SBCC tour of SCPC

(Cryptic way of saying a bunch of British car lovers visited a large powder coating operation)

by Dick Noordman

On Wednesday evening this past February 6, a group of 15 or so SBCC members took a guided tour of Saskatoon Custom Powder Coating, located in the industrial area of North Saskatoon.

Upon arriving at 7:30 P.M., we were introduced to the facility by one of its owners/partners, namely Eugene.

The SBCC group ready to start the tour

Saskatoon Custom Powder Coating was established by 3 partners in 2001 to meet a growing demand in Saskatchewan for a top quality powder coated finish.  Since then, SCPC has expanded operations significantly to offer an even greater service to existing and potential clients.

Powder coating gives consumers, businesses, and industry one of the most economical, longest-lasting, and most color-durable quality finishes available.

Eugene explaining the ion powder coating gun while Ray Anderson takes in Eugene's comments

Powder coatings are being applied on thousands of products, and the list is continually growing. Locally, the farm implement industry is a major user, as powder coatings have been proven to be durable enough to handle the extreme conditions where these implements are used. Also the custom steel fabrication industry is a growing user of powder coatings because of the variety and attractiveness of available finishes.

Powder coated surfaces are more resistant to chipping, scratching, fading, and wearing than other finishes.  Color selection is virtually unlimited with high and low gloss, metallic, and clear finishes available, and colors stay bright and vibrant longer.  Texture selections range from smooth surfaces to a wrinkled or matte finish, and rough textures designed for hiding surface imperfections.

We have a look inside the spray booth

Protects the Environment

Powder coating is also highly protective of our environment.  While liquid finishes contain solvents which have pollutants known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), powder coating contains no solvents and releases negligible amounts, if any, of VOCs into the atmosphere. Thus, there is no longer a need for finishers to buy costly pollution control equipment.  In addition, most powder coating overspray that does not adhere to the part can be retrieved and reused, virtually eliminating the waste commonly found in liquid finishing processes.

Saves Money

Elimination of VOCs and reduction of wastes saves money and helps companies comply more easily and economically with environmental regulations.

In fact, one of the major elements in expanding the market for powder coating has been the implementation over the past 30 years of stringent air pollution control legislation.

Back to the tourů

Loading the powder and the application begins

As you can see from the photographs accompanying this article and finally allowed us to watch as a large piece of metal equipment was powder coated in blue by one of their skilled painters .

A fresh coat of powder!

The evening was a great success and enjoyed by everyone present. Thanks to Eugene and SCPC for hosting a very informative event.

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