Tech Tip: Dedicating Your Manual Powder Hose

Dedicating Your Powder Hose

 

Dedicating your powder hose specific to your color and special type of powder can save you time in color changes and prevent costly rejects. It can speed up your paint process, eliminate powder contamination and reduce clean up time. If you are frequently changing your powder color throughout the day, this is a great way to quickly and easily eliminate pain points and improve your application process.

How to Get Started with Gema OptiFlex E-App

 

 

How to Get Started with Gema OptiFlex Pro E-App

The Gema E-APP paired with the OptiStar 4.0 Control Unit puts powerful information at your fingertips on your Apple or Android phone or tablet. Update software, change gun settings, manage run time, monitor powder output and keep an eye on powder usage. All this information is available to you through a single APP. If that’s not enough, you can also create and send PDF documents straight to your email from your device.

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Gema OptiFlex Pro: Power. Quality. Control.

 

Introducing the NEW Gema OptiFlex Pro:

POWER. QUALITY. CONTROL.

 

The NEW Gema OptiFlex Pro is here. Air Power’s Travis Stirewalt shows off the OptiFlex Pro features and upgrades including the gun, control unit and the E-App.

 

Power: Maximum coating performance

The newly developed PowerBoost technology of the OptiFlex Pro series offers with the 110 kV the highest powder charging capacity in the powder coating industry while complying with safety regulations. The operator benefits from an outstanding coating performance.

Quality: Best application results

With OptiFlex Pro you coat extremely efficiently and with consistently high quality. The PCC (Precise Charge Control) mode regulates the spray current even in the lowest ampere ranges (0-10 μA) with the highest accuracy. This prevents overcharging of even the most demanding powders such as metallic powder and ensures the highest quality in thick film and multi-layer applications and recess areas.

Control: Master the application!

The new features of OptiFlex Pro also give you a technological edge. The Electrostatic App (E-App) with the integrated line management functions and service features make the coating process transparent and better controllable.

So You Want to Powder Coat?

What You Need To Know Before You Begin a Powder Coating Business

Have you thought about opening up your own powder coating business or adding powder coating to your manufacturing mix? This video with powder experts Eddie Rhodes and Travis Stirewalt will walk you through very important things to think about as you take that next step.

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Tech Tips: Gema Powder Coating

Air Power Live Tech Tips

We’ve put together some helpful how-tos to help you powder coat like a PRO! Check out these informational tech tips:

 

Powder Coating Gun Corona Field Explained

 

 

Proper positioning of a powder coating gun while powder coating your parts helps the proper powder cloud optimize proper transfer efficiency and even coating of the powder coating finish. Learn about the corona field and how utilizing proper powder coating cloud positioning can help achieve not only a better finish, but save you money on costly rejects and over use of powder.

 


Gema OptiStar Controls

 

Gema OptiStar controls and presets are easily explained for optimum powder coating performance.

 


Checking Wear Parts on a Gema OptiFlex 2 Powder Unit

 

Maintaining easy to replace Gema OptiFlex gun, hose and pump wear parts from a preventive maintenance perspective yields high transfer efficiency, powder savings and a reduction in part rejects.

 


 

NEW Gema OptiFlex Pro Powder Coating Systems

Gema OptiFlex Pro Series

POWER – QUALITY – CONTROL

 

 

 

The new generation of OptiFlex Pro manual units impresses with additional application performance due to the outstanding PowerBoost technology. With OptiFlex Pro, you easily process all powder types and coat complex parts in superior quality – all this worldwide and in the most difficult industrial environments. The use of the Electrostatic App is your first step into Smart Factory Automation and makes the manual coating process transparent.

Maximum Coating Performance

The first choice in manual powder coating

The OptiFlex Pro manual units are uncompromisingly and agilely designed for maximum industrial suitability and worldwide use. The intelligent and durable components fit perfectly together and form the powerful package for superior manual powder coating. The ergonomic and intuitive operation enables every user to achieve the best coating results at any time.

 

PowerBoost

Safe technology for more power performance

The newly developed PowerBoost technology of the OptiFlex Pro series offers with the 110kV the highest powder charging capacity in the powder coating industry while complying with safety regulations. The operator benefits from an outstanding coating performance. The new feature completes the proven high-voltage functionalities, such as PCC mode, presettings an individual coating programs and extends the application range significantly.

