Investment part of $12.5 million in capital projects for 2015
LA VERGNE, TENN. – Quality Industries Inc. (QI), a precision metalworks company headquartered in La Vergne, Tenn., has invested $3.7 million in a new, state-of-the-art powder coating system at its main operational facility just outside of Nashville.
Designed from the ground up, QI's new powder coating system includes a Nordson ColorMax® II spray booth and upgraded conveyor, with customized washing and oven systems. In addition to these machinery advances, the company has already significantly advanced its fundamental chemical technology – converting from an iron phosphate system to an environmentally friendly zirconium-based powder coating technology.
QI’s $3.7 million investment in new powder coating technology is part of a larger $12.5 million company-wide capital program for 2015, and will significantly bolster the company’s efforts to better serve its customers and achieve future growth, while improving overall quality and efficiency.
"For more than 30 years, QI has serviced the needs of our customers – providing them with comprehensive fabrication, finishing, assembly and powder coating under one roof," said Warren Hayslip, QI’s CEO and president. "Our focus on integrated services also means we place a high priority on the modernization of our equipment and advancements in our technical capabilities as critical elements in our overall growth strategy."
Specific features of the new system include: an I-beam conveyor system that allows for larger, heavier parts and a faster speed line; a washing system that accommodates longer and wider parts—equipped with feedback sensors for chemical monitoring of usage and efficiency; a system that exceeds industry standards by yielding more than 2,500 hours of corrosion resistance based on ASTM testing; and an oven system that prevents thermal conduction and has virtually eliminates radiant heat emitted to shop floor. Additionally, the Nordson ColorMax® II spray booth changes colors in as little as 10 minutes. (The previous system required 30-minutes.) Overall, these improvements have increased processing speed by nearly 50 per cent.
For additional information about the new system's many benefits—including improved quality, increased productivity, decreased downtime and reduced energy consumption—visit http://www.qualityindustries.com/news-and-events/2015/07/08/powder-coating-technology-advancements.1675801.
About Quality Industries Inc.
Headquartered near Nashville, Tenn, Quality Industries, with a manufacturing capacity soon to exceed 330,000 square feet, is a precision metal works company offering a broad array of fabrication capabilities (including punching, cutting, welding, forming, bending, and stamping), with additional strengths in finishing, powder coating, custom assembly, engineering design, and supply chain management. Founded in 1972, the family-owned company has grown to be one of the largest and most diverse independent metal works in the country, servicing a wide variety of industries—including heavy transportation, alternative energy, electrical enclosures, and towing & recovery equipment. The company employs more than 500 people, including expert technicians operating 5,000-watt laser-cutting machines, manual and robotic welding cells, CNC punches, press brakes, stamping presses, integrated assembly and metal finishing cells, and powder coating and wet paint lines. The company's engineering team brings fabrication expertise to customers' ideas, refining and improving designs to maximize integrity, functionality, and efficiency—while minimizing production costs. A second facility in Denton TX, now under construction, will provide more than 86,000 square feet of additional space as part of a substantial investment plan in equipment, systems, and people to serve the growing needs of its customers. For more information, visit www.QualityIndustries.com.