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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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Lee Patterson Co. Virtual Tour

 

 

 

Lee Patterson Co. Virtual Tour

 

Air Power Manufacturing Solutions recently acquired Lee Patterson Co. in 2019. This location now serves as our Orlando, Fl branch location. Here is a brief introduction of Lee Patterson Co. Air Power now has the capabilities to provide our ASSEMBLE, MOVE, and COAT services in the Florida area!

 

 

Improving Your Electrostatic Process

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.

Monti 3D Powder Coat Line Walkthrough

 

Monti 3D Powder Coat Line Walkthrough

 

Air Power Manufacturing Solutions teamed up with GAT Finishing Systems, Rohner Powder Coating Booths and Gema Powder Application Equipment to create a unique automated powder coat line that can process large and small parts quickly and efficiently. Monti Inc’s new powder coat line was built with quality results in mind, with the capabilities to meet the strictest specifications.

This new 20,000 sq. ft. powder coating facility is located in Greenwood, SC. This powder coat system has been tested to exceed 1,000-hour salt spray, tested per ASTM B117 meeting requirements of UL-1332 including ASTM D7091-05, D1654-08, D610-01, D714-02. This automated powder coat line can handle parts up to 2 ft x 4 ft x 8 ft. The batch powder coat system can handle parts up to 8 ft x 8 ft x 14 ft. Either line can paint any color. The system currently has lots of capacity to offer. With regard to throughput, it paints a 1-3/4” X 7” part and can powder coat and package 36,000 of these during 1 shift.

Monti Powder Coat Line

 

Source: Monti Powder Coating

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.