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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)


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
lynette.filson@haradhesive.com


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


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


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!

windows

image courtesy of Geometrics Windows

Scott Lepard, Technical Sales Manager
scott.lepard@haradhesive.com
440-220-0115


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


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