Aluminium Industries' Powder Coat line profiled

AISF article profiles project from Ai Powder Coat line

Australasian Institute of Surface Finishing featured a project profile of the work Ai’s Powder Coat line in the most recent edition of their journal. Dom Caia, Powder Coat Manager wrote the article on the La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science (LIMS) project at the request of the association.

The La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science (LIMS) is a research centre and a world-class facility for molecular science, biotechnology and nanotechnology research, teaching and learning. The six storey facility provides approximately 2700m² of learning space. Construction began in March 2011 and was completed in January 2013. The building officially opened in April 2012.

Ai was asked by Seelite Windows & Doors to powder coat all the framing and accessories for the project, adaptors, flashings and custom trims, etc. The colours chosen were Dulux Duratec Zeus Lunar Eclipse and Zeus Black Matt. The window framing system used Ai’s range of thermally broken window frames, U-MAX™, and the achieved a 5-star Green Design Star rating. Some of the U-MAX™ sections were produced specifically for the LIMS project.

Ai Powder Coat line, as an approved Dulux Applicator, followed all Quality Control procedures required to apply warranted powder. Our pre-treatment process uses a dip system (tanks) by loading the job into special baskets and taking them through the process, etch acid, rinse tanks, chromate, rinse tanks and then the final rinse in deionized (DI) water. The aluminium was then dried for approximately an hour before being loaded on to the powder coat line for painting.

As the project requirements varied significantly over the length of the job, it was painted in-house using our modern, advanced GEMA Automatic and Manual painting systems. The product was then passed through our oven and cured to the powder supplier’s specifications. A specific temperature must be reached and the product held at that temperature for a certain time, which varies on different product size, powder type and oven temperature settings.

Read the complete feature article, LIMS Project Profile Ai Powder Coating.