IBWorks News



Online tool helps specifiers choose powder coatings
colors for food display and potable water equipment

(CLEVELAND - June 8, 2007) - A new online color selector is now available from Sherwin-Williams Chemical Coatings Division to assist coatings specifiers in selecting powder coatings in both NSF/ANSI Standard 51 colors for food display equipment such as salad bars, buffet tables, and food mixing/preparation housings, and NSF/ANSI Standard 61 Colors for valves, fittings, tanks and pipe used for potable (drinking) water.

To access the color card, go to www.sherwin-williams.com/oem and click on Color Selectors, Powdura National Sanitation Foundation Reference Card. The file can be accessed and printed in PDF format. Shown are eighteen NSF Standard 51 and six NSF Standard 61 colors, plus a clearcoat in each powder coating formulation.

For the food and beverage and industry, Sherwin-Williams Chemical Coatings offers many NSF-51 certified coatings. The formulations of these coatings, most of which are hybrids, combine the durable film properties of an epoxy with the overbake stability of a polyester. These coatings offer excellent transfer efficiency and rapid film build, allowing for complete coverage and protection in hard-to-reach areas such as recesses and corners.

For the potable water industry, POWDURA NSF-61 coatings provide a high gloss, smooth finish with excellent hardness and outstