The versatile X-Change Powder Booth System has a collection of system flexible enough to adapt to any future needs with the capability of a Cartridge and the Conventional Cyclone Booth. The innovative Cyclone Module System can be outfitted with either type of powder recovery process. The users can configure the system to satisfy their powder recovery requirements now and in the future.
The Cyclone Module Powder Booth system combines the efficiency and compactness of a cartridge filter booth with the flexibility of a cyclone booth. The Cyclone Module Booth is specially designed for the multiple color coater using one or two major colors and a multitude of low volume and special colors which can be recycled or sprayed to waste. The most efficient usage of high volume colors is with a Cartridge Collector Module for each color. These roll-away, dedicated color X-Change Collector Modules yield nearly 100% usage of the powder coating and cross-contamination free color changes, since there is no cyclone or ducts to clean. The X-Change Collector Module recycles the powder directly to the internal hopper that feeds the guns. The X-Change Cyclone Module Booth gives the multiple color user the flexibility of spraying to waste another color in the middle of a color run and return to the previous color without cleaning the cyclone or duct work. The process is as simple as loading the second color, cleaning the powder guns, flushing the over-spray inside the spray enclosure into the cyclone inlet and change the booth airflow from cyclone to scrap airflow. After spraying the second color the guns are changed back to the original color, the second color over-spray is flushed-out, and the booth airflow is returned to cyclone mode to resume recycling the original color.
The powder is sprayed into the booth tunnel enclosure by either manual or automatic spray equipment. The plant air that is drawn through the operator and work openings carries the powder over-spray cloud horizontally inside the enclosure and into the powder recovery system. The powder is either recycled through the dedicated colour Collector Module or through the Cyclone Module which in itself has two distinct powder paths: cyclone recovery or directly to waste. The clean air that is drawn through the primary filtration system is regulated by the volume control damper and flows into the fan inlet. The fan discharges the air through the final filters back into the plant.
There it is automatically dislodged by a reverse-pulse of compressed air. This momentary snap of air allows the powder to fall into the single, removable hopper under the cartridges where it mixes with the fluidized virgin and recycled powder. This unique, closed loop powder recovery system design ensures a consistent blend of powder deposition throughout the operation. The virgin make-up powder is loaded into the collector through the load chute above the hopper. The chute also allows for the inspection of the powder level and fluidization in the hopper. The chute also allows for the inspection of the powder level and fluidization in the hopper. The Integral Hopper can be outfitted with either the Gun Feed Pumps or Recycle Pumps for transferring the recycled powder to the External Gun Feed Hopper located at the rear of the Collector when the optional Rotary Screener is used.
Directly into the Scrap Collector Module (where all powder over-spray is scrapped), or through a very short duct into the Cyclone Module (where all the powder is separated from the air stream for reuse). The recycled powder is collected in the plastic bin receiver under the cyclone where it can be continuously transferred to the external Gun Feed Hopper or manually removed at the end of the color run. The plastic bins can be used to store popular colors without cleaning them each time. The exhaust air and powder "Fines" from the Cyclone are ducted to the Scrap Collector Module for further filtering. The Scrap Collector Module is attached to the booth, similarly to the Collector Module, and has cartridge filters which when pulsed release the scrap powder into the internal waste powder bin hopper. This powder is collected for proper disposal.
The Booth can be outfitted with a Cyclone Collector Module for the recycling of low volume powders. The Cyclone Module assembly attaches to the booth in the place of a regular Collector Module. The Cyclone recycles the powder to a hopper assembly under the cones. The Cyclone vents the ultra-fine particles to a Scrap Collector Module that attaches to the Cyclone and the booth. The Cyclone Module is designed for rapid color change and has break-apart construction and easy to clean surfaces. The Cyclone Module is designed to feed the guns directly from the Recycle Hopper under the cyclones. The hopper can be equipped with a vibratory screener to filter out fibrous particles and debris.