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Plastisol Coating for Farmers

We're not farmers, and it might be a bit of a stretch perhaps, to say that we are in the ag business, but we do serve a number of agricultural manufacturers. And that number is growing in leaps, both with our coatings, and on the other side of our plant, in metal finishing at Latem Industries.

 

 

What We Do

Plastico Industries has been a preferred tier 2/3 supplier to the automotive market for many years. If there is one thing working with this large group has taught us, it is the need to be versatile, to constantly challenge ourselves, and to be ready to react, and even more importantly, to be proactive. It is this way of thinking that drove us into unchartered territory when we made a significant investment in 2016, a new plastisol coating line.

 

We'd already been working with plastisol since well before the turn of the century, however, not with a line of this magnitude. We had been in discussions with a local playground recreation company for a number of years. This new line would deliver everything this customer needed, and, with significant capacity still left over, would also open new potential for us. Some might say it was a bit of a risk, but we believe it was one well worth taking.

 

In the movie Field of Dreams, Kevin Costner turns his crops into a full sized baseball field due to a recurring message from above, that tells him "if you build it they will come." 'They' refers to ghosts of the 1919 Red Sox. He built it, they came, great movie!

 

We didn't hear any voices, however, we did believe that if we built it, they would come. We have yet to be disappointed, as not only have we broken new ground in the recreation business, but our appetite for more has also taken us to the farming community.

 

 

Perfect for the Pig Pen

 

What makes this line of particular interest to the farming community is that it is the perfect coating for flooring often found in swine operations. Our high durometer, food grade plastisol provides a solid, yet considerably softer coating to the bare iron grate floors. It also warmer to the touch, and provides more comfort than bare, or even powder coated steel. 

 

Plastico Industries uses a primer that bonds the plastisol securely to the substrate, providing further protection from wear, peeling and chipping. Our plastisol is also resistant to a wide variety of liquids, fluids and chemicals, which also makes for easier clean-up.

 

Chickens Love Us Too

One other pleasant surprise with the capacity of our new line is out ability to work with the poultry industry. From cage flooring to boundary screens, Plastico Industries has had the distinct benefit of working with manufacturers we might not have seen just a few years ago.

 

Welcome to Our Barn

The agriculture and automotive industries continue to be two of the most significant players in Canada's economy. While Plastico has forever been a preferred supplier in the car business, it is a welcome feather in our cap to be part, or a much bigger part, of the farming business.

 

Our barn is centrally located, just off of the 401 in Cambridge, and within our operation, you'll find several coating lines, not just in plastisol, but also a black paint line as well as a nylon dip and spray operation.

 

One major benefit in working with Plastico Industries, is our complete pre-prep services, available through Latem Industries, our parent company, conveniently located at the other end of our plant. From shot blasting for surface preparation to washing and vibratory finishing, we offer the distinct benefit of working with a single-source supplier.

 

Visit us at www.plastico.ca for more information.

 

 

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Mass Finishing with Black Paint

You won't find our 'painting' in any art gallery, or on the wall of a collector. But you will find it in many office environments throughout North America, as well as in the interior of a number of vehicles on the road today. At Plastico Industries in Cambridge, Ontario, we're painters of a different kind. Our Aquence (A-coat) process is a dipping line, with large tanks and robotic cranes, designed to move racks of parts.

 

 

What is A-coat?

A-coat is a black wetting agent that relies on a reaction rinse to complete the process and bond the paint to the surface. That surface can only be an iron substrate. Anything else simply will not hold the paint. It is a 'rare' process by comparison to other coating options in the market, however, it is an ideal solution for the right part geometry. 

 

Plastico Industries is the only commercial 'A-coater' in Ontario. We built our line nearly a decade ago to answer specific demand in the automotive marketplace. Since then, we have grown that business, not only in automotive, but also in agriculture, heavy equipment, railings and fences, fitness equipment, and as you can see from the picture above, even office furnishings. Our line can literally paint thousands of parts per hour, depending of course on the geometry of the part. Some of the distinct advantages of A-coating your parts are...

