Complete Paint System Open House – Albers Finishing & Solutions

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Interested in learning more about IntelliFinishing’s powder coating or liquid paint systems? Join us on March 24, 2016 and see our newest installation in full production mode at Albers Finishing & Solutions in Cheney, KS. Our IntelliFinishing team will be available all to day to answer questions and highlight all of the features we offer in our complete finishing systems.

Albers open house

Albers Finishing & Solutions, located in Cheney, Kansas, would like to announce they will host an open house at their facility located at
38628 West 15th St. South
Cheney Kansas 
10am to 3pm on March 24, 2016
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Cheney is located 30 miles west of Wichita on Highway 400.

Review a simulation and to sign up, visit www.intellifinishing.com/albers.

Albers Finishing & Solutions provides liquid paint services to regional and national customers. The highly automated paint line has a part window of 2’W x 4’H x 8’L and can handle up to 500lbs of weight on each load bar.  Albers Finishing & Solutions was created in response to a local manufacturer who had a need to provide a finished product but didn’t want to stray from their core business by adding paint inside their operation. Albers Finishing & Solutions took on the challenge of solving the client’s needs while at the same time building a versatile facility that can serve many industries.
Currently, the liquid paint line is capable of painting 2,000 to 3,000 parts per day and features an automated conveyor that moves load bars forward and reverse or even stops them independently of every other load bar in the system, a three-stage wash, dry off oven, two paint booths equipped with Fanuc robots applying liquid primer and paint via automated paint mix equipment, a dual-lane energy-efficient cure oven and a load-assist lifter.

The line was designed and installed by IntelliFinishing based out of Salina, KS. Woody Miller, IntelliFinishing’s project manager states, “This paint system offers some of the best and newest advances in the industry. With advanced automation and controls, energy efficiencies, and floor space savings, the cost to paint each part is less than other systems. This is a very high-end system, located here in Cheney. Other manufacturers are struggling with their “monument” systems and would love to have a system like this.”

IntelliFinishing teamed up with Downey Consulting, a local company in designing the following for the system: load-assist lifter, carriers, loadbars, hangars and a rotator mechanism in each paint booth. The parts are hung on a custom loadbar with a spinner wheel, and spun utilizing the air operated (intrinsically safe) rotator.  All of this is controlled by the PLC.  The wireless lifter mechanism is capable of removing the loadbar from the carrier fully loaded with parts, placing finished product on racks, or changing loadbars for a different type/style of part.  This allows the ultimate in flexibility of the system.

Bret Albers of Albers Finishing & Solutions states, “Albers Finishing & Solutions will be launching with some of the latest technology available in the paint industry.  The IntelliFinishing system provides the ultimate in flexibility, automation and energy saving features.  Being fully automated and robotic allows us to provide clients with a consistent product each and every time. On top of that IntelliFinishing has the best support team in the business.  Their design team, installation crew, programming staff and marketing are second to none.”

“In addition to superior quality and consistency, companies choosing Albers Finishing & Solutions will also experience the ultimate in customer service.  Our goal is to be your partner, not just another contractor.  We understand how important turnaround times, communication on the status of your product, quality control, and proper packing are to the success of your business so come by and check us out to see what we can do for you,” explains Bret Albers.

Plans to expand the business include powder coating and anodizing processes.

The owners of Albers Finishing & Solutions have been involved in other businesses including: Art’s & Mary’s Tater Chips, Leadfoot Express Transport and D’Mario’s Pizza Outlets.

 

Join IntelliFinishing at The Powder Coating Show 2015

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IntelliFinishing will be at The Powder Coating Show 2015 - See Us at Booth 201
Visit IntelliFinishing at Booth 201

The Powder Coating Show 2015 is the ultimate learning experience. The 2015 show is in Louisville, KY, May 6-7. The show offers educational sessions and the chance to talk to industry experts. Download your FREE Guest Pass so you can join as at Booth 201.

Check out all of the upcoming events and tradeshows IntelliFinishing will be attending including:

ProMat 2015
March 23-26
Chicago, IL – McCormick Place South
Visit us at IntelliTrak’s Booth #4507

AeroDef 2015
April 20-23
Dallas, TX – Hilton Anatole
Booth #334


IntelliFinishing is a turnkey finishing system provider using the latest technology that is lean and more cost effective than traditional systems, provides options that others cannot, and uses a significantly smaller footprint.   Our patented systems include:

  • Conveyance
  • Washers
  • Ovens
  • Controls
  • Booths
  • Platforms, etc.,

Quick installation. Approximately half the time to install compared to a traditional system.

Scalable. React to market conditions by expanding or contracting your workload.

Flexible. Handle a variety of sizes of parts with diverse finishing recipes efficiently.

From design to install, IntelliFinishing provides a turnkey installation that is focused on quality and efficiency for your automated finishing system.

Do you love your paint system?

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An IntelliFinishing complete paint system is more "LEAN" than a box of "sugar-free" chocolates.
An IntelliFinishing complete paint system is more “LEAN” than a box of “sugar-free” chocolates.

