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Reduce Failures and Cost with the Right Adhesive Amount

When it comes to using hot melts, it can be easy to think that the more glue you apply, the better adhesion you’ll get. But this isn’t necessarily the case. In fact, applying more glue than needed can hurt your bottom line. Overconsumption can result in adhesive stringing and slow set speeds, leading to pop-opens

By |2019-02-06T13:26:42-05:00October 12th, 2017|Hot Melts 101, Packaging|Comments Off on Reduce Failures and Cost with the Right Adhesive Amount

How Adhesive Bead Width May Impact Your Bottom Line

How much does the bead width of your adhesive matter? As it turns out, it matters quite a bit. Bead width is closely related to adhesive performance. Perhaps you begin seeing pop-opens or poor adhesion on your packaging line. While there are many possible causes for these issues, your adhesive bead width could be one of

By |2019-02-06T13:31:51-05:00April 27th, 2017|How-To, Packaging, Support|Comments Off on How Adhesive Bead Width May Impact Your Bottom Line

The Winter Guide for Water-Based Adhesives

It’s that time of the year for warm flannel, toasty fires and hot cocoa. It’s also the time of the year that can impact your gluing process if you’re in the packaging industry. There’s no bigger catalyst for changing the behavior of an adhesive than temperature. Temperature influences adhesive performance to a large degree. When

By |2019-02-06T13:33:16-05:00December 8th, 2016|Packaging, Support|Comments Off on The Winter Guide for Water-Based Adhesives

Adhere to These 3 Best Practices for Optimal Hot Melt Performance

Throughout the day, your priority is making sure everything runs smoothly and efficiently in the plant to yield maximum production. Although a small part of the overall process, this includes your hot melt operation. There are many contributing factors that can impact the performance of your hot melt, but knowing the best practices that every

By |2019-02-06T13:33:43-05:00October 7th, 2016|Hot Melts 101, Packaging|Comments Off on Adhere to These 3 Best Practices for Optimal Hot Melt Performance

How to Measure Adhesive Bead Width

What is a glue line measuring guide? A glue line measuring guide is a tool that can be used to easily and accurately measure the width of your case and carton glue lines. Typically, the guide measures adhesive beads in .010” increments. For instance, the guide we use here at RS Industrial begins measuring from

By |2019-02-06T13:35:09-05:00September 14th, 2016|How-To, Packaging|Comments Off on How to Measure Adhesive Bead Width

Troubleshooting Case & Carton Failures: Cold Resistance

Have you been following our series on adhesive packaging failures? If so–congrats–you’ve reached the end! If this series is new to you, you can learn about the different types of failures we’ve discussed and how to solve them here: Part 1 – Adhesive Pre-Set Part 2 – “Chewing Gum Failure” Part 3 – Poor Adhesion

By |2019-02-06T15:29:04-05:00June 27th, 2016|Packaging|Comments Off on Troubleshooting Case & Carton Failures: Cold Resistance

Troubleshooting Case & Carton Failures: Heat Resistance

Packaging heat failure isn’t something you usually notice immediately. One day you’re manufacturing product, packaging it, and shipping it out to a warehouse. All of the packages are sealed and appear to have a good bond. That is, until the boxes arrive at the warehouse. They’ve popped open and are no longer sealed. What occurred

By |2019-02-06T15:29:43-05:00June 9th, 2016|Packaging|Comments Off on Troubleshooting Case & Carton Failures: Heat Resistance

Troubleshooting Case & Carton Failures: Poor Compression

Identified the right type of adhesive? Check. Applied adhesive at the correct temperature and amount? Check. Successfully sealed your package? If you’re unable to check this off your list, there are a number of possible reasons why. One of the reasons your packaging may fail is due to poor compression. If you've missed our previous

By |2019-02-06T15:31:01-05:00May 9th, 2016|Packaging|Comments Off on Troubleshooting Case & Carton Failures: Poor Compression

Troubleshooting Case & Carton Failures: Poor Adhesion

As a packaging professional, it’s not common to heavily think about the adhesive. After all, if you’re not thinking about adhesive, isn’t that a good sign? If there’s one thing we know to be true about glue, it’s either that it sticks or it doesn’t stick. Glue can sometimes fly under the radar, especially if

By |2019-02-06T15:32:12-05:00April 21st, 2016|Packaging|Comments Off on Troubleshooting Case & Carton Failures: Poor Adhesion

Troubleshooting Case & Carton Failures: “Chewing Gum Failure”

You’re wearing a brand new pair of shoes when you step on a wad of chewing gum. You can feel the gum stretching up from the ground as you lift your foot, revealing a stringy mess. Isn’t it the worst? In the world of packaging, industrial adhesives can behave in a similar way, which we

By |2019-02-06T15:32:41-05:00April 6th, 2016|Packaging|Comments Off on Troubleshooting Case & Carton Failures: “Chewing Gum Failure”