1. Simply reconsider the importance of the double-sided/ double-stick adhesive products you’re using to laminate boxes and other corrugated items. It’s easy to think of these as “just a commodity,” but recent advances in the technology may mean you have opportunities for additional productivity that can make a very noticeable difference to your bottom line.
2. Consider buying these products directly from a manufacturer like Avery Dennison, rather than through a distributor. While distributors can often provide some convenience when it comes to ordering, they simply can’t provide the level of technical and application expertise you’d get when working directly with a manufacturer and its product portfolio.
3. Once you are in contact with a technical expert, carve out some time to get him or her into your plant. This is time well spent. For instance, I help customers pinpoint a product with an adhesive coat weight and finish (full, finger lift, or extended), that’s ideal for their application — that helps them maximize productivity gains. In addition, individuals like myself might be able to literally adjust your machine settings to optimize speed and minimize issues, and offer guidance about preventative maintenance to help you run more efficiently and increase uptime.