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Automatisering voor schuren, lakken en voorbehandelen, vandaag al een realiteit!

Automatisering, vaak denkt men hierbij direct aan allerhande hightech toepassingen. Maar ook voor de doorsnee oppervlaktebehandelaar is Automatisering reeds mogelijk en betaalbaar. Zo kan op het gebied van oppervlaktebehandeling een toenemend aantal taken, dat eerst door mensen werd uitgevoerd, door robots worden uitgevoerd.

Om Automatisering in een oppervlaktebehandelingsproces op de juiste wijze door te voeren dient keten overstijgend nagedacht te worden over de gehele procesvoering. Een mooi voorbeeld hiervan is het Automatiseringsconcept van  dat door nauwe samenwerking tussen Spuiterij, Machineontwikkelaar, Chemieleverancier en verfleverancier tot stand is gekomen voor het coatingsproces van aluminium trailers.

Het concept is eenvoudig, zowel het schuurproces, chemische voorbehandelproces en lakproces worden door een soortgelijk automatiserings-systeem uitgevoerd. Het zijn twee geautomatiseerde armen die een trailer van voor tot achter behandelen. Door middel van lasersystemen wordt de juiste afstand bepaald tot de trailer en zodoende kan de trailer in één keer snel en grondig behandeld worden. Visueel ziet het er uit zoals een carwash. Deze geautomatiseerde armen zorgen er voor dat het grootste deel van de trailers inmiddels niet meer handmatig geschuurd worden, maar dat dit werk door automatisering is overgenomen. Een zeer innovatief concept in een conservatieve industrie!cleaner mm 31 automatisering

De samenwerking

Roland van Meer. Business Unit Manager van chemicaliënleverancier AD Chemicals, legt uit hoe die samenwerking tot stand is gekomen. “Vanuit Knapen Trailers kwam in 2015 de vraag om de door de lakleveranciers opgelegde Chroom(VI) primers te vervangen, of in ieder geval de nieuw in gebruik genomen systemen te verbeteren om zodoende het voorheen met ChroomVI behaalde kwaliteitsniveau te evenaren, zonder het gebruik van het inmiddels omstreden ChroomVI.

Spuiterij Munsters welke applicateur is van Knapen Trailers, is expert in schade herstel en het aanbrengen van laksystemen op diverse objecten waaronder trailers. Spuiterij munsters is altijd op zoek naar innovatieve manieren om een meer duurzaam en efficiënt bedrijfsproces mogelijk te maken.

Chemisch voorbehandelen van trailers

Naast de innovatie op vlak van Automatisering is ook de chemische voorbehandelingsstap innovatief te noemen. Nadat de trailer geschuurd is kan namelijk in 1 procesgang een conversiecoating aangebracht worden waardoor corrosiebescherming en lakhechting significant verbeteren.  Deze laag is flinterdun waardoor hierna vrijwel direct de coating opgebracht kan worden.

Roland van Meer. “Het vergde echter wel de nodige daadkracht om dit van de grond te krijgen, omdat we geïmplementeerd diende te worden in een sector waar men van oudsher geen uitgebreide ervaring heeft met chemie. Dit heeft ertoe geleidt dat er een applicatiemiddel diende te komen dat zou passen binnen het systeem van de applicateur. Zodoende kwam van Meer in contact met Spuiterij Munsters.

Met Precoat F31-20 van AD Chemicals kan een trailer binnen 13 minuten volledig worden voorzien van een conversiecoating. Ondertussen heeft de medewerker de tijd om de primer te mixen en mengen. Waarna deze 13 minuten voorbij zijn is ook de trailer volledig droog waarna diezelfde spuitautomaat de primer kan aanbrengen. De volgende stap is het doortrekken naar de aflakcabine. Daar vervuld de spuitautomaat opnieuw zijn taak als lakker, waarna de trailer kan worden uitgemoffeld en de kabine klaar is voor de rest van het spuitproces.

Een mooi eindresultaat aldus een trotse Van Meer, die graag meer van dit soort toepassingen van Automatisering in de praktijk wil brengen. “Je creëert een stuk stabiliteit, zowel bij het aanbrengen van de chemie als bij het lakken. Tevens zorg je door het weghalen van de menselijke factor dat je eindresultaten meer instelbaar en controleerbaar zijn.” En meetbaarheid en controleerbaarheid borgen de betrouwbaarheid waar wij als bedrijf voor staan.

Techniek promoten in de markt

Op dit moment promoten AD Chemicals en Spuiterij Munsters deze techniek gezamenlijk in de trailersector. Bent u benieuwd naar de mogelijkheden voor uw bedrijfsproces dan kunt u contact opnemen voor gedetailleerde analyse omtrent de mogelijkheden.

