Graco E-Flo iQ System Helps Auto Makers Uncover New Cost-Savings Opportunity

New adhesive and sealant application system for robotics builds on Graco’s legacy of manufacturing innovation

MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Graco Inc. (NYSE:GGG), a leading manufacturer of fluid handling equipment, is pleased to introduce the E-Flo® iQ adhesive and sealant dispense system. This new system is designed to help automotive manufacturers uncover significant savings in their body shop operations. The E-Flo iQ system – a single-component metering and dispensing solution – brings simplicity and software-driven intelligence to the robotic application of sealants and adhesives. While the system will initially be deployed in the automotive industry, it’s designed to bring savings and efficiency to manufacturing processes in a wide range of industries.

“We found that the traditional dispense method was complex and simply had too many moving parts and components. It created wear-and-tear on robots, was too noisy and required far too much maintenance.”

The E-Flo iQ system precisely regulates bead accuracy from pump to the point of dispense. There are fewer parts, less maintenance, easier installation and fewer delays. This will allow Graco’s customers to reduce operating costs and improve profitability for a wide range of applications, including structural adhesive, hemming and anti-flutter. The introduction of the E-Flo iQ system presents automotive integrators with a compelling new way to expand their OEM and tier relationships in the automotive market, especially as manufacturers look to trim costs in the potentially tough 2020-21 global market.

“We collaborated with OEMs, tiers and integrators around the world and identified new ways to make significant improvements in terms of production quality, system uptime and maintenance costs,” said Peter Linder, Senior Business Manager for Graco. “We found that the traditional dispense method was complex and simply had too many moving parts and components. It created wear-and-tear on robots, was too noisy and required far too much maintenance.”

Key components of the E-Flo iQ system include a single display module that controls the entire system, meter-from-drum technology that eliminates the need for an additional metering device, a new heated hose design that maintains consistent temperature and material integrity, and a modular dispense valve that offers a ball seat, tip seal or snuff back configurations.

https://www.graco.com/us/en/in-plant-manufacturing/products/sealants-adhesives/one-component-metering-systems/e-flo-iq-metering-dispensing-systems.html

“Graco has a great reputation in paint shops and final assembly operations. Customers love our innovations in those areas and they trust us to keep innovating and improving their operations,” said Linder. “They’ve been waiting for us to bring that same value and trust to other applications within the automotive industry. We believe the E-Flo iQ system delivers exactly what they’ve been wanting.”

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Cleco CellTek Launch

Cleco’s advanced tool and assembly solutions enhance user experience and increase productivity, providing powerful results for your company. They leverage new technology to increase tool accuracy, traceability, ergonomics, and safety. As a leading tool manufacturer, Cleco offers trusted tool solutions across numerous industries. Whether your company constructs high-tech automobiles, assembles planes for leading aviation projects, produces appliances, or builds earthmoving equipment, you can count on Cleco Production Tools for intelligent assemblies and world-class tools.

Cleco is very excited to present the future of connectivity, CellTek, part of our growing line-up of cordless electric tightening tools. Check out the CellTek experience!

 

 

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Want to learn more about Cleco Production Tools from Air Power Manufacturing Solutions?

Click this link to view and/or download a copy of the Cleco Production Tools Catalog

 

Air Power wins Graco 2020 Top 20 Distributor Award

Graco Top 20 Distributor Award

 

Graco’s Top 20 Program was established in 2010 to define the top sales performing distributors in North America. Every year since, the HPCF sales group has recognized the Top 20 distributors for their Protective Coatings Equipment (PCE). Air Power Manufacturing Solutions has been named one of Graco’s Top 20 Distributors in North America.

Being a Top 20 Distributor is a significant achievement. Although based on total sales, distributors don’t get to that level of success without hard work and strategic investment in their companies. Many different things go into building a successful Graco distributorship, but there is one common characteristic shared by all of Graco’s top-performing distributors—they are customer-focused.

 

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12 Days of Christmas Giveaway

12 Days of Christmas Giveaway

 

Air Power would like to announce the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway! Starting today we are giving all our followers an opportunity to participate to win some AMAZING prizes! Over the next 12 Days we will post an image of our awesome prizes and ask you to Like and Share the post to participate. You will have 24 hours to engage with this post to be included in the drawing. The rules of the giveaway are listed below:

  • Participants must Follow Air Power on either LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Subscribe on YouTube to be entered in the drawing
  • You must Like this post for 1 entry and/or Share the post for 2 entries
  • Participate between Dec 13th – Dec 25th
  • All Participants must be 18 years or older
  • Air Power Employees or Air Power Vendor Suppliers are not eligible for prizes.

We will announce the winners every day on all our social media channels. Connect with us to stay updated!


 

And the Winners Are . . .

 

Day 1- Joe Makr

Day 2- Jack White

Day 3- Steve Grubb

Day 4- Robert Hooven

Day 5- Tim Lintz

Day 6- Jon Jay

Day 7- Gary Turner

Day 8- Christopher Sweeps

Day 9- Johannah Brookwell

Day 10- Mark Foster

Day 11- Laura Kornak

Day 12- Ashley Shelton

 

Cleco CellTek Truck Tour Visits High Point

 

We’d like to Thank Cleco Production Tools for visiting our High Point Branch this past week! Our team had a blast learning about the latest innovations in assembly tools from Cleco.

 

 

Feel the Future of Connectivity: Designed to enable the Smart Factory of Tomorrow, Cleco introduces the most advanced cordless nutrunner, CellTek. CellTek Cordless Assembly Tools bring superior connectivity, with the most reliable real-time synchronization with manufacturing and engineering systems. Designed to ensure safety-critical assembly with best-in-class accuracy, CellTek is also the fastest cordless assembly tools in its class.

 

 

 

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Employees at Air Power are #ESSENTIAL

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected everyone in many ways. While many of us are still dealing with the effects of this, Air Power recognizes the strain this year has put on many of our employees and their families. We decided to take the time to Thank our team for being #ESSENTIAL.

Air Power put together packages for each and every one of our employees as a Thanks for their dedication and hard work through these unprecedented times. This #ESSENTIAL package was filled with fun and useful promotional gifts sponsored by a few Air Power business and vendor partners.

These sponsored gifts include: an #ESSENTIAL t-shirt sponsored by StableNet IT Services, a travel mug sponsored by Dynabrade Abrasive Tool, a pen sponsored by Sioux Tools, an Air Power/Ingersoll-Rand branded koozie, and Air Power Hand Sanitizer.

 

We want to Thank each of our sponsors for their support and helping us to recognize every one of our #ESSENTIAL employees.

 

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