T: 519-740-0292  |  TF: 1-888-664-9998  |  E: sales@plastico.ca

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Pinterest YouTube
ABOUT PRODUCTS & SERVICES COATING SOLUTIONS NEWS FAQ CERTIFICATES CONTACT
Choosing a Coating: When to use Plastisol

When most people hear the word Plastisol, they think of the silk screen techniques that prints glossy images onto t-shirts. 

 

But as someone in manufacturing, you know that Plastisol is also used for an ever-expanding list of industrial molding and dip coating applications.

 

Plastisol isn’t a liquid paint or powder coating, but rather a polyvinyl chloride or PVC-based product made of synthetic plastic polymers. Using additives, it is possible to customize Plastisol in a variety of ways, including its:

  • Texture
  • Colour
  • Hardness
  • Rigidity
  • Flexibility
  • UV-resistance
  • Abrasion-resistance

Since it can be customized to meet so many specific needs, Plastisol is a common solution to many coating problems.

 

If any of these challenges sound familiar, Plastisol could be the solution for you!

 

1. You Need a Coating That Won’t Break Down Easily

Plastisol is thicker and more flexible than many paints and powder coatings, with good surface adhesion. It’s also highly resistant to elements that can cause other films to degrade, including chemicals and UV radiation.

 

This is one of the reasons why Plastisol has garnered interest from the medical community as a coating for stainless steel equipment and instruments.

 

2. You Want a Coating That is Soft, But Durable

PVC comes in two basic forms: rigid or flexible. Our Plastisol is one of the latter. 

 

It’s tough and weather-resistant, but remains relatively pliable - which makes it an ideal coating for playground equipment and outdoor furniture.

 

3. Your Coating Needs to Be Food-Grade

Not all coatings are suitable for food containers, cooking utensils and other things that go on the dinner table. All food processing equipment and products must meet the criteria established by Health Canada to be considered ‘food grade.’ 

 

The good news is, Plastisol can fit the bill. It’s the coating of choice for many agricultural, food processing and culinary products. Even spoons for babies are dipped in Plastisol! 

 

Here at Plastico Industries, we’ve switched to a phthalate-free plasticizer for our Plastisol to ensure that it’s safer for customers, employees and everyone involved.

 

4. You Need a Water-Resistant Coating

Plastic has a reputation for being nigh-indestructible in nature (doesn’t it take thousands of years to biodegrade?) In reality, many plastic coatings will break down with prolonged exposure to water, which puts the underlying surface at risk of developing corrosion. 

 

Not Plastisol. Its water-resistance makes it perfect for parts and equipment that are exposed to freshwater, saltwater or high levels of humidity. You’ll find it widely used in the marine industry and fishing tackle manufacturers.

 

5. You Need to Prevent Mold

Along with its impressive water-resistance, Plastisol also resists another moisture-related problem: mold and mildew. 

 

Plastisol is nonporous, so it will not trap moisture as readily as more porous material like vinyl. Agricultural equipment is often coated in Plastisol for this very reason.

 

Our Plastisol Coating Capabilities

As you can see, Plastisol is used across many different industries. In the 20 years we’ve been dabbling in Plastisol, Plastico Industries has coated products in all these industries and more! We make it in-house and use it daily to coat upwards of hundreds of thousands of parts. 

 

Plastico has four different machinery lines dedicated to Plastisol dip coating, which gives us the flexibility to coat all kinds of parts in small or large volumes. We have the ability to formulate the coating to meet specific applications, including stringent military and automotive specifications.

 

Contact us today to learn more about Plastisol and decide if it’s the right coating for you.

Subscribe to this Blog Like on Facebook Tweet this! Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn

Nylon Coating 101: Spilling the Beans on Nylons

Can your metal parts withstand the outdoor elements? What about harsh fluids or chemicals?

 

When the part specifications call for a tough exterior, nylon coating could be your answer.

…We know what you’re thinking. No, we don’t mean the nylons you wear on your legs — but rather the synthetic polymers used to produce durable powder coatings for all kinds of metal components.

 

But as you’ll see, we are talking about beans.

 

What are Nylon Coatings?

Nylon was a breakthrough in the area of the human-made polymers. Since it hit the commercial market back in the 1930’s, nylon has been well known for its applications in textiles — hence why stockings are so often called nylons.

