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GLRPPR Sector Resource: Indiana: Child Craft Industries, Inc. and CARL Report #3

Indiana: Child Craft Industries, Inc. and CARL Report #3

Child Craft pioneered the wood industry's use of electrostatic paint in wood finishing operations and found that the technology reduced paint usage by approximately 50 to 60% when compared to nonelectrostatic paint methods. However, the company has found that the performance of the electrostatic system diminishes substantially during the winter months when ambient humidity is at its lowest. The company began an electrostatic optimization project with two of Purdue University's industry-outreach organizations, the Indiana Pollution Prevention and Safe Materials Institute (IPPI) and the Coating Applications and Research Laboratory (CARL). The project was divided into two related phases: (1) optimize the current electrostatic system to attain maximum efficiency, and (2) improve current performance by process modification and investigate upgrading the electrostatic equipment.



Resource Type:
Case study/success story

Date of Publication:
April 1997

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