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Monday, June 30, 2014

Fischer Technology Receives ISO 17025 Accreditation

Fischer Technology recently announced their accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025:2005 by the American Association of Accreditation Laboratories. ISO 17025 is the leading internationally accepted standard for calibration laboratories. The accreditation includes ISO 17025 certifications for instruments using magnetic induction, eddy current, X-ray fluorescence, and many other test methods.

Accreditation was given to Fischer to perform these calibrations:
  • Dimensional (coating thickness measuring equipment)
  • Electrical (electrical conductivity measuring equipment)
  • Magnetic quantities (ferrite content measuring equipment)
  • Mechanical (indirect verification of instrumented indentation hardness testers)
To see Fischer's scope of accreditation, click here.

Fischer Technology continues to be a leader in calibration technology, which is why you can find Fischer testing equipment in theCoaterONE marketplace.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Southwest Plating named "Intech Services Authorized Fastener Coater"

Intech Services is proud to announce that Southwest Plating Company has been named an "Intech Services Authorized Fastener Coater" approved by DuPont Fluoropolymer Solutions.  The Authorized Fastener Coater Program was established to provide industry competent sources qualified to apply their products.

Southwest Plating Company was chosen to help develop the
DuPont ™Teflon ® 857G coating and is qualified to apply this industrial coating for the highly regarded DuPont™ SP11C fastener specification.

DuPont™ Teflon® coatings are offered to our customers by SW Plating Company in cooperation with DuPont and Intech Services.

For more information on becoming an authorized fastener coater, contact Chris Dohl,
Intech Services, Inc.
211 Lake Drive, Suite J
Newark, DE 19702

(302) 366-8530 x 103

Thursday, June 26, 2014

TCI Customer Appreciation Event

Our TCI representatives just got back from the TCI Customer Appreciation Event in Miami, Florida. The event focused on helping coating companies, whether they are small custom coaters or large OEMs, grow their business through education, collaboration, and networking. Intech Services was a co-sponsor of the event, and our tabletop display highlighted the TruPak program and CoaterONE products. There were technical and industry presentations on topics pertaining to the powder coating industry, including Chris Dohl's presentation "Emerging Technologies: Teflon® & Powder Coatings." There was also powder coating expert panel question and answer session and many opportunities to share ideas and processes with exhibitors and participants.

Intech's partnership with TCI powder coatings includes the new network of coaters, TruCoater and TruPak, a small packaging of powder coating programs. 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Summer Product Series: Half Facepiece Respirators, Tyvek Coveralls, and Eyewear Lanyards

The Just for Summer section of our website is back! There are many great products for keeping cool and hydrated in a hot shop environment. Beat the heat this summer with these fun products!

3M™ Half Facepiece Respirators: Intech Services has a variety of respirators available that are great for summer. 3M™ 5000 Series half mask respirators protect against several different kinds of vapors, including organic and acid gas. There is also a half mask respirator in both the 3M™ 6000 and 7000 Series. Check out our selection of respirators, and find your perfect fit for the hot summer months!

Tyvek® Coveralls: In the summer, keeping cool can be hard when you have to wear heavy protective coveralls. Tyvek® coveralls, however, are very lightweight and breathable, so they maximize comfort. These coveralls offer barrier protection from dry particulate hazards, which includes protection from exposure to mold, lead, and asbestos. Tyvek® is resistant to abrasion and very durable. Tyvek® coveralls are a great way to protect yourself from exposure to harmful substances without causing too much discomfort from the heat.

Snugz® Eyewear Lanyards: Have you ever put your protective glasses down somewhere in the shop and then forgotten where they are? If you're sick of losing your eyewear all the time, Snugz®  Eyewear Lanyards are for you! Keep them around your neck when you take them off, and you'll have them with you at all times. These lanyards come in black, blue, and a pack of assorted colors.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Proper Storage & Maintenance of Teflon® Coatings

Handling & Storage
What is shelf life?
Shelf life is the amount of time, starting from the date the coating was manufactured, that a coating can be stored and still be fit for use.

How to maintain & store Teflon® coatings:
All Teflon® coating fact sheets contain the specific maintenance, handling, and storage information for that specific product.  As a general rule, roll each coating for 30 minutes once a month if you are not using it another time for spraying to ensure the coatings last their entire shelf life or longer. Each DuPont™ Teflon® industrial coating line has a different shelf life.  Most coatings should be stored at room temperature, but some have special storage instructions.  For example, 850G-204 (acid primer) needs to be refrigerated.  Refer to the fact sheet for specific instructions, and you can access the facts sheets by signing into your Intech portal

Maintenance & Reincorporation
How to reincorporate Teflon® coatings:

DuPont™ Teflon® industrial coatings, both water and solvent-based, settle over time, which means proper reincorporation of the solids is necessary for a consistent quality of application over the product’s shelf life. It is recommended that Teflon® coatings be mixed by rolling them in their containers before the first use and the first time the container is opened each day, as well as several times throughout the day while they are being used.  For even reincorporation of the solids in the coatings, they should be rolled the first time each day for 30 minutes at 30 RPM. When rolling throughout the day, 10 minutes at 30 RPM each time is sufficient.

