Custom Coating

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Every product that you coat has its own unique characteristics. And even though every product hangs differently on a rack, the temptation is to find a one-size-fits-all solution. 

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As an equipment supplier to the finishing industry, it is very rewarding to travel the country and visit people who have realized “The American Dream” and own their own business.

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So, you have decided you are ready for the investment in a finishing system and you need to figure out the oven portion.  Where do you start?

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Selecting the best powder coating for your application may seem straightforward; however, providing your powder supplier a detailed description of the coating performance needs for your parts will avoid headaches with the ultimate quality of your products.

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The program offers two certification types; PCI 3000 was designed for custom coaters, while PCI 4000 applies to OEMs with in-house powder coating operations. A primary goal of the program is to raise the bar of the industry by recognizing commitment to quality and minimizing coating failures that threaten to tarnish powder coating’s reputation.

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To review the latest developments in application technology, these advancements have been delineated into the various components of a powder spray system including guns, delivery devices (e.g. hoppers, pumps, hoses, etc.), reclaim systems and gun movers. Color change technology and equipment specifically designed for non-traditional substrates is also included. Some really cool developments have emerged, ranging from something simple and perhaps obvious, like an LED light attached to a manual gun body, to sophisticated electrostatic charging systems.

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The PCI Scholarship Program was designed to assist students studying in areas that advance powder
coating technologies and includes the PCI General Scholarship, as well as corporate member-sponsored scholarships. Over the past four years, 19 scholarships totaling more than $60,000 have been awarded.

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In December 1982, Modern Metals magazine interviewed a panel of ten experts as part of a Powder Coating Institute round table. Among other topics, the panel discussed the status of powder coating, misconceptions about the technology, and predictions for the future.

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What will our workforce look like in the future? More and more manufacturers are asking this question as they search for new employees from an aging, slower growing, and often less experienced labor pool. After considering how to shape its own next generation of workers, Texas-based powder coating manufacturer IFS Coatings chose a proactive approach: create an innovative internship program.

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Let’s first talk about oven conditions. It is paramount to understand that powder coatings respond best when the part temperature coincides with the recommended bake provided by your powder coating supplier. Your oven needs to be the right temperature for the coated parts to achieve the proper time at or above the temperature stated on the powder’s Technical Data Sheet (aka Product Data Sheet). Some suppliers will provide a range of time/temperature combinations which gives you an even better understanding on how a product cures in an oven.

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