The ability to efficiently and accurately dispense adhesives, sealants, and other materials is absolutely vital in assembly operations. Companies that rely on manual methods run into issues with operator error, slow speeds, excessive waste, and other problems. High-speed, high-performance automated dispensing equipment can drastically improve production speed and precision, but they also bring their own set of challenges.

What do you think are the most prevalent challenges experienced by manufacturing companies in their dispensing operations? Any guesses? To find the answer, Nordson EFD partnered with Clear Seas Research, undertaking multiple in-depth studies over five years. Claude Bergeron, Nordson EFD product line manager, shares the compiled results—as well as solutions to these common problems—in this issue. Read “Common Dispensing Challenges and Solutions” to read the article (and see if your guesses were on the mark!).

If you’re facing an equipment-related challenge and need a solution, I invite you to explore the descriptions and use information we’ve compiled for this issue. We detail hundreds of different pieces of equipment used in the development, production, and application of adhesives and sealants and related products, in the hope of helping you better understand the equipment you need for your operation. Supplier logos and mini-ads are also included for your convenience.

Plus, our online Equipment Handbook directory at is always available to help you source the equipment you’re interested in. Fully searchable, this directory features suppliers’ contact information and a description of their offerings, as well as our easy-to-use Request for Proposal feature. Be sure to check it out and bookmark it for future reference.