Industrial Adhesives: Storage and Safety Tips 

September 8, 2017/ Practical Improvements/ 0 comments

 

If you have made the decision to source custom make products from bespoke adhesive tape suppliers, they are probably for an important purpose. If not, you would have no doubt been happy to settle with generic adhesives. 

Given the importance placed on their properties and performance, it simply makes sense to ensure your custom adhesive products are appropriately looked after. Not only to guarantee their performance, but also maximise value for money. After all, if the products you purchase spoil or are rendered unusable for any reason, you are looking at wasted money.

Which is why it pays to be as proactive as possible when it comes to storage, application and overall safety. This way, you are more likely to get the maximum possible use and value for money from your custom adhesive products.

Breaking the Seal

For example, it’s important to be aware of the fact that most adhesive products begin to deteriorate the moment the seal on the packaging is broken. In some instances, adhesives can continue being used for weeks or even months after being opened. In others, it’s a case of using them as quickly as possible, given their tendency to harden or deteriorate in no time at all. This is something that will be specified in the manufacturer’s instructions, which should be read in full. That said, these are also the kinds of things that can be discussed and worked with when going about ordering the adhesive in the first place. If you need the kind of adhesive product that remains robust and reliable long after being opened you are going to need to specify this when placing your order.

Storage Locations

You also need to think carefully about exactly where you intend to store the adhesives you buy. This is because the storage conditions – as in the environment around the adhesive containers – can and will have an impact on their properties.  Some adhesives are capable of dealing with the vast majority of atmospheric conditions, without their properties being affected. However other adhesives may be rendered useless or at least deteriorate in quality, should the storage environment by too hot, too cold or too humid. These kinds of atmospheric considerations also apply when using or storing adhesives that have already been opened.

Original Containers

The best advice in terms of both safety and sensible storage is to always keep all industrial adhesives in their original containers. The reason being that these are the containers the manufacturer has found the most suitable for the products within. As such, transferring the contents to another container which may not be quite suitable could have a negative impact on the properties of the adhesive. Or perhaps, damage the container to such an extent that it becomes unsafe. It’s always sensible to err on the side of caution with such things, perhaps getting in touch with the manufacturer directly if you are unsure.

Combining Chemicals

One of the biggest mistakes anyone can make with industrial chemicals have any kind is that of mixing two or more products together. This is because even if the two chemicals in question are fundamentally safe on their own, they could nonetheless pose an extreme health hazard when combined. Even when trace amounts of one chemical are exposed to another, it can still result in the kinds of chemical reactions that can release toxic gases, or even cause explosions. As such, it is advisable to avoid mixing chemicals at all costs – even if you genuinely believe that there is minimal risk of anything adverse occurring.

Manufacturer’s Guidelines

Last but not least, perhaps the single most important safety and storage tip when it comes to industrial adhesives is to read and acknowledge the manufacturer’s guidelines. What’s important to remember when working with bespoke adhesive products is that the ‘bespoke’ nature of the product makes it somewhat unique. Which in turn means that it may have its own unique guidelines and recommendations, so as to ensure it is handled and stored in a safe manner.  They keep being never to make assumptions with such things, given the way in which most adhesive products are so different from one another. Always read the supplied instructions in full, being sure to get in touch with the manufacturer directly if you have any further questions or concerns.