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Precise dispensing with easy programming


ordson EFD, the world’s leading precision fluid dispensing systems manufacturer, introduces its new series of automated fluid dispensing systems for streamlined integration into any manufacturing operation. The PRO Series


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integrates vision and laser height sensing with closed-loop encoding to provide a complete automated solution that is quick to set up, easy to program and operate, and with advanced dispensing capabilities. The PRO Series has a smart vision CCD camera that captures detailed


component part images and converts them into high resolution digital files, a key feature that simplifies tedious programming. The vision system is integrated with EFD’s new DispenseMotion software, specially designed for precise fluid dispensing. The PRO4L Series also includes fully integrated laser height sensing that detects height variations on the surface of a product and makes corrections to the dispensing height to prevent uneven deposits and tip or workpiece damage. The PRO Series’ advanced vision-guided DispenseMotion software simplifies set up and facilitates programming with an on-screen preview of the dispensing path. The dispense tip can be driven to the precise point needed. Tasks of importing and converting DXF, CAD, and Excel files are equally simple. True three-dimensional motion control allows easy programming of dots, lines, circles, arcs, compound arcs, and complex patterns. In addition to the PRO and PROL systems, EFD is also introducing its


new E and EV automated dispensing systems. The EV Series includes a simple vision camera to support on-screen setup, while the E Series relies on a Teach Pendant for dispense programming.


EFD International T: 01582 666334 E: europe@nordsonefd.com


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achine Vision advances over the last two decades have been aimed at faster


image capture, more detail (increasing number of pixels), more flexible sensors, greater compactness and easier interfacing and control. We have seen CMOS sensors slowly take over from CCD sensors in machine vision cameras. As the quality and functionality of the CMOS sensors has improved more and more camera manufacturers have included them in their products ranges. As the speed of acquisition has increased through technical advances so has the number of pixels. Now it is fairly easy to find area cameras with 5, 10 or even 25 Mega Pixels, while line scan cameras can be supplied with up 16k pixel format. The advances in electronics have meant manufacturers have been able to make products not only faster but also more compact at the same time. One of the main problems years ago was integrating cameras, frame grabbers and computers. Complex cables where involved and separate data transfer and power cables have to be provided. Now, with the Camera Link interfacing, power over Camera Link, has simplified interfacing and for less demanding applications interfaces like USB3.0 Vision offers users a much simpler way to interface a camera to their computer system. Advances in Machine Vision illumination have included more use of LED lighting with a greater range of colours being used. Improvement in structured light sources offer advantages in the field of 3D Imaging.


Alrad Instruments T: 01635 30345 www.alrad.co.uk


New Innovative Nordson EFD Static Mixer


Nordson EFD, introduces OptiMixer™, a revolutionary new 2K (two-component) disposable square static mixer that provides superior process control and efficiency in dispensing two-part materials. OptiMixer can improve product quality in assembly and repair processes in automotive, aerospace, construction, and maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) industries. It features a patent-pending design that is 20% shorter than comparable mixers on the market, This allows for more precise, repeatable dispensing of two-component sealants and adhesives. and results in 30% less retained fluid, OptiMixer can be attached to most large volume ( 200 ml) multi-ratio cartridges, including EFD’s u-TAH™, Side x Side, and Coaxial cartridges.


EFD International – Dunstable, U.K. Tel: 01582 666334 Email: europe@nordsonefd.com /AUTOMATION 20TH ANNIVERSARY SUPPLEMENT | APRIL 2016 S13


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