A tank is generally useless if it does nothing more than hold the adhesive. The pressurized spray adhesive tanks need to enable a controlled application so that you can apply the correct amount of adhesive exactly where you need it. To do that, spray adhesive tanks need additional equipment to deliver the exceptional service for which they are very capable. In addition to a tank, all spray adhesive systems require:
- Fittings, which connect the tank to the hose and enables you to control the flow and shut it off when done using the adhesive.
- Hoses, which route the spray adhesive to the applicators.
- Applicators, which enable you to apply the adhesive where it is needed.
- Tips, which give operators precise control over the spray pattern.
Applicator for spray adhesive tanks
The fittings generally maintain the internal pressure and enable you to precisely control the amount of spray adhesive. Some adhesives require higher pressures to flow properly while others need lower air volume to lay down properly without wasting the adhesive material or having it flow where you do not need it or want it.
The hoses are capable of handling the higher pressures and safely route the adhesive spray to the applicators which is where much of the magic really occurs. The applicators often are shaped like a typical spray gun used in the automotive industry to do auto body repairs and paint. A long handle in front enables you to grasp the applicator with your entire hand and initiate the spray with the fittings helping you to dial in the correct pressure for the ideal application.
The applicator does not work right without using the proper tip and spray pattern. The tip enables the spray unit to atomize the adhesive and produce a very controlled spray pattern that enables you to apply the adhesive exactly where you need it and shut off the flow to prevent excessive buildup. The spray patterns usually are either vertical or horizontal and can change from one to another.