ViscoTec recently announced the availability of ViScaFeed, a material treatment and supplying system for use with the two-component ViscoDuo-VM dispenser in automated applications. Similar to the ViScaMix (for manual potting applications), the ViScaFeed comes from Scanmaster in Denmark.
While many of the features of ViScaMix were transferred to the ViScaFeed, the dosing pumps were replaced by the larger 3VMP18 to increase supply capacity. When increasing production numbers, the ViScaFeed can be integrated into an existing PLC of a robot or XYZ table. In this case, the system takes over both the treatment and the supply of the materials to be dispensed to the two-component dispenser, which is mounted directly on the gantry.
According to ViscoTec, ViScaFeed is perfectly suited for abrasive, filled, or shear-sensitive fluids and pastes, regardless of their viscosities. The two-component materials can be dispensed with a mixing ratio of 1:1 to 10:1.
The treatment and supplying system does not have its own control unit. Instead, it is controlled via the ViscoTec ViscoDos-2K-V by means of two-point pressure control. The individual dosing parameters for the progressive-cavity pumps in the dosing system can be set via the external control (dosing quantity, volume flow, mixing ratio, calibration, pot life warning, etc.).
ViscoTec reports that the dosing is precise; mixing is done by common static mixers. Possible dosing speeds range from 10-600 ml/min, depending on the pump combination and mixing ratio.
Learn more about ViScaFeed at www.viscotec.com.