Using Hot Melt Adhesive Systems for Product Assembly

From assembling mattresses and furniture to automobiles and picture frames, a hot melt adhesive system is a critical component in most product assembly applications. Many manufactured products rely on an efficient hot melt system, including some products that might surprise you. Even fugitive glue, the temporary adhesive that holds credit cards in place while traveling through the mail, is applied with hot melt.

Choosing the right hot melt system for assembling your products can greatly increase productivity to meet the growing demands of your customers. Let’s explore a bit further the role of hot melt adhesive in product assembly and discuss how having the right tools can greatly enhance your assembly line.


From the instrument panels to the upholstered seats to weather stripping, a huge part of automobile assembly depends heavily on hot melt adhesives. Thanks to modern advances like high volume configuration hoses, hot melt adhesive systems are radically changing the automotive industry in a number of interesting ways — for example, adhesives make automobiles lighter in weight while reducing production costs. Due to the variety of needs and applications, an automotive production line needs a number of glue systems working in tandem for maximum results. Click here to learn more about the best glue systems for automotive product assembly.


For years, furniture products in general, and wood furniture have relied on adhesives for reinforcement, consumer safety, quality control, and cost control. Spray adhesive systems often work quite well with furniture assembly, allowing for increased production volume as well as greater precision. Learn more about the best hot melt adhesives for woodworking applications.


Over the years, adhesives have become an integral part of quality mattress assembly. Not only do hot melt adhesive systems improve factors like production volume and cost control, but the adhesives used are also non-flammable and mold-resistant, both of which make mattresses safer for consumers. In recent years, the 90-degree mattress machine has revolutionized the mattress industry by automating adhesive processes that once had to be applied manually.


Not only are thousands of consumer products assembled using hot melt adhesives — so is the packaging used to contain and ship those products. In fact, the packaging industry relies on hot melt adhesive systems perhaps more than any other industry on the planet. From keeping our food safe and fresh to bonding foam to packaging for reinforcement — to sealing the packages themselves — it’s hard to imagine how we’d package products without these systems. Even so, as the technology keeps evolving, hot melts continue to change the packaging industry by making systems more efficient and streamlined.

Non-Woven Fabrics

Non-woven fabrics are textiles made from long fibers that are bonded together through means other than weaving. Products made from non-woven fabrics include disposable diapers, feminine hygiene products, and certain medical/surgical products. Understandably, hot melt adhesives offer a number of benefits in the manufacture of non-woven materials — for example, they help create flexible bonds without affecting the quality of the product, and they keep costs low. Learn more about the best machines used for bonding non-woven fabrics.

Sure Tack Systems offers a wide range of products and services that can greatly enhance the product assembly process through hot melt adhesive systems. Contact us to learn more about how our tools and machines can improve your production.

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