  1. Aquence can be used to coat full assemblies. In the past, where Teflon or rubber bushings may have been a concern, a-coat cures at lower temperatures so it will not attack moving components
  2. Aquence coats everything it touches (iron only of course). This offers a big advantage when coating tubular products. Because we are working with a wetting agent, and not an electrostatic charge, our paint will coat the entire inside of a tube or channel, providing significant corrosion protection properties
  3. No Faraday Effect! In the coating world, The Faraday Effect, essentially it is an interaction between light and a magnetic field. In our world it refers to a result often found when coating with an electrostatic charge. The charge can pull paint away from an area, leaving bare spots or inconsistencies in the coating thickness. With A-coat, that doesn't happen as, when working with a clean iron substrate, our paint coats everything it touches, consistently.

 

Our Process

Our multi-stage coating line includes both an alkaline and acid wash, rinse tanks, and a choice of two black coatings. One, our 866 is a matte like finish, and the other, our 930, is more semi gloss. The next stage is our reaction rinse, which bonds the paint to the surface, and then into our curing oven.

 

 

A full cycle takes the better part of an hour, but in that hour we are moving through multiple racks, each rack with the capacity to hold hundreds of parts.

 

How Does it Look/Perform?

From an appearance standpoint, the finished part is quite similar to other coating options. While the aesthetics are clean and consistent, A-coat is considered to be more of a 'Class B' finish, more suited for interior parts that aren't as highly visible.

 

It is also a popular primer coat, often used as a base layer to our nylon powder coat or our plastisol dipping. Plastico Industries has also worked with a few local powder coaters who have used our Aquence as a primer.

 

Depending on which paint we are using, Aquence has been tested to withstand up to 700hrs of salt spray, which is equal to or even above some other coating options.

 

So Why A-coat?

More often than not, the need to A-coat is born out of necessity. While it does have a few limitations, it also has some very distinct advantages, which make it the perfect coating solution for many part geometries.

 

Why Plastico Industries?

Plastico makes sense on so many different levels. First off, we've been in the coatings business since well before the turn of the century. We've been in the finishing business since 1977.

 

We have a number of coating options. Aside from out large A-coat line, we also offer a variety of solutions in plastisol dipping and nylon spray and dipping. Our fully automated processes are developed by a well experienced team of Engineers and Operators, and our equipment carries the capacity to move millions of parts each week.

 

As if this weren't enough, located in our building is our parent company, Latem Industries, the market leader in mass finishing. In some cases, parts may require preparation before coating, and Latem provides that service. From shot blasting and parts washing to vibratory finishing to remove sharp edges, working with Plastico Industries (and Latem if need be), provides the benefit of a single source supplier.

 

 

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5 Reasons Plastico Is Your First Choice for Mass Coating

Why should you choose Plastico for your mass coating needs? Here’s what sets us apart from our competitors.

 

 

1. We're Into Mass Coatings

 

Plastico Industries is a professional coatings company. We use five lines to apply either a primer or a top coat finish, and offer everything from PVC to vinyl, nylon, aquence, dielectric, or dip coating. Our equipment is designed to work with a large volume of parts, moving millions of pieces through our processes each month. We do see some smaller volumes, with a minimum charge to offset the cost of set-up.

 

2. We Offer Full Pre-Coat Prep Services

 

Here in Ontario, Plastico may well be the only professional mass coatings supplier who can truly make this statement. We operate under the same roof as our parent company, Latem Industries, which specializes in shot blasting and peening, vibratory finishing, parts washing, and ultrasonic cleaning. Not every job requires these additional services, but the convenience of a single-source supplier remains a benefit to our customers.

 

3. We're a Preferred Supplier

 

We think being a preferred supplier gives us a bit of clout. After all, we earned this status through years of proving ourselves in the manufacturing world. Plastico got its start back in 1977 to service another family business: awards and trophies. Today, you can find our coatings in many of the vehicles we drive, on heavy logging and farming equipment, in your doctor or dentist’s office, and on high-end office equipment scattered across the world.

