Parts Cleaning Clinic: Pretreatment Equipment Suppliers
Q. I am researching manufacturers of aqueous part washers and phosphate pretreatment systems for powder coating, looking for companies that build conveyor systems, washers and treatment systems; not parts washers. The parts to be cleaned are various sizes of steel, stainless and aluminum fabrications from stampings, cut to length steel tubing, and sheet metal fabrications up to 6 feet long and 3 feet wide. What are my options?
A. There are numerous options available to you for full cleaning and pretreatment systems. There are two general categories I would search under in the Products Finishing online supplier directory at PFonline.com. The first is Cleaning; under that category you will find numerous categories, many of which will not apply to your search. One category that had several potential suppliers you are looking for would be under Cleaning and Phosphating Equipment. The majority of companies under this category supply the full turnkey finishing systems that you describe.
The second category to search would be Painting. I found the best subcategory results when searching under Conveyors with many good candidates under the Overhead Chain, Overhead Power and Free categories. Other candidates could be found under the Overhead Traveling Hoist category. Many similar subcategories and suppliers could be found under the Powder Coating general category. I am certain you could assemble a list of several potential equipment suppliers that would all be very capable of building the equipment you are looking for.
Originally published in the November 2016 issue.
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