A fixed automation process is mostly automated, with reduced operator interaction. These are often semi-custom processes designed to perform one specific activity with the goal of improving accuracy and speed or reducing the amount of labour required. At this level labor is increasingly difficult to find and correspondingly more expensive.
Full service units designed to apply linear strips of tape to parts such as stiffeners. Besides continuous taping they can be programmed to apply multiple specific lengths of tape at intervals, replicating the operation at high speed with minimal operator involvement.
Designed to manipulate custom die cut pieces of tape, with the ability to remove liners and provide accurate and replicable placement at production speeds, making operation easier for operators of all skill levels.
Automatically feeds, applies and cuts small lengths of pressure sensitive tapes. Width and length of tape are adjustable, and the applicator can be used manually or mounted to an automated machine.
Adhesive is applied between two rollers, the doctor roll and the application roll; the adhesive then coats the application roll and when a part is fed through the adhesive transfers from the application roll to the part. Coating weight can be adjusted by changing the pressure applied to the part while it is fed through the system and by adjusting the distance between the doctor roll and the application roll. Roll coaters come in a variety of widths and have adjustable input thicknesses, and can apply adhesives uniformly or in a pattern.
Often used in high-output applications and can be customized to accommodate most part shapes and sizes. These systems can include x-y tables, robots, conveyor systems and automated spray heads to spray adhesive for even coverage or a specified pattern across a part. A spray booth system minimizes operator involvement and reduces waste.
Used to apply adhesive to a 2-dimensional surface and can be customized to accommodate different size tables and parts. Generally operates on two or three axes.