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- Definitions & Terms
- Frequently Asked
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1. Definitions & Terms
- Accuracy--Conformity of an actual value to
the true (desired) value
Anaerobic--A dispensing material that cures in the absence of air
(typically used when bonding machined metals together)
- Bead--A continuous path of dispensed
- CIPG--Cured In Place Gasketing
- DFG--Dispensed Foam Gasketing
- FIPG--Formed In Place Gasketing
- Repeatability--The closeness of agreement
of repeated position movements directed to the same position under the same circumstances
(speed, direction, etc.)
- RTV--Room Temperature Vulcanizing
Which material is best for my
There are, of course, many factors to consider. We do not recommend
materials. Call us for referrals to material manufacturers with whom we have worked to
design successful dispensing automation.
dispense on my part?
You may have questions or concerns about dispensing on your unique part(s). Send us a
sample or a drawing--we'd be happy to discuss how dispensing technology can be used on
develop a cost effective solution for my application?
We're in the business of providing you with the optimum solution no matter how simple
or complex your application. Any level of dispensing is within our expertise:
manual, semi-automatic, or fully-automated turnkey systems.
pumping equipment and material supply systems are available?
We've used them all--various syringe sizes, 310 and 850 ml cartridges, 5 and 55 gallon
bulk supply pumps, pressure pots, hot melts, etc.
type of robot is best for my application?
Depending on your application and requirements, we will design a system using anything
from a manual dispense gun to a single-axis slide to a fully-programmable six-axis robot.
Cartesian coordinate robots are best-suited for most applications but we've designed many
systems based on arm and other types of robots.
you integrate my specific controller?
Our experienced engineers have used a wide variety of controllers from many suppliers
including Allen-Bradley, Delta Tau, GE FANUC, Modicon,Gallil, and others.
you design and build custom systems for complex or unusual circumstances?
Yes. This is one of our greatest strengths. We have designed and built
affordable automated dispensing systems for customers that were told it couldn't be done
or would be prohibitively expensive.
need more than just dispensing. Can you build a turnkey system that includes parts
handling, conveyors, curing, packaging, and other processes?
Yes. Another one of our strengths is providing complete automation
solutions revolving around the dispensing process.
kind of savings and payback can I expect?
Naturally, this depends upon your application and specific requirements. Our typical
customers have a payback period that ranges from a couple months to a year plus. Savings
come in the form of reduced labor and floor space requirements, reduced scrap, less
material waste, lower reject rate, reduced inventory costs of pre-formed gaskets, and
other reduced costs. Less tangible benefits include increased worker productivity,
elimination of repetitive injury situations, and reduced worker contact with harmful fluid
fast can your systems dispense?
We have built systems that dispensed as fast as 4000
IPM! Typically, our motion systems move as fast as the best of our competition. Common
optimal dispensing speeds vary widely and can range from 200 to 500 IPM (3.3 to 8.3 inches
per second). "Optimal" means that many variables come into play: desired
accuracy and repeatability, size of radii in the bead path, complexity of the bead path
including complex axis movement, material characteristics such as viscosity, and many
flexible are your dispensing systems?
Many of our products are modular in design to allow for unique and easy
configuration. Our programmable systems can automatically adjust for multiple part
configurations and bead path variability. Curing and cooling times may, if necessary, be
automatically altered based on parts and dispensed materials--this may include vision
system part-recognition or other various methods of detection.