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The SMART-DOSER doses any offset printing ink in the desired quantity at the right time

New valves, new pumps and new software make the SMART-DOSER by tecosbruhin more efficient, more robust and more durable.

High-quality print products are greatly dependent on the inks that are used. They should be radiant and brilliant, whether as a pure primary colour or a hue blended from base colours, e.g. from the Pantone colour chart. This means that the inks must be individually provided for each print job. Accurate dosing of the inks is one of the essential factors that guarantee efficient production. The tecosbruhin SMART-DOSER ensures that the required quantity is available at any time – whether of a conventional or UV offset printing ink and a spot colour. The Mosaic software handles ink and job management.

The SMART-DOSER is ideal for processing conventional and UV offset inks whose composition imposes special requirements on the system. UV offset inks in particular must be neither sheared nor heated during dosing because the curing components could block pumps and valves. The SMART-DOSER also doses low- migration inks – used for packaging for example – simply and easily.

Special patented pneumatic pumps ensure a consistent performance up to an annual consumption of approx. 25 ton of ink in one-shift operation, and correspondingly more in multiple-shift operation. This will meet the demand of a medium-sized print works in 99 % of cases. These pumps will also process inks of different viscosities. Like the pumps, the valves also make a major contribution to the longevity of the plant as a whole, and particular emphasis was placed on this when the SMART-DOSER was updated. The valves have to be both robust and yet sensitive enough to be able to accurately dose inks with their different viscosities and compositions.

A standard SMART-DOSER has up to 16 ink stations but can be extended to 24 stations to meet customer requirements. For a client who requires a particularly high annual production volume (up to 150 t) with conventional or high viscosity inks, tecosbruhin will deploy robust, silent-running electric pumps.

The pumps will be arranged as per the client’s specific requirements. The system is modular in design and planned individually to fit the available space. The design of the system and choice of suitable pumps and valves will depend on the type of containers used, the annual ink consumption and the type of ink.

The SMART-DOSER’s pumps are matched to the original ink supply containers, so inks need not be decanted. The inks’ shelf-life will not be affected and will be the same as that of inks in unopened containers, a factor that is particularly important for the sensitive UV inks. Inks are processed by high-precision weighers which approach each of the SMART-DOSER’s 24 max. stations on a linear unit. With a repeat precision of approx. +/- 0.15 g, the ink is dosed with a selectable accuracy down to drop-by-drop filling. The reliable repeatability of even the smallest quantities ensures that the exact amount required is dosed, without producing return ink.

Ink management with Mosaic

Ink management with Mosaic The Mosaic software is brand new. It manages different user profiles with access rights, formulas and orders. Order management also includes the manual addition of external components and possible return ink. The order management feature can also be directly linked to a client’s ERP system – the required interface is individually configured, so external stores can also be incorporated into the ink management. The new version of the SMART- DOSER also offers the option of remote maintenance to ensure uninterruptible printing processes.

Storage containers

Storage containers The SMART-DOSER can extract from all standard commercial storage containers for basic colours: 2.5 kg vacuum cans, 10 to 30 kg hobbocks and 200 l drums. An automatic lifting device has been developed specially for the hobbocks and the 200 l drums, with a pneumatic cylinder which inserts and withdraws the follower plate, making container-changing faster and more ergonomic. The lifting device can also be refitted to existing systems.

Automated can handling system

Automated can handling system An automatic handling system for inward and outward transfer is available for container types up to 10 kg. Empty containers are fed to the SMART-DOSER on a belt. The barcode is scanned automatically and the containers are then pushed onto the weigher and released for dosing. They are conveyed onward automatically after filling. As a result, production can proceed largely personnel-free and with no breaks in the dosing process. Today most systems are supplied with can handling.

Tecos Bruhin AG is a leading manufacturer of dosing systems for high-viscosity products. The company is part of the Füll Process Group, with its head office in Altnau in the Swiss canton of Thurgau.

