Introducing Ransburg’s New RansFlex Direct Charge Waterborne and Quick Fan Adjust Manual Spray Guns

The new RansFlex RFXW Direct Charge Waterborne Electrostatic applicator is compatible with waterborne-based materials.  The RansFlex RFQ Quick Fan Adjust Electrostatic applicator features the new quick trigger technology that allows the gun to go from a full spray to a round spray with the touch of a button.  These new advanced electrostatic finishing applicators feature DeVilbiss® atomization technology.

The RansFlex Electrostatic Low Pressure Manual Applicators are powered by a turbine with a patented design that provides an extra level of protection, which prevents turbine contamination resulting in a more durable product. The ergonomic design provides a balanced and lightweight feel for reduced operator fatigue.  DeVilbiss’ world renowned air cap atomization technology is coupled with Ransburg’s electrostatic power to provide superior atomization, transfer efficiency and performance, all backed by a 5-year limited warranty.

The RansFlex Quick Fan Adjust applicator, is an air atomizing electrostatic applicator powered by an onboard generator that provides best in class atomization in a lightweight, user friendly applicator.  The RFQ and RFQX both offer superior finish quality surpasses competitor’s larger, higher voltage applicators in small compact size.

The new “Quick Fan Adjust” button allows operators to easily go from a large to a small fan pattern by simply depressing the button located on the side of the gun.  this new feature allows the operator to keep the line moving, increasing production.

RansFlex Direct Charge Waterborne and Quick Fan Adjust  Manual Spray Gun Highlights:

  • Lightweight applicator-provides operator comfort and easy maneuverability.
  • Ergonomic handle design-eliminates operator fatigue.
  • Protected strategic components-divorced turbine air supply cartridge, sealed nozzle/atomization passages and strategic turbine location.
  • DeVilbiss atomization technology-coupled with Ransburg electrostatics.  The best of both worlds.
  • Simultaneous fan and atomization pressure-adjustment with tool adjustable compensation valve.
  • FM tested and approved

 

 

Gas Catalytic Infrared Pre-Gel Oven Improves Production by 16%

The optimal cure time at Gatormade Trailers was not being achieved by the current curing method.  This was most evident on their largest parts as denoted within the oven temperature profile.  Air Power in conjunction with Heraeus discussed the opportunity and determined that a pre-heat booster oven solution could potential eliminate the challenges observed onsite.  Heraeus conducted trials in which proved successful and installation of the provided system was streamlined; minimizing production downtime.  This solution is modular, allowing for future expansion, should GatorMade Trailers process and production rates deem necessary.  Check out the complete Case Study to learn more about pre-heat and booster oven solutions that Air Power has to offer.

Customer

Gatormade Trailers is a company that prides itself on ‘Big Quality, Big Service & Big Value’. Based in Somerset, Kentucky, the company operates from a 300,000 sq ft factory and manufactures a wide range of trailers from small utility up to their 53 ft long Gooseneck trailer. The company has a policy of constant progress and improvement in all aspects of their business to ensure their products always exceed customer expectations.

Challenge

In 2011, Gatormade Trailers stepped up the heat and invested in a custom built, in-house powder coating facility. Consisting of a 70 ft convection oven, running at 600oF (316oC), it helped the company transform the manufacturing side of the business. They now had full measure over their powder coating and curing processes. This provided a perfect waypoint to drive further quality improvements on an already great product. The heaviest part that they put through the oven weighed in at 9000 lbs and measured 53 ft long. To achieve the required quality of finish, they found that the line speed required slowing from 3 fpm to almost a standstill. This was the only way to ensure that the powder flowed correctly and gave a consistent gloss. But, this ‘Big’ slow down in production was not acceptable to a company with ‘Big’ values and a growing order book. They needed to find a way to get their line speed back up to 3 fpm and still maintain a high quality finish.

 

Solution

Gatormade Trailers got in touch with finishing systems integrator, Air Power Manufacturing Solutions (based in High Point NC), who suggested a Pre Gel Gas Catalytic IR oven from Heraeus-Vulcan Catalytic. Heraeus’ engineers came up with a ‘Big’ solution, a giant, 3-section, 36 heater solution! The heating profile of each section is controlled by a PLC control system which enables different profiles to be created and stored for different product sizes. Each program can be called up as required. During production breaks the complete oven can be switched to a ‘low fire’ condition, which reduces the power output to a minimum, but still maintains the ability to ramped up to the desired output within 60 seconds. This is one of the key features of Heraeus’ ovens and helps to reduce the overall energy consumption.

This Gas Catalytic IR pre-gel oven was placed directly in front of the convection oven, together with a 8′ (2.5m) vestibule. The aim of this configuration is to use the natural characteristics of Infrared to raise the temperature of the powder extremely quickly to the point where it starts to gel. Remember, IR is absorbed very quickly by the powder, and does not require the complete part to heated up to the gelling temperature. By the time the part is leaving the pre-gel oven the powder is at the gel stage. The part then enters the convection oven for the final cure. This process now takes considerably less time and uses less energy.

Results

The addition of a Gas Catalytic IR pre-gel oven to the existing convection oven has transformed the finishing line. They have solved the problem of curing powder on the largest parts. The system also works on every part that goes through, which adds further savings. The production increase of 16%, and reduction in energy costs will ensure a very short ‘payback’ period on the investment. This is expected to be around 18 months.

 

 

 

 

Source: https://catalyticovens.com/gatormade-trailers-case-study/

 

 

Get More Paint on Product with Electrostatic Spray Guns

Background

Instead of using a spray booth to paint their products, they use exhaust plenum. Most colors used are enamel solvent based and the products painted are made up of 50% expanded steel, which is difficult to coat and very time consuming. The HVLP non electrostatic spray gun they were using produced a large amount of overspray.

 

Air Power Solution

Air Power Inc. introduced the Ransburg RansFlex 45kV, an electrostatic spray gun with much less overspray. The 45kV is better on expanded metal and less faraday cage resistance.

 

Graco Liquid vs Electrostatic Spray Gun for Waterborne Paint

Graco Liquid vs Electrostatic Spray Gun for Waterborne Paint

 

Welcome to Air Power’s Finishing Lab! In this video we show the capabilities of the Graco Electrostatic Spray Gun for Waterborne paints. The electrostatic feature can be switched on and off making this spray gun versatile to fit any customers needs.

Dispense Robot Solution

 

Dispense Robot Solution

 

Our Engineering Department at Air Power, Inc. turned a FANUC robot arm into this automated fluid dispense system.

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