Meer informatie:

Roland van Meer, www.adinternationalbv.com
Yvonne van Lier www.spuiterijmunsters.nl

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Meet AD Chemicals at the ESEF Maakindustrie trade show 2020

Being the threshold of a new decade, the month of December has flown by for AD Chemical. Considering that the month of December is generally a month that is filled in the light of good intentions and get-togethers, it is our good intention to get together with you at stand D111 in Hal 4 of the ESEF Maakindustrie fair somewhere between the 17th until the 20th of March 2020 at the Jaarbeurs venue in the city of Utrecht. Here we will present you our innovative concept for replacing solvents for degreasing and cleaning metal prior to the coating process.

If you would like to receive a personal invitation for this event, please contact: contact@adinternationalbv.com

We are looking forward to meeting you!

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AD: On the shoulders of giants

 

 

Coming Tuesday, December 10th, the city of Stockholm (Sweden) is the host of the annual Nobel Prize award Ceremony. With specific interest we importunately follow the prizewinners in the fields of Physics and Chemistry.

As a manufacturer and supplier of surface treatment chemicals, our laboratory technicians with their characteristic knowledge, stand on the shoulders of giants in their daily proceedings. Without the discoveries of these predecessors, they would never have been capable of achieving the incredible forerunning results they are providing for us on a daily basis.

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Seminar: Innovation in coating processes for heavy duty steel constructions

AD Chemicals will highlight the latest developments in coating and pretreatment at the Surface Campus, 14-11-2018, Brabanthallen Den Bosch, the Netherlands. See the program below:

Register for this seminar for free at: https://surfacecampus.nl/2018/10/10/innovatie-in-coatingproces-voor-opdrachtgevers-chemicalien-en-lakleveranciers/

 

Locatie Conferentieruimte A
Thema Voorbehandeling
Zaalvoorzitter Roland van Meer
13.30 – 14.00 uur Low temperature zinc phosphate: An innovative concept reduces process costs and saves money (Engels)
(meer informatie)
dr. Ulrich Hönig
(Kluthe Benelux)
14.00 – 15.00 uur Combipresentatie: (meer informatie)
Hollandia: Innovatie binnen de conservering van staalconstructies
Wim van ‘t Hof en Nardo Hoogendijk
(Hollandia Infra)
Game changer voor oppervlaktepreparatie voorafgaand aan coatingproces
ing. Roland van Meer
(AD Chemicals)
Blik op innovatie staalconservering vanuit de lakleverancier
Anita Snoeren
(Powder Supply)

Comprehensive congress programme

SURFACE Campus will offer around 75 different lectures in hall 4. Let the stories inspire you. Take master classes to put theory into practice. And present your issues to experts during one of the consultation moments. The congress hall is where you’ll be the first to hear about the latest developments. So be there, if you want to stay up-to-date.

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AD Chemicals and Hollandia Infra nominated for Innovation Award ION Borghardt 2018

AD Chemicals, together with steel construction company Hollandia Infra have been nominated for the ION Borghardt 2018 award.

The ION Borghardt Award is the acknowledgement for innovation and sustainability. Once every two years, the Ministry of Economic Affairs awards one company that shows how vital sustainability and innovation are in the surface treatment industry.

An independent jury, selected by Stichting Borghardt examines the entries and nominates the ten best ideas to be exhibited at the trade show. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, 13 November 2018. The award show marks the kick-off of SURFACE Campus.

 

ad precoat innovation award

(image copyrights, ION, Netherlands)

 

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AD Chemicals, latest innovations chrome-6 free

AD Chemicals has more than 40 years of experience in developing, manufacturing and worldwide supply of a wide range of metal surface pre-treatment chemicals. Pre-treatment is an essential process on metal products that are coated to provide a durable and attractive finish. AD Chemicals draws knowledge and expertise from across the range of AD International chemical disciplines to provide customers with the best possible advice from a leader in its field. This results in robust and reliable processes that are efficient and cost effective.

AD is known in the market for its innovative and market exceeding chromium(VI)-free conversion coatings that meet or outperform hexavalent based treatments. Products are marketed under the “PreCoat” brandname. Many surface treatment operations desire certification by industry organizations, especially when applied to new and technically driven products. Customers have come to rely on AD Chemicals to assist in or lead the certification process. All products meet or exceed current market standards such as GSB, Qualicoat, Qualisteelcoat and MIL.

Latest innovations:

PreCoat Z31: Cromium(VI)-free multi-metal conversion coating, tailored to the high demands for duplex coating applicators (powder coating over hot-dip galvanized steel). Only European alternative that performs equal to chromium(VI). Meets the Qualisteelcoat and GSB standard. Winner of 2016 Dutch Innovation Award for surface treatments. Also Qualicoat(A-119) approved for aluminium.

