Hot melt is a process where a polymer-based glue or adhesive is applied in its molten state by using a heated hose and a glue gun. The process is widely used to glue various parts together in industrial segments like packaging, furniture, bookbinding, carton-making, labels, product assembly and in the automotive industry.
The heated hose is made of a PTFE liner with layers built around of stainless steel (or textile) braid, silicon tape, a heating element, several layers of fiberglass isolation followed by a protective sleeve.
Due to its unique properties, PTFE is the perfect solution for this application. PTFE can handle a wide temperature range of up to 260°C/ 500°F and has the lowest coefficient of friction of any solid known; these properties, along with non-stick properties, ensure continuous low pressure drops with no blockage during service.
PTFE liners are highly resistant against a very wide range of chemicals and adhesives, do not age and maintain superior flex fatigue resistance.