Rodney Benfield understands finishing and over the past 31 years at Air Power has learned many skills of the trade. One known fact is you cannot be successful if not prepared. Air Power’s Electrostatic Demo Kits allow for just that – being prepared – anyplace, anytime, anywhere.
“These kits are handy” stated Rodney whom has spent a large portion of his time at Air Power focusing on the finishing industry within the Southeast. “This demo kits stays in my truck and I can deploy it whenever necessary”.
The Air Power Electrostatic Demo Kits contain everything necessary for a successful Graco electrostatic demo including a wide array of nozzles and air caps. Rodney further specified that “even for existing electrostatic customers, taking in the entire demo kit makes sense. It allows us to mix/match newly released accessories to optimize the customer’s process and electrostatic experience”
All of Air Power’s finishing specialist have electrostatic demo kits ready to deploy at a moment’s notice. “Air Power’s primary focus” stated Rodney “is the Southeast and Mexico but, we will go wherever the customer needs us”.
Ingersoll Rand In-Line Handle Air Balancer Control Kit
Designed for precise pick & place applications, the Ingersoll Rand In-Line Air Balancer Control Kit can integrate with all of Ingersoll Rand’s existing single rope basic unit air balancers.
– Compatible with 150, 200, 350, & 500 lb. capacity air balancers.
– Adjustable lifting and lowering speed based on pressure applied to up and down movements.
– Ideal for repetitive pick and place lifting applications.
– “Float” range allows for precise placement.
Contact Air Power today to get a live demonstration!
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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
Designed 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’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!
In this video, we walk through the steps it takes to properly flush a pressure pot with Air Power Account manager Jeff Tussey.
Cut of air supply to the pot, this is critical! Once air has been cut off to the pot, bleed pressure pot utilizing pressure relief valve.
Remove lid from pressure pot
Remove liner (Air Power recommends all Pressure Pots to be utilized with pot liners – for ease of use, cleaning, and color change applications).
Add your solvent (or preferred chemical cutting agent) liner.
Re-install pressure pot lid, reconnect air supply, and slowly increase fluid pressure (Note – no atomizing air is necessary while flushing a unit).
Trigger gun and spray waste into solvent/waste containment – Note – make sure waste can is properly grounded.
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Carlisle Fluid Technologies made an innovation in transfer efficiency when they introduced the new Binks AG-364 Airless Spray Gun. This gun achieves high quality results faster, easier and more efficiently than other spray guns on the market.
Available in dead head or recirculation manifolds, this high-quality airless spray gun helps eliminate excessive paint waste and lengthy cleaning time. The AG-364 accomplishes ultimate transfer efficiency, resulting in: reduced overspray, cleaner machines and reduced applied coating cost per part. Softer, high-integrity fan pattern also allows for the consistent application of materials to detailed profiles and surfaces. The tip holder indexes 45 degrees with insert and is completely adjustable without insert. The versatility of tips utilized on the AG-364 allows for application of multiple wood finish materials.
As a member of the proven AG family, the AG-364 makes it easy to upgrade from air-assisted airless equipment. It utilizes the same pumps, fluid lines, regulators and fluid pressure ranges for a
Sames Kremlin provides industrial solutions for productivity, quality improvement, material & cost savings. Sames Kremlin products support the industrial process from assembly, protection against the environment to finish by beautifying manufactured products. Their products pursue key objectives for users: Performance, Productivity and sustainability. With 90 years of innovation, Sames Kremlin has a variety of engineered solutions for a variety of finishing processes. Here is the official 2019 Product Offerings:
Xcite Light – Airmix Manual Spray Gun
The Xcite™ Light Airmix® manual spray gun focuses on lightness, simplicity and maneuverability. For maximum benefits, this spray gun is available in two versions: 60 bar and 120 bar (870 psi & 1740 psi).
SAMES KREMLIN created Airmix® technology in 1975. Airmix® is an intermediate spray technology that combines the finish quality of Airspray with the productivity of Airless and is the industrial standard for Air-Assisted Airless today. The Xcite™ Light Airmix® manual
spray gun benefits:
Lightweight: 30% weight reduction without compromising the perfect gun balance
Compact design for easy access to recessed areas and complex shaped parts
Effortless trigger pull reduces muscle strain and carpal tunnel injuries
Ready to spray concept: No fan adjustment; the fan width is pre-determined by the size of the tip installed on the gun
Airmix® spraying technology is the best compromise between productivity and finish quality with the highest transfer efficiency up to 86%.
Perfectly balanced, the FPro WBE spray gun provides a superior finish for all painters and is designed for spraying water-based porcelain and ceramics. SAMES KREMLIN offers the largest range of spray guns and accessories for all FPro applications in the high finishing markets.
The new design of the FPro P WBE has been made to spray very abrasive products (porcelain & ceramics), keeping the high spray performances of the original FPro versions while reducing maintenance costs: the heat-treated nozzle lasts longer, the special needle design, featuring a polyurethane (PU) needle tip creates a soft contact on the nozzle reducing wear.
This 2 part needle concept allows the replacement of needle tip only and not the complete needle assembly.
The ASB automatic spray gun offers superior atomization whatever the line speed thanks to perfect balance between high pressure and high flow rate. It offers precise application – coating applied directly on the target – due to fast response time.
Developed for high production rates, ASB guns provided superior atomization at medium to high flow rate and low overspray for minimal paint wastage. The ASB guns are the lightest automatic airless guns on base plate, decreasing bearing wear of painting machines due to lightweight gun. Their compact design allows easy access to recessed part areas. They can be fitted with a choice of 184 tips: Skill super fine finishing Airless tips, flat for fine finishing, and reversible Tip top for protective coatings. The simplicity and the quality of the material used guarantees low maintenance costs. They are well suited for applying harsh coatings (acid catalyst, UV coating), water-based, high viscosity and abrasive materials.
