Due to their ability to accurately follow an instructed path with a precisely controlled speed, robots are often used for consistent application of fluid and adhesive material. Their applications include sealing, dosing, dispensing, gluing, and the application of insulation material.
Robots make use of carefully designed material pumps, regulators, and dispensing guns to apply materials such as sealant, adhesive, or washing solution to a stationary or moving part.
In most of those dispensing applications, the robot is handling the part under a dispensing tool rather than manipulating the dosing tool directly, and the dispensing unit is stationary. The process stability of the media supply is improved by doing this.
Dispensing robots have the capability to control every aspect of an application’s parameters, including air assist, atomization air, multiple fluid flows/guns/equipment, speed-proportional control, and anticipation parameters.
When handling smaller pieces, robots are typically moving the dispensing tools. When it comes to bigger parts, in order to reduce floor space and to reduce the fluid transportation lines shortage, the parts will be handled by the robot under a dispensing tool.
Robots provide great motion control technology for these types of path-related applications – excellent speed control and path continuity. Their fast interpolation rate allows for a very constant speed that is proportional to the dosing rate. This is required to achieve the perfect thickness and height of the seal.
This excellent motion capability is important for robotic sealing applications – bead application, flat extrusion, swirl application, sound dampener application, cleaning and activating gluing area, 2K application. Typical sealing applications include automotive car bodies, powertrain and engine parts (pumps, cylinder head), windows, electric switchboards, PCB boards, and many more.
Gluing is a widely used industrial fastening solution, as the latest innovations in adhesive technology now allow the gluing of any type of material. By limiting the number of parts needed, gluing provides a simple, cost-effective, means of automated assembly.
Using robots for gluing improves precision and controls bead cross-sections. Profitability is generated by gains in productivity, and also by optimizing adhesive consumption rates.
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