 

But nylon is a highly versatile material with a whole world of applications beyond synthetic fabrics. Nylon can be melt-processed into all kinds of shapes or films, mixed with various additives, or processed into nylon powders and used to powder coat metals.

 

The most tried-and-true nylon powders are Nylon 11 and Nylon 12. These two materials are widely used to coat metal parts in just about every imaginable industry — automotive, textiles, medicine, sports and furniture, to name just a few.

 

Types of Nylon Coatings: Nylon 11 and Nylon 12  

At first glance, Nylon 11 and Nylon 12 look practically identical (at least in powder form.) But these unique coating materials have very different qualities.

 

The numerical labels — 11 and 12 — refer to the number of carbon atoms in the molecular building blocks of each material. These carbon atoms are what gives each type of nylon coating its respective qualities. To choose the right powder coat for your product, it’s important to know the difference between different nylon coatings.

 

Here’s what Nylon 11 and Nylon 12 have going on beneath the surface.

 

What is Nylon 11?

Nylon 11 is composed of high-strength macromolecules called polyamides. You don’t hear the term very often, but polyamides are all around us! Wool and silk are both polyamides, as are synthetic materials like Zytel and Kevlar.

 

Unlike other human-made polyamides, Nylon 11 is made from renewable raw materials — specifically, castor beans. This makes it a rare, bio-based engineering plastic derived almost entirely from biomass materials. How’s that for a low environmental impact?

 

Nylon 11 Applications

Chances are that you’ve come across this incredible material and not even known it.

 

In addition to powder coating, Nylon 11 is used to make shuttlecocks, brush bristles, filters, connectors, clips, racquet strings and even lingerie! Its unique qualities make it ideal for so many industries and applications.

 

As a powder coat, Nylon 11 is notable for its good elasticity, high elongation and high impact resistance. And that means what?

  • High elongation at break means the part can be bent or shaped with little to no breakage to the coating.
  • Elasticity means that if an outside force distorts the coating, the coating will revert back to its original shape once that force is removed.
  • Impact resistance is how tough the coating is. Nylon 11 is tough.

On top of all this, Nylon 11 has superior thermal resistance, meaning it performs well in super-hot environments like the engine of your car.

 

Nylon 11 can be applied using electrostatic spray or dip coating in a fluid bed.

 

What is Nylon 12

Nylon 12 is a durable nylon polymer that stands apart from Nylon 11 in several important ways.

 

To start, Nylon 12 is not made from beans, but rather from petroleum sources. It is stiffer and denser than Nylon 11, with a slightly lower melting point.

 

Most importantly, Nylon 12 is exceptionally strong, with strong resistance to cracking even in sub-zero temperatures. It also boasts superior resistance to UV rays. All in all, Nylon 12 performs better than Nylon 11 in extreme climates and temperatures.

 

Nylon 12 Applications

Nylon 12 is the go-to material for packing materials and films in the food production, pharmaceutical and medical industries. Automotive manufacturers also use Nylon 12 to prepare oil and gasoline-resistant parts since it resists chemicals and absorbs little to no moisture.

 

You’ll also find Nylon 12 as a bulking and opacifying agent in cosmetic and personal care products. We weren’t kidding when we called nylon versatile!

 

As a powder coat, Nylon 12 is excellent when it comes to protecting parts from the widest range of chemicals. It effectively resists hydraulic fluids, oil, fuels, grease, saltwater and solvents. It’s also a top performer in conditions where the temperature dips below freezing.

 

Ask the Nylon Coating Experts

Still have questions about nylon coatings? At Plastico Industries, we work with Nylon 11 and Nylon 12 daily. Send us your question and we’ll have an expert contact you as soon as we can.

 

Subscribe to this Blog Like on Facebook Tweet this! Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn

Our Commitment to Quality

 

At Plastico Industries quality and speed to market guide our decisions each and every day. Our quality processes are built around strict guidelines that were initially developed for the automotive industry. While our customer base spans a large number of industry sectors, we apply many of the elements of PPAP, Production Part Approval Process, to our quality standards.

 

Quality - Where does it start?

