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Expanding Capabilities in the Zinc Flake Coatings Industry

U.S.-based STC Dip Spin, and Forplan AG located in Brugg, Switzerland, have joined forces to expand capabilities in the zinc flake coating industry. This strategic alliance allows them to offer state-of-the-art equipment and processes to existing and new customers for the application of various coatings-particularly zinc flake paint.

STC Dip Spin, a division of PRAB Inc., has been selling Dip Spin equipment for over 45 years with an installed base of 490 machines and equipment. Capabilities include low volume Dip and Spin units up to completely automated systems processing 22,500 lbs. per hour.

Forplan AG offers a variety of coating systems for mass-produced parts, both for bulk items and rack parts. Large systems generating a coating capacity of more than 16,000 lbs. per hour can be found in the product portfolio, as well as small systems for efficiently coating small scale series or test parts.

Both Forplan AG and STC Dip Spin work closely with coating manufacturers. The paint spectrum includes not only zinc flake systems, but also anti-friction coatings and oils, color topcoats, transparent lacquers and other anti-corrosion coatings.

Forplan AG provides proprietary Dip and Spin technology with its latest Forplanet Planetary Coating Machine. "This is the first of its kind technology utilizing a `true planetary' basket arrangement, meaning the baskets of parts are moving around themselves and a central axis-providing the best possible coating consistency," said a spokesperson.

Forplan AG also supplies complete Dip Spin Rack Systems. These systems come with custom designed racks for specific parts. Surface preparation is a key component that can include both alkaline cleaning and surface blasting, followed by Dip Spin process, and finally curing of the coating. In this automated system, the only time a part is handled is when it is placed in the rack and when it is taken off after all processes are completed. The various spin cycles that can be programmed on a part specific basis allow for coating consistency and repeatability for each unique part.

"By working together, Forplan AG and STC Dip Spin will have a full complement of state-of-the-art coating equipment and services available for our existing and new customer base-raising the bar for both our companies," stated Tim Hanna, Vice President, STC Dip Spin/PRAB.

For more information contact:

STC Dip Spin

5801 E N Ave.

Kalamazoo, MI 49048


Forplan AG

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