Hot Melt Adhesive Lamination Specialists
Welcome to Archbond, the specialists at the forefront of cutting-edge adhesive solutions. As industry experts, we bring over 20 years of experience and innovation towards hot melt lamination and other types of adhesive bonding.
Overview of Hot Melt Lamination
Benefits of HMA Lamination
HMA lamination offers many benefits to make it the preferred method of adhesion for various applications.
- Speed – The hot melt lamination process is fast, with the adhesives setting quickly upon cooling, helping to enable fast production.
- Strength and Durability – The laminated products and their bond possess undeniable strength and durability, making them long-lasting and high performing.
- Versatile – Hot melt adhesive lamination can be performed on a wide range of materials, from plastics to metals and fabrics.
- Eco-friendly – HMA lamination doesn’t use any solvents, reducing VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) emissions, and the process and machinery consumes low amounts of energy compared to other bonding methods.
The Hot Melt Lamination Process
The hot melt lamination process, unlike flame, doesn’t rely on the material itself to act as an adhesive.
Instead, a separate adhesive substance is heated up before being evenly distributed by rollers across the material. Finally, the process is completed in a similar method to flame lamination by feeding the materials through a compression roller to bond together.
At Archbond, our HMA lamination process is efficient and effective in bonding various materials for a wide selection of applications. We work with a broad range of product sizes, each finished to perfection for your usage.
The Process is as Follows:
Heating the Adhesive – The HMA is heated until it reaches a liquid state, with the temperature required to melt it varying depending on its composition and the application’s specific needs.
Applying the Adhesive – The now molten HMA is applied to one or more of the substrates to be laminated.
Laminating the Substrates – After the adhesive is applied, the substrates are brought together under pressure to ensure a strong, solid bond. We use rollers that press the layers together for even bonding.
Cooling and Solidifying – After moving through the rollers, the adhesive cools and solidifies, creating a strong bond. Cooling can be accelerated using cooling rollers or a cooling tunnel, also.
Finishing – The now final laminated product can be finished. Cutting, trimming or slitting can be performed to achieve the desired size, dimensions and shape of the product.
Applications of HMA Lamination
At Archbond, we perform hot melt lamination for a wide range of industries, helping to enhance product functionality and integrity. Also, hot melt industrial glue can be used in all types of product assembly, such as small joint assembly, large surface lamination, mounting and trip attachment. Product assembly that involves hot melt applications can include appliances, mattresses, HVAC and more.
We help businesses within the textile industry create weather-resistant clothing and combine different fabric layers for aesthetic and functional purposes. Our lamination specialist team works to create sportswear and equipment for swimming and equestrian purposes.
Archbond also works with the automotive sector to provide vehicles with different types of insulation, including acoustic, fibreglass, thermal and foam, as well as create interior fabrics, using hot melt adhesive lamination and other sophisticated techniques.
We specialise in industrial laminate flooring using hot melt lamination, PUR (Polyurethane) adhesive lamination and infrared techniques.
Hot Melt Lamination FAQs
The use of PUR hot melt adhesives provides a wide range of gluing options for different materials such as paper, foils, and laminates. The surface results range from high gloss to super matt. Hot melt adhesive lamination, in comparison to flame lamination, allows to bond fabric, without the use of foam as an adhesive.
The primary polymers used in hot melts are ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA), polyolefins, polyamides and polyesters, styrene block copolymers, polyethylene, and ethylene-methyl acrylate (EMA) or ethylene n-butyl acrylate (EnBA).
Polyurethan Hot Melt provides a stronger bond, than conventional hot melts. This is due to the PUR Hot Melt forming a strong intimal bond, which continues to strengthen because of how the adhesive reacts with moisture in the air.
This chemical process is also known as cross-linking. This means the PUR Hot Melt attaches to the object being glued and itself to form a stronger, permanent bond.