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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Happy Holidays from Intech


Warmest thoughts and best wishes
for a wonderful holiday season
and a very happy New Year.

From the Team at Intech

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Adopt a Family


Intech Services’ Community Service team, which focuses on how we as a company can give back to the community, was able to adopt two families in the community for the holidays. Intech, through the generosity of owner Mike Patterson, was able to provide gifts, a holiday dinner, and extra groceries to both families. Our employees split up into teams and spent the afternoon shopping for everything from educational toys to winter jackets and crib sheets. To wrap up the giving, we held our annual wrap party after work so every family will have presents under the tree this Christmas.  This is our third year adopting a family for Christmas, and it‘s a tradition we look forward to continuing. Intech values being able to do our part to make others’ holidays merry and bright. We love building our team internally by working together for the betterment of others. How do you celebrate the season? 

Monday, December 21, 2015

Intech's Holiday Shipping Schedule


Please keep the following dates in mind when planning your purchasing over the next few weeks:
  • Monday, December 21, 2015 – Last day for ground shipment of freezable products (with some exceptions on December 28) 
  • Tuesday, December 22, 2015 – Last day for AIR shipments of freezable products
  • Wednesday, December 23, 2015 before noon – Last shipment day for non-freezable products
  • Monday, December 28, 2015 – Emergency ship day
  • Monday, January 4, 2016 – Regular shipping resumes
Please contact the office if you have any questions or concerns.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Be Complete with Intech


Over the last 20 years, Intech Services has rapidly expanded, evolving from just a coating supplier to a sales, marketing, and operations company focused on the industrial manufacturing segment. Intech started with an open and creative business environment, and we still stay true to those principles as we grow. We want to convey our values to our customers through Be Intech, a campaign that will allow our original values to shine through and continue to shape our corporate culture and customer interactions. 


Be Complete.
Intech is the complete resource for the industrial coater. Beyond selling and distributing Teflon™ coatings, we also offer TruPak TCI powder coatings, full lines of masking, racking, and finishing accessories through our CoaterOne store. That's not all - Intech has a dedicated, robust marketing team and ability to distribute from our ample warehouse. Everything essential in the industrial world, is here at Intech Services. When you work with Intech, you get the complete package.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Precision Quincy Ovens’ New Brochure: Beneficial Application Add-ons Part 3

We are very excited about the creation of Precision Quincy’s new Industrial Ovens Options Brochure.

Intech Services represents Precision Quincy Ovens, an industry-leading manufacturer of many types of industrial ovens. For over 60 years, Precision Quincy Ovens have been used industry-wide across the globe.

For the past few months, Intech and Precision Quincy have been working hard to create a new client brochure. The Precision Quincy Options Brochure is the perfect guide to selecting the right oven options for your process application.

Beneficial Application Add-ons

Automatic Motorized Damper
Open/close motorized damper packages (individually sized to exhaust) provide decreased cool down time for faster load cycling.  They are also utilized in larger systems to efficiently exhaust VOC loads. An updated controller such as the Watlow F4 or Watlow RM is required. 


225 Exhaust CFM                              $2,147

550 Exhaust CFM                              $2,330

920 Exhaust CFM                              $2,463

1500 Exhaust CFM                            $2,537

2200 Exhaust CFM                            $2,701

For more information on Automatic Motorized Dampers or to see other beneficial add-ons click here to download the Precision Quincy Options Brochure.

For more information and pricing on Variable frequency drives, door switches, and filtration packages click here to download the Precision Quincy Options Brochure.

Don’t see what you need in the brochure?  Just ask us!

For new oven inquires, contact sales@pqovens.com.

For parts and service, contact service@pqovens.com.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Final Step of Proper Pretreatment for Powder Coatings Part 2

There are a variety of methods that will clean and remove soils from metals. The pretreatment method used is determined by the part to be coated (size, configuration, and material), the type of soil to be removed (dust, wax, and oil) and the performance requirements of the finished product.  This process of pretreatment requires three steps.  The first two steps are explained the previous pretreatment blog post, below is the final pretreatment step.

