Printing and Mailing Adhesives
The postal service and other package carriers are constantly plagued by complaints of inefficient adhesives. The integrity of the moisture-activated adhesives that have been popular in the printing and mailing industry for decades are easily compromised by time, handling, and humidity.
Wafer seals are another common adhesive solution used in this mailing operations. These seals, however, are obstructive and have a tendency to cover up creative layouts, branding, and other imagery. Some wafer seals can also increase the difficulty of opening packages and envelopes.
Glue Dots® adhesive solutions are United States Postal Service (USPS) compliant, offering a functional alternative to moisture activated adhesives and wafer seals.
Applications and Uses
Adhesives in the printing and mailing industry are meant to serve two seemingly contrasting purposes. They must have enough bond strength to keep packages and attachments sealed and fastened during transportation, while possessing enough removability to allow recipients – especially persons with limited strength and dexterity – to easily access package contents. In this regard, Glue Dots® are specially formulated to strike the perfect balance between package mailing security and ease of detachment.
Detachment ease is also essential for other items that need to be secured to packages during mailing but easily removed by recipients, such as:
- Promotional items
- Gift cards
- Brochure closures
Glue Dots® come in stronger bond strengths for applications requiring a greater level of adhesion, such as accents and other creative patterns. The clear and residue-free adhesive formulations also help to secure elements to the required surface without obstructing design elements, making them an ideal alternative to wafer seals.
Benefits of Glue Dots over Other Adhesives
Glue Dots® offer a unique alternative to standard postal adhesives, providing benefits such as:
Since printing and mailing items undergo extensive handling, it is essential that the adhesives in these applications do not contain any hazardous substances. The Glue Dots® line of adhesives for mailing and printing applications are non-toxic and contain no volatile organic compounds (VOCs), ensuring that users will develop no short- or long-term adverse health effects. Glue Dots® are also inherently safer since its pressure-sensitive adhesive application does not require the use of heat. In contrast, hot melt adhesives require extreme caution due to the risk of burn injuries.
Glue Dots® are instant-drying, allowing for faster and more efficient adhesion. This attribute is especially valuable in the print and mailing industry where items may need to be adhered by the thousands.
- No mess
Glue Dots® enable precise dispensing of adhesive, effectively eliminating wasteful squeeze-overs and overall messy application associated with liquid adhesives. Glue Dots® are also residue-free and odor-free, so they won’t contaminate mailed items with sticky glue or chemical smells.
The Dot Shot® Pro is a versatile and portable manual applicator that allows our Glue Dot products to be applied quickly and precisely. This applicator dispenses multiple standard Glue Dots® adhesive patterns and can also accommodate a wide variety of custom patterns.
The QuikDot™ Pro is an additional portable manual applicator. This applicator is ideal for seamlessly sealing lightweight packages, brochures, envelopes, and other affixed items without tape pads and hot melt adhesives. The QuikDot™ Pro holds hundreds of adhesive patterns and is designed for maximum application speed and efficiency.
The EconoDot® is a semi-automatic lightweight benchtop adhesive dispenser capable of holding thousands of Glue Dots® brand adhesive patterns. The EconoDot® improves productivity and enhances adhesive application precision while occupying as little space as possible.
The Auto Dot™ Pro is a bench-top dispenser ideal for both short- and long-term projects. This tool works with both Glue Dots® standard and custom adhesives. The Auto Dot™ Pro provides continuous and accelerated production while minimizing costly downtime.
Adhesive Solutions for Mailing and Printing Operations
Glue Dots® offers adhesive solutions carefully designed to address the challenges faced by printing and mailing operations. Our Glue Dots® adhesives are formulated to strike the perfect balance between bonding strength and detachability.
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