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Monday, September 21, 2015

Comparing Powder Coatings: Hybrids, Epoxies, Urethanes, and Polyesters

Powder coatings are applied as a free-flowing, dry powder and are typically applied electrostatically, then cured under heat to form a “skin” or hard finish that is tougher than conventional paint. The demand for powder coatings is seeing rapid growth, driven by the development of new materials, formulations, equipment, and applications advancements.  Powder coatings are tough, look great, and last a long time.  In addition to being durable, powder coating is an attractive choice due to environmental advantages.


Characteristics including color and gloss are utilized to determine how well a coating will withstand harsh environmental conditions.

Comparing TCI’s powder coatings: 6000 - 9000 Series


6000 SERIES EPOXY/ POLYESTER HYBRIDS combine excellent decorative appearance with superb protective properties and is recommended for indoor applications. Typical applications of our 6000 series would include automotive accessories and automobile underbody parts, office furniture, power tools, sporting equipment, metal shelving, display racks, and electrical components.



7000 EPOXY SYSTEMS yield excellent chemical resistance and superior mechanical properties and like the 6000 series, they are recommended for indoor applications such as automotive accessories and automobile underbody parts, office furniture, power tools, sporting equipment, metal shelving, display racks, and electrical components.


8000 SERIES URETHANES provide very good resistance to chemical and corrosive conditions and superior resistance to color and gloss change in areas of sunlight exposure making them a good choice for interior or exterior applications. 8000 series uses would include applications to numerous automotive accessories and underbody parts, architectural products such as aluminum extrusions, patio and lawn furniture, farm equipment and garden implements, sporting goods, and playground equipment.


9000 SERIES POLYESTER (TGIC) SYSTEMS offer similar mechanical properties to epoxy and epoxy/polyester hybrid systems. However, the 9000 series is recommended for both interior and exterior applications and are also suitable for thick film applications. Use this series in many of the same instances as with our 8000 series.


For full performance comparisons refer to the chart below:


For more information like this, please see or download TCI’s powder coating technical guide on their website. 


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. Together we provide a wide selection of superior products used for innovative solutions and applications within the architectural, furniture, automotive, agriculture, and construction markets.  Click here for more information on TruPak powder coatings.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Precision Quincy Ovens’ New Brochure: Tower Lights

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.
  
Tower Lights

Visual indicators for steps within a process, the end of the cycle, or alert and alarm status. Tower lights are great for large shops and critical processes. 

End of Timer Cycle
  • Visual indicator for end of cycle
  • Can be used with any controller
  • Visual alarm with reset relay (red/non-flashing tower light)


Excessive Temperature Alert: Visual indicator for excessive temperature alert that can be used with any controller.  Alarm comes with reset relay and is available with one or three lights:
  • One light: red non-flashing tower light
  • Three light: red, green, and yellow non-flashing tower light


For more information and pricing on tower lights 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, September 15, 2015

Coating Markets for Teflon™ Fluoropolymers: Pharmaceuticals Manufacturing

About 1500 companies in the U.S. manufacture and market medicinal drugs, generating combined revenues of over $200 billion. The pharmaceutical industry is highly concentrated, with the 50 largest manufacturers (e.g., Merck, Pfizer, Abbott, Eli Lilly, etc.) accounting for over 80% of the total revenue. Small companies are mainly active in research or the manufacture of non-prescription drugs. The larger companies offer the most potential for coating operations in areas such as chemical resistance and some molding operations in the final packaging stages. Overall industry fundamentals are very positive as the aging of the baby boomer generation promises to increase market demand. The market is driven primarily by the research and development and marketing functions, and speed to market is essential for continued growth.  

Key Benefits of Teflon™ industrial coatings:
  • Chemical resistance
  • Release
  • Regulatory compliance (FDA)
  • High purity
  • Ease of cleaning

Typical Applications:
  • Chemical vessels
  • Impellers
  • Conical blenders
  • Ducts
  • Vacuum dryers
  • Capsule filling equipment
  • Pill and capsule packaging 
  • Heat seal bars
  • Gel cap cutting wedge

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

Monday, September 14, 2015

Intech Has Heart


Where were you Saturday September 12, 2015 at 8 AM? A group of bleary-eyed yet dedicated Intech employees were at Bellevue Park in Wilmington, Delaware to participate in the American Heart Association’s annual 5k walk/run fundraiser.  According to the organization’s website, “The American Heart Association is the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to defeating heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases.” Francesca Vavala, Andrew Barnes, April Monigle, and Ken Barnes (pictured above) laced up their kicks and traversed the 3.2-mile course to support The American Heart Association’s cause, “to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke — the nation’s No.1 and No.5 killers.”


Special thanks goes out to all the Intech co-workers who couldn’t be there in person but showed their support through benevolent donations. With their help and the generous matching donation from President Mike Patterson, the team surpassed the $500.00 goal and raised $775.00 for the cause. Coming together to exceed expectations, even when fundraising for a local charity event, is just one way Intech stays true to its core value, Deliver More. 