PreCoat TVL: Multi-metal (iron, steel, galvanized) passivation to upgrade the iron phosphating process, enables corrosion protection over 1000 hours NSS. Exceeds Qualisteelcoat standard and has a Qualicoat (A-095) approval for aluminum.

PreCoat A34: Based on a high-tech aerospace technology. Chromium(III) based conversion coating that enables bare metal corrosion protection in combination with excellent paint adhesion and corrosion resistance, Qualicoat (A-126) approved.

PreCoat CF: Complete chromium-free conversion coating for aluminium. GSB and Qualicoat (A-021) approved. No rinse system.coversion coating PreCoat chromium-6 free

Checklist for selecting a toll manufacturer

In this checklist we would like to summarize several facts you should take into account when selecting a toll manufacturer.

 

  1. NDA/Confidentiality: Always check if you are dealing with a reliable and trustworthy partner with a significant track record in blending/tolling chemicals confidentially. A company should welcome NDA’s (Non-Disclosure Agreement) with business partners/clients to ensure absolute confidentiality.
  2.  Quality Control: Make sure the toll blender is able to match the production quality that is desired. Ask for ways they make sure that production quality is ensured.
  3. Raw Materials purchasing: The toll manufacturer you choose should have a good network in the supply chain of your products. Hereby you make sure that you get a competitive price. Raw materials are often a significant component of the final commercial pricing.
  4. Knowledgeable partner: Look for a partner with extensive chemical knowhow. You might be surprised by the ways you could improve your product, only of course if this is desirable.
  5. Packaging: Always check if a custom manufacturer is able to package the chemical products according to your specifications. A lot of toll manufactures also offer private label services.
  6. Legislation: It is important to look for a manufacturer that also has knowledge about legislation matters. For example knowledge and best practices in applying REACH for products produced in the EU.
  7. Transportation: To save costs in the supply chain it can be interesting to transport the products directly from the toll manufacturer to your customer. If you want to make use of such a service, always check if there is a possibility for blind shipments. Furthermore, inform if your toller has any limitations in transporting your products on time on the right destination worldwide when needed.

 

AD Productions provides toll manufacturing and blending services for a wide range of (specialty) chemicals. AD Productions has a track record of more than 40 years and serves global conglomerates as well as regional specialized suppliers.  AD Productions offers total program management skills to encompass purchasing, quality control, traceability, documentation and certification.  Furthermore we are ISO 9000, 14001 certified and  our production facility is licenced under Seveso III regulations and REACH.

More information? Visit our toll blending services page.

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Alternative Corrosion Protection Pre-treatments for Aluminium Alloys

Aluminium alloys are extensively used in space programs for both structural and non-structural applications. As well known, the corrosion resistance of these alloys is quite limited and anticorrosion treatment is needed.

The most used treatment currently used for improving the corrosion resistance of aluminium alloys are usually chromate (CrVI-based) conversion coatings (CCC). Due to the high environmental impact of these compounds, the REACH Regulation of the European Union decided to limit/restrict the use of hexavalent chromium. A sunset date of mid-2017 has been already set.

For the time being many chromate-free alternative products are available but they have found to be significantly inferior in terms of corrosion protection performances with respect to the chromate options. In this regard there is a great need to develop high performance hexavalent chromium-free anti-corrosion coatings with low environmental impact and conformity with the EU regulations.

The European Space Agency (ESA) is currently involved in a TRP contract with Instituto de Soldadura e Qualidade (ISQ) that is currently on-going. The objective of this study is to evaluate the anticorrosion behaviour of the different alternative pre-treatments applied to the most used aluminium. The outcome of this activity will be the identification and the optimization of the most promising anticorrosion pre-treatment.

Several commercial Cr(VI) free processes were applied onto aluminium alloys (2024-T3 and 2024-T81) used in the construction of ESA spacecraft, in order to investigate their anticorrosive properties compared with Alodine 1200, a widely used conventional CCC. One of these commercial processes (PreCoat A32) presented good anticorrosion performance, even better than Alodine 1200 and these results are presented in this paper.

Salt spray resistance is included in the testing program as well as metallurgical coating evaluation that include microscopy (SEM) observations before and after testing and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), in order to evaluate surface and microstructural modifications due to degradation mechanisms. Further studies must be performed with the this promising alternative, modifying application parameters, in order to achieve improved corrosion protection efficiency.

Key Words: Aluminium alloy, Conversion coating, Anti-corrosion coatings, SEM, EIS

Source: Whitepaper Springer.com,Journal of Coatings Technology and Research, pp 1–14, Alternative corrosion protection pretreatments for aluminum alloys

Interested in PreCoat A32 passivation or the full whitepaper? Contact chemicals@adinternationalbv.com

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Most promising innovation for grit blasting ; Combining blasting and chemical pretreatment

One of the most important factors influencing paint adhesion and corrosion resistance is surface preparation. To ensure optimum performance and long-term environmental resistance, metal substrates must be free of organic and inorganic contaminants. To prepare a surface one can basically choose between 2 options, blasting or chemical pretreatment.

