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Friday, January 31, 2014

Operational Cost of Electric verses Gas Oven

When shopping for an industrial oven, the one of the first questions your company will need to answer is whether your oven will be electric or gas.

The first instinct may be to go with electric, because an electric oven is often slightly less expensive than a gas oven. However,  in this case the bottom-line price of the oven is not the only cost consideration associated with your purchase. Generally the operational costs for an industrial gas oven will run much lower cost than the operational cost for an electric oven. In some cases, running an electric oven can cost about four times as much as a gas oven. Your operational savings will far out way the upfront cost of the oven and these operational savings are long term.

Here's a case study of a customer who is trying to decide whether to purchase an electric or gas oven. Here is a comparison of operational costs for this customer:

Electrical Energy Price ($/kW*hr): $0.10
Natural Gas Price ($/Term): $0.83

As you can see, it is three times as expensive to run an electric oven over the course of a year. In a few short months, a company could make up for the slightly higher initial costs of the gas oven and save the company money in the long run.  

Intech Services is the national sales representative for Precision Quincy Ovens. To talk to someone about your specific oven needs, please call us at 302-602-8738.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Emergency Eyewash and Shower Regulations

Do you have the proper eyewash stations and emergency showers in your shop?  The first 10 to 15 seconds after exposure to a hazardous substance, especially corrosive substances, are critical.  Delaying treatment, even for a few seconds, may cause serious injury.

According to OSHA's regulation 1910.151(c) states, "Where the eyes or body of any person may be exposed to injurious corrosive materials, suitable facilities for quick drenching or flushing of the eyes and body shall be provided within the work area for immediate emergency use."

What exactly does "suitable facilities" mean? Some of the important details are listed below. However, it is not every standard, so consult with ANSI to get the full standard of ANSI Z358.1 to make sure you are compliant.

  • Emergency eyewash stations or showers must take no more than 10 seconds to reach from where an accident may take place, which means they should be within 55 feet of the work area. The path to the fixture must be unobstructed.
  • The eyewash station and shower must be able to be operated at the same time if necessary.
  • Eyewash stations must be able to flush both eyes at the same time.
  • Self contained eyewash equipment minimum flush rate is .4 gpm for 15 minutes. Eye/face wash equipment minimum flush rate is 3 gpm at 30 psi for 15 minutes. Plumbed and self contained emergency showers have a minimum flush rate of 20 gpm at 30 psi for 15 minutes.
  • All emergency wash stations are easily activated in one second or less and will stay on until manually shut off. This will allow the user to use his hands to hold his eyelids open.
  • Plumbed valves must be locked-out to prevent unauthorized shut off.
  • Tepid (between 60°F and 100°F) flushing fluid must be supplied in all types of emergency applications.
  • If there is a shut-off valve installed in the water supply line, measures must be taken to make sure there are no unauthorized or accidental shut-offs.
  • All employees must be trained in the use of the wash stations and know where they are located.
  • There must be a highly visible sign to show the wash station.
  • Emergency eyewash stations and showers must be inspected annually to make sure they are working properly.
Again, these are not all of the standards from ANSI Z358.1. These are only a few important highlights to get you started on the right path to having a safer workplace. Read the full standard to make sure your shop is totally compliant.  Even with the best safety precautions, accidental chemical exposures can occur.  Therefore, it is essential to look beyond the use of goggles, face shields, and safety procedures.  Emergency showers and eyewash stations are a necessary backup to minimize the effects of accidental chemical exposure.  

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Types of Burns

Over 1 million people in the U.S. 
are burned every year.

Since being burned in an industrial coating shop is a very real, immediate danger, it is very important to know how to identify the severity of a burn quickly so you can react right away

Superficial burns cause the skin to be bright red, hot to the touch, but not to blister. They are painful, but only the epidermis (the top layer of skin) is damaged so there will be no scars or permanent tissue damage.

Partial thickness burns are classified as either superficial or deep. Superficial partial thickness burns blister and are wet, are very painful, but the burned dermis (the second layer of skin) will regenerate. However, deep partial thickness burns are a mixture of red and waxy white and the destroyed areas will not regenerate.

Full thickness burns will make the skin look white or even charred. The worst part of the burn is not painful, but the surrounding areas will be. The destroyed areas will not heal, so there will be heavy scarring.

Remember to always have someone in the shop trained to administer first aid, and always seek professional medical attention immediately after a serious burn.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Workplace First Aid Kits

Every shop needs a first aid kit because accidents could happen at any time and you must be prepared to deal with them. If there is no infirmary, clinic, or hospital near your coating shop, you might need extra supplies to help in a sticky situation. Make sure you have the right first aid supplies to comply with ANSI Z308.1-2009, the standards for workplace first aid kits. Also remember that one or more employees must be adequately trained to render first aid in case of an accident.

For a first aid kit to be ANSI compliant, it must have all of the following:

Periodically check your first aid kits and make sure you have everything you need. If you're missing something or need a new first aid kit, check out our CoaterONE e-marketplace for first aid kits.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

DuPont™ Teflon® Coating Spotlight: Ruby Red PFA

Product Overview
DuPont™ Ruby Red PFA is a filled liquid and powder PFA coating, specifically formulated to reduce permeation and provide superior chemical resistance at temperatures as high as 500°F.  In the chemical industry specifically, Ruby Red has proven to hold up longer than other alternatives against extremely corrosive chemicals.  There are proprietary filler materials in the Ruby Red that dramatically slow the permeation process that you won’t find in other PFA coatings.  The advanced technology of the Ruby Red coating allows it to be applied in multiple layers at 3-10 mils per coat, up to 40 mils.  This system’s specific design makes it an excellent choice for any chemical resistant application.

