Three Ways That Adhesives Increase Productivity

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Productivity is a hallmark of the world of manufacturing. It’s true across all sectors. Making more products faster is the quickest way to increase profits.
More than any other fastening method, adhesives have the ability to increase profits and productivity. How? Here are three ways.

Adhesives increase productivity by eliminating pre-work

Adhesives have a significant advantage over welding, riveting, or stapling: more often than not, these other approaches require significant pre-work and set-up.
For instance, in many applications involving riveting or screwing one component to another, it’s necessary to pre-drill holes or take other steps in advance of the actual fastening work. Welding, too, requires extensive pre-work, including a thorough pre-treatment process to prepare the surface for a weld. This isn’t the case with adhesives, which can be simply applied to the relevant surface as needed.

Adhesives increase productivity by compressing fastening process to a single step

Even without the pre-work, other fastening process demand much more step-by-step work than a well-made, custom-designed adhesive solution. Adhesives, on the other hand, condense most or all of this preparation process into a single step: application of the adhesive.
By choosing to use an adhesive for your fastening process, you’ll be able to eliminate much of the “in-process” part of manufacturing. You will never have to wait for pre-work or mid-work to be accomplished before you can proceed. There is no process for your product to be stuck in. It is either assembled or not.

Adhesives increase productivity by reducing post-work

Finally, adhesives can also increase productivity by eliminating unnecessary follow-up work.
Welding can require significant work even after the welding process has nominally finished. It’s often necessary to grind welds for aesthetic or functional reasons and it’s not uncommon for welds to need reworking due to damage or discoloration caused by the high heat. Rivets or screws can often need finishing of their own.
In addition, any paint or labeling your product may need often can’t be applied until after other fastening processes or finished. But with adhesives, since there’s no potential for heat or other damage, you can pre-paint or label to save time after the fact.
Each of these benefits can be achieved through the deployment of a custom adhesive solution for your application. Contact Evans Adhesive today to begin learning how an adhesive solution can be developed for you.

Evans and Meridian – Looking for Great People

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Our new partnership with Meridian Adhesives Group is opening a lot of doors for Evans Adhesive, including tremendous investment and innovation advantages.  But the core of who we are isn’t changing. In fact, our new relationship with Meridian is going to continue to emphasize one of our most important values: our commitment to high-quality people.

Evans Adhesive is a high character company. We care about the people we employ and serve, not just because it’s a good business practice, but because it’s the right thing to do. Whether it is finding the best adhesive solution for your application, or honoring our commitments to quality, on-time delivery, and sustainability, we’ll go above and beyond as we have for decades.

To maintain this corporate character, we are always on the lookout for a certain kind of person, someone with a deep commitment to adhesive excellence, personal advancement, and marketplace change.  As the industry’s newest adhesive innovation platform, Meridian shares that vision, and together we’re pursuing the kind of sales and research development professionals that make both the Meridian Adhesives Group in general, and Evans Adhesive in particular, great places to work and thrive.

This shared vision means that both Evans and Meridian offer huge growth opportunities for the right person.  Working together, we all have a better chance to ride the rising tide of industry trends around the world, trends Evans is already well-positioned to meet.

As we progress into 2019, let us know if you think your personal experience, skills, and goals in the adhesive industry align with ours.  If yes, we would like to talk with you.  Contact Us today to learn more.

Why Flexibility is a Key Benefit of Adhesives

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The core function of a given adhesive is fairly straightforward: attaching one thing to another. But really, that function could be achieved by any number of devices or processes. Certainly, there are limits as to the specific attachment devices that could be used in a given situation, but broadly speaking, adhesives are not always the only option. So why choose them for your product or application? In a word: flexibility.
Flexibility is one of the key advantages an adhesive has over other fastening devices or processes and it shows up in several key ways.

Adhesives allow flexibility in design

Using adhesives as opposed to welding, bolting, stapling or other fastening options is a much more versatile, flexible approach. While most of these options have a limited range of applications, an adhesive can fulfill many if not all of the same functions. What’s more, an adhesive can be custom designed or tweak to meet certain needs, while other fastening options tend to have much more limited options.

