Hot melt adhesive film is similar to the material used in glue guns but cast in the form of a thin, flexible fabric. It's easy to handle — it can be held in your hand and won't stick to you despite the fact that it is 100% adhesive. "100% adhesive" means there is no liner paper to be peeled off before use.
Bond combinations of materials including wood, fabric, paper, metal, sponge, leather, plastic, carpet, foam, rubber, vinyl, screen, felt, veneer, natural products, foil, and more.
HMT hot melt adhesive films are quick setting. In fact, curing is 80% complete within seconds. Bonded materials can be used immediately. Instead of waiting hours or days for adhesive to cure, laminated output can be cut, drilled, or otherwise finished right away.
Adhesive film applies evenly, consistently, in a thin layer with 100% uniform bond coverage. The thin application means less waste, lower adhesive costs, and improved fidelity. Output is very smooth with no pooling, no gapping, no voids. You can't get that consistency with spray adhesives!
Our adhesive film is activated by exposing it to a brief, intense infrared heat source in HMT laminating equipment. The heat melts the adhesive film moments before being applied to your laminate and substrate. Your materials are never exposed to the infrared heat which means our adhesive can bond delicate materials such as paper, fabric, plastics without distortion. Watch a demo:
We regularly conduct destructive testing on a variety of laminate surfaces and substrates. In most cases, the bond is stronger than the materials. This picture shows the result of a bond strength test in which HPL was bonded to particleboard and then delaminated. Notice particleboard fibers are still adhered to the back of the laminate. The bond remains intact after the substrate material's integrity failed. Delamination tests show our hot melt adhesive film having 125-150 psi plug-pull strength for particleboard bonded to HPL. Bond strength can vary depending on the materials being bonded.
Our adhesive film's uniform thickness guarantees consistent area coverage. No voids or hollows under your laminate material. No excess spray or spills in your facility. The perfect amount of adhesive is applied throughout the bonded area, evenly, consistently. No waste, no mess, and no quality defects. The consistent output further increases productivity by reducing the time and materials devoted to replacing laminated materials that fail QC inspection.
With HMT's Advantage Laminating System, you have the option of feeding flexible rolled material for high volume adhesion to substrates. Our roll stock feed attachment allows roll lamination of flexible materials like fabric, paper, melamine, veneers, screen, leather, foil, wall covering, etc.
Hot melt adhesive film is a smart alternative to white glues and liquid hot melt glues that, when cured, become rigid. Our adhesive remains flexible and is ideal for bonding flexible materials such as fabric, carpet, paper, fiberglass, leather, etc. Our adhesive does not migrate through porous materials, either.
The Advantage Laminating System eliminates these adhesive-related headaches:
HMT's hot melt adhesive film will be the easiest and most efficient adhesive you’ll work with. Unlike other glues, hot melt adhesive film does not produce overspray and is not a liquid. There is no waste on your walls, tables, or floors to clean up. Our adhesive eliminates the need to clean hoses, spray guns, manifolds, nozzles, filters, and flushing the entire system.
Do you know what's in your adhesive? Solvents, toxins, and VOC's produce invisible air particles that cause reproductive issues, lung damage, neurological damage, headaches, genetic damage causing developmental & cognitive retardation, short-term memory loss, red blood cell damage, nausea, decreases in reaction time, fatigue, and additional medical issues. HMT adhesives contain no solvents, no toxins, no VOC's. With HMT's hot melt adhesive, you:
• don't need respirator masks
• eliminate the need for vapor-proof lighting
• don't need exhaust fans
• get rid of noxious odors
• do not need a spray booth
• create a healthier work environment
• reduce lower insurance costs (no VOC's)
Our hot melt products are produced using solar power. Solar panels at our facility generate enough electricity to power all of the infrastructure needed to produce our adhesives. While other companies talk about being "green" or "being committed to the environment" HMT has invested in the future of our planet without impacting the cost of HMT products.
You know how much you spend on adhesive material. But do you know the hidden costs? Consider these 8 cost areas:
Track these 8 cost areas and you will see how easy it is to reduce your adhesive cost by 30% or more by eliminating them. HMT's Advantage Laminating System eliminates all 8 of the above hidden costs. No more waiting for glue to dry, no more clean up, no more uneven adhesive applications, no more half-cured panels scattered throughout your shop.