IntelliFinishing…more LEAN than a sugar-free box of chocolates

Many manufacturers are implementing lean manufacturing practices into their workplaces and are gaining an advantage over their counterparts in the industry.

Although traditional fixed conveyor systems have been one of the leading factors in lean management over the last two decades, they have lost their luster—not just to those who control the purse strings, but also for engineers who have long dealt with the headaches of inflexible systems, long lead times and production shutdowns while the systems are installed.

Having a lean finishing system just makes sense. In traditional systems, processes are dependent on the processes of the others. If a part needs more time in the oven, washer or another process, and you slow down the conveyor to change the process time, then you may experience a reduction in production throughput, create quality issues, increase labor costs (operators waiting for parts) and inventory issues.

We consider our IntelliFinishing automated paint system to be lean because it eliminates these issues.

Modular and Customizable

It’s modular and highly customizable. Our finishing system’s conveyor is a bolted together, floor-supported system with friction-driven trolleys on a rotating tube instead of a chain. No return chain dramatically decreases floor space usage. An IntelliFinishing system easily expands and adapts to changes in your process or production. Plus each customer has the option to design specifically for their requirements.

Optimizes Workflow

This system optimizes workflow through the unique movement capabilities of the conveyor, load accumulation and effective sequencing for highly variable processing in areas such as drying or curing. Each part recipe is different and may require a different cure time. It is one of only a few systems that can deliver parts in a desired different sequence than the way parts were loaded. You can also expand your system to point of use, e.g. assembly.

Built-in control technology can change the destination of products, set up in-line speed changes or stop carriers for processing without stopping production. No more slow zones or wasted time. The controls of an IntelliFinishing complete finishing system recognize specific part recipes, tracking and adjusting for variations in components and processes. Integration with your ERP system provides an even smoother responsiveness to your production schedule.

If you are in the market for a lean paint system, check out our videos and contact us today!

12 Days of Christmas IntelliFinishing Style

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View the 12 Days of Christmas IntelliFinishing Style VideoThere’s not a better time of year to think about a new complete finishing system. Peek through the pages of the 12 Days of Christmas IntelliFinishing style to see all the benefits and advantages of choosing our alternative to power and free system.

From the first day of Christmas to the 12th, we have something special for you.  View the video at http://intellifinishing.com/12days.html

Tour an Active Construction Site

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Kevin Howe, IntelliFinishing Project Manager

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Kevin just finished the setup on IntelliFinishing’s latest project installation. During the construction process he took us on a brief tour. It was an active construction site so the system wasn’t running yet. View the tour video >>

The IntelliFinishing system starts with a lift, which is basically an elevator-style, drop section. The orange pieces of the conveyor will come down to a lower height making it more ergonomic for connecting the parts to the carrier. Then it will rise back up after the part information is loaded and send the carrier into the system.

The control stations will have a touch screen monitor that will display different part information.

The uninstalled load bars are the mechanical pieces that support picture frame style hangers that will in turn support the customer parts. The metal trolleys are the load trolleys that support the weight of the entire piece. The rubber wheels on the top contact our spinning tube and provide the propulsion for the conveyer system. It is a friction setup with a spring tension pressing against the tube. The IntelliFinishing system is unique as it goes forward and reverse directions. This typical configuration is capable of supporting 3,000 pounds, including the weight of the load bar.

From the elevator-style lift section we proceed downstream towards a manual wash booth area. In this instance, we’re interfacing to a customer provided wash booth. We are going to control the doors that will slide open and closed pneumatically. Internally the wash booth will be similar to a manual car wash bay. The operator will select a cleaner rinse, a phosphate rinse and a sealer to keep the parts from flash rusting.

From the wash bay we head to the small drip zone. Currently this is a manual pull through section, which the customer requested for Phase 1. In Phase 2 we will add an automated wash parallel to this section. At that time most of the parts will go through the automated wash so in the future, less volume will run on the pull through section.

Parts will then be pulled to the first motorized section after the wash booth to air blow off. The air blow off is also similar to a car wash system with nozzles and large, electrically powered air blowers. The nozzles will be directed at the parts to dry off any of the residual water.

After the blow off area is a dry off oven. This oven is a little smaller, holding one carrier at a time. The oven is used to help boil off any leftover residual water that was not taken care of in the air blow off stage. It also helps to preheat the part, getting it ready prior to powder coating.

We head out of the dry off oven and around the corner to the powder coat booth. This is a manually applied powder station at this time. They will have several operators, one on each side, applying the powder coat to the parts. Monitors will also let the operators know what color they are supposed to be painting and what is coming up next.

The last station is the cure oven. This is a 450° powder oven. It has 3 motor stations and will be able to hold 3-4 carriers worth of parts at a time. When the units are finished curing, they come out to a several storage areas to give them time to cool.

Since our system is an oval it then brings us back to the beginning. This is the backside of the lift elevator section we saw at the start.

View the construction tour video >>