The Application of Freezer-grade Hot Melt
The rapid expansion of the frozen food market presents new growth opportunities and challenges for frozen food profiles and end-of-line packaging, wherein freezing temperatures create some of the most demanding challenges for the latter. Some factors that make package security challenging include: temperature, moisture, difficult-to-bond substrates, and setup time. You can’t trust a general-purpose hot melt to withstand the unique demands of these conditions. That’s why you need a specialized hot melt specifically for freezer applications.
Industries that use freezer-grade hot melt
- Frozen food/ dessert manufacturing
- Frozen food distribution
- Packaged poultry and meats
Why choose a freezer-grade hot melt?
In North America, end-of-line packaging for frozen food commonly utilizes varnished chipboards or corrugated boxes, typically stored in a blast chiller or freezer below 0°F. This setup makes securing wax-coated freezer packaging difficult, as regular hot melt and packaging tapes are proven to not hold up well in frigid conditions.
On the other hand, specialized freezer-grade hot melt adhesives ensure strong package security, preventing pop-open boxes. They are known to set quickly and withstand extremely low-temperature environments for an extended period.
American Standard Adhesives’ ASA-8257M is a premium freezer-grade hot melt specifically designed to address the challenges of end-of-line packaging in the frozen food market. It can hold up boxes and is suitable for difficult-to-bond substrates such as lacquered, coated, or printed cases, with hot solid tack in an extreme environment where short compression time is required.
Moreover, ASA-8257M’s moisture resistance and ability to bond varnished paperboard make it a perfect adhesive solution for food distribution, packaged poultry and meats, and logistics where freezing conditions are required for storage.
It is specially formulated to meet the composition requirements of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under FDA REG 21 CFR 175.105 for food packaging adhesives, making it safe for indirect food packaging applications.
- Carton side seam and closing
- Corrugated board manufacturing
- Folding carton sealing
- Tray forming
American Standard Adhesives (ASA) offers a wide range of end-of-line packaging adhesives to support the various requirements of our customers. Essential considerations such as substrates, operating conditions, temperature, and equipment affect the choice of hot melt.
Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you need more clarification about selecting a suitable adhesive for your application and to inquire more about your next project.