Automated Dispensing Assures Bead Consistency, Improves Product Quality

Whether a small footprint cell with a single functioning robot or part of a large complex cell with several multi-tasking robots, ABCO can design and build a robotic dispensing system to meet virtually any needs, in any industry. Robotic dispensing is ideal for delivering substances, such as adhesives, sealants, and lubricants, evenly and precisely in pre-determined locations despite complex contours or curves. Because the robot dispenser expels a consistent amount of material each time, manufacturers gain several advantages, including:

  • Bead path accuracy: continuity in position, width, and height

  • Material usage savings: use only the specified amount of material, eliminate manual corrections

  • Higher quality product: accurate material placement translates into consistency and reliability

  • 100% inspection: vision system sees all beads looking for flaws

  • Throughput advancements: robots steadily dispense 24/7

  • Safety improvements: employees are not directly exposed to hazardous materials

ABCO Dispensing Solutions For Big And Small Applications

When designing and building a dispensing system, we understand that every client’s facility and production requirements are different, so we factor in the application, product, payload, reach, end-of-arm tooling, speed, facility layout, and floor space into original designs. No matter what the dispensing design, we take an inefficient and hazardous process and convert it into a clean, simple, and productive operation.

Large Multi-Functioning Automation Cell with Dispensing System

Application Criteria: Design and build a comprehensive glass encapsulating production line. The cell's primary function is to automatically apply a pre-mixed primer on the perimeter of a piece of glass, then process the glass through several phases, including pre-curing, final curing, pre-heat, and post-molding cool down.


Large Robot Dispensing System Components:

  • Loading station

  • Dispensing system

  • Multiple robots: KUKA KR16 robot for dispensing

  • Carousel magazine

  • Heating stations

  • Encapsulation press

  • Laser marking station

  • Fume extraction system

  • Cool down conveyor

  • Control system

The KUKA KR 16 robot is a 6-axis robot with a maximum payload of 35 lbs. and a reach of 5'. This highly complex robot is used for applications where challenging robot programming is needed for specialized motion paths or with the interaction vision systems.

Small Footprint Cell with Dispensing System

Application Criteria: Design and build a small footprint dispensing system that accepts manual feeding of covers, dispenses a bead of sealant, provides vision to verify bead position, width, and height.


Small Robot Dispensing System Components:

  • Main frame

  • Shuttle mechanism and tooling plates

  • Dispensing system: supply meter, hoses, gun, nozzle, pumps

  • Robot system: FANUC LR Mate

  • Vision system

  • Safety guarding

  • Control system

FANUC LR Mate is a compact six-axis mini robot for precise bead placement and high performance dispensing technology. This mini robot has the approximate size and reach of a human arm, minimizing any interference to outlying devices while allowing operation in narrow or confined spaces.


  • High caliber engineering knowledge and capabilities

  • A team that thrives on complex automated machine design

  • A partner that stands behind our designs 100 percent of the time

  • Excellent conceptual equipment and systems controls strategies

  • Detailed engineering and design

  • Comprehensive documentation

  • Machine assembly and startup support

  • Field support as a value-added service


  • Appliances

  • Automotive

  • Chemical

  • Consumer goods

  • Cosmetics

  • Electronics

  • Fiber optics and glass

  • Food and beverage

  • Medical devices

  • Pharmaceutical

  • Plastics

  • Power generation

  • Textiles

  • Tobacco