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What Type of Adhesive Application Is Right For Your Company?

Adhesive Technology | Gluing Equipment | Adhesive ProductsWhether you are using hot melt adhesives or “cold glues,” finding the right type of adhesive application method is essential to meeting your production requirements.

Furthermore, choosing how to apply adhesive impacts how much adhesive you will need and how much time and resources applying the adhesive will take.

The choices are nearly endless so how do you go about finding the right adhesive application equipment for your company?

While it’s best to talk to an adhesive application equipment expert on the subject, here’s a brief overview of options for different industries to get you started.

First off, the choice to go with an automated or semi-automated adhesive application system versus a manual adhesive applicator, such as a hot glue gun, depends greatly on the amount of production, time and resources available. In the long run, it is usually more cost-effective to use an automated 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 or ever-changing requirements, you’ll be surprised at how well an automated system can handle both.

Our top equipment partner, ITW Dynatec®, is a global leader in automated adhesive application equipment, especially when it comes to industrial hot melt adhesives. Their systems offer a wide variety of dispensing and applying adhesives at just about any price-point. Applicators include bead, slot and spray patterned technologies for precision metering and joining. Industries served include packaging, paper converting, product assembly and non-wovens. ITW Dynatec’s adhesive application systems — from adhesive feeders and supply units to pattern controllers and automatic applicators—can be configured to your exact specifications no matter what your needs.

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For simpler intermittent or continuous form operations, there are roll coaters, also called roll applicators, that are self-contained and low-cost options for packaging, sealing, product assembly and textile or paper converting. Our roll coaters can be used for both cold and hot adhesives in roll sizes ranging from 6” to 50”. In addition, we distribute ITW Dynatec's hot melt bag laminator with a minimum 72” roll stand that allows for interchangeable module designs to quickly and effortlessly seal bags.

Lastly, there are manual hot melt adhesive applicators, such as an industrial hot melt glue gun or a wand dispenser. Often used for smaller operations or highly intricate work, manual adhesive applicators like the DGII™ from ITW Dynatec® have been designed for flexibility in low volume application that don't need glue sticks and can work with an adhesive feeder for continuous glue supply. In addition, we sell two stand-alone industrial hot melt glue guns directly from our eBay store that include its own container for granules or pillows to easily keep up with workflow needs.

As you can see, the options are many so that you can determine the best fit for your company. Our HAR Equipment division can even custom design, build and install adhesive application machines and systems for your specific needs. To find out more about all the options or to discuss your production needs with an expert, I’m just a phone call or email away.

Bill Liston, Technical Sales Manager


We invite readers to use the links below to find and contact a local company representative that can help with your company's industrial adhesives needs: HAR Adhesive Technologies has a presence in seven distinct states, uniquely focused on serving the adhesives, adhesive application systems, and equipment needs of each region.

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