Managing the mixing and dispense of different fluids needed for a manufacturing process can be expensive, time-consuming, and dangerous for operators. Air Power offers solutions that eliminate the many pain points of the mix and dispense process.

Get the Perfect Ratio with GEMS 2K

 

When it comes to mixing paint, accuracy is the key to achieving a high-quality finish. In this case study, we discuss a 2K solution that helped this customer perfect their process and save tons in production costs.

Customer

 

Manufacturer of roadside transformers.

 

Challenge

 

This company has a small parts booth for primer and topcoats. The operator had to manually mix two types of epoxy and one urethane. Each day he had to spray all three colors from the same hot pot system. The color change process was a major problem as the different parts to be sprayed were not batched. This caused a lot of waste of paint and solvent. The other concern was being off ratio and parts not curing properly. This was a major cost to the company. They also had a large booth that sprayed the finished transformer. They had to utilize the same paints and this process had the same problems. If the large transformer was off ratio, they had to sand the paint off and repeat the entire process. This proved to be a very expensive problem.

 

Air Power Solution

 

Air Power proposed to install a Carlisle GEMS 2K mix system for each color. We also put in a pump system to pump and circulate all paints to the mix machines. The catalyst was dispensed to the machines from 5-gallon pressure tanks. The 55-gallon drums of paint each had an agitator in them to keep paint in suspension to maintain viscosity. By having a machine for each color there was no color change or off ratio problems.

 

Results

 

The Air Power Solution eliminated the need to hot pot in tanks. Since each color is mixed on demand; this system provided a major labor savings. There is no paint waste and the newly established process saves about 2 to 3 hours per shift as compared to manually formulating and mixing paint. The solvent usage was greatly reduced as there was not a tank to clean each color change. This solution has been able to speed up production on all three shifts. Our technical group and installers were able to put the system in place without impeding the customer’s production runs.

 

GEMS 2K Mix System

 

 

CFT Maple Smart Pump

 

Carlisle Fluid Technologies Maple Smart Pump

 

The Maple Smart Pump is Carlisle Fluid Technologies’ advanced, air-operated, horizontal piston pump for automotive and general industrial applications. This range of precision-engineered pumps is designed to handle modern shear sensitive solvent and waterborne paints as well as pure solvents and other paint shop materials. The Maple Pump design combines an energy-efficient air motor with CFT’s low shear fluid section technology providing a smooth consistent flow of materials for both automatic and manual spray gun systems.

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Pumps – Cost of Ownership

 

Choosing the right pump for your process can be difficult. There are a lot of measures that need to be taken into consideration. One of the most important deciding factors is cost of operation.

 

Pumps Total Cost of Ownership

Graco Diaphragm Pumps

Graco designs and builds a wide range of equipment designed to handle industrial fluids such as inks, colorants, paint, abrasives, corrosive, shear sensitive, gas entrapped and more. They also design and build custom products for customers with unique requirements. Graco’s double diaphragm pumps are designed for chemical transfer applications. Their chemical transfer pumps come in pneumatic and electric options, with many flow rates and sizes. Both metal and plastic housings can easily handle corrosive and abrasive fluids. They design and build the Husky double diaphragm pumps to hold in the harshest working environments. The best materials and the highest quality standards results in pumps that are built to last.

Graco Husky Double Diaphragm Pumps

 

The Husky double diaphragm pumps are manufactured with your productivity in mind – providing you with one of the most reliable and efficient pumps in the market. Each membrane pump is thoroughly tested before it leaves the factory.

Husky Air Operated Double Diaphragm

 

Husky Air Operated Double DiaphragmDesigned with fewer parts than competitive pumps, Graco’s air operated double diaphragm pumps features our stall-free, low pulsation air valve, which is externally accessible—ensuring rapid changeovers and minimum downtimes.

 

Advantages of the Husky Air Operated Diaphragm Pumps

 

  • Rugged construction – Resists corrosion for reliable performance and long life
  • Designed to last – Heavy duty design offers long life, increased productivity and lower overall cost of ownership
  • Flow rates and sizes – up to 300 gpm (1135 lpm) / port sizes ranging from ¼” to 3” in NPT, BSP, and flange options.
  • Easy maintenance – The Husky has fewer parts than industry peers, the complete air valve is externally accessible so it can be serviced fast and easy without removing the pump.
  • Modular air valve – Stall-free, low pulsation air valve provides smooth and rapid changeover for increased efficiency and minimizes down time

 

Husky Electric Operated Double Diaphragm Pumps

 

Graco Husky 1050e PumpsGraco’s electric double diaphragm pumps (EODD) are ideal for applications that require low pulsation and a smooth flow. The energy efficient electric drive reduces energy consumption up to 5x compared to traditional air operated diaphragm pumps. Each pump is ruggedly constructed to resist corrosion and deliver a long, trouble-free product life.

