Pexa, the leading supplier of surface finishing and related materials to the aerospace, defence and other high tech industries celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2012.
The company was founded in 2002 to create a new kind of technical product distributor. Vertically aligned with its key suppliers to supply their products with a degree of service, technical know-how and product support equal to that of the manufacturer, with the additional flexibility that a distributor can provide. Many important global names have entrusted Pexa with their distribution including Akzo Nobel, Socomore, Lord Corporation, Everlube Products, Permabond and Sherwin Babbco. Pexa has added its own lines of consumables and other products to ensure that customers enjoy a one stop shop for surface finishing materials.
Pexa delivered its first order from its new premises in November 2002 and shortly after that achieved its quality approved status to ISO9001/9120 and for BAE Systems and Airbus UK. With the support of its key suppliers, Pexa has won the confidence of the most important and well regarded contractors and design engineers in the aerospace and defence markets.
In 2005 Pexa opened its subsidiary in France, which is now its most important market after the UK. In addition Pexa delivers its products to over 30 countries worldwide and has a complete export packaging capability.
Pexa has won several awards for its innovative new products including its range of small packaging solutions. Pexa is also an active member of the Aerochemicals Alliance and of important trade associations such as the NWAA and the BCF.
Pexa has grown substantially in its first 10 years and is now a leading and well recognised supplier of surface finishing products, including paints, surface treatments, cleaners, lubricants, adhesives, NDT products and application equipment. Pexa is approved by many important aircraft design organisations and supplies materials for every important civil and military aircraft programme.
Pexa continues to develop; having just completed a complete upgrade to its e-marketing suite including an on line sales outlet, remote stock management programme “MyPexaStore” and a complete range of social marketing channels.
Pexa’s team now includes a talented customer services department, qualified logistics team, sales, marketing and project engineering. The team continues to grow as Pexa develops its product range and markets, this includes its recent addition of the rapidly growing energy market to its successful activities in Aerospace.
Pexa’s mission has been from the very beginning – “To enable our customers to meet their own business objectives using our products and services”, this is still true today. Pexa’s growing, trained, experienced and motivated team will continue to deliver on this aspiration. Customers and suppliers can expect a few surprises, special offers and events during 2012 as Pexa celebrates this special anniversary.
Pexa MD, Jim Rowbotham writes for this months Aero Mag on a step by step guide to painting composites in aerospace applications.
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Pexa, the specialist supplier of surface finishing materials to the energy and other high tech markets is excited to announce the launch of the BASF RELEST® Wind system for the coating of wind turbine blades. The UK market for wind turbine installations will expand rapidly over the next 10 years and Pexa and BASF are helping to create the supply chain which will support the UK’s production and maintenance of wind turbine blades.
BASF has invested heavily in developing this technology, which combines extreme durability with ease of application. BASF has its own whirling arm erosion test facility where paints and coatings are developed to resist the high levels of erosion encountered on fast moving turbine blade tips. The coatings system includes aerodynamic filler, gel coat and finish coat to faithfully reproduce the factory finish in the field.
BASF’s RELEST® Wind coatings are widely approved by major wind turbine manufacturers around the World and have the important GL Certification required by the industry.
Pexa will concentrate on developing local approvals with the UK based wind turbine industry, training & certifying operators and contractors to apply the system at any of the key operational stages. Pexa has created a new website at www.windturbinecoatings.com which is an excellent resource for those interested in this subject. Pexa’s distribution network will ensure that the product system can be delivered in time to anywhere in the UK & Ireland. Pexa is a specialist in surface coatings and will provide full technical product support.
“One of the most exciting features of the RELEST® Wind system is the RepKit”, said Jim Rowbotham, M.D. of Pexa. “This is an aluminium box specially selected to contain all the products necessary to effect a repair to the blade coating in situ. The RepKit is a fully UN approved portable container which allows a contractor to carry all products and consumables needed to any location on land or at sea”.
Uwe Pinzer of BASF said, “The UK wind market will be very dynamic over the next few years as the UK develops its renewable energy capacity. The RELEST® Wind system represents a key investment for BASF and reflects our position as a leader in emerging new technologies. We are confident that Pexa can deliver our technology and provide an excellent service to our customers in the UK and Ireland. ”
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 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 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.
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us on +44 1422 314400