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KECO's Coating Process


At KECO Coatings, we coat a variety of parts for a wide range of applications. Whatever your coating needs, KECO has a way to cover it. Here at the 16th Street facility in Indianapolis, a conveyor system is implemented to provide the most efficient way of coating a large number of parts, saving us time and you money.
Here's a look into the steps implemented, from the time we receive your parts to the time they're packed up and shipped back out:

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 Unpacking and inspection: All parts are inspected to determine the best course of action for coating. Do they need to be scraped or sandblasted? Do they need a one-sided coating or full coverage? Once they're ready to go, the parts are hung on the conveyor system.

Washing: Most parts are run through a thorough wash system to ensure that they're free of dust and dirt, which can cause imperfections after the coating is applied.

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Coating: Once the parts are cleaned and air-dried, they are taken through a booth where the coating is applied.

Curing: Next, the parts travel from the booth to the oven, where they are cured-- at varying temperatures and times, depending on the application. The parts go in one side of the oven and out the other.

Inspection and packing: Once they have been cured, the parts are inspected individually to ensure that the coating applied is even and smooth. They are removed from the conveyor line and packaged according to the customer's specifications.

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Every application requires individualized attention and a unique approach. KECO specializes in a wide range of applications-- so no matter what you need, KECO's system allows for a unique combination of attention to detail and fast turnaround.

Choosing the Right Coatings


KECO Coatings offers a wide range of coating solutions to cover just about any application in any industry. How can you decide on the best coating to fit your needs? Here's a breakdown of some of KECO's most common applications and how they can help save you time and money. You can click on each coating for more information about it.KECO offers a variety of coating applications.100- KECO 100 is a nonstick liquid Teflon® coating used for its lubricative and release properties. KECO 100 is widely used across the food and pharmacuetical industries because it meets most FDA and USDA standards for direct contact. This versatile coating is resistant to extreme temperatures (up to 500 degrees farenheit) and releases any substance it comes in contact with.

100P- KECO 100P has similar properties to our 100 coating but is in a powder form. 100P boasts extremely high release properties and corrosion resistance. Most often used in the printing and packaging industries, KECO 100P is resistant to a wide range of chemicals and is an excellent choice for ink pans and other applications where a nonstick coating is required.

400- KECO 400 is a metallic ceramic coating made to beat the heat. It's specifically formulated to withstand temperatures where other coatings, such as Teflon®, fail-- up to 1300 degrees farenheit. 400 is often used in thermal barrier applications, such as glass container molds, automotive exhaust systems, furnace parts, and turbine engine components.

500-KECO 500 is used as a dry film lubricant in a variety of industrial, commercial, and military applications. It's often used as a dry film lubricant on internal parts that, once assembled, aren't easily reached for maintenance. 500 is effective as extremely thin films (about .0003"), so there is little interference with operating tolerances.

600- KECO 600 is a series of thermal spray coatings designed for long-term performance. 600 is formulated for thermal barrier, surface restoration, and is highly abrasion resistant.
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800- KECO 800 is an electro-conductive coating that delivers a high level of conductivity and eliminates static charge build-up. 800 Also operates at up to 550 degrees and offer nonstick release and corrosion and abrasion resistance.
KECO 800 is commonly used on adhesive equipment and ink pans.

Kephos- The Kephos process is a phosphate coating with a tough black finish- all in a one-step coating process. Kephos provides excellent resistance against chemical, impact, abrasion, and corrosion.

Demand on the rise for antimicrobial coatings

Antimicrobial coatings are starting to make an even bigger entry into U.S. homes. More consumer goods manufacturers are offering “germ resistant” surfaces on many household items such as refrigerators, dishwashers, stoves and other appliances and fixtures. A report by Global Industry Analysts Inc. says the U.S. antimicrobial coatings market alone is expected to reach $1 billion by 2015.

Why Use Antimicrobial Powder Coatings?


KECO offers a line of antimicrobial powder coatings. We are excited to offer this to our new and existing customers, and see several benefits to this technology. We see that this type of finishing has a place in several industries such as public transit, hospital rooms, doctor offices, food processing, restaurants, parks & playgrounds, pharmaceutical, school systems,  and any other areas bacteria can become a major issue.

There are several features and benefits for antimicrobial powder coatings.  They are available in several different colors and textures. They are ideal for both indoor and outdoor applications because they come in most of the technologies you can get a typical powder coating in (epoxy, hybrid, TGIC polyester, polyester etc.)

How do antimicrobial powder coatings work? The manufacturing company of the powder is using an environmentally sustainable silver Ion to inhibit the growth and transmission of harmful microbes on powder coated surfaces.  The silver ions interfere with the cell membranes when the bacteria tries to grow by inhibiting respiration and ultimately growth.

