Great road cars, sports cars and racing cars all have one important thing in common – total design and engineering! These are not just sports cars; they’re automotive engineering genius. With such striking features, phenomenal power to weight ratio, intelligent design and mind-blowing top speeds, who wouldn’t want to get behind the wheel?
There are a few reason for plating or coating busbars. Cosmetic reasons or provision of insulation are a couple but the most common reason for coating busbars is to inhibit corrosion.
Busbars are commonly made from copper, which in itself is quite resistant to corrosion but busbars are often used in environments where higher levels of protection are needed. Over time, copper oxidises and can impact the surfaces conductive properties. So plating or coating busbars, not only reduces corrosion but also improves the longevity and conductive properties of the item. Continue reading →
Finishing any engineering job properly is just as important as any other operation along the production cycle. And by finishing the engineering job, we’re not talking about tidying the file and completing the invoicing. We are talking about the paint or powder coating finish to the product
The appearance of a finished product will always have an impact on the saleability. After all, if something looks rough and unfinished it’s less likely to sell. In addition, there’s the safety impact to consider. Rough edges and burrs can not only put buyers off but can be a serious health and safety risk. So an important part of finishing is to remove those risks. Continue reading →
According to the experts, when people think of additive manufacturing, they usually think of 3D printing. However, whilst being an extremely innovative technology it does have its limitations in terms of size and the applications for which it can be used.
GE Global Research is working on an additive manufacturing method to address those limitations. Using a spray paint technique known as Cold Spray or 3D painting, the process builds upon metal surfaces. Metal powders are sprayed from a nozzle at high velocities to add material to metal objects. During the Cold Spray process, a strong bond is created and only a minimal amount of heat is transferred. As a result, the process is safer than welding and still results in a durable end product.
Spray painting was invented in 1892 and whilst it might not require the imagination of Picasso or Constable, it does need a high level of skill to do the job well.
But why do we need to spray paint machines in the industrial sector? Why not just leave the manufactured machines in their original state?
The answer is two-fold. Spray painting not only protects the customers’ machines against rust, but it makes the machines look good!
Six spray painting methods
Air gun spraying
HVLP (High Volume Low Pressure)
LVLP (Low Volume Low Pressure)
Electrostatic spray painting
Air assisted airless spray guns
Airless spray guns
The main variables that industrial spray painters consider when undertaking a job are as follows: Continue reading →