Adhesive Comparison: Double-Sided PSAs vs. Bulk Hot Melts vs. Tape

Adhesive Comparison: Double-Sided PSAs vs. Bulk Hot Melts vs. Tape

If your process includes bonding substrates, then you’re no stranger to the wide range of adhesives available to get the job done. And as you know, not all adhesives are created equally.

In some instances where bulk hot melt or a tape is being used, a double-sided (PSA) pressure sensitive adhesive can be used, too. With the availability of these three types of adhesives, each one has its advantages and disadvantages.

Some adhesives bond instantly, such as double-sided PSAs and tapes. Bulk hot melts, on the other hand, take time to cure. As a manufacturer, production speed is important when selecting an adhesive. Safety is another concern. Hot melts require heat, while double-sided PSAs and tapes can be applied at room temperature, which eliminates burns. Safety and production speeds are just a few of the top priorities in manufacturing plants across the nation.

The comparison graphic identifies the key differences among double-sided PSAs, bulk hot melts and tapes.

Compared to hot melts and tapes, PSAs offer a great amount of versatility and capabilities for a wide range of applications. Whether you’re assembling a product or packaging a product, double-sided PSAs are certainly a solution worth considering.

The graphic above is simply a guide to highlight the strengths and weaknesses of each adhesive. Some key factors you may review include production volume, safety concerns and customization needs. We always recommend working with a trusted adhesive supplier to identify the best solution for your application.

Our line of Adhesive Squares™ pressure sensitive adhesives provides a valuable alternative to bulk hot melts and tapes. For more information about Adhesive Squares™ or to request a product sample, contact our technical service team at 1-800-844-1740 or use the contact form below. We’re available 24/7 to discuss your specific application.


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