Collision Product Notes - January 2017
SATA introduces quality, affordable solvent spray gun
Spring Valley, Minn.-SATA’s (wwww.sata.com) SATAjet B 1500B SoLV, unveiled at the recent SEMA Show, is designed for quality and reliability at an affordable price for technicians spraying solvent paint products.
According to the company, The SATAjet 1500 B SoLV provides fine finishes with cost-saving transfer efficiency and keeps the required wetting using today’s Low-VOC-exempt solvent basecoats or the more traditional National Rule solvent basecoats. The SATAjet 1500 B SoLV is also a good choice for clearcoat appearance, while meeting transfer efficiency and profitability expectations, and is a great choice for spraying sealers.
Available in both HVLP and RP and in 1.3 and 1.4 nozzle sizes, the SATAjet 1500 B SoLV offers the flexibility painters expect from a SATA gun: the ability to apply National Rule solvent and Low-VOC coatings with even distribution of low- and high-solids material throughout the entire pattern. The balanced design provides comfort and ergonomics, and the easy-to clean durable surface of the spray gun will work with any solvent-based material.
Solder Tool offers ‘extra hand’ to hold wires together
Folsom, Calif. – Tim Gerhards, who owns TG Products with his wife, Joanne, is a former collision repair technician who has created tools for the past 15 years to make jobs easier, better, and faster, including The Rail Saver. At the recent SEMA Show, Gerhards introduced his latest product, The Solder Tool (www.therailsaver.com.)
Gerhards said he developed the tool for technicians repairing a wiring harness on the car, which requires wrestling with a wire joint flopping around as the technician tries to hold the soldering iron in one hand and the solder in the other.
The Solder Tool supplies “a third hand” with alligator clips to keep the wire steady as the end of the solder spool (either a 5/8-inch tube or a 3/4-inch roll of solder) contacts the joint, allowing the technician more dexterity to solder the joint.
Polyvance introduces fifth-generation nitrogen plastic welder
Rainsville, Ala. — Nitrogen plastic welding, a technology pioneered by Polyvance (www.polyvance.com; formerly Urethane Supply Company) in 2006, has now become the industry-preferred method for the repair of nonstructural plastic parts such as bumper fascia and headlight tabs, according to the company. It offers speed, strength, and economy, and is now recognized by industry leaders as the most profitable way to repair non-structural plastic parts.
Polyvance has now released its fifth-generation nitrogen plastic welder, the 6085-C Nitro Fuzer Welding System, which incorporates all of the advances of the previous generation, including the automatic air-nitrogen switch, the low-pressure safety switch, and the analog flowmeter. The new digital temperature control system allows for more precise and repeatable control of the nitrogen temperature, and it also allows for a preset temperature level to ease machine use. The 6085-C Nitro Fuzer is designed and built in Alabama at Polyvance’s factory, using components largely sourced from U.S. suppliers.
“We’re particularly proud of our precision regulators,” said R&D Manager Scott Bixler, designer of the new 6085-C machine. “These Ohio-manufactured diaphragm regulators offer extremely precise flow control from 0-10 PSI, which is essential when welding the very thin plastics commonly used on automotive bumper fasciae. These regulators cost 10 times more than the common pressure regulators used by our competitors, but we feel they are worth the added expense since they make the machine much easier to use.”