Nordson EFD’s New BackPack™ Valve Actuator Improves Dispense Valve Speed and Accuracy

Increases profitability for manufacturers; enables production of more product in same amount of time

06 Apr 2010

For Immediate Release

April 6, 2010 East Providence, RI USA Nordson EFD (Nasdaq: NDSN) has introduced a new device for improving productivity and profitability in the estimated $10 billion product assembly market.

Thousands of manufacturers around the world use Nordson EFD dispense valves on their automated production lines to apply adhesives, lubricants and other assembly fluids in accurate, repeatable amounts. Major applications in the life science, electronic and automotive industries will benefit from the BackPack™.

The new Backpack™ Valve Actuator can help these companies produce more products in less time by making it possible to cycle select Nordson EFD valves 2 – 3 times faster than previously possible. The faster valve actuation also makes it possible to produce the smaller fluid deposits required in the assembly of many of today’s advanced products, such as medical devices and portable electronics.

Incorporating advanced miniature solenoid technology, the innovative BackPack mounts the solenoid used to open and close the valve directly on the valve’s air cylinder, rather than on a separate fixture. This makes it possible to achieve valve actuation speeds as short as 5 - 6 milliseconds and cycle rates as high as 800 per minute. In contrast, typical valve actuation speeds and cycle rates are 15 milliseconds and 400 cycles.

The BackPack is available today by contacting your local Nordson EFD office or


Nordson EFD designs and manufactures precision dispensing devices for applying controlled amounts of the adhesives, sealants, lubricants and other assembly fluids used in almost every manufacturing process. Nordson EFD products are available through a worldwide network operating in over 30 countries.

Nordson EFD is a division of Nordson Corporation (Nasdaq: NDSN), one of the world's leading producers of precision dispensing equipment that applies adhesives, sealants, coatings and other materials to a broad range of consumer and industrial products during manufacturing operations. The company also manufactures equipment used in the testing and inspection of electronic components as well as technology-based systems for curing and surface treatment processes. Headquartered in Westlake, Ohio, Nordson has direct operations and sales support offices in more than 30 countries.