Advantages of the Husky Electric Operated Diaphragm Pumps

 

  • Durable Pump Technology handles slurries and abrasives all without damage to the pump
  • Fluid section is fully customizable allowing user to create the pump you need with multiple material offerings for manifolds, seats, balls, and diaphragms.
  • Diaphragm pump is self-priming, runs dry and requires no rotating or moving of fluid seals
  • Electric Drive reduces energy consumption and operating costs
  • Provides increased pump control and accurately meters fluid

 

Contact your Air Power Representative today to find out how you can revolutionize your process with Graco Double Diaphragm Pumps!

 

 

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Silicone Drum System Saves Money

 

Manufacturing facilities in today’s competitive market strive to produce the highest quality product. In this case study we will discuss the importance of recognizing every company’s desire to produce a premier product.

Customer

Leading Global Manufacturer of Display Refrigerated Cases Systems

Air Power’s Solution

In partnership with the customer and the silicone material supplier (Ellsworth Adhesives), Air Power offered a solution by using 3 ea.  Graco 55 gallon drum packages. These drum packages will replace manual and battery operated caulking guns. By going to bulk drums vs expensive tubes customer will reduce silicone cost by 30%. Customer purchases over 1 million dollars per year in silicone. Drums are placed near three assembly stations throughout the plant. Material fluid hoses are festooned 14 feet over head at each operating station to eliminate dangerous trip hazards.

Result

By converting from caulk tubes to bulk 55 gallon drums customer will reduce RTV silicon by an estimated cost by 30%. Each Graco 55 gallon ram drum package features Graco Data Trak. The Graco Data Trak features a light tower located on the 55 gallon ram package. The light tower will alert the operator with a signal showing drum is low on material or empty.

Increased floor space by eliminating cartons of tubes placed on wood skids near each operating station. Increase production time by elimination to open cartons of tubes of silicone and place tubes into manual caulking guns.

Eliminate the need to have batteries charged. Eliminate the cost of replacing battery charged caulking guns.

 

Which Pump?

How Does An Air Operated Double Diaphragm Pump Work?

 

An air operated diaphragm pump is a type of positive displacement pump that uses compressed air as a power source. The compressed air is shifted from one chamber to the other by a linked shaft that allows the chambers to move simultaneously. This back-and-forth motion, forces liquid out of one chamber and into the outlet manifold, while filling the opposite fluid chamber via the inlet manifold. Upon changeover, the fluid section that was filled on the previous shift empties into the outlet manifold and then fills the opposite chamber via the inlet manifold. The rapid changeover allows for reduced pulsation at the outlet.

How to Select an Air Operated Double Diaphragm Pump?

 

Choices are endless when selecting the correct air operated double diaphragm pump (AODD).  Aluminum? Stainless? Why Plastic?  Different chemicals require different pump components which are critical in determining the best pump solution for the application.  Not all applications are the same and neither are the pumps.  Check out some general information regarding the construction of Graco AODD Pumps.

 

Graco Process Catalog

 

 

 

 

Source: https://www.graco.com/us/en/in-plant-manufacturing/products/general-fluid-transfer/double-diaphragm-pumps.html

Graco Electric Fixed Ratio (EFR) Metering System

 

 

The Graco Electric Fixed Ratio (EFR) is an electrically driven proportioner for two component sealant and adhesives. The EFR provides advanced material control in applications requiring consistent shots and beads. Air Power Application Specialist Ronnie Lowe talks about the features of the EFR Metering System and the many ways it can improve your manufacturing process.

 

Graco EFR Metering System

  • Highly accurate, even with low flow rates
  • Capable of shots, beads and continuous flow dispense
  • Superior repeatability
  • Capable of handling a wide range of materials
  • Easy to configure, operate and maintain

 

 

 

Levitate Anti-Fatigue Exoskeleton

Introducing the AIRFRAME®, a practical new device that reduces muscle stress and fatigue – making the end of the day feel like the beginning.

 

The Levitate AIRFRAME is a wearable, lightweight technology engineered to improve upper extremity musculoskeletal health in professionals and skilled trade workers who engage in repetitive arm motion and/or static elevation of the arms. The AIRFRAME lowers exertion levels by up to 80% – keeping workers healthier and more productive, while mitigating healthcare and disability costs.

 

 

 

HOW IT WORKS

 

The AIRFRAME transfers the weight of the arms from the shoulders, neck and upper back to the outside of the hips, evenly distributing energy to reduce stress. It slips easily on and off, and moves seamlessly with the wearer without intruding into the workspace or limiting motion or dexterity. The AIRFRAME’s mechanical support system progressively activates as the arm is raised, and gradually releases as the arm is lowered, resulting in just the right level of support – at just the right time. It’s personalized to fit each wearer, so they can use their arms as normal while enjoying reduced fatigue and comfort they never thought possible.
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FEATURES

Light and Comfortable
Personalize Fit
Full Range of Motion
No Power Required
The AIRFRAME’s sleek, aerodynamic design and lightweight material construction make wearing the device feel nearly unnoticeable. Each AIRFRAME is custom-fitted to the individual user, allowing the device to fit comfortably on any body type or size. The AIRFRAME offers full range of motion, allowing the user to easily perform any task without limitation or stiffness. The AIRFRAME requires no electrical power – it is mechanically engineered to rely on a patented system of pulleys.

