L A Aluminum Adds 10,000 Square Feet of Powder Coating Space

L A Aluminum Casting Company of Hayden, ID, has recently completed the addition of 10,000 square feet of additional warehouse space. This addition has allowed the company to add their own in-house custom powder coating line. The company has always offered powder coated machined castings, but now they can offer powder coating as a stand alone process. They have the capacity to powder coat anything from tiny steel pieces to fencing that is 8 feet long by 8 feet wide. They will coat any conductive material. This includes steel, iron, and aluminum.

According to Michelle Richter, the sales and marketing manager, the system at L A Aluminum is quite unique. They have 3 ovens and 2 spray booths. The line is not automated like most other powder coating operations. The process starts with a 5 stage cleaning and sealing process. This ensures total adhesion of the powder to the metal. The next step is a pre-heating of the part in the first oven. Then the part is sprayed with a base coat, sanded if needed, baked in the second oven, then sprayed with a top coat and baked in the third oven. After all of this attention to detail, the parts look perfect!

"Perfect" is actually the quality criteria for one of L A Aluminum's largest customers. L A Aluminum powder coats their own castings for the dental industry. They also powder coat their casting for the wind generators they make for Southwest Windpower. Southwest Windpower recently moved 4 parts from China back to America for manufacturing by L A Aluminum because of issues they were having with powder coating and poorly made parts.

Michelle said, "We are making enough on powder coating our own castings, we can offer less expensive powder coating for general commercial parts." Our process is also a closed system, so no contamination or dust will be on the parts. The area is kept pristine to ensure a perfect surface finish.

For more information, visit: www.laaluminum.com

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