The LRNT mini roll coater from Grafisk maskinfabrik is an easy to use entry platform for multipurpose coating. It features a steady web-drive and a universal platform for mounting different coating heads. The picture above shows a general layout that can be customized to fit a specific application. The unit has an unwind for foil (PET), metalized film or paper. The web is driven forward by the center nip and finally rewound.Typical setup configurations are Inkjet head tester or a OPV solar coater.
The frame of the LRNT is double sided around a station head allowing for heavy heads (slot-die or flexo). Impression wheels for on-rotation silver-paste appliance (solar) can fitted. IR, Hotair and UV curing is supported as standard. Custom- made curing system as LED or VUV are possible on request.
The machine comes in 180mm web width. The small web width ensures minimal substrate waste. At the same time the system can be scaled up by running rolls of Ø300mm (appx. 500-1000m meters) of material. It is an ideal system to mimic large-scale production and the natural step after spin coating. The unit can be used in normal atmosphere or inside a large glove-box. Close up pictures of treatment heads:
Configuration Inkjet R&D: Unwind, Inkjet (UV), UV, Drive, Rewind
On the setup above the LRN18T platform is setup as an UV inkjet printer. The setup verifies the quality of various inkjet heads before they are implemented in large-scale lines. The setup could also be used to re-print a variable layer on a pre- printed web.
Configuration Solar R&D: Unwind, Corona, heated roller, Slot die / flexo stand and rewind.
This setup is good to test solar inks and conductive layers. The machine can be used to make working OPV solar cells. Please note that is can function both as a roll to roll or a single turn roll machine. In single turn mode, only the center roll (see arrow) moves and make a single rotation. When this process works, the process can be scaled up to roll to roll easily by using the unwind and rewinder.
Grafisk Maskinfabrik has extensive experience in 3D cad designs. Each unit is designed and review by the client in our 3D Solid-works software before it is produced. This step makes it easy to embed client-specific coating heads in the design. The example above shows a variant that has been produced in multiple units. If features two inspection heads and an inkjet for re-printing variable data and verifying it. It is used for production for labels for pharmaceutical products.