Nov 21, 2017

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Industrial Adhesives: Are You Using Too Much?

It’s one of the most common questions brought to the doors of 3M tape suppliers and industrial adhesive manufacturers across the country. That being – how can any given business save even more money there on their industrial adhesive costs?

As a subject we’ve covered many times before, you probably already know a fair few of the tips and tricks we’ve offered. Which for the most part comedown to ensuring you work with a reputable provider in the first place and know exactly what you need. Not to mention, put what you need to work appropriately and efficiently.

But what we’ve come to realise over the years is the one of the biggest mistakes made by so many businesses also happens to be the most common and one of the most wasteful by far. Contrary to popular belief, when working with the vast majority of industrial adhesives, more isn’t always better.

In fact, it can actually be quite the opposite.

There are two primary reasons why using too much adhesive in any given application can have negative consequences for your business. The first and most obvious being the fact that you will get through far more of the stuff than necessary, meaning a fair amount of costly waste. Or perhaps even more detrimental is the potential for in-process failures, which can result from the use of too much adhesive. Whatever it is you make or do, chances are your output will not benefit by overuse of adhesive products.

The question being – how much adhesive should you be using? Not to mention, where should you be drawing the line in terms of overuse and potential waste?

In many instances, common sense tells you all you need to know about the amount of adhesive you should be using. Which in most instances is the minimum required to get the job done properly. What’s important to remember is that with most adhesive products, simply using more of them won’t necessarily have an impact on the strength of the bond. Whether using a tiny amount or a much more generous measure, you may still be looking at the exact same bond properties and strength.  In turn, common sense dictates that there really is nothing to gain by using more than necessary. 

In addition, we always come back to exactly the same point when it comes to maximising both effectiveness and value for money when working with industrial adhesives. Which is to always and without exception proceed directly in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

If the manufacturer of your industrial adhesives states that you need to use precisely X amount of the product for any given purpose, this is the exact amount you should be using. Not 20% more, not 50% more and certainly no less.  Try to remember that these instructions are supplied for your benefit in your benefit alone – not simply for the sake of it.

When it comes to custom adhesive products in particular, recommended usage guidelines will always be somewhat unique. In turn, the importance of taking into account all applicable guidelines and usage instructions cannot be overstated. Simply making things up as you go along and assuming you know how to use the adhesive effectively is a sure-fire recipe for wastage. If not, the failure of whatever it is you are bonding in the first place.

Along with ensuring you don’t use too much of the stuff, there are various ways and means by which you can ensure your business gets maximum value for money from the adhesives you use. Ensuring the properties of the adhesive suit your needs flawlessly is of course important, so too is considering buying in bulk if you are going to need a lot of the adhesive in question. Following the manufacturer’s instructions with regard to storage and handling is also important, as is only ever using appropriate adhesives for specific purposes and materials.

If in any doubt, you need only get in touch with the manufacturer for help and support on safe, effective and efficient use of your adhesive products.  Particularly if you believe there are any kinds of inefficiencies with your current processes and usage policies.

Whatever you do though, don’t fall into the trap of assuming that more is better – it very rarely is!