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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 material
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

2. Frequently Asked Questions

Which material is best for my application?
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.

Can you 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 your part.

Can you 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.

What 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.

What 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.

Can 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.

Can 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.

I 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.

What 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 materials.

How 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 other factors.

How 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.


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