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Performing an adhesive audit is critical in any industry or application where you use adhesives. The strength and efficiency of an adhesive can change for many reasons, from operator error to temperature, age, and a change in the materials you are adhering to. We typically suggest that you perform an adhesive audit at least once per year, and potentially more often depending on your operation and the volume of adhesive that you use.

Who Should Do an Adhesive Audit?

Anyone who uses adhesives will benefit from a regular adhesive audit. Performing an audit prevents you from wasting time and resources creating products that will fall apart in short order. The best part…it’s free!!

When Should You Do an Adhesive Audit

Ideally, you’d do an adhesive test before you have a complaint from your production team or your customers in hand. Any time you switch to new adhesive products or new materials you should perform an adhesive audit. You should also perform an audit at least once per year so that you have the opportunity to remove poorly performing adhesives from your production line or identify process issues that could be remedied internally or by utilizing a different adhesive.

Why do an adhesive audit?

You have selected an adhesive, ran some trials, and determined if it is the correct adhesive for your operation. Simple, right?

But wait! Fast forward and the jobs you now run have changed or perhaps your board/carton manufacturer has switched the kind of coatings they use, or maybe they have switched to a board that contains more recycled content. These are just a few things that can change and can be virtually undetected by you until there is a problem and your line comes to a screeching halt.

The problem is it’s not always so obvious that a problem exists. You may not experience any downtime because your adhesive is still doing its job. However, your present job or board, or equipment settings may have changed enough that your existing adhesive is now “over-kill.” You are throwing money away because a more economical adhesive would suffice.

These are just a few examples of how a routine adhesive audit can ensure you are running in the most efficient manner.

Want to learn more about adhesive audits and their importance? Contact our team at Bond Tech Industries today.

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Adhesive audits can also identify equipment issues

Not every business has the luxury of having maintenance personnel on staff whose sole responsibility is to ensure your equipment is operating at maximum efficiency. Our technical sales representatives have extensive knowledge and experience in the field and know exactly what to look out for. It’s an invaluable service that we find is extremely underutilized by the industry. Perhaps you are already a Bond Tech customer or maybe you purchase your adhesives elsewhere…it doesn’t matter! It’s a service that costs you nothing and could potentially save you thousands of dollars in downtime or loss of efficiency. Put us to work for you today…there is no obligation!

Is it about time you conduct an adhesive audit? Schedule an audit with our team and see if we can improve your bottom line. Give us a call today at Bond Tech Industries.

Sources:

https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/engineering/adhesive-bond-strength/

https://www.intertek.com/polymers/adhesive-testing/

https://www.ametektest.com/learningzone/testtypes/adhesion-testing

http://www.pamarco.com/how-auditing-glue-sets-can-save-you-time-and-money/

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