 

As a Tier 3 supplier, we’ve earned such a reputation that even original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) ask for us by name.

 

4. We Know Deadlines

 

It’s a question that comes up daily: “How quickly can you turn my parts around?” In this business, especially the automotive market, you don’t survive by holding onto parts. It’s that simple.


While it’s not only the ‘car guys’ who push for immediate delivery, this consistent demand from auto manufacturers has allowed us to refine our processing, improve efficiencies, and deliver on quick turnaround times for our customers.

 

5. We're Always Thinking Ahead

 

Plastico Industries has always been quick to react, but we think of ourselves as more proactive when it comes to managing our business. We got into the coatings business because we saw an opportunity in coatings that were not readily available elsewhere. We also felt it was the perfect complement to our already-successful mass finishing operation at Latem Industries.

 

One thing we refuse to do (at either Plastico or Latem) is sit back and give into complacency. We are forever looking forward, thinking about our next move. We’ve never backed down from a request to consider completely new processes, and when it’s the right fit, we’re not afraid to make the capital investments required.

 

BONUS Points 

 

See? We always make sure you get your money’s worth, even when it comes to our blog! Here are a few bonus points.

 

One benefit common to both Plastico and Latem is that we always strive not only to do what we say, but to do it when we say we’ll do it. It’s a rule we learned early on and one we continue to live up to today.

 

We’re also not afraid to try new things. We take chances when the risk is minimalized and the potential reward is great. We fully understand the trust customers place in us and the value of the parts left in our hands. We would never jeopardize this.

 

What we will do, when required, is push ourselves, our coatings, and our metal coating technologies to the limit. We may not always succeed, but this drive allows us to reach new heights and improve efficiencies in existing processes.

 

That’s a bonus we can all benefit from.

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Food Grade Industrial Coatings - How Plastico Industries Delivers - Part 1

We’re not suggesting you grab a fork, knife, and napkin and chomp down on the parts that come off our dip coating lines, but we can say with confidence that we have a few suggested ‘part-topping’ options that qualify as food grade.

 

Spilling the Beans

 

One of those coatings is Nylon 11, a Rilsan® product. This particular topping gets its start as a powder, but it is actually born of Castor beans. That makes it not only a food grade coating, but also one that restricts our environmental impact.

 

 

Both the CIR (Cosmetic Ingredient Review) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have tested Nylon 11. They concluded that these nylon polymers are safe to use in personal care products and as indirect food additives. According to the FDA, “Nylon resins may be used as components of single and repeated use food contact surfaces.”

 

How Plastico Industries Satisfies the Palate

 

Plastico Industries has been successfully applying nylon coatings to just about any metal substrate since before the turn of the century. Using either a fluidized bed (dipped into a tank), or a spray nozzle on a monorail hang line, we have the versatility to accommodate a significant volume of part configurations, while also managing impressive volumes of parts.

Our bread and butter has always been the automotive manufacturing industry, but we do have a number of other industries to thank as well. Agriculture and heavy equipment, office furniture, electrical, medical, dental, and, yes, the food industry all continue to use Plastico Industries as a preferred coatings supplier.

 

Since we’re talking food, we’ve seen fryer baskets, seafood cages, cutlery, pot handles and food trays go through our lines. Some of our other ‘irons in the fire’ include latches, handles and food racks.

 

Nylon coating has a very low coefficient of friction, making it an ideal surface finish for food preparation. It is extremely easy to wipe clean and highly durable. This ultra-thin coating from Plastico Industries also provides an aesthetically pleasing finish to a part, in either black or white (custom colors are also available on order).

 

For more complete information on the benefits of coating with Plastico Industries, refer to our website at www.plastico.ca. You can also contact our Sales Manager, Dave Mattingly, at 519-240-0739.

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Professional Coating to Meet Die Electric Requirements - Part 2

We promise, the sequel is every bit as good as the first one, a blog we featured a few weeks back, discussing the benefits of using nylon coating to meet dielectric requirements.