Ensuring solids get reincorporated:
Sometimes when rolling, solids stay stuck to the bottom of the container. If you notice this problem, stop the roller and use a stainless steel blade to scrap the solids from the bottom of the container, then continue rolling again. To make sure the solids are fully reincorporated, test the viscosity. Almost all Teflon® liquid coatings' viscocity can be tested using a Zahn 2 or 3 cup.  Click here to see a viscocity conversion table. 

Why roll Teflon® coatings instead of mixing or shaking?
Blade mixers and shakers should not be used with DuPont™ Teflon® industrial coatings because the mixing process is too aggressive for the coatings and can separate the fluoropolymer from the coating. Because Teflon® coatings are sheer sensitive, mixing and shaking can damage the coating and adversely affect performance and quality of the cured coating.

A Specific Solution: The Roller II

Intech Services has developed a custom rolling machine that is engineered to roll your DuPont™ Teflon® industrial coatings properly every time. Coatings that come in one gallon cans or jugs and five gallon pails will fit on the roller, with a variable speed selection for each size. The Roller II can be set at the desired RPM and time, and the machine will turn off automatically after the time has expired. Made from solid steel bars and a high quality, reinforced fiberglass base, the Roller II was developed specifically for industrial environments. The Roller makes rolling for shelf life maintenance or reincorporation easy and saves time.

Get Rolling: click here for more information.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Summer Product Series: Gatorade and Ice Pops

The Just for Summer section of our website is back! There are many great products for keeping cool and hydrated in a hot shop environment. Beat the heat this summer with these fun products!

Gatorade® ProductsDehydration and heat illness can cause serious problems, so make sure your workers stay hydrated throughout the day. Gatorade® cans, powders, liquid concentrate, and coolers and accessories are available in the CoaterONE marketplace. Not just for athletics, drinking Gatorade® can help your employees maintain peak performance at the work place. Choose from four flavors: orange, lemon lime, fierce grape, and fruit punch.

Sqwincher Ice Pops: Ice Pops are perfect for taking a quick break in a hot shop! Your coaters will love this cold, refreshing snack that quickly replaces electrolytes and minerals and rehydrates significantly faster than water. Ice pop packs contain an assortment of flavors, including lemon lime, cherry, orange, mixed berry, and grape.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

TCI Powder Coatings: 1000 Series Low Cure Systems

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 series offered through TruPak, but there are also some series that are not part of this program. These products are available in larger sizes by calling Ken Barnes at 302-602-8731. This article focuses on the 1000 Series Low Cure Systems.

1000 Series Low Cure Systems are formulated for heat sensitive substrates. Most products in the 1000 Series can be cured at 250°F, but lower temperatures are possible. Powder can be applied with or without minimal substrate preheating. These powder coatings are best suited for interior application, and they feature excellent physical and chemical resistance properties. Typical uses include medium density fiberboard, fiber reinforced plastic, and sheet molding compounds.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Properties of Teflon: Abrasion 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. 

Abrasion Resistance: Abrasion is any scuffs, scratches, or other kind of marring from environmental factors. DuPont™ Teflon® industrial coatings are very resistant to scratches and abrasion due to their excellent durability and toughness. Surface scarring is minimal, especially in certain coatings when fillers are added. Abrasion resistance helps in the food processing industry for chutes because the food must slide over the coating and not harm the surface. ETFE and PFA are the toughest Teflon® coatings.

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

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Bruce Nesbitt: DuPont Plunkett Award Winner

Left to Right: Bruce Nesbitt, Mike Patterson, and George Osterhout
of Orion Industries at the DuPont Plunkett Awards

Intech Services is proud to acknowledge Bruce Nesbitt as a winner of the DuPont Plunkett Award. Bruce is the first coater to ever receive this prestigious award.  DuPont Fluoropolymer Solutions announced the Americas regional winners which recognize new, cutting-edge applications for DuPont fluoropolymers. 

The DuPont Plunkett Award winners were announced for 2013 and included among them is Dimension Bond Corporation's Bruce Nesbitt.  As the president of Dimension Bond Corporation, Bruce was recognized for his innovative use of fluoropolymers with his entry of Dimension Bond® Application Technology.  Mr. Nesbitt's entry was judged by a panel of regional experts who evaluate the submissions on their degree of innovation, sustainability, impact and breadth of use and commercial significance. The Dimension Bond patented technology allows bearing-grade material to be permanently bonded to produce parts that have a derived dimension and are lubricated for the life of the unit.    Using this patented technology allows almost any liquid-based coating material to be bonded with micron accuracy.  For more information on Dimension Bond Corporation visit their website.

The winning companies were honored at an awards presentation dinner at the Hotel duPont in Wilmington, DE on May 15, 2014.  Winning entries can be found on the DuPont website.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Summer Product Series: MiraCool Headwear and Cooling Towels

The Just for Summer section of our website is back! There are many great products for keeping cool and hydrated in a hot shop environment. Beat the heat this summer with these fun products!