Plastico recognizes that quality is essentially the outcome of every interaction we have with our customers and their products. In order to meet the needs of our customers we first must have an innate understanding of the challenges they face in order to create and execute the most efficient and cost effective solution. Our quality team is involved with every aspect of our business. In essence, quality does not begin or end anywhere but rather, is a perpetual mandate within our organization.

 

Creating Solutions - In order to best meet the requirements of our customers our internal quality process begins with customer supplied samples. Our quality team reviews these samples along with all customer supplied drawings and specifications. We then consider several key criteria for optimal processing including the size of the product, shape or geometry, material composition, material thickness, weight and the application of the part.

 

Trial Process- Once the best possible solution is developed, we then process the customer supplied samples on a no charge basis. These samples are then returned to our customer’s quality team for inspection and comment. Once approved, the production process is recorded within our quality system and we ready for production.

 

Production - Exacting Standards for Quality Consistency

Our commitment to quality is shared by every employee at Latem Industries. Our quality team developed several standards that ensure that our customers products are processed exactly as required every time, these processes include;

 

Control Plan- the Control Plan is created by our quality team and provides the operator or inspector with the information required to properly control the process and produce consistent results. It includes instructions regarding actions taken if a quality issue arises. The Control Plan is used in conjunction with an inspection sheet or checklist and helps assure quality is maintained throughout process by establishing a standard for quality inspection and process monitoring.  Control Plans are living documents that are periodically updated as the measurement methods and controls are improved.

 

FMEA- Failure Mode and Effects Analysis- is a structured approach to discovering potential failures that may exist within our process. Failure modes are the ways in which a process can fail. Effects are the ways that these failures can lead to waste or defects for our customer. Failure Mode and Effects Analysis is designed to identify, prioritize and limit these failure modes. Simply put, its an analysis of understanding what could go wrong in order to ensure it doesn’t happen. It’s planning NOT to fail.

 

Quality Inspections- In order to ensure we meet our quality criteria each and every time, ongoing inspections and audits are completed throughout the process. There are 4 levels of audit that ensures we deliver consistent quality each and every time

 

Level 1

Trained Operators, each process operator is trained to perform quality audits throughout the processing. Many of our operators have more than 30 years experience and are skilled at identifying potential quality issues

 

Level 2

Production Supervisors, our production supervisors also preform quality audits throughout and at the conclusion of processing our customers products.

 

Level 3 

Quality Team- Our quality team audits and signs off on process completed prior to returning the products to our customers

 

Level 4

Layered Audits- Senior management regularly audits completed processes to ensure our customers expectations are met.

 

Our quality team utilizes several tools to inspect and measure the results of our processes. These are used in conjunction with any customer supplied instruments. These tools include;

  1. Vernier Caliper- a measurement tool used to monitor thickness, depth and diameter of processed parts
  2. Digital Thickness Gauge- Used to maintain a thickness specification
  3. Plug Gauge- Ensures the diameter of a hole or opening in a product is maintained throughout processing.
  4. Durometer Gauge- Measures the hardness of a product after processing
  5. Tensile Tester- Determines the tensile strength or breaking point of a product.
  6. Micrometer- Delivers an accurate measurement of a product
  7. Scanning Electron Microscope- Determines the amount of particulate that remains on a product after processing.

We are the industry leader in mass finishing and coatings due largely to our relentless pursuit of uncompromising quality. Our complete team focus on quality combined with our experience means you will receive the Perfect Finish - each and every time.

 

The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten – Benjamin Franklin

 

Subscribe to this Blog Like on Facebook Tweet this! Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn

What is Plastisol? A Durable Dip Coating Solution

 

 

Plastisol is a PVC-type coating in plasticizing liquids. At room temperature, Plastisol is a liquid; when heated or cured, the liquid turns to a flexible, rubber-like barrier.

 

Once applied, Plastisol coating is practically indestructible, making it ideal for numerous high-impact applications.

 

Why Use Plastisol?

Plastisol coating is renowned for extreme corrosion resistance, but there is much more to it than that.

 

This coating is tough, making it nearly impossible to damage with impact – it will not chip or fray. Plastisol is often applied to components as a preventative measure to reduce wear or eliminate rattling. It also boasts impressive chemical resistance.

