Temple Products of Indiana, Inc. powder coats aluminum extrusions. While their parts are mostly used on recreational vehicles and cargo trailers, Temple also powder coats components for specialty vehicles like ambulances.
It had become clear that Temple needed to increase line speed significantly without reducing line density to handle their challenging production schedule. The existing equipment was not capable of meeting their demands and they were interested in upgrading to the latest technology the powder coating industry has to offer. After a lab trial at Gema USA, Temple felt that the OptiSystem™ offered the solution they were looking for.
An automated system including OptiGun™ automatic powder guns, OptiFlow™ pumps and OptiTronic Plus™ control units was installed. Gema USA’s AutoTracker™ Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) was added to enable automatic gun triggering and precision control.
According to John Loomis, “We knew we were going to see powder savings, but we never expected to save this much — our powder usage has decreased by 40%.” The OptiSystem allows Temple to put the right amount of powder on the part, creating less waste and enabling them to increase throughput by 60%. Upgrading with Gema gave us the efficiency we were looking for and a payback in just 3 months.
“I got much more out of this upgrade than I ever expected — we’re getting 60% more throughput using 40% less powder.”
— John Loomis, Temple Products of Indiana, Inc.
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.