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Master Plasticizer Selection for Flawless Hot Melt Performance

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Recorded on Jun 27, 2024

Unleash the power of hot melt adhesives! This course equips you to choose the perfect plasticizer, ensuring your hot melts consistently deliver superior flexibility, adhesion, and long-lasting performance.


Join expert William Arendt as he unveils the secrets of plasticizers and their transformative impact on hot melt performance. You'll gain a solid understanding of hot melt technology and formulation, then dive deep into how to select the right plasticizer to achieve the results you crave.


By the end, you'll be able to:


  • Build custom hot melts: Craft hot melts with tailored properties, tackling any industry challenge head-on.
  • Optimize performance: Select the ideal plasticizers to fine-tune hot melt performance for specific applications.
  • Bond with confidence: Troubleshoot compatibility issues and ensure long-lasting, reliable bonds for your projects.

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Presented By:
William D Arendt

Length: 90 min

Course Type: Formulation
Level: Intermediate

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Why should you view this course?

Frustrated with Hot Melt Adhesives That Don't Deliver?


Hot melts offer incredible speed and ease of use, but sometimes they just don't perform the way you need them to. Maybe they're too stiff and crack easily, or the bond seems weak and unreliable. You're not alone! Many professionals struggle with hot melt adhesives that fall short of their full potential.


If you struggle with cracking or inflexible bonds, weak adhesion causing product failure and compatibility issues leading to wasted materials, this course is your ticket to unlocking the full potential of hot melt adhesives. This course is your ticket to unlocking the full potential of hot melt adhesives. We'll delve into the power of plasticizers, the secret weapon for optimizing hot melt performance.


In this course you’ll learn about:


  • Hot Melt Essentials: Gain a solid foundation in hot melt technology and formulation.

  • The Power of Plasticizers: Understand the role and function of plasticizers in hot melt adhesives.

  • Selection Criteria: Master the factors to consider when choosing the right plasticizer for your application.

  • Testing Methods: Learn about the tests used to evaluate plasticizer effectiveness in hot melts.

  • Formulator's Guide: Discover how to leverage plasticizers for various hot melt formulations.

Who should view this course?

This course is ideal for: 

  • Professionals working with hot melt adhesives in manufacturing, packaging, and construction.
  • Adhesive formulators seeking to enhance hot melt performance.
  • Technical people in the adhesive industry who want to gain a deeper understanding of plasticizers and their role in hot melt technology.

Complete the course and (unlock your personalized certificate) – your badge of accomplishment awaits!

Course Outline

  1. Introduction

  2. Basic Raw Materials and Formulation

  3. Formulation basics

    • Principles
    • Literature, Patents and Patent Applications
    • Raw Material Suppliers Roles

  4. Plasticizers used in hot melt adhesives

    • Types of Polymers for Hot melt
    • Types of Plasticizers used for Hot melt
    • Plasticizer evaluation
    • Compatibility Measures
    • Polymer Solubility Parameters
    • Plasticizer Selection Criteria

      1. Solid Plasticizer
      2. Liquid Plasticizer
      3. Non woven

  5. Examples of hot melt adhesives

    • Heat Seal HMA
    • Diaper Construction HMA
    • Bookbinding HMA
    • HMA Packaging Adhesives & more....

  6. Conclusions, Recap & References

  7. 30 mins Q&A - Interact live with the expert for all your technical help!

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