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Carlisle Fluid Technologies Product Training

 

Air Power took a trip to the Carlisle Fluid Technology facility to get the full Carlisle Product Training experience. Carlisle offers an array of industrial spray finishing solutions. Our team spent the day learning about all their products, usage and maintenance tips to help our customers keep their equipment in good condition. Thanks to Carlisle for having our team in to visit!

 

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Gema Meets the Challenge

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 with the highest first place transfer efficiency.

 

CUSTOMER

A Custom Fabricator, producing products for the truck & and Bus industry

 

CHALLENGE

In order to distinguish them within the marketplace, the current manufacturing process needed to meet customer’s mil specs. Their current Powder Units were not producing enough Mils per MFG spec with a Quality finish. Examination by quality control engineers revealed that they were getting back ionization and orange peel when applying more powder and second coats. They determined that each operator had different settings and too much powder output. In addition they did not understand current and voltage and how they relate to a quality finish and high transfer efficiency.

 

Powder Coating Defects

SOLUTION

In partnership with the customer, Air Power implemented an Gema OptiFlex 2 manual powder unit. The unit comes with 3 presets: 1: Flat Parts, 2: Recess/complex parts and 3: Recoat mode. In addition these cannot be changed by the operator and allowed ease of use with a simple repeatable process. The Patented Digital Valve control allowed for consistent precise powder output, powder savings, and reproducible coating results.

 

Gema Powder Process

RESULTS

Currently, the customer is meeting their mil spec and producing repeatable results and has increased there transfer efficiently that has provided a 1 year Return on equipment investment.

 

 

Graco Electrostatic Demo Kits

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”.

 

Graco Electrostatic Demo Kit

How to Properly Flush a Pressure Pot

 

 

 

How To Properly Flush a Pressure Pot

 

In this video, we walk through the steps it takes to properly flush a pressure pot with Air Power Account manager Jeff Tussey.

 

How To:

 

  1.  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.
  2. Remove lid from pressure pot
  3. Remove liner (Air Power recommends all Pressure Pots to be utilized with pot liners – for ease of use, cleaning, and color change applications).
  4. Add your solvent (or preferred chemical cutting agent) liner.
  5. Re-install pressure pot lid, reconnect air supply, and slowly increase fluid pressure (Note – no atomizing air is necessary while flushing a unit).
  6. Trigger gun and spray waste into solvent/waste containment – Note – make sure waste can is properly grounded.

 

 

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NEW Binks AG-364 Airless Spray Gun

 

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
seamless transition.

 

CFT BINKS AG-364

Specifications

 

CFT BINKS AG-364 SPECS

 

 

Sames Kremlin 2019 Spray Guns

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

 

Sames Kremlin Xcite Light 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%.

 

 

FPro WBE Airspray – Manual Conventional Spray Gun

Sames Kremlin FPro WBE Airspray

 

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.

 

 

 

 

ASB – Airless Automatic Spray Gun and Base Plate

 

Sames Kremlin ASB – Airless Automatic Spray Gun and Base Plate

 

 

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.

 

 

Paint Kitchen Automation Cleans up Inefficient Mess for Equipment Finisher

 

Graco E-Flo DC Pump

Graco E-Flo DC Pump

 

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.

Customer

Heavy-duty lift truck equipment finisher.

Challenge

 

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.

 

Solution

 

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.

Results

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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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