The Client
Allan Industrial Coatings, located in Allison, Iowa, is the Midwest’s premier coating job shop. Allan was founded in 1979 by Dave and Monte Allan, who still participate in management of the company along with current owner, Steve Hayes. Currently operating out of two facilities in Allison, one facility houses sandblasting and liquid coating operations, while the other 60,000 sq. ft. facility is dedicated to their powder coating operations. These facilities can accommodate small parts up to some of the largest parts in the industry, including products such as agricultural and recreational equipment, store fixtures, and computer components.

The Challenge
Although Allan received a quality finish with their Gema USA Easy Series™ manual powder guns, they realized the need to upgrade to an automated system that would enable them to grow their business and meet customer demands. Allan wanted equipment that would reduce powder usage, increase production throughput, increase film thickness consistency, while still maintaining a high quality finish and reducing costs.

The Solution
Equipment capabilities, turnaround time, and the best value solution were major factors in choosing Gema USA. Allan decided on the Magic Cylinder® booth, OptiGun® automatic powder guns, and OptiTronic Plus™ control units. Two OptiFlex™ Manual Wall Units were also installed for touch-up work.

The Savings
As a result of the upgrade, Allan increased their productivity, reduced powder usage, improved film thickness consistency, lowered rejects, as well as overall operating costs. “With the savings we are recognizing, the upgrade will pay for itself in one year,” stated Brian Fecht, Plant Manager.

Please note: The above Case Study has been prepared by Gema USA, a supplier of Modean Industries, and is being reproduced with Gema USA’s permission. Hani Azzam of Modean Industries supervised the design and engineering of several of the original Gema systems in the United States.