Formed in 1985, C&O Powder Coatings are approaching their fourth decade as one of the UK’s premium powder coaters. Many things have changed since 1985 but the continual drive for improvement has remained as important as ever for C&O. This is evident with their ISO9001 accreditation and various architectural powder approvals.
C&O have always invested in the latest technology and processing equipment. For instance, 2021 has seen the installation of a new powder coating cure oven, overhead conveyor, and automatic booth at their facility in St Helens. The new line replaces two older powder coating systems and compliments the TD Finishing facility that was installed in 2017.
The Benefits Of Investing In A New Plant
Tom Holmes, Managing Director, explains the reason for investing in the new powder coating plant and the benefits it has brought to C&O:
“Continuous improvement is a philosophy that runs throughout C&O in every department. This is what has ensured our continued success over the decades and has gained us an enviable reputation within our market for quality, service and professionalism. 2020 brought uncertainty for a lot of businesses. However, we decided to press ahead with our expansion plans with the introduction of a new coating and curing line to run alongside our existing TD Finishing plant.
Following an extensive study of our existing processes, we took the decision to replace our two older lines with a faster and more efficient system that could process the throughput of both lines and take the excess work from our main coating line. It became apparent very quickly that this was the correct decision. We saw increased throughput and improved quality straightaway. We have also been able to streamline our shift patterns and offer even faster turnaround to our customers. Reductions in gas usage and powder waste have also been a big benefit that go hand-in-hand with our ongoing sustainability goals.
This is the second project that has seen us partner with TD Finishing in recent years. Our first oven replacement in 2017 was a great success and we found that their working practices, product quality and customer support matched how we go about our business, so when we started to look at the new project, TD was our first call. This also proved to be the correct decision as the project has been a great success.”
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Swallow Architectural Aluminium Limited – installing a brand new powder coating system
Swallow Architectural Aluminium Limited approached us, looking for powder coating equipment to be installed into the new purpose-built factory in Elland near Halifax. In other words, the company had outgrown their existing finishing systems factory in Sowerby Bridge and needed to increase output. The only answer was to move to a new bigger site. Not only this but to install a new dip pretreatment and powder coating facility to handle the increase in demand. After many months of investigation into the best available powder coating equipment for sale, TD Finishing Ltd and Gema were chosen as the preferred suppliers to install the finishing plant. The demands of the client’s quality standards were also foremost in the mind of managing Director Andrew Swallow. It was decided that the new facility should incorporate the latest chrome-free pretreatment technology.
TD Finishing worked together with Chemetall Ltd, part of the BASF group, to design a powder plant system that would be capable of meeting the ‘Qualicoat’ standard. A seven-stage dip pretreatment was installed consisting of:
Products preloaded in baskets at the load end of the pretreatment and then being processed through the dip tank via a manually operated crane system. After their pretreatment, the work is also then loaded onto the powder coating line for the automatic application of the powder.
- Stage 1 – Alkali Cleaner
- Stage 2 – Main water rinse
- Stage 3- Acid etch
- Stage 4 – Mains water rinse
- Stage 5- Demin water rinse
- Stage 6 – Chrome free
- Stage 7 – Demin
- Stage 8 – Drying oven
The powder coating line consists of an Automatic Gema fast colour change booth system, a semi-automatic monorail conveyor system and a high-efficiency powder curing oven. Not only this, products up to 7.2m in length can be powder coated with a load capacity of 500kg. Also, a full water recycling system was incorporated into the design of the finishing plant in order to maximise water usage and minimise water discharge.
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New two pass minute powder curing oven | After the successful phase 1 pretreatment project, TD Finishing has recently completed the phase 2 installation at the UK’s leading shelving and racking manufacturers site in Milton Keynes.
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Again, with close liaison with the client’s project manager, the contract was complete on time. Not only this, on budget and with no unplanned production downtime.
The project included the dismantling of the existing infrared pre gel oven, curing oven and monorail conveyor. The dismantling of the existing equipment was completed in a 3 day period. Engineers worked around the clock to ensure the site programme was achieved.
Before the dismantling was completed, installation of the new two-pass minute powder curing oven commenced maximising installation time. It also makes sure production would recommence on the programme. The new oven design utilised three direct gas-fired heater units complete with modulating gas burners, TD’s purpose manufactured insulated oven panels and air distribution and recirculating system to enable 4.2m long racking uprights to be processed.
The F8 monorail conveyor circuit upgrade was completed during this phase. It was also incorporated a new dual-drive system, track, chain and an upgraded flight bar design.
The completed plant with the addition of the clients unique automatic unloading mechanism gives the ability to operate at speeds up to 3300mm per and have an oven time of 18mins ensuring all powders can be fully cured.
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