CHEMICAL CONVERSION OF THE SURFACE

Phosphating, or conversion coating, is the application of a phosphate coating to the substrate.  The most common conversion coatings are iron and zinc phosphate which are applied for the following purposes:
  • Provide temporary in-process corrosion protection before application of powder coating
  • Converts the substrate into a uniform surface, promoting good adhesion of the powder coating
  • Provide under-paint corrosion inhibitor to improve the life of the powder coating

The end product is the most important factor when deciding between iron and zinc phosphate.  Iron works well for indoor use in non-corrosive environments and has several economic and environmental advantages.  When undercoat protection is needed in a more demanding outdoor, corrosive environment, zinc phosphate is the better option.

Pretreatment is the base for powder coating. The highest quality powder coating will show you excellent results ONLY if the pretreatment is done correctly, maximizing the benefits of powder coating.  Oily patches, pin holes, rust spots, reduced resistance to weather, and overall poor powder coating performance will result with improper pretreatment. 

The following table compares iron and zinc phosphate processes in more detail.

Have a question about pretreatment? Contact our technical help today for advice from an expert.  Or you can always reference our trouble shooting guide online first.  

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

First Steps of Proper Pretreatment for Powder Coatings: Part 1

There are a variety of methods that will clean and remove soils from metals. The pretreatment method used is determined by the part to be coated (size, configuration, material), the type of soil to be removed (dust, wax, oil, etc.), and the performance requirements of the finished product.  This process of pretreatment requires three steps.  The first two steps are explained in detail below, and look for the third step in a later blog.

1. CLEANING

Mechanical cleaning – includes methods like scratch brushing and sand blasting. This abrasive action not only removes the surface impurities but also eliminates scratches and surface irregularities. Mechanical cleaning is sometimes the only way to remove excessive dirt, rust, or scale but can be labor intensive and expensive.

Chemical cleaning – includes removal of dirt, oil, and grease present on the surface by means of chemicals. The chemicals may be applied by wiping, spraying, or dipping, which depends on the soils to be removed, the size and type of the part, the type of coating to be applied, and the substrate material.

2. RINSE

Proper rinsing between process stages removes any remaining contaminated solutions from the substrate surface and is essential for successful pretreatment and coating performance.

Pretreatment is the base for powder coating. The highest quality powder coating will show you excellent results ONLY if the pretreatment is done correctly, maximizing the benefits of powder coating.  Oily patches, pin holes, rust spots, reduced resistance to weather, and overall poor powder coating performance will result with improper pretreatment. 



Have a question about pretreatment?  Contact our technical help today for advice from an expert.  Or you can always reference our trouble shooting guide online first.  

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

FEP One Coats: High Performing & Economical Choice

In search of an economical coating solution that provides excellent release and durability? Check out Teflon™ FEP (fluorinated etheylene propylene copolymer) single coatings. This high performance, thin film combines fluoropolymers with binder resin and is thermally set with flexible cure temperatures. There are seven options of different FEP one coats, four with an Epoxy resin and three with a PAI resin. Primarily water-based liquids, there is one powder form available. By providing high release and durability, as well as great chemical and abrasion resistance, the FEP one coats are the high performing, easy-to-use coating to choose when in need of a thin film solution. 


Properties of FEP One Coats:
  • Excellent non-stick or release
  • Excellent durability
  • Good chemical resistance and abrasion resistance 
  • Economical single-coat application
  • Flexible cure temperatures

Click here to view information about FEP One Coats on our website.

Click here to download a PDF of the marketing piece.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving from Intech

Happy Thanksgiving!


We hope you enjoy good food and time with family and friends this Thanksgiving. Our employees will be taking time to do the same and Intech’s office will be closed on Thurday & Friday, November 26-27. 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Volunteer Day 2015 at the Sunday Breakfast Mission


Intech Services’ Community Service team organized a great opportunity to make the most of the holiday season. On the morning of Monday the 16th and afternoon of Wednesday the 18th Intech employees volunteered at Sunday Breakfast Mission: a local outreach organization that provides food, clothing, shelter, medical care, and education opportunities to the homeless, addicted, and impoverished in the area.


