New Paint Finishing Line to Boost Fabricator and Finisher's Productivity

Southern Aluminum Finishing Company (SAF) has announced a new paint finishing line designed especially for architectural panels and assemblies. The paint line has been installed in its fabrication center in Georgia to facilitate speedy turnaround of fabricated panels and parts.

The line can handle piece sizes up to 3 feet by 8 feet by 24 feet, and is automated with integral parts dry-off and curing ovens to speed up the curing process. SAF expects lead times to be reduced as painting capacity more than doubles and material doesn't have to be shuttled between facilities. The line is designed to minimize the possibility of cross contamination in the oven and reduce debris in the finish. The line is approved for application of all major Kynar/Hylar based finishes, including: Duranar®, Fluropon®, Fluropon Classic®, and Sunstorm®.

Additionally, the new SAF paint line has environmental innovations, featuring one of the lowest environmental footprints in the country. A zero discharge pre-treat system is designed to meet or exceed upcoming EPA requirements. SAF has also implemented a Chrome Chromate pretreatment to facilitate the need of its customer's to have alodine pretreated material for adhesion purposes.

"We have become one of the only architectural fabricators that can apply extreme performance architectural paints in the same facility with state of the art fabrication. This reduces both transportation costs and lead times. This reinforces our goal to be the fastest producer of every product we sell and to offer a package of capability, quality, price, and lead time that is second to none," states Jim McClatchey, Vice President.

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