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Products  > TQC Sheen Automatic Film Applicator Compact

TQC Sheen Automatic Film Applicator Compact

The TQC Sheen Compact Automatic Film Applicator gives you a reliable and repeatable basis to apply coating and paint films to test charts, panels or foils.  


Brought to you by TQC Sheen, our specialist paint testing brand,, the AFA compact automatic film applicator is suitable for both wire bar and block applicators.  

Our versatile film applicator machine is suitable for charts up to A4 size and the application speed can be set from one to 150 mm/s. You get guaranteed and repeatable film application, so it’s ideal for laboratory experiments. Plus it can be equipped with an interchangeable glass or perforated vacuum bed. 

Reproducible film applicator results

The TQC Sheen automatic film applicator takes control of variations in speed, pressure and direction of ‘draw down cause’ irregularities. It stabilizes such problems and also ensures that the results are protected from influence by the shear rate or weight of the applicator.   

The result is that you can have complete confidence that the film thickness is even over an entire surface. This means that samples created with our automatic film applicators are reproducible. Plus there’s more good news – you can rapidly produce a large number of identical laboratory precision draw downs. 

Film applicator forming properties 

When researching a sample’s appearance properties, the quality of the applied film is important. If you’re preparing samples for testing abrasion resistance, hiding power or gloss then you’ll love our automatic film applicator! Whatever the test, our devices will keep any variation risks from rheological properties, application speed or pressure to a bare minimum.  

Block and spiral film applicators 

All of our automatic film applicators can be used in combination with either standard block type film applicators such as Bird and Baker models, or spiral bar type film applicators (wire wound rod type). We also make multiple types of applicators for either glass, paper or metal substrates and foils.  

Unique film applicator interface 

Each TQC Sheen automatic film applicator is equipped with our unique Triple I ® Navigation Tool.  

The Triple I stands for ‘intelligent illumination interface’. This handy navigation tool guides you effortlessly through the interface of our film applicator machines. It’s a highly intuitive operating system that’s enhanced with information that’s clearly highlighted on the crisp display screen. 

TQC Sheen film applicators are hot stuff!

With its perforated heated vacuum bed and built-in heating mat, our automatic film applicator enables you to elevate the temperature of the table to +100°C above ambient temperature. 

The powerful heating device guarantees an even distribution of the temperature over the entire vacuum plate.  

Easy operation film applicator machines 

It’s so easy to start up our film applicator machines and set the right test duration. With a flick of a switch the AFA Compact is ready for action. The automatic internal calibration kicks in and you can set the duration on the easy-to-read digital display. When you’re ready to apply your paint – just press start!  

An easy draw down film applicator  

Our film applicator machine is simple and mess free to use, whether you’re working with the glass bed or vacuum bed option. Both are designed for minimal waste. We recommend you use a piece of paper to collect any surplus paint as shown in the user manual, but you can also use the easy-clean drip pans our film applicators come with.    

Quality film applicator performance – as standard  

The TQC Sheen automatic film applicator is designed to perform to the highest caliber of international standards, including ASTM D823. 

Film applicator options

Across the Industrial Physics portfolio we have plenty of automatic film applicators, simple film applicators and accessories dependent on your budget.  

On this page you’re looking at the compact model of our TQC Sheen automatic film applicator, but also be sure to check out the standard version we make as well.  

Finished deciding which automatic film applicator is best for your business? Great, next up why not take a look at our TQC Sheen Baker film applicators or our Bird-type film applicator with flat edges? 

Applying our film applicator experience

We’ve been in the business of manufacturing film applicators for many decades now. Over the years we’ve learnt lots of best practice and we’re always pleased to share this with our customers.  

Across the knowledgebase section of our website you’ll find blogs that explore all manner of subjects, from the latest innovations in paint testing technology to industry-specific articles that delve into the innovative ways that automotive businesses are tackling challenges 


SKU: AB3652

Applications: Drying Testing

Materials: Inks and Coatings

Traverse speed: 1 – 150 mm/s / 0.03 – 5.90 inch/s

Speed ​​accuracy: < 1%

Stroke length: 250 mm / 9.84 in

Stroke length accuracy: <1 mm (0,025 mm/step) / <0.03 inch

Max. test substrate thickness: 8 mm / 0,31 inch (incl coating)

Max. size test panel: 300x200x8 mm / 11.81×7.87×0.31 inch

Max. height film applicators: 40 mm / 1.57 inch

Max. test chart size: DIN A4

Min. spiral bar length: >220 mm / >8.66 inch

Min. vacuum: -100 mbar

Volume drip tray: 30 ml.

Spiral bar diameter: 6 – 12,7 mm / 0.23 – 0.5 inch

Number of vacuum holes: 117

Distance of vacuum bed holes: 22 mm / 0.86 inch

Diameter holes in vacuum bed: 1,3 mm / 0.05 inch

Vacuum connection: 6 mm / 0.23 inch quick connect

Depth: 335mm / 13.18in

Width: 400mm / 15.74in

Height: 190 mm / 7.48in

Mass: 12.5kg / 27.55in

Power supply: 110 – 240VAC / 50 – 60Hz

Power consumption: max. 40Watt

Display: 128 x 64 pixels graphical LCD, 70 mm x 40 mm, white illuminated, heated

Energy consumption: max. 40Watt

Languages: English

Control: five-key navigation switch

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Success Stories

The problem

Some paint manufacturers have to undertake so many different types of tests that it’s hard to stay on top of the demands of their industry and the changing technologies that can best support them.

The solution

This was the case for our valued customer. They needed the equipment, skills, experience, and collaboration of a genuine partner. One offering personalized support and guidance identifying the correct inspection solution for each situation. We are always delighted to help.

The outcome

Daniel Marschall, President of Marschall Labs, said:


“The professionals at Industrial Physics took the time to understand the specific testing equipment needs of our lab. I can’t say enough about the excellent customer service and support they provide.”

Spares and Accessories

TQC Sheen Automatic Film Applicator Compact AB3653

Vacuum bed for the TQC Sheen Automatic Film Applicator Compact, 230/115 VAC

Declaration of Conformity

TQC Sheen Spare Drip Pan AB3657

Spare drip pan

Close View of TQC Art. nr. AB3662

Spare paper support

Close View of TQC Art. nr. AB3670

Spare Glass Bed for Automatic Film Applicator Compact

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Optional weight 250g

TQC Sheen Grindometer Tool for Automatic Film Applicator

The device allows the user to clamp a TQC grindometer scraper onto the TQC Automatic Film Applicator.

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