Consultation on application and process optimization

Besides our development know-how, we have also accumulated extensive production expertise over the years, which we are eager to share with our customers and business partners. On this page, you will find important information that helps you enhance your packaging operations and run safe processes. Benefit from our broad operations know-how and deepen your understanding on important food safe packaging related topics.

At Henkel, we are offering consultation on application and process optimization with the guidance of our Technical Customer Service and Food Safety experts. We know that safe substrates alone do not ensure food safety. Running safe processes is the next step in ensuring the quality and safety of food packaging solutions. With regard to the adhesive-related aspects in packaging materials and food production, quality and production managers benefit from the know-how of our expert on-site teams, focusing on the elimination of potential risks along the packaging line. We provide support on e.g.:

  • Correct adhesive application quantity
  • Correct adhesive temperature
  • Correct adhesive placement on the package

Learn more on how to run safe processes!

Good Manufacturing Practices encompass the part of quality assurance which ensures that products are consistently produced and controlled to the quality standards appropriate to their intended use. Specifically, articles 5, 6 and 7 of the GMP Regulation (EC) No 2023/2006 demand:

  • Implementation of an effective and documented quality assurance system
  • Establishment of a quality control system including on-going monitoring
  • Documentation of specification, manufacturing formulas and processing

Learn more about the topic of GMP and its significance for the production of food contact materials.

More information on food contact legislation

After the selection of the right adhesive for your specific application, there are various important aspects that operators should consider in order to minimize health and safety risks and to improve efficiency in the operation plant.

1. Internalize relevant documents

Always check the information stated in the CLP section of the product label or in relevant documents such as our Technical Data Sheets (TDS), Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) and Food Contact Statements (FCS).The TDS contains essential information e.g. on the adhesive’s application areas and product properties, but also critical aspects with regard to cleaning, handling and storage of the adhesive. The MSDS generally comprises further important adhesive-related details for the user of the product such as hazards identification, composition data, first aid measures and transport information. Besides these, make sure to internalize information on handling and storage as well as precautionary measures you can apply to minimize health and environmental risks when using and disposing the adhesive or other products, such as cleaners. Finally, our FCS encompasses comprehensive data aimed at providing our customers with important information so that they can perform their proper risk assessment and manage the risk for the final consumer. Besides detailed information on relevant food contact legislation, e.g. the Framework Regulation, GMP Regulation or Plastics Regulation, we demonstrate the results of our in-house migration tests on the particular adhesive and also specify potential migrants that have to be checked in the final packaging.

2. Protect yourself
Personal safety is a key element in the overall safety of a production plant. In addition to your site’s personal protective equipment (PPE), we recommend to wear gloves, protective goggles and long sleeves while using adhesives or adhesive cleaners.

3. Extend longevity and minimize downtime using cleaners
If you use adhesives in your plant, there will always be impurities caused by adhesives. However, for each impurity there are also matching cleaners. We recommend cleaning the adhesive parts of your system on a regular basis in order to extend the longevity of the equipment and reduce the need for new spare parts. Furthermore, a proper cleaning of machine parts such as guide rails, rollers and compression plates will minimize production downtime.

4. Use quality equipment solutions
Choose the right equipment solutions in order to enhance the quality, safety and efficiency of your operations. At Henkel, we have accumulated expert knowledge on equipment solutions for the handling of adhesives and are offering various systems for adhesive processing. One example are closed melt-on-demand hotmelt systems that help you to achieve the required quality and safety of your production processes. Closed systems support you in keeping your production environment contamination-free and significantly reduce the risk of spilled adhesive being placed back in the bag or in the tank. Furthermore, we provide dosing units for flexible packaging operations, enabling exact pumping of multi-component adhesive systems that allows for compliance with specified mixing ratio and minimizes risks such as delamination.


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