In the US, a new aerosol glue has been launched specifically aimed at ensuring the stability of packaging for storage and transportation of food and beverage products.
The new Lock n' Pop aerosol combines the dispensing convenience and portability of an aerosol can with the strength of Lock n' Pop's existing range of pallet stabilising adhesives.
The product is designed for low volume use in rework stations or other locations, and can be used for stablising materials in storage, to secure airfreight shipments and is also ideal for situations where stretch wrap is not available or desired.
The Lock n' Pop adhesive assures that packages do not slide, but also separate easily with no evidence of adhesive use. Designed to work on paper surfaces including kraft, white, printed and non-printed corrugated boxes and multi-walled bags, Lock n' Pop aerosol is safe for indoor use and will reduce transit damage and cost.
The aerosol can be used for manual stacking operations, pick-n-pack shipments, or where a 55 gallon drum quantity of Lock n' Pop adhesive is too much. Like all the company's range of adhesives, the new aerosol is water-based and biodegradable, formulated from non-toxic FDA approved ingredients and is safe for indirect contact with food.
The company claims that a small amount of the adhesive, sprayed on the surface of one package prior to the next package being stacked on top, works quickly to prevent packages from shifting in just a few seconds, and actual bonding will begin in minutes. Once set, the bond is not affected by heat, cold, humidity or time. A simple upward push on the top package releases the bond, and the adhesive is said to be virtually invisible on package surfaces, leaving no tackiness or trace of disturbance on even highly printed cartons and bags.
According to the manufacturer, the pallet stabilising adhesives reduce packaging cost, labour cost, and disposal cost. Shippers can eliminate banding, corner posts, tier sheets and dunnage by using the adhesives for pallet load stabilisation. The product can also reduce or completely eliminate the need for stretch wrap. Unlike gummy glues and hot melt adhesives, it is applied cold and thus eliminates the danger of burns in the workplace.
The Lock n' Pop range is owned by Key Tech Corporation of Washington, US, a supplier of speciality chemicals to the paper and pulp industry. The adhesives and systems are currently distributed in Canada, Europe, Great Britain, South America, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Korea.