 

 

This week, we’re blogging about our home brew, plastisol, a pvc based product we make here in our own lab, at Plastico Industries in Cambridge, Ontario. We’ve been working with this stuff since long before blogging was even a concept. And we’ve been manufacturing it ourselves for nearly as long as we’ve been using it.

 

Plastisol gets its start in a liquid state, and when applied to a substrate, and subsequently into an oven to cure, becomes a flexible, solid PVC (polyvinyl chloride) form. When used with a primer, the form is fully bonded to the part beneath. Without that primer, the molded cover can be removed.

 

Plastico Industries is a preferred supplier to a number of manufacturing communities in Ontario, including the automotive industry. A significant  volume of the business we see in plastisol coating goes into todays vehciles, and can be found on such interior parts as handles, leavers and latches.

 

Other common uses for plastisol include protection for industrial applications such as storage, shipping and plating racks, baskets and hooks, as well as duct work, agricultural flooring and playground equipment. Just in our facility within the last year,we’ve put fitness equipment, fishing weights, medical gear, outdoor furnishings and tools through our plastisol dip lines. It truly is a versatile part topping

 

Known for it’s high chemical resistance, it’s high coefficient of friction (it’s ‘grippy’), it’s range of color options and the ability to bond to just about any metal susbstrate, plastisol is pretty easy to get along with. One other important characteristic is its highly effective electrical insulation properties.

 

Plastisol Coating for Dielectric Requirements

 

Plastisol is a common ingredient on plaing racks due to its ability to protect parts in the plating process. It is well known for its high tear strength at 400lbs/inch, and for its electrical protection properties. The dielectric rating of plastisol typically ranges between 500-600V/Mil thickness.

 

At Plastico Industries, depending on the part of course, we traditionally see thickenss of between .75 and 2mm, or between 30 and 80mil, suggesting our plastisol coating is an ideal choice when looking for a dielectric top coat. We’ve seen hand tools, tools for the medical industry, molds (picture below), duct work and panel boxes, all coated with our plastisol for safety reasons.

 

In wrapping up this two-part mini-series, there are options when it comes to selecting the right dielectric coating. Plastico Industries in Cambridge just happens to work with two of those options. Both nylon and plastisol coating are considered highly effective in their ability to provide electrical insulation for your parts.  

 

To find out more on how we could be of valuable serivce, simply check out our website at www.plastico.ca

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A-coat(ing) with Plastico Industries — an Autodeposition Coating Method

HOW’S IT GOING, ‘A’?

 

Yes, we’re very proud to be Canadian. But we’re equally happy to support any manufacturing facility, regardless of geography. And we’re proud of the coating options we offer, including PVC, nylon and Aquence (Autodeposition, or 'A-Coat')

 

 

One of those options resides in the middle of our processing plant in Cambridge, Ontario. There, you’ll find the only commercial Aquence (a Henkel® product) coating line in the province. When we say commercial, we mean we’re the only company who outsources 100% of our line capacity.

 

To blow up our bubble a little further, Plastico Industries is the only Aquence coater to support both Henkel’s® 866 and 930 platforms:

 

  • Aquence 866 cures at low temperatures with a matte-like finish. This allows us to coat full assemblies without affecting plastic or rubber bushings, protecting the part’s movement.
  • Aquence 930, on the other hand, is an epoxy acrylic coating with a semi-gloss appearance. It’s ideal for a Class B finish or even as a primer coat, depending on the top coat of choice.

 

AQUENCE COATING — THE RESPONSIBLE CHOICE

 

The A-coat is considered a faster, more environmentally-friendly alternative to conventional processes. It’s a waterborne, corrosion-resistant poly coating that bonds through a chemical reaction.

 

Since we work with full assemblies, our customers can eliminate the costs of having to assemble after each part is coated individually.

