6 ISSUES TO CONSIDER AS YOU LAY OUT YOUR CRAFT BREWERY

Perhaps more than anyone, craft distillers understand the meteoric rise of the craft distillery industry in the US; the most recent data shows operating craft distilleries in the country at numbers quickly approaching 2,000, a staggering figure when you consider that there were just 57 in 2005. Read More

FOUR TRENDS THAT COULD IMPACT YOUR CRAFT BREWING PACKAGING

The beer-making trend since the dawn of the new millennia has been the shift from larger, corporate-owned beer distributors in favor of smaller microbrands. As we move into the third decade of the 21st century, it's clearer than ever that this trend is no longer a trend. It's a significant, grass-roots movement toward more diverse, high-quality beer. Most recently, this movement has embraced the contributions of local and regional breweries as a counterpoint to the distributor-owned national and import craft brands. Read More

ESTIMATING HOT MELT COVERAGE FOR LARGE APPLIANCE BOXES

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. Read More

HOT MELT VS TAPE: WHICH IS BETTER FOR INDUSTRIAL PACKAGING?

You've designed, perfected, manufactured, and quality checked your product to ensure it adheres to the highest of standards. Now that it's time for packaging, the last thing you want is a flimsy container that will burst open under the strenuous conditions of warehousing, shipping, or shelving. After all, packaging is often your product's first impression on a potential consumer. Read More

PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE – FIGHTING CHAR BUILDUP

Charring is the oxidation of hot melt adhesive due to prolonged and repeated heating. Charred adhesive will not dissolve nor can it be remelted. Charred hot melt will clog hoses, filters, nozzles and damage equipment. Charring is inherent and can only be reduced but not completely eliminated. Read More

THE SCOOP ON: METALLOCENE HOT MELTS

Polyolefin-based hot-melt adhesives including ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) have been a mainstay of adhesive production for decades. However, recent innovations in polyolefin catalyst technology - Metallocene - represent breakthroughs that permit formulation of hot melt adhesives designed to increase productivity and efficiencies in industrial applications. Read More

THE BENEFITS OF HOT MELT PURGES AND CLEANERS

When plants use hot melt adhesives in their operations, the tanks hoses and nozzles are put under continuous heat stress, and have a tendency to create char, either from the hot melt adhesive or from contaminants introduced into the hot melt pots. For the plants to continue to have manufacturing efficiency and consistent performance from the adhesive and equipment it is necessary to clean the hot melt tanks, nozzles and heads, on a consistent basis. Read More