s Globally Harmonized System (GHS) to standardize the system of creating and communicating safety data for chemicals. In support of this change, HAR Adhesive Technologies has begun to implement the training and documentation needed to comply with this new standard by June 2015. Customers will slowly begin to see those changes on our labels and Safety Data Sheets (SDS). In addition, for those who use the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) creation feature of our web site, this will be updated to the new standard by the same deadline.

While this is a significant change in the way we classify and format safety information, it does not impose any new regulations on how our products are manufactured or handled. Although this new change will take time to properly implement, we are excited to be part of this globalized standard and believe GHS will improve hazard communications both for our workers and our customers. As the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) explains “Chemicals directly or indirectly affect our lives and are essential to our food, our health, and our lifestyle. The widespread use of chemicals has resulted in the development of sector-specific regulations (transport, production, workplace, agriculture, trade, and consumer products). Having readily available information on the hazardous properties of chemicals, and recommended control measures, allows the production, transport, use and disposal of chemicals to be managed safely. Thus, human health and the environment are protected.”

For more information about the new Hazard Communication Standard, OSHA’s Fact Sheet is a great resource. If you have concerns or questions regarding HAR’s implementation of this new standard, please contact me directly.

Ken Schonauer

Posted by Lynette Filson on August 20, 2014 at 11:35 AM in Adhesive Tips & Trends | Permalink | Comments (0)

August 5, 2014

Adhesives and Way More: Does Your Company Have Too Many Suppliers?

Every manufacturing company has unique production requirements. Often companies have multiple vendors for related products to meet those requirements. That’s why we specialize not only in adhesives but in sealants, lubricants and more. Plus we offer adhesive application equipment to be a full-service adhesive supplier.

Building a community of customer service and technical professionals enables us to provide our customers solutions and support beyond any other adhesive supplier. As one of the top distributors of ITW Dynatec equipment, we have partnered with APEC Engineering to provide complete design, fabrication and installation of adhesive application operations including conveyor systems, packaging or product assembly equipment, PLC controls and more. In addition, our on-staff equipment technicians provide maintenance and repair services on most any brand or type of adhesive application equipment. We even have rental adhesive application systems available for short-term projects.

As an adhesive manufacturer and a leading distributor of HB Fuller adhesives as well as other adhesive manufacturers, we aim to provide a complete line of adhesives no matter what the application, size or scope. To further this goal, we have expanded our product line to include abrasives, tapes, silicones, sealants, lubricants and greases to meet our customers’ production needs.

Minimizing the number of vendors a company has to deal with means less wasted time, better cost-savings and increased productivity. Combined with excellent customer service and an expert technical team, we are able to meet almost any challenge!

Wouldn’t it be great to have one supplier for all those needs? We work with our customers every step of the way to create effective adhesive solutions that can really make a difference.

Gary Hajek, Technical Sales Manager

Posted by Lynette Filson on August 5, 2014 at 1:46 PM in Adhesive Tips & Trends | Permalink | Comments (0)

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)

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