EAH Equipment Success with Painting Trailers and Drilling Rigs with Kremlin Rexson Equipment

Products Finishing did an article on the success story by the Kremlin Rexson distributor, EAH Equipment (Austin, TX).
http://www.pfonline.com/articles/painting-on-oil-rigs-that-is

Loadcraft switches to new paint system for drilling rigs.

When part-time oilman Terry McIver went to Brady, TX in 2004 to buy a used drilling rig, he was surprised to find the company he was visiting was going bankrupt. Brady left with the oil rig, but a few months later he went back and bought the company.
Article From: Products Finishing, Tim Pennington, Editor
Posted on: 4/1/2011

Loadcraft builds and paints trailers and rigs that must have a durable coat in often harsh weather conditions.

When part-time oilman Terry McIver went to Brady, TX in 2004 to buy a used drilling rig, he was surprised to find the company he was visiting was going bankrupt and had just two employees left from over 200 it had a year earlier.

Brady left with the oil rig, but a few months later he went back and bought the company.  Today, Loadcraft is booming as it designs and manufactures trailers and drilling rigs, some of which can cost $9 million.

But with a watchful eye on the economy and the mood swings of the oil industry, Loadcraft’s manufacturing department sought a better, more economical way to paint its trailers and rigs than what they had been doing.

“We wanted to get away from mixing everything by hand,” says Tim Perry, Loadcraft’s paint manager. “Let’s say there was a lot of human error involved.”

For example, they were using a zinc rich epoxy primer and a urethane topcoat on its mobile drilling rigs, but often saw much of the paint go to waste because of the hand mixing.

“It wasn’t efficient to mix six gallons and have two gallons left over that went to scrap,” Perry says. “We thought it would take that much, but you just never know.”

Loadcraft had been using an airless spray system, but after examining several different options settled on Kremlin Rexson Cyclomix system (manufactured by EXEL North America) that automatically mixes the paint and reduces excess waste.

EXEL North America rep Tom Dean at EAH Equipment (Austin, TX) helped install a system for two spray booths for the primer and topcoat, as well as a dual gun management system for a pair of spray guns in each booth.

Dean says the new set-up cuts down Loadcraft’s waste by more than 30%, and estimates the savings to the company at about $100,000 annually.

“Loadcraft had calculated their wa based on the mixed material that was left over from hand mixing,” he says. “They were also spraying with conventional and airless application equipment. We also have the ability now to record actual usage on A side, B side and solvent material being sprayed. We have no left over mixed material besides what is in the hoses to be flushed.”

The Kremlin Rexson Cyclomix Expert can manage up to 24 components (bases, catalysts, flushing solvents), and can handle mono, bi- or tri-component materials. The machine is programmed on a color screen with ratio/tolerance data assist management to monitor material consumptions.

By properly handling the mix, Loadcraft also reduced its VOC output, Dean says.

“We also reduced the solvent flush cycles,” he says. “They now use 50 feet of ¼-inch hose versus large high-pressure pumps and pressure pots that required a large amount of solvent.”

Loadcraft opted for automatic flush boxes which are located in the spraying area, close to the painter so that it enables the person to be hands free while system is flushing.

Perry says having the system programmed to run according to designated specifications is a time saver, as well as a money saver.

“To have it all tied back into a computer is really helpful,” he says. “We had to learn the little tips and tricks to get it set up right, but it went very smoothly.”

Loadcraft specializes in design and manufacturing of 250-2000 horsepower drilling and work over rigs, as well as trailers, dollies, beams, and multi-axle components to support the heavy haul and oilfield transportation industries.

Since McIver brought the company out of bankruptcy, the facilities have expanded to include everything from a machine shop, three weld production lines, an on-site testing area, a vast warehouse and an indoor assembly area.

The company’s equipment can be found anywhere from the San Juan Basin in New Mexico to the deserts of Oman. In the past several years, more than 130 rigs and close to 900 trailers have been shipped to Argentina, Columbia, Kuwait, Chad, Egypt, Turkey, Mexico, Libya, Venezuela, India, Ecuador, Russia, Turkmenistan, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Iran.

That means the paint finish needs to last, especially in 130˚ heat in the Middle East.

“We’ve had good results with the finish so far,” Perry says.

Dean says he can see a better finish with his company’s Kremlin Rexson Airmix Atomization system than the old method Loadcraft was using with airless and conventional spray.

“With airless, the high pressure method would create a dull overall finish due to the lower atomization characteristics of airless spray,” he says. “The Airmix Atomization delivers the material at a very low velocity of 2 ft/sec versus 4 ft/sec with airless and 30 ft/sec with conventional.”