Adhesives offer more flexible appearance options

It’s much more difficult to hide the evidence of other fastening options than it is to disguise the appearance of an adhesive. Two pieces welded together tend to be fairly conspicuous. One piece of material bolted to another generally looks just like it sounds.
But adhesives, on the other hand, offer myriad aesthetic options. Adhesives can even serve as aesthetic improvements due to their ability to fill in gaps or smooth out uneven surfaces.

Adhesives are literally the most flexible attachment solution

At risk of making a pun, it should be pointed out that the literal flexibility of adhesives is a significant advantage when compared to other fastening options. The flexibility of adhesives can make them more resistant to stress from shearing, impact, temperature changes and other factors, making them an ideal fastening solution for a wide range of applications.
Whatever your industry, consider adhesives for your daily fastening application. Contact Evans Adhesive to explore custom adhesive solutions for your industry.

How Meridian Adhesives Group Acquisition Will Help Evans Adhesives


Evans Adhesive has new capabilities in bringing high-quality adhesives to the world. Thanks to our recent acquisition by Meridian Adhesives Group, Evans will be better positioned to maintain our role as a leader in the adhesives industry.

Meridian has moved quickly in the latter half of 2018 to acquire several adhesives companies. As a whole, the company portfolio presents capabilities in high-performance specialty epoxy, polyurethane, and hybrid adhesives for the electronics, medical, construction, and infrastructure markets.

As we’ve pointed out in recent blog posts, the ability to serve multiple, diverse market sectors is crucial in the modern adhesives market. Emerging sectors around the world are driving adhesive industry growth, and responding quickly to these market trends will be key to success.

Meridian’s twin focus on hybrid adhesives and adhesive technology, in particular, aligns well with what we do well. For instance, our metallocene adhesives offer an advanced solution to numerous issues within hot melt applications, as does our versatile ReliaSeal product.

Going forward, we’re excited to continue our work developing hardworking adhesives products under the umbrella of the Meridian Adhesives Group. We’re confident our shared focus on innovation and emerging trends will be an asset to our existing and future customers.


Adhesive Char Solutions – The Benefits of Metallocene

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Adhesive char is a pervasive issue in all industries that rely on hot melt adhesive. Char buildup in adhesive applicators can cause clogs, uneven adhesive application and ultimately production delays as the problem is addressed through maintenance.

According to, char buildup can show up at many stages of the application process. Adhesive char:

  • Clogs filters
  • Stops up spray nozzles
  • Clogs bead nozzles
  • Works its way onto the substrate, leaving marks, streaks and uneven surfaces
  • Eventually works its way into pumps, breaking seals and scoring and damaging the pump walls

But even before these pervasive issues arise, char can be a significant problem. Before clogging even occurs and charring is even apparent, carbon char in hose linings creates a thermal barrier. This lowers the optimal operating temperature of the adhesive, causing poor flow performance.

And unfortunately, these problems are inherent to any adhesive process that includes the use of EVA-based hot melt adhesives. No matter how regular your maintenance schedule, adhesive char will almost inevitably occur.

Metallocene solutions to adhesive char

Fortunately, metallocene-based hot melt adhesives offer key advantages to traditional EVA-based hot melt adhesives:

  • Char-free operation: Thanks to its chemical competition, a metallocene-based hot melt adhesive is not subject to the carbon buildup, gelling or other changes common to other adhesives throughout extended high-temperature storage and use.
  • Improved mileage: Metallocene-based adhesives have a lower density than traditional EVA-based adhesives and can be applied at lower flow rates. As a result, metallocene-based adhesives often yield up to a 40% reduction in adhesive use.
  • Precision application: The lower viscosity of metallocene-based adhesives during their pot life means operators have more precise control over flow, bead size, and bead quality.
  • Diverse performance: Metallocene-based adhesive outperforms EVA-based adhesives in both high- and low-temperature performance, achieving superior bonding strength in both high temperature and freezing cold. This superior performance also applies to package stocks. Metallocene-based hot melts pair well with a wide variety of coated and uncoated paper packaging and corrugated stock. They are also ideal adhesives for heavy ink surfaces.