 

Plastico Industries uses a large rack coating line, utilizing three robotic cranes and up to a dozen employees to manage the thirteen-stage autodeposition process. We clean the parts in an alkaline and acid-based wash, rinse them, and dip them into the paint. Following the coating, the parts move to a reaction rinse, which bonds the paint to the iron substrate. Finally, we cure the parts in our curing oven.

 

Because we are working with a wetting agent and do not rely on an electrostatic charge, our paint coats all touch points of a metallic part. For tubular parts or those with a channel, A-coat offers a significant corrosion protection advantage.

 

WHO USES A-COAT?

 

A-coat is most commonly used in the automotive industry for parts like seating components, brackets, and hinges. Plastico Industries works with a number of customers in the heavy equipment category, where they use our Aquence coating as a primer before a powder application.

 

We proudly supply A-coat to a few agricultural manufacturers in the area, who rely on it as a primer. One of these manufacturers also turns to Plastico Industries for our nylon powder as a top coat.

 

On top of the above categories, Plastico applies A-coat to office furniture, fan shrouds, fitness equipment, carts, racking, fencing, and architectural finishes.

 

THE SIMPLE FACTS

 

For the right parts, there is no coating more effective and cost-efficient than Aquence. Though it’s a little choosy in what it bonds to, A-coat meets or exceeds performance standards of other metal coating technologies. It’s clean, ultra-thin, and ideal as a primer coat or a Class B finish. Plus, Plastico Industries has the ability to A-coat millions of parts each week!

 

Now that’s good for business, ‘A’?

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Professional Coating to Meet Die Electric Requirements

The Shocking Truth

Ok, we were going for an impactful subheading here, but the truth is, shocking or not, many coatings companies claim that their topping delivers die electric protection properties. What it really comes down to, is the specific die electric requirements of each individual customer.

 

 

Where Does Plastico Industries

Fall Into This

We’ve been coating massive volumes of parts since before the turn of the century. The family has been in the metal finishing business since 1977, but our history is a story unto itself, and one we’ll leave for another time. When we envisioned Plastico Industries, we wanted to offer coatings to the market that were a little less ‘run-of-the-mill’. It was our goal to focus on products that were a little more unique, and we’re proud to offer three of them.

 

Aquence (Acoat - a Henkel® product), is a black paint that will bond only to an iron substrate. Acoat is an interesting choice of coatings, but one that we discuss in detail on our website.

 

Plastisol is a PVC based topping, available in near unlimited colors. We have not only mastered the art of this application, but also the manufacturing of it. Again, more information on plastisol can be found on our site.

 

Nylon for Die Electric Coating

This blog is about nylon coating, and its ability to meet die electric specifications.  We use Rilsan® nylon 11, which has been tested to provide up to 800 volts/mil thickness of protection. Additional benefits of nylon 11 include excellent corrosion, wear, chemical, water and abrasion resistance. Add to this a very low coefficient of friction, and you end up with one of the most durable powder coatings available. Oh yeah, it looks pretty darn nice as well!

 

Thickness Requirements

It’s important we understand how coating thickness applies to the ability to meet your needs. The thicker the coating, the more protection offered, but there are limitations in how thick we can go. In order to achieve good die electric properties with Rilsan® nylon 11, you will need a minimum of 1mil thickness. Plastico Industries offers both a nylon spray, which sees thicknesses of between 1.5 and 15mils, and a dip option, which typically range between 5 and 40mils. There are a number of other variables to be considered, such as the substrate being coated and its incoming condition.

 

The latter of these two (incoming condition) is yet another benefit of working with Plastico Industries. In many cases, the parts we see can go straight from your packaging to our coating line. In some situations however, further surface preparation may be required. Having Latem Industries under the same roof is an incredible benefit to customers whose parts are in need of that extra adhesion boost. Latem’s finishing services help by removing any contamination that may be found on your parts, thus helping to make your coating pinhole free.

 

Need to Know Information

When working to achieve die electric specifications, you need a top-of-the-line coating, with no pinholes. The inability to meet that consistency in a coating is almost certain to cause die electric failure due to electrical leakage.

