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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

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.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Properties of Teflon: Cryogenic Stability

DuPont Teflon® industrial coatings are highly durable and long lasting performance coatings that have a distinct application process and qualities that offer solutions in a variety of industrial markets.   This series of blogs will highlight one of these inherent properties of Teflon®  coatings and how these properties can solve a variety of problems. 

Cryogenic Stability: Many DuPont™ Teflon® industrial coatings can withstand temperatures as low as -454°F without loss of physical properties. Their ability to withstand sub-freezing temperatures means that Teflon® coatings will not lose any of their other characteristics when exposed to such low temperatures. One-coat systems are not recommended for low temperatures because the binder resins in the coatings are not able to adhere to the substrate when temperatures drop too low. 

To see all properties of DuPont Teflon® industrial coatings, click here.

Friday, October 10, 2014

More Spray Techniques That Save You Money

Film thickness consistency plays a big role in saving money in the coating shop. Having inconsistent thicknesses means you're probably wasting coating, and therefore wasting money. By using these simple techniques, you'll be able to cut out the waste, as well as achieve a better, more consistent finish for your DuPont™ Teflon® industrial coatings.

Click here to see the first 3 tips from last week.

Spray Pass Speed: Adjust the spray gun speed to achieve consistent films. Before pulling the trigger, consider the coating flow rate and the target wet film thickness. Adjust the equipment before spraying to find a flow rate that lets the applicator move at a controllable, comfortable speed. Spraying too fast can lead to decreased film thickness, and sometimes extra coats will be needed to make up the deficit.

Trigger Control: Maintaining a consistent trigger pull on each spray pass directly impacts the flow rate, spray pattern size, and transfer efficiency. Start triggering immediately before the lead edge of the part and release the trigger immediately following the lag edge. Fully pulling the trigger provides constant flow rate control. The fluid knob on your spray gun can be adjusted to restrict the trigger travel distance so you can always pull the trigger all the way. Partial triggering, however, can be very useful for blending and touching up.

Edge Banding: Partially pull the trigger to spray a light coat around the edges of the part. Then spray the center of the part, blending the edges into the first coat. Banding can increase transfer efficiency and increase film thickness on the edges. This technique ensures the edges get coated completely while maintaining consistent film thicknesses.