Powder coating is arguably one of the most popular and widespread finishing methods in the industry. While not everywhere, the rise and spread of powder coating over the past decade has transformed finishing and given shops everywhere a cost-effective, durable alternative to traditional wet paint.
One essential element of a powder coating operation is a powder coating spray booth. Not just any booth will do, however. You need to carefully consider the options and parameters of the booth options before you before choosing.
Here are tips to help you select the right powder coating spray booth for your facility.
Size isn’t everything, but nothing is more annoying than spending thousands to buy a powder coating spray booth that just isn’t big enough – or is too big.
Consider your needed capacity and use that as the baseline for making a decision on a booth. Booths are often custom-built for a wide variety of sizes and purposes, so you just need to consider your current capacity and plan accordingly.
Of course, be sure to take into consideration future growth. You may outgrow your current booth by taking on new projects down the road. If that’s a possibility, getting a properly-sized booth for the future may be advantageous.
Look for Advanced Features
At their simplest, powder coating spray booths are basically enclosures that help keep powder from going all over the place.
But they can fulfill more advanced functions than that. For example, some booths come with advanced, true HEPA filtration. Others offer VFD airflow control, or filtered doors.
The technological requirements for your projects may vary, but they could very well require more than just an enclosure. That’s why it’s important to consider what advanced features you’ll need for your booth. For example, HEPA filtration is helpful to keep stray particulates out of the powder for a more acceptable finish. This is not something every booth has.
Price is probably the most commonly considered factor when it comes to buying powder coating spray booths. If price is first, longevity is probably second.
Powder booths can take a lot of abuse over the years, so it helps to find a booth that is durable enough to stand up to use and handle years of operation. The more resilient the booth, the less you’ll pay in the long run when it comes to replacing your booths over time.
Contact Dudley C. Jackson representatives if you need help with finding the perfect spray booth for your powder coating operations.