 

Although it is a PVC-based coating, Plastisol has a soft, almost rubberized feel. It is comfortable and easy to grip and boasts terrific sound-deadening properties. It can be used to reduce the wear on parts and eliminate rattling.

 

As an insulator with high dielectric strength, this coating also many electrical applications, including electrical sheathing.

 

How Is It Applied?

Plastisol begins as a fluid mixture of PVC particles and additives. In this non-processed liquid state, it can be poured into a mould or applied in a dipping process. Plastico Industries utilizes several carousel lines and a small monorail line for Plastisol dip coating.

 

The product is first preheated in an oven. Once the product reaches the determined temperature, it is lowered into the Plastisol solution. The product is coated and then returned to an oven for curing, which converts the liquid to its hardened state.

 

The thickness of the coating can be controlled by the temperature to which the product is preheated. The higher the preheat temperature, the thicker the coating. Lower temperatures deliver a thinner coating.

 

Is Plastisol Applied to the Whole Product?

The process of applying Plastisol allows for unlimited flexibility in coating.

 

In most cases, Plastisol is applied to the whole product, creating an indestructible seal around the piece. When customers ask for only a small portion of a product to be protected with Plastisol, the product is partially dipped to the desired coating requirement and then cured.

 

So, How Durable is It?

Plastisol offers many advantages not found in other coating options. It delivers a lifetime of protection to the product and is flexible in its composition.

 

Hardening agents can be added to deliver a cured hardness up to a Shore durometer rating of 90, which is harder than the plastic on a hard hat, while UV inhibitors protect against fading from the sun’s damaging rays.

 

Additionally, Plastisol has natural anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties and can even be formulated to meet FDA food grade requirements.

 

What Industries Use Plastisol Coating?

Plastisol bonds well to any metal substrate when properly primed and its extreme durability makes it the coating of choice for applications across every industry. The applications for coated products are wide-ranging. Industries that use Plastisol coating include Forestry, Mining, Aviation, Automotive and Heavy Machinery.

 

Its flexibility also lends this coating to small and delicate products. Locksmiths understand the advantages of a Plastisol coating, as even the tiniest of lock picks receive this durable coating solution.

 

Plastisol is also the coating of choice for outdoor municipal playground structures. With its extreme durability, UV protection and sound deadening properties, it’s no wonder why most playground equipment is coated with Plastisol!

 

To discover more about the many advantages of Plastisol and to receive a no charge quotation for Plastisol coating, visit our web site or call us at 1-888-664-9998.

 

Subscribe to this Blog Like on Facebook Tweet this! Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn

What Makes Nylon Coating Unique?

From a cost-per-part perspective, a nylon powder coating is typically costlier than traditional powder coatings. That hasn’t stopped nylon from becoming the material of choice for some of the most demanding metal coating applications, from crucial automotive parts to life-saving medical devices.

 

What makes nylon coatings stand out from traditional polyester coatings? To start, nylon delivers a standard of performance and durability that few materials can match. But it also sets itself apart as an environmentally-friendly choice that eases the burden of a manufacturer’s carbon emissions.

 

metal coating

 

Here’s what makes nylon powder a leading metal coating option:

 

1. Nylon Coating is Renewable, Recyclable and Environmentally-Friendly

Nylon powder coating is derived primarily from vegetable oil extracted from castor beans. These so-called ‘beans’ are the seeds of the Ricinus or castor oil plant, which can be grown and harvested with little to no carbon impact. With nylon powder coating, you can reassure your customers that the part is coated with an environmentally-safe, low-impact material.

 

2. Nylon Coating is Extremely Durable

It may come from a plant, but nylon powder coating is tough as nails. It goes on thin at .004 to .030 thousandths of an inch and hardens into a resilient coat. With impressive thermal, physical and mechanical properties, nylon coating dependably protects metal parts from chemicals, corrosion, abrasions, oil and fluids, and high impacts.

 

3. Nylon Coating Meets Autoclave Requirements

Few materials can withstand the rigours of the autoclave. Nylon powder coating meets the standards of autoclaving requirements, making it the coating of choice for many important medical industry applications.

 

4. Nylon Coating is Quiet

Noise isn't always the first thought when it comes to choosing a powder coating solution, but more and more manufacturers are turning an ear to the impact of noise on workplace health and safety. Nylon has excellent sound-dampening properties, reducing noise and helping to eliminate buzzing, squealing and rattling.

