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Importance of Ground in Finishing Series

Importance of Ground in Finishing Part 1

Good ground and true earth ground are critical to any electrostatic painting or electrostatic powder application in order to achieve optimum coating efficiencies. This Air Power Live Video on Ground can help save you hundreds to thousands of dollars a year on reworks and allow you to operate in a safer environment.

 


 

 

Importance of Ground in Finishing: Part 2

Good ground and true earth ground are critical to any electrostatic painting or electrostatic powder application in order to achieve optimum coating efficiencies. This Air Power Live Video on Ground can help save you hundreds to thousands of dollars a year on reworks and allow you to operated in a safer environment.


 

Importance of Ground in Finishing: Part 3

 

Good ground and true earth ground are critical to any electrostatic painting or electrostatic powder application in order to achieve optimum coating efficiencies. This Air Power Live Video on Ground can help save you hundreds to thousands of dollars a year on reworks and allow you to operated in a safer environment.

Lobster ARF-700 Rivet Presenter

 

 

This is a Lobster R1A1 pneumatic rivet gun coupled with an ARF-700 Rivet Presenter. Allows for speed and efficiency when completing high volume manual riveting. Stocked, sold and serviced by the professional staff at Air Power, the brand expands an already deep offering of assembly tool solutions. Air Power is proud to be an authorized Lobster Rivet Tools Distributor and highly recommend them to our customers.

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Schmalz Makes Lifting Easy

Manufacturing commonly requires operators to lift and move heavy materials, which can lead to injury and fatigue. This material handling solution makes lifting a breeze.

Customer

A leading US Electronics Recycling Company.

 

Challenge

This customer wanted to reduce the possibility of injuries from the amount of lifting their operators were exposed to. This problem was leading to higher turnover in specific areas due to common complaints of lifting parts that were upwards of 120 lbs! Thus reducing the rate of production and declining morale throughout the production floor due to manual lifting.

 

Air Power Solution

The Schmalz JumboFlex 50 was able to lift the customers’ desired weights of 40-120 lbs and capturing their desired throughput goal of 60-70%. This piece of equipment utilizes a vacuum suction pump that relieves the weight of the piece you’re picking up and relieving the amount of strain on the operator’s backs. Pairing the JumboFlex with Schmalz’ Column Mounted Jib Crane, we are able to reach out 10ft and have 270 degrees of full motion!

 

Results

This material handling solution completely eliminated the customers’ problem. The Schmalz JumboFlex 50 eliminated the risk of injury for operators. This allows them to work faster, increases the rate of production, and reduces fatigue from constantly lifting heavy materials. The Section Manager stated, ” It’s not about the speed we’re able to go at, what this piece of equipment has done for us is, improve employee morale and reduce turnover now that they don’t have to lift heavy stuff all day long.”

 

 

Air Power Acquires Zenmar

Air Power, Inc., a leading distributor of industrial products and integrated solutions provider, announces the acquisition of Zenmar Power Tool & Hoist Systems of Cockeysville, Maryland. The addition of Zenmar joins two extraordinary industrial distributors, similar in culture, with rich histories, to further provide solutions to the manufacturing community across the Southeast & up through the Mid-Atlantic region.

 

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“We are excited to join forces with Zenmar Power Tool & Hoist Systems and bring continued value to the Mid-Atlantic Region. We see a great opportunity to work hand in hand with a great team to provide support, services, and solutions to the many customers who Assemble, Move, and Coat products. Zenmar has been serving the market since 1982 and has a great reputation for servicing their customer base and providing value-added solutions. As our geographic footprint grows farther north, throughout this expanded region, we will continue to provide market-leading services and solutions to our customers. Our business model and approach to the market aligns very well and we are excited about what this means for our customers and our employees.”

-Dan Senff, President, Air Power Inc.

The two companies will work closely together over the next several months to align systems, incorporate best practices, and bring additional tools, resources, and infrastructure to this newly served market. Zenmar is an Industrial Distributor & Solutions provider; focused market segments include aerospace, chemicals, construction, electronics, food and beverage, general manufacturing, natural gas, marine, metal and fabrication, pharmaceutical, power generation, and many other industries. Zenmar has been serving the market for nearly 40 years, since 1982, and has a great reputation for servicing their customer base and providing value-added solutions.  They have been a trusted source for material handling, crane & hoist systems, DC electric fastening systems, and safety platforms across the regions they serve.  Together, the two companies represent the leading brands in the Finishing Industry (Liquid & Powder), Mix, Meter, & Dispense Technology of fluids, sealants, and adhesives, as well as Tools and Material Handling Solutions.

For customers, this acquisition will mean extended access to additional brands, a team of Application Specialists, Engineers, Service Technicians (in-house & field), Project Managers, Lab facilities, and support networks to further create the value needed in today’s environment.

 

About Air Power

Air Power is a leading distributor of industrial products and integrated solutions provider.  Air Power shows a true dedication to supporting the needs of their 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.