OptiSelect Pro

highest industrial suitability

– The new OptiSelect Pro gun features a particularly robust and durable design. The ergonomic and light-weight gun is well-balanced in the hand, has a good grip and enables you to coat efficiently and faster.
– The new PowerBoost high-performance technology charges all types of powder even more efficiently. The benefits of the additional power provide higher productivity, faster conveying speeds and maximum area performance.
–  The integrated remote control allows easily to activate the PowerBoost powder charging mode and to regulate the powder output right away.
– The integrated cleaning of the powder conveying components can be enhanced by the optional PowerClean module, which ensures a faster and efficient cleaning. This improves performance when processing difficult powders and facilitates colour change.
– The latest generation of nozzles ensures an excellent powder distribution and penetration.

 

Best Application Results

Be one step ahead of the competition!

With OptiFlex Pro you coat extremely efficiently and with consistently high quality.

The PCC (Precise Charge Control) mode regulates the spray current even in the lowest ampere ranges (0-10µA) with the highest accuracy. This prevents overcharging of even the most demanding powders such as metallic powder and ensures the highest quality in thick film and multi-layer applications and recess areas.

The DVC (Digital Valve Control) technology allows an exact and repeatable adjustment of the powder output and ensures an uniform layer thickness.

 

OptiFlow injector

for repeatable quality

 

The new OptiFlow injector with cartridge design further optimises the venturi principle in terms of transport efficiency and low wear. By simply exchanging the one-piece cartridge, the injector performance is optimally maintained. The usage of fewer parts and the seamless design of the injector improves the ability for fast color changes.

Main features OptiFlow injector:

-Cartridge design merges injector nozzle and conveying insert into a single component
– Powder outputs of up to 450 g/min achievable depending upon hose length and diameter
– Quick release design for the powder hose
– Unique Inline-Design
– Cartridge sleeve manufactured from high quality non stick materials
– Robust diecast injector housing
– Quick disconnect air connections

 

 

OptiFlex Pro B

For frequent color changes

If your production requires frequent and quick color changes, then we would recommend the OptiFlex Pro B, which is designed to use the manufacturer’s original powder box.
– Highest flexibility
– Shortest and cleanest color changes
– For direct transport from the original powder box
– Complete emptying of the powder box thanks to the tilted vibrating base
– Integrated fluidization
– Scratch resistant and easy accessible box plate

 

 

OptiFlex Pro Q

Color change in 35 seconds

Are super-fast colour changes your priority? OptiFlex Pro Q is equipped with additional features that allow:
– Super-fast colour change in 30-40 seconds
– Suitable for all types of powder
– Minimal space usage

 

 

OptiFlex Pro F

For continuous powder use

If continuous use of the same powder over a long period of time is the bulk of your production schedule, then we would recommend the OptiFlex Pro F with the 50-litre fluidized powder container.
– Ideal for large powder quantities
– Compatible with all powder types
– Scratch-free 50 litre powder container with fluidization
– Easy cleaning of the container

 

 

OptiFlex Pro S

For powders that are difficult to fluidize

Do you need to economically process powders with a tendency to separation during fluidization? OptiFlex Pro S is your best choice!
– Unique stirrer system with 18 litre hopper capacity
– Processing of powders with poor fluidization capability
– Preventing the separation of powders
– Processing of small quantities without any loss
– Complete emptying of remaining powder

OptiFlex Pro C

For Lab use

Do you want to coat small batches or samples? Your solution is the OptiFlex Pro C with self-fluidizing application cup.
– Perfectly suited for small powder quantities
– Self-fluidizing application cup (optionally 150 ml or 500 ml)
– Processes powder quantities from 20 g to 250 g
– The application cup can be easily combined with every coating unit

 

OptiFlex Pro L

For small batches

Do you carry out lab applications or quality tests? The OptiFlex Pro L unit is the perfect solution for lab use and quality control.
– Fluidized powder hopper
– 4 litre hopper volume
– Removable powder hopper
– Easy cleaning

 

OptiFlex Pro W

The universal solution

For upgrades, to be mounted on booth walls or at your production site: OptiFlex Pro W can be integrated in any existing surrounding.
– Its bracket can be mounted on any powder booth
– Takes the powder from fluidized hoppers or original powder box

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: Gema Manual Equipment and Guns

OptiFlex Pro Microsite

Choosing Your Powder Equipment Partner

 

Choosing Your Powder Equipment Partner

 

In this video, two of Air Power’s application specialists Travis Stirewalt and Eddie Rhodes discuss the things you need to take into consideration when choosing where to buy your powder coating equipment. Air Power shows our true dedication to supporting the needs of our customer base by not only distributing industrial equipment, but also offering repair services in-house and in the field, engineering services for integrated solutions and over 50 years of industry experience. Contact us today to find out how we can help Powder Coat like a Pro!