The Sunday Breakfast Mission is a Christian faith-based organization that operates in the city of Wilmington where these problems sadly persist. Intech Services is proud to be associated with a local charity that is changing the lives of hundreds of people every day. On both days, our groups gladly packed boxes of food to give to families in need and cleaned up the common areas of the facility. The work was physically hard and emotionally rewarding. We all left with both a more acute sense of gratitude for all we have and a feeling of satisfaction for “being the change we want to see in the world.” 

Friday, November 20, 2015

Thanksgiving Celebration at Intech


Intech Services celebrated Thanksgiving a week early with a pot-luck lunch. Everyone was able to take some time out from their busy schedules to sit down, kick off the holiday season and give thanks for all the good fortunes that have come our way in 2015. 



We enjoyed all the traditional Thanksgiving fare including turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans, and cranberry sauce as well as the less traditional main course of a turducken roll, which was quickly gobbled down.  While the food was delicious, the company and the atmosphere is what made the mid-day break special. We wanted to share our gratitude with all of our clients and customers who truly make our work meaningful and joyful. 

Happy Thanksgiving from our Intech family to yours.

Precision Quincy Ovens’ New Brochure: Beneficial Application Add-ons Part 2

We are very excited about the creation of Precision Quincy’s new Industrial Ovens Options Brochure.

Intech Services represents Precision Quincy Ovens, an industry-leading manufacturer of many types of industrial ovens. For over 60 years, Precision Quincy Ovens have been used industry-wide across the globe.

For the past few months, Intech and Precision Quincy have been working hard to create a new client brochure.  The Precision Quincy Options Brochure is the perfect guide to selecting the right oven options for your process application.
  
Beneficial Application Add-ons

Variable Frequency Drive: Variable frequency drive on the recirculation fan facilitates adjustable airspeeds. This allows for maximum temperature uniformity at maximum temperature while preventing coating blow off at lower temperatures. Variable frequency drives require the purchase of a Watlow F4 controller.  

Door Switch: Door switches are great for saving energy, especially when you load or unload your oven frequently. The optional door switch turns off the heaters and circulation system when the door is opened. 

Fresh Air Filtration: Filtration packages are connected to the fresh air inlet port and clean the incoming air stream. They are commonly used in powder coating, medical, and laboratory settings.



For more information and pricing on Variable frequency drives, door switches, and filtration packages click here to download the Precision Quincy Options Brochure.

Don’t see what you need in the brochure?  Just ask us!

For new oven inquires, contact sales@pqovens.com.
For parts and service, contact service@pqovens.com.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Coating Markets for Teflon™ Fluoropolymers: Commercial Water Treatment

The US commercial water and sewer industry includes approximately 5,000 companies who generate an estimated $9 billion in annual revenue. Their primary focus is on companies that provide equipment and services to communities, chemical facilities, and food manufacturers with water treatment issues. The commercial segment of the water treatment industry is relatively small compared to the $55 billion spent annually on water and sewage services by regional and local governments. With continued population growth and more stringent drinking water standards, the EPA estimates the industry will be spending some $280 billion to upgrade facilities during the next 20 years.

The market is concentrated, with the 50 largest companies (e.g., American Water Works, California Water, Aqua America, etc.) accounting for nearly 65% of overall revenue. The industry is expected to continue to consolidate, as larger companies find it easier to gain capital funding for expensive maintenance projects.

