Powder Application Equipment
Q. Who makes the best powder coating application equipment on the market? S.M.
A. I get that question a lot. Does anyone actually think that a consultant who is the executive director of the Powder Coating Institute is going to give a one-word answer to this question? It seems simple, but it requires a thoughtful answer.
You can find a number of excellent suppliers on the web and listed in the pfonline buyer’s directory. The PCI has several member companies, and they all supply very solid equipment. My answer is to take the time to travel to the test facilities of the suppliers and coat some parts. This will show you how well the equipment works and allow you to evaluate the overall company and the people who work there. Look at the durability of the equipment, play with the controls to see how easy they are to understand and adjust, and see what you think.
Tanks and Liners: Is Conventional Wisdom or Reliance on Internet-Based Answers Putting your Company at Risk?
Finishing companies face an array of unprecedented challenges. Decision-making is affected by these pressures. Conventional wisdom and/or the reliance on internet-based answers can lead to procurements that create unnecessary downtime, safety risks and loss. Factors compounding the pain of inadequate options and poor choices are aging plants and equipment, a shrinking manufacturing workforce and legal/policy/regulatory costs. Topics covered in this article include: (1) an overview of tanks and liners, (2) the true costs of downtime, (3) results from a recent tank and liner market survey, (4) the plastic paradox (including fires), (5) spark testing and leak monitoring technologies, (6) drop-ins, (7) what to look for from a supplier and (8) new advancements.
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