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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.

 

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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.

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5 Reasons Plastisol is Perfect for Playground Equipment

The playground is more than a place to play. It’s where kids first learn to make friends, take risks, and let loose their imaginations. Plastisol, one of the most versatile metal coating technologies, helps to ensure that jungle gyms are as safe as they are fun. Here are a few of the reasons why Plastisol is the perfect industrial metal coating for playground equipment of all shapes and sizes.

 

Plastisol Playground Coating

 

1. Impressive Durability

 

Playground equipment takes a beating. It requires metal coating technologies that can withstand years of stomping, kicking, scraping, and whatever else kids can throw at it. Plastisol plastic coating holds up to this barrage while being safe for children to explore.

 

2. Colour Customization

 

While we typically work with black and white here at Plastico, it’s possible to dye plastic coatings just about any colour of the rainbow. This customization lets you build a playground that matches the surrounding neighbourhood and invokes the imagination of all those who see it.

 

3. Weather-Resistance

 

We experience the full spectrum of nasty weather here in Canada, from wicked windstorms to massive blizzards. This, combined with constant use by curious kids, puts a lot of strain on outdoor playground equipment.

 

Fortunately, Plastisol is made to handle the worst of our Canadian weather. The coating provides a barrier against rust and corrosion for longer than a coat of paint.

 

4. Cleanliness

 

Public parks are a haven for families who are looking to enjoy the outdoors. Unfortunately, parks can also be a haven for vandals. Graffiti can be an expensive (and annoying) problem, and playground equipment is no stranger to the spray paint’s wrath.

 

Plastic coating can’t solve this problem, but it can help to reduce the cost. It is possible to remove graffiti from plastic-coated playground equipment, eliminating the need to re-paint whenever a vandal chooses it as a canvas.

 

5. Cost-Effectiveness

 

Like all outdoor fixtures, playground equipment requires ongoing maintenance to look and perform at its best. Maintenance can be a significant expense for school boards and municipalities. It’s also an inconvenience to its users; no child wants to encounter a barrier and a “Wet Paint” sign when they go to the park.

 

No coating lasts forever. Plastisol is no exception. However, its superior durability and resistance to the elements will reduce the cost of maintaining the metal components of playground equipment compared to painted or bare parts.

 

Our Experience Coating Playground Equipment

 

Plastico first stepped into the arena of playground equipment back in 2016 when we partnered with a local outdoor recreation equipment company. Together, we worked to build a Plastisol coating line that could handle their large products. Now, we’re responsible for processing their entire inventory of stairs, bases, and other metal components for playground equipment. We’re thrilled to play a part in bringing safe, fun playgrounds to school boards and cities across North America!

 

Wondering what else we can do? Plastico is an industry leader for industrial metal coating, and we’re ready to answer any questions you may have about our services. Contact us today!

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