Air Power boasts an impressive team of over 35 Account managers, over 40 Application specialists, and 9 branch locations in 3 regions across the Southeast & Mid-Atlantic territories, (in addition to 7 additional team members based in a 10th branch in Monterrey, MX); all under 1 company with 1 mission: to build lasting relationships by supporting the manufacturing community with quality products and highly engineered solutions to effectively assemble, move, and coat the products that shape our world.   Air Power has been serving the Southeast manufacturing community for over 50 years.  If you Assemble, Move, or Coat products, Air Power can help you!

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The Megger: How Well are Your Parts Grounded?

 

Profitability and first-pass transfer efficiency are vital to any finishing operation. Ground is critical and there is a huge difference between thinking you have a good ground and knowing it. Why risk your profits to bad ground when it is simple to measure where you are at right now? Time to introduce THE MEGGER and exactly what it tells us about ground.

 

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Brand Page Updates

 

Air Power has been hard at work optimizing our website. Our goal is to be a better source of information for our manufacturing partners. If you are subscribed to our monthly Power Post newsletter, you can stay up to date on all Air Power news. Air Power creates videos, case studies, and blog articles centered around the latest news from the manufacturing community. We have updated our website to categorize all of our content by the brands mentioned. These updates make all of our content visible on each brand page, which allows you to find the information you need more efficiently.

Check out the “Our Brands” page on the Air Power website:

Our Brands

 

We have updated our brand pages to include all of our Air Power content that mentions the brand. Each Brand page now has a feed of videos and case studies that correspond with each brand.

 

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Brands Page

 

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Assembly Made Simple

In this case study, Air Power builds a custom integrated system that makes Ergonomics, Safety, and Quality simple with a team effort.

Customer

This customer is a supplier in the Truck and Bus industry.

Challenge

The customer needed to outfit a new work cell assembling large metal components. First, the weight of the fully assembled sub-build components exceeded 1000 lbs. requiring a high weight capacity work table. Secondly, the height variation of the operators presented ergonomic issues from shift to shift to ensure each operator performed his necessary tasks at optimum work heights for ergonomics and safety. Thirdly, target torque for each component exceeded the safety threshold for handheld tooling, 69 ft/lbs, and 135 ft/lbs. requiring a torque management solution to be included in the overall work cell build. Lastly, the components needing to be torqued are deemed quality critical, requiring all data for the fasteners to be documented to ensure a proper build.

Air Power Solution

Air Power included the following in our solution; a 2000 lbs. capacity adjustable height pneumatic Presto lift table, a GCI torque reaction arm, and a Cleco MPro 300 controller with right angle NeoTek tool. We were able to meet the high weight by working closely with Presto directly to customize the adjustable height scissor lift table. GCI was able to build a custom torque arm to provide the needed reach and vertical travel while managing up to 240 NM of torque reaction. We were able to mount the torque arm directly to our adjustable height table, allowing the entire work station to adjust to ideal work height for any given operator. All of this wrapped around the brand new Cleco 300 controller with NeoTek right angle tool allowing for a precise fastening solution meeting and exceeding the quality critical parameters required. The Cleco 300 also allows our end-user to monitor, collect, and organize critical data to ensure they every unit out the door is a quality part.

 

Assembly

Results

Air Power’s solution addressed all of the problems the customer faced with this assembly process. The Presto Lift table allows the operator to adjust the height of the entire system to eliminate and bending and back strain. The GCI torque arm holds and handles the Cleco right angle NeoTek tool. This eliminates any lifting and hand or wrist injury from handling a torque tool. Lastly, the Cleco mPro 300 controller gave the customer the ability to ensure perfect quality with every assembly.

 

 

Dynorbital Extreme Combo Packs

Dynabrade, the premier random orbital solution provider, proudly introduces our most refined random orbital sander to date. The Dynorbital® Extreme boasts the greatest power and most consistent speed of any palm-style orbital sander. Power and speed combine to quickly and reliably produce the desired finish, while ergonomic features keep operators safe and comfortable throughout their day. Symmetrical design allows left or right-handed operators to work comfortably, while the compact size of the Dynorbital® Extreme fits naturally in most operator’s hands. American-made from the highest grade materials for long-life and high durability.

 

Dynorbital Extreme Combo Packs

 

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Ingersoll Rand Controller paired with FlexArm

 

Air Power Technical Specialist James Stanley demonstrates the capabilities of an Ingersoll Rand InsightQC Controller paired with a FlexArm Smart Arm with DOGA DPC Touchscreen allowing the operator to enter sequence patterns quickly and efficiently. Visit us at airpower-usa.com or call us at 1(800) 334-1001 to hear more about this system!

The Filter Games

Are you Ready for the Filter Games?

Join Air Power for The Filter Games!

A test of your paint filter knowledge in three rounds. Can you guess the correct answers?

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Filter Games: Round 1

Join Air Power for Round 1 of The Filter Games!

A test of your paint booth filter knowledge in three rounds. Can you guess the correct answer?

 


The Filter Games: Round 2

Join Air Power for Part 2 of The Filter Games. A test of your paint booth filter knowledge in three rounds. Can you guess the correct answer?

 


The Filter Games: Round 3

Join Air Power for Part 3 of The Filter Games. A test of your paint booth filter knowledge in three rounds. Can you guess the correct answer?