 

5. Nylon Coating is Surprisingly Affordable

It’s true: nylon powder coating usually costs more upfront than traditional powder coatings. However, its superior performance and durability make nylon the more cost-effective choice in the long run. Few other coatings can match its outstanding cost-to-performance ratio.

 

Nylon Powder Coating in Ontario

Specializing in Nylon 11 and Nylon 12, Plastico Industries is known as one of the premier nylon powder coaters in Ontario.

 

Our facility is equipped to provide a nylon coating with either an electrostatic spray or a fluidized bed dip. When we apply our nylon coating electrostatically, we spray the part with a dry powder that is fluidized with air and then cured. Fluidized bed coating is applied through a dip process in which the part is preheated and dipped into a dry powder that is fluidized with air and then cured.

 

If you are considering a durable coating that is also environmentally-friendly, contact Plastico today to learn how our nylon coatings will exceed your expectations!

Subscribe to this Blog Like on Facebook Tweet this! Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn

Plastico Industries is Proudly an ISO 9001:2015 Certified Industrial Metal Coater

As of September 6, 2018, Plastico Industries is officially recognized for conforming with the ISO 9001:2015 standard in our industrial metal coating services.

 

 

For Plastico Industries (and our parent company Latem Industries), ISO 9001:2015 certification means:

  • Plastico Industries’ top management demonstrates leadership and commitment to upholding a Quality Management System that meets ISO 9001:2015 standards.
  • Our Quality Management System comprehensively addresses risks, opportunities, changes and quality objectives.
  • We have plans and processes in place to meet our customers’ requirements for our services.
  • All our employees have the training and resources they need to support our Quality Management System.
  • The roles and responsibilities necessary to uphold this commitment have been assigned, communicated and understood.
  • We continuously monitor, measure, analyze, and evaluate our Quality Management System with an aim to improve wherever we can.

We’d like to take a moment to explain what it means to be an ISO 9001:2015 certified industrial metal coater and why it matters to us and our customers.

 

What ISO 9001:2015 Certification Means

ISO stands for the International Organization for Standardization. It is an independent, international organization that sets quality, safety and efficiency standards for products, services and systems.

 

Both the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) are membership bodies of the ISO.

 

The purpose of the ISO’s universal standards is to encourage manufacturers (and other organizations) to consistently meet customer expectations and regulatory requirements, and to enhance customer satisfaction by effectively applying a quality management system.

 

So, what does it mean to be ISO 9001:2015 certified?

 

In short, it means the organization has a proven commitment to providing quality and consistency to its customers.

 

To an industrial metal coater like Plastico, ISO 9001:2015 certification means delivering quality coatings that hit the deadline and meet or surpass our customer’s expectations every time.

 

To our customers, it demonstrates that our promises are backed up by a universally-recognized quality management process. We put lots of time and effort into ensuring our work meets the ISO standards from beginning to end.

 

How Plastico Earned ISO 9001:2015 Certification

Although the International Organization for Standardization develops these standards, the task of auditing organizations for compliance falls to independent certification bodies.

 

Plastico Industries passed an audit by The Registrar Company (TRC). TRC issued Plastico’s Certificate of Registration for ISO 9001:2015 on September 6, 2018. TRC is a trusted certification body accredited by the ANSI-ANQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) for over twenty years.

 

ISO 9001:2008 vs. ISO 9001:2015

If you’re already familiar with the previous standards set in 2008, you’ll find few changes in the ISO’s current criteria. What has changed is:

  • New structure (expanding from 8 clauses to 10)
  • Renewed focus on top-level accountability, involving the highest levels of management in implementing and maintaining ISO standards
  • Emphasis on risk management throughout the organization, using the system as a preventative tool that encourages continuous improvements to process
  • More flexibility for organizations like Plastico to develop ISO documentation in a format that meets our needs as a industrial metal coater
  • Alignment with other key management system standards

Work with a Certified Metal Coater

Plastico Industries is proud to produce results that meet internationally-recognized quality standards. Start working with an ISO 9001:2015 certified industrial metal coater today.

