Hot melt is one of the leading forms of industrial glue for manufacturers. The global hot melt market is worth 7.5 million and is estimated to reach 11.7 million by 2025. Hot melt adhesive, which may be colloquially called hot glue, is a thermoplastic adhesive. It is available in different forms. Hot melt is sometimes applied with a hot glue gun, but usually it requires a melt tank and hoses, depending on the packaging and the industry. Once applied to a surface, hot melt can solidify in a few seconds to a minute. In some cases, hot melt may be applied via spraying or dipping.
Hot melts are one of the most popular glues for manufacturers for several reasons. However, estimating hot melt coverage costs can be tricky. Too little hot melt could create unstable packaging and liability concerns; using too much could create business waste that affects profitability. Knowing how to estimate hot melt coverage for your appliance boxes is essential for consumer and distributor safety, packaging and product integrity, and more.
A thermoplastic bond is advantageous over solvent-based adhesives, particularly for the appliance industry. Here are a few reasons why.
In general, hot melt adhesive provides a high-quality bond at an affordable price. Manufacturers can rest assured that their bond will hold steady, even under the weight of heavy-duty appliances. Technomelt Supra 106M is a great product for heavy weight applications.
When looking at the hard numbers, hot melt adhesive makes the most financial sense for businesses who need industrial glue. Across the available options (such as packaging tape), costs and quantities of hot melt adhesive allow manufacturers to get the most for their investment. At the same time, there are also softer numbers that give hot melt adhesive the advantage:
Hot melt adhesive comes in several different forms. Businesses have the option of ordering it as a stick, a block, a cylinder, a rope, a flat block, pellet forms, and even in 55-gallon drums. One of the most important considerations a business will make, after deciding to use a hot melt adhesive, is deciding how much to order for their application. The benefits of ordering the correct amount are numerous:
Deciding to use hot melt adhesive for your appliance boxes is only one part of the equation. At Premier Packaging, we understand it can be difficult to estimate how much hot melt coverage you’ll need and what it will cost your organization. That’s why we’re laying out some simple tips to guide your ordering process.
Dispensing your hot melt adhesive in dots can make it simpler for you to do the math and find out how much hot melt adhesive you’ll need to fulfill orders. Though dot size will vary depending on the packaging, here is a rough guide that will help you determine order size:
If you use automated machinery to apply dots, apply this rough formula to determine how much hot melt you need:
Glue Pounds per Hour=Dots per hour/Dots per pound
The other main method of application is the linear method, where a person or machine applies glues in lines. To determine how much hot melt you need, determine your approximate line size. Generally, your line size is determined by the size of your linear bead applicator. A rough outline:
For more questions about how much hot melt to order, talk to our team. Premier Packaging Solutions is here to help. Contact us to learn more.
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