Laboratory R2R Coater (LR2RC)
The Laboratory R2R Coater (LR2RC) is a compact high precision laboratory roll-to-roll coating machine that transforms the way thin functional films are printed and coated in 2021 and onwards.
Build your LR2RC System
With the LR2RC platform it is possible to create/build a system according to your needs. You can choose the length of the unit and have a wide selection of accessories that can be added. These count many different printing and coating units, several drying and curing systems, laminators, trimming and slitting knifes, splicing table, foil strippers, laminators, pumps, spindles, inspection systems, camera systems, testing systems, LBIC, solar simulator, registration and indexing units, barcode writers/readers and more. The fully equipped LR2RC unit gives you a complete and turnkey system covering the range from laboratory to small pilot scale. Hundreds of meters of foil can be processed on these powerful machines offering you to scale with economy in mind. The compact size allows you to fit these machines in existing laboratories, in gloveboxes or fumehoods you already have. In a standard laboratory you will not need additional infrastructure to install and run these machines that work straight out of the box.
The Laboratory R2R Coater (LR2RC).
All LR2RC base units come equipped with:
- Touch screen
- Buttons for unit operation
- Simple computer logging (options available)
- Web tension control
- Spindles with adjustable conical bobbin holders (options available)
- Bobbins with 10 meter of PET foil
- Rollers in anodized aluminum (options available)
Options for creating your own LR2RC platform:
LR2RC base length
The LR2RC is available in 4 different lengths (500 mm, 750 mm, 1000 mm and 1500 mm) from the very smallest LR2RC500 that measures only 500 mm in length and up to the LR2RC1500 that is 1500 mm long and allows drying lengths of 1250 mm. In terms of supply they can be offered in the simplest version that only requires a single phase AC power supply to the more complex where 3-phase power supply, compressed and inert gasses are required.
Advanced mounting system
The high precision angular mounting system is ideal for mounting a slot-die head, a knife coating set-up, a gravure or flexographic printing unit. The angle can be varied from 0 to 90 degrees (9 o'clock to 12 o'clock) which is very helpful during setup but also while coating. The simplest version has manual control over tilt and cross-web adjustments. Advanced versions includes a motorized cross-web axis coupled to an indexing camera, a simple pilot line or mark reader. More advanced units also have motorisation of the tilt.
infinityPV offers slot-die heads from the very small to the very large. The slot-die heads come in different materials: PEEK, alloy, or stainless steel, suiting the different needs of chemistry, weight, and thermal latency. They are available in gasket-less forms with very few parts that are easy to assemble and easy to clean. We have several standard heads and shim kits in stock, and we can of course always make the slot-die head and shim kits according to your needs.
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Manual nip and simple laminator
Just before the rewinder the LR2RC has the possibility for a very flexible nip that is available in numerous configurations. The simplest has a full rubber roller with manual control of both nip pressure and tilt. Advanced versions include automation of nip engagement, nip pressure and pressure points. It can easily be used as a simple laminator and allows for very simple manual packaging of many devices with little work.
Oven SystemsA number of oven systems for curing your films can be added to the LR2RC systems. With a oven lenght of 23 cm the oven systems are very compact and very simple to add, remove or replace in less than a minute and allows you to simply mount the desired curing system for the experiment or pilot run that you are about to carry out. We have single system ovens for hot-air, inert gas, UV-curing or infrared (IR) curing. We also offer combinations of any two or all three of these curing types in our combo ovens.
The syringe pumps from infinityPV are designed to be an integrated part of LR2RC platform. The syringe pumps (standard 0-20 mL) and Jumbo (0-60 mL) comes with a 4.3" colour touch screen for easy use and ink flow configuration. They offer accurate and smooth ink delivery for your research or production. All our syringe pumps come with USB computer interface which allows full pump control and data logging. You can combine several syringe pumps thus you can perform automated gradient and/or dilution experiments. With our free infinityPV software you can rapidly set up the very simple or the very complex experiments.
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The LR2RC can be configured with three different spindle types. The standard comes equipped with adjustable cones allowing you to easily adjust the width, diameter and position of your core. Sometimes your source foil or material may be supplied on a special diameter and this solution is very flexible and accepts core inner diameters from 35 mm up to 90 mm. An alternative is an air spindle that accepts 3-inch core inner diameters. This solution comes with manual air supply or automatic air supply. It is also possible to combine the solutions such that you for instance have the conical system on the unwinder and an air spindle on the rewinder. This can be useful if you do not always know the source of your foil and its core size. You can then control your core size down stream and use the LR2RC system as a rewinding machine where you transfer foil from variable core sizes to your in-house 3-inch core size. The conical system can be used just as efficiently with your internal 3-inch core system.
In the standard configuration the LR2RC comes with anodized aluminum rollers with a diameter of 60 mm. The rollers are a very essential part of your system and their mechanical and materials properties often define the outcome of your experiment. We therefore care about rollers and all of our rollers have super low runout. Our standard anodized aluminium rollers are durable and cost efficient and will be the best choice for 95% of all applications. Even though the anodized rollers offer some electrical insulation some applications do require plastic rollers and we do offer rollers in POM (black or white, for contrast) or PEEK (for extreme chemical resistance). We of course also offer rollers in stainless steel for extreme corrosion resistance and also heated rollers and rollers with larger diameters.
When coating and printing on transparent substrates it is sometimes and advantage to have a light table for inspection immediately after your coating or printing head. The inspection table can easily be mounted on the LR2RC750, LR2RC1000 and LR2RC1500. The inspection plate is versatile and can be used for inspection by eye or by easy mounting of a camera system. The inspection plate can be added on the system ordered or retrofitted at a later stage. The units are prepared for addtion of the inspection plate.
Additional options for the LR2RC
The list of accessories for the LR2RC system is extensive and offers an extreme versatility that makes the LR2RC platform an all-in-one system. You can add components and accessories on order or simply add them later. The LR2RC platform offers a very high degree of customization and compatibility with a number of processing modes in addition to the standard roll-to-roll mode. Stop-and-go, Forward-Reverse-Action (FRA) cycles, interfacing with robotics, pick-and-place, possibilities are almost endless. We will of course happily assist or offer you the degree of customization required but "as-built" the LR2RC platform enables you to do your own enginereing and interfacing to the system with ease. The LR2RC is a true "maker" platform.