DRAWDOWNS : FILM THICKNESS CONTROLS
Determining a desirable film thickness requires understanding of how a wet film reacts at various thicknesses. Viscosity, surface tension and other physical properties that affect the final result must be understood before establishing what thickness will be accepted for a particular production. UV Process Supply offers many different tools for helping you determine these characteristics.
This chrome applicator features 8 precision channels ranging from 1 mil to 8 mils. A small quantity of the material to be checked is placed on the inside of the selected channel and drawn down over a paper chart or other smooth flat surface providing a uniform thickness of film for observation and testing.N008-003 8 PATH SCRAPER DRAWDOWN
Blade Applicator Gauge combines the accuracy of a
"bird" type applicator with the ease of
thumbscrew adjustability. It is specially designed to
provide precise test samples of inks, paints, coatings and
adhesives. The shape of the applicator blade is not a
sharp knife edge, but a flat area. Through a shearing
action only half the liquid is deposited on the test
sample. The applicator lays down a wet film thickness
which is nominally one-half the gap clearance.
N008-012 BLADE APPLICATOR GAUGE 8" 0-50 MILS 0-25 MILS
N008-013 BLADE APPLICATOR GAUGE 4" 0-50 MILS 0-25 MILS
N008-014 BLADE APPLICATOR GAUGE 8" 0-10 MILS 0-5 MILS
rods give users the ability to fine-tune coating thickness
quickly and easily, without altering the chemistry of
their coating material, and without time-consuming and
The Accu-Lab Jr. Laboratory Drawdown Rods (N008-026, N008-026A) are designed for users producing test samples up to 8½" wide. These stainless steel rods are 4" shorter than conventional lab rods and offer an additional savings.
coating thickness can be accurately predicted within one
tenth of a mil (.0001"). Rod selection tables allow
coaters to consider coat weight and percent of solids in
choosing the proper rod size for each production run.
Standard Lab Rods Only (Accu-Lab Jr. Rods only go to 80)
N008-026 DRAWDOWN :JR BAR#
N008-026A DRAWDOWN :JR BAR# 0
N008-058 LAB ROD :16LX12WLCX1/2D
CON-TROL-CURE™ Handheld Drawdown is a low cost precision
drawdown tool for testing inks, paints, emulsions,
adhesives and chemicals in the laboratory, on the plant
floor or in the field. The heavy-duty stainless steel
construction will not rust or corrode and can be
completely submersed in solvent for easy clean-up. Quick
one hand operation provides a full 5" wide drawdown
path of controlled coating thickness. Easy to change
Drawdown Rods are available to produce coatings from .25
mils (.00025") using the number 2.5 rod to 9 mils
(.009") thick using the number 90 rod. Includes 1
drawdown rod of your choice in that range.
For a film thickness greater than 9 mils, custom double a triple wound rods are available at an additional cost. Please contact us for a custom quotation.N008-015 DRAWDOWN :HAND-HELD
N008-015A DRAWDOWN :HAND-HELD BAR#
Printing ink drawdown sheets provide a variety of substrates for testing ink qualities. They are also useful for testing coatings because of their range in absorbency and texture. Sheet Size: 5" x 7-5/8"; Paper: Non-fluorescent/Unwatermarked; Ink: Jet Black/Non-bleeding; Packaging: Sold per box (10 pads/box - 100 sheets/pad for a total of 1000 sheets)
: LENETA PAD
N008-029 LENETA: OPACITY SHEETS (250 sheets)
Precision Tools for Matching Color and Coatings
quick and precise way to reliably match PMS and custom
colors for UV Flexo, and Primographic inks off-press.
After relentless hours of research and much time testing
the ultimate way to match color, we finally found what we
believe is the ultimate precision color matching tool.
Each of the below hand proofers is sold with 1 anilox roll
of your choosing (see the table at bottom.) If more rolls
are needed please contact us.
Echocel Junior is a Flexographic hand proofing system
incorporating Platinum® laser engraved ceramic anilox
technology, steel doctor blade and solvent resistant
rubber roll. This system has benefited from years of
successful exposure in the field. Designed specifically
for water based and solvent inks, this lightweight unit is
the standard in the field. Ink path width is 2.75 inch
(70mm) Traditional Rolls are engraved at a 60º Hex.
model, the Phantom Proofer, is the ultimate proofer
to increase pressroom efficiency! Manufactured with many
of the same quality components and high standards as the
Echocel Junior, this unit improves upon that design. Its
quick change anilox roll mechanism and doctor blade allow
for easier clean up, increasing efficiency. The ultra
lightweight design features less replacement parts and
built-in bearings. Ink path width is 2.75 inch (70mm)
Horizontally holds up to 12 drawdown rods 8.375" (22 mm) in length and longer. Sturdy polyethylene support measures 9.5 x 7" wide (241 mm x 178 mm) and 11.5" high (292 mm). There is 8.375" (213 mm) between plates with a 0.75" (19 mm) diameter carrying bar at the top. Rods not included.N008-002 DRAWDOWN ROD STORAGE RACK
For accurate, repeatable applications of test coatings, the precision CON-TROL-CURE™ Laboratory Drawdown is an economical solution to many of the problems associated with manual drawdowns. The unit controls the load on the drawdown rod with a simple, weighted assembly and holds the rod securely during the drawdown stroke. This operation eliminates human-related differences in rod pressure and direction of stroke. Accurately make samples up to 12"W x 13"L (30.5 cm x 33 cm).
is constructed with heavy-duty ball bearing slides for
reliable, long-lasting use. The Laboratory Drawdown uses a
standard 1/2" (1.27 cm) diameter stainless steel bar
that is tightly wound with stainless steel wire. The
diameter of the wire, in the wound form, regulates the
thickness of the coating. The bars are available in 45
different wire diameters from .0025"-.090" (wet
film thicknesses from .25-.9 mils). Bars are sold
The unit features:
Coating Thickness Chart located on the machine for easy reference.
N008-004 DRAWDOWN LABORATORY
Drawdown Bars (see chart above)
The Con-Trol-Cure™ MINI LABORATORY DRAWDOWN offers a low-cost, economical and precise method of measuring film thickness, for samples up to 8-1/2" wide. Easy to use handheld precision stainless steel Mini Drawdown Bars assure "no rocking" application. With a shorter bar, applying liquid samples in a straighter path is easily achieved. Its precision drawn wire is accurate to within .0001". The bars have an overall length of 12" and are 3/8" diameter. Mini Drawdown Bars are not included.
Each bar is sold separately. To order bars, please see item N008-026, Jr. Drawdown Bar. (NOTE: Samples are affixed to this item using tape, a sample holding clip is not available.)
Please note Accu-Lab Jr. Rods only go to up to 80N008-006 DRAWDOWN :MANUAL/MINI LAB
"Quick Peek" Offset Lab Proofing Kit is designed
for color matching and UV cure testing. Use to evaluate
offset ink characteristics. This complete lab proofing kit
features a 2" (50.8 mm) hand proofer, 1/4" x
3/4" x 4" (6.35 mm x 19 mm x 101.6 mm) nickel
plate ink gauge, hexagon handle ink plunger, polished
stainless steel inking surface, ink knife, and ink hole
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