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Filter Conversion to Eliminate Overspray

 

Overspray in industrial finishing applications is one of the most common causes of parts being rejected by quality control inspections. This can result in constant costly reworks and low-quality finish on parts. In this case study, Air Power proposes a solution that completely eliminates overspray for this customer.

Customer

Manufacturer of plumbing and water-related fittings and valves

Challenge

This customer was experiencing paint buildup on their booth due to overspray. This was caused by inefficient airflow through the booth. This customer was using an old baffle style booth that uses offset layers of metal to catch the initial overspray and then redirects the overspray into the second layer of filters. As a second layer of filtration, the customer used Styrofoam baffle filters that allowed a high volume of bypass of a mixture of tacky and dry overspray. This type of baffle filter works better with wet paint overspray.

Without proper airflow collecting the overspray in the booth, this customer experienced a higher number of rejected parts, a lower quality finish on products, and paint buildup on their spray booth and surrounding areas.

Overspray build up

Overspray Build-up inside Booth

Air Power Solution

 

Air Power proposed a solution that updated the filtration system to a more efficient style. This solution included completely removing the metal vertical baffles that were the first stage of filtration. The second stage Styrofoam baffle filters were then removed and the 20×20 grid was scraped clean of all the overspray buildup.  Then we installed Kem-Wove P3 20×20 panel filters in the second stage, installed snapper bars on the front of the filter wall, and added RP 3252 paper/poly blankets (RTT Engineered Solutions / Col-Met) as the first stage of filtration to improve overspray capture and airflow.

Baffle Style Filter Wall

Baffle Style Filter Wall

Filter Install

Results

 

This customer was amazed by the change in airflow and overspray capture in their spray booth. This new filtration system collected all the overspray in the booth and allowed nothing to bypass for the first time. These changes improved the painting conditions for operators in the booth, allowing for a higher quality finish on products. This customer is currently in the testing stage with this system to determine the length of life for one layer of filtration to ensure this system is cost-efficient and establish best practices for their finishing operation.

 

 

 

New Brand Offerings

 

With the acquisition of Zenmar Power Tool & Hoist Systems, Air Power Manufacturing Solutions has expanded the brands that we offer our customers. We are now an authorized distributor for 6 new product brands, including Ajax Tools, Enerpac, Gorbel, Harrington Hoists, Michigan Pneumatic, and Southworth Products. We are excited to offer these products throughout our entire Southeastern territory.

 

Ajax Tools

 

ajax tools incRanking among America’s finest quality manufacturers of industrial and construction tools, Ajax is a highly regarded brand name for forged specialty tools and accessories. Ajax is ISO 9001 certified and all products are engineered to meet or exceed OEM specifications.

Founded in 1946, Ajax Tools built on its expertise in heat-treating, forging, and machining; earning an image of uncompromising dedication to quality. Ajax is a full-service American manufacturer, and offers a modern manufacturing facility and advanced production equipment, to support our quality products and our focus on customer’s needs.

Ajax Tools is your Global Resource for:

  • Chisels (Pneumatic, Electric, and Hydraulic)
  • Pry Bars (Lining bars, Connecting bars, Pinch bars)
  • Wedges (Stock, Flange, Banana)
  • Drift Pins (Broad Head pins, Barrel Drift pins, Pull pins)
  • Drill Steel (Speed Bits, Drill Rod, Rock Bits)
  • Retainers (Chipping Hammer, Rivet Buster)

 


Enerpac

enerpac 1Enerpac is a global leader in the engineering and manufacturing of high-pressure hydraulic tools, controlled force products, and solutions for precise positioning of heavy loads that help customers safely and reliably tackle some of the toughest jobs in the most demanding environments without compromise.

For mission-critical applications, Enerpac provides tools and solutions that make your work safer and easier to perform.

 

 

 


Gorbel

 

GorbelGorbel offers a comprehensive line of overhead material handling, crane technology, ergonomic lifting products, and fall prevention systems. You can count on Gorbel to be on the cutting edge of manufacturing; constantly seeking out new ways to innovate and elevate their products and processes.

Gorbel’s mission is simple: They improve people’s lives. That mission guides everything they do, from the products and services they provide to their outside customers to the tools they create for their sales force and the work environment they foster for their employees.

They have a comprehensive line of Crane Technology products, Ergonomic Lifting products and, a line of Tether Track Fall Arrest Safety Systems.

