PDT rolls out two dispensing systems

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Scott Reynaert, sales representative and project manager for Precision Dispense Technologies in Zeeland, demonstrates the company's epoxy shot meter system that it custom designed for an automotive glass manufacturer in the Detroit area. Courtesy Precision Dispense Technologies

Precision Dispense Technologies is now shipping orders of its first two comprehensive adhesive and primer dispensing systems for glass manufacturers.

PDT, formed in spring 2019 as a subsidiary of Zeeland-based Hil-Man Automation, said it is now selling two new machine units, a gravity feed dispensing system and a dual servo-driven shot meter system.

A PDT customer known for manufacturing automotive glass was among the first to purchase the two new dispensing systems.

Tim Boeve — owner and president of Hil-Man Automation — said he is proud of his team’s work on the new systems.

“We have a great team that works hard to keep Hil-Man and PDT at the cutting edge of automation equipment and to ensure that our custom systems deliver the best possible outcomes for our customers at the right value,” he said. “Our success stems from our commitment to providing quality products and personal service to our customers.”

Both systems were designed, engineered, fabricated and built at PDT’s production facility in Zeeland.

“We have a complete turnkey system all under one roof, and customers like to hear that they can go to one company and see how everything is going with their project,” said Scott Reynaert, sales representative and project manager at PDT. “We have our own electrical department and can design, build and program (programmable logic controllers, or PLC) and robots if needed, as well.”

PDT’s first dispensing system will be part of a new production line for a new electric delivery vehicle. It’s a gravity feed system with two 55-gallon barrels on top, separately holding two reactive parts of a structural adhesive solution by Ashland. As gravity works to empty the materials into a temperature-controlled reservoir system, keeping them around 78 degrees, a PDT-designed and constructed gerotor pump draws a fixed amount of the two materials, delivering to a robot that has been outfitted with a PDT dispensing gun. The gun mixes the two parts internally as the robot applies a precise amount of the final adhesive solution to a raw glass window in the locations where components will be attached.

The second machine unit is an epoxy system for a popular U.S.-made small truck. Designed and built to handle a thick adhesive material — like “peanut butter consistency,” Reynaert said — this system also features two 55-gallon tanks holding two parts of an epoxy solution. However, instead of gravity pulling the materials down, the system applies force to move the thick epoxy through the dispensing guns by using a servo-driven linear actuator.

Prices for the new systems vary based on what customers are looking for, Reynaert said, adding the 55-gallon gravity system runs at an estimated price range of $85,000 to $110,000. The shot meter system pricing varies even more, with “many different options,” he said.

Hil-Man Automation

Founded in 2003, Hil-Man Automation provides turnkey custom automation solutions to advanced manufacturers.

The company has 22 employees, including three new hires made after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer reopened the state’s manufacturing industry in May, Boeve said.

More information about Hil-Man is at hil-manautomation.com.

Precision Dispense Technologies

Founded in 2019 after Hil-Man’s former meter-mix and dispensing parts supplier EMC Squared of Auburn Hills closed, PDT serves advanced manufacturers with automated dispensing systems for adhesives and primers, mainly for the assembly of glass.

Reynaert, a 16-year EMC Squared employee, joined PDT at its formation.

More information about PDT is at precision-dispense.com.

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