This case study demonstrates how the Graco Intelligent Paint Kitchen can improve the painting process by decreasing production downtime, lowering production costs and increasing process efficiency.
Heavy-duty lift truck equipment finisher.
The maintenance manager at a heavy-duty lift truck equipment finisher was left with someone else’s mess. The paint room supervisor had designed a paint kitchen for a 24-hour operation, only to leave when production changed to five days a week. With no one taking ownership of the paint room, inefficiency took over.
• Friday afternoons, the paint room attendant shut down the paint circulation, air compressor and pneumatic agitators.
• Monday mornings, they lost at least six carriers of parts and more than an hour of production time, because material had settled in the paint lines over the weekend.
Circulating the paint on the weekends meant running a 500-horse power (HP) air compressor. The energy cost savings seemed to outweigh the cost of lost parts.
The maintenance manager consulted his local distributor, who wasn’t sure how to handle the situation. The equipment they had was sound; it just didn’t provide the flexibility they needed. Their Graco account representative offered an out-of-the-box solution. The Intelligent Paint Kitchen (IPK), powered by the E-Flo DC 4-Ball Piston Pump, could allow them to reduce downtime, save on energy costs, and remotely monitor the paint room. Some of their existing equipment could even be repurposed in the new set up.
The Graco Intelligent Paint Kitchen system automated the paint room and made their production schedule more flexible. Electric equipment avoided air compressor costs, and allowed them to keep the paint circulating during non-production times. With presets and remote monitoring controlling the paint room, efficiency is the new norm.
• Friday afternoons, the paint room attendant sets equipment on sleep mode.
• Monday mornings, production starts smoothly without loss of parts, downtime or rework.
With the help of remote monitoring, the maintenance manager now spends less time with production supervision. Their newfound efficiency allows them to
take on and scale back production as needed without overextending their resources.
As the summer heat is beginning to increase so is our Monterrey, MX team. These past few months have been full of exciting product launches, customer trade shows, and strategic partnership meetings. Our facility, located just outside of Monterrey, in Apodaca, consists of eight (8) employees’ within a 308 sq. meter (3,315 sq. ft.) branch location. This branch functions as a complete team offering: account management, technical service, field repair, bench repair, system startup and integration, training, and localized equipment stock.
Our team was honored to attend the John Deere Paint Summit as a strategic supplier for Deere within Mexico and the United States. This global summit included members from China, India, Brazil, Argentina, Canada, and the United States. It was a privilege for Air Power to be in attendance but more importantly a complement to be asked to be a part of the presentations. In partnership with Graco and St. Clair Systems, Air Power discussed the importance of paint kitchen visibility and viscosity control as it pertains to plural component finishing operations.
Following the Global Summit, there was no time to waste in preparation for Fabtech, Monterrey. Held in Monterrey, MX on May 7th-9th; this event featured over 1,000 participants and more than 50 industrial vendors. This offered for an engaging and technology advancing manufacture fair. Air Power in partnership with Heraeus and Nitto Systems meet over 100 clients interested in further improving their current finishing operations.
Gema OptiFlex Pro Series Launch
Mexico City was the next stop as excitement continues to build over the launch of GEMA’s new OptiFlex Pro Series of powder coating equipment. This launch event highlighted the units unsurpassed Power, Quality, and Control Features.
Power – Powerboost Technology of 110KV
Quality – Precise Chare Control (PCC) and redesigned powder pump
Control – Bluetooth Capabilities with the GEMA E-APP
The below video, presented by GEMA, highlights the advantages of the new OptiFlex Pro.
Graco New Product Launch
Most recently, the team joined Graco in San Diego, CA, for the New Product of 2019 Launch. This event focused on new technology and product that Graco is implementing within the 2019 calendar year. Including highlights of:
Intelligent Paint Kitchen for Pneumatic Pumps
New Pro XP Gun Models
Radial Piston Agitators
Sealed 4-Ball Lower Plus
Active Surge Suppressors
This completes the New Product Launch 2019 for Graco and Air Power had representation within the Atlanta, Indianapolis, and San Diego event locations.
It’s cooking down in Mexico and we are excited of what is next to come. If you are familiar with Air Power and have locations within Mexico; please give us a call today. We would appreciate the opportunity to further discuss best practices, equipment standardization, and our system integration capabilities and advantages offered as a result of our unsurpassed coverage area between the United States and Mexico.
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Manufacturers of passenger transportation systems make every effort to exceed in safety intelligence within the industry. This case study demonstrates safety improvements, as well as, operator ergonomic advantages, in an effort to decrease facility liability.
Manufacturer of vertical transportation systems.
Operators manually load and unload valves utilizing an older pneumatic torque tool. The current tool utilized within production was non-shut off and provided no verification of installation. The operator was responsible for assuming the proper socket and torque combination capable for a successful installation. The inability to measure torque accurately resulted in an inconsistent quality of final product with no verification that it was done properly. In addition, this application proved labor intensive and was the cause of concern for operator safety and ergonomics.
Air Power implemented a custom Ingersoll Rand DC Electric Assemble tool, integrated into a GCI torque reaction arm, with a pneumatic clamping fixture omitting operator strain and removal before completion. Custom sockets were provided to insure precise fit. The custom fixtured Ingersoll Rand DC Electric tool was coupled with a front end Norbar Multiplier producing actual real time torque verification and discreet I/O output, which was coupled with an Air Power provided PLC to monitor torque and track data usage.
The solution realized by Air Power created a torque verified product that allowed for a safer work environment and smoother process for the operator. All build requirements can now be monitored, tracked and viewed through a transparent build as a result of system implementation.
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