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Hot melt pressure sensitive adhesive vs hot melt liquid glue

hot melt pressure sensitive adhesive

Hot melt pressure sensitive adhesive vs hot melt liquid glue


Pressure-Sensitive labels are self-adhesive and adhere through a bond between the label and the product using pressure. It is an economical choice offering maximum versatility for manufacturers in the beverage, food, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and cosmetics industries. Pressure sensitive hot melt adhesives are one of the most popular label adhesives on the market. They offer a quick, permanent bond and can be used on a variety of surfaces. However, pressure sensitive labels can be difficult to remove and may not be suitable for all applications. When choosing a pressure sensitive adhesive, it is important to consider the properties of the label material, the surface to which it will be applied, and the environment in which the label will be used.

Low-cost format parts

Wide array of label materials & shapes

Fast changeovers & servicing


Hot Melt Labels require application of holt melt adhesive only to the trailing edge of the paper label (glueless lead edge) before wrapping around and overlapping with the leading edge. It is a precise and economical option from the beverage, food, pharmaceutical and chemical industries. Hot Melt is a polymer-based adhesive that is a great substitute for water-based glue because it is fast-acting and humidity-proof. It has been the preferred method for bulk production that requires a fast set speed and high levels of hygiene with a high output requirement. The greatest benefit of hot melt adhesives is that they are extremely versatile for both warm and cold applications.

Low Label Cost

Paper & foil processing capability

Minimized cleaning / contact free gluing

The Pros & Cons of hot melt pressure sensitive adhesive vs traditional hot melt technology

Both labeling technologies are excellent choices for accurate product labeling, each has characteristics which will best meet your unique industry needs.

Hot melt pressure sensitive adhesive provides an instantaneous printing capacity as it does not require any heat-up or cleanup time. It is possible to add additional dating/coding to P-S Machinery. Label rolls are slightly more expensive but additional costs trade-off against low-cost parts.

Traditional hot melt glue is an inexpensive alternative to pressure sensitive labeling because of the low cost of cut & stack paper labels – especially when running large volumes. These systems offer low glue consumption and low-level soiling however they do still require time to heat up and regular cleaning.

So, what’s the verdict? Which adhesive is best for your needs? That depends on a variety of factors, but we can help you decide. Give us a call – we would be happy to discuss your specific application and recommend the best adhesive technology for the job. Thanks for reading!