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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

TCI Powder Coatings: TruPeel

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 TruPeel line. 



TruPeel powder coatings create a unique one-step “peel” look, which is a deep orange peel, and is very desirable when applied to large surface areas to help overcome surface defects and welded areas. In many cases, peels can be difficult to apply due to the narrow application window, but TCI TruPeel combines the benefits of appearance while offering the widest application for these type of textures in the industry today. With a robust formulation and a unique manufacturing process, TruPeel allows the coater to apply at a broad film range, using multiple style guns with a variety of gun settings. TruPeel has been used to coat large parts and small parts, and is very reclamation friendly. Typical applications include fitness equipment, lawn mower decks, shelving, cabinets, switch gears, outdoor furniture, and playground equipment.


Click here to view available TruPeel products.
Look for upcoming blogs on TruWrinkle and TruZinc powder coatings.
Click to see our posts about TruHammer and TruIllusion.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Introducing the DuPont™ Teflon® Pioneer Series featuring Bruce Nesbitt



Never underestimate the knowledge of a seasoned coater.  They can offer insight into the numerous challenges faced by those in the industry.  Their invaluable experiences and stories about the coating industry offer a view into the coating world and how it has changed over the years.  We want to give these prestigious Teflon® coaters an opportunity to share their successes, challenges and views on the future of the industrial coating industry. Through a series of interview questions we will highlight the long standing careers of devoted Teflon® coaters and their accomplishments in the field.  These pioneers in the Teflon® coating industry are early adopters of the coating and have helped to shape the way Teflon® has grown and evolved as a reputable industrial fluoropolymer. With the pioneers' vision and ingenuity, Teflon® coating continues to be regarded as the elite fluoropolymer of choice.


Bruce Nesbitt
"The endless possibilities of product improvement using Teflon® coating excites me"

Bruce Nesbitt is a leader in the industrial coating field.  His experiences over the years help to give perspective on the coating industry and how it has grown and evolved. In an effort to highlight some enduring coaters in the industry, we are presenting a series of interviews conducted with these highly regarded professionals. Our first Pioneer Series interview spotlight is on Bruce Nesbitt, of Orion Industries.  Please read on to learn about Bruce's story in the coating industry. 
 
Q:  When was your company founded?
A:  It was in 1964, in my parents’ basement.

QWho founded the company and why?
A:  I did.  While I was in the hospital recovering from a broken ankle, a friend brought me a magazine that had an article about LeMans racecars. The article discussed how Porsche used a special coating on its engine parts, helping to win the 24-hour LeMans race. Intrigued by what I read I sent away for some samples of the special coating, Molykote, and learned how to spray it on racecar parts.  That was the “primordial goo of Orion.”   I used my mother’s oven in the basement to cure the coating, and although those initial coatings did not involve Teflon®, I began my relationship with DuPont™ Teflon® shortly thereafter in 1966.

Q:  What was the first significant piece of equipment you purchased?
AAn air compressor and an electric oven. Both got worn out.

Q:  How would you describe the changes in the company now from when it was first started?
AFar more documentation now.  NO more collegial transfer of tribal knowledge.  We now document everything and bar code all labor and materials.  However, never have I found a way to lose money on a job and prosper, so we avoid losing jobs, or as the late Pedro Diaz of Boyd Coatings so eloquently said years ago, “Avoid dog customers.”

QWhat would you consider significant milestones in your company?
AMoving from the sixth floor of a building to a ground floor location in 1969.  In addition to a larger working space, I also made changes to expand the business.  I purchased two DuPont™ Teflon® LIA businesses, Fluorocarbon Company and Ekco Industrial Coatings. Ironically, Ekco had offered me a job in 1969 and by 1982 I was buying them.  In addition to these events, several staff members have added to the company’s growth, too numerous to mention.  This is a really unusual industry, so creative and clever staff have made all difference.

QHow has the coating industry itself changed over time?
AWow, much more regulation, especially government regulations. Heightened government regulations have made for fewer marginal coaters but have also increased overseas competition (especially for large housewares jobs).  The industry is more efficient, with tighter controls, allowing for more automation and electrostatics. 

QWhen did you get your LIA license from DuPont?
A: 1973 or so.

QHow has being an LIA affected your company?
AThe LIA status initially provided plenty of leads and assistance from the DuPont sales force.  Today, the LIA offers more technical assistance from DuPont when needed.  The LIA network is really much smaller but with many more good firms. 

QWhat is your favorite DuPont coating? 
A958G-303, 420G-104, and the 851 acid primer series, which we use on a consistent basis

QWhat excites you about the future of the coating industry?
AThe endless possibilities of product improvement using Teflon® coatings excites me.  I also look forward to the next phone call or e-mail with a very unique question about “how will Teflon® coating help my product do this or that.” After 50 years, I still get amped up over the new and next opportunity.  I meet the brightest folks imaginable with imagination and that’s great!
 
