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

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Pinterest YouTube
Which Industrial Coatings are Considered Food Grade in Ontario?

Industrial coatings considered food grade in Ontario

Nylon powder coatings are as diverse as the many industries that use them. One often-overlooked application is that of food production and processing. From the farm to the dinner table, powder coatings help to ensure our food is safe to consume.

Of course, not all coatings are suitable for this purpose. Food processing equipment and containers must meet certain standards to be considered food grade in Ontario.


Specialized food grade industrial coatings are often necessary for both the longevity of part and the safety of the food it touches. The right choice coating can make the equipment easier to clean and sanitize. However, it must also be non-toxic, non-absorbent, and free from defects (like cracks or crevices) that could harbour bacteria.


Which Industrial Coatings Are Considered Food Grade in Ontario?

In Canada, Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) set policies and standards to ensure a safe food supply, including the safety of the equipment we use to process food and the materials we use to transport it. The American equivalent, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), oversees this area in the United States.

The choice of food grade powder coating for a part will depend on the manufacturing process. Parts that will be placed in an oven will have to withstand high temperatures; parts that will be submerged in liquid must have a high resistance to corrosion. Non-stick coatings with a low friction coefficient are often sought in the food processing industry as well.

The type of food ingredient in question may also play a role in the decision. For example, certain materials are more susceptible to corrosion on exposure to acidic foods like pickles or tomatoes.

The number of industrial coatings considered food grade in Ontario is too numerous to list. Below are some of the most common categories of food grade powder coatings in use:


  • Polytetrafluoroethylene coating (PTFE): A thin, non-stick coating that stands up to high temperatures. It does not absorb liquid and has a low friction coefficient. Non-stick cookware and bakeware often use PTFE coating.


  • Fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP): This food grade coating option is flexible and highly resistant to chemicals but lacks the high-temperature resistance of PTFE. Like PTFE, it is non-absorbent.


  • Antimicrobial coatings: A wide variety of food grade industrial coatings come with antimicrobial properties, which reduce the spread of bacteria and food-borne illnesses. Some contain an active ingredient that kills bacteria, while others resist them passively by preventing microbes from sticking to the surface of the part.


  • Rislan Nylon 11: This durable and versatile polymer coating boasts a low friction coefficient that makes it easy to clean. The main ingredient is Castor beans, which makes Nylon 11 100% renewable and environmentally friendly.

Here at Plastico, we’ve used Nylon 11 to coat everything from fryer baskets to pot handles to cutlery, food trays, and even seafood traps. While it doesn’t taste quite as good as it looks, it does qualify as food grade!

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

5 Ways to Prevent Corrosion of Metal Parts

prevent corrosion metal parts


No metal is completely safe from the threat of corrosion. But it is possible to slow, manage, or stop corrosion before it causes a problem.


There are practical ways to prevent corrosion in metal parts. Engineers can incorporate corrosion control into the design process. Manufacturers can apply protective corrosion barriers. Finally, the people who use the part can take preventative steps to prolong its life.


What is Corrosion?


Corrosion occurs when a metal reacts with an oxidizing agent in its environment. This chemical reaction can cause the metal to degrade over time, tarnishing its appearance and compromising its structural integrity.


Each type of metal has different electrochemical properties. These properties determine the types of corrosion the part is vulnerable to. For example, iron tools are prone to rust from long-term exposure to moisture, while a copper roof will tarnish under the effects of the weather. While some metals stand up to corrosion better than others (depending on the environment), none are free from every type of corrosion.


There is no one-size-fits-all solution to prevent corrosion of metal parts. With so many types of metal and thousands of possible applications, manufacturers must use various methods to prevent and control corrosion in different metals.


Ways to Prevent Corrosion of Metal Parts


Preventing corrosion in metal parts takes consideration at all stages in the process, from design and manufacturing to finishing and maintenance.


1. Design

Corrosion control begins at the engineering stage. If the part is for use in an environment where it is susceptible to corrosion, manufacturers should design the part with that in mind.


For example, parts exposed to the elements should allow water and debris to drain off instead of collecting on the surface. To reduce crevice corrosion, designers should eliminate narrow gaps that allow air or fluid to enter and become stagnant. For corrosive environments, such as in saltwater, it may be wise to engineer for a degree of corrosion allowance.


2. Protective Coating

Coatings can provide a layer of protection against corrosion by acting as a physical barrier between the metal parts and oxidizing elements in the environment. One common method is galvanization, in which manufacturers coat the part with a thin layer of zinc.


Powder coatings are another effective way to prevent corrosion in metal parts. With proper application, a powder coating can seal the surface of the part away from the environment to guard against corrosion.


3. Environmental Control

Many environmental factors impact the likelihood of corrosion. It helps to keep metal parts in a clean, dry place when not in use. If you intend to store them for a long time, consider using methods to control the level of sulfur, chloride, or oxygen in the surrounding environment.


Galvanic corrosion occurs when metal parts with two different electrode potentials are in contact along with an electrolyte like saltwater. This causes the metal with higher electrode activity to corrode at the point of contact. One can prevent galvanic corrosion by storing these parts separately. This effect can also work as an anti-corrosion measure, as explained below.


4. Cathodic Protection

It is possible to prevent corrosion by applying an opposing electrical current to the metal’s surface. One method of cathodic protection is an impressed current, using an outside course of electrical current to overpower a corrosive current in the part.


A less-complex method of cathodic corrosion protection is the use of a sacrificial anode. This involves attaching a small, reactive metal to the part you wish to protect. Metal ions will flow from the reactive metal to the less active part, reducing corrosion at the expense of the smaller piece.


