Helpful Hints

Tricks and Traps of Working with Glue

Apex Die: Folding / Gluing

What do presentation folders and folding cartons have in common? These products all count on glue to convert them from flat, printed pieces into finished products. They're also susceptible to glue-induced problems such as warping or insufficient adhesion. These unsightly issues not only compromise the quality and functionality of your finished products, but they can hurt the appeal and perception of your brand or that of your client.

Before you swear off glue forever, recognize that proper attention and advance communication can ward off most gluing problems before they do brand damage. Let's review a few tricks and traps of gluing.

Gather Usage Requirements
The 'who, what and where' of your application's usage will often drive your choice of materials and processes. Start your requirement gathering by answering a few short questions, such as:

Time vs. Moisture: Gluing's Eternal Battle
Moisture is everywhere: in the atmosphere, in paper, in coatings and especially in adhesives. Prior to application, graphic arts adhesives contain approximately 60% water, most of which must dissipate before the glue is fully cured. But without sufficient time to dry, the effects of excess moisture can wreak havoc on your projects by warping and puckering glued areas, or allowing excess glue to seep onto nearby products.

Here are two ways to avoid a sticky mess and win gluing's eternal battle:

Nuts and Bolts: Gluing Design and Layout Tips

The Apex Die Advantage
Apex Die has the expertise and capabilities to handle all of your gluing needs. Our multiple high-speed folding/gluing machines offer fast turnarounds and outstanding quality on standard or capacity pockets, presentation folders, production packaging, boxes, media holders, POP displays and more. Give us a call today to see how Apex Die can help you exceed the expectations of your customers and end users.