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Automatic Film Applicator


The byko-drive Automatic Applicator is an economical film applicator that improves the consistency of drawdowns. When more than one operator is drawing down the same coating or ink the dry film appearance will vary because of different drawdown techniques. Drawdown speed and pressure on the applicator tool will impact the result. Film thickness, gloss, opacity, and color can vary with differing drawdown techniques.

The byko-drive is available with a vacuum plate or glass plate with clamp. Applicator bars, U-shaped bars, applicator frames, film casting knifes, and wire-wound rods are acceptable applicators. The byko-drive has a compact design consisting of a light-weight aluminum chassis and impact resistant thermo-plastic cover.

  • User selectable start and stop positions to accommodate different chart sizes
  • Power assist carriage return for ease of operation
  • Drip pan for faster cleanup
  • Weight and bar fixture for consistent pressure on applicator devices
  • Small footprint to save on counter space
  • Easy to operate user controls
  • The byko-drive has two user selectable speeds:
    • 10 mm/sec – complies with ISO method 11998
    • 1 in/sec – same speed setting as the BYK-Gardner Mechanical Drive

Technical Data
Platform: with vacuum plate
with glass plate and clamp
Voltage: 100 - 240V/50 - 60 Hz
Traverse Speeds: 10 mm/sec or 1 in/sec
Traverse Speed Accuracy: ±5%
Wire Bar Diameter Limits: 6 - 19 mm (0.25 - 0.75 in)
Wire Bar Test Length Maximum: 406 mm (16 in)
Stroke Length: 25 - 235 mm (1 - 9.25 in)
Weight: 6 kg (13 lbs)
Test Panel Size Maximum: 229 x 305 mm (9 x 12 in)
Maximum Substrate Thickness: 0.120" (3.0 mm)
Dimensions: 365 x 229 x 127 mm (14.38 x 9 x 5 in)

byko-drive Demonstration

Available Items - Literature
Prices subject to change    Prices listed in US dollars for domestic shipments within US, Canada, & Mexico only    Export orders require quotations - click here for a quote     For more info call us 1-800-762-2478 or 954-946-9454.
Item Number Item Prices

Weight-bar fixture 454gm (1lb), External power supply, Drip pan, Instruction manual
DP-172121 byko-drive with vacuum plate $3,473.00
DP-172122 byko-drive with glass plate and clamp 3,473.00
DP-173869 Vacuum pump, 115V 857.00
DP-B3876 Vacuum plate 9x12" 562.00
DP-172123 Weight-bar fixture, 454 gm (1 lb) 178.00
DP-172128 Weight-bar fixture, 908 gm (2 lbs) 178.00
DP-172129 Weight-bar fixture, 1,362 gm (3 lbs) 178.00
DP-172124 External power supply with electrical cord 104.00
DP-172125 Drip pan 122.00
DP-172127 Glass plate with clamp 736.00
DP-172126 O-ring, pk of 10 28.00
Note: Applicators and Vacuum Pump must be ordered separately.

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