The MiniBlue® II adhesive applicator was recently honored at the FachPack International Trade Fair.

The MiniBlue II adhesive applicator from Nordson Corp. recently won the 33rd annual German Packaging Award during the FachPack Trade Fair in Nuremberg, Germany. Introduced globally in March 2010, the compact, high-speed, pneumatic, hot-melt adhesive applicator placed first in the Engineered Machinery category. A panel of 14 packaging industry and national trade association experts selected the MiniBlue II applicator based on criteria including economic impact on the manufacturing process, sustainability, engineering innovation, user-friendliness, safety and design aesthetics.

According to a statement issued by the jury, “Nordson implemented unique innovations that advance hot-melt dispensing technology and further the advantages of packaging with hot-melt, over previous dispensers and alternate forms of bonding and sealing. In particular, they have significantly increased application precision as well as dispensing speed, enabling more efficient packaging at higher line speeds with less waste. Nordson’s patented and patent-pending seal technology delivers extended service life and permits longer maintenance intervals, making adhesive dispensing considerably more productive and user-friendly.”

MiniBlue Hot-Melt Dispensing Guns

MiniBlue II hot-melt adhesive applicators provide long life, less maintenance and reduced downtime in packaging operations. The ball-and-seat design features a patented hydraulic seal for longer life without leakage. Packaging-grade adhesives can be applied at cycle rates of 2 m/s using the MiniBlue II applicator and a Nordson Saturn® Platinum (SP) high-speed solenoid valve. MiniBlue II modules use standard Saturn nozzles and are backward-compatible with previous-generation MiniBlue applicators.

MiniBlue reduced-cavity hot-melt applicators virtually eliminate waste associated with adhesive stringing. Because these glue applicators provide clean adhesive cutoff and less stringing, packagers benefit from clean bonding and sealing and minimal maintenance and cleanup. MiniBlue II ball-and-seat and MiniBlue reduced-cavity applicators are ideal for applications with close compression sections and limited parent machinery space. Key features of the applicators include:
  • Fast (2 m/s) cycle times and superior high-speed performance
  • Integrated filters that capture contaminants and reduce nozzle clogs
  • Insulating covers that reduce energy use up to 50% and maintain temperature for better adhesive flow, cutoff, and bonding
  • Both reduced cavity and ball-and-seat configurations

About Nordson

Nordson Corp. is a leading producer of precision dispensing equipment that applies adhesives, sealants, coatings, and other materials to a range of consumer and industrial products during manufacturing operations. The company also manufactures equipment used in the testing and inspection of electronic components, as well as technology-based systems for curing and surface treatment processes. Headquartered in Westlake, OH, Nordson has direct operations and sales support offices in more than 30 countries. For additional details, visit

About The German Packaging Award

Employing the theme “Pack the Future,” the German Packaging Institute commended a total of 22 new developments in seven categories at the 2010 Nuremburg trade show. The German Packaging Awards competition, initiated in the 1960s, is open to international and domestic manufacturers, developers, designers, and users of innovative packaging solutions, and promotes creativity and innovation from new and established companies. To receive an award, product entries must demonstrate technological advancement and functionality that positively impact and set new standards for the future of the packaging industry. Visit for more information.