 

  1. Mechanical/Blasting – Abrasive particles (sand, grit or metal oxides) are projected against the surface with a stream of air. The character or quality of the treatment is affected by duration of the blast; shape and size of the blasting media; particle velocity; and the hardness, porosity and other substrate properties. A metal surface treatment of blasting ensures a uniformly cleaned surface and good paint adhesion but lacks corrosion resistance on the substrate.

 

  1. Chemical processes, on the other hand, utilize organic and inorganic chemicals to achieve two reactions: • Dissolve, suspend or eliminate soils and surface contaminants. • Convert metal surfaces from the essentially free metallic state into metallic compounds.New option: Combining the worlds of blasting and chemical processingCurrently, AD Chemicals, a subdivision of the Dutch AD, International launches a revolutionary new product on the global grit/sand blasting market. This product is called PreCoat F31/20 suitable for the treatment of substrate steel and PreCoat Z31/20 for the substrates aluminum and galvanized steel. PreCoat is a chemical treatment applied directly after grit/sand blasting or metallization (also referred to as metal spraying). This product portfolio is the result of an R&D trajectory of more than 8 years. PreCoat F31/20 and Z31/20 significantly improve the quality of sandblasted or metallized products.

It has two main benefits; by applying the product directly after grit/sand blasting, a conversion layer is created that substantially improves the adhesion of the painting system (suitable for wet painting and powder coating) and significantly enhances the corrosion-protection resistance properties of the paint system as a whole. The application procedure of PreCoat is very easy and can be easily integrated in every business processes.

The innovative aspect of these products is that it combines the worlds of grit/sand blasting and chemical pre-treatment.

PreCoat F31/20 and Z31/20 are based on PreCoat Z31, a product that won the Dutch Innovation Award for surface treatment, ION Borghardt Award 2016.

AD Chemicals is introducing this product on the worldwide market. The first user responses are very promising. A large blasting company in the Netherlands stated: “With this product I am able to improve to overall quality of my products and therefore offer my customers more value. It is a tool to distinguish myself in a competitive market place”

Besides that the responses from our agents in Spain and the UK are very promising.

As products are better protected against corrosion, the product lifetime increases and thereby lowers the ecological footprint. See below the pictures after 500 hours salt spray testing where the difference is demonstrated between the regular automated grit blasting process and the grit blasting process with PreCoat treatment.

precoat blasting powdercoating chemical pretreatment test results

Want to know more about this innovation? E-mail to chemicals@adinternatonalbv.com

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Innovative chromium (VI)- free processes (AD Chemicals/Weert Group)

 

PreCoat Z31 for galvanized steel: First in Europe

AD Chemicals (chemical supplier) and Weert Group (galvanizer and powder coating applicator) are introducing an innovative chromium (VI)- free pretreatment system prior to powder coating on galvanized steel (Duplex-system). Weert Group is the first galvanizer in Europe to implement this new technology that complies with both the GSB and Qualicoat (Approval No. A-119) standard.

For making this innovation possible, there has been a joint research and development trajectory of more than 8 years. The uniqueness of the PreCoat Z31 pretreatment lies in the fact that it is a 1-on-1 replacement for chromium (VI), meaning that all the qualitative properties are sustained (corrosion protection, paint adhesion, passivation). This results in a corrosion protection and paint adhesion of more than 2000 hours of NSS, a performance to be proud of. The expectation of AD Chemicals and Weert Group is that this new system will become the (global) market standard in chromium (VI) free pretreatments on galvanized steel.

 

More innovations from AD Chemicals: PreCoat F31/20 and Z31/20 for grit blasting

AD Chemicals launches a revolutionary new product on the global grit/sand blasting market. Namely, PreCoat F31/20 suitable for treatment of steel and PreCoat Z31/20 for aluminum and galvanized steel. PreCoat is a chemical treatment applied directly after grit/sand blasting or metallization(also referred to as metal spraying). It has two main benefits; by applying the product directly after blasting, a conversion layer is created that substantially improves the adhesion of the painting system (suitable for wet painting and powder coating) and significantly enhances the corrosion-protection resistance properties of the paint system as a whole. The application procedure of PreCoat is very easy and can be integrated in every business process. Furthermore it is developed in compliancy with the Qualisteelcoat, Qualicoat and GSB quality standards. The innovative aspect is that it combines the worlds of mechanical and chemical pre-treatment, enabling a longer product lifetime.