Personal Protective Equipment: Taking Care of Yourself and Your Employees in the Workplace
Taking care of both the inside and the outside of your body in the workplace is critical. Whether you are dealing with HAZMAT, VOC’s or nuisance dust, taking care of your skin, bones, and internal organs are vitally important to staying healthy. In this Air Power Video, we look to help you maneuver through PPE basics.
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.
Manufacturer of plumbing and water-related fittings and valves
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
“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!
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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