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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Teflon Technical FAQ: Mudcracking

Every day at Intech we receive requests for technical help with DuPont Teflon® industrial coatings.  If you have a technical question, please feel free to call and speak to one of our technical sales representatives.  Once a month, we post a frequently asked question here on our blog. 

Question: My DuPont™ Teflon® industrial coating looks like the bottom of a dry pond, with lots of deep cracks running through it. How do I fix it?

Answer: Mudcracking can be due to excessive film build or the material not being uniformly mixed. Products used may not be compatible. Also, the substrate may be too hot or too cold.



If you need more help, call us at 302-366-8530.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Should I Purchase a Used Industrial Oven?

There are many questions involved in purchasing an industrial oven.  One question some consider is whether to buy new or used.  While used industrial ovens are usually less expensive than new ones, there are many pitfalls tied to used ovens, which can wind up making the overall price come close to or surpass the price of a new oven. 

 

Here are some things to consider before purchasing a used industrial oven:
  • End Use – A used industrial oven may not be equipped or may not have the options needed to support your process.  Adding options or retrofitting the oven to meet your needs may be required and can be costly.
  • Performance – With used ovens uniformity, ramp time, and airflow may be unknown, whereas a new oven is guaranteed to perform to manufacturer performance specifications.  
  • Safety Requirements – Older equipment may not comply with the most recent safety requirements.  Updating a used oven to meet current NFPA-86, NFPA-70, OSHA & UL requirements can be expensive. 
  • Missing Parts and Oven Condition – Used ovens may also be missing parts and actual oven condition can be difficult to determine.  Although an oven may be the right model number you’re looking for, many times changes have been made customizing the oven to its previous process.
  • Incompatible Power Source – It can be very costly to convert an incompatible power source between the used oven and the new facility. 
  • Warranty – Buying a used industrial oven can limit the support you receive from the manufacturer and may mean going without a warranty on your investment. 

Buying a used industrial oven is not always a good deal.  By the time the used oven is modified and updated, the cost is usually close to or has exceeded the purchase price of a new oven.  Already purchased a used oven?  Intech Services is proud to represent Precision Quincy Ovens who offers oven refurbishment which can rebuild the equipment eliminating the above issues.  Contact Precision Quincy for an evaluation today, call (302) 602-8738 or email sales@pqovens.com.  

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Getting The Right Oven: Temperature Requirements

Operating temperature has a direct effect on oven selection.  Here are some questions to think about when considering operating temperature and oven selection: 
  • What are the minimum and maximum temperature requirements for your application process?
  • What is the required ramp time and cycle time?
  • What is the product type and amount of product load?
  • Does the heat-up time need to be controlled?
  • Are there any cool down requirements?


Precision Quincy Ovens can create an industrial oven to fit any application and need you may have, from large conveyor ovens, to small bench ovens, and everything in between.   Contact a Precision Quincy representative today to guide you through the oven selection process at (302) 602-8738 or sales@pqovens.com.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Spray Guns Platforms Available Through CoaterONE

CoaterONE has a large selection of spray guns with many combinations of gun platforms and feed systems. Here is some information to help you decide on the best platform for your shop:


Conventional spray guns use a basic high pressure. The coating is blasted onto the part at this high pressure using an air compressor. The high pressure finely atomizes the spray giving the coating a very smooth finish. Transfer efficiency for Conventional spray guns is typically 50% or less.

High-volume low-pressure (HVLP) spray guns increase transfer efficiency, typically to about 65%, meaning more of the coating actually makes it to the part instead of being wasted. With HVLP guns, air is delivered at much higher volume than conventional guns, but with a much lower pressure, so that more finish ends up on the part instead of in the air. HVLP guns are compliant with the California South Coast Air Quality Management District.

Trans-tech spray guns use low volume, medium pressures. Transfer efficiencies are normally about 60% or better. Trans-tech guns are the best of both worlds: the finish quality is almost that of a conventional spray gun with close to the efficiency of an HVLP spray gun. Trans-Tech is used where compliance is not required but cost savings is important.



