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2012 Organic Finishing Guidebook Issue

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Fig. 5. Typical transefer efficiencies for various electrostatic and conventional spray processes. Electrostatic Electrical Atomization Electrostatic electrical atomization is accomplished by using a rotary bell on the end of a gun to evenly dispense paint to the edge of the bell. Once the coating material reaches the edge of the bell it is introduced to an electrical charge. The electrical charge at the sharp edge (approximately 100 kV) causes paint of a medium electrical resistance range (0.1 to 1 megohms) to disperse onto the product. The pure electri- cal application is a slightly slower process than an air spray or air-assisted airless technology and requires a rotational type spray paint technique, due to the bells spray pattern, but is the most transfer efficient spray gun process in the industry to- day. The ultrasoft forward velocity of the spray pattern achieves transfer efficiencies of nearly 100% on most products. This high transfer efficiency spawned the industry of painting and refurbishing machinery and furniture in place. Electrostatic Rotary-Bell-Type Atomization An electrostatic bell atomizer is a high-speed rotary bell that uses centrifugal force as well as electrical atomization to atomize material and efficiently transfer material from the bell edge to the target being painted. (See Fig. 6.) The bell is used on a tur- bine motor where the pattern is carefully directed by the use of compressed air,in- troduced to the pattern at the edge of the bell cup. The compressed air gives the ma- terial forward velocity to aid in penetrating recessed areas. The bells are usually mounted stationary or reciprocated to coat products on straight line conveyors. The bells may also be positioned on both sides of the conveyor. Rotary-bell-type atomization provides transfer efficiencies in the 70 to 95% range. Electrostatic Rotary-Disk-Type Atomization An electrostatic rotary-disk atomizer is a high-speed flat rotary atomizer that uses cen- trifugal force along with electrical atomization to atomize coating material and ef- ficiently transfer the material from the disk edge to the target being painted. The disk is used in an enclosed omega shape loop (see Fig. 7) to coat the product. Disks may be mounted stationary and tilted (up to 45°) to coat small parts of 12 in. or 132

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