The TSS automatic flexible spacer applicator is a high speed robot for the application of energy efficient hybrid foam rubber or silicon based flexible spacer systems. The platform is a modular system that can be installed in addition to or as an alternative to traditional box spacer frame application. The flexible spacer is supplied by the manufacturer in a continuous role of approximately 500 meters wound directly onto a specifically designed bobbin. Product waste is kept to a minimum as is the downtime due to the quick and efficient system for changing from one bobbin to another. The glass sheet is positioned via a suction cup and is controlled mechanically by an on board system of drive motors and software. The flexible spacer is applied directly to the surface of the glass via the synchronized movement of the application head and the conveying system. Two specifically designed belts manage the tension of the spacer compensating automatically for any variations in the products hardness or elasticity. The machines tension management system in conjunction with the belt conveyor ensures the material is applied straight avoiding any visible distortion. The software includes a database which allows for the manufacturing parameters to be archived and recalled automatically when needed. The spacer system is applied to squares and rectangles automatically via the on board self-learning system, glass that has other than 4 x 90° corners requires dimensional information that can be input either manually, or automatically from file or from an inline shape scanner (option). The applicator features an efficient mechanical system that removes the two protective films from the adhesive side shoulders of the spacer. Two pressure sensitive motorised bobbins remove and collect the protective film simultaneously. The operating head can be equipped with an extra device to cut predetermined slits into the spacer that allows for the accurate and quick insertion of Georgian grids into the spacer frame. The TSS can be specified with a dual bobbin device that allows for the seamless change of one profile thickness to another. This option is ideally suited for triple glazing and or continuous production. The total change cycle is under 40 seconds. The machine is equipped with a self-diagnostic system that identifies
faults with codes, descriptions and images with an additional system that allows for remote connection and assistance.