A Comprehensive Guide on Hot-melt Adhesives

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A Comprehensive Guide on Hot-melt Adhesives Photo by Ashwin Parikh

Hot-melt Adhesive is a thermoplastic resin that softens and melts on application of heat and pressure. These adhesives are extensively used in appliance design and assembly.

Packaging and edge veneering and veneer splicing in wood are two of the most common applications of Hot Melt Adhesives. There are quite a few advantages of using these adhesives, a few of which are listed below.

  • On cooling, Hot Melt Adhesives achieve full strength in a few seconds. This leads to faster assembly cycles.
  • They are clean and can be easily automated.
  • Are attributed with excellent gap filling capabilities.
  • Can be used for binding a variety of porous and non-porous substrates.
  • Toxicity levels zero or negligible.
  • They are very easy to handle.
  • Do not contain flammable or volatile ingredients.
  • Deliver superior adhesion.
  • Allow a wide range of formulations in terms of color, viscosity, application temperature, and performance characteristics so as to meet specific requirements.
  • Last but not the least Hot Melt Adhesives are cost-effective solutions.

Some of the common uses of Hot Melt Adhesives are mentioned below.

  • It is widely used for the assembling and repair of toys.
  • The self-adhesive labels are often coated with Hot-melt Glue.
  • This Glue is also used for securing the UDB drives of systems that contain sensitive information.
  • Hot-melt Glue is extensively used for fixing the wires of electronic devices.
  • It is also used in making diapers in which the non-woven foam material is fixed with elastic and back-sheet.
  • Hot-melt Glue is widely used for assembling machine parts.
  • This Adhesive is also used for making paperboard cartons and corrugated fiberboard boxes.

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