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Powder Coating Q&A: Is the VFD Option Worth the Investment?

Our supplier said the VFD powder booth is worth the extra cost. Thoughts?

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Q. We are going to purchase a new powder booth for our conveyor system. One option we have considered is a variable frequency drive (VFD) for the collector. The supplier says it will be well worth the extra cost. What do you think? What can we do if we have a VFD on the booth?

A. A VFD is a great option on a powder booth. You can adjust the fan speed to get more air if you use more guns or when you are cleaning the booth. You can reduce the air if you spray manually and do not have much powder to contain. The VFD will save energy and gain operational flexibility.

 

Originally published in the May 2016 issue.

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