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Staff Boosts Powder Coating Process

Keystone Koating’s certifications include the PCI 3000 and the AAMA 2604. Our powder coating facility is also a certified applicator of IFS Coatings, TCI Powder Coatings and Axalta Coatings.

So what do all those acronyms mean for someone who just wants a run of metal parts protected?

  • It means that your metal parts will not only look good, but the finish will last.
  • It means that our powder coating process has undergone an extensive auditing that “evaluates business practices, process elements, equipment, capabilities, employee competencies and quality control capabilities,” according to the Powder Coating Institute.

  • It also means that the powder application at Keystone Koating follows the standards recommended by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association for providing superior coatings that withstand 5 years of southern Florida exposure where the sun is most direct.
  • It means the gloss and color of those powder-coated parts will withstand harsh weather conditions and corrosives; that Keystone Koating provides the right cleaning and etching in order to get optimal adhesion.

Simply put: “We have our ducks in a row,” said Rick Gehman, president of Keystone Koating. “They (the industry watchdogs) would say our process is top of the line.”

That’s because Keystone Koating goes beyond the standards set for the industry and has established an 8-step pretreatment process that includes cleaner, several rinsings (including a final reverse-osmosis rinsing), conversion treatment (zirconium or iron phosphate), control of the titration process, sealant, curing …

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Keystone Koating has an 8-step pretreatment process to ensure superior powder coating results.

And staff that is continuously educated and trained in the latest coating processes.

Keystone Koating recently was named a 2015 Products Finishing Magazine Top Shop for outstanding work in powder coating, designating it as one of the best in North America.

“What really sets us apart, what it really comes down to, is our people,” said Sylvan Martin, purchasing and systems manager. Keystone Koating has staff members who have been with the company for more than 20 years.

“Our industry is unique. It’s a service industry, but it’s not one you can just put a warm body on the line to make it work,” Martin added.

You can have all the technology and certifications in place, but having staff that cares is key.

“We want our people to know they can build a career here, so all our people care,” said Rex Blevins, general production manager of Keystone Koating in Mifflintown.

Pride in the final product is expected.

Beyond the certifications, there’s a mentorship in place, an accountability, that helps Keystone Koating balance an efficient line with a quality finish.

Having those certifications represents the goal that proper cleaning, spraying and curing techniques are practiced daily. Having the added quality-control of a boosted pretreatment process and a trained, conscientious staff can lift you above industry standards.

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