Subscribe to this Blog Like on Facebook Tweet this! Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn

When to Use Ultrasonic Cleaning to Prepare Parts for the Coating Process

Washing is an important step in the process of preparing parts for industrial metal coating. For certain types of parts and materials, ultrasonic cleaning is the safest and most effective pre-coat cleaning method. We’ll explain in brief how ultrasonic cleaning works and to determine when to use ultrasonic cleaning to prepare parts for coating.

 

When to Use Ultrasonic Cleaning to Prepare Parts for the Coating Process

 

Parts Washing 101: Why Clean Parts are Important

Washing does more than make the part shine. Parts washing is a mandatory step in the industrial metal coating process.

 

The performance and longevity of a coating depend greatly on the quality of the surface to which it is applied. Simply put, a coating cannot adhere as well to a part covered in dust, dirt, oil, rust, algae or other contaminants. That is true of PVC coating, poly coating, and all other metal coating technologies.

 

Neglecting to clean parts before coating them leaves them vulnerable to the very problems that coatings are meant to prevent.

 

The most common parts washing methods in the industrial metal coating industry are drum washing, hang washing, and ultrasonic cleaning. Drum and hang washing are highly effective, but too rough for delicate parts or sensitive materials.

 

Ultrasonic cleaning is a far gentler solution for cleaning parts in before the coating process.

 

How Ultrasonic Cleaning Works

 

Ultrasonic cleaning uses a process called cavitation to loosen dirt and other contaminating particles.

 

  1. The operator places the object to be cleaned into an ultrasonic cleaning chamber filled with water or cleaning solution.
  2. The machine generates high-frequency ultrasound waves, agitating the liquid.
  3. Millions of microscopic bubbles form in response to the vibration, covering the object and penetrating any cracks and recesses.
  4. The bubbles force contaminants loose from the surface of the object.
  5. In most cases, the part is clean within 3 and 6 minutes.

The results are impressive. Ultrasonic cleaning can remove everything from ground-in dirt and rust to stubborn oil and grease stains. It can also remove organic contaminants like bacteria, which is why the medical industry uses ultrasonic cleaning for surgical and dental instruments.

 

It is important to note that ultrasonic cleaning is not the same as sterilization. For medical instruments, sterilization is a separate step in the metal coating process that follows ultrasonic cleaning.

 

When to Use Ultrasonic Cleaning to Prepare Parts for Coating

 

Ultrasonic cleaning is an ideal solution for many types of delicate parts. “Delicate” means parts made from sensitive materials like aluminium, or with shapes that are easily damaged: thin or narrow protrusions, holes, machined surfaces, or small details.

 

There are several reasons why ultrasonic cleaning is a safer pre-coating process for more sensitive components:

 

  • The cavitation effect of ultrasonic cleaning can remove contaminants to prepare parts for coating without the use of harsh chemicals.
  • Cavitation is gentler than the motion of drum washing or hang washing.
  • Ultrasonic cleaning does not cause parts to bump together or against the side of the cleaning chamber.

Most hard, non-absorbent parts are suitable for ultrasonic cleaning, including parts made of aluminium, metal, glass, ceramic, or hard plastic.

Subscribe to this Blog Like on Facebook Tweet this! Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn

A-Coating vs E-Coating: What’s the Difference?

A-coating and E-coating are two industrial metal coating technologies used to apply a rust and corrosion-proof coating to metal parts. Both are dip-coating processes that see wide use in the automotive and heavy machinery industries as a means of coating large components.

 

 

Despite these similarities, there are important differences to consider when selecting the correct industrial metal coating process.

 

What is A-Coating?

A-coating is a colloquial term for coating with Aquence, a Henkel® specialty coating product. Aquence was previously marketed as Autophoretic coating.

 

Aquence or A-coating is a waterborne poly coating that bonds to iron on contact. When a part made of ferrous material is dipped in a tank of liquid Aquence, the product bonds to the part with a chemical reaction. Next, manufacturers place the part in an oven to cure the coating.

 

A-coating has gained recognition in the automotive and heavy industrial manufacturing industries as a reliable metal coating technology. It has unlimited throwing power, and excellent corrosion and scratch resistance.

 

Aquence is also environmentally sustainable, containing no heavy metals and very few volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Any wastewater resulting from the A-coating process can be treated and disposed of in an environmentally-friendly way.