Left to right: Bruce Nesbitt, Mike Patterson, and George Osterhout of Orion Industries at the 2013 DuPont Plunkett Awards

We appreciate the time Bruce took to help us launch this interview series.  To learn more about becoming a member of the LIA network Bruce spoke of in the interview or are interested in telling your Teflon story, email april@intechservices.com.
 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

High Temperature Walk-In Ovens: Efficient and Consistent

Intech is proud to represent Precision Quincy Ovens, an industry leading manufacturer of many types of industrial ovens. For over 60 years, Precision Quincy Ovens have been used in industry across the globe.  Precision Quincy can create an industrial oven to fit any need you may have, from large conveyor ovens to small tabletop ovens, and everything in between. 

Precision Quincy ovens are constructed with welded steel and use quality components throughout.  All ovens are assembled, wired, and tested at maximum temperature prior to shipment and meet or exceed NFPA-86, NFPA-70, OSHA & UL requirements.  This article focuses on the High Temperature oven line, which is a multi-use oven made for process temperatures to 1250°F. 

High Temperature Walk-In Ovens are built by Precision Quincy’s proprietary “Can” Construction, meaning the oven’s interior walls are made from seamless steel plate. The seamless interior is superior to normal tongue and groove construction, which could buckle at higher heat.  Buckling allows heat to escape the oven resulting in higher energy costs, less efficiency, and inconsistent product quality.   High Temperature Walk-In Ovens are not standard ovens and therefore require a slightly longer quote time. 



  • Maximum temperatures: 1000° F / 1250° F
  • Suited for most industrial processes like aging, annealing, curing, dehydrating, drying, heat setting, heat shrinking, pre-heating, stress-relieving, and testing
  • Insulated floor 3” or 6”
  • Available in any voltage and with gas or electric heat
  • Available in eight standard sizes or can be customized to meet your specific needs
  • Air Flow:  Horizontal / Vertical


Dimensions
  • Standard Height       6’         
  • Standard Width        4’- 6’
  • Standard Depth        4’- 10’

  
Click here for or more information on Precision Quincy High Temp Walk-In Ovens, other available ovens, or our complete guide for installation and maintenance services.

Need help in the selection process?  Fill out this quick form or call 302-602-8738 to talk to a Precision Quincy Oven Representative. We can also be contacted by email.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

TCI Powder Coatings: TruIllusion

Through partnering 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 TruIllusion line. 


TruIllusion is a line of unique special effect products that were developed to allow you to interpret or imagine almost anything. As the light reflects the different angles created in the coating, the reflection changes, and therefore the illusion is created offering a special effect appearance. The TruIllusion line offers several color options, including black, red, blue, green, orange, silver, and purple. TruIllusion powder coatings offer extremely high DOI, a highly reflective metallic look, and a formulation backbone and pigment package that can be used outdoors.

Click here to view available TruIllusion products.
Look for upcoming blogs on TruPeel, TruWrinkle, and TruZinc powder coatings.
Click here to see our post about TruHammer.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

From The Powder Coating Show

We're at the Powder Coating Show!


We are exhibiting DuPont Teflon® industrial coating products at the Powder Coating Show. This is the only trade show solely dedicated to the powder coating industry in North America. The Powder Coating Show provides opportunities to meet and interact with leading professionals in the powder coating industry, as well as hear about the latest powder coating innovations and technology.

In addition to exhibiting, our president, Mike Patterson, spoke today at noon about Expanding Your Horizons With Fluoropolymer Coatings.  See more information on his session here.

If you are at the show, please stop by our booth #716.

Properties of Teflon: Chemical Resistance

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. 


Chemical Resistance: Chemical environments usually do not affect a DuPont™ Teflon® industrial coating.  The only chemicals known to affect these coatings are molten alkali metals and highly reactive fluorinating agents. Minimal porosity leads to excellent permeation resistance and low chemical absorption. Teflon® coatings’ resistance to chemical action makes the coatings a good choice for the chemical processing and semiconductor industries. PFA and ETFE have the best chemical resistance to many acids, bases, and solvents due to the coatings ability to melt-flow and achieve high film builds.



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

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

TruPak Powder Coatings: TruHammer

Through partnering 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 TruHammer line. 



TruHammer hammertone powder coatings are formulated with a base coating that has a unique reaction when exposed to radiant or convection heat, which creates a hammered texture effect. Unlike most hammertones, TruHammer assures the broadest application window, giving the coater the most robust coatings available. TruHammer coatings come in several colors, including Silver Rock, Storm Blue, Dark Pewter, Brown, and Mist Green. Ideal applications include electrical cabinets, indoor furniture, outdoor furniture, wire goods, and lighting products.


Click here to view available TruHammer products.
Look for upcoming blogs on TruIllusion, TruPeel, TruWrinkle, and TruZinc powder coatings.