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Ram Jack’s New Thermoplastic Powder Coating Line
Ram Jack Manufacturing Starts Up State-of-the-Art
Thermoplastic Powder Coating Production Line
Ram Jack Manufacturing (www.ramjack.com) recently began production in the company’s new 18,000 sq. ft. Thermoplastic Powder Coating facility at company manufacturing headquarters in Ada, OK. The new production line replaces the company’s previous system that was damaged in early 2011 by a fire. This new state-of-the-art system provides a superior adhesion advantage and an eco-friendly Thermoplastic finish that Ram Jack considers to be a significant competitive advantage for its helical pile product line.
The new state of the art facility is equipped with a 35 ft. long, two-stage wash system with an electronically controlled water and chemical feed feature to insure accurate Ph balance at all times. The production line also has an eight wheel Pangbourntm monorail blast booth for white metal steel preparation. In addition, the facility has a Nordsontm powder booth with a 20 gun configuration to insure complete and even coverage for each helical pile, pile cap or bracket. Also, the production line includes three curing ovens totaling 14 million BTU capacity.
Thermoplastic coating technology used by Ram Jack has a proven track record of more than 40 years, and the system was developed specifically to achieve long term adhesion to both mild steel and aluminum substrates without the need for an adhesive primer. The Thermoplastic powder coating melts to form a fusion bonded coating. Conversely, Polyester powders must not only melt, but they must also form a chemical cross link to form the necessary properties to adhere properly. When the Thermoplastic coating is cooled – the physical properties insure a permanent bond and provide excellent resistance to acid rain, salt spray and a high resistance to corrosion.
Section 3.9 of AC358, the ICC-ES Acceptance Criteria for Helical Piles and Systems (click here), accepts Powder Coating as a means of protecting bare steel from the forces of corrosion.
Ram Jack Systems Distribution
13655 CR 1570
Ada, OK 74820
by Bill Bonekemper
October 2, 2012