When a global producer of highly-engineered laminates was facing supply issues with a competitive adhesive they had been using for years, they turned to Avery Dennison Performance Polymers to solve this issue and increase their productivity.
After analyzing the adhesive and process, Mike Leisner, technical services manager, and the Performance Polymers team customized an adhesive for the customer. This custom adhesive featured a defoamer to reduce the formation of air bubbles caused by adhesive recycling at high coating speeds. They also added a customized coating package, specific to the customer’s coating asset and process, to improve overall coating performance.
After testing a series of adhesive iterations in their lab using samples of the customer’s proprietary materials, they developed an optimized adhesive formulation designed to solve the coating challenges. As a final test, a 24-hour coating trial was completed to ensure that the adhesive would run smoothly on the customer’s coater under varying conditions, confirming that the adhesive would perform consistently over the long run.