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Faustel Tech Center Adds Yokogawa Sensors


GERMANTOWN, WI | The Faustel Technical Center now includes WEBFREX3ES online sensors from Yokogawa.

The sensors are said to perform accurate online measurements of film and sheet thickness and to produce graphs (profiles) that give a quick grasp of the distribution, which can be used to control thickness and ensure that all films and sheets coming off the production line have a uniform thickness.

The sensors were added to both the 300-mm Labmaster Pilot Coater and the 600 mm Production-Level Pilot Coating Line. Both lines are capable of aqueous and solvent-based coating using a wide variety of methods including slot die, comma roll, knife-over roll, gravure, and hot melt coating.

WEBFREX3ES consists of up to five frames, which accommodate a Beta-ray type sensor, a measurement manager station to generate coat weight profiles, operator stations, and a profile stack server. The system is equipped with various functions provided for the battery electrode process, including high-speed and high-precision synchronization scanning, automatic identification of coated or noncoated parts, zone trend panel, profile data tracking, and a material coefficient window.

“We don’t have to stop and start the line,” says Jay Totten, manager of the Faustel Technology Center. “We make coat-weight adjustments on the run.” Faustel’s Technology Center is a modern process and product development resource available to converters and to coating and adhesive formulators.

The Center features a 610-mpm, 600-mm-wide (2,000-fpm, 24 in.-wide) pilot line that incorporates all major coating and curing/drying capabilities. Company says the Technology Center allows converters to closely emulate processes used on their production lines.

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