Pexa announced as Sofiplast’s UK Agent

Pexa announced as Sofiplast’s UK Agent

Never one to rest on their laurels, Pexa starts the New Year with a new product range announcement. French coatings removal specialist, Sofiplast Group has appointed Pexa as its UK agent to market and manage their range of ecological paint stripping equipment.

Using dry wheatstarch in a low pressure stream, the Sofiplast system removes paint from any substrate quickly and efficiently; but its key advantage is its safety. No harmful chemicals are used, meaning safety for substrates, operatives and the environment. In addition, because the Sofiplast system operates at a very low pressure, users can expect a reduction in energy costs and noise levels.

Wheatstarch stripping is approved for use by Boeing, Beech and Bombardier along with numerous aerospace facilities across Europe.

MD of Pexa Jim Rowbotham commented “2012 is going to be a very busy and productive year; kicking it off with this important new partnership with Sofiplast is a sign of what the industry can expect from us. We choose to represent products only after close scrutiny and the Sofiplast system was no exception. Its ecological credentials and efficiency makes it a highly attractive proposition for our customers.” Pexa is offering trial stripping of components, either on their customers’ own sites or at the Sofiplast facilities.

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Pexa Among Finalists for BCF Sustainability Awards

Pexa Among Finalists for BCF Sustainability Awards

Pexa were once again pleased to be amongst the finalists of the BCF’s annual sustainability awards. In its second year, this scheme recognises and celebrates innovations from Britain’s most visible industry.

BCF members gathered at the Eastwood Hall hotel in Nottingham on the 9th November for the awards dinner which included the Sustainability Awards along with the Coatings Care and Training Awards. The World’s leading paintmakers including Akzo Nobel, PPG and Crown Paints were very much in evidence and Pexa as usual held its own in this prestigious company.

Pexa’s Mini Tank system was recognised as an excellent technology, used hand in hand with their new flexible packaging solutions it substantially reduces a variety of wastes in the paint application area. The awards judges commented as follows on Pexa’s system:

“Pexa have capitalised on the unique properties (non-settling in storage) of the Aerowave product producing a cheap and user friendly dispenser at the place of work. The benefits in waste reduction, emissions drops, and savings on an expensive product are easily transferable to similar situations”

In his closing address head judge, Dr Phil Gamlen said: “Not only are these awards about feeling proud, but they also remind us not to be complacent. Sustainability is a journey and the steps are getting bigger.”

Tony Mash echoed this sentiment saying: “This year really has seen the bar raised. All the winners delivered something that could be used in the wider market place, not just a niche product solution and that’s where real innovation makes the biggest impact. We hope that all our entrants go away from this year’s awards with the judges’ comments and continue on this path to a globally sustainable industry.

(Pictured – Pexa’s Jim Rowbotham accepts the finalist certificate from Dr Steve Snaith, BCF President)

Pexa Sponsor Over Wyre Junior Under 9’s

Pexa Sponsor Over Wyre Junior Under 9’s

Pexa is delighted to announce its sponsorship of  Over Wyre junior under 9’s football team who play in the Poulton and District Primary league.

Over Wyre juniors is a team based near Blackpool, Lancashire in the North West of England.  The North West of England is a major hub for Aerospace manufacturing facilities and Pexa is proud to be supporting this young team of talented footballers.

Aerospace Paint Adhesion Testing – Advice and solutions from Pexa

Aerospace Paint Adhesion Testing – Advice and solutions from Pexa

Adhesion testing is referenced in many specifications and can fall under audits for ISO9100 and NADCAP. Adhesive tape pull off testing is the usual method.

Know what specification is referenced…

Several Airbus specifications such as ABP 4-1123/4-2130 indicate that adhesion can be checked according to ISO2409 which is an important standard referenced frequently for paint adhesion testing. It is a destructive test and cannot be used on regular production

ISO 2409
Requires a crosshatch to be cut using either a single or multi-blade cutting tool. On metal substrates the crosshatch spacing is 1mm for coatings <60µ thickness (typically primer), the spacing is 2mm for coatings 61µ-120µ (typically primer plus topcoat). The tape required in ISO2409 is at least 50mm wide and is recommended to be clear. The peel strength is 6-10 N/25mm. In addition to these 2 items Pexa supplies the recommended magnifier together with the other items in a handy toolkit. Airbus UK also provides for a non destructive test which is suitable for the detection of significant adhesion problems, however it can be used on regular production. The tape to b used is 3M #250 or an equivalent with peel strength >9N/25mm and elongation <5%. The tape is applied using a roller of width 25mm-50mm.

American Methods
Specifications from Boeing, Mil, ASTM, Fed and Bombardier specifications such as BSS7225 and Fed Std 14. Typically these methods require a 4½ lb roller to apply the tape, the hardness of the roller may also be indicated (Durometer 70+/-5 or 80+/-5). As of today the tape required in ASTM D3359 (Permacel 99) is not available so where this is required Pexa will be supplying the LA-26 tape which is likely to be approved instead.

The tape typically required for many of these standards is again the 3M#250

Pexa supplies all the above items. For further info please email or contact us on +44 1422 314400

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