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P&C Fabrication and Coating Adds Blast Room to Powder Coating Operation

The new Titan Blast Room at P&C Fabrication, like the one pictured here, will allow the company to bring its abrasive blasting operation indoors, avoiding any weather-related delays.

Titan Abrasive Systems has announced the purchase of a fully-equipped blast room by P&C Fabrication and Coating, based in Texarkana, TX. The blast room, which measures 10' x 10' x 15', will be located in a building dedicated to P&C's powder coating operation, which makes up the majority of the company's revenue. This includes parts brought to them from their customers, as well as pieces they create in a second building dedicated to fabrication and welding.

Abrasive blasting is performed on all metal parts that come through the shop for powder coating, which results in a better surface for coating adhesion. Occasionally, P&C will blast outside parts that are not going to be powder coated-mainly car parts that will be painted in a body shop.

According to Tara Cerar, co-owner of P&C, the purchase of the Titan Blast Room was necessitated by two critical factors. "Since we began powder coating, we have been doing all our blasting outdoors, which makes the operation completely weather-dependent," she said, noting that they are using blasting equipment purchased from Titan back in 2018. "When it rained-or even when there was high humidity-we could not get any blasting done, which delayed other parts of the operation and slowed delivery times. What is more, we were not able to reclaim our blasting media. All the media we purchased was for one-time use, which became quite costly."

With the new Titan Blast Room, blasting can now be performed at any point throughout the workday (along with a second shift when the workload requires it). With no environmental issues to deal with, Cerar expects productivity to increase substantially while ensuring that on-time delivery of completed projects is much easier to achieve.

Cerar also pointed out that the Titan reclaim system purchased with the blast room will allow them to reclaim their media, meaning they can use higher-quality materials. "We will be primarily using aluminum oxide in the new room," she said. "It is a very abrasive material that creates excellent adhesion for the powder coating process. It is an expensive media, but because we can reclaim and reuse it, the cost goes down substantially."

Because of increased productivity, P&C will be in a position to take on more work, further increasing profitability. "There have been times we had to turn down jobs because of the volume we already had," Cerar explained. "But since our blasting operation will no longer be slowed down by weather, we will be getting jobs out faster, creating open slots for more new work."

For more information contact:

P&C Fabrication and Coating

941 S Kings Hwy.

Texarkana, TX 75501


Titan Abrasive Systems

35 Steam Whistle Drive

Ivyland, PA 18974


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