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Blog - Which Glue is Right for You?

Blog - Which Glue is Right for You?

Hot Melt vs Water-based Glues

Hot melts are perhaps our most versatile glue product. They often provide fast bonding, are multipurpose, and low cost. Hot melts are great for a variety of industries and applications including book binding, packaging, product assembly, fulfillment and more. 

Hot melts are an excellent and versatile product for several different jobs, some of which include work in the realm of bookbinding and tacking, folding, padding and more.

They come in three different forms, the first form being pellets, which are available in: 53-027W and 37-127W. Hot melt 53-027W is the most versatile and works on a variety of stocks from offset to bond to coated. It has excellent page pull strength, yet it is still flexible. However, keep in mind that U.V. and digital stocks using fuser oil may not be compatible. 

Hot melts also come in the form of blister pack. The one type of glue that comes in this particular form is 37-612, also referred to as Europak, which is a premium general purpose semi-pressure sensitive hot melt. It has excellent high-tack long open time on wide ranges of surfaces.

Lastly, hot melts also come in the form of pillows. We provide two types of this type of adhesive: 37-016 and 37-127. Hot melt 37-016 was designed as a general purpose and specialty adhesive for difficult to bond surfaces including matte and coated/gloss stocks. Lastly, hot melt 37-127, which comes in a light amber color, is a general purpose adhesive with good adhesion to a variety of standard stocks and moderate to fast set-up speeds. 

Hot melts are great for more than just bookbinding jobs. Fugitive hot melt is useful for folding jobs as well. Last but not least, hot melt glues can also be used for padding purposes. With different levels of flexibility and colors, types UD7008and UD8008 should cover all of your padding needs.

Water-based Glues:

In the glue world, centipoise, or cps, is considered a measurement of viscosity, which is essentially its thickness in a liquid state. Liquid glue comes in various forms, styles and types that are used for several different jobs and have different levels of viscosity.  Permanent, fugitive and pressure sensitive glues are just a few of the liquid glues Update Ltd provides.

One pressure sensitive glue provided by Update Ltd is UD730, which is a liquid glue for folders. It’s a full pressure sensitive cold glue and can be used for peel and stick applications. This water-based glue can be used on difficult substrates such as UV or Poly coatings where a strong bond is required – it’s also compatible with other water based cold glues. There is a multitude of permanent glues for folders and mailing operations available at Update. Different adhesives are required for different contact systems versus non-contact systems. Generally, non-contact systems use glues of lower centipoise that is thinner. You can learn more about these water-based glues on the Update Ltd website or within our catalogs.

At Update Ltd, fugitive water-based glue is available in three different types: UD900UD950, and UD1000UD900 is a low peel bond for uncoated stocks. It is suitable for applications by contact or non-contact systems. Be sure to keep in mind that this glue may leave a slight waxy residue after use. UD950 has a high peel bond for coated stocks. It’s used on both contact and non-contact systems. Similar to the UD900, it may leave behind a slightly waxy residue. Lastly, UD1000 is latex based liquid fugitive glue and works both on coated and non-coated stocks. There are also several forms and types of permanent liquid glues available at Update Ltd. We also have a fugitive hotmelt available - UD153, otherwise referred to in this industry as "booger glue". This glue is low staining and has great machining characteristics.

Some of our most popular glues are UD200UD500 and UD550, which are all permanent water-based glues for folders and laminating. Adhesive UD200 is applied by a contact system while UD500 and UD550 are applied by a non-contact system. Suggested uses for UD200 are cartons, uncoated paper, aqueous coated paper, and some wax coated paper. UD500 is a general purpose, high quality adhesive that works on most substrates and runs on low pressure systems. It works best on folding carton and uncoated paper stock and has excellent penetration and adhesion to a variety of paper stocks. UD550's suggested uses are also folding carton, uncoated paper stock and aqueous coated paper stock. However, we advise you to test the adhesive before use because we cannot gaurantee the effectiveness of the adhesive on coated papers. UD550 is also not for UV overcoat or untreated poly. Other permanent water-based glues for folders available at Update Ltd are UD510UD560 and UD700, all of which are high quality products that offer great adhesion. 



Warning: Due to the many variables in papers, inks, and coatings (i.e. ink bleeds, fuser oils, UV coating etc.), you are at risk of not achieving proper adhesion. Therefore, testing glues before use is of the utmost importance. Glues not previously tested and sent overnight for an immediate job cannot be guaranteed to work. We are happy to provide glue samples for testing purposes. 

