When to Use Air Spray Guns or Rotary Bell Atomizers for Robotics

For automated finishing, are air spray guns or rotary bell atomizers better? Mark Dion from Dürr Systems explains the pros and cons of both for robotic painting.

Finishing Hall of Fame

PF’s Hall of Fame program recognizes individuals instrumental in the development and growth of the surface finishing industry.



Applications Innovation Leads to Better Masking Solutions

When masking product failures are costing you money, it pays to work with an expert that can select or engineer the most efficient solution.
#masking #plating

Paint Booth of the Future Concept from Dürr

Dürr’s EcoProBooth has a modular box design, combines interior and exterior painting in one box and is designed for flexibility.

The EV and the Curing Oven

How will the advent of electric vehicles change paint curing processes and oven requirements?
#curing #automotive

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Painting the Mars 2020 Rover

The Mars 2020 rover Perseverance is on its way to the red planet. What kind of surface finish will protect the rover as it does its job? This video from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory shows how NASA technicians paint the rover for withstanding the harsh environment of Mars.

Aircraft X-Ray Laboratories Brings Hi-Tech to the Plating Shop

New leadership brought changes to AXL, which have propelled them into becoming one of the premier facilities in the U.S.

VIDEO: On Display at FABTECH, Vol. 3

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How to Reduce Waste for Two-Component Coatings

John Owed of Carlisle Fluid Technology suggests fluid metering equipment to reduce solvent and coating waste for multiple-component coatings.

Q: We are spraying two-component primers and topcoats onto wood cabinet doors. Despite our best efforts to properly estimate the amount needed, we end up scrapping 3-5 gallons of coating each day. In addition to the wasted paint, we also use a high volume of solvent to clean our tanks and guns. How can we reduce the amount of waste in our process?  A. The situation ...READ MORE

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How to Choose the Right Atomizing Spray Nozzle

Choosing the correct atomizing spray nozzle for your needs can be difficult. Thankfully, the engineers from EXAIR Corporation have designed a simple guide for choosing the nozzle you’ll need.

Pressure and Flow Control in Spray Guns and Rotary Atomizers

Tighter controls of paint flow and pressure may help finishers improve efficiency and profits. 

Choosing the Right Paint Booth

When investing in a paint booth, choosing the ideal airflow style for your business’ needs is perhaps the most important decision. Royce Day of Global Finishing Solutions explains the pros and cons of the four primary paint booth airflow styles.

Selecting PPE for Your Paint Shop

Guidelines for determining the appropriate personal protective equipment for a painting operation.

Understanding Paint Atomization

BASF coatings development expert Tim December explains how paint atomization works for both pneumatic spray applicators and high-speed rotary bell applicators.

Electric vs. Pneumatic Agitators: What Makes Sense?

When determining the need for an agitator, says Mike Elberson from Autoquip, you must look at budget versus long-term energy conservation.
#asktheexpert #energy


HMG Paints Launches Next-Generation Colorants

HMG Paints has launched its next-generation colorants, which it says offer improved color quality, performance and environmental sustainability.

Martech System Functions with Existing Compressed Air Source

Martech Services Company says its The Solution compressed air system for spray paint is user-friendly and compatible with existing compressed air sources.

Hauschild SpeedMixer Produces High-Quality Adhesives

Hauschild Engineering’s flagship Hauschild Speedmixer uses a dual-centrifuge design to swiftly produce bubble-free adhesive and sealant compounds.

Datacolor Debuts Cost-Effective Handheld ColorReader Spectro

Datacolor is launching its handheld, price-conscious ColorReader Spectro color-matching instrument. 

Dürr's No-Overspray EcoPaintJet Expands Availability

Dürr is expanding the availability of its EcoPaintJet overspray-free applicator, which the company says will handle high edge definition while reducing paint use by up to 25 percent.

Hubbard-Hall's Metal Guard 560 Prevents Rust with Thin Film

Hubbard-Hall’s Metal Guard 560 provides a thin-film rust preventative excellent for situations in which dimensional change is unacceptable.