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Lanco Helps Franklin Take it Local

Franklin Adhesives & Polymers believes in building close relationships with our customers.

That’s why we recently entered a partnership with distributor Lanco Adhesives. Based in Freehold Township, New Jersey, Lanco provides a broad range of adhesive products for diverse applications to outlets in the states of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Connecticut.The distributor stocks products for prompt shipment – even overnight delivery in emergencies – to our customers in the distributor’s coverage area. Through Lanco, we can provide a superior level of local service to these customers – bringing us closer to them.

Lanco also offers our northeastern customers more than close proximity. Like Franklin, this distributor puts the customer first. Rather than an automatic answering system, a real person answers the Lanco phone during hours of operation. Lanco will go the extra mile for customers, too. They offer special labeling as needed, same-day shipping, free technical reviews to ensure ideal adhesive operation and a full range of lab services to confirm the proper product fit for customer requirements.

Certainly, Lanco is likely to have the right product for the job. The company carries a broad range of products for diverse applications, including woodworking, filter assembly, carton sealing, bottle labeling and bookbinding. Our customers can shop beyond our adhesives for complementary products they need.

Our customers are in good hands with Lanco. At the same time, Franklin remains a phone call away. Our customers who order through Lanco may call our technical service team as needed. Distance aside, Lanco and Franklin work closely together to serve our mutual customers.

Seven Ways to Reduce Adhesive Costs

As manufacturers, you understand the economics: The rising costs of raw materials continue to drive up the price to produce adhesives. Sooner or later, adhesives manufacturers have no choice but to pass on at least some of the increased costs to you.

Fortunately, you can take some relatively simple steps to reduce the amount of adhesive you use for proper bonding:

1) Don’t use more glue than you need.

2) Lower refill point on application equipment to minimize leftover glue.

3) Reseal packaging of unused adhesives to prevent product evaporation or clumping.

4) Adjust equipment pressure to your specific application to reduce adhesive waste.  

5) Check and properly maintain your equipment to achieve top operation and minimize repair costs.  

6) Where applicable, use water-based adhesives, which clean up with water and eliminate the need for harsh chemicals that can damage equipment over time.

7) Reuse rinse and clean-up water.
Of course, you don’t want to be “penny-wise and pound-foolish.” Focus on quality as well as price. You could end up spending more for a cheaper adhesive that doesn’t perform as well – and that costs you more down the road in damage control. Talk to knowledgeable adhesive representatives who understand which product characteristics best suit your needs. Their expertise can help you get the glue that works for you – without compromising quality or paying more for performance characteristics you don’t need.  

This article is based on Michelle Tobbe’s “Sticky Stuff” blog, which was written for the Door and Window Manufacturer Magazine (DWM) website. Read the full article here.

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Don’t Let Winter Put a Chill on Production

A winter’s chill can creep into the manufacturing plant – and freeze up productivity. Here are preventive measures for four of the most common weather-related gluing issues.

Problem: Open joints at the ends of edge-glued panels
In most cases, open joints occur when panels dry too rapidly after gluing. Make sure that the moisture content of the wood is 6-8% (closer to 6% is better) and that the relative humidity in the plant is 30-40%. The use of an end-sealer is also recommended.

Problem: Under-cured joints
Solution: Dropping plant and wood temperature can cause joints to under cure. If you experience an increase in panel failures, allow the panels to remain clamped an extra 10 to 15 minutes. If you are using radio frequency equipment, try adding five to 10 seconds onto the cure cycle.

Problem: Glue line chalking
A white glue squeeze-out likely indicates that the plant and wood are too cold for the adhesive being used. The "minimum use temperature" is included on data sheets as a guide to proper application temperatures. For best results, try to keep the wood and plant temperatures at least a few degrees above this value.

Problem: Frozen glue
Franklin makes every effort to avoid damage to our products due to freezing in transit. During extremely cold temperatures, we suspend shipments altogether. You might want to order your next shipment a couple of days earlier than usual to avoid running out of adhesive. If you receive frozen glue, contact Franklin Customer Service immediately for assistance.


Customer Service – North America
Phone: 800.487.4583


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