Dean says the Airmix uses a specially designed aircap to provide a smooth and even finish.

“The aircap helps to evenly atomize the paint as it leaves the fluid tip,” he says. “The even atomization allows the paint to be broken down into smaller particles, which provides the best coat with minimal defects or orange peel.”

For more information on EXEL North America products, please call 800-573-5554 or visit www.kremlinrexson-sames.com

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New EOS 15-C25 Air Assisted Airless Pump with Xcite Spray Gun Video

Check out a new video showing the EOS 15-C25 Pump with Xcite Gun spraying with Airmix technology.Lowest start-up pressure. Quietest Pump Operation. Fastest changeover. Simplest Design. Easiest to Maintain. This means a pump that is both easy and fast to start-up. Simple and easy to maintain. This pump will give you the BEST, even, consistentspray patterns and finish quality.The EOS 15-C25 is hands down the BEST Medium Pressure Air Assisted Airless (Airmix) pump on the market.

Introducing the New EOS Pump Range

Press ReleaseKremlin Rexson EOS Pump RangeEXEL North America is pleased to announce the release of the New Kremlin Rexson EOS Pump Range!

Kremlin Rexson has set the standard again for medium pressure solutions. We are introducing the new EOS Pump Range with two pumps: 15-C25 and 30-C25. The New EOS Pump “Accelerates Performance” by delivering Efficiency, Optimization, and Simplicity through its advancements in design, operation, and easier maintenance procedures.

The innovative design and quality components provide reliable performance and allow for simple maintenance, easy cleaning, and fast color changes while using minimal solvents. The cost of ownership and operation is reduced to a minimum.

To lean more about this innovative line of pumps, please visit our website at: http://www.kremlinrexson-sames.com/en/usa/news/139-new_kremlin_rexson_eos_pump_range.html

You may also view our launching video at:

You may also contact EXEL North America at 800.573.5554 or email our marketing team at exelnasolutions

Contact us today to learn how you can get your new EOS Pump!

EXEL North America, Inc.
45001 Five Mile Road
Plymouth, MI 48170

url: www.kremlinrexson-sames.com and view our videos on youtube.com/EXELNorthAmerica

Manufacturer of
Kremlin Rexson, Sames and Johnstone Equipment
An EXEL Industries company

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EXEL North America is pleased to announce the release of the New Kremlin Rexson EOS Pump Range!

EXEL North America is pleased to announce the release of the New Kremlin Rexson EOS Pump Range!

Kremlin Rexson has set the standard again for medium pressure solutions.  We are introducing the new EOS Pump Range with two pumps: 15-C25 and 30-C25. The New EOS Pump “Accelerates Performance” by delivering  Efficiency, Optimization, and Simplicity through its advancements in design, operation, and easier maintenance procedures.

The innovative design and quality components provide reliable performance and allow for simple maintenance, easy cleaning, and fast color changes while using minimal solvents.  The cost of ownership and operation is reduced to a minimum.

To lean more about this innovative line of pumps, please visit our website at: http://www.kremlinrexson-sames.com/en/usa/news/139-new_kremlin_rexson_eos_pump_range.html

You may also view our launching video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfhGOw2FKtk

You may also contact EXEL North America at 800.573.5554 or email our marketing team at exelnasolutions@exel-na.com

Contact us today to learn how you can get your new EOS Pump!

EOS 15-C25

EOS 15-C25 Pump

Trailer Body Builder Magazine Talks NESHAP 6H EPA Paint Compliance for 2011

Trailer Body Builder Magazine is a great site and a magazine in the truck and trailer markets. Great market information and trending available through these guys. They had an article in their Jan 2011 issue highlighting the NESHAP 6H EPA paint rule that is going into effect in March. Read more at their site http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/mag/companies-until-march-0101/

One Size Fits All? Not when it comes to plural component proportioners

When does “One Size Fits All” really actually fit everyone. I hate this term. Especially when competitors use this term when they describe their plural component machines. One Size does not fit all. Are all manufacturers the same and are all plural component paint shops the same? Definitely not. That’s why Kremlin Rexson has three levels. Small, Medium and Large is how I describe them.

I describe our basic mechanical plural component proportioner (the PU2160F) as a Ford Fiesta.  It’s what you need when you need something still reliable, but you don’t need many options, and if you’re running only one fixed ratio and you’re tired of tossing out left over mixed materials. This system comes on a cart and sets up in 10 minutes and cleans up 10 minutes. It can pay for itself in a month depending on how much paint you use.

The mid line model (PU3000) is a hybrid electronic/mechanical plural component proportioner.  It’s like a Ford Fusion with basic accessories.  If you need mixing accuracies around 1% and variable ratios, but don’t want something complex or too expensive, then the PU3000 would fit you best.