We have the heart for success and literally walk the walk to prove it. 

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Teflon™ Pioneer Interview Series: Mike Klinge

This series is intended to highlight the long-standing careers of devoted Teflon™ coaters and their accomplishments in the industrial coating 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.

Our interview series continues with a spotlight on Mike Klinge of Keco Engineered Coatings, Inc. KECO has been applying Teflon™ industrial coatings for over 28 years and is one of only a select few applicators in the United States with an industrial applicator license. KECO's coating catalog consists of hundreds of fluoropolymer formulations including Teflon™ PTFE, FEP, and PFA designed to offer a wide range of nonstick attributes.
Mike Klinge, Keco Engineered Coatings

Q When was your company founded?
A:  1980

Q:  Who founded the company and why?
A: I founded the company. My interest started when I was working in a sales position for my grandfather’s industrial painting business that provided military aircraft applications. While serving on an executive committee for the Indianapolis Chapter of Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), I heard some of my peers talking about DuPont Teflon™ coatings. So I did some market research and worked with some of those committee members, and I found that I could make a business case for applying Teflon™ coatings. My grandfather was very instrumental in helping me achieve that goal. He could have easily reinvested in new infrastructure and personnel and expanded his business to provide Teflon™ coating applications, but at 80 years old, he supported my idea of starting the business on my own. With his support I started KECO Engineered Coatings.

Q:  What was the first significant piece of equipment you purchased?
A:  With a $25,000 second mortgage on my house, I purchased a used spray booth, small batch oven, cabinet sand blaster, and fax machine (instrumental at the time!).

Q:  How would you describe the changes in the company now from when it was first started?
A:  From a footprint standpoint, we purchased the building we were originally leasing, and we increased our infrastructure from 5,000 square feet to 25,000 square feet. We enhanced our regional footprint in 2008, by making an acquisition in North Carolina and adding the DuPont Teflon™ coating process to the facility. We increased our capabilities in Indianapolis, in 2010, by purchasing the real estate and assets of Industrial Coatings Services (ICS), as well as, rehiring the key legacy employees of ICS to enhance our production, quality, and process engineering team. One thing that hasn’t changed in the last 35 years is our belief that we are only as good as our team members.  

Q What would you consider significant milestones in your company?
A
  • Receiving the DuPont Teflon™ Licensed Industrial Applicators (LIA) status in 1987.
  • Becoming ISO 9000 certified in 1987.
  • Becoming an IndyCar series sponsor in the 1990’s, enabling KECO to create company awareness and provide a platform to entertain customers and suppliers.
  • Co-founding the Racing for Corey charity.
  • Launching KECO’s first website in 1996.
  • Opening a KECO Coatings office in Arizona, in 1998.
  • Making the North Carolina acquisition in 2008.
  • Purchasing the real estate and assets of ICS in 2010.
  • Receiving the second DuPont Teflon™ LIA in North Carolina, in 2013.

Keco Engineered CoatingsQ:  How has the coating industry itself changed over time?
A:  Obviously the coating industry is a huge category. There are certainly more companies applying Teflon™ coatings today than in 1980; however, we are a firm believer that having competition is healthy, and enables us to constantly improve our service.

Q:  When did you get your LIA license from DuPont?
A: Over 25 years ago.

Q:  What is your favorite Teflon™ coating? 
A: We use various coatings, but significant amounts of Teflon™ S, FEP and PFA. I don’t have a favorite. Teflon™ coatings account for 30 percent of our “bundled” orders. The Tefzel® process is something that we would like to explore deeper in the future.

Q:  What excites you about the future of the coating industry?
A:  From my lens, there is a real opportunity to reintroduce the Teflon™ coating portfolio to companies who are currently using this technology or have used the technology in the past. Identifying new applications and markets for Teflon™ coatings is challenging, however, it’s exciting as well. We believe that increasing the understanding of the technology and the added value, while reducing costs for customers, will provide organic growth for companies like KECO as well as the category in general. We get excited when we see this happen.

We appreciate the time Mike took to help us with this interview series.  To learn more about becoming a member of the LIA network or telling your Teflon™ story, email april@intechservices.com.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Be Intech: Be Strategic


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 Strategic.
Intech has been in the coatings business for over 20 years, which means we have extensive industry knowledge we can use for strategic planning. Intech has years of experience with predicting and adapting to changes in industry trends, such as regulatory updates, shifts in customers’ needs, and evolving technology. Intech knows how to analyze the present and plan for success in the future, all while working toward Intech’s long-term goals and evaluating the progress of our actions to make sure the company is always heading in the right direction. Intech uses its experience and know-how to be a resource to help your business plan for the future and grow by offering technical support, supplies, cutting-edge information, and training workshops.