 

There are two types of Aquence coating available:

Aquence 866 leaves a matte-like finish and cures at low temperature, enabling manufacturers to coat full assemblies without affecting plastic or rubber bushings.
Aquence 930 is an epoxy acrylic coating with a semi-gloss appearance, ideal as Class B finish or primer coat.

Plastico is the only industrial metal coating company in Canada to offer A-coating in both Aquence 866 and Aquence 930 coatings.

 

What is E-Coating?

E-coating refers to electrophoretic painting or electrocoating, a metal coating technology developed to apply anti-corrosive coating.

 

The e-coating process involves immersing the part in a series of dip tanks, first to pre-treat and apply zinc phosphate and then to coat, clean, rinse, and condition it. When the part is dipped into the coating materials, the manufacturer activates an electrical current that passes through the tank using the part as an electrode. This electrical activity causes a layer of resin to adhere to the part, coating all surfaces exposed to the substance.

 

As with A-coating, a part coated with E-coating must be cured after application.

It is possible to control the thickness of the coating by adjusting the electrical current to the tank. A higher voltage will result in a thicker coating.

 

Differences Between A-Coating and E-Coating

While these metal coating technologies sound similar, the differences between A-coating and E-coating are significant.

 

A-coating bonds to metal using a chemical reaction, while E-coating bonds through the application of an electrical current.
A-coating equipment requires fewer dip stations and has a much smaller footprint than E-coating equipment. E-coating involves a lengthy pre-treatment process with multiple washing, cleaning, rinsing and conditioning stations.
Since it uses less equipment, the A-coating process consumes significantly less energy than E-coating.

While durable, E-coating is vulnerable to UV rays. A-coating is a durable poly coating that withstands UV.

Subscribe to this Blog Like on Facebook Tweet this! Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn

Why Use Aquence Metal Coating?

Aquence®, previously branded as Autophoretic® and known also a-coat, is an environmentally-sustainable dip coating made exclusively for parts made of iron. This thin but highly durable rustproof paint is widely used as an industrial metal coating for automotive parts.

 

 

Why use Aquence coating? Whether you call it Aquence, Autophoretic or a-coat, the product offers solutions to many common metal coating concerns, including:

  • Coating fully-assembled parts
  • Coating parts with a complex shape
  • Protecting parts from scratches or corrosion
  • Providing a very thin coating (between 0.5 and 1.0mm in thickness)
  • Minimizing environmental impact
  • Coating iron parts while leaving other metal parts untouched

 

Able to Coat Fully-Assembled Parts

Aquence has the ability to coat entire parts, inside and out, which is a rare feat for an industrial rustproof paint. The coating uses an organic polymeric emulsion to chemically bond to the surface of iron. This property makes it possible to produce a uniform coating parts that are already partially or fully-assembled.

 

Superior Throwing/Wetting Power

The consistency and properties of Aquence coating make it ideal for coating iron parts that have an odd or complex shape. Aquence has nearly unlimited throwing or wetting power, providing uniform coverage even in those hard-to-reach areas other coatings leave dry. And since it bonds with a chemical reaction, you can trust Aquence to coat every iron surface it touches.

 

Durable, Scratch-Proof and Corrosion-Resistant

Aquence uses a chemical reaction to forge a highly durable bond to clean iron surfaces. Though it goes on thin, Aquence rustproof coating is remarkably durable, corrosion-resistant, and scratch-proof. Additionally, Aquence has a Neutral Salt Spray (NSS) rating of 1000 hours. This toughness is part of what makes Aquence an ideal choice for demanding applications like vehicle frames and chassis components.

 

Thin Coating

For parts that will operate with minimal clearance, Aquence can produce an extremely thin coating of between 0.5 and 1.0mm in thickness. Though it goes on no thicker than paint, Aquence coating still provides iron with reliable protection from scratches, salt, and corrosion.

 

Environmentally-Sustainable

More and more manufacturers have ecological impact on their radar, fuelling an increasing demand for industrial metal coatings that are safe and environmentally sustainable. Aquence 866 is a water-based coating that is free from heavy metals and volatile organic compounds (VOCs); Aquence 930, an epoxy-acrylic urethane coating, contains no heavy metals and a low level of VOCs. Both coatings provide a durable, rustproof surface with minimal impact on the environment.