The top line series is called the Cyclomix Expert. It’s the Lincoln Town-car with automatic park assist and the option that slows down your car when you use cruise control and get too close to another car. With a micro PLC built-in, we can customize this to report different usage reports, alarm logs, password protection and handle multiple colors. Even if you’re a small job shop, but you use expensive plural component paints, this system helps you keep your waste costs down and your management happy because of the quality performance increases you’ll get with this system.

And since we manufacture the Kremlin Rexson line, we can customize these “Off the Shelf” solutions to your needs. One Size Fits all. Yeah right.

General Industrial + (plus) Automotive Sealant and Dispensing ‘-‘ (minus) the caulk gun

Johnstone and Kremlin Rexson products are used all through automotive and general industrial sealant and dispense applications throughout the world. It surprises and amazes me to see how many glueing, sealing, and adhesive dispense applications are still done with caulk guns or manual dispense systems that have no fluid delivery controls. Ok, sure, fluid delivery controls can be expensive. But that’s why we have solutions that are priced for general industrial users that have the precision and durability required in an automotive plant.

That’s another thing I like about EXEL North America. We have automotive and general industrial application engineering and R&D working hand in hand everyday. The transfer of technology between the two groups is like when the Williams sisters play doubles tennis. They challenge each other on price points, quality, and innovation. A balance of chemistry that’s hard to find just anywhere.

If you have an application you want us to look at for sealant and dispense, whether it’s big or small, manual or automatic, email us at exelnasolutions@exel-na.com

Considering all your options when it comes to a paint system

During my morning cup of coffee I was thinking about why more and more manufacturers have been choosing EXEL North America and our products (Kremlin Rexson, Sames, and Johnstone). I even was thinking, why did I choose this company from the options of companies I could work for. And then I thought of the definition of the word.

Option (op•tion) ˈäp-shən
1. An Act of Choosing
2. The right to choose
3. Something that may be chosen
4. An offensive football play in which a back may choose whether to pass or run with the ball

I like the first two definitions because it makes me think of manufacturers out there that sometimes feel tied to the equipment that they have on their floor. One company we recently starting doing business with had Graco on their floor because they felt Graco was the only REAL option to consider for spray guns and pumps.

And then they met us – A one stop shopping experience. We could do the engineering required for sizing their paint kitchen correctly, make sure the robotic painters were positioned properly in the booth, dial in the settings of their paint applicators and 2K Gear pumps, and even work with their paint supplier to adjust the paint formulation to give them the best quality and finish on their products. There’s about 20 other things we did for them as well, but who likes to brag anyways.

Bottom line, we’re a great option if you might not engineering resources that have extensive paint finishing, coating, and dispense experience. We’re a great option if you want one company to handle everything from the paint kitchen to the spray gun/bell tip.

Am I selling our capabilities pretty heavily? Sure. It’s my job to do so.

Nevertheless, I just wanted you to know that you’ve got options – even if you feel like you don’t have any that are worth a hill of beans. And if you’re looking for the 4th definition of “option,” ok, we’ll be a running back too.

Dispensing sealants and adhesives with robots = my kind of fun.

Manufacturing plants are trying lean up and “six sigma” the heck out of every single process in their plant. When it comes to dispensing sealants and adhesives, whether it’s LASD or a wood sealer for kitchen cabinets, EXEL North America and Johnstone Dispense Systems have got you covered. I really don’t want to say the cliché “We sell you solutions.” But I just did. It’s true though. We work with material suppliers to develop new high viscosity products and the application methods to dispense sealants and adhesives FASTER, BETTER, and MORE ACCURATELY. How big is our lab exactly? It’s BIG.

Come by and see us to talk about a dispensing application you want to improve. Or start with just an email to exelnasolutions@exel-na.com.

NESHAP Compliance Forms Due January 11th

Did you get your NESHAP Forms in on Jan. 11th? If you’re a metal finishing paint shop, I sure hope you did. HVLP Technology or better, that’s what you need in your metal finishing and metal painting paint shop. Whether is a Graco Pump with a Binks HVLP Spray Gun, or you’re looking at ITW Devilbiss, make sure you get this done. It can cost you $75,000 per day in fines. Full compliance is due only 3 months in March. EXEL North America manufactures some of the best Kremlin Rexson and Sames alternatives to Graco, ITW, Nordson, Wagner … you name it. And we also offer NESHAP compliance training and fill out all your paperwork with you, and we do this all across North America. Contact us if you’re interested – exelnasolutions@exel-na.com

See our NESHAP Compliance Quick Overview video we presented at the National Trailer Dealers Association this past October