Automatic Film Applicator
Automatic Film Applicator

Automatic Film Applicator PA-2101: ideal for test charts

Automatic Film Applicator

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Drawdowns made by hand can show irregularities caused by variations in speed and pressure on the applicator tool. The quality of the drawdown will be dependent on the shear rate and the weight on the applicator. Measurements of film properties such as abrasion resistance, hiding power and gloss are greatly affected by the application quality.

The Automatic Film Applicator guarantees a linear and even movement of the film applicator – repeatable and high quality results are guaranteed:

  • Precise application speed settable in 10 mm/s increments from 50 to 500 mm/s
  • Wide range of operating speeds allowing optimum settings of shear rate
  • Real time display of application speed
  • Memory function to store commonly used speeds
  • Constant downward force applied to coated surface
  • A wide variety of film applicators can be accommodated
  • Applicators may be used side by side for comparison tests
  • Wire bar coater attachment included
  • Solvent resistant touch key panel that is easily cleaned
  • Built-in vacuum plate with vacuum pump
  • Two stroke lengths
Technical Specification for Automatic Film Applicator
Traverse Speed 2 - 20 in/s (50 - 500 mm/s)
Traverse Speed Accuracy 0.4 in/s (10 mm/s)
Display Resolution 0.4 in/s (10 mm/s)
Wire Bar Diameter 0.4 - 0.5 in (10 - 13 mm)
Wire Bar Test Length 12.4 in max. (320 mm max.)
Wire Bar Minimum Length 16.0 in (407 mm)
Stroke Length

6.7 in (170 mm);  13.4 in (340 mm)

Test Panel Size 16.5 x 11.8 in (420 x 300 mm)
Preset Speed Memories 2
Power Supply 230/115 V, 50/60 Hz selectable
Power Consumption 130 Watts
Dimensions 24.9 x 8.7 x 19.7 in (632 x 220 x 500 mm)
Weight 99.2 lbs (45 kg)

Comes complete with:
Automatic Film Applicator
Vacuum plate
Built-in vacuum pump
Clamp for sample holding

Note: Applicator and test charts must be ordered separately.

Automatic Film Applicator

Automatic Film Applicator PA-2101: ideal for test charts

Resource I Variable Speed Mechanical Drive

This spring driven device is designed for preparing films of uniform thickness on a test substrate, such as our Gardner drawdown charts.

• Spring driven – safe to use in volatile atmospheres
• Yields uniform pressure and speed for reproducible drawdowns
• Speed and pressure are adjustable according to what type of coating is used

The apparatus was specifically designed to accommodate our Wire-Cators and therefore is very useful for the application of very thin films. Other Applicator, such as fixed and adjustable bar type Applicator can also be used, but require the purchase of adapter PA-3881.

Technical Specification for Resource I Variable Speed Mechanical Drive
Net Weight
Shipping Weight
20.25 x 15 x 5.75 in (51.4 x 38.1 x 14.6 cm) 25 lbs (11.4 kg) 30 lbs (13.6 kg)
Note: Applicator and adapter must be ordered separately


This mechanical drive can accomodate all Gardner Applicator except Wire-wound rods which can be used with the Resource I Mechanical Drive and the Small Automatic Film Applicator

BYK-Gardner Mechanical Drive
Gardner Applicator
BYK-Gardner Mechanical Drive
Drawndown Charts

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