Imagine a beehive and picture a hundred bees flying around. These bees are on a mission and each have a task to accomplish. That's kind of like what a job shop is like, many workers doing a specific task but each task when put together creates a completed project. At Fluid Power Support we have 50 metal fabrication works and operators excelling at their job producing quality metal parts. If you were to walk into Fluid Power Supports main office you would be greeted by our friendly front office workers. Past the front office is the main shop. The shop is comprised of stations for maximum workflow. There is the laser station, welding station, cutting station, bending station, shearing station, powder coat station, and the list goes on and on. The main shop is 81,000 sq feet and grows almost every year.
The typical day-to-day of a Monday. At the start of the workday we have a company wide meeting to go over goals for the week, how last week went, what we can improve on, any safety issues, and how we can become safer. After the meeting the shop foreman assigns tasks for each worker. The workers check into each job through our job tracking system which measures productivity, time, and materials used. Workers are very familiar with the equipment they operate and have gone through training for safe operation. After each job is completed the workers checks out of the job on the computer and is assigned a new task. Material handlers move each piece to the next station until the piece is a completed part. When the parts are completed they are cleaned and packaged, usually on a pallet which is then shipped to the client.
We are happy to bid on your RFQ! Give Fluid Power Support a call at (573) 581-8200 or stop by our facility at 22398 Audrain Road 9824 Mexico, Missouri.
Complex and precision cutting of metal is easy with a good laser. At Fluid Power Support we have two Mazak laser cutters. Each laser is capable of cutting up to 1" of carbon steel and 1/2" of stainless steel or aluminum. In addition to cutting through the metal the laser can also etch designs and serial numbers into the metal. The etching feature is great for marking parts for quick assembly and identification. We cut detailed artwork to component pieces for various industries. Fluid Power Support employs full time designers/draftsman so we can go from idea to physical product quickly and efficiently. If you have a project in mind give Fluid Power Support a call at (573) 581-8200.
Powder coating wheels is a great way to customize and protect your wheels. Wheel manufacturers are beginning to powder coat wheels as a factory finish due to environmental and durability reasons. We will go over the process of powder coating of taking old wheels and turning them into a “like new” by powder coating.
The first step is to remove the tires. Unless you know how to remove tires the best way to remove your tires is to take them to a tire shop and have them professionally removed. Tire shops have the right tools and experience to ensure that your tires are undamaged in the process. Have the tire shop remove the valve stem, wheel weights, and any plastic pieces like sensors. The goal is to have the wheel bare of anything that would get in the way of the powder coat.
The second step is to have the wheel blasted. Fluid Power Support in Mexico, Missouri can blast your wheels using aluminum oxide that is aggressive enough to remove paint and rust quickly but gentle enough not to dig into the wheel and cause damage. Blasting away existing paint and rust will ensure a clean, etched wheel surface for the powder coat to adhere properly.
The third step is to clean the metal using a degreaser and a phosphate. Preparation is 90% of the work and is the most important step in powder coating. After the wheels are cleaned they need to go into the powder coat oven for dry off and gassing out. This step usually takes 10-15 minutes at 400 degrees.
After the wheels are dry the fourth step is to apply a zinc rich primer if the wheels are a ferrous metal. The primer helps prevent rust as the zinc is sacrificial in nature. The primer is put into the powder coat oven for a partial cure which is typically around 7 minutes for wheels.
After the wheels are partially cured and cool the fifth step is to apply the topcoat on the wheels and fully cure in the powder coat oven for 10-20 minutes depending on the powder type and thickness of the metal.
The sixth and last step is to take the finished perfect wheels to the tire shop and have them install the tires, valve stems, and wheel weights back on the wheels.
The color choices are nearly unlimited so you can customize your car how you would like. If you’re interested in having your wheels powder coated and live in the Mid-Missouri area call Fluid Power Support at (573) 581-8200 or stop by our shop at 22398 Audrain Road 9824 Mexico, Missouri and we will be happy to give you a price quote.
Let's say your patio furniture in your back yard is in need of some attention. Maybe the paint is fading, rust is taking over, or you want a fresh new look. The good news is that your patio furniture can be turned from less than ideal condition to factory finish at a greatly reduced cost versus buying new patio furniture.
Powder coating is a heat cured, electrostatically applied dry thermoset (typically) powder to metal substrates. The powder flows out and cures hard becoming a protective finish.