Affordable solutions to adhesive char

On top of its functional benefits, metallocene-based hot melt offers significant financial benefits as well. In many applications, a metallocene-based adhesive can be a more affordable choice than a traditional EVA-based adhesive.

And given the wide range of options offered by Evans Adhesive, there’s likely a perfect metallocene-based adhesive for your application.

Contact Evans Adhesive for more information on how a metallocene-based adhesive can be customized to meet your needs, and see our informational download No More Char here for more solutions to adhesive char.

How the Right Packaging Hot Melt Can Save You Time and Money



Packaging hot melt adhesive is a key product category in the adhesive industry today. Many case, carton and tray sealing applications depend on hot melt adhesive to make their operations run.

But not all packaging adhesives can make the grade. The wrong choice can result in thousands of dollars worth of lost money and time due to costly repairs.

ReliaSeal packaging hot melt could be the right choice for you

If your company uses a traditional EVA-based adhesive in its hot melt application, chances are your applicator will develop char over time, even with regular maintenance. When that char buildup goes too far, adhesive lines will become clogged, resulting in unsealed packages, potential damage to the contents of those package in their final use, and significant downtime as you repair the char damage.

However, Evans Adhesive has an alternative. Our ReliaSeal7359 is a metallocene-based hot melt adhesive that eliminates char buildup in applicators. The low-density ReliaSeal also means your machinery operators can use less adhesive per run, potentially up to 40% less for each job.

Consider making the switch to ReliaSeal for your packaging hot melt application.  To learn more, click here.

Why Cartons are a Key Part of a Sustainable Packaging Future

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It shouldn’t be a surprise to learn that case and carton sealing is an important market sector for Evans Adhesive. Cartons are everywhere!  Many of the products we use every day are packaged, shipped, and stored in some kind of carton. It makes sense that we’d be interested in helping carton manufacturers find the best way to seal their products, and that’s exactly what we’ve done with our hot melt and water-based case and carton sealing adhesives.

Beyond these practical considerations…

We have another interest in promoting the work of companies that utilize cartons for their products: they’re a very environmentally friendly packaging solution.

According to the Carton Council, an industry organization that works to promote the growth of carton recycling in the United States, most cartons are made from up to 80% recycled paper. Since many cartons today are manufactured from trees sourced in responsibly managed forests, the raw materials represent a 100% renewable resource.

The Carton Council reports that nationwide, consumers have improved dramatically when it comes to recycling their packaging cartons, too. Between 2008 and 2013, there was a 150% increase in carton recycling nationwide and that growth continues today.

But there’s still a long way to go.  There are currently about 140 mills around the world that accepted and processed recycled packaging cartons, but just five of those facilities are located in North America. That means a lot of potentially recyclable materials are ending up in landfills.

Cartons will be a part of the packaging landscape for years to come.

We believe that it’s our duty to promote their responsible use as a part of our role in the manufacturing process. Join us in supporting efforts to increase the recycling opportunities for this important product category. Use this helpful map from the Carton Council to find out where your cartons can be recycled. If there’s no facility in your area that accepts recyclable cartons, the Carton Council can help you take action to initiate change.

The Story Behind ‘Gluey’ – an Evans Adhesive Artifact

Late last month, one of our fans reached out on social media with an interesting question:



Intrigued by Susan’s question, we did a little digging. We didn’t turn up an exact year for her jar, but we think it was likely to have been either the late 1950’s or early 1960’s.  However, our research turned up some other noteworthy information about Gluey that dates all the way back to the early 1920’s.

What we found

According to the United States Patent Office, there’s a fairly extensive history of the use of the “Gluey” trademark by Evans Adhesive. Though the word wasn’t trademarked until the 1960’s, there’s evidence that Evans (then known as The Commercial Paste Co.) was using “Gluey” as far back as the 1920s, including in this 1922 ad from Office Appliances: The Magazine of Office Equipment, Volume 36.

