Overview

For continually changing color palettes and pressure to speed time to market the data high-performance gravimetric tube-free laboratory dispenser series.color AUTOLAB® Laboratory Dispenser Series gives you the speed, precision and flexibility to provide accurate and repeatable recipes.
Datacolor AUTOLAB® Dispensing systems dispense dye solutions, concentrated colorants, liquid pigments, pastes, mediums and thickeners. You can use AUTOLAB® dispensing systems for textile exhaust and continuous dyeing, textile printing, floor covering, pigment industries and more.

With Datacolor AUTOLAB® TF, there are no dispense tubes, valves or valve wires to maintain or clean. Because there is also no need to calibrate injectors, startup is accelerated and downtime and long-term maintenance are minimized. And Datacolor AUTOLAB® TF lab dispensers are easy to operate. Datacolor’s simple and highly effective control method uses PLC control and Windows® software, ensuring reliable operation and minimal maintenance. In addition to the AUTOLAB® TF range of dispensers, Datacolor also provides a range of automated solution preparation systems, AUTOLAB® SPS, to ensure that dye solutions used in the lab and on the dispenser are prepared accurately and consistently.

Designed For:

The color laboratory where speed accuracy and repeatability are the primary focus.

  • Tube-free design—no sedimentation; no cleaning required
  • Gravimetric dispensing: all products weighed, giving full traceability
  • No need to calibrate injectors for dye solutions State-of-the-art robotic X-Y-Z mechanism: fast, reliable and precise operation
  • Agitation during dispense to ensure continual stability of solutions
  • Can dispense a wide range of viscosity’s— suitable for a wide range of applications exhaust and continuous dyeing, textile printing, floor covering, etc.
  • Dispensing of water and chemicals into more than one dyepot simultaneously

Datacolor AUTOLAB® TF Includes:

  • Dispenser System Complete
  • Solution bottles
  • Dispense syringes + one spare set
  • Dispense scale
  • Dyepot trays
  • AUTOLAB Dispense software
  • Installation and user manuals
  • Installation hardware kit
  • Ready spare parts kit

Datacolor AUTOLABTM TF-40 dispenser

  • 40 solution bottles
  • 40 injectors
  • No dedicated chemical bottles (need to use
    standard injector bottle positions)
  • Single dispense scale
  • Simultaneous volumetric dispense of water into 3 dyepots at same time
  • Auto loading/unloading of dyepot tray
  • Dispenses 6 recipes at a time (1 tray)

Datacolor AUTOLABTM TF-80 dispenser

  • 80 solution bottles
  • 80 injectors
  • No dedicated chemical bottles (need to
    use standard injector bottle positions)
  • Uses 2 dispense scales
  • Simultaneous volumetric dispense of water into 3 dyepots at same time
  • Auto loading/unloading of dyepot trays
  • Dispenses 12 recipes at a time (2 trays)

Datacolor AUTOLABTM TF-88

  • 80 solution bottles
  • 80 injectors
  • 7 chemicals with 5-litre auto-refill
  • In-feed/out-feed auto load conveyor
  • Single dispense scale
  • Simultaneous dispense of water into 2 dyepots at same time
  • Separate area for gravimetric dispense of dye solutions and volumetric area for dispensing of water/chemicals
  • Dispense up to 30 recipes at a time (5 trays)

Datacolor AUTOLABTM TF-120

  • 120 solution bottles
  • 120 injectors
  • No dedicated chemical bottles (need to use standard injector bottle positions)
  • Uses 2 dispense scales
  • Simultaneous volumetric dispense of water into 3 dyepots at same time
  • Auto loading/unloading of dyepot trays
  • Dispenses 12 recipes at a time (2 trays)

Datacolor AUTOLABTM TF-128

  • 120 solution bottles
  • 120 injectors
  • 7 chemicals with 5-litre auto-refill
  • In-feed/out-feed auto load conveyor
  • Single dispense scale
  • Simultaneous dispense of water into 2 dyepots at same time
  • Separate area for gravimetric dispense of dye solutions and volumetric area for dispensing of water/chemicals
  • Dispense up to 42 recipes at a time (7 trays)

