Is it time to make the switch to hot melt adhesives?

22 Jul 2021

Published in: Member News

Chemique discusses the benefits of hot melt adhesives when considering the move to solvent-free bonding


Historically, solvent-based adhesives have been a popular choice for many production facilities, however in recent years there has been an increase in the number of manufacturers who have switched to solvent-free bonding in a move to eliminate hazardous solvents from the workplace and maximise productivity.

Chemique Adhesives have for many years been pioneering solvent-free bonding and continually strives to grow the business in areas which utilise a safer adhesive solution.

Advantages of hot-melt adhesives...
Hot melts are a type of thermoplastic adhesive that are generally 100% solid and are brought to a liquid state by applying heat. Hot melt pillows are melted using a hot melt tank / hopper and are then applied to a substrate in its liquid state. As the hot melt cools to room temperature, it solidifies, and a strong bond is created.

Stuart Francis, Managing Director of Chemique Adhesives comments, “For over 30 years we have made progressive steps towards eliminating hazardous solvents from the workplace. Our hotmelts have been designed for both automatic and manual systems so whether you are automatically applying the adhesive in a bead or a swirl pattern or indeed hand beading or spraying, then we have a grade to suit.”

Hot melt adhesives are a much more stable option than many solvented adhesives and are easy to store, as they do not require any special conditions other than the avoidance of extreme temperatures.

Technically advanced adhesives...

Our range of Protak hot melts offer a variety of technically advanced adhesives based on EVA, PUR and polyolefin resins. These products have been specially formulated to provide a high adhesive performance in a variety of applications including:

Hot melts - Edgebanding - Foam bonding - Mattress manufacture - Packaging - Panel lamination - Product assembly - Profile wrapping - Sofa and soft furnishings

Benefits:

  • No solvent emissions
  • Faster application
  • Easy to store
  • Minimal waste

  • Open & set times to suit application
  • High strength
  • Excellent heat resistance
  • Suitable for a variety of substrates


Knowledge and expertise...
Our experienced technical sales and service team can provide innovative solutions by conducting a thorough review of your company’s existing bonding process and suggesting a safer type of adhesive. On-site or laboratory testing is also carried out to prove that the recommended adhesive will not only provide a less hazardous alternative but can also offer cost savings, improved efficiency, and increased output.

As well as this, Chemique Adhesives can also install and regularly service all required equipment for added peace of mind.

Let us assist you in making the switch to solvent-free bonding with minimal disruption whilst optimising your bonding systems and practices.

If you would like to talk to our technical sales team or arrange a demonstration, then please get in touch today - CONTACT US

Submitted by Jennie from Chemique Adhesives & Sealants Ltd
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