Key Benefits of Teflon™ industrial coatings: 



Typical Applications:
  • T bolts for ductile iron water pipe - anti-galling with corrosion resistance
  • Grates - releases build up of sediment material that occurs during the waste process
  • Pumps - minor chemical resistance and low COF

For more information on the coating markets for Teflon™ industrial coatings and resources available, visit our Solution Center

Monday, November 16, 2015

Success At Fabtech 2015

Intech Services found success at FABTECH 2015 in CHICAGO, IL. Fabtech is North America’s largest showcase event featuring technology, equipment, and industry leaders in the metal forming, fabricating, welding, and finishing industries.  
This year’s lineup included impressive keynote presentations, industry panel sessions, and special events throughout the four-day show. FABTECH represents every step of the metal manufacturing process from start to finish.  It’s where new ideas, products, and technology are highlighted through interactive exhibits, education, and networking. 

Intech is proud to have presented alongside the best minds in manufacturing while helping attendees find tools to improve quality, productivity, and increase profit.

Visit our
website
for more information on Intech Service’s products, services, and solutions.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Be Intech: Be Bold


Over the last 20 years, Intech Services has rapidly expanded, evolving from just a coating supplier to a sales, marketing, and operations company focused on the industrial manufacturing segment. Intech started with an open and creative business environment, and we still stay true to those principles as we grow. We want to convey our values to our customers through Be Intech, a campaign that will allow our original values to shine through and continue to shape our corporate culture and customer interactions. 


Be Bold.
In the last year, Intech has made some bold moves in order to allow the company to grow and achieve more. We are paving a new path in our company identity, moving beyond our humble beginnings to become an all-encompassing sales, marketing, and distribution resource for the coating world. Intech's bold policies, such as the introduction of a new flat, team-based structure, reflect the company's forward thinking and progressive culture. We also help embolden and empower our customers by providing all the tools and information necessary to achieve their goals.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Come Visit Us at FABTECH 2015!

We are at FABTECH 2015 in Chicago, IL from November 9th – 12th, which is anticipating 40,000 attendees and 1,500 exhibitors, and 100 conference sessions all under one roof.


In the finishing pavilion, you will find Teflon™ industrial coatings, TCI Powder Coatings, Mighty Hook, and Precision Quincy Ovens exhibiting. Under the umbrella of the TruCoater Network, Teflon™ industrial coatings is exhibiting in conjunction with TCI Powder Coatings in  booths #S4916 and #S5016

Precision Quincy in booth #S5644 with a 74-800 truck oven

The show provides a backdrop for visitors to experience live equipment demonstration, find cost savings solutions, and network with industry peers throughout the 500,000+ square feet of show floor throughout the A, B, and C buildings at the Georgia World Congress Center. The event also provides learning opportunities beyond the exhibits with over 100 educational sessions and expert-led presentations on the latest industry trends and technology in the metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing industries.

If you are going to be at the show, please stop by to visit us.  If you would like to attend the expo for free, click here to register for your free expo pass using the code FBGUEST.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Think Pink! Intech Services Supports Breast Cancer Awareness

Think Pink!

Intech Services’ Wellness Team is at it again! October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the staff at Intech Services supported the cause by donning their best pink gear. Raising awareness for the cause is only the first step in coming together to support finding a cure. At Intech Services, we enjoy staying involved in our community and to the causes that are close to our hearts.


Thursday, October 29, 2015

Oven Calibration for Any Brand

Proper oven calibration is essential to consistency and quality control. If industrial ovens temperatures are not properly calibrated, you run the risk of improper curing, incomplete drying, and a costly waste of energy and product. Even minor alterations in temperature can compromise the integrity of your product, Therefore it’s important to follow a regular oven calibration schedule.

Benefits of PQ’s Oven Calibration Service:Precision Quincy Oven Service packages
  • Ensures oven operates consistently and correctly
  • Highly trained experts with onsite service
  • Flexible service options
  • Gain peace of mind that your oven is performing optimally and meeting your specific process needs
  • Services any make and model oven

By choosing one of PQ’s Preventative Maintenance Programs, your oven will be serviced by those that know your equipment best, ensuring long-term performance and reliability of your oven. The Preventative Maintenance Service Programs are designed to suit the individual needs of any company.