 

Plastico Industries is a world leader in the ‘specialty’ coatings business. We have proven time and time again that we can exceed our customer’s expectations, even when it comes to removing the flow of electrical current through a part.

 

You might say we deliver shock value for our customers!

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Nylon Coating is King of the Powders

And that puts Plastico Industries in Cambridge, Ontario amongst royalty.

 

 

Sure, the crown is self-administered, and the award may be a wee bit presumptuous. But the proof is truly in our pudding, which is an organic, nylon powder derived from Castor beans.

 

Advantages of Nylon 11 Powder Coating

 

Our nylon powder (from Arkema ®) is in a category all to itself. Nylon 11 (PA11) is specially designed to extend the shelf life of metal parts. It is a renewable, raw material, free of any heavy metal pigments.

 

Tested to withstand over 2000 hours of salt spray, Nylon 11 is well known for its chemical, water, corrosion, and abrasion-resistance. It applies thin to allow for tight tolerances, yet it is incredibly durable. With an extremely low friction coefficient, Nylon 11 allows parts to move freely. It can also reduce noise and vibrations, and guard against UV rays.

 

On top of these advantages, Nylon 11 creates a beautiful finish on the part. One might say it’s fit for a king!

 

Why We Use Nylon Instead of Polyester/Epoxy

 

Traditional powder coating (polyester/epoxy) is a competitive business. In some heavily-populated industrial sections in Ontario, you’ll see coating/finishing companies nearly as often as a certain donut franchise. By the year 2020, the powder coating industry is estimated to reach nearly $12.5 billion in global sales. Not bad for an industry that only got started in the mid-20th century!

 

Don’t get the wrong idea — there are some fantastic traditional powder coaters. If you are looking for polyester/epoxy-based powder coating in Southern Ontario, we’d be happy to recommend a handful of businesses that will almost certainly exceed your expectations.

But in this market, only the strong survive. Plastico Industries gained an edge by doing things differently from our competitors. We stay away from the traditional coatings because we believe in being unique.

 

It wouldn’t be fair to say that nylon coating is always better than traditional coatings. That all depends on your specific expectations. What we can say is this: nylon coating is truly resilient, built for high performance, and it is, in our humble opinion, deserving of the crown.

 

Our Powder Coating Capabilities

 

At Plastico Industries, we spend a lot of time playing with nylon! We’ve been a preferred coatings supplier since before the turn of the century. Today, we serve the automotive, agriculture, furniture, and heavy equipment industries, just to name a few. We offer both fluidized bed and spray coating options, with the capacity to pump out millions of parts on our lines each week.

 

For more information on our coatings, venture onto our solutions page at http://plastico.ca/Coating-Solutions.htm , or contact myself, Dave Mattingly, at 519-240-0739.

 

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Medical Grade Coating with Plastico Industries

Medical Grade Coatings

at Plastico Industries

 

We may be just what the Doctor ordered!

 

 

Pardon the pun, but it was realized long ago that our nylon coatings are suited for much more than just the automotive industry. Don’t get me wrong, the car business has been a major building block in Plastcio’s foundation. Finishing and coating car parts has helped keep a lot of people gainfully employed. And it has certainly helped elevate our status to a world class mass finishing and coatings supplier (Latem & Plastico Industries).

 

Nylon coating isn't our only specialty

Recently, we completed a half million dollar expansion to our business by adding another plastisol line, this one with significant capacity. Line 11 was built primarily to manage playground equipment, but has already proven to be much more versatile, as we have also begun working with a few industrial and agricultural flooring manufacturers, as well as custom rack builders.

 

Doctor's orders

Plastico Industries has garnered some interest from the medical community as well, in part because we only use a phthalate free plastisol. This fact alone has helped us win some business from local manufacturers who place their products in our very own hospitals. With respect to our new line, we have gone one step further, using a plastisol that is formulated with the health and safety of children in mind.