The ad boasts that “Gluey” is a “light colored paste” with “the bull-dog tenacity of good glue and the creamy, smooth consistency of paste.” Customers could order tin-topped gallon jars for the affordable price of $13.20 per dozen. That’s a lot of Gluey!

Gluey remained a staple line for Evans throughout the mid-20th century

One ad from 1931 claims it was used in more than half the schools in the United States while another from 1922 says it was viewed as “the most satisfactory and economical paste” by “educators everywhere.”

Even if Gluey is no longer a part of our current product line, it’s an important part of our history. We may not know the exact year that this jar was produced, but rest assured we hope to continue the legacy of the paste that “sticks like a brother” to this day.


Why water-based adhesives are fueling industry growth

As the worldwide market for adhesives continues to expand, water-based adhesives are leading the way. As of 2016, this particular type of adhesive accounted for 40% of the global market, showing its versatility and dependability as an alternative to solvent-based adhesives.

How water-based adhesives are increasing their market share

Two significant factors are fueling this rise.

  1. First, water-based adhesives are well-suited to the more stringent environmental regulations facing the adhesive industry today. Although these regulations can be a problem for certain market sectors, they may actually be fueling the rise of water-based adhesives. Since water based adhesives can be produced without many of the potentially hazardous elements of solvent-based adhesives, they naturally fulfill the more restrictive environmental regulations.
  2. Water based adhesives are also safer to work with than many other adhesive varieties. While solvent-based adhesives can react with naturally occurring elements to create ozone (thereby threatening the health of anyone working nearby), water-based adhesives post no such threat and are thus much safer for anyone who has to work with them.

Evans Adhesive is prepared to grow with the water-based adhesive market

Evans is well-positioned to participate in this growing market segment. We currently offer three different varieties of water-based adhesives.

  • Our resin emulsion adhesives are commonly used in glue lap or folding carton operations. These “white glues” have a faster speed of set than many other adhesives.
  • Dextrin adhesives are typically derived from corn starch and tend to do well in lay-flat lamination applications. These adhesives are easy to clean and machine well.
  • Finally, our hybrid adhesives are well-suited for litho lamination jobs. A combination of resin and dextrin adhesives, these hybrid products combine the lay-flat ease of dextrin adhesives with the quick set time of resin emulsions.

Each of these adhesive product lines offers the benefits of water-based adhesives and can be customized for your unique adhesive needs. To learn more about how Evans Adhesive is contributing to the world of water-based adhesive products, contact us today.

Each water-based glue from Evans Adhesive is specially formulated for a specific use including paper packaging, labeling, laminating, and case and carton sealing.

How Oil Prices and Environmental Regulations Hurt and Help the Adhesive Market

In addition to emerging market sectors, there is a very simple reason for the overall growth of market for adhesives worldwide: it’s more affordable to make them.

Falling global oil prices have made it much more affordable to acquire raw materials. Even as prices have rebounded from their 2016 low, the average price for crude oil remains below its average for the past decade, passing significant savings along to the manufacturers of petroleum-based products such as ethylene, propylene, and vinyl acetate monomer.

But as with any industry or product based around oil, increasing environmental regulations present a hurdle on the path to profits. In the United States, regulations restricting the impact of potentially hazardous materials have laid the groundwork for potentially higher costs, creating significant potential issues for manufacturers who use these materials. These higher costs are of particular concern for smaller customers.

History shows these regulations are unlikely to become more permissive over time and since the underlying health and environmental benefits are difficult to contest, it’s likely best to plan to adapt to these new hurdles as a way of life.

There may be a silver lining, though. In some cases, environmental regulations can be a net gain for the adhesive industry.

For instance, as some countries have developed more demanding fuel economy regulations, adhesives have become a more significant part of the automotive industry. As manufacturers take steps to increase their fuel economy by making their vehicles lighter, adhesive and sealant manufacturers have a bigger role to play, leading to increasing research and development investments from that market sector.

This situation is not unique to the world of automotive manufacturing, underscoring a need for adaptability and a willingness to change among adhesive manufacturers. As emerging markets in China and throughout the Asia-Pacific region continue to grow, such adaptability will only become a more and more profitable attribute.

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