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Changing an adhesive is a relatively low risk change that can reap huge benefits when done with a good understanding of adhesive technology. Here are some quick examples:
In the “big scheme” of manufacturing, adhesives almost always make up a very small portion of the raw material cost, typically less than 5%. But choosing the right adhesive can eliminate extra packaging, processing and reduce assembly and inventory costs while improving end product reliability, customer satisfaction and competitive advantage. Making a low-risk-change by changing your adhesive can potentially yield a huge strategic product and processing benefits.
When petroleum or other adhesive-critical ingredient supplies get choked, many raw materials manufacturers switch the flow of commodities away from adhesive manufacturers to more lucrative markets. When this happens, adhesive supplies dwindle quickly and prices skyrocket. Adherent Labs can help minimize your risk.
Changing “more significant” raw materials in manufacturing can be difficult, but with careful adhesive selection, not only will the adhesive change typically be low risk and easy, but allow the other raw material changes to significantly improve product cost, performance, packaging, esthetics and so on.
Selecting the correct adhesive has allowed customers to eliminate corrugated trays for shrink-wrapping cans and switch to corrugated sheet with shrink- wrap, saving thousands in corrugated cost.
Selecting the correct adhesive can eliminate manufacturing line changes to accommodate new adhesive application equipment, saving space, time and money.
Modifying an adhesives formula gave one diaper manufacturer a huge competitive advantage in their ear tabs. The competition has still not caught up!
Smaller adhesive manufacturers can eliminate the need to develop and staff an in-house product development staff. This can save hundreds of thousands of dollars per year in salaries, instrumentation, laboratory facilities and equipment maintenance.
Adhesive consumers can eliminate potential extensive time delays and reporting biases when they rely on adhesive manufacturers to provide comparative tests and reports. Having Adherent perform the comparative tests insures “apples-to-apples” comparisons.