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How Hot Melt Cleaners Provide a Safer Working Environment

Practicing preventative and predictive maintenance helps manufacturing firms stay competitive in today’s business climate. To minimize production downtimes, it’s essential to regularly clean machine parts, including compression plates, guide rails, and rollers, on a regular basis.

This is especially important in the adhesives business. The longer you wait to clean your hot melt equipment , the more time and effort it will take when you finally do so. Buildups of unused or misdirected adhesive can cause serious delays in production. Therefore, cleaning machines with safe cleaning products is integral to preserving equipment quality.

Providing a Safe Work Environment

A malfunction in the middle of production can cost time, money, and the trust and goodwill of your customers. Mitigate this risk by thoroughly cleaning your hot melt equipment. Malfunctioning equipment can lead workers to make unsafe repairs, which threatens their wellbeing and your production capacity.

Properly and regularly cleaned equipment significantly mitigates the risk of severe burns to materials, workers, and other personnel. Important things to consider when cleaning your hot melt system include:

  • Wasted adhesive: Large, tank-based systems can result in up to 10 pounds of wasted adhesive from a hot melt purge.
  • Cleaners: Specially designed hot melt cleaners remove flush char from applicators, hoses, and melters. Cleaners must be suited to remove or dissolve adhesives unlike peanut oil, vegetable oil, and paraffin wax.
  • Downtime: Facility owners must factor downtimes into their cleaning schedule. Certain systems with significant adhesive char buildup may require several cleaning cycles. Some facilities need as much as four to six hours to purge a tank-based glue system effectively, as this process requires workers to clean the hoses, applicators, and tank as well as to change failed nozzles, filters, and seals.
  • Replacement parts: Equipment cleaning sometimes means swapping out parts that are too dirty to efficiently repair. Some of the most common part replacements include modules, nozzles, and filters.
  • Labor: Whether a specialized third party cleans your equipment or your own personnel take care of the job, it’s important to budget for the labor costs associated with cleaning your hot melt equipment.

Although preventative maintenance may seem like a hassle at face value, it’s always more effective than waiting for your machines to fail. Performing regular preventative maintenance will keep your workers safe, prevent costly mistakes, and help maintain good product quality and efficient production speeds.

Additional Benefits of Cleaning Your Equipment

Other benefits of cleaning your hot melt equipment include:
  • Longer equipment lifespan: Regular cleaning and maintenance improves the longevity of your equipment, protecting it from clogs resulting from excessive hair, dust, and char buildup
  • Improved environmental efficiency: Keeping hot melt equipment in proper working order reduces the environmental impact of machine waste and emissions
  • Enhanced speed and productivity: Preventative maintenance reduces the risk of equipment failures and keeps machines running longer and safer in general
  • Reduced costs: Extended longevity means fewer expensive emergency maintenance calls and less facility downtimes, which drives down operational costs for you and product costs for your customers

The Bottom Line

Avoiding costly delays associated with reactive maintenance is crucial to running a well-operating plant. For all hot melt systems, make sure you work with an efficient cleaner that adheres to your equipment’s guidelines.

A&E provides a number of hot melt cleaners including A&E Orange Solvents, Blue Purge Cleaners, and Red Flush. For more information on how to best clean your hot glue system, contact us today.