MiraCool® products: These headbands, bandanas, and tie hats will help your employees stay comfortable in a hot shop. MiraCool® technology keeps your neck or head chilled all day long with crystals that absorb water to work with the evaporation process to keep pulse points feeling cool. They stay hydrated for several days, and there are several colors and patterns available.

Ergodyne Chill-Its Cooling Towel: This towel is a synthetic chamois that, when wet, is significantly cooler than the ambient air and is super-evaporative. You can wear it for hours, or use it to wipe your face for quick relief. The Chill-Its Cooling Towel fights fatigue while lessening the effect of heat stress on shop employees.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

TruPak Powder Coatings: 11000 Series Highest Exterior Performance Organic Systems

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 series offered through the TruPak program, and this article focuses on 11000 Series Superior Exterior Performance TGIC Polyester Systems.

11000 Series Highest Exterior Performance Organic Systems, or TruDurance, offers superior exterior performance and primarily used for architectural applications.  They are formulated to provide exceptional durability and performance in aggressive indoor and outdoor environments. The entire 11000 Series meets AAMA 2605 requirements, and are available in a wide range of colors, including metallics. A TCI technical representative must audit each application system to ensure products will meet the 2605 specification. Applications for 11000 Series powder coatings include store fronts, curtain wall systems, architectural accents, railing systems, windows, and louvers.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

I3 Workshops 2014

We are excited to announce that our I³ Workshops are making their first time appearance on the West Coast in Redondo Beach, California from October 7-9, 2014. We will be hosting the event at the The Portofino Hotel and Marina. Just when it's starting to cool down in many of your hometowns in the U.S. and Canada, make your way to California and enrich your knowledge of fluoropolymers and the coating business.  
This is our sixth year of offering the training workshops, and we are proud of the positive reactions to the programs.  We continue to make additions to our workshops to improve them each offering.

Workshop Offerings in Redondo Beach, CA:
  • Product, Markets, & Sales Strategies for DuPont Fluoropolymer Coatings- October 7-8, 2014
    • This 1½ day workshop is our benchmark workshop and is a highly valued resource for coating companies. The workshop will cover the latest Teflon® coating product technologies, market trends, and sales strategies for the coating industry. See more... 

  • VirtualPaint® Technology for DuPont Fluoropolymer Liquid Coatings- October 9, 2014
    • Intech Services, in conjunction with the Iowa Waste Reduction Center at the University of Northern Iowa, is pleased to present the VirtualPaint® Training Program for DuPont Liquid Fluoropolymer Coatings. This virtual spray training workshop is designed to improve attendees' spray techniques, including film thickness and transfer efficiency.  The virtual technology gives immediate feedback to the coater about his application technique. See more...
Can't do these dates or location?  We have an option to have I³ come to your facility!  Click here for more details on I³ Onsite.
Click here to see more information on 
 I³ 2014!

Register Today!
Register OnlineClick here to register now.

Register by Email or Fax- Click here to download the registration form.

Workshop Catalog-  Click here to download the 2014 Workshop Catalog.

Have questions or want to discuss an I3 Workshop option? Please contact Kate Morgner (302-366-8530 x121) or any one of our sales team would love to help you.  We hope to see you at one of your workshops this Fall. 

Monday, June 2, 2014

Announcement of the Intech Services Authorized Fastener Coater Program Approved by DuPont Fluoropolymer Solutions

Intech Services is proud to announce the launching of the Intech Services Authorized Fastener Coater Program approved by DuPont Fluoropolymer Solutions. By establishing this network, Intech Services and DuPont, hope to provide a distinguished list of coaters who have met a strict list of standards and testing requirements to give assurance of a quality coat job on fasteners. 

At Intech Services, the importance of properly engineered and applied coating system is a high priority. In an effort to provide industry competent sources to apply corrosion one coat products, Intech Services, the sole distributor of DuPont™ Teflon® industrial coating in the US and Canada, established the Intech Services Authorized Fastener Coater program approved by DuPont. This program gives fastener users the assurance of a quality job performed by the coater. Chris Dohl, Vice President at Intech Services, says, “Product Stewardship is extremely important to any coating that is honored enough to carry the DuPont™ Teflon® brand name. An authorized fastener coater network is the only way to ensure that our new fastener coating line is being applied correctly. This will enable the end-user to be confident that they will get the performance that they have come to expect from any of DuPont™ Teflon® Finishes.”

The Intech Services Authorized Fastener Program requires the individual coating shops to meet a strict list of standards and testing requirements proving their ability to apply the coating in a way that maximizes the coatings’ performance. Specifically, the coater must demonstrate process and quality testing for coating and/or plating processes and have the proper equipment to apply and test the coating. The coater must submit panels with one mil of 857G-018 applied over phosphate and under go and pass the following tests: 1000 hours of salt spray per ASTM B117, cross hatch adhesion testing to ensure proper substrate adhesion, MEK rub test to ensure proper curing, and appearance test. Passing these tests demonstrates the coater is able to apply the fastener coatings to withstand the environments they are engineered to. The coaters must agree to allow Intech Services to randomly audit their coating process.

For more information on becoming authorized or finding an authorized coater, please visit Intech Services’ website.