Food Plant

Industry: Food Plant (East Coast)

Customer Need:
When one of the largest food plants on the East coast needed to eliminate multiple delays related to open-flaps on tray formers and the associated high adhesive usage, Applied's experts were brought in to find a solution.

Applied Adhesives Approach:
Using its cost per thousand efficiency check, Applied's bonding experts conducted a full packaging process analysis and determined the root cause of the open flaps was sporadic severe ambient temperature shifts and high humidity during the summer months.

Moisture content from plant humidity soaked into the trays interfering with the performance characteristics of the competing EVA hot melt, causing the flaps to open after compression. The open flaps then created delays from the shrink wrapper throughout the conveyors and on into the palletizer.

Applied's technical support experts replaced the competing EVA hot melt with an ASURE hot melt formula ideal for the fluctuating environmental plant conditions.

The change to ASURE, along with additional application suggestions, achieved the two main goals of the process improvement study, eliminating the open flap delay and reducing hot melt usage.

The food plant was able to maintain a 55 percent reduction in hot melt usage throughout the entire calendar year.


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