Quality Industries Adds New Powder Coating System

Improvements include Nordson ColorMax II spray booth and upgraded conveyor, with customized washing and oven systems.

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Quality Industries Inc., a precision metalworks company headquartered in La Vergne, Tennessee, has invested $3.7 million in a new powder coating system at its main operational facility just outside of Nashville.

 

Designed from the ground up, QI's new powder coating system includes a Nordson ColorMax II spray booth and upgraded conveyor, with customized washing and oven systems. In addition to these machinery advances, the company has already significantly advanced its fundamental chemical technology – converting from an iron phosphate system to an environmentally friendly zirconium-based powder coating technology.

 

QI’s $3.7 million investment in new powder coating technology is part of a larger $12.5 million company-wide capital program for 2015, and will significantly bolster the company’s efforts to better serve its customers and achieve future growth, while improving overall quality and efficiency.

 

"For more than 30 years, QI has serviced the needs of our customers – providing them with comprehensive fabrication, finishing, assembly and powder coating under one roof," said Warren Hayslip, QI’s CEO and president. "Our focus on integrated services also means we place a high priority on the modernization of our equipment and advancements in our technical capabilities as critical elements in our overall growth strategy."

 

Specific features of the new system include: an I-beam conveyor system that allows for larger, heavier parts and a faster speed line; a washing system that accommodates longer and wider parts—equipped with feedback sensors for chemical monitoring of usage and efficiency; a system that exceeds industry standards by yielding more than 2,500 hours of corrosion resistance based on ASTM testing; and an oven system that prevents thermal conduction and has virtually eliminates radiant heat emitted to shop floor. Additionally, the Nordson ColorMax II spray booth changes colors in as little as 10 minutes. (The previous system required 30-minutes.) Overall, these improvements have increased processing speed by nearly 50 percent.