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May 2018 will see a 50,000-strong bee colony move into the garden area of our Bremen headquarters.

As you may have read in media reports, the world’s honey-bee population has been on the decline for many years. In Germany alone, the number of bee colonies has dropped by 30% from around 1.1 million to approximately 700,000 since 1990. There are many reasons why the bees are dying: Pesticides, monocultures, mites and parasites all heavily deplete bee populations.

And these days, species extinction is occurring up to 1000 times faster than evolutionary loss. And yet bees generate approx. 2.5 billion Euros for the economy in Germany alone. So it’s no surprise that, after cattle and pigs, bees are the most important livestock for humans worldwide.

Co-PackingBusinesses and consumers have long since become accustomed to fast deliveries and even same-day delivery. And a smooth returns service goes without saying. Factors like these play a big role in the success of a business.

But not every company has the necessary storage capacity, time or staff to meet these requirements. They pass these activities on to other companies that specialise in them. This has allowed the development of an important branch of industry that uses its expertise in precisely this area. External service providers ensure greater efficiency in warehousing, shipping and returns management. Often, at the end of the day, it involves a box, a package or a display in which hot melt adhesives play a major role.

Ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) is a base polymer commonly used in standard adhesives. It is the basis of hot melt adhesives used in floristry, handcraft and the packaging industry, amongst other sectors.

EVA based hot melts are 100% solid and transparent in their basic form. They are multicomponent systems in which the properties can be adjusted by skilfully combining various polymers and additives. EVA hot melt adhesives contain about 33% polymer. These polymers have good compatibility with the additives. Additives can include resin, wax, oil, fillers and tackifiers with which the flowability, cure time, setting time, softening point or colour are controlled. The adhesive acquires its characteristic properties from the recipe.

MultiauftragskopfMineral wool is often used as a non-flammable insulation material when thermally insulating a building. In this case the insulation materials are normally bonded with films of different types. Multiline application heads are often used to apply the hot melt adhesives to the films or the substrate materials. These special application heads are suitable for this process, because the structure of the substrate material is often uneven, the area to be bonded is large and the application should be applied evenly. Multiline heads are not identical to the multi-head system in which every head can individually be controlled.

The multiline heads for endless application are fitted with closely spaced nozzles. Several adhesive lines can be applied simultaneously with very close spacing. The system is known as a multiline application head from four nozzles upwards. Versions of up to 100 line nozzle fittings are being used by some customers at present.

Footfall sound is the sound which is caused by people or machines moving over a base such as the floor. The resulting noises are perceived by our senses. Architectural acoustics differentiate between footfall sound and walking noise. You can find out how hot melt adhesives support the acoustics in various rooms in our article.

Footfall insulation

Walking noise is, for example, the noise made by heels tapping on hard floors. Reduction of the noise is achieved by the selection of a sound-absorbing floorcovering. Walking noise is only perceived in one room. Laying carpets in the room aids reduction of the noises.

Footfall sound has to be taken into account during building shell construction. Perception of footfall sound takes place in rooms which are next to, underneath or above the sound source. For example, in older buildings one can hear the washing machine spinning or could even plot a movement log for the neighbour's kids.