spraying a metal piece using industrial coating equipment

Optimise your coating process with the right industrial coating equipment

Every industrial and commercial company that applies coatings either as service or as a standard part of production, automatically also deals with strict regulations related to the facility and quality standards. To meet the standards; industrial coating equipment and other non paint supplies are needed. Paint and coating itself is a broad subject with a lot of options and variety; supplies used for working with coatings and coating processes is just as broad a topic.

Which industrial coating equipment do you need and which other non paint supplies can you use to support the entire coating process? These equipment and supplies include everything from creating an up-to-date workstation to letting an applied coating cure. In this article we will guide you through the industrial coating equipment and other non paint supplies you may need throughout the coating process, and when creating an ideal environment for working with coatings.

Non paint supplies for safety and efficiency in 3 ways

The non paint supplies come first into the picture when creating an optimal and qualified environment for applying coatings. Non paint materials and equipment are needed for guaranteeing that interior air quality is at approved health and safety standards as well as employee safety.

1. Dust extraction systems prevent contamination and improve air quality

Example system:
EMM |A tailor-made dust extraction system can be designed and installed by EMM who specialise in systems manufactured by Hamach.

The facility in general, must be well-ventilated to guarantee good quality interior air. However, the areas where coatings are applied must be connected to an additional dust extraction system. Such a system not only improves the air quality but also makes sure the coatings and substrates do not come in touch with contaminants.

2. Protective clothing protects employees and reduces contamination

Example supplier:
EMM | Specialised personal protection for applying coatings (Colad)

The cleaner air already contributes to employee safety, however, it does not suffice when dealing with coatings. You should make sure that proper protection is available for the employees, referring to protective clothing such as coveralls, caps, goggles, masks and respirators as well as gloves and footwear. The protective clothing also prevents contamination on (coated and uncoated) surfaces due to the fact that the chance of contaminants emanating from clothing is reduced.

3. Equipment protection increases the lifespan

Example products:
Colad Antidust – makes dirt and dust stick on the walls of a coating booth.
Colad Peelable Booth Coating – strippable coating for spray booth walls

To further protect the surfaces from contaminants, the coating equipment such as spraying booths can be coated with an anti dust solution or protective wall paper. This is not only for surface protection but also to protect the equipment and make them easier to keep clean. Proper equipment protection has been proven to increase the equipment’s life span.

Industrial coating equipment support the process from beginning to end

Industrial coating equipment supports the success of the coating throughout the whole coating process. It all starts with making sure you use the right type of non paint material for masking and sanding, and ends with disposing the paint rests in a approved manner.

Non paint supplies for the 4 stages of pereparation

Preparation is paramount for a successful coating job. Therefore it is vital to know which non paint products and equipment you need to achieve optimal results. Let’s look at the stages of preparation where non paint products are needed, and which products you can use.

  1. Masking materials:
    Depending on the shape of the surface or object that requires masking you can use tape, film or wrapping paper. To separate two colours clearly, you should go for a fine-line masking tape. You should choose masking material with the right absorption, porosity and strength to prevent cracking and paint leaking through the masking matter.

    A mobile sanding system is a standard part of industrial coating equipment

    A mobile sanding system is a standard part of industrial coating equipment. – source: EMM

  2. Sanding equipment:
    The needs of the surface and coating define the sanding equipment you need. You can choose between hand sanding with sheets, dry sanding paper or soft pads, and a sanding machine (random orbital sander/ pneumatic sander) suitable for wet and dry sanding. Sometimes sandblasting or abrasive blasting is required; depending on the part size you may need a cabinet or a booth.
  3. Surface preparation tools:
    Cleaning and degreasing are standard parts of proper surface preparation. For this, non paint supplies such as cleaning chemicals as well as the necessary pump sprays and containers are needed. After degreasing, contaminants still must be removed. Here you will need wipes, cloths and washing equipment which is available for water and non-water applications.
  4. Paint preparation instruments:
    Once the surface is prepared you need to prepare the paint. Here you will need mixing cups and paddles, sample sheets and paint strainers. In case you also need to create the right colour, for example for matching a car paint, you may need automatic tinting machines to ease the job.

In Canada the industrial coating equipment and non paint supplies for preparing for coating application are supplied by various companies such as EMM whose portfolio includes products from Colad and Hamach.

Choose the right coating equipment for inspection, application and curing

The surface has been prepared, and the paint is ready to be applied. It is time to look at the industrial coating equipment used for application and curing of a coating. The needed non paint supplies are defined by the coating type; liquid or powder, as well as the application method and curing characteristics.

Optimising the liquid coating process

Application: applying liquid paints in and industrial setting is most of the times done by spraying or dipping. This means that the non paint supplies required include spraying guns and booths as well as baths depending on the chosen application method. Also automated liquid coating lines are available for both dip and spray applications.
Curing: liquid coatings are usually air-cured, hence equipment that help create an ideal curing environment is needed; stable temperature and good ventilation ar in a key position. If the drying process is wished to be speeded up , an oven can be used, yet it is not necessary.

Working with powder paints

Application: the powder painting process includes electrostatic spray guns (1K or 2K) which can be handheld or integrated into an automatic systems. Also spraying booths are common. Note that a liquid coating booth can be used for powders when a filter is on place, but a powder booth is not suitable for liquid paint because it has no exhaust to blow out the excess paint.
Curing: powder coatings are thermally curing meaning that the process requires a high temperature. This is created in a curing oven. Such oven is a standard part of an automated powder painting line.

 

Inspecting the results before and after curing

Both powder and liquid paints require thorough monitoring after application and after curing to guarantee optimal results. The non paint supplies used for measuring a coating’s properties are supplied for example by internationally operating BYK who provide instruments for measuring wet and dry film thickness, gloss and surface structure.

Industrial coating equipment for finalising the process

Working with coatings means working with chemicals which is regulated by numerous standards due to the possible environmental hazards resulting from inappropriate disposal of paint rests or  contaminated equipment.

Non paint supplies for easy equipment cleaning

To ensure clean equipment, they must be well-washed after use; this is true especially for spray guns used for liquid paint. The cleaning can be done by hand, but there are also automatic and manual spray gun washers driven by different compressed air pressures. The spray gun washers are different for water based and solvent based paints.
Product example – Hamach HR 3000 Automatic spray gun washer driven by max 4 bar

Dispose the paint rests with the right equipment

Eventually, the paint rests will leave the premises, but until then they must be appropriately stored to avoid contamination. For this purpose there are special stainless steel waste bins and paint waste containers. Also solvent recycling can be used to postpone the final disposal of the chemicals; there are special solvent recycling units which ensure lower costs of disposal and purchase as well as are environmentally friendly.
Product example – Hamach Uni-Ram URS 600 solvent recycling unit compliant with directive 2014/34/EU

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