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Top 4 Common Adhesive Problems You Should Know

If you鈥檙e like many manufacturers, you may experience a problem with聽adhesives on your packaging line, leading to slower packaging, higher expenses, and potential product damage or loss. Let鈥檚 take a look at four of the most common adhesive problems manufacturers face today and explore possible solutions.

4 Common Adhesive Problems You Should Know 猫咪社区app

Problem 1: Using Too Little Adhesive

If your packages are accidentally opening during the assembly, storage, or distribution process, it鈥檚 likely a sign that you鈥檙e using too little adhesive. While you may be trying to use less adhesive as a way to help lower your overall packaging cost, you鈥檙e being foolish. The time and effort it takes to go back and re-apply adhesive to open cases 鈥 not to mention the costs of products that are lost or damaged because of packaging falling apart – outweigh any potential savings. Make sure you鈥檙e using enough adhesive to form a secure bond.

Problem 2: Using Too Much Adhesive

The flipside of the problem mentioned above brings its own problems. Not only is it wasteful and expensive, it may also lead to additional packaging issues, such as a longer set time or stringing that mars the package鈥檚 exterior. When it comes to adhesives, more isn鈥檛 necessarily better. Work with your adhesive supplier to determine just how much adhesive you need for your application.

Problem 3: Not Considering Temperature Extremes

It鈥檚 important that you keep temperature and humidity/moisture levels in mind when selecting the right adhesive for your packaging needs so that you don鈥檛 end up with issues. Remember to consider not only the temperature of your product when it is placed in the packaging, but also the temperatures your product will be exposed to during the production, storage, and distribution process.

Some types of adhesives perform better at extremely high temperatures and moisture levels, while others are better suited for cold temperatures and low humidity levels. Work with your supplier to explore adhesives that are best suited to your specific needs.

Problem 4: Using the Wrong Glue Pattern

The glue pattern you select 鈥 along with the pattern鈥檚 length, width, compression requirements, type of glue, and even age/maintenance level of your equipment 鈥 all have an impact in determining the right amount of adhesive to use. Also, if you use the wrong glue pattern you could be wasting money creating less-than-ideal package bonds.

To determine your ideal glue pattern, figure out what you want your end user to experience. Does the package need to be difficult to get into, or should it be relatively easy to open? Is the glue bond part of the structure of the package? Do you need the package to indicate if tampering/previous opening has occurred? Share your answers with your glue supplier, who can help you make informed decisions based on your requirements and end-user goals.

Adhesive Solutions to Common Problems

Certainly, there is no shortage of potential problems that adhesives may present in your packaging process. Thankfully though, there are plenty of solutions, too. If you find yourself facing an adhesive dilemma, or simply want to find out if there鈥檚 a better, more cost-effective adhesive available for your packaging needs, Glue Machinery鈥檚聽Glue Diligence program can help.

This free service helps you find the right adhesive, the right amount, and the right pattern for any application. Give us a call at 888-202-2468 to learn more about Glue Diligence or send us a message.

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