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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

General Market Segment Interview with Mark Berry


Mark Berry is the segment leader for Teflon™ applications in the General industry. We sat down and spoke with him about applications of Teflon finishes. Read on to find out about current and future uses of Teflon coatings in the general industry.


Q: What are the common problems within the general market segment?
Mark: There are many common issues in the general industry. Some barriers to quality results include corrosion, harsh chemical effects, high manufacturing temperatures, and over-use of petroleum-based products. Coaters and end-users strive to find materials that combat excessive corrosion, are heat and chemical resistant, and provide a dry film, non-grease, permanent solution. Repetitive, over-use of petroleum-based products calls for more manual labor and increased overall maintenance costs. For example, too often, companies repeatedly use a petroleum-based epoxy. After several instances of the chemicals eating through the epoxy, coaters search for something strong and long-lasting.

Q: How do Teflon™ coatings solve these problems?

Mark:
 
Teflon™ finishes provide a more permanent solution for many of these challenges instead of repetitive use of low-quality solutions that work for a short time. These varied products and services fill our customers’ industrial needs and help them overcome barriers to success.


Q:
When should people use Teflon coatings in the general market segment?
Mark: Customers should use Teflon products when they are looking for a long-term solution. The use of a higher quality material, such as Teflon, yields greater value than a cheaper, short-term solution that will call for repeated application.

Q: What Teflon coating systems work best for general industry applications?
Mark:
Our “one-coat” products satisfy the many coating needs of our general industry customers. These products utilize hybrid technology and have high level performance and durability characteristics.

Q: Are there new areas that could benefit from the use of Teflon products?
Mark: Much of my work involves exploring new industries and new applications for Teflon, and one of my ongoing tasks is to educate materials scientists and process engineers on the characteristics and benefits of Teflon coatings. Since these scientists and engineers are involved in industries that do not traditionally use Teflon, it is important to help them better understand how Teflon products can truly benefit their processes, save them time, and decrease their overall costs.

Q: What trade shows have you attended within the industry?
Mark: This past year I attended both the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) tradeshow as well as FABTECH, a general industry metal fabrication trade show.I am always looking for and exploring information on trade shows for industries that have not historically used Teflon. There are many trade shows that I would like to attend in the future to further the education and reach of Teflon products.

For further information on Teflon coatings in the general market segment, contact General Market Segment Leader Mark Berry at (302) 366-8530 x 132 or mberry@intechservices.com.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Heatin' Up

The Effects of Humid Conditions


As the warm weather approaches the US and Canada, heat conditions create a unique challenge to coaters: the need to manage humidity in shops. Depending on what region you do business in and whether you coat with solvent or water-based Teflon™ coatings, conditions can be more or less challenging. If humid conditions persist over a period of time, these coatings can pull in and trap moisture from the air onto your coated part prior to curing. Once parts are cured, the trapped moisture in the coating can disturb adhesion to the substrate. This moisture can also cause intra-coat adhesion failure (between multiple coats), staining, and negatively affect appearance of parts. Read on to find the best preventative actions and solutions to save you time and money when coating in humid conditions.

There are several solutions to mitigate the effects of humidity in your coating facility.
  • Basic Solution: Plan the application of your coatings during less humid hours of the day, such as early morning or late afternoon.
  • Costly solution: Process parts in an air conditioned environment.
  • Common solution: Preheat your part to 150°-175°F prior to coating. After this pre-heating step, spray the part as soon as possible.

Additionally, be mindful of the environment where your parts are stored, and check that the parts are not “sweating” prior to coating. If you spray these sweating parts, the moisture will become trapped under the coating. Should you find parts are sweating, use the pre-heating method mentioned above to remove the moisture prior to spraying.


The Intech Team would like to wish you an exciting, happy, and prosperous summer!


For more industrial coating application information and tips, visit
Application Overview for Teflon™ Industrial Coatings on our website.


Monday, June 6, 2016

Clean Parts: How to Spot Them


Several tests exist to help you to determine the cleanliness of your parts. The most common test is the “water break free” test. This test is used to observe whether the liquid draws away from or beads on the cleaned parts, or if it fully sheets over them.
Alternative assessments to the “water break free” test include:
  • Wiping with a white cloth
  • Alcohol drop tests
  • Coulometry (organic soil burned off substrate, measured)
To get recommendations on evaluating the cleanliness of parts, never hesitate to contact a pretreatment supplier.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Happy Memorial Day!

Intech Services' Office will be closed for Memorial Day on Monday, May 30th. The Intech Team remembers and honors all military personnel who died in the service of their country.
If you need to place an order, please do so on our website. We will respond with ship dates on Tuesday, May 31st. Have a great holiday!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Teflon™ Pioneer Interview Series: Michael Stechschulte

Our series continues with another spotlight on a long-standing, devoted Teflon™ coater and his accomplishments in the industrial coatings field. All pioneers in the Teflon coatings industry are early adopters of the coatings and have helped to shape the way Teflon has grown and evolved as a reputable industrial fluoropolymer. With the pioneers' vision and ingenuity, Teflon™ coatings continue to be regarded as the elite fluoropolymer of choice. This interview spotlights Michael Stechschulte of Endura® Coatings. Endura® is committed to providing the most innovative, technologically advanced, environmentally conscience, and highest qualified coating services available today. Endura Coatings has been a leader in coating application services since 1970. With over 750 engineered coating solutions spanning 11 technology platforms, they offer the most comprehensive array of coating expertise and services available today.