1 (800) 334-1001

 

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Can You Color Change Too Fast?

Manufacturing facilities strive to improve the quality of their finish while reducing color changeover time in an effort to produce the most desirable product quickly. In this study we will discuss the importance of recognizing every company’s desire to improve in these areas and how improvements can be made within a custom powder coating operation.

Customer

 

A local wheel remanufacturer and custom coater located within North Carolina.

Challenge

 

This facility was constantly losing valuable production time due to quality rejections.  Once rejected, the part was reworked and coated a second time.  This caused a cumulative effect on both powder usage and man hours proving rework within this facility a high cost and overhead factor.  In addition, the existing manner of color change resulted in the facilities inability to keep up with current workload. Daily operation consisted of: 4 main colors, an occasional “custom” color, and a clear coat.

Air Power’s Solution

 

Air Power proposed a Gema OptiFlex 2 Wall Unit with multiple dedicated fluidizing hoppers.  These fluidizing hoppers are plumbed for the 4 main colors.  A Gema cup gun was provided for the “custom” colors and clear coat. Air Power was able to provide an onsite demo at the customers facility allowing the customer to test, prove, and inspect the proposed solution prior to investment.  The improvement in both quality product output and line throughput was dramatic.  In addition, the facility was impressed with Gema’s five (5) year manufacturer’s warranty and Air Powers local support and service.

 

Result

 

The immediate improvement was first observed within the finish quality which was noticed within the existing customer base.  Due to this improvement, repeat business was observed more readily and additional customers were earned, growing an ever increasing need for a more expansive customer base. Even though workload was increased, production never had to slow down. The quick color change system, with dedicated pump/hose combination, allowed operation to change color quickly removing the former bottleneck.   An added benefit of the system was the removal of pre-heating parts to achieve powder thickness and build.  This result was observed due to Gema’s industry leading transfer efficiency, new found operator control, and recipe programing within the system.

Can you color change too fast?  If you ask this custom coater the answer is no; and their ability to change colors faster with an increase in finish quality has taken the operation to new heights.

 

OptiFlex 2 Wall Unit color change system

 

Gema Gun with Cup for small and test batches

 

 

New Fosteria Mini Conveyorized Powder Systems


Mini Conveyorized Powder Systems from Fosteria provides flexibility and efficiency for powder coating process.

Features:

  • Condense the footprint into areas normally too small for conventional systems
  • Reduce capital expenditures
  • Provide flexibility for pre-heat, dry-off, number of washer stages, and curing methods
  • Employ economical modular construction

A typical system includes:

  • Three-Stage Open Top Stainless Steel Washer
  • Water dry-off
  • Control Panel
  • Two-Pass Cure Oven
  • Reclaim cartridge spray enclosure
  • Tube track conveyor design

Multiple Stage SS Pretreatment Washer

  • Stainless steel construction
  • Cast-iron barrel mount pumps on each station
  • Factory Mutual gas controls
  • UL listed control panel
  • Honeywell controls

Energy Savings Features

  • Burner tube designed for up to 80% efficiency
  • Fully modulating burners with 10:1 turn down ratios
  • High efficiency motors
  • 5″ insulated walls in all heated stations

Dry-Off Oven

  • 5″ thick galvannealed steel insulated oven panel construction
  • Low fire conveyor interlock connection

Cure Oven

  • 5″ thick galvannealed steel insulated oven panel construction
  • UL listed control panel

Energy Saving Features

  • 8# density mineral wool insulation panels
  • Fully modulating direct-fired burners with 40:1 turn down ratio
  • Low fire conveyor interlock circuit

Oven Panels

Panels forming the oven walls and roof will have mineral wool insulation between tongue and groove type exterior and interior 20 gauge sheets. When joined, the panels are all self-supporting.

Interested in this system? Contact Air Power at 800.334.1001

Fosteria Mini Conveyor system

Batch Powder Systems

Batch Powder Systems offered by Air Power at a competitive price. Financing options available.

Batch Powder Systems offered by Air Power at a competitive price. Financing options available.

 

Air Power can help you select the batch powder system that is right for you. This complete system includes the powder booth, curing oven and powder application equipment. Various booth and oven sizes available.

Batch Powder Systems