BYK Additives & Instruments

Automatic Film Applicators

Automatic Film Applicator

An automatic film applicator improves the consistency of a drawdown. 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 results. Film thickness, gloss, opacity, and color can vary with differing film applicator techniques. BYK-Gardner offers a large selection of automatic film applicators. The film applicators can accommodate virtually all drawdown chart sizes, applicator bars or wire-wound rods. Film applicators are available with vacuum plates or clip board designs.

byko-drive XL


Automatic Film Applicator L

The byko-drive XL Automatic Film Applicator has a large vacuum plate or glass plate versions to accommodate all drawdown chart sizes.
The byko-drive Automatic Film Applicator is a versatile, economically priced model that comes with a vacuum plate or glass clipboard versions.
The Automatic Film Applicator L has a large vacuum plate surface to accommodate all drawdown chart sizes.
      • User selectable speeds 5 - 500 mm/s
      • Touchscreen display for easy operation
      • User selectable start/stop positions
      • Memory to store set-up programs

      • User selectable start and stop positions to accommodate different size charts
      • Small footprint to save on counter space
      • Drip pan for faster cleanup
      • Easy to operate user controls
      • User selectable speeds from 50 to 500 mm/sec
      • Real time display of applicator speed
      • Built in vacuum plate and vacuum pump
      • Two stroke lengths settings
    1. International Standards
    2. ASTM D 823, D 4147
      ISO 11988
    3. Prices and Products
    4. 2131
      byko-drive XL, V with vacuum plate
      byko-drive XL, G with glass plate
    5. Comes complete with
      • byko-drive XL
      • Weight bar (2135)
      • External power supply
      • Drip pan
      • Instruction guide
      • 2-year warranty
    6. Specifications (PDF)
    7. Accessories
    8. 2133
      Vacuum Plate, XL
      Glass Plate, XL
      Push-bar weight, 500 grams
      Push-bar weight, 1000 grams
      Drip Pan, XL
      Screen Protector
    9. Prices and Products
    10. 2121
      byko-drive V
      with vacuum plate
      byko-drive G
      with glass plate
      and clamp
    11. Comes complete with
    12. byko-drive
      Weight-bar fixture (2123)
      External power supply
      Drip pan
      Instruction manual
    13. Specifications (PDF)
    14. Accessories
    15. 3877
      Vacuum Pump 230 V

      Vacuum Pump 115 V

      Vacuum Plate S
      Weight Bar 1, for 2121/2122
      Weight Bar 2, for 2121/2122
      Weight Bar 3, for 2121/2122
      Power supply, for 2121/2122
      Drip pan, for 2121/2122
      Glass plate + clamp, for 2122
      O-ring Set (10 pcs), for 2121/2122
      Long Push Arm, pair, Adjustable gap
    16. Prices and Products
    17. 2101
      Automatic Film Applicator L
    18. Comes complete with
    19. Automatic Film Applicator
      Vacuum plate
      Built-in vacuum pump
      Clamp for sample holding
    20. Specifications (PDF)
    21. Accessories
    22. 2113
      Weight Kit, for 2101/2105
      Wire-wound Rod Adapter

      Automatic Film Applicator S

      The Automatic Film Applicator S has clipboard size platform that will accommodate most drawdown chart sizes.
      • User selectable speed from 50 – 500 mm/sec
      • Small footprint to save on counter space
      • Real time display of the applicator speed
      • Will work with virtually all applicator bars and wire rods
    23. International Standards
    24. ASTM
      D 823
    25. Prices and Products
    26. 2105
      Automatic Film Applicator S
    27. Comes complete with
    28. Small Automatic Film Applicator
      Rubber mat and clamp for sample holding
    29. Specifications (PDF)
    30. Accessories
    31. 2113
      Weight Set, for 2101, 2105
      Information: Consists of weight holder, weight, and bracket clamp. Total weight 1361 gm (3 lbs), :
      Wire-wound Rod Adapter
      Information: Required to fit Wire Rods 2419 - 2428 onto 2101 & 2105 Automatic Film Applicators, sold as a pair.