A new lamination machine for the Expanded Polystyrene industry has been designed and produced by Union Tool Corporation. The machine applies hot melt adhesives, thus acting as a Hot Melt Roller Coater, but also laminates adhesive backed films on to the substrate, a process that previously required the use of an additional Hot Roll Laminator.
As a result Expanded Polystyrene Products (EPS) can be laminated to materials that need to be bonded to the polystyrene substrate with hot melt adhesive coatings, or be used to bond products that have a heat activated adhesive coating that only requires activation for bonding to occur.
The machine will be used in bonding EPS to roofing materials, packaging, paper, andfiberglass as well as fabrics. The new equipment will save factory floor space by combining functions that previously required separate machines and is expected to reduce labor costs.