 

Bonds Only to Iron

Need to coat an iron part while leaving the rest of the workpiece dry? Aquence 866 is formulated only to bond to iron. The low curing temperature of 220-240° means you can coat iron parts in assemblies that also contain rubber, plastic or Teflon pieces without causing any damage or movement restrictions.

 

Aquence Coating in Ontario

Plastico remains one of few Aquence coating suppliers in Ontario, and the only Canadian commercial coater to offer metal coating services using both Aquence 866 and Aquence 930. Contact us for inquiries about metal coating services in Ontario.

Subscribe to this Blog Like on Facebook Tweet this! Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn

Choosing a Coating: Nylon Coating vs. Polyester Coating

Powder coatings protect metal parts from weather, corrosion, and whatever else you throw at it. Two of the most popular powder coating options are nylon and polyester coatings, each of which have broad applications in a variety of industries. These are a few of the main considerations when choosing between nylon coating vs. polyester plastic coating.

 

Nylon Coating Powder

 

Heat Resistance

An important difference between nylon coating and polyester coating is how each material reacts to heat. Nylon is a thermoplastic, while polyester is a thermosetting plastic. While the two sound similar, the distinction is important if the part to be coated will be exposed extreme temperatures.

 

Thermosetting plastics start out as separate polymer compounds. When subjected to sufficiently high temperatures, these polymers react to form a strong chemical bond. This bond is irreversible, and the plastic coating will remain solid even under extreme heat. In other words, poly coating is a one-way street: once it hardens, it is not possible to reform or recycle it.

 

Thermoplastics like nylon coating are different. Although thermoplastic compounds also melt under high heat, there is no chemical reaction involved, so the process is reversible. You can re-melt and re-form nylon coating as many times as you require! It is even possible to recycle nylon and thermoplastic coatings.

 

To borrow a metaphor, where thermoplastics are akin to butter, thermosetting plastics are more like bread. A baker can repeatedly melt and cool the same stick of butter, but they cannot break a loaf of bread back down into its ingredients!

 

For this reason, poly coatings are more heat-resistant than nylon coatings, but nylon coatings have advantages in other high-performance applications.

 

Durability

Depending on the application, both polyester and nylon plastic coatings can protect the surface of metal parts from abrasions. Polyester coatings tend be flexible, with impressive impact and chemical resistance. However, this is an area where nylon coating wins out overall.

 

Once applied to a part, nylon coating flows out to form a continuous, protective bond to the surface. This creates a powerful, resilient barrier against salt, UV rays, and all manner of wear-and-tear. Nylon coating remains durable even in thin applications, making it ideal for tight tolerances. Arkema’s ® Nylon 11 coating, one of our products of choice at Plastico, is specially designed to give metal parts a longer shelf life.

 

A secondary advantage of nylon coating is its low friction coefficient. This gives it an ability to cut noise and vibrations from the parts it covers, contributing to a safer work environment and helping to prolong the life of the machinery.

 

Sustainability

Manufacturers are increasingly becoming mindful of their impact on the environment. For those who are looking to incorporate more sustainable practices, nylon offers a renewable and eco-friendly powder coating solution.

 

Nylon coating is derived from castor beans, the product of a perennial plant called the Ricinus or castor oil plant. In addition to being recyclable, nylon coating carries almost no carbon footprint! Choosing nylon coating signals to customers that you care about your impact.

 

Nylon vs. Polyester Coating

Your choice of powder coating will depend on the part’s application and the performance you desire from the coating. Here at Plastico, we are confident in the superior performance of nylon coating, but we are happy to recommend powder coaters who specialize in poly coating as well.

 

Learn more about our powder coating services in Cambridge, Ontario.

Subscribe to this Blog Like on Facebook Tweet this! Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn

Contributors

Tim Keane
15
July 31, 2019
show Tim's posts

Latest Posts

Show All Recent Posts

Archive

Tags

Everything Aquence (A-coat) Nylon Dip or Spray Plastisol Dip Prevent Corrosion

OUR SERVICES

CHECK OUT
OUR WORK

GET YOUR FREE
QUOTE NOW

NEED IT
CLEANED FIRST?

Click on any of these coating options to learn more