The Benefits of Hot Melt Equipment
Large-scale manufacturing and packaging facilities operating with high-volume Hot melt systems use polymer-based thermoplastics called hot melt adhesives ( EVAs and PSAs) as an efficient, cost-effective, environmentally friendly, and fast-setting adhesive method. Also known as hot melt glue, workers melt EVA in glue melters, hoses, and guns and apply it to surfaces, creating cohesion as it cools. Many different applications rely on different application techniques, making it essential to choose the proper method for your needs. In general, hot melt equipment comes in a variety of forms, and it operates with a range of box and tray former machines as well as case sealers using tanks, hoses, guns, nozzles, glue gun modules, and accessories. Hot melt equipment ranges from compact, lightweight handguns and all-electric guns to larger melt capacity systems with pneumatic adhesive-dispensing applicators, extrusion systems.
Adhesive & Equipment offers many ready-to-use, out-of-the-box options to choose from, and we also specially design hot melt equipment and systems to meet more targeted needs.
Uses of Hot Melt Equipment
HMA bonds materials including RSC boxes, ceramics, glass, metal, plastic, rubber, and wood together. More specific uses include:
• Sealing packaging
• Binding books and magazines
• Labeling Assembling synthetic fabrics
• Manufacturing disposable diapers
• Sealing tobacco products
• Securing and insulating electronics components
• Fastening wires and other parts Product Assembly
• Assembling, laminating, and labeling woodworking products
• Installing flooring and other construction applications
• Meat and Poultry packaging
Hot melt equipment comes in a variety of preassembled and ready-to-run forms.
HMA machines can also work with many different materials depending on the required application. Some examples of hot melt equipment include:
• Hand-held glue guns for small-scale or crafting projects
• Bulk dispensers for HMAs like reactive polyurethane (PUR)
• Drum unloaders for thermoplastic HMAs
• Tank-free delivery systems
Benefits of Hot Melt Equipment
The packaging industry, particularly end-of-line applications, uses hot melt equipment to minimize risks and increase efficiency. HMA offers solid, solvent-free adhesive solutions that reduce the risk of toxin exposure. It relies on water to dissolve the polymer, reducing the amount of complex materials needed for successful use. You can also dispose of HMA products without risk. (However, it’s important to note that OSHA recommends operators wear protective gear and check equipment regularly when operating Hot melt equipment—manually handling and heating glue creates burn risks.)
When compared with other adhesives, HMA:
• Comes with a long shelf life
• Creates strong and durable bonds
• Allows flexible use
• Enhances product appearance
• Contains no toxins
• Resists heat and fire
• Requires little time for setting
Additionally, HMA applicators can automate and control the flow of work processes including temperature and speed.
Manufacturers and contractors use HMA and hot melt equipment in a wide range of industries including:
• Printing and publishing
Hot Melt Equipment from Adhesive & Equipment
Successfully using hot melt adhesives will improve your product’s adhesion efficiency while helping you save money. Adhesive & Equipment offers a full range of HMA equipment and solutions tailored to your needs. If you’re looking for the best hot melt equipment for your facility, contact us to request a free quote today.