A local gearbox manufacturer has had ongoing issues with multiple paint operators making changes to the paint system throughout the day. They rotate painters every couple of hours so the paint quality and consistency is all over the board throughout the day. We have isolated the spray gun controls and implemented electrostatic painting but they still have issues. All colors run through a manual color change manifold and fluid pressure regulator which limits the fluid pressure even when color changing. There are also issues when the colors aren’t changed on a long run that the other colors settle out in the lines.
Air Power Solution
Air Power built a custom, lockable, control panel with a multitude of controls for the company and for the operators.
- Hi/Lo fluid pressure settings though independent air regulators controlling a single Graco air piloted fluid pressure regulator. These are set with supervision and management and are locked from the operators. They have 2 fluid pressures to select from and nothing else to minimize operator adjustments. Pressure selected is visible via included gauges.
- Select-able color valve stack via a rotary control to select the color being sprayed as well as the solvent flush.
- Graco back pressure regulators on each recirculating line for the 3 colors to allow paints to recirculate when not in use.
- Atomizing air pressure adjusted internally and locked out from the operators.
- Integrated inlet air filtration to ensure clean, dry air to feed the spray gun
This solution will eliminate the operators each making many adjustments throughout the day and tighten the quality and consistency of their paint process. It will also speed up color changes now that they are select-able via the color stack rotary control along with a flush setting that will allow full solvent pressure to clear the lines. When the flush cycle is selected the atomizing air will be cut off to eliminate the estat safety concern associated with a solvent flush. The re-circulation of the colors will improve the quality and consistency of each color when selected via the color stack. The integrated air filtration will extend the service life of the spray gun while improving the quality of the paint process also.
Improving Your Electrostatic Liquid or Powder Coating Process
In this video, Air Power Specialist Travis Stirewalt and Account Manager Eddie Rhodes, share tips about improving your electrostatic process. Learn how to improve your electrostatic process with expert advice for powder coaters and liquid painters. Discuss best practices that help you put more powder or paint on your parts and less in your filters or the paint booth floor. What does this mean for you? Higher transfer efficiency and less paint (money) wasted by increasing your first pass transfer efficiency. Video from the Air Power, Inc. Chattanooga Branch.
Ransburg Turbo Disk Rotary Atomizer
While visiting the Carlisle facilities, our team got to see a live demonstration of the Ransburg Turbo Disk Rotary Atomizer. The Turbo Disk is a high-speed applicator with superior atomization capabilities to handle even the most difficult coatings. We’d like to Thank Carlisle Fluid Technologies for having us!
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How To Effectively Adjust Your Spray Gun Pattern
This video is a step by step guide to show you how to effectively adjust your spray gun pattern. The equipment utilized for this video is the Devilbiss Spray Gun with 1.4MM Needle (standard).
The Fan adjustment (top knob) – clockwise adjustments to narrow pattern, counterclockwise adjustments for wider pattern.
The Needle adjustment (bottom knob) – for fine tuning of fluid flow rate
Air Power recommends that all fluid flow rate adjustments take place on your outbound fluid pressure regulator. By regulating fluid utilizing the fluid needle it will increase needle wear and result in decreased life expectancy. Properly setting your outbound fluid at your fluid source (pressure pot, pump, etc.) utilizing a properly set outbound fluid regulator is the preferred and most effective fluid setting measurement.
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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.
John Deere Paint Summit
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
- ProControl 1KE
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.