The Different Types of Applications We Offer

Lamination has a multitude of applications and uses, especially in the packaging industry. It's most seen in the food industry and the manufacturing of technical laminates for the solar energy and insulation panel sectors. At Archbond, we specialise in the process of laminating products for various industries.

How The Process Works

The process of lamination involves bonding two or more flexible packaging webs using a bonding agent. Webs consist of films, papers or aluminium foils. An adhesive is applied to the less absorbent substrate web. After this, the second web is pressed against it to produce a duplex or two-layer laminate.

The process creates a single composite structure resistant to external factors. For these reasons, lamination proves to be useful in many sectors as it enhances the durability and functionality of materials. Its range of uses includes thermal insulation, preserving freshness in food products, PE foam for sports, cushioning for sports equipment and so much more.

A wide range of applications include:

  • Improving the appearance of the product
  • Offering UV protection
  • Enhance the colours of printed images
  • To add a scratch-resistant surface
  • Protecting the product

Hot Melt Adhesive

Hot melts are applied to a material in the liquid state. Once the second material is brought into contact, the adhesive cools down and solidifies very quickly. Hot melt lamination bonds almost instantly after being activated by heat. It does not contain water and therefore has a very short cure time. 

Unlike flame lamination, hot melt 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. 

Hot lamination machines use heat to melt or activate an adhesive material to secure the plastic around the product. Hot lamination typically provides more durable protection at a faster rate. 

  • Hot lamination has more applications, settings and can be performed on different materials. 
  • Materials used for hot laminators are generally cheaper than the materials used in a cold laminator. 

PUR adhesive 

PUR (Polyurethane Reactive) is a reactive hot melt adhesive that is heated before processing and is then applied to a molten state. This creates an instant bond between materials as it cools down. 

  • PUR works well with materials that are different to each other and achieves a high-quality bond with products that are typically difficult to bond, including nonporous materials. 
  • It can bond almost instantly. 
  • It is flexible and has different uses. For example, it can set hard or rubbery. 
  • It does not shrink or curl after being set. 

Infrared 

Similar to the flame lamination process, infrared lamination also creates a thin layer of molten polymer to compress with another piece of material to form the adhesive. 

Infrared lamination is commonly used across the automotive, textile and glass industries. Infrared lamination is used to create a stable fusion between materials or layers and involves high-temperature heat and chemical reactions. This results in products with fantastic protection and durability. 

Wide range of Applications and Techniques 

Whether you’re opting for hot melt adhesive, PUR, infrared or flame lamination we have the solutions to design and laminate products ranging from carpet underlay to swimming pool covers and everything in between. Our years of experience have helped us expand and grow to provide quality laminated products to a wide range of industries. If you have any inquiries about what our lamination services can provide your business reach out to us or send us an email at sales@archbond.com. 

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