Jet Propulsion Laboratories (JPL) awarded Spray Systems, Inc., the exclusive design and manufacturing of their custom spray booth for its high profile, space-flight component group. Critical challenges for Spray Systems imposed by JPL were to provide the most effective spray environment for its components, while meeting stiff local, state and federal air quality guidelines, especially from NESHAP to the SCAQMD.
“Our coating requirements for all space-flight components must meet the highest standards of quality and precision – there is no margin for error. Spray Systems understood this, completely," confirmed Jim Quinn, Mechanical Construction Manager, Facilities Engineering and Construction Section, at Jet Propulsion Laboratory. "They took the time to follow up on even the smallest detail… it showed they cared. “
Production of this custom spray booth was complicated form the start. Because of the JPL's utilization of its facility, the booth had to accommodate a tight space, and still provide the most effective spray environment possible for safety and finish quality.
Spray Systems found answers – from design-engineering a special double-door ingress and egress system, to a specialized filtering system that included a control panel to integrate JPL's humidity control system with the booth's own environmental control objectives.
"We're now benefitting from Spray Systems' design expertise. Our new booth had to meet the highest standards of our own engineers, and it did. And it had to operate efficiently to meet our budget constraints, and it does. They succeeded at both," proclaimed Mr. Quinn.
Spray System reports that every manufacturer they meet presents a unique set of spray environment issues that must be solved through a custom booth design. As JPL found, challenging issues not only included booth location and use, but the need for specialized filtration media, temperature and humidity controls – just a few of the variables that must be addressed when engineering and manufacturing the perfect aerospace spray booth.
"At Amada, we're known worldwide for the manufacture of the finest CNC and heavy equipment machinery. We chose Spray Systems for a number of reasons, and most notably, they had a great reputation in the industry for delivering quality, on time. This was very important to us to align with the scheduled construction of our new 130,000 square foot facility."
"The custom booths they engineered and built for us are large, as they needed to accommodate a wide variety of sizes in machinery to be sprayed. And what made these booths even more remarkable, they needed to be integrated with our overhead crane system that included a crane slot opening with an automatic door which could open and close. In addition, they built large front sliding doors that are 21 feet tall that also operate automatically."
"Suffice to say, we're extremely happy with this custom design from Spray Systems. Having worked closely with their design engineering staff, gave us a deeper respect for their creative design sense. They also allowed us the opportunity to collaborate with them and to make minor changes as we went along."
"Now that our booths are installed and fully operational, with Spray Systems I know that I can pick up the phone any time and – in minutes – be talking with them in order to solve any problem or answer any question."
Amada America, Inc
"Spray Systems' reputation was the main reason we chose them. While we were investigating the installation of a robotic paint spray system, the integrator we chose told us that, for custom booth design and installation, Spray Systems was our best choice for what we needed, and they strongly recommended that we call them right away – we're very happy we did."
"Our new booth is specially designed for our Conveyorized application. It's made up of two automated conveyorized booths connecting to a flash room. The space is somewhat confined, but their engineers were able to incorporate all of our requirements. And when the booth is running, it's the quietest booth we have."
"The booth was built with such precision that the construction time to assemble was just 2 days. I can tell you from experience that after the booth was installed and running, we made the right choice – Spray Systems made my job easy. And during the installation, there were no surprises and no headaches."
"Fender has grown to be one of the world's leading and most respected marketers, manufacturers, and distributors of musical instruments. We pride ourselves on the quality and attention to details to deliver the best instruments we can make. After working with Spray Systems, we can see they share the same passion."
Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC)
“Having our headquarters in Bend, Oregon, where winters can be very cold – and very long – we needed a custom-built spray enclosure that could operate efficiently under these cold conditions, while providing a high-end finish environment. We talked at length with Spray Systems, and based on their advice we had them customize their Model D-2000 booth for us, which is a downdraft automotive paint booth along with an attached paint mixing room.
“Our new spray booth is equipped with a 2 million BTU heater – it has the ability to recapture 80% of the heated air when the bake cycle is on. We now find a substantial reduction on our gas usage during the winter months, and faster cycle times as well. We’ve also discovered since installing the booth that it has allowed us to increase the number of vehicles we can cycle through our shop, and this without a single hiccup.
“Our painters also like the powder-coated interior, which makes the booth very easy to maintain under heavy production requirements. And they’re special lighting packages allow our painters to better see what they’re painting – this booth wins on a number of levels for us.
“I would highly recommend Spray Systems to anyone. If you’re looking to upgrade your current booth to increase cycle times, and want to save on heating costs to refinish today’s vehicles, Spray Systems is without a doubt, your best choice.”
Precision Body and Paint