Quad City Chamber of Commerce Helping Manufacturing in the Midwest Region

As a small business in the midwest, its crucial that we continue to work with all external agencies such as the Chamber of Commerce, CCAI, BBB,, MRA, and many others to stay relevant and up to date in the current economy. A big THANK YOU to all of those people working at the Quad City Chamber of Commerce! These ladies and gents really know how to help KVF Quad Corporation and other manufacturing businesses thrive in the Quad Cities. Check out this video!


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Masking your products: a quick how too from Buy Rite Finishing

Here’s a post from a couple years ago which we still feel is relavent. Thanks again for the shout out from Eric at Buy Rite Finishing. Check these guys out if you are in the market for new or used coating equipoment. Super helpful and nice guys over there in Nebraska and have always came thru for us in a pinch.

http://www.buyritefinishing.com

Here is the link to the story about masking. Let us know if KVF can help solve your masking questions!

http://www.buyritefinishing.com/blog/2014/masking-considerations

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Ultrasonic Cleaning – Is this process right for your parts?

Ultrasonic cleaning is a precision process which uses cavitation bubbles induced by high frequency pressure (sound) waves to agitate a liquid. Click here for a link to the process.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultrasonic_cleaning

KVF Quad Corporation, the Midwest’s premier ultrasonic cleaning operations, offers not only the ability to clean parts in house, but also we are able to build to suit custom Ultrasonic system solutions. Used widely in the automotive and aerospace industries, this process will help clean parts of many shapes and sizes. If you think this process is right for you, please give us a call at 309-755-1101 or email sales@kvfquad.com for a free quote today!

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Maintenance Assistant – CMMS Software that works and won’t break your budget!

If you are in the market for new CMMS software and have done your research, you’ll know that there are plenty of companies out there that would love your business. The only problem is, if you are coming from a previous system (or none at all like us) there is one factor that seems constant across the board, price. Steep and somewhat off-putting.

Unless you have a padded expense account or a large maintenance budget (neither of which KVF has) you know the value of getting something for less than what the market currently provides.

FIIX-CMMS was KVF’s solution to not only a great, easy to use, fully functional product. But also a product which doesn’t require thousands of dollars of initial investment.

Find the link here:

https://www.fiixsoftware.com

While we transitioned to this software, which took about 3 weeks of non-stop data entry, MA proved to be a valuable resource. Always available to help provide assistance (training package is suggested, but not mandatory) and quick to answer our questions.

We have been running FIIX CMMS for about 3 months now and we have noticed an increase in maintenance department efficiency, decreased machine down time, a solid foundation where to add information about machines and work performed, etc.

If you would like any more information regarding Maintenance Assistant CMMS software, feel free to contact Eric at KVF or follow the link above.

Cheers!

KVF Management Team

 

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A Valuable Resource for your Metal Finishing Questions

Metal finishing as an industry has been around for a while. Some of the first machines and processes date back 100 years ago. It’s no wonder that the internet has become a haven for great and invaluable information regarding metal finishing. One of the most famous and best known websites is http://www.pfonline.com/ 

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At PFOnline.com you can ask experts questions, contact other companies for outsourcing work, brush up on your understanding of multiple metal finishing processes, or just browse and learn a thing or two.

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As always, if you have any questions that you cannot find on PFonline.com, don’t hesitate to call your KVF Quad representative at (309) 755-1101 for further guidance or information.

 

Cheers!

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Large part capability

KVF has been tasked by a local Agricultural company to blast and paint their parts during the summer shut down. As you can see these parts are not your “normal” part, but rather large component assemblies that weigh upwards of 1500 lbs and max out at 22 ft long.

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KVF has proven that we can provide the process (blast and paint) and the finish to the customer specification for these larger parts. Let us know if you have parts of similar size you are needing to have processed!

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KVF is now offering transportation for your products!

We at KVF understand the costs and constraints the transportation market puts on each part and order. With increasing costs such as insurance, fuel prices, wages, etc. its no wonder that sometimes the cost of transportation can double or more the cost of each part produced.

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You can see the graph above that fuel costs is only a third of the costs most transportation companies need to cover. This is also true if you are running your own transportation or delivery in-house.

Because of these increased costs, KVF is working with multiple transportation companies around the Quad City area to drive down these costs and provide to you (our customers) the best cost for delivery of your parts. We are also willing to work with each customer to incur these costs if order/load size are of sufficient volume.

Because of our strategic location near Interstate I-80 and I-74 we are able to provide this to multiple customers ranging from Wisconsin, Iowa, Indiana and Illinois.

Call us at 309-755-1101 to discuss how we can help you reduce costs by providing transportation for your next order!

 

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Powder Coating – 101

What Is Powder Coating?

Powder coating is a dry finishing process that has become extremely popular since its introduction in North America over 40 years ago.  Representing over 15% of the total industrial finishing market, powder is used on a wide array of products. More and more companies specify powder coatings for a high-quality, durable finish, allowing for maximized production, improved efficiencies, and simplified environmental compliance.  Used as functional (protective) and decorative finishes, powder coatings are available in an almost limitless range of colors and textures, and technological advancements have resulted in excellent performance properties.

How Powder Coating Works
Powder coatings are based on polymer resin systems, combined with curatives, pigments, leveling agents, flow modifiers, and other additives.  These ingredients are melt mixed, cooled, and ground into a uniform powder similar to baking flour.  A process called electrostatic spray deposition (ESD) is typically used to achieve the application of the powder coating to a metal substrate.  This application method uses a spray gun, which applies an electrostatic charge to the powder particles, which are then attracted to the grounded part.  After application of the powder coating, the parts enter a curing oven where, with the addition of heat, the coating chemically reacts to produce long molecular chains, resulting in high cross-link density. These molecular chains are very resistant to breakdown.  This type of application is the most common method of applying powders.  Powder coatings can also be applied to non-metallic substrates such as plastics and medium density fiberboard (MDF).

Sometimes a powder coating is applied during a fluidized bed application.  Preheated parts are dipped in a hopper of fluidizing powder and the coating melts, and flows out on the part.  Post cure may be needed depending on the mass and temperature of the part and the type of powder used.  No matter which application process is utilized, powder coatings are easy to use, environmentally friendly, cost effective, and tough!

Durability of Powder Coating
Powder coating is a high-quality finish found on thousands of products you come in contact with each day.  Powder coating protects the roughest, toughest machinery as well as the household items you depend on daily.  It provides a more durable finish than liquid paints can offer, while still providing an attractive finish.  Powder coated products are ultraviolet light, and other extreme weather conditions. In turn, this reduces the risk of scratches, chipping, abrasions, corrosion, fading, and other wear issues.

It’s tough. It looks great. And it lasts a long, long time.  In addition to being durable, powder coating is an attractive choice due to environmental advantages.

Source: http://www.powdercoating.org/?page=WhatIsPC

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