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August 18, 2021


NEW byko-drive S:
Compact Automatic Film Applicator


BYK-Gardner, worldwide partner of the automotive, paint and plastic industries for quality control of color, appearance and physical properties, is announcing its new compact automatic film applicator:
​​​​​​​byko-drive S


The new byko-drive S is designed to assist the user in achieving consistent film application by maintaining a consistent speed and drawdown pressure.

It provides easy operation and programming via its large color touch screen display and is compatible with virtually all applicators, both bar and wire types.


Among the features are:

  • Programmable speeds from 2 - 200 mm/sec or 0.1 - 7.9 in/s in 1mm/sec (0.1 in/sec) 
  • increments
  • Adjustable push-bar gap clearance for thicker substrates or large height applicators
  • Built in drying time modes from 4 mins to 4 hours (optional 2141 drying time attachment required)
  • Two versions available, either with glass or vacuum plate
  • User definable start position and stroke length to accommodate a wide range of chart sizes
  • Weight bar options to change the downward force on the applicator    
  • Can accommodate virtually all applicators and wire rods without additional hardware
  • CE/UL/CSA listed

Manual drawdowns are often inconsistent, especially between operators. This makes test comparisons between samples either difficult or unreliable. Other factors that can affect drawdowns are the shear rate and the pressure placed on the applicator tool.

The byko-drive S employs a precise speed control and a consistent weight to make drawdowns highly reproducible.

More information is available from BYK-Gardner GmbH, P.O. Box 970, 82534 Geretsried, Germany: By fax: +49-8171-3493-140, the free service no. 0-800-gardner (0-800-4273637) or on the internet at

About BYK

BYK is one of the world’s leading suppliers in the field of additives and measuring instruments.  Additives are chemical substances which, when used in small quantities, improve product properties such as scratch resistance or surface gloss. Manufacturing processes are also optimized by the addition of additives.


The coatings, inks, and plastics industries are among the main consumers of BYK additives. Yet with the production of oil and gas, the manufacture of care products, the production of adhesives and sealants, and construction chemistry, too, BYK additives improve the product characteristics and production processes. Testing and measuring instruments from BYK can effectively evaluate the quality of color, gloss, and appearance as well as the physical properties of paint, plastic, and paper products and are an important part of quality control.


As a globally operating specialty chemicals company, BYK has production sites in Germany (Wesel, Kempen, Moosburg, Schkopau and Geretsried), in the Netherlands (Deventer, Njiverdal and Denekamp), in Great Britain (Widnes), in the US (Wallingford, Chester, Gonzales, Louisville, Earth City and Pompano Beach) and in China (Tongling).


Today the company employs more than 2,300 people worldwide and forms part of the ALTANA Group.

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