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  1. Case Study for Powder Coating System requiring environmental compliance

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    Case Study for Powder Coating System requiring environmental compliance

    Ithica, NY – A manufacturer of steel bed frames was planning a generational transition that included moving to the Finger Lakes Region of New York.  The challenge was compliance with the environmental regulations in such a pristine area.

    HERR Industrial, Inc., was responsible for the design, manufacture, and installation of a powder coating system.  The process scope included: loading parts on an overhead conveyor, pretreatment in a two-stage spray washer, drying in a convection dry-off oven, coating in a powder booth and then curing in a convection cure oven, and cooling before being manually unloaded.

    Compliance with the environmental regulations was met using heat recovery to evaporate the overflow from the washer.  A PAC column heat exchanger with stainless steel media used the heated oven exhaust and counter-flow of wastewater.  The solution resulted in no discharge fines and energy savings.


    The following equipment was incorporated into the design of the powder coating system.  The line speed was 5 fpm and the part size was 2’wide x 6’high x 3’long.

    • Enclosed Track Overhead Conveyor
    • Two (2) Stage Spray Washer with water heating system
    • Exhaust Heat Recovery wastewater discharge evaporator
    • Combination Dry-off and Cure Oven, Convection forced air
    • Environmental Room with air conditioning
    • Installation of customer supplied powder booth
    • Cooling Tunnel

UPDATE: On March 25, the Governor of Pennsylvania granted HERR an exemption to continue our manufacturing operations.

Our Engineering, Sales and project managers will continue to work remotely and you may email and or call them as necessary.  The office phone will be monitored for messages.

This is a fluid situation and our governor has not declared a timeline for the operating restriction. We will continue to communicate as information becomes available to us and circumstance changes occur.

We are all in this together. Our hope is everyone involved in the industry understands HERR  is doing its best to provide service and products throughout our market.

Thanks for your patience and understanding during this difficult time. Feel free to reach out for any questions or concerns.

Stay safe and healthy,

Thomas F Herr