First-class technology for the production of contact adhesives and melt adhesives

Continuous Production of Pressure Sensitive Adhesives and Hot Melt Adhesives

Adhesives are characterized by the fact that they are able to bond parts made out of all kind of material. Adhesives for technical applications are highly developed compounds, especially designed for these requirements.

Coperion’s extrusion systems have been used successfully for many years in the production of pressure sensitive adhesives and hot melt adhesives.

Through highly accurate feeders of Coperion K-Tron the polymers and additives are fed gravimetrically, individually or pre-mixed into the infeed barrel of the twin screw extruder ZSK Mv PLUS. After plasticizing/masticating and compounding of the different polymers and additives, the resins (solid or liquid) and softeners/oils and fillers are incorporated.

Process steps such as the devolatilization of air and volatile components or the straining of the finished compound follow.

Today the majority of adhesives are still produced in batch processes. Due to the fluctuation in quality and in many cases high efforts for cleaning, more and more producers are switching from the batch process to the continuous process on Coperion’s ZSK co-rotating twin screw extruders.

Raw materials

Elastomers 30-50 %
Resins 20-40 %
Softeners/oils 10 - 40 %
Fillers    0 - 10 %
Color pigments 0 - 3 %
Stabilizers 0 - 3 %

Typical set-up for the production of pressure-sensitive adhesives PSA

Comprehensive product range


Coperion has comprehensive know-how in the design of the ZSK Mv PLUS twin screw extruder for the production of adhesives. Numerous extruders have proven themselves in the market.

Throughput rates*

ZSK 34 Mv PLUS 90 - 160 kg/h
ZSK 43 Mv PLUS 180 - 330 kg/h
ZSK 54 Mv PLUS 400 - 650 kg/h
ZSK 62 Mv PLUS 550 - 950 kg/h
ZSK 76 Mv PLUS 1,000 – 1,800 kg/h

* depending on raw materials and recipes

ZSK Mv PLUS Extruder

Feeding Equipment

Delivering the right materials in the correct amount is critical to the manufacturing of adhesives. Coperion K-Tron is expert in feeding equipment for adhesive processing and has comprehensive engineering expertise.



Coperion offers a comprehensive and efficient spare parts service for the delivered machines and systems. With our maintenance services we ensure your plant availability and check the efficient utilization of resources.

Comprehensive range of services