Gateway Extrusions Launches New Vertical Powder Paint Line

Glass Magazine
May 15, 2017
COMMERCIAL, FABRICATION

Gateway Extrusions invested in a new vertical powder coat paint finishing line, now in full operation. The new system enables Gateway to process longer profiles more efficiently and faster than its previous horizontal paint line, and enables the company to serve a broader array of markets.

"Many customers need the longer profile lengths and with this state-of-the-art powder coating line, we can deliver faster and with greater quality the finished extrusion products our customers want and need," said Tom Ziegler, president of operations for Gateway Extrusions. "The new vertical paint line allows Gateway to handle lineals up to 25 feet, compared with 18 feet with our old equipment."

The new vertical powder coat paint system provides more efficient application of powder, with greater consistent overall coverage and minimal waste. Gateway has increased throughput two to three times over its previous horizontal paint line, running one shift with 10 employees, compared to two shifts with 16 employees on the old line. This has significantly improved productivity and enabled Gateway to reassign employees to other areas where they are needed. 

The system also allows rapid color changes to minimize downtime and overspray.  
Installation of the new equipment required the construction of a new 50-foot high building addition to Gateway's existing facility to accommodate the vertical components of the system. The new vertical paint line is part of a multi-phase expansion plan for Gateway.