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When a new customer calls us to purchase glue for their application, we typically ask a few detailed technical questions about the project before we can recommend the right product. The reason for this is that we work with hundreds of varying glue formulas and these questions help our lab team determine which formula is the best one for you. 

At this point, some prospects start wondering "why doesn't one glue work for all applications?".  This is why... 

What Are You Gluing?

This is a pretty obvious detail that needs to be considered. The same way you need a different nail in the wall if you're hanging a picture frame versus hanging sheet rock, the substrates you are adhering play a role in determining the right glue formula.

As you can imagine, if you're gluing paper to glass the glue needed may be different than if you're gluing paper to paper.

Understanding what substrates you are working with will help our technical team determine the glue strength needed. 

What Equipment Are You Using?Glue_Equipment.jpg

This is another important detail that helps determine which glue will work best for you. If you are applying your glue by hand with a brush, you will probably require a different glue "open time" than someone who is using automated equipment. Compression time will also vary on different equipment.

Equipment specifications also play a role in determining the optimal glue viscosity for you.  Simply put, viscosity refers to the "thickness" of the glue. If the glue is too thick, it could cause equipment issues like clogging.

The more detail we have about the equipment used for glue application, the better.

Are There Special Requirements?

Some applications have special requirements that may adjust the glue formula. Maybe you need a UV identifier in the glue. Or maybe it needs to withstand freezing temperature. Other special requirements include: tinting the glue a specific color or needing FDA approval for direct/indirect food contact.

Unique requests like these require a more customized glue formula.

What Budget Should We Keep In Mind?

Depending on the formula, the per pound price for glue can vary.  

If you're looking for a glue that is under $.75 per pound, we wouldn't want to waste your time by sampling a glue that is $2 per pound.  It's important to include this information when getting a quote so we can narrow in on the best glue for your budget. 

Want to find out which formula is right for you?

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