Call for a quote today! Contact Cheryl Goldstein today at 302-602-8738 or emailservice@pqovens.com.
Precision Quincy Ovens
To read our more information about our services, download our service catalog.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Thinners for Teflon™ Coatings

Useful for lowering viscosity of  Teflon™ coatings as well as keeping spray equipment clean and at optimal functioning.

Product Overview

Teflon™ thinners can be used for jobs where a lower viscosity is needed or for cleaning and maintaining your spray equipment. Thinners are a cost effective and simple way to clean spray guns by simply running thinner through the gun to clean out the coating from the passage. Well-maintained guns apply coatings with more efficiency and uniformity, as well as save time and money caused by equipment breakdowns. TN-8595 can be used for thinning and cleaning 420G, 958G, and 959G solvent-based products.

ThinnerClean Up and Viscosity Reduction
TN-8595420G line
958G line
959G line
TN-8748954G line
Deionized waterAll water-based products

Uses
  • Used to thin material for jobs that require low viscosity
  • Easy clean up for certain solvent-based Teflon™ product lines 

Application Processes

To clean with TN-8595/8718/8748:
Run some thinner through the gun through the spray equipment, just as if it were a coating.

To reduce material with TN-8595/8748:
  • It is recommended that you do so in small increments, around 2-3% at a time, typically no more than 5-6% overall
  • After adding thinner, the material should be re-incorporated by rolling.
  • Rolling is the preferred re-incorporation method for liquid Teflon™ coatings.
  • De-ionized water is recommended for reduction and and clean up of water-based products

Effects

The reduction of the liquid coatings will change the performance properties of the finished coating and the coating mixture while spraying.  Thinning can have effects on:
  • The appearance of the finished product
  • The performance quality of the coating
  • Increase the sensitivity to the required bake cycles
  • Shorten the pot life of the material
Technicians should be aware of these potential changes when applying reduced material.

Marketing Material 
To download this information in a PDF, click here.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Press Release: Mike Patterson Celebrates 20 Years with Intech Services


Mike Patterson, President of Intech Services in Newark, DE is celebrating his 20th anniversary with the company this year. Mike’s start with Intech came when he was going through the interview process following college graduation.  He needed a job, and Intech offered him the opportunity to fill a “short term” gap in his search. At the time, Mike was one of four employees at Intech; it was co-owned by Mike’s father Bob Patterson and Bob’s business partner, Bob Kacmarcik. Mike’s mother Jean also worked at Intech, making it a genuinely small, family business. Like many small businesses, employees wore many hats.   In the morning Mike would work in the warehouse then spend the rest of the day doing technical sales and service, accounts receivable, order entry, customer service, labeling, and checking order supply.

His position with Intech enabled him to travel and gain a better understanding of Teflon™ coatings, cultivating an excitement for a career in Teflon™ coatings. Mike enjoyed having the opportunity to visit customers across the country and advise them on how Teflon™ could make their business better. Realizing he wanted to learn more, Mike decided to continue his education and completed his MBA in 1997. The practical knowledge he gained from his masters program left him better prepared to understand the mechanics of running a small business. However, his formal education was only the first in a number of steps he would take to evolve into the role of President and owner he has today.

While Mike’s evolution with Intech has had several significant milestones, the first was in 1998 when Mike bought part of the company from his father, Bob Patterson, part owner, who was retiring. Mike, now partners in ownership with Bob Kacmarcik, became president in 2006. Under Mike’s budding leadership, diversification and growth for Intech became priorities resulting in the development and implementation of CoaterONE marketplace in 2007. In 2009, Mike acquired complete ownership of Intech. While sole owner, Mike kept the influences of leaders before him top of mind. He combined his father’s strong knowledge of the technical side of the industry, including products, markets, and customers with Bob Kacmarcik’s keen understanding of business principles and strategy, as well as the political aspects of working with a large corporations such as DuPont. Mike continued to build Intech Services to be a resource for customers beyond just distributing. Mike saw Intech as a place to help customers with issues regarding coating, processing, equipment sourcing, shop layout, and so much more. He wanted to originate a program that allowed customers to interact with technical staff, improving their shop processes in a fun, interactive way. In 2009 he achieved this goal by establishing Intech Information Institute, or I3, providing a forum for coaters and technicians to meet face-to-face and discuss ways to use Teflon™ better.  By combining the wisdom of his influencers with his own drive to innovate, the future of Intech began to take shape.

