VP - Engineering & Technology
Saint Clair Systems Inc
Michael Bonner is the Vice President of Engineering & Technology for Saint Clair Systems, Inc., a leading supplier of process temperature and viscosity control equipment for industrial fluid dispensing systems. A degreed electrical engineer, over the years, he has spent time in a wide variety of industries including audio systems, medical equipment, HVAC and appliance controls, metal stamping, even the manufacture of gasoline pumps. For more than 20 years, however, he has focused on the science of point-of-use temperature and viscosity control in fluid dispensing processes.
More and more, modern products are assembled with adhesives and sealers applied with advanced highly automated dispensing systems. Automating this process eliminates variations caused by operator fatigue, distraction, etc. The repeatability that automation brings is a no-brainer. That being said, your outcome is determined by the physical properties of the fluid you are dispensing. And though these fluids are well-engineered in the laboratory, even the most carefully crafted formulation and dispensing system can create unacceptable results due to uncontrolled variables in the application process – and one of the most critical is viscosity. In this presentation we examine how variations in viscosity impact a fluid’s performance in application, its intractable relationship with temperature, and how these factors affect modern automated fluid dispensing systems. From this perspective, we then examine the importance of both heating and cooling to achieving consistent and repeatable results.