Albers Finishing & Solutions in Cheney, Kansas, will host an open house at their facility on March 24 from 10 am–3 pm to display their new line that provides liquid paint services to regional and national customers.
The highly automated paint line has a part window of 2' × 4' × 8' and can handle up to 500 lbs of weight on each load bar. Albers Finishing & Solutions was created in response to a local manufacturer who had a need to provide a finished product, but didn’t want to stray from their core business by adding paint inside their operation.
The liquid paint line is capable of painting 2,000 to 3,000 parts per day, and features an automated conveyor that can move load bars forward and reverse or even stop them independently of every other load bar in the system, a three-stage wash, dry off oven, two paint booths equipped with Fanuc robots applying liquid primer and paint via automated paint mix equipment, a dual-lane energy-efficient cure oven and a load-assist lifter. The line was designed and installed by IntelliFinishing based out of Salina, Kansas.
“This paint system offers some of the best and newest advances in the industry,” says Woody Miller, IntelliFinishing’s project manager. “With advanced automation and controls, energy efficiencies and floor space savings, the cost to paint each part is less than other systems. This is a very high-end system, located here in Cheney. Other manufacturers are struggling with their monument systems and would love to have a system like this.”
IntelliFinishing teamed up with Downey Consulting, a local company in designing the following for the system: load-assist lifter, carriers, loadbars, hangars and a rotator mechanism in each paint booth. The parts are hung on a custom loadbar with a spinner wheel, and spun using the air-operated (intrinsically safe) rotator. All of this is controlled by the PLC. The wireless lifter mechanism is capable of removing the loadbar from the carrier fully loaded with parts, placing finished product on racks, or changing loadbars for a different type/style of part. This enables the ultimate in flexibility of the system.
The facility is located at 38628 West 15th St. South. For information, please visit intellifinishing.com.