Under Mike’s sole ownership, Intech upgraded to include new web capabilities, software systems, a company-wide transition to Apple platform, the addition of a marketing department, and more. In 2011, the company moved from a small office/warehouse to the larger, more modern facility it is in today. Mike’s unwavering commitment to invest in improving the efficiency and effectiveness of his business remains a source of motivation to his employees.  “Mike has the ability to inspire all of us at Intech Services.  He has been our lighthouse, providing a bright and clear strategic direction for us all over the past 20 years.  His leadership is what transformed this company from a single service organization to its current multi-platform sales and marketing company,” says Chris Dohl, Vice President.

As the company has increased from 4 to 24 people in the past 24 years, Mike’s greatest satisfaction comes from seeing his employees grow and the pride he feels in seeing their accomplishments.  “The team culture established within the company has allowed people the chance to create their own destiny, which is a really cool thing,” says Mike. Employees have already recognized Mike’s vision.  “Mike makes everyone feel like part of the team. He is a very approachable leader with a competitive nature and passion for success,” says Ken Barnes, Account Manager.

What does the future hold for Mike and Intech?  “I want to see Intech grow: the company, the culture, and the people.  My ultimate goal is to have Intech be a self-sustaining company powered by the employees. That is the evolution of a truly successful business. I am extremely proud of what we have accomplished at Intech. However, we are not even close to being what I think we can and will be in the future.”

Click here to view the press release.

Monday, October 19, 2015

The Importance of Proper Pretreatment in Powder Coating

Why Pretreat for Powder Coatings?

Any given metallic surface has a layer of dirt, oil, or mill scale that must be cleaned and removed prior to powder coating. A coating will not adhere well to a contaminated surface and will result in poor performance, thus making proper pretreatment necessary.

There are a variety of methods that will clean and remove soils from metals. The pretreatment method used is determined by the part to be coated (size, configuration, material), the type of soil to be removed (dust, wax, oil, etc.), and the performance requirements of the finished product.

For more information from TCI Powder Coatings on pretreatment, please refer to their Troubleshooting Guide or click here to speak with TCI’s experienced team to help you with your powder coating needs.

Intech Services and TCI Powder Coatings have partnered to create TruPak, a program that offers over 300 of TCI's most popular powder coatings in 1, 3, 5, and 10 pound boxes. Click here for more information on TruPak powder coatings.

Look for continued pretreatment information next month on the process of pretreatment.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Precision Quincy Ovens’ New Brochure: Beneficial Oven Add-ons Part 1

We are very excited about the creation of Precision Quincy’s new Industrial Ovens Options Brochure.


Intech Services represents Precision Quincy Ovens, an industry-leading manufacturer of many types of industrial ovens. For over 60 years, Precision Quincy Ovens have been used industry-wide across the globe.

For the past few months, Intech and Precision Quincy have been working hard to create a new client brochure.  The Precision Quincy Options Brochure is the perfect guide to selecting the right oven options for your process application.


Door Assist Handle

Door assist handles aid personnel in operating oven doors easily, regardless of size and strength. Door assist handles are available for cabinet and walk-in ovens.

Lighting
Interior lighting is helpful in large ovens where product isn’t visible from facility lighting.

Internal Thermocouple Jacks
Thermocouple jacks for reading ambient and part temperatures inside the oven.  Thermocouples are a recommended option for any process where oven uniformity and precise part temperature are required.


For more information and pricing on beneficial add-ons click here to download the Precision Quincy Options Brochure

Don’t see what you need in the brochure?  Just ask us!

For new oven inquires, contact sales@pqovens.com.


For parts and service, contact service@pqovens.com.