Astro Adhesives

Astro Packaging hotmelt, UV-curable, and water- and solvent-based technologies provide you with a complete range of pressure sensitive adhesives (PSA) and systems from which to choose. Our clean-running, efficient pressure sensitive adhesive products can help you increase productivity and save money.   We help American and international companies who are leaders in their markets develop a product for their very specific applications. Come experience Astro Packaging as problem solvers!

Astro Packaging clear film labels are safe and consistent. These industrial label adhesive products are specifically designed to improve the quality and efficiency of your operations, while providing the best overall value. Our adhesive innovations keep abreast with the latest developments in equipment, release liner and facestock technology, combining the highest quality standards with environmental protection and safety.
 
In addition to pressure sensitive adhesives for tapes and labels, Astro Packaging is a leading supplier of pressure sensitive adhesives for transdermal drug delivery systems, offering a wide range of innovative products and knowledgeable, confidential technical support. Excellent transparency and superior die-cutting. Our pressure-sensitive label adhesives make for clean running operations and staying power. Astro Packaging specialty label adhesives bond well to plastic and glass bottles and stay put even in tough handling, excessive moisture and other challenging situations. With clean application and superior converting, Astro Packaging clear film label adhesives make your products look their best, while improving your manufacturing efficiency. Astro Packaging is one of the world's leading independent developers of high-performance, custom pressure-sensitive adhesives, tapes, coatings, specialty films, and laminates.

Throughout the world, Astro Packaging is an industry leading resource for tapes and labels adhesives. Choose our people, our insight, our products, and our technology for the greatest total value.

PRESSURE SENSITIVE ADHESIVES

Pressure sensitive adhesives can be supplied dissolved in organic solvents, as an aqueous dispersion, as a hot melt, or coated on release liner as tape.  Liquid applied (solvent or water based, hot melt) pressure sensitive adhesives can be applied in bead or ribbon, sprayed, or roll coated. After coating (and drying of solvent or water based systems), parts can be bonded or the adhesive covered with release liner for bonding later. The adhesive can be coated in a pattern to provide bonded and unbonded areas, e.g. assembly of membrane switches, filter frames. Pressure sensitive adhesives are often used to temporarily hold Components like gaskets in position during assembly.
 
The special feature of pressure sensitive adhesives is that they do not solidify to form a solid material, but remain viscous.  As a result, they remain permanently tacky and have the ability to wet surfaces on contact. Bonds are made by bringing the adhesive film in contact with the substrate and applying pressure. If inadequate pressure is applied or the processing temperature is too low, bonding faults such as bubbles or detachment can occur. Since these adhesives are not true solids, the strength of pressure sensitive adhesives decreases when the temperature is increased. Pressure sensitive adhesives also exhibit a tendency to undergo creep when subjected to loads. They are typically formulated from natural rubber, certain synthetic rubbers, and polyacrylates.
 
Astro Packaging is a leading supplier of pressure-sensitive adhesive technologies to the tape and label industry. Our market-focused customer service and technical consultants are problem solvers who have years of experience with tapes and labels. We work with you to assure that you achieve the best adhesive technology for your product, along with optimized operating efficiencies.
 
Pressure sensitive adhesive (PSA, self adhesive, self stick adhesive) is adhesive which forms a bond when pressure is applied to marry the adhesive with the adherend. No solvent, water, or heat is needed to activate the adhesive. It is used in pressure sensitive tapes, labels, note pads, automobile trim, and a wide variety of other products.

As the name "pressure sensitive" indicates, the degree of bond is influenced by the amount of pressure which is used to apply the adhesive to the surface.

Surface factors such as smoothness, surface energy, removal of contaminants, etc. are also important to proper bonding.

PSAs are usually designed to form a bond and hold properly at room temperatures. PSAs typically reduce or lose their tack at cold temperatures and reduce their shear holding ability at high temperatures; special adhesives are made to function at high or low temperatures. It is important to choose an adhesive formulation which is designed for its intended use conditions.
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APPLICATIONS

Astro Packaging Best Pressure Sensitive Adhesive is suitable for PVC/vinyl floor coverings; homogeneous polyolefin-based floor coverings; rubber flooring up to 3.5 mm with a plain, sanded backing; linoleum & textile floor coverings with various types of backing. Fast convertibility and strong adherence make our permanent clear film labels ideal for an expansive range of applications:
  • Pasteurizable Bottles
  • Health and Beauty Aides
  • Suitable for PVC/vinyl floor coverings
  • Product Overview
  • Stockists
  • Solvent-free
  • Multi-functional
  • Flexible open time
  • Permanent high tack
  • Especially suitable for PVC on non-absorbent surfaces
  • EC1 – very low emission
  • Adhesive Type
  • Solvent-free, acrylic emulsion
  • Polymers for Adhesives
Take your general purpose adhesive, heat seal, wood assembly, millwork bonding and pressure-sensitive applications to the next level with our wide variety of base latex emulsion polymers for adhesive manufacturing. Our polymers can be used as is, or further compounded for application specific adhesives.

SUSTAINABILITY

 Achieve Multiple Green Reductions with Sustainable Products:
  • Reduce energy emissions  while maintaining high performance
  • Reduce overall energy consumption
  • Reduce flammable inventory
  • Boost productivity as you reduce emissions
  • High solids adhesives increase productivity
  • Reduce emissions while improving productivity acrylic-based
  • Hot melts that cure with ultraviolet light
As a market leader in pressure sensitive adhesives, Astro Packaging noffers a wide range of technologies to promote your green and sustainable goals. For example, if eliminating VOC bemissions is your objective, our Technomelt® 100% solids hot melts and DURO-TAK® UV, 100% solids acrylic-based UV-curable PSAs offer you an alternative to water- and solvent-based PSAs.

MANUFACTURERS

These manufactures carry fugitive glue product lines:
  • Astro Packaging
  • H.B. Fuller
  • Henkel
  • Bostik
  • IFS DURAPro
  • Jowat
  • Forbo Swift
 
Astro Packaging represents major manufacturers within the adhesives industry such as Astro Packaging®, Forbo®, H.B. Fuller®, Henkel® as well as having many products toll produced/private labeled specifically for Astro Packaging.  Every application is individual and requires careful evaluation before the proper product can be selected for a specific application.  Our adhesive specialists are here to help our customers identify the specifics of each job and to recommend the right product for the application.  At Astro Packaging our focus is clear.....perfecting adhesives.  Call one of our customer service representatives at 1-800-642-7876 today!!!!  WHEN EXPERIENCE COUNTS....COUNT ON ASTRO PACKAGING!!!   For all of your adhesive dispensing equipment needs please visit our equipment website at www.astropackaging.com.  In business since 1991 Astro Packaging brings to the table years and years of equipment knowledge having been authorized distributors for Nordson®, Slautterback®, LTI®, ITW® and Graco®.  VALUE ADDED is more than just a concept, it is a reality.