Glue Dots® Brand Adhesives

Update Ltd understands the importance of glue, one of this industry's most useful and multipurpose products, which is why we provide such a wide variety for our customers. From hot melts, to water-based glues, to Glue Dots® Brand Adhesives, we have a large selection of high quality adhesives for your convenience.Though glue may seem like a very simple, basic product to the eye, those working in this industry know firsthand how many different types of glue there actually are, as well as which specific types work best for particular jobs. Because of the several types of glues out there and their multitude of purposes, this quick refresher on the glues Update Ltd provides should help!

Update LTD’s Glue - Glue Dots® permanent adhesives:

Glue Dots® Brand Adhesives are great products that provides fast and easy gluing, achieving an instant bond without the mess associated with liquid and hot melt glues. Glue Dots® can be applied manually using Glue Dots® patented Dispenser Box or with Glue Dots® hand-held, semi-automated application equipment like the Dot Shot ProEconodot and the Quick Dot Pro. Glue Dots® offers an array of adhesive strengths/ tack levels ranging from removable to permanent and are available in a variety of thicknesses/profiles, diameters, and shapes . Glue Dots® have proven to be very useful in the bindery, print finishing and fulfillment departments with the print industry.

Glue Dots® removable adhesives are great for high and low volume value added assembly projects such as applying; credit cards, gift cards, promotional items, coupons and samples to mailers, brochures  and other substrates. In addition, Glue Dots® permanent adhesives can be used to assemble sample boxes, trays, prototypes and products that require hand assembly.

Glue Dots® ATD 7100 and QDP 8100 are permanent, pressure sensitive adhesives that can be used as an alternative to double sided tape.  They were developed specifically for the repair of damaged chipboard containers, but have recently been adopted by the print industry for use in value added assembly of chipboard, SBS, corrugated components, and a variety of substrates. ATD 7100 and QDP 8100 have been known to work on UV coated board when other adhesives have failed and, as mentioned before, ATD 7100 and QDP 8100 can provide an economical alternative to expensive, double-sided adhesive transfer tapes.

ATD 7100 rolls are 42 yards in length containing 2,700 patterns per roll versus the standard 36 yard rolls that are common among transfer tapes, while QDP 8100 rolls are approximately 12 yards in length and contain 600 patterns per roll. These adhesives offer several benefits to users in comparison to other adhesives, such as the fact that the patterns on these adhesives are twice as thick as most adhesive transfer tapes averaging 10 mils and 11 mils thick, respectively.  ATD 7100 and QDP 8100 consists of discrete rectangular adhesive patterns on a silicon release liner which can be applied cleanly, easily and efficiently using Glue Dots® Dot Shot Pro® and QuikDot Pro® applicators.  

Update Ltd’s Glue Dots® Applicators:

A relatively new addition to Update Ltd’s line of Glue Dots® Brand Adhesives for the printing industry is the MatrX®.  The MatrX® adhesive, a continuous pattern of pressure sensitive adhesive microdots, is available in ¼” large and ½” large widths in both permanent and removable formulas. In addition to the ATD 7100 and QDP 8100, the MatrX® provides another clear solution to transfer tape.

Nearly all of Glue Dots® Brand Adhesives can be applied quickly, easily, and efficiently with Glue Dots® Dot Shot Pro® hand-held applicator. The Dot Shot Pro® has a fast loading design, an internal winding system and is lightweight, ergonomically correct, and industrial grade. The Dot Shot Pro® is ideal for packaging, printing and bindery, mail and fulfillment, material handling and more.

The EconoDot® combines simplicity with affordability in a bench-top dispenser. Designed for both short and long-term projects in occasional or continuous use environments, the EconoDot® makes adhesive application quick, easy, and cost-effective. It has a lightweight design and can hold a roll of up to 8,000 Glue Dots® at once.

The Auto Dot Pro® bench-top dispenser keeps production lines moving and minimizes downtime. Versatile and easy to use with continuous speed operation and multiple adhesive pattern presentation, the Auto Dot Pro® accelerates your production. It has an easy to use automation and design, giving you an efficient way to increase productivity and minimize downtime. It dispenses up to 60 Glue Dots® per minute and accommodates up to a 4,000-count Glue Dots® rolls.

*Warning: Due to the many variables in papers, inks, and coatings (i.e. ink bleeds, fuser oils, UV coating etc.), you are at risk of not achieving proper adhesion. Therefore, testing glues before use is of the utmost importance. Glues not previously tested and sent overnight for an immediate job cannot be guaranteed to work. We are happy to provide glue samples for testing puposes.