As today’s products continue to pack more and more features into smaller and smaller packages, tolerances keep getting tighter and tighter. This makes consistent size and placement of adhesives, lubricants, coatings and other assembly fluids more critical than ever before.

To help manufacturers meet this challenge, EFD  offers the  PICO  jet dispensing system—a  new, non-contact dispensing system that uses piezoelectric technology to apply small, precise amounts of a wide variety of fluids.

With the ability to apply consistent shots as small as 2 nanoliters at speeds up to 150 dots per second, the PICO system is ideal for high-speed, high volume applications that require many small, precise fluid deposits. The narrow design of the valves, with a width of approximately ½ inch, makes them particularly well suited for installations where space is tight or valves need to be mounted close to each other.

Because the valve nozzle does not contact the substrate, the PICO system is also a good choice for applications where controlled amounts of fluid must be applied on surfaces that are not perfectly flat, such as printed circuit boards. Eliminating contact with the substrate also eliminates the need for vertical Z-axis movement and precise height positioning, which can significantly increase production speeds.

The range of possible applications is huge. Sample uses include electronics (bonding cell phone speakers with UV-cure adhesives), life sciences (attaching needles to medical syringes), and precision mechanical applications (jetting small amounts of grease on micro gears).

PICO valves are available in several different configurations to handle fluids ranging from 50 to 500,000 cps. The LV configuration is designed for use with low viscosity fluids from 50 – 1,000 cps; the MV configuration covers a wide range of viscosities from 50 – 200,000 cps; and the HV configuration is specifically designed for fluids with high viscosities of 1,000 – 500,000 cps. Nozzles are available with 150µm, 200µm, 300µm and 400µm orifice diameters to accommodate a wide range of dot sizes.

Most  PICO valves, except those used exclusively for low-viscosity fluids, incorporate a heater near the fluid channel in order to thin the fluid to its optimum jetting viscosity. Depending on the rate of consumption, fluid can be supplied to PICO valves from syringe barrels, tanks or drum unloader systems.

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