The Universal Selection Source: Adhesives Ingredients

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Hot Melts Optimization for Quality at Lower Costs

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Recorded on Feb 23, 2016

Review valid cost-cutting hot melt formulation strategies (tested and approved by your peers) while maintaining performance (shear, peel, tack...).

Cost reduction will cover both formulation development (base polymers, tackifiers, plasticizers... ) and processing techniques.

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Presented By:
Edward M. Petrie
Length: 90 min

Course Type: Formulation
Level: Advanced

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Why should you view this course?

Hot melts often compete with other adhesives technologies on the basis of cost – a renewed daily challenge with steady raw material and energy price increase!Stay competitive by reviewing current valid cost-cutting solutions!

  1. Feed your HMA cost reduction program (formulation & processing) with valid solutions & avoid loss in melt properties, wetting, adhesion, shear, peel, tack, durability...
  2. Clarify how latest developments in base polymers and additives can be used to reduce the hot melt adhesive costs
  3. Learn what other companies have done; what worked, what didn’t, and why – this is exclusive content that you won't find in books or on the internet

Who should view this course?

Experienced adhesive formulators looking for solutions to develop more cost-effective Hot Melts.

Course Outline

This course will look at all aspects of hot melt adhesive formulation as it relates to cost. The objective is to promote practices that control the consistency and performance properties of the adhesive but yet provide reduced costs.

  1. Introduction (Important cost and quality components)

  2. Formulation ingredients: polymers
    • Raw material shortages / growing demand
    • Base polymer: Cost reducing alternatives
    • Lower cost base polymer used in HMAs
    • Higher cost base polymer used in HMAs (it can also help in formulation cost reduction!)
    • Ethylene Vinyl Acetate Copolymers: Optimization of EVA formulation
    • Styrene Butadiene Copolymers: Strategies to Reduce Isoprene Content
    • Low Cost Polypropylene HMA

  3. Formulation ingredients: additives
    • Tackifiers - Cost Reduction Examples & Performance improvement
    • Plasticizers: how it affects the cost
    • Waxes: shortages in supply
    • Cost reducing fillers

  4. Optimized formulation development and compounding processes
  5. Examples of possible savings

  6. Shared cost reductions that benefit both formulator and end-user

  7. Review of Recent Development Activities

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Members Reviews

Excellent! Broad enough to cover the industry, yet enough detail to be a good primer/refresher. Nice job on content

Francisca A. , from ExxonMobil Chemical

Very Good! It covered some formulation ideas I had but I wasn´t sure about the viability.


Information was relevant. Introduction regarding market trends was useful. I now have a better understanding of some concepts and their relevance.

Madelyn B. , from Sasol

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