 

Just south, approximately twenty feet or so from our plastisol line, we have a couple of options for working with nylon. Plastico Industries uses both a spray application and a fluidized bed coating solution to apply nylon 11, a Rilsan® product.

 

Nylon 11 can be autoclaved in medical applications, and has been used on forceps, defibrillator paddles and catheters, as well as tubing hubs. Plastico Industries has applied our nylon coating to a few different products you’ll find in local medical facilities. We have even entertained a few experimental trials, from companies who share our drive to continuously think outside the box. Nylon is clearly one of the most durable and versatile coatings on the planet.

 

Why Plastico Industries?

Whether it’s nylon or plastisol that best suits your needs, if you’re in the medical manufacturing business, and especially if you’re in Ontario, Plastico Industries should be the obvious choice. Note as well, that aside from these coatings, we do have the ability to apply a primer coat (Aquence) to any iron based substrate, and our parent company, Latem Industries, is located under the same roof, and offers full metal finishing prep services if required.

 

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Why Coating with Plastico Industries is Different

We believe we’re special! Not only because we have some truly terrific people on staff, ‘keepers’ that have been with us since day one, but one walk around our building and it’s easy to be impressed.

 

Why Coating with Plastico Industries is Different 

 

Plastico Industries occupies approximately 50% of our 80,000 sq ft building in Cambridge, the other half, is parent company Latem Industries. On our floor, we have several coating lines including a few carousels, used for dipping parts and a short hang line where we can both dip and spray. We also have a large paint line and a large plastisol dipping line.

 

What makes us special is #1, the products we offer, and #2, the fact that we have a full metal finishing, or prep, service right onsite in Latem Industries. To find out more on why point #2 is of benefit, please check out our Latem blogs found at www.latem.com. Expanding on point #1, Plastico Industries distinguishes itself by being unique in the coatings we offer.

 

Aquence Coating is a black paint that will bond only to an iron substrate. It was developed by Henkel to service the automotive industry. To this day, automotive is still the primary beneficiary of Line 8, our Aquence (or A-Coat) line, but we do have a number of other partners in the furniture, heavy equipment, and agricultural industries. Compared regularly to E-Coat, an electrostatically charged topping, A-Coat is a wetting agent, and will therefore bond to all of the iron it touches. The takeaway for the customer is a more thorough coating both on the outside, and inside (if the product is tubular).  We also coat at lower temperatures, which allows us to coat assembled parts without attacking bushings or part movement.

 

Plastico Industries is the only commercial Aquence coating company in Ontario, which brings us back to being unique.

 

Nylon Coating is an extraordinary coating option. Sure, we may be a little biased, but we’ve seen the results.  Plastico Industries uses both Nylon 11 and Nylon 12, and both are powdered formulations, the bulk of which we apply through fluidized bed processes (note that we do offer a spray option as well). Nylon is a thin coating with a very low coefficient of friction, and known for being extremely durable. Bondable to many metals, the aesthetically pleasing finish has been known to withstand harsh chemicals, ultraviolet rays, and over 2000 hours of salt spray testing. 

 

Plastico Industries is just one of a small group of commercial coaters in the province offering this service. Considered by many (and, of course, ourselves), to be the experts, we move millions of parts monthly through our nylon processes.

 

Aside from the rarer availability of this coating, what sets us apart here is our ongoing willingness to try new things, and push this coating option to new heights.

 

Plastisol Coating is a PVC based top coat, that provides a ‘rubber-like’ finish to a product. A liquid topping, the metal pieces are hung from a rack, and dipped into the plastisol. Parts are usually primed first to ensure a stronger adherence, and then cured at varying temperatures, depending on the desired outcome of the coating. Plastisol delivers good thermal electric properties, as well as insulative properties and a good grip.

What makes us different is that we create our own plastisol. The formulations would be comparable, but we are able to cut out any middleman charges, and we can offer a near infinite amount of color options.

 

Our number of lines and coating options make Plastico Industries perhaps the most versatile plastisol coating company in Canada.

 

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