The SMART-DOSER processes low-migration and UV offset inks as well as conventional printing inks. The improved generation of pumps and dosing valves guarantees the SMART-DOSER a long service life.


The patented pumps of the SMART-DOSER dose the required amounts of ink quickly, silently and accurately. Image: tecosbruhin

The SMART-DOSER’s valves are robust and yet sensitive enough to process the different viscosities
and other characteristics of the inks. Image: tecosbruhin



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OFRU takes over TECOS product range “cleaning systems”

As part of the strategic focus on dosing systems, TECOS BRUHIN has separated from the “cleaning systems” division.

OFRU Umwelttechnik in D-Alzenau is the new owner. OFRU is a specialist in the treatment of solvents, longstanding partner of TECOS BRUHIN and an ideal owner of the transferred division, which optimally complements the OFRU product range.

The transfer of business took place on December 16, 2019.

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European Coatings Show – we are here

WE ARE HERE: Hall 6, Stand 6-233

Venue: Exhibition Centre Nuremberg

Date: Tuesday, 19 March to Thursday, 21 March 2019Save the date to my calendar
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19 and 20 March 2019: 09:00 – 18:00
21 March 2019: 09:00 – 17:00

Trends and technologies covering all aspects of the production of paints, coatings, sealants, construction chemicals and adhesives | 19 – 21 March 2019 in Nuremberg

Aesthetic, sustainable, functional, process-proof. The demands placed on paint and coatings are growing all the time. Decision-makers and thought leaders in the coatings industry face great challenges. The European Coatings Show gives them the opportunity to meet the innovation leaders and discuss the latest developments in pigments, additives, adhesive and raw materials, intermediates for construction chemicals as well as laboratory and production equipment, testing and measuring equipment, application and environmental protection and safety work.

1. The World’s Innovations all in one Place

The product spectrum at the European Coatings Show and the top-class programme of the European Coatings Show Conference meet the needs of the coatings market 100%. Formulators of coatings, paints, printing inks, adhesives and sealants and construction chemical products are looking for the right raw materials, equipment and technologies. So as an exhibitor at the European Coatings Show you can be sure to meet the right decision-makers.

2. The European Coatings Show as Industry Barometer

The statistics from the past impressively show the importance of the European Coatings Show as world-leading exhibition: 54% of the exhibition visitors came from the European Union, 16% from the rest of Europe, 22% from Australia/Oceania, Asia and Africa, and 8% from America. 87% of the exhibitors in 2017 expected noticeable follow-up business, 95% reached their major target groups and 96% praised the professional competence of the visitors on their stand. Innovations will essentially determine future growth in the coatings sector. Make sure you get a large piece of the action by presenting your new products at the European Coatings Show.

3. Inspiration for tomorrow’s Surface Finishes

Meetings, deadlines and pressure of costs. Developers and process managers often have no time for detailed thoughts about tomorrow’s surface finishes during their daily work. Be part of the show in 2019, inspire the coatings community by presenting your groundbreaking innovations and discuss new trends and technologies on equal terms with the specialists.

4. Create Networks and Trust

Visitors want to meet the crème de la crème at the European Coatings Show. They would like to discuss the possibilities for new paint formulations, update on the latest processes and equipment technologies, and profit from exchanging views with colleagues. More than 90% of them are involved in procurement decisions in their company. So use the opportunity to create expert networks in Nuremberg and convince the decision-makers of the benefits of your products and solutions in a personal atmosphere.

5. Technology Location Nuremberg

Located at the heart of Europe, the technology location Nuremberg is easy and quick to reach via the motorway network, rail network and European flight network. The exhibition centre and old town centre are only a few minutes away from the main rail station and airport by public transport. Be enchanted by the unique atmosphere of this thousand-year-old city, which was world-famous for its craft skills in medieval times and still promotes this heritage today, for example in the Centre of Excellence for New Materials in the Nuremberg Metropolitan Region.

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