We are excited to have this technology to offer and would be happy to answer any questions


Coatings in the Racing Industry!


Congrats to Sam Schmidt Motorsports and driver J.K. Vernay

2010 Fireston Indy Lights Champion.

KECO Coatings in the winner’s circle in 2010 as a sponsor of Sam Schmidt Motorsports with three different drivers/ cars ; J.K. Vernay #7, Pippa Mann # 11, and Wade Cunningham #77.  SSM formed in 2001, has become a dominating force in the Firestone Indy Lights Series with championships in 2004, 2006, 2007, and 2010 and five of their drivers have graduated to the Indy Car Series. The Firestone Indy Lights is a developmental open wheel racing series sanctioned by the Indy Racing League. KECO has provided coating processes such as Kephos, Teflon®, dry film lubricants, and powder coatings to teams in the Firestone Indy Lights and the IZOD IndyCar Series since their inception. 

KECO Coatings exhibits it's coating applications at Labelexpo 2010

KECO had a great show at Labelexpo America's 2010. We were able to demonstrate how our non-stick coatings can help cut down time by more than 50% to converters first hand. Labelexpo brings all sorts of companies involved in printing & packaging under one roof to demonstrate what they can offer for the industry. There are several applications in printing & packaging where coatings can be of assistance. Using non-stick coatings on ink pans, doctor blade chambers, rollers, and ink sumps can provide corrosion protection and cut clean up times by more than half. There are also coating applications that can provide traction and release to replace sandpaper sleeves, or the need to use certain tapes. We were fortunate to exhibit in Labelexpo 2010, and look forward to exhibiting in the future. describe the image

What are the advantages and disadvantages of powder to liquid coatings?


Powder coatings have become a favorite over liquid coatings in applications for both industrial and consumer related markets. Some advantages of powder coatings are that they have been proven to be resistant to chipping, fading, scratching, and wearing when compared to liquid coatings. Powder coatings can also be applied over a wide range of thickness with out running or sagging. Environmental advantages have driven more demand to using powder over liquid because powder coatings do not use solvents; therefore it prevents the release of any volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the atmosphere.

Although the advantages outweigh the disadvantages of powder coatings to liquid coatings, there are still some limitations on the technology. While it is relatively easy to apply thick coatings which have smooth texture-free surfaces, it is difficult to apply smooth thin films. Also powder coatings may break down when exposed to uv rays between 5 to 10 years.

How long will the Teflon non-stick coating last?


We get a lot of questions about the life expectancy of our Teflon coatings. The best answer is it depends on how the product is taken care of during your process. unfortunately, Teflon has been given a bad name in some machine operators eyes because it can be scratched easily. Which will eventually cause problems in the the adherence of the non-stick coatings because solvents and cleaning solutions will get between the coating and metal substrate.

The good news is that there have been several advances in non-stick coatings make up to make it more durable and scratch resistant. For example, there is a ceramic reinforced Teflon that can be considered a wear resistant coating. Operators will still want to be cautious with Teflon or non-stick products making sure to use plastic clean-up utensils, but you should expect a fairly long life our of your teflon or non-stick coating. You can expect a much longer life out of an industrial applied non-stick coating than that of a non-stick tape or spray on.

Once coatings are applied and in operation. You will see a very slow change in the release of the coating that could take years depending on the care of the Teflon. The coating will be at a 100% release day 1, and will continue to release your substrates a little less over time until you would want to get it re-coated again. Again, this slow change in release can take 6 months to a number of years depending on what your process is.

How can non-stick coatings help in reducing down-time?


A typical question we get on our non-stick coatings is how they can help in production. Although there are several areas where nonstick coatings can be useful, maintenance and clean-up are two of the areas we hear most of its success stories.

Non-stick coatings are very easy to clean and stay clean longer. We see a reduction in downtime or clean-up because of this. Using a non-stick coating on a part such as an ink pan in packaging, can provide a 50% decrease in the clean up time when dealing with an ink or adhesive. In the same way, using a non-stick coating on something like a food mold in food processing can cut costs and time in maintenance because these parts can be cleaned on the machine and during processing. Allowing for production to continue running without removing equipment, or spending a longer length of time cleaning the parts.

What can coatings do for automation?

The Automation industry is filled with metal equipment for durability. However, because of the moving pieces in vibratory feeder bowls and hoppers this can cause issues with the parts being manufactured. There are several coatings that can be applied to provide sound deadening and part protection for automation equipment. Coatings can also be applied to provide a textured surface to help parts move along the track of a vibratory feeder bowl. In the same way a non-stick coating can be applied as well to allow parts to slide easier. 
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