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FABTECH 2010

Tools USA and Paint-Booths will be attending FABTECH 2010.  FABTECH is North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, finishing and welding event with over 1,000 exhibiting companies.

FABTECH
FABTECH Location

FABTECH 2010
Georgia World Congress Center
Atlanta, Georgia
November 2-4, 2010
https://www.fabtechexpo.com/

Be Advised – The New NESHAP rules could affect your business!!

New NESHAP 6-H RULE – Paint Stripping and Various Spraying Operations
The National Emissions Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) is the air quality division of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  NESHAP defined new air quality requirements for surface coating and paint stripping operations in 2008. It becomes enforceable at the end of 2010.  This new rule defines a form that has to be submitted for new or modified spray and stripping operations for vehicles and mobile equipment.  The forms and requirements are available on-line through your local EPA office at https://www.epa.gov/. Continue reading Be Advised – The New NESHAP rules could affect your business!!

When Should Spray Booth Filters be Changed?

Filters are often overlooked when evaluating the performance of a spray booth.  A filter is a relatively inexpensive component of a spray booth and should be changed when necessary.  Changing filters will help in avoiding poor finish jobs and unsafe conditions caused by inhibited air flow which can build toxic and combustible fumes.

Intake – Change filters when they fill with dust and dirt.  Many auto body shops will change filters every two to four weeks if the booth is used daily.

Exhaust – Paint arrestor filters need to be changed under the following conditions:

  • When the material being sprayed may react with something that has already been sprayed with these filters so as to create a toxic or spontaneous event.
  • The static pressure differential is 0.5” or greater.  This differential is measured on the manometer and is based on an empty booth with clean filters.  Once the static pressure is above the basis line (0.5”), the exhaust filters need to be changed.
  • Powder coat filters can be vacuumed many times and usually last 500-1000 hours.

Please contact Tools USA for information on spray booth filters or to order replacement filters.

Waterborne Paint Conversion for your Auto Body and Industrial Shop

Waterborne conversion is coming soon!  Auto Body Shop and Industrial suppliers will only be able to provide low VOC products after the conversion.  Is your shop ready or do you need insight as to how to make your collision or industrial shop waterborne compliant?  You might need paint equipment upgrades as well as additional training to ensure a smooth waterborne conversion.

What has your body shop done to get ready for the new standards?

When will your auto body shop convert?

Call or email Kelly for more information.  KellyG@Standardtool.com

Fire Prevention in Spray Booths

Top 10 Really Bad Ideas for Spray Booths (or What a great way to have a fire!!)

  1. Using any electrical device in a paint booth.
  2. Thinking how cool it would be to have an electrical outlet in the spray booth wall.
  3. Smoking in a spray paint booth.
  4. Grinding or welding in a paint booth.
  5. Not using a licensed electrical contractor to wire the booth lights and fan.
  6. Not performing routine maintenance of cleaning the walls/ceilings/floor or changing filters.
  7. Not installing an automatic fire suppression system.
  8. Not assembling the spray booth as shown in the manual.
  9. Using your spray booth to store excessive paint or other combustible materials.
  10. Not training your booth operators about fire safety.

The NFPA-33 standard defines the safety requirements for spray booths.  This standard is available through Techstreet.  This is a good investment that will save you money, but you might not have that great fire story to tell your friends.

Shop Paint Booths at Tools USA.

Spray Booth and Paint Booth Filters

Spray Booth Filters need to be changed regularly to maintain operational efficiencies for your Paint Booth.

The following are the different type of paint booth filters:

1. Exhaust Filters – Trap any leftover pollutants prior to the air entering the atmosphere.  These spray booth filters are typically changed after 50-100 working hours.

2. Intake Filters – Cleans the air coming into the spray booth.

Shop Paint Booth Filters at Tools USA.

For further questions, contact KellyG@standardtool.com or call 1-800-451-2425.

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