US – H.B. Fuller Company has introduced a new water-based adhesive technology to address the challenge of high noise levels in flexible packaging produced with PLA film and other environmentally-friendly film laminations.
The new Flextra Quiet water-based laminating adhesive is an expansion of H.B. Fuller’s Flextra family of flexible packaging adhesives, and gives environmentally minded consumer packaged goods manufacturers a solution to take their PLA-based packaging initiatives forward.
"Our team at H.B. Fuller is focused on perfecting adhesives that address the needs of the flexible packaging industry," said Brian Glasbrenner, H.B. Fuller North American sales manager, flexible packaging. "Consumer packaged goods manufacturers have told us they need innovative solutions to reduce the noise levels of PLA based packaging materials and we have delivered an adhesive solution to address the issue."
The team at H.B. Fuller--business development manager, application engineer, research chemist, applications specialist and sales manager--drew upon the company's collective knowledge and ingenuity to develop a sound reducing laminating adhesive.
To develop the Flextra Quiet solution, H.B. Fuller worked within the flexible packaging supply chain. First, lab trials were run with the adhesive formulation in the company's St. Paul, Minn. pilot facility to achieve the desired sound reducing properties. Following successful lab trials, H.B. Fuller was able to test the formulation by bonding PLA film on H.B. Fuller's full production-scale Nordmeccanica(R) Super Combi 3000 laminator at the pilot facility.
The timeframe from lab testing to successful lamination trials was reduced to just weeks due to H.B. Fuller's lab and production-scale laminating capabilities.
About H.B. Fuller Company
For nearly 125 years, H.B. Fuller has been a leading global adhesives provider focusing on perfecting adhesives, sealants, paints and other specialty chemical products to improve products and lives. Recognized for unmatched technical support and innovation, H.B. Fuller brings knowledge and strength to help its customers find precisely the right formulation for the right performance. With fiscal 2010 net revenue of $1.36 billion, H.B. Fuller serves customers in packaging, hygiene, paper converting, general assembly, woodworking, construction and consumer businesses.