Tuesday, 21 May 2013

The Rise of the Spray Paint Booth

hen you look at the history of technology, something as simple as the concept of a spray paint booth becomes quite amazing. Spray paint booths are used by a large number of companies to assist their paint department with their products. The booth themselves are ventilated, temperature controlled and often computerised to provide the exact finish they require. Many of these booths are automated with a series of controls to aid in creating a perfect finish each time. All booths are designed to work with the type of paint process and finish that the particular company will need.

Spray painting itself is said to have been invented in 1892 by Francis David Millet. This idea came to life when he was trying to figure out a way to paint under tight deadlines. It was Edward Seymour that took this invention a step further in 1949 by putting it into a spray can. Assembly lines used this invention and found dramatically reduced finishing times. This reduced manpower, increased perfection and increased production. In the 1920’s Nitrocellulose lacquer was invented and used primarily on vehicles, because of the nature of this paint, it was applied mainly with spray guns. As the demand for spray paint use boomed, so did the need for faster and more accurate application as well as a safer environment from its toxic fumes. Exhaust canopies started being installed into warehouses; these were the beginnings of the first spray paint booths.

As technology evolved, so did spray booths. Ventilation and automation are two of the many features that changed with time and industry demand. As the government began to take a much stronger stance in environmental issues, paint booths became more and more pertinent in industrial buildings as they helped regulate and minimize the toxins released into the air from the paints being used inside. Spray paint booths had moved from a thing of convenience to a piece of very necessary technology.

Now, these days, thanks to these booths, much of the hazardous work is left to automated equipment. The use of manpower has been dramatically reduced as many companies use conveyer systems to guide their products through the booths and automated equipment to apply the paint. For the company involved, this helps t reduce overhead costs as well as safety and liability issues. They can also now produce multiple items much quicker then when it all began over 100 years ago. Paint booths also help the consumer by allowing them to receive various products with better and longer lasting finishes. The finished paint is constantly uniform and even, and often in a coating that would not be possible by man and brush alone. Powder coating, for example is a finish that is seen on countless products worldwide. This popular finish is nearly impossible to complete without the controlled environment of a spray paint booth. The specific process of this type of paint requires proper equipment and specific steps in the application in order for it to be correctly completed.

What began as a simple spray gun, has evolved into the complexity of a spray paint booth. It is something that many companies cannot live without and many industries should not be without. It benefits everybody from the industry that makes your product to the consumer who receives it. It is amazing how technology has shaped the industry into what it is today.

This article was written by Dodie Severson, on behalf of Spray Systems, satisfying different customers since 1977. To know what a paint booth is, you may also visit Wiki.answers.

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