Canadian Finishing and Coatings Manufacturing

 November 14th, 2021

CFCM Coatmaster Logo 400The all-new, fully digital coatmaster Flex from coatmaster AG offers real-time, non-contact coating thickness measurement integrated into the production process.

Alongside its Advanced Thermal Optics sensing capability, the newly optimized coatmaster Flex now offers superior WiFi connectivity, an enhanced battery management system, and fundamentally revised software that promotes greater process control and automation. The fast and robust measuring process, featuring SpectralBlue technology for completely disturbance-free operation, and the large measuring distance and high repeatability remain the same.

The new WiFi module enables wireless connectivity with the cloud of up to 100m range from the nearest access point. However, the capability to integrate and operate the device with a local server also remains an option. Meanwhile, the new battery management system allows even more measurements to be taken with each charge.

The revised software's advantages are automatic e-mail notifications about the production process, allowing more immediate control over coating quality and powder consumption. New production tasks can also be managed directly in the cloud. This means that staff on the coating line only need to measure. Bidirectional communication with the coating lines means that new tasks can now also be automatically transmitted from the coating line to the coatmaster Flex. Continuous information on the applied coating thickness is automatically synchronized with customers' coating or ERP systems without even connecting a single cable or establishing a Bluetooth connection.

Andor Bariska, co-founder and co-CEO of coatmaster AG, said, "With this new generation coatmaster Flex, saving up to 30 percent on materials usage just became even easier. By taking coating thickness measurement into the digital age, we are empowering the industry towards greater productivity and profitability with real-time information about their processes."

Dr. Nils Reinke, co-founder and co-CEO of coatmaster AG, said, "Our quest has been about enabling our customers to achieve greater economy, sustainability and ultimately profitability. The seamless embedding of non-contact coating thickness measurement in the production process is our central concern. We have created the optimal conditions for this with our open communication interfaces."


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New Bacharach Sling Psychrometer

CFCM slingpsychrometer 400Paul N. Gardner USA, global distributors, producers, and designers of quality physical and inspection instruments for the paint, coatings, and related industries, has introduced a new offering: The compact, portable Sling Psychrometer.

As an easy way to measure relative humidity levels quickly, this uniquely compact Bacharach Sling Psychrometer accurately determines per cent relative humidity without the necessity of consulting complex tables. There is no need to wet the wick each time a reading is taken, and it contains a slide rule calculator which correlates wet and dry bulb thermometer indications for direct reading of relative humidity. When not in use, the thermometer case telescopes into the handle for protection.

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