DuPont Teflon industrial coatingsFeatures and Benefits
• Ease of Application: thicker application allows for less labor
• Substrate options: aluminum, stainless steel, and carbon steel
• Achieve thick film build: up to 10 mil per coat and a 40 mil maximum dry
film thickness (DFT)
• Available in liquid and powder form
• Liquid coating is water-based for easy cleaning

Performance and Properties
• Superior Permeation Resistance
• Excellent Thermal Stability
• Excellent Chemical Resistance
• Good Abrasion Resistance

Ruby Red PFAIndustries
• Semi conductor
• Chemical processing
• Plating racks

Product Codes | Colors
420G- 703 | Liquid Primer
532G-42551| Powder Primer
532G-13054 | Red | Powder
858G-917 | Red | Liquid

Application Process
Surface will be grit blasted. Application process differs
between the liquid (858G-917) and the powder (532G-13054).
Powder coating is applied electrostatically with hot flocking
for additional coats.  Curing temperature is 716°F -740°F and
is lowered intermittently through the curing process.

Product Information
Availability: Next day shipping and stocked by Intech Services
Ordering: Online, fax, and phone
MSDS and Fact Sheets: always accessible at

For more information about this Ruby Red PFA Coating or download a pdf of this information, please visit the Intech Services' website. 

Friday, January 10, 2014

Teflon® Technical FAQ: Discolored and Brittle Coating

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: We applied Teflon® coating according to the fact sheet and after my final curing cycle, the part looks discolored and brittle. What causes this?

Answer: This usually means the part was over-baked. When the fact sheet states the cure temperatures,  it is referring to the actual metal part's temperature. In order to assure that your part has reached the required cure temperature,  use a thermocouple to measure the part temperature while curing. 

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

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Adopt a Family

Intech Services has developed a community reinvestment team which is tasked with how we as a company can give back to the community. Over the holidays, Intech adopted a family in the community for the holidays. We were able to provide gifts, a holiday dinner, and some additional groceries. We split up into teams to shop for gifts and food for the whole family. We had a wrapping party after work to wrap all the presents.  It is an important Intech value to give back to the community and to build our team internally by working together to do it.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Intech's Year in Review 2013

Intech's Year End Report is to present a comprehensive snapshot of our second half of 2013. At Intech, we work hard to stay on the forefront of our industry by working with DuPont to bring you the best coatings and information in the coating industry.  We also work with our CoaterONE vendors to bring the best products in the market for your industrial supply and equipment needs.

Highlights of the Second Half:
  • General industrial Teflon® sales ended the year at all all time high.  Continuing the growth of the industrial coatings market is a top priority for our sales and marketing team.
  • Intech continues to grow and develop.  In this last quarter, we expanded our Marketing Department with the hiring of two new marketing administrators, April Monigle and Cheryl Skurla.  
  • We successfully displayed at 2 trade shows, Fabtech and the ChemShow.  The Chem Show was a new show for us and proved to be a beneficial opportunity to reach new customers in the chemical industry. 
  • 2013 marked the 75th anniversary of the discovery of PTFE Teflon® coating by Roy Plunkett.

Insider Updates: DuPont™ Teflon® industrial coatings

2013 proved to be another great year for DuPont™ Teflon® industrial coatings.  Both Intech and DuPont are pleased with  the launch of two new products, the one coat corrosion resistant coatings and Tefzel®/ETFE coatings.  These products have been significantly promoted and invested by DuPont, especially in the North American region.  Sales have been steadily generating for both products and quickly adapted to serve the needs of our customers. We anticipate that these growth products will continue with excellent performance and sales in 2014.  

MSDS Updates
The following products have had updated MSDS or Fact Sheet information in 2013.  If you utilize these products, you can download MSDS and Fact Sheets when you sign into your account on our website.

Fact Sheet Updates
857G-018 & 857G-508

Welcome April and Cheryl!

We are proud to announce April Monigle and Cheryl Skurla have joined Intech Services in the Marketing Communications Department.  They will be assisting with the planning and execution of the marketing strategy.  With the addition of April and Cheryl, we hope to reach new markets and customers, while at the same time provide improved resources to our current customers. 

Please feel free to contact April or Cheryl to welcome them to Intech!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Standards for Medical Services and First Aid

Accidents happen.

We know this, therefore we need to hope for the best but prepare for the worst. Make sure your industrial coating shop is as safe a workplace as you can make it for your employees. The OSHA Standards regarding medical services and first aid are found in OSHA 29 CFR 1910.151:

1910.151 (a): Employers must make available medical personnel for consultation on shop health. 

1910.151 (b): If there is no infirmary, clinic, or hospital close by, at least one person in the shop needs to be adequately trained to render first aid. All first aid supplies must be readily available.

1910.151 (c): If there is a possibility that an employee's eyes or body could be exposed to harmful corrosive substances, there must be facilities for quick drenching or flushing within the work area.

Complying with these standards will not prevent accidents, but they will make handling accidents much faster and safer.

To see safety and first aid products for your shop, please visit the safety products section of our website.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014