All-temperature hot-melt adhesive perfect for refrigerated & frozen foods
Drawing on its expertise in hot-melt adhesive technology, Mactac® Performance Adhesives Group (www.mactac.com) has launched the first products in its revolutionary all-temperature CHILL AT™ product line.
The new product line first debuted last fall at Labelexpo Americas 2016. Unique to the current labeling market, the innovative all-temperature CHILL AT adhesive was custom-engineered specifically for any temperature label application – including challenging cold temperature applications.
While most pressure-sensitive adhesives take longer to bond in cold temperature conditions, the hot-melt CHILL AT adheres extremely well between temperatures of 20 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit, in addition to room temperature.
“With an exceptionally versatile temperature range of -65 to 150 degrees Fahrenheit, CHILL AT was designed to stick quickly and stay in place as needed to meet the demands of virtually any temperature application,” says Kathy Magyar, senior marketing manager, Mactac Performance Adhesives. “Because of its high-performing attributes, CHILL AT is an ideal off-the-shelf, all-in-one product for a wide variety of label applications – so you can do more, with less.”
From food and beverage packaging to short-term shipping applications, CHILL AT adheres well to low-surface energy substrates such as low-density polyethylene (LDPE), high-density polyethylene (HDPE), polystyrene, polypropylene, paper and corrugate.
It is currently available in the following constructions:
- Platinum™ Bright Semi-Gloss (SGL7802): This 55# brilliant white semi-gloss coated litho sheet features outstanding ink receptivity and high internal strength characteristics for high speed printing and converting. It has exceptional smoothness, whiteness, gloss and opacity. In addition to the CHILL AT adhesive, it is paired with a 2.4-mil super calendered Kraft liner. It is ideal for high quality prime labeling applications for food packaging and cold, damp substrate markets.
- Bright Silver Metallized Paper (SMP7802): Featuring a mirror finish, this paper also features a 2.4-mil super calendered Kraft liner along with the CHILL AT adhesive. It is acrylic top-coated for high quality printing with flexo inks and is designed for labeling applications that require a deluxe appearance of metalized paper and an all-temperature adhesive. It is ideal for food packaging and other cold, damp substrate markets.
- Vivid™ 2 White Polypropylene Film (PJ7802): This white, top-coated pearlescent 2.6-mil polypropylene (Label-Lyte®) is a semi-conformable film designed for excellent printing, converting and label dispensing. Featuring the quick-tack CHILL AT permanent adhesive and a 2.4-mil semi-bleached super calendered Kraft liner, it is ideal for prime labeling applications that require the durability and aesthetics of film, such as semi-rigid and rigid containers. It is intended for food packaging and other cold, damp substrate markets.
- Top-Coated Direct Thermal Paper (DTW7802): With medium sensitivity, this paper stock touts exceptional environmental resistance to plasticizers and is intended for use in standard speed thermal printers. In addition to the CHILL AT adhesive, it features a 2.4-mil semi-bleached, super calendered Kraft liner that is excellent for die cutting and stripping. The liner release system is designed specifically for high speed converting. It is ideal for barcode and human readable labels in meat packaging, deli weigh scale, bakery label, or short-term shipping label applications that require a cold-temperature adhesive as well as environmental resistance to plasticizers, heat and humidity.