BENEFITS

 

Lowers Injury Risk
Boosts Productivity
Improves Quality and Precision
Lowers Healthcare and Disability Costs
On-Site Training
There are more than 650,000 cases of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WSMD) annually. The AIRFRAME lowers exertion levels by up to 80%, significantly lowering injury risk. WMSDs are responsible for $50 billion in lost productivity annually. The AIRFRAME keeps workers healthy, and production humming. Muscle stress and fatigue are the enemy of productivity. The AIRFRAME allows workers to maintain quality and precision for longer periods of time. Musculoskeletal disorders represent $1 of every $3 spent on workers compensation. The AIRFRAME limits exposure to these injuries, reducing costs and boosting profits. We offer full, on-site training for both workers and safety engineers on how to custom fit and operate The AIRFRAME for all users.

Air Power Attends Graco Finishing Series Launch Event

GRaco Finishing Series Event

 

The Air Power Sales team attended Graco’s 2019 Finishing Series Launch Event. It was held at the Georgia Power Center in Atlanta, GA and GEMA’s Training Facility located in Indianapolis, IN. This exclusive training is designed around Graco’s extensive product and application knowledge further equipping our team of Account Managers and supporting Application Specialist’s ability to support, promote, and identify opportunities within the manufacturing community.  We were able to receive 10 hours of hands-on training directly with Graco’s team of product managers, engineers, and marketing leaders; allowing for a successful and mutually beneficial event.  This training centered around cutting edge technology and product enhancements; with topics including: product messages, combating competition in the field, and proven examples (case studies) of how these technologies solve customer challenges.  Below are the seven (7) topics that the Air Power and Graco team covered in detail.

Intelligent Paint Kitchen for Pneumatic Pumps

 

Graco’s intelligent paint kitchen is a system of smart sensors communicating with each other that optimize the performance of your circulation system.  It is a less complex, less expensive alternative to advanced remote monitoring and control for the entire paint room — especially when compared to traditional custom built systems. All components are standard products, not a custom-built system, which makes them easy to be configured and install. And because both the initial investment and installation costs are lower, you’re able to be more competitive in a global market. With the intelligent paint kitchen, you can remotely monitor and control key circulation system parameters like pressures, flow rates, tank levels and agitator speeds. The enhanced awareness of key circulation system parameters in real-time enables quick diagnosis of issues and ensures your system is operating at peak efficiency.

 

 

New Pro XP Electrostatic Gun Models

 

Graco Pro XP Manual Electrostatic Spray GunGraco took their trademark, high performing electrostatic spray guns and made them better. They are smaller, lighter and designed to maximize your profits. Available in 40, 60 and 85 kV, the Pro Xp electrostatic spray gun also has a round spray option for when you need a bell-shaped pattern and a High Conductivity version for when you have low resistivity material.

 

 

Radial Piston Agitator

 

These units consume 30 to 50 percent less air than rotary vane motors. Manufacturers can upgrade to radial piston agitators, which run the most efficiently at low to medium speeds.

 

 

Sealed 4-Ball Plus Lower

 

Graco Sealed 4-Ball Plus Lower

Graco’s sealed lower not only has longer maintenance cycles, but it is also easier, faster and cheaper to replace than an entire pump assembly. The lower is completely sealed, so it can be used for every pumping application in your mix room, including catalyzed coatings. Common components make it simpler to maintain your pump, and it reduces inventory level on repair parts. Plus our positive displacement piston pumps displace fluid in both directions of the stroke, providing low cycle rates and high flow, ideal for applications using shear-sensitive materials.

 

 

 

Active Surge Suppressor

Graco Surge Suppressor

Graco surge suppressors were designed specifically for the finishing industry from decades of pump technology research. The streamlined fluid path ensures low shear, smooth fluid flow, and superior flush ability.

 

 

ProDispense

 

Graco ProDispenseGraco’s ProDispense is a cost effective, user-friendly electronic system that gives you the capability to quickly and accurately fill cavities with industrial fluids in assembly line environments. The ProDispense allows for Consistent fluid dispense that is compatible with manual or automatic applications.  The easy to use interface allows for the tracking of volume.  The fluid panel configurations allow for a wide range of material viscosity and flow rates with accuracy ranges of 1 to 3 percent.

 

 

ProControl 1KE

 

Graco ProControl 1KEGraco’s ProControl 1KE allows you to actively manage fluid and air pressure to lock in precise spray parameters. It not only monitors fluids, it has added controls to manage fluids and improve spray performance. These systems allow for precise control of pressure, flow rates, and atomizing air with the ability to easily adjust.  The user interface allows for accurate reporting of material usage while remotely monitoring all fluids via the advanced web interface on your corporate network.