Datacolor AUTOLABTM TF-160

  • 160 solution bottles
  • 160 injectors
  • No dedicated chemical bottles (need to use standard injector bottle positions)
  • Uses 2 dispense scales
  • Simultaneous volumetric dispense of
    water into 3 dyepots at same time
  • Auto loading/unloading of dyepot trays
  • Dispenses 12 recipes at a time (2 trays)

Datacolor AUTOLABTM TF-168

  • 160 solution bottles
  • 160 injectors
  • 7 chemicals with 5–litre auto-refill
  • In-feed/out-feed auto load conveyor
  • Single dispense scale
  • Simultaneous dispense of water into 2 dyepots at same time
  • Separate area for gravimetric dispense of dye solutions and volumetric area for dispensing of water/chemicals
  • Dispense up to 54 recipes at a time (9 trays)

General Environment
Room temperature should be stable within the limits of 18 to 26 degrees centigrade.
Humidity should be within the range 40% to 80% RH.
The unit should be installed in a relatively dust-free area, out of direct line of any air-conditioning airflow.
System should be installed in a vibration free environment.

Power

220 V, +/- 10 %, 50/60 Hz. Single phase, 3 wire (live, earth and neutral).


Water Supply

Mains Water – 1 to 2 kg/cm² (13-26 psi).
Gravity Drain


Air Supply

A clean and dry air supply is required, no lubrication, 4.5-6.0 kg/ cm² (60-80 psi).


PC Requirements for AutoLab systems

If PCs are to be purchased locally or supplied by the customer, the following is the minimum specification of PC required:

  • Intel Pentium 4, 2.4 GHz processor
  • 512Mb SDRAM (Windows Vista minimum requirement)
  • 256 KB L2 cache
  • 17″ colour monitor
  • 40 GB Ultra ATA Hard Drive
  • 52X CD-ROM drive
  • Network card
  • Windows Vista
  • English PS/2 Keyboard
  • Mouse
  • 1 RS232 Com ports required for PC for TF dispenser or SPS solution maker.
  • If fabric weigh scale is required to connect to TF dispenser PC, then this PC requires 2 RS232 COM ports, instead of 1.
  • No spare PCI or ISA slots required
  • PCs should also include network card/connectors and necessary cabling etc, to allow PCs to be networked together

Hardware:

  • Models available in 40, 80, 120, and 160 bottles without conveyor and can dispense up to 12 recipes at a time.
  • Models available in 88, 128, and 168 bottles with auto-feed conveyor and 7 self refilling chemical auxiliary bottles. Can dispense up to 54 recipes at a time.
  • Average dispense time for (6 recipes : 3 dyes, 180 cc tot) is 6 minutes.
  • Accuracy of dispense (gravimetric)  +/- 0.02 g
  • Dispense range (kg) 0-4.0Kg
  • Robotic X-Y-Z axis mechanism, complete with 3 servo motors
  • Precise electronic balance with 0.01 g readability
  • Dyepots trays for dispensing recipes (holding up to 6 dyepots)
  • Solution bottle tray for making dilutions of solutions (2 bottles per tray)
  • Dispense accuracy of 0.02 grams
  • Automatic solution bottle agitation, with speed, interval and direction control
  • PC/PLC controlled
  • Complete suite of Windows XP based Dispenser Manager software

Software:

  • User friendly Windows based software – easy to use, but sophisticated in its functionality
  • Graphical data information display, easy to read and understand
  • User-definable fields
  • Stock solution management (including life time and stock levels)
  • Full Recipe Management (including multiple recipe dispense trials, blend recipe handling, master recipe storage and completion function)
  • Job queuing, including emergency recipe priority dispense function
  • Capability of automatic pre-programmed advanced start dispense function
  • Full batch tracking, providing total traceability of results
  • Full function hardware diagnostics – easy to diagnose and locate any potential problems
  • Real-time status display – the current status and operating conditions of the system is displayed on screen at all times
  • Integration with DCIMatch™, Datamatch™, and ITMProcess™ for automatic transfer of recipes to lab dispenser
  • Multi-format data import/export capabilities, for transferral of information to/from other computer systems
  • Software available in many languages, such as English, Simple Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Thai, Korean, Italian, German, French, Spanish, and Portuguese