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Best joint designs for hot melt gluing

The main purpose when selecting the best design for your joint is to obtain optimum strength from the adhesive. Especially applicable when using hot melt adhesives ! To prevent bond failure, use the correct Tecbond adhesive and joint design for…

What is a cold bond ?

Hot melt adhesives, being a thermoplastic, are applied by heat and set by the loss of heat. A cold bond, which can cause a bond to fail, occurs when the adhesive has started to set (loss of heat) before the…

Are glue sticks waterproof ?

Can I use glue sticks for exterior gluing?  Are they waterproof / water resistant? The problem with using a hot melt adhesive for exterior applications or applications involving direct water contact is that the adhesive is 100% thermoplastic with no…

What is a Hot Melt Adhesive?

What are hot melt adhesives made of? Hot melt adhesives contain no solvents, and no water. They set by loss of heat. This gives them a very fast setting speed. They can bond two non-porous materials. Polymers give the adhesive…

Why you should only use Tecbond Adhesives with Tec Glue Guns

Not only do you run the risk of invalidating the manufacturers 12 month glue gun warranty by using competitor glue slugs within the Tec glue gun, you also run the risk of serious burns! Below is a series of pictures…

Keep your Glue Sticks warm

Its approaching the time of the year when temperatures drop, factories and offices across the UK are gradually firing up the their heating systems. The autumn chill has started, can we crank up the thermostat yet? Despite the morning chill,…

15mm Glue Sticks vs 12mm Glue Sticks

Common question, why use 15mm glue sticks, is there an advantage over 12mm glue sticks? Simple answer, yes. 15mm glue guns and sticks offer a range of advantages over 12mm glue sticks, including achieving an increased output of 30% more…

Bonding Polypropylene (PP) to Polypropylene (PP)

Polypropylene (PP) is an incredibly versatile thermoplastic polymer being both lightweight and extremely rugged. Polypropylene can tolerate high temperature (160c), doesn’t absorb water and can withstand continuous flexing, plus it is very resistant to acids and other harsh chemical solvents,…

Plastic bonding with Tecbond hot melt adhesives

Everywhere you look you will find plastics. We use plastic products to help make our lives cleaner, easier, safer and more enjoyable. Plastics are organic! The raw materials for plastics production are natural products such as cellulose, coal, natural gas and…

What makes a Tecbond hot melt glue sticks… stick?

Tecbond hot melt adhesives (Glue Sticks) are complex adhesives based on EVA, Polyamide, Acrylic, Polyurethane (PUR), Polypropylene & Polyolefin polymers, tackifying resins, rheological agents, stabilisers, waxes and in some cases fillers. The key properties for the Tecbond adhesives are the…

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History of Adhesives

In simple terms, an adhesive is a “substance used for sticking objects or materials together” [www.oxforddictionaries.com]. Or, in even simpler terms, a “glue” [www.oxforddictionaries.com]. A simple 4 letter word, and yet the foundation of a multi-billion dollar global industry, encompassing…