Forplan AG and STC Dip Spin Join Forces

The two companies have formed a strategic alliance to expand capabilities serving the zinc flake coating industry.


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Forplan AG and STC Dip Spin Form Alliance Expanding Capabilities in the Zinc Flake Coatings Industry Source | Forplan AG

STC Dip Spin (Kalamazoo, Mich.), and Forplan AG (Brugg Switzerland) have joined forces to expand capabilities serving the zinc flake coating industry. The strategic alliance between the two companies allows them to offer state-of-the-art equipment and processes to existing and new customers for the application of various coatings — particularly zinc flake paint. 

STC Dip Spin, a division of PRAB Inc., has been selling Dip Spin equipment for over 45 years with an installed base of 490 machines. Capabilities include low volume Dip and Spin units up to completely automated systems processing 22,500 pounds per hour.

Forplan AG offers a variety of coating systems for mass-produced parts including large systems generating a coating capacity of more than 16,000 pounds per hour, as well as small systems for efficiently coating small scale series or test parts.

Both Forplan AG and STC Dip Spin work closely with coating manufacturers. The paint spectrum includes not only zinc flake systems, but also anti-friction coatings and oils, color topcoats, transparent lacquers, and other anti-corrosion coatings.

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Source | Forplan AG

Forplan AG brings to the table proprietary Dip and Spin technology with their latest Forplanet Planetary Coating Machine. This is the first of its kind technology utilizing a “true planetary” basket arrangement, meaning the baskets of parts are moving around themselves and a central axis, providing improved coating consistency.

Forplan AG also supplies complete Dip Spin Rack Systems. These systems come with custom designed racks for specific parts. Surface preparation is a key component that can include both alkaline cleaning and surface blasting, followed by Dip Spin process, and finally curing of the coating. In this automated system the only time a part is handled is when it is placed in the rack and when it is taken off after all processes are completed. Due to the various spin cycles that can be programmed on a part specific basis, thus allowing for coating consistency and repeatability for each unique part.

“By working together, Forplan AG and STC Dip Spin will have a full complement of state-of-the-art coating equipment and services available for our existing and new customer base — raising the bar for both our companies,” says Tim Hanna, Vice President, STC Dip Spin/PRAB.

Visit stcdipspin.com and forplan.ch