Q
: When was your company founded?
A: Endura was founded in 1970 outside Detroit, MI.

Q
: Who founded the company and why?
A: Dan Crowley, Art Coleman, and Bill Vicere. With the help of DuPont, Endura was on
e of the original LIA’s pioneering the use and proliferation of nickel Teflon. Endura helped identify industrial applications and uses for Teflon industrial fluoropolymer division.

Q
What was the first significant piece of equipment you purchased?

A: A curing oven in 1970 for high temperature bakes.

Q
: How would you describe the changes in the company now from when it was first started?
A: What makes Endura different today is our ability to be “consultative engineers.” We are committed to understanding our customers' needs using our KBER (Knowledge Based Engineering Repositories). In doing so, we are able to identify horizontals and verticals, industries and applications, all while documenting what coatings work and in what situations. We are also positioned to advise our customers on the latest raw materials, manufacturing processes, and specifications. We pride ourselves in our ability to modify coatings to meet the customers' needs. Whether it’s through working with Chemours or modifying the resins ourselves using certain reinforcements and formulations, we strive to give our customers exactly what they need.


QWhat would you consider significant milestones in your company?

AWe made a significant shift in our business in 2001. It happened to be after 9/11 when many industries were going through financial turmoil. Given everything happening in the U.S., we took a larger, global view of how we were doing business and how we were going to be less reliant on the Detroit industry, specifically automotive. The decision was made to become a more multi-faceted organization. We made significant investments into medical, pharmaceutical, surgical/disposables, food packaging, and many other specialty niche applications, where we could be written into the specification. When one of our coatings is specified in a drawing, we would have long-term commitments. We tweaked the other part of the business, which was the value added coating business. Our focus shifted to providing products and product solutions.

Q
How has the coating industry itself changed over time?
A: Clearly government regulation comes to mind as well as the reduction of the PFOAs. Reformulations of our resins have forced us to reevaluate our coating chemistries, formulations, and customer use applications. We continually grow, learn, and understand the reach and depth of these changes as they occur.


Q
When did you get your LIA license?
A:
1970/1971. Unfortunately, the official recognition plaque has been lost over the years.

QHow has being an LIA affected your company?
A:
It shows that our company has been a long-term customer of Chemours. We have become a steward of growth for the organization. It is clearly an opportunity for us to do cross branding and cross e-marketing. We would like to do more to leverage the LIA program and Teflon brand.

Q
What is your favorite Teflon coating?
 
AOur favorite Teflon coating system would have to be the Tefzel system. This coating system possesses an exceptional range of performance characteristics which make its use extremely versatile across a wide range of applications and industry niches. Its combination of non-stick, mechanical toughness, and chemical inertness make it a great candidate for use in food processing, food packaging, and chemical processing use environments.

Q
What excites you about the future of the coating industry?
A:
The future entails continually increasing customer satisfaction by creating widely specified products using Teflon finishes. System integration is the future for the coating industry; being able to provide not only value, but product solutions for customers is what I’m most excited for!


For questions and inquiries for Endura coatings, please contact sales at sales@enduracoatings.com or 586-739-0101. Visit the website for more information at www.enduracoatings.com.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

3-Coat Improved Standard Teflon™ System

The 3-coat Improved Standard is the premium Teflon™ coating line reinforced for scratch resistance and durability. The line is for end-uses that require non-stick, high lubricity thermal stability to 500 °F. Decades of innovation and technology have led to this water-based, multi-color system with a unique blend of PTFE, PFA, and FEP fluoropolymer chemistry. The primer utilizes On-Smooth technology for easy adhesion to smooth surfaces when needed. When your application requires ultimate release and superior durability, 3-coat Improved Standard should be your choice of the Teflon™ products.

The 3-coat Improved Standard is a blend of Teflon™ fluoropolymers with great features and performance benefits that create superior durability and premium properties. The easy, single cure application and reinforced primer and mid-layer make this product superior in durability. This high-performing system comes in blue, black, and dark pewter.

For more information on the 3-Coat Improved Standard coating, visit our information sheet here.
Please direct any questions or concerns to Intech Services, Inc. at (302) 366-8530. We would love to assist you in your purchasing and answer any questions you may have.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Available Cleaner Technologies


Cleaners come in both powder and liquid forms. There are different types of each form, including the following:

  • Acid cleaners are best for metallic or inorganic soils
  • Alkaline cleaners are often used for organic soils
  • Soils on substrates that react with strong acids or alkalis are usually removed by neutral cleaners

When high levels of oil build inside of the substrate, oil-splitting cleaners will be best. In order to decide which cleaner is best for you, contact a pretreatment supplier.