Material dispensing automation may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the holidays, but it sure would make things easier for Santa’s workers. As manufacturing processes continue to evolve, a lot of smaller mom-and-pop shops want to keep up with the times but aren’t quite sure where to start. Though there are lots of processes that could be semi or fully automated, we believe material dispensing is a great place to start. In the spirit of the holidays, we’ve outlined how we would help Santa optimize his workshop, allowing his elves to spend more time on the fun stuff – like hand carving a rocking horse.
Automated Dispensing for Snow Globes
Whether you live in snowy regions for the holidays or you’re surrounded by palm trees (can we move in, by the way?), snow globes are a wonderful way to celebrate Christmas. Right now, Santa’s elves are doing this entire process manually. They are nailing the house to the base, hand-filling the globes with glycerin and hand applying a sealant to stop leaks. Not only is this process time-consuming, it is also extremely messy. This process can be automated with just one system, giving the elves’ tired hands a much-needed rest.
For starters, swap the nails for a waterproof adhesive, perhaps a 2K that will dry quickly, allowing the globe to be assembled efficiently. Our Servo AA for two-component materials works perfectly to dispense this. Then, we’ll utilize a RotoMeter to fill the globes with the exact amount of glycerin necessary, ensuring optimal snow-shaking. Finally, we’ll (literally) seal the deal with an RTV Sealant, dispensed by an automated dispensing system to achieve the perfect circular shape each time.
Automated Dispensing for Remote Controlled Cars
Remote-controlled cars are a great way to fill (most) kiddos’ need for speed. The elves are testing the batteries to see if the cars can hold up to all the run-ins with furniture and accidental wipeouts expected Christmas morning. They can simplify that process by making sure the batteries and parts are well-sealed and filled with our dispensing systems!
We would make sure that the electronic bits are nice and sealed with a thermal paste, and accurately dispensed with our RotoMeter which will measure each dispense regardless of the thickness of the material or external factors. Next, we’d make sure those batteries are properly filled. Pressure pots are a valuable tool to have during dispensing, and they work well with materials with low viscosity. To confirm your volume while working with battery filling materials, an ultrasonic volume confirmation device is the best choice since it does not disturb the material flow. Polycore valves can also be used during battery acid filling, as the plastic core is compatible with many corrosive and reactive materials.
Dollhouses Made Better with Automated Dispensing
Dollhouses are a timeless gift. Through the years, they have been made with various materials, but one thing has stayed the same – they need to be assembled before they can be played with. We’re guessing Santa’s elves are doing this all by hand which leaves room for unintentional error and extra mess. Our dispensing products can help make sure that your dolls’ walls and doors are ready for Christmas morning!
Santa’s dollhouses are intricate and complex, so the elves need a custom solution to ensure precision and quality. Custom tooling paired with GSS dispensers will guarantee properly lubricated hinges for optimal opening and closing. Plus, a RotoMeter can dispense the exact amount of adhesive needed to hold the house together, ensuring durability and longevity.
If we can optimize Santa’s workshop, we can optimize yours!
So there you have it. With Santa’s magic and GP Reeves dispensing system, we can help get those presents under the tree for Christmas morning. While it might be a bit ambitious saying we can help the big guy in red, we can certainly help other industries. If you need to optimize your assembly lines, contact us today and get started!
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