PIGMENT AND RESIN TECHNOLOGY JULY 1984 17 Compared with just over three years ago, F. Francis & Sons Ltd, now Britain's No. 3 drum and paint can manufacturers, have increased production of 25 litre drums at their Greenwich works by 160 per cent. In fact, production is currently ahead of the capacity that the line was originally designed to handle. The key factor in this increased productivity is the paint finishing section that was installed at the end of the line just over a year ago. This consists of three automatic Kremlin Airmix spray guns, opera tin g off a 16:35 Airmix pump unit, a new spray booth and a Mono-rail conveyor system that takes the coated drums through a Maywick gas-fired, radiant heat tunnel oven for curing. Previously, an automatic conventional air spray system was used. Accordin g to Mr. Vic Jackson, Manager of the Drum Dept., since switching to the Kremli n Airmix system the overall painting production cap is quickly fitted to the Airmix gun to give a close has increased by well over 50 per cent, wit h a marked fan width. In each case the drums are painted — or reductio n in paint and lacquer over-spray. He adds lacquered — in one cycle. that the Kremlin Airmix system also gives a good F. Francis & Sons Ltd. supply 5 gall, 20L qualit y finish with the minimum of rejects, and that and 25L drums to a variety of industries including colour change is faster than with the previous con food , oil, chemicals, paints and thinners. A con ventional air spray system using pressure pots. Spray siderable number of drums are printed to customers' ing metallic paints has presented no problems. Mr. requirements in F. Francis' own tin printing depart Jackson also makes the important point that the Air ment. One hundred per cent in-line testing is carried mi x automatic guns have only required one service, out on all drums, as also the company's paint cans. whic h was exactly a year after its installation. The new drum line and finishing section is The automatic Kremlin Airmix system is used part of a programme of investment in technology that for spraying new and reconditioned drums. The posi F. Francis has pursued over the past three years. Also tionin g of the three spray guns depends on the mode part of this programme is the new powder coating of finishing. Sometimes this will be to spray the line that was opened only last month for the coating bottoms of the drums only; sometimes the sides of seams on cans containing high quality water based only ; and on other occasions the bottom of the drum paints. This is the first such line for paint cans in and the rim only. In this latter case a different air Europe and believed to be the first in the world.
Pigment & Resin Technology – Emerald Publishing
Published: Jul 1, 1984
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