Automation Service Changes Painting Method to Reduce VOC - Automation Service

Automation Service Changes Painting Method to Reduce VOC

Valve Remanufacturing News from Automation Service

August 6, 2015

Logo for PPGAutomation Service, the world’s largest remanufacturer of high-quality process controls, is excited to announce that we have recently changed our painting method in order to reduce Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC). We have switched from Acrylic Modified Alkyd Enamel to a direct-to-metal polyurethane. The ALK was between 4.2-5.0 VOC while the AUE-370 is at 2.4-2.9. That’s a reduction of our VOC output by approximately 50%!

Not only is this a greener alternative to the previous paint, it performs better and is quicker to apply because we do not need to prime the instruments first. This enables us to sell a better product while reducing lead times at the same time. This is another step forward in our ongoing effort to improve our products and speed up delivery times.

“PPG has a coating process with AUE370 DTM Direct-To-Metal High Solids Polyurethane that produces a full gloss coating that has excellent chemical, corrosion, and stain resistance with less than 2.8 VOC emissions. This reduces the VOC Emissions by more than 50% compared to the Epoxy and Alkyd application process previously used. The reduction in VOC emissions is a “Green” initiative that will be a benefit to air quality for years to come.” –Gregg F. Cordes, supplier

This, along with our Reclamation program, Automation Service is constantly looking for ways to reduce waste and help create a greener Earth. Our Reclamation department gathers old, used, and surplus process controls to use towards our remanufacturing process. This program helps keep process controls out of junk yards, as well as give you credit towards future orders at Automation Service.

“The AUE370 DTM system is by far the best system I have used in my 22 years here at Automation Service. The direct to metal system allows us to hang and spray these parts without the need for primer. It has immediately boosted our paint production by removing this step. After a 500 hour salt spray the adhesion of paint was fantastic, with no peeling or removal of paint! During the scribe test, there was only a trace of peeling. It is user friendly along with a hi-gloss finish.” –Tony Monica, Refinishing Supervisor

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Founded in 1956, Automation Service has grown to be a global leader in high-quality remanufactured process controls. The company is known industry-wide for outstanding quality, on-time deliveries and exceptional service and support. Headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, Automation Service is proud to say that its products are “Re-Made in the USA.” For more information, please visit