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Gardco Automatic Drawdown Machine II

Automatic Drawdown Machine

  • Bidirectional Drive System
  • neMa 23 type stepper motor
  • Static torque rating of 264 oZ-In
  • Manual positioning capability
  • Universal mounting for applications
  • Intrinsically safe
  • Can accommodate an app. 1/4" substrates
  • Drip and spill resistant
  • Conforms to ASTM D823 Blade Film Applicator (with Microm Film Applicator) Motor Driven, Practice C


The Gardco Automatic Drawdown Machine II (DP-8301) was designed to draw down sample coatings with a high degree of reproducibility. Manual drawdowns are often inconsistent due to different operators, which can make comparisons between samples difficult or unreliable. Other factors affecting drawdown coatings are the shear rate and the amount of weight being applied on the applicator. With the Gardco Automatic Drawdown Machine the operator can get consistent, precision coating drawdowns every time.

The Gardco Automatic Drawdown Machine II can use all different types of applicators - Microm applicators, Bird type, Wire wound rods, etc. There is no need for any special applicators. You can adjust the speed of traversing armature from 1" to 18" per second to suit the particular drawdown to be made. With constant shear rate and weight placed on the applicator you are guaranteed repeatable accurate drawdowns that are not user dependant. There are two programmable presets that the user can program with custom stroke lengths and stroke speeds. The standard working surface is a 12 x 18 inch glass plate. An optional 12 x 18 inch vacuum plate can be used in place of the glass plate to accommodate different size paint charts. Standard 16” OA Lab rods of either 1/2 or 3/8” diameter can be used.

Technical Data

Technical Data
Variable Film Thickness
Input Power: 115 VaC, 5 aMpS, 60 hz
Input Voltage: 115/230 Vac (Specify)
Input Frequency: 50/60 hz
Speed Range: 1.0 to 18.0 inches per second (IpS), in 0.1 IpS increments
Jog Speed: 3.0 (IpS)
Stroke Length: 0.1 to 16.0 inches, in 0.1-inch increments, or manual stroke lengths
Controls/Indication: Digital Microprocessor Based
Surface Load: not to exceed 25 lbs.
Drive Load: 19 lbs @ 1 IpS, 12 lbs @ 6 IpS, 3 lbs @ 12 IpS, 2 lbs @ 18 IpS
Working Surface: 12 x 18 inch glass plate with clamp or optional vacuum plate (actual glass size 11.813 x 21.375")
Dimensions: 29"L x 19"W x 10"H
Shipping Information: 39"L x 2 6"W x 22"H, 105 lbs.
Repeatability: Calculated nominal repeatability variation is less than ± .01 inch/sec over the complete speed range.

Control Panel Diagram

Auto Drawdown Machine Panel

  1. Three-digit, digital Stroke Length Display (0.75-inch, green LED)
  2. Stroke Length INCrease/DECrease control momentary rocker switch
  3. Three-digit, digital Speed Display (0.75-inch, green LED)
  4. Speed INCrease/DECrease Control momentary rocker switch
  5. Preset-1, Recall/Store Memory Control momentary switch
  6. Preset-2, Recall/Store Memory Control momentary switch
  7. Start Test Control momentary switch
  8. Home Control momentary switch
  9. Home Position Indicator
  10. Manual Positioning Jog IN/OUT Control momentary rocker switch
  11. Power ON/OFF maintained rocker switch
  12. Power ON indicator

Auto Draw Down Demo Video



Prices listed in US dollars and subject to change For tax exempt orders please call us at 954-946-9454
Item Number Item Prices
DP-8301 Gardco Automatic Drawdown Machine II - Specify 115V or 230V in the comments section when purchasing
DP-201518 12" x 18" Vacuum Plate, Black Anodized, Sealed with Mounting Hardware - Click for more info on Vacuum Plates 1,076.25


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