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New powder painting facilities in Spain and HARDI North America
Earlier this year a new powder paint facility was installed at ILEMO-HARDI in Spain, in order to take our mistblowers even further up in the quality ranking.
Now, to add to the improving mistblower robustness that we have seen over the last many years, HARDI now has an excellent professional surface treatment for its mistblowers.
The surface treatment preparation and application process is:
1) Steel bullet grinding of all steel parts
2) Pretreatment tunnel with 4 different “showers” which removes possible grease and applys anti-oxidation such as zinc, phosphate acids and nano ceramic.
3) Parts enter the drying oven, and continue towards the painting line, where the powder is applied.
4) Next, the parts enter a high temperature oven of 200º in order to convert the applied powder to this top professional surface protection, which we also call powder paint. Not all parts are able to go through the high temperature oven as parts like gear boxes and pumps are fitted with sealings etc. that are not resistant to this extreme heat. On the same new painting line we are also capable of applying liquid paint and then simply just reduce the temperature on the last oven in order to dry the paint.
In addition to this professional surface treatment, we are pleased to tell you that from August 2011, all mistblowers will be built with DELTA TONE ® treated bolts and nuts, to give this small, but important, part of the machine a much needed anti-corrosion protection.-corrosive nuts and bolt.
HARDI North America is also expanding its manufacturing facility with a $3.6 million, 15,000-square-foot addition that will, among other activities, house a new powder coating line.
By adding the powder coating line, HARDI plans to use more local companies to supply parts, according to Dale M. Szuminski, president of Hardi North America. Szuminski said the building expansion could be completed this fall and the powder coating line should be up and running by late March.