Mineral oil free adhesive formulation for food safe hotmelt solutions
For the packaging and labeling industry, mineral oil components continue to be a major topic, especially with regard to food safe applications. This is particularly true for hotmelt PSA. Greg Douglas, Business Development Manager for Labels at Henkel explains the challenge: “Mineral oil components play a significant role in the formulation of most common pressure sensitive hotmelt adhesives, usually making up around 15 to 20 percent. Replacing those components while maintaining the adhesives’ high performance characteristics requires intensive research and development.”
In order to provide its customers with PSA that do not contain mineral oil components in their formulation, Henkel is presenting several new general purpose PSA at Labelexpo. Technomelt PS 3212 is a pressure sensitive adhesive created for permanent labels with a very good performance on cardboard and well-balanced adhesion and converting properties. It shares its excellent cutting properties – and of course food compliance – with Technomelt PS 3007, which is also suitable for Thermo-linerless label applications.
Henkel will also be highlighting another food safe Technomelt adhesive that can be used for chilled, semi-freeze & deep freeze applications: Technomelt 4585 is a real PSA specialty which can be applied at very low temperature with a high initial tack. More information is provided on www.henkel.com/foodsafety.
Follow the “Linerless Trail” to innovation and sustainability
Being part of this Labelexpo’s “Linerless Trail”, Henkel will also present another innovation field: Its range of adhesive solutions applicable for linerless PSA labels. Making the release liner obsolete, those adhesives reduce production process waste, lower weight and time for reel changes – and they make double-sided printing possible. Participants can learn more about Labelexpo’s “Linerless Trail” here: www.labelexpo-europe.com/linerless-trail.
PSA Academy: Becoming a Technical Specialist
Besides these innovations, Henkel is also introducing the training courses offers at its newly established PSA Academy. The leading adhesives manufacturer is committed to share its industry expertise about PSA technologies with those interested in working and excelling in the field of pressure sensitive adhesives coatings. The partnership with the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) assures the top quality instruction of the basic and advanced vocational training courses provided by the PSA Academy.
The next course will be held in German in two blocks on February 26th to March 2nd and April 16th to 18th 2018. Those interested in participating can find further information, contacts and the possibility to apply here: www.henkel-psa-academy.com