A manufacturer of bedroom furniture believed they were operating as efficiently as they could be on their edgebanding process using a standard EVA based hot melt adhesive running at 200⁰C and 300gsm coating weight. After thoroughly reviewing their process Hybond was able to offer the latest cool technology applying at 150⁰C and 200gsm coating weight.
As well as a reduction in energy costs and glue usage this customer is also now enjoying a vastly improved finish on their panels with a virtually invisible glue line and a massive reduction in maintenance on their machinery as a result of a cleaner process eliminating the previously experienced issues of charring and degradation of adhesive at the high temperature.
A manufacturer of high-class office furniture, bonding real-wood veneer to MDF, had been using a 2 part resin system for years with all the associated concerns of: handling hazardous substances; mixing; glue wastage; difficult to clean; long press times; and high press temperatures.
Having reviewed their process Hybond was able to recommend the latest single-component, water based technology eliminating all these worries and offering a 30 second press cycle at 65⁰C greatly reducing their energy consumption also.
A manufacturer of high quality boats for the emergency services and high-end leisure craft has a problem with glue joints darkening when exporting boats to hot climates. In the Hybond laboratory, we carried out trials with our UV stabilised adhesive system and subjected the samples to intense UV light over several weeks, with customer original samples tested at the same time.
The results where spectacular so the next stage was to test the strength of the adhesive, against the one currently in use. A positive result meant that the customer’s problem was completely solved.
A household name, this major producer of sofas thought they were happy with an adhesive that they had been buying for over a decade but decided that they had nothing to lose by having a review of their process. At Hybond, we were able to identify scope for a faster curing adhesive, together with some subtle changes to the rheology/viscosity to reduce waste as well as potential for an improved final bond.
Some changes were made to an existing formulation and this bespoke product was so successful in delivering these benefits that the decision was made to make the first adhesive change for many years.
A manufacturer of trim parts for volume car makers wanted a solution to the problem of spraying traditional contact adhesives, extensive work in the Hybond labs and with machinery manufacturers resulted in a proposal to roll-coat a solvent free PUR adhesive giving repeatable and guaranteed results, with vast improvements in bond integrity, speed of processing and a better quality final product at a lower unit cost than before. Only the very latest developments in PUR Technology allowed this to become a reality.
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