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SERFILCO's Mission Statement

Simply stated, SERFILCO´s mission is to be a proactive partner with their customers and the industries they serve to meet the challenges imposed by a global economy and increasingly stringent governmental controls regarding safety and waste reduction.

Powder Coat Failures and How to Avoid Them

Powder coating is applied in various plants across the UK using the well known methodology of spraying electrostatically charged fine polyester based powders onto a product rather than using a wet solvent or painting method. Products powder coated are then baked at an optimum temperature to melt the powder which allows it to flow, the product is then allowed to cool and the coating sets. The problem is, like most opaque coatings, whilst the finish looks good, any coating can hide a multitude of sins on the surface of the metal, the substrate, which will become evident over time.

British Coatings Federation welcomes FTA but calls for more significant changes to UK REACH

The British Coatings Federation has welcomed the news of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the UK and EU. Despite the lateness of the decision, an FTA will mean, among other things, that BCF members will be able to benefit from tariff-free trade with the EU in future. This at least will ensure the coatings and printing inks sectors across Europe will not now be hit by new tariff costs of an estimated £100 million.

New premises addition at Lanemark helps with crisis response

Lanemark Combustion Engineering Ltd., manufacturers of process gas burner systems used in a range of industrial operations – from metal pretreatment to brewing – is making full use of a new fabrication facility to help meet challenges posed by the current global issue. The Nuneaton-based company had brought a new production unit on stream just prior to the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic and says it is now helping it maintain customer commitments while also observing the appropriate social distancing advice and instructions.

Alesta® AP QualiSteel – efficient and sustainable coating of galvanized steel

The innovative powder coating Alesta® AP QualiSteel for the coating of hot dipped galvanized steel offers benefits coaters have been looking for. Excellent degassing properties and a good flow ensure a superb surface appearance. The fast and reliable curing at low temperatures enables energy savings and an increase in productivity. Very good UV and humidity resistance according to QUALISTEELCOAT specifications provide longer life cycles of coated parts. Additionally, Axalta Coating Systems' new label-free and low consumption powder coatings, which are available in a wide range of RAL based colours, make coating more sustainable.

New PhoenixTM Thermal View Software . . . New Paint Cure Analysis Power

PhoenixTM has released a new version of Thermal View Finishing software complimenting it range of thru-process temperature profiling systems used in the Coating industry. The Finishing software brings some significant new analysis and reporting features designed specifically for temperature monitoring paint and powder cure processes.

Pandemic focuses manufacturing companies on the need to rethink UK support

The current Covid19 situation has exacerbated the massive hole in the UK servicing and support market for hermetically sealed degreasing systems. Traditionally many engineering companies have depended upon European engineers travelling to the UK to undertake not only basic maintenance and servicing but also to solve ongoing issues. As well as proving to be expensive the entire concept has often involved “grouping” service visits between operators in an attempt to minimise costs as far as possible. This has frequently resulted in significant delays in support, sometimes to the detriment of ongoing system integrity.