Whether you know you need an HVLP siphon feed gun system, or you have no clue where to start with your gun purchasing, CoaterONE can help. CoaterONE makes shopping for spray equipment, spray accessories, and other coating products easy because all the supplies you need for your shop are just a click away in a single location. If you're not sure what you need, call 302-366-8530 for help selecting products.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Welcome Baby Chayse!




 After much anticipation, Chayse Ann McCall has arrived.  Account manager, Nicole McCall, gave birth to her second child on September 21st at 10:47pm.  Chayse weighed in at 5 pounds 18 ounces.  Nicole, her husband Roger and big sister Rylee couldn’t be happier with the new addition to their family.

Congratulations to the McCall Family!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

TCI Powder Coatings: TruZinc

In a partnership with TCI powder coatings, Intech is now offering more than 300 of the most popular TCI powder coatings in 1, 3, 5, and 10 pound boxes through a program called TruPak.  These products come from TCI's extensive portfolio and are available in a variety of textures and effects that meet the quality demands that you would expect from a powder coating supplier. There are several powder coating products offered through the TruPak program, and this article focuses on the TruZinc line. 



TruZinc primers protect ferrous substrates by two mechanisms. First, they act as a physical barrier to water and electrolytes increasing the electrical resistance of the corrosion cell. Second, they provide zinc which acts as a sacrificial anode. TruZinc primers are manufactured in a unique process that allows a significantly greater amount of zinc, which increases the protection of the substrate against corrosion. TruZinc primers can be used as a one-coat system or as a primer in a multi-coat system. Topcoats applied over the primer may be solvent or water-based coatings. Typical applications include coil springs, suspension components, outdoor furniture, control arms, trailer hitches, and wheel weights.

Click here to view available TruZinc products.
Click to see our posts about TruHammer, TruIllusion, TruPeel, and TruWrinkle.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Trades Associations Membership - Because It's Worth It

Professional and technical associations are a worthwhile investment for the numerous benefits they provide industrial coating companies.  Some of the reasons why industrial coating associations can be an advantage to YOUR company include: 
  • Ability to share best practices and learn up-to-date information about the coating industry
  • Allow access to participate in educational programs and workshops offered by the association
  • Opportunity to have influence over decision making within the association
  • Open doors to potential customers
  • Qualify for discounts on products/services
  • Bolsters reputation as a member of associations

Below, are some industrial coating related associations and their links. Be sure to check out the information for these associations and the benefits they offer to the industrial coating industry.



NACE International
NACE International offers corrosion control solutions to members through technical training and certification programs, conferences, industry standards, and many other resources. Click here for more information about NACE.


Chemical Coaters Association
The Chemical Coaters Association International provides information and training on surface coating technologies using educational meetings and seminars, training manuals, and more. Click here for more information about CCAI.


Powder Coating Institute
The Powder Coating Institute promotes powder coating technology and communicates the benefits of powder coating to manufacturers, consumers, and government. Click here for more information about PCI.



The American Coatings Association
The ACA is a voluntary, nonprofit trade association working to advance the needs of the paint and coatings industry.  The organization represents paint and coating manufacturers, raw material suppliers, distributors and technical professionals.  ACA provides advocacy and advancement of the industry through educational and professional development services. Click here for more information about ACA.



The Society for Protective Coatings      
The SSPC is the only nonprofit association focused on protection and preservation of concrete, steel and other industrial and marine structures and surfaces through high performance protection, coating selection, coating application, environmental regulations and health and safety issues that affect the protective coating industry. Click here for more information about SSPC.


The Plastics Industry Trade Association             
Founded in 1937, SPI, The Plastics Industry Trade Association is the association representing one of the largest manufacturing industries in the United States.  They promote industry growth while providing outstanding industry representation and services to members. Click here for more information on SPI.