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meyer rod coatingWhen a manufacturer needs to apply adhesive to a web substrate, there are many different ways to accomplish the job. Meyer rod coating is one of the most popular of these adhesive coating methods. It allows manufacturers to apply adhesive evenly and consistently, with excellent control over coating thickness. 

Now, you may be wondering how does Meyer rod coating work, and how do businesses use it? Furthermore, how can manufacturers find contract manufacturing services that can perform Meyer rod coating? This guide to Meyer rod coating will answer those questions and introduce you to the process. 

Meyer Rod Coating: Basics of the Process

In the early 20th century, the inventor Charles Meyer started using wire wound rods to apply coatings to substrates. Today, his technology is known as Meyer rod coating, and it’s a widely used adhesive coating method.

The basic operation of Meyer rod coating works like this:

  1. Motorized rollers move a web substrate through the coating machine.
  2. A coating roll picks up adhesive from a pan and applies it to the web. 
  3. A wire wound rod (known as a Meyer rod or metering rod) doctors the adhesive to the desired thickness and pattern.
  4. Another roller moves the substrate to the next step of the manufacturing process. 

So, what is it that stands out about this coating method? 

Why Manufacturers Use Meyer Rod Coating

Part of what makes this application so useful is that it’s a relatively simple process. The simplicity makes it easy to modify to suit many different types of manufacturing applications. It also offers precise control over important factors like the thickness of the coating. 

Manufacturers can use a variety of wire wound rod setups to get different thickness or application patterns. Changing the wire gauge is one way to customize the rod. Other methods of customization include using smooth rods or rods with formed grooves instead of wire. Some of these special rods offer better performance with high or low viscosity coatings. 

Applications for Meyer Rod Coating

The versatility and efficiency of this process makes it popular across industries. Some of the numerous industries that use this process include:

  • Automotive
  • Furniture
  • Paper Goods
  • Construction
  • Roofing
  • Textiles

Meyer rod technology is also a great choice for hundreds of different substrates, including:

  • Wovens
  • Film
  • Cloth
  • Paper
  • Plastics
  • Foils

Finally, Meyer rod technology is compatible with many of the most popular adhesive coatings. These include pressure sensitive hot melts and water based adhesive films. Combined, these capabilities make Meyer rod coating suitable for many different applications. 

Contract Manufacturing

While this is an efficient process, it also requires purchasing the right equipment. For many manufacturers, it’s easier and more cost-effective to hire another company to perform the process instead. That’s where contract manufacturers come in.

A contract manufacturer provides on demand manufacturing services to businesses. The contract manufacturer’s specialized capabilities help the business fill in its needs while staying on budget. By streamlining manufacturing processes, contract manufacturing helps businesses grow and maintain their edge in competitive industries.

Conversion Technologies International is proud to be a contract manufacturer that offers the widest range of contract adhesive coating capabilities. When it comes to Meyer rod coating, CTI can provide: 

  • Research and development resources
  • Prototyping and market testing
  • Customized manufacturing processes
  • Robust five-step process that takes your projects from consultation to production
  • Medium to long production runs

Diverse Services from CTI

Does your business need contract coating services using Meyer rod technology? CTI can help. Our facilities offer flexible modular manufacturing capabilities that manufacturers trust, at prices they can afford. Plus, our complete conversion manufacturing services also include custom lamination services and slitting and die cutting

Adhesive Coatings

Many products need other methods of adhesive or general coating applications. We have the equipment and the expertise to provide the perfect solution. Our experts have faced a variety of unique issues and know how to resolve any challenge you are facing.

Often, components need a coating to be used as a primer to increase surface tension. In these cases, they often also need to be pressure-sensitive or able to withstand tremendous heat. Our team can handle the following materials:

  • Acrylic
  • Latex
  • Acetate
  • Neoprene
  • Silicone
  • Urethane
  • and much more!

CTI can also process many different classes of coatings. From hot melts to water-based, thermoplastic to water-repellent or fire-retardant, we can handle it. Our facility includes hot air drying and room temperature curing to handle all adhesive processes. That means we can raise cure temperatures up to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Plus, we can accommodate widths up to 120 inches and rolls that weight up to 2,000 pounds. We can even apply adhesive coating from less than one millimeter up to 60 millimeters.


Custom laminating jobs requires capable equipment and engineering expertise. We have both and we know how to match the lamination process to the desired results. Our experts can handle any size format or material you have.

We are experts in:

  • Slot die
  • Roll coating
  • Gravure coating
  • Hot roll
  • Belt lamination
  • Spray coating

Slitting & Die Cutting

Additionally, we offer superior technical support for reliable solutions to engineering challenges. Accredited by the top industry standards boards, our team knows how to get the job done. We combine innovative technology and creative solutions and hold ourselves to very high standards. We provide custom sheeting and are able to convert most materials, including:

  • Cardboard
  • Vinyl
  • Paper
  • Non-woven
  • Foam
  • Cloth

Get started with a free quote by calling us at 419-924-5566 or contact us online.