Color selection. Choosing a color is sometimes a difficult thing to do since there are thousands of colors and textures available. Most people like to stick with flat black, gloss black, gloss white, forest green, and occasionally dark brown. Others venture outside the box and choose vivid colors like yellow, red, silver, purple, and blues. Fluid Power Support can help you choose a color by providing you with a color chart and color chips.
Your patio furniture should be inspected for broken welds. Occasionally welds will fail over time due to the stresses of use. Take note of broken welds or metal that will be fixed at a later stage.
All plastic and rubber should be removed. The curing of powder coating involves temperatures of 400 degrees Fahrenheit and most plastics and rubber melt, resulting in a big mess. Patio chair feet caps can be taken out with a flat screwdriver (they can be reused if not broken). Rubber wheels from lounge chairs and tea carts can be removed by carefully prying one part of the wheel away from the metal track. Sometimes using a heat gun to warm the rubber is beneficial. Take care not to get the rubber too hot!
The current finish (usually paint) and rust needs to be removed. The easiest way to remove paint and rust is by blasting it off. Most towns and cities have sand blasting companies that make the removal of paint and rust a painless and sweat free process. If you want to get your hands dirty and blast yourself stores like Harbor Freight sell sand blasting equipment at a relatively low cost. Remember that surface preparation is the most important part of the whole coating process. If the surface isn't clean from old paint and rust then there is a increased chance of coating failure and poor results.
The metal should be further cleaned by applying an industrial degreaser and a phosphate treatment like iron phosphate. The degreaser will remove any grease and oil from the metal and the phosphate will etch the metal further for proper powder coat adhesion.
The patio furniture is hung on metal carts and rolled into a powder coat oven for dry off and gas out. In this stage the metal heats up and all remaining liquids evaporates while any trapped gas bubbles are released out of the metal.
The cart of patio furniture is removed from the oven and moved into the powder room for powder coating. A zinc rich primer is always recommended for ferrous metals. The zinc rich primer helps prevent rust in outdoor environments. The primer is partially cured in the powder coat oven for around 5-7 minutes.
After applying the zinc primer the top coat is applied over the zinc primer. The top coat and base coat cross link and becomes "one". The two coats cure in the oven over 10-20 minutes depending on the powder type, thickness of the metal and mass of the piece.
After the parts come out of the powder coat oven they are allowed to cool down to room temperature. Once the parts are at room temperature they are fully cured and ready to leave the powder coat shop.
Powder coating is the preferred method of coating metals because it is durable, long lasting, and the process is quick.
Fluid Power Support in Mexico, Missouri is your one stop shop for sand blasting and powder coating. Call us at (573) 581-8200 for more information.
Fluid Power Support located in Mexico, Missouri is your source for sand blasting! Fluid Power Support (FPS) has an enclosed blasting room for parts up to 15' wide by 40' long by 10' tall. FPS uses aluminum oxide to blast with which quickly cuts through paint, rust, mill scale, and oil. The aluminum oxide is recycled and cleaned for continuous blasting. FPS is located 40 minutes from Columbia, Missouri making it the ideal choice for blasting and powder coating.
Fluid Power Support is open Monday-Friday 8 AM to 4:30 PM and accepts walk in projects. Feel free to call us at (573) 581-8200.
Finding a good powder coating company is sometimes hard to do. A little known secret is that Fluid Power Support in Mexico, Missouri is the largest powder coating company in the Mid Missouri area. Located 40 minutes from Columbia Fluid Power Support has the capacity to powder coat metal pieces up to 30’ long by 8’ wide by 7’ tall. Fluid Power Support keeps many colors and textures in stock and can order thousands of colors. Fluid Power Support also has a automated powder coat line which can powder coat thousands of pieces per hour. The powder coat line has a opening size of 29” wide by 73” tall and runs 4 Gema automatic powder guns and 2 manual Gema powder guns. We powder coat for clients in Columbia everyday and would love to powder coat your items. Typical items we powder coat are patio furniture, bumpers, wheels, motorcycle parts, roll cages, frames, and the list goes on and on. If it is made out of metal there is a good chance we can powder coat it!
Fluid Power Support is open Monday-Friday 8 AM to 4:30 PM. We can be reached at (573) 581-8200. 22398 Audrain Road 9824 Mexico, MO 65265. Other services we offer are sand blasting and metal fabrication.
