Astro Adhesives

How customers can use Astro Packaging to help the equipment, that will ultimately save them $$$$$$$$ on the adhesives?
With the prices of adhesive rising on a daily basis Astro Packaging is here to help educate our customers on with some money saving tips:
1. Low Temp Adhesives: The lower temperature adhesives promise energy savings.  Applied at 200 to 250 degrees F, low temperature adhesives can reduce energy costs.  These adhesives also lessen char formation and reduce operator exposure to higher-temperature materials, surfaces and Components.

2. Metallocene adhesives while pricey do offer improved performance, less density and reduced adhesive costs.  Let us show you the performance charts we have created to demonstrate the value of a higher quality many instances you may pay more but will get better "mileage" from your adhesive while reducing wear and tear on your equipment.

3. Benefits of an ADS1 automatic adhesive feeder: When the tank on an adhesive melter runs low, a number of problems can occur.  Adding a large amount of adhesive to a melter at once causes the adhesive temperature to dramatically decrease, and requires time for the melter to melt the influx of new adhesive and return to its set operating temperature.  This scenario,  commonly called “thermal shock” cuts into productivity while the line waits for the melter to return to the correct temperature and also causes a spike in energy usage.  In addition, if the adhesive is applied during this cycle, at less than optimal temperature, it will not bond properly, creating wasted product and product rejects.

Automatic fill systems maintain optimal tank levels and adhesive temperatures at all times, relieving operators of the filling and monitoring task and improving both efficiency and bonding quality.  These systems save adhesive by eliminating waste associated with manual overfilling and spillage, preventing thermal shock and dramatically reducing the volume of char-producing contaminants entering the tank.  As a result, packagers also benefit from fewer missed adhesive beads, bad bonds and reject packages.

4. In a typical packaging application, reducing nozzle orifice size just 1/64” can save 25 percent in adhesive volume, which in turn can reduce adhesive usage by up to 2400 lbs per year.  Conversely, a too-large nozzle or inconsistent adhesive flow is costly.  A bead doubled from 1/16” to 1/8” consumes four times more adhesive.

5. It is a relatively common practice to leave adhesive equipment turned on around the clock, despite the energy savings that can be realized by turning the equipment off.  The justification?????  It is crucial for the equipment to be at optimal temperature and ready to go when each shift begins.

To remedy this problem, most new adhesive melters come equipped with a 7 day clock function, which allows you to program the equipment to turn off and on by simply programming the off and on function.  Many customers do not even know their equipment is equipped with this function…….it is up to us to educate them on whatever equipment they are using and show them the “value added” that Astro can bring to the table.  All of our controllers are equipped with them however we have “stand-alone” clocks available for those that do not have them already programmed into their equipment controllers.

6. Adhesive Stitching Saves – make sure customers with existing Pattern Controllers are using them properly and for those that don’t have them educate them to the benefits of using one.  Adhesive stitching can potentially reduce adhesive consumption in many applications by as much as 50%.  (Obviously not all applications require a pattern controller but it is our job to make sure they are using them properly)
These are just a few of the approaches you can take on a daily basis to help save money while increasing productivity.