5. Maintenance

Protective coatings, environmental control, and cathodic protection are effective ways of preventing corrosion in metal parts. However, these measures are nothing without ongoing maintenance and monitoring. Coatings can wear over time; even small nicks and scratches can lead to corrosion. Be sure to keep parts clean and apply additional protection as necessary.

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

Five Industries That Use Metal Coating Technologies in Ontario

For more than four decades, Ontario companies have used Plastico’s innovative metal coating technology for various applications. However, our plastisol line has allowed us to venture into new areas where our unique coating is proving to be equally important. Here are five of the Ontario industries making regular use of Plastico’s metal coating technologies.




Our largest client is Ontario’s automotive industry andwe process about 85% of the parts used in the province’s automotive manufacturing sector. That’s several million pieces each month! Even if you don’t own or service vehicles, you will still come into contact with parts we have run through our plant, including interior components such as latches, handles, and leavers. Our work also finds its way into other types of heavy machinery, including logging and farming equipment.



The comfort and humane treatment of animals is a concern for everyone. Plastico’s food grade plastisol coating contributes to this goal by providing a softer coating for the iron grate floors used in facilities housing pigs and chickens. It also does a better job of retaining heat, further adding to the creation of an environment that causes animals less stress.


Additionally, the coating lasts longer because the primer creates a very strong bond between the plastisol and the substrate. This makes the surface more resistant to the sort of wear commonly occurring when animals walk over flooring regularly. This property in the plastisol also makes clean-up worry free because the coating can easily withstand cleaning fluids and other chemicals.




Hospital equipment must meet certain safety standards to be suitable for use on patients, particularly with vulnerable groups, such as children. Plastico’s phthalate free plastisol makes it perfect for standard equipment such as defibrillator paddles and catheters, forceps,and tubing hubs.


Food Industry


As mentioned above, plastisol is food grade coating, which makes it ideal to provide extra protection for food industry equipment. We provide a durable, easy-to-clean finish for cutlery, trays, fryer baskets, seafood cages, and more.


Children’s Playground Equipment


If you have children, you know how rough they can be with things. This is not their fault; they are merely learning about how things work and expressing their joy. Don’t consider that toy ruined—consider it well loved.



Fortunately, makers of children’s playground equipment can provide a product kids enjoy that will also stand up to their wear and tear. Plastisol ensures vital components such as stairs and bases have the extra protection required for the equipment to stay in use for years on end. It also provides extra protection against the yearly ravages of the Canadian winter.


One thing we have learned after so many years in business is the need for versatility. Plastico is well known for its extensive work with Ontario’s automotive industry, but the usefulness of our coating technologies has allowed us to branch out into areas the company’s founders wouldn’t have considered back in 1977. Our aim is to continue being the forward-thinking innovators you can count on.

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

How to Keep Metal Parts From Rusting

Rust can have a severe negative impact on metal parts. It can compromise the strength and appearance of the parts, as well the safety of any structure, vehicle, or machine it affects. Thus, it is extremely important to ensure you do everything you can to keep metal parts from rusting as much as possible.


To that end, we are here to educate you on everything from what rust is and whether it’s contagious to how you can easily and effectively protect against rust on all metal parts.


rust parts


What Is Rust?


Rust is the commonly-used term for what we know as the red-brown, flaky coating that develops on metal. The term refers to a specific type of corrosion, otherwise known as oxidizing (rusting) with the resulting iron oxide (rust). This process occurs when iron or one of its alloys, such as steel, reacts to a combination of oxygen and water.


Since iron reacts relatively easily with oxygen and water, rust is quite common and often inevitable if you are not careful about protecting metal parts made from iron or an iron alloy. While water itself will produce the quickest reaction, rust can still occur where there is excessive air moisture present.


Is Rust Contagious?


Since you know what rust and the oxidizing process that causes it are, now comes the question of whether rust is contagious to other metal parts. Meaning, will rust spread quickly to other metal parts if one is already affected?


This can be a tricky question for some, but what it comes down to is no, rust is not contagious. If you have a flake or two of rust on an unaffected metal part, this does not mean it will soon start to rust. The issue does not lie with rust itself, but rather the reason rust occurred in the first place.


If you keep metal parts in the same environment and one of them starts rusting, the other metal parts will also begin to rust unless you fix the conditions causing oxidization. But a well-maintained metal part (one kept clean, dry, and/or with additional protection) will not automatically rust simply because of a couple red brown rust flakes.


Simply put, in order for rust to occur, there needs to be prolonged exposure to both oxygen and water (or excessive air moisture).


How Can I Keep Metal Parts From Rusting?


The first thing you need to do in order to prevent your metal parts from rusting, of course, is to keep them clean and dry. But this is not the only thing you can do by any means!


Providing your metal parts with a protective coating, such as our Aquence coating (A-coat), protects against both this specific type of corrosion as well as scratches. You can protect metal parts already affected by rust, though they will need cleaning prior to the application of this protective coating.


So how does A-coat work?


It is a dip process where our organic polymeric emulsion bonds to iron or other ferrous metal. One of the excellent benefits of Aquence is how the coating process is environmentally friendly and sustainable with complete coverage—and uniform coverage too! It is also quite the powerful coating, as it is able to coat a part inside and out, something you do not see often with other protective coating options. This makes it perfect to help you prevent your metal parts from rusting.



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

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.



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

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.



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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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



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.




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.




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.




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’?

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


Tim Keane
February 8, 2018
show Tim's posts

Latest Posts

Show All Recent Posts



Everything Nylon Dip or Spray Prevent Corrosion





Click on any of these coating options to learn more