 

 


 

Harrington Hoists

harrington hoists 1Located in Manheim, PA, Elizabethtown, PA, South Holland, IL, and Corona, CA, Harrington Hoists, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of revolutionary manual, electric and air chain hoists as well as wire rope hoists, crane products, and below-the-hook devices. Known in the industry for world-class products, a driven sales focus, and outstanding customer services that are unmatched in today’s market, Harrington is committed to doing whatever it takes to satisfy customer needs.

 

 

 

 


 

Michigan Pneumatic

MichiganMichigan Pneumatic Tool is a full-service air tool company celebrating 75 years as a leader in the design, distribution, manufacture, repair and rebuilding of industrial air tools. At MPT we service construction, industrial, demolition, bolting, and foundry tools. Michigan Pneumatic Tool also has an unrivaled parts inventory that includes brand name, hard to find, obsolete, and discontinued parts. We have the parts you need when you need them.

 

 

 

 


 

Southworth Products

southworth liftSouthworth Products Corp is a world leader in the manufacture and distribution of vertical lifting and positioning products including lift tables, container tilters, pallet level loaders, manual lifter transporters, and many more. The company headquarters are in Falmouth, Maine with manufacturing located in Manila, Arkansas.

They are a supplier of innovative products designed to improve worker productivity and safety through the practical application of ergonomics in work positioning applications; including scissor lift tables (hydraulic, pneumatic, mechanical), portable lift tables, low height lift tables, container/basket tilters, pallet loaders, turntables, roll and coil cars. These products are sold under some of the industry’s most recognized brand names; including Dandy Lift & Leveler, PalletPal, EZ Reach, and Floor Height Lifts.

 

 

 

Ransburg Paint Resistance Tester with CFT

 

Air Power Specialists Jeff Tussey and Carlisle Representative Shawn McManus discuss the importance of choosing the right paint for your process by testing the paint resistance. In this video, we show you how the Ransburg Paint Tester can eliminate the guesswork when choosing paint for your application process. Contact Air Power to get the Ransburg Paint Tester for your facility.

 

Learn more about Carlisle Fluid Technologies

 

Ransburg Paint Tester

Ransburg Paint Tester

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More about the Ransburg Paint Tester

 

Air Power in the News Again

Air Power has been featured by Finishing and Coating in a full-length article that highlights Air Power’s recent growth with the Zenmar acquisition. The article also talks about Air Power’s rich history in the manufacturing industry and the services we provide to the manufacturing community. We’d like to Thank Tim Pennington and the team at Finishing & Coating for recognizing our impact in the manufacturing community.

 

Air Power Article

 

True LED Lighting from Col-Met

True LED Lighting from Col-Met

 

Proper lighting plays an important role in achieving a high-quality finish. Col-Met’s new E-Light LED lighting offers many advantages over fluorescent lamps such as lower energy usage, exceptionally long life, truer color rendering, improved durability, reduced maintenance costs, and improved safety.

Learn More about Col-Met

 

How to Set Up the Mark II Molded Plastic Manometer with Dwyer

 

The Molded Plastic Manometer, Series Mark II, is quick and simple to use. In this video, we show how to set up the Mark II straight out of the box. Series MARK II Molded Manometers are of the inclined and inclined-vertical types. The curved inclined-vertical tube of the Model 25 gage provides higher ranges with more easily read increments at low readings. Dwyer’s Model 25 Manometer is excellent for general purpose work. The Model 40 Manometer with an inclined gage provides linear calibration and excellent resolution throughout its range. Their Model 40 manometer is recommended for air velocity and air filter gage applications.
Contact Your Air Power Account Manager to get a manometer that fits your needs today!

Dynabrade Sanding Pads

Dynabrade Sanding Pads

 

 

Dynabrade Sanding Pads

 

Contact your Air Power Account Manager today!

The Megger Video Featured by Finishing and Coating

Air Power is excited to share some recent news you may have seen on all our social media channels. Air Power’s ‘How Well are Your Parts Grounded?’ video has been featured on Finishing & Coating! This website is published by a group of industry professionals and serves as an industry resource for manufacturers who are looking for information, goods, and services.

Thanks to Wayne Albergotti and Travis Stirewalt for all their work!

 

Air Power Feature

 

Check out the “How Well are Your Parts Grounded?” video here

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.

 

Zenmar Logo

 

“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 its 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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