For any success-oriented business, what matters most is its bottom line. However, wastage in any production line can negatively impact a business's bottom line. If you are in the powder coating industry, this is something that you should keep in mind. But however meticulous you can be, waste during a powder coating project can seem inevitable.
Luckily, there are various approaches you can consider to minimise waste during a powder coating project to streamline your operations and improve your bottom line. Learn more about them below:
Set Up Powder Drawers
A straightforward yet excellent solution to combat waste is to install powder drawers under the powder coating filters. These removable drawers can arrest powder after every pulse. After completing the process, you can tip your drawers against the storage drum and take it away for safekeeping or recycling. While reclaiming considerable amounts of powder after every project might seem insignificant, time savings for each clean-up can be significant.
Adopt Pulse Control
The pulse control is an alternative addition to powder collection methods. It's pretty simple but impactful, offering more excellent and continuous airflow and visibility in the paint booth. It functions alongside the removable drawers or fluidised powder beds (more on this discussed in the next point).
Pulse control operates based on a Magnehelic gauge fixed on the powder coating booth, which scrutinises pressure drops inside the booth. After attaining the predetermined level, the filters start shaking briefly. This mechanism will trigger the powder to fall from the filters to the drawer or fluidised bed.
Use Fluidised Powder Beds
The more complex the powder-coated shapes are, the harder it becomes to avoid waste. However, you can prevent this problem by employing fluidised beds. These additions filter out other larger parts to leave behind fine powder on the surface you can quickly collect.
Consider Incorporating Transfer Pumps
If you want to reduce the time to remove waste powder from the floors, consider installing a transfer pump. Such a pump can move the powder from your fluidised bed and dispose of it into the storage container you have in place.
If you aim at powder reclamation, you can consider fitting the pump with an appropriate filter that arrests sediments and debris that might otherwise leave impurities inside the powder, making it useless.
Keep in mind these four tips to achieve efficiency, profitability and high-performance powder coating operations. Work with a powder coating professional for advice and assistance to achieve a successful project.