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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 adhesive. 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.

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
bill.liston@haradhesive.com
440-413-5488


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, water based and dextrin 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
scott.lepard@haradhesive.com
440-220-0115


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
gary.hajek@haradhesive.com
216-374-6423


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
scott.lepard@haradhesive.com
440-220-0115


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
ken.schonauer@haradhesive.com
440-786-7185


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
gary.hajek@haradhesive.com
216-374-6423


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
bill.liston@haradhesive.com
440-413-5488


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
michael.casper@haradhesive.com
440-463-4581


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
jeff.fugitt@haradhesive.com
614-531-2219 


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
dennis.grosel@haradhesive.com
440-786-7185

 


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


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