The question: To manufacture in-house or outsource manufacturing?
To answer the question of whether to manufacture yourself or to outsource manufacturing we need break down the benefits of each. Manufacturers need to weigh factors like turnaround time, equipment costs, labor costs, taxes, facility, proximity to distribution, and the list goes on and on...
Total Control- When you manufacture the whole product yourself you have total control. When things are going right total control of manufacturing a product is great and a seamless.
Turnaround Time- Turnaround time can be shorter when you manufacture a product yourself. You don’t have to rely on outside vendors to supply parts or completed products to you.
Outsourcing The Manufacturing
Diversification- Outsourcing manufacturing or parts of manufacturing helps reduce the risks while maintaining a quick turnaround on product delivery.
Equipment Costs- Outsourcing manufacturing in whole or part will reduce your upfront capital expenditures on costly equipment. For example a powder coat line can cost upwards of $1 million or more which would tie up your money for a long period of time. By outsourcing manufacturing and powder coating your company will save money by not having to invest in costly equipment. Another cost of equipment is maintenance. Each day equipment needs to be maintained to work efficiently and safely. Maintenance takes time and money that needs to be factored in. By outsourcing you effectively have reduced your liability exposure onto another company who has the high equipment and labor burden.
Labor Costs- Labor is one of the top expenses in manufacturing. As you know the expenses with employees are wage, taxes, insurance, training and benefits. In many regions finding qualified skilled employees is becoming a challenge for manufacturers. Manufacturing is becoming more technical and the workforce is not keeping up. By outsourcing you do not have to worry about finding a skilled workforce.
Manufacturing Facility- Manufacturing typically takes an ample amount of floor space due to the large equipment footprint and considering the safety of employees and optimal workflow. Buildings are expensive to build and maintain. You can have a smaller building by outsourcing.
Proximity To Distribution- For example if your company headquarters are on the East coast but your distribution warehouse is located centrally in the United States it makes sense to have manufacturing close to your distribution to save on turnaround time and transportation costs.
Turnaround Time- Outsourcing can reduce turnaround time by ensuring that parts or whole products get manufactured on time every time.
Outsourcing manufacturing can save your company money and reduce the turnaround time. It may make sense for your company to outsource the whole part, some of the parts, or just the powder coating/assembly. Having strong partners is usually a smart position to take.
Fluid Power Support located in Mexico, Missouri is centrally positioned in the United States and is only an hour and a half drive from St. Louis, Missouri. We’re a large metal fabrication and production powder coating company and would be happy to bid on your jobs. Feel free to call us at (573) 581-8200.
Powder coat colors and types of powders
Did you know that there are thousands of colors and many textures and special powders?
Reds, blues, oranges, blacks, whites, metallic, veins, hammered, river, speckled and the list goes on and on.
Let’s break down the types of powder coat varieties.
Epoxy powder coat is very hard when cured and is resistant to many chemicals. It’s a great coating for inside applications as it is not UV stable.
Polyester Urethanes stand up to UV light very well and provide a show quality finish while being durable.
Hybrids cure hard like epoxy powder coat but is easier to coat metal parts. Basically it gives you the characteristics of a epoxy with the spraying ease of a urethane.
Polyesters come in TGIC and TGIC-Free formulas. Polyester powder coats provide excellent exterior protection against weathering and UV exposure. Polyesters apply to metal substrates well and have great overbake capabilities.
Powder coat primers add durability to the overall coating. A gas-out primer can help prevent imperfections in the topcoat by slowing down the cure rate. Zinc rich primers add weathering protection. The zinc is sacrificial in that it is “attacked” by elements before the metal substrate is “attacked”.
Clear coats help protect against scratches and UV damage. The three main types of clear coats are; full gloss, semi gloss, and low gloss.
RAL colors are standardized and come in both powder and liquid paint.
For more information call Fluid Power Support at (573) 581-8200.
Production powder coating
Powder coating is a dry, electrostatically applied polymers to a grounded metal* substrate that is then heat cured for a set period of time. Production powder coating also known as automated powder coating is powder coating a high volume of metal pieces efficiently and cost effectively while maintaining a “green” business practice.
Why do manufacturing companies often sub out production powder coating to companies like Fluid Power Support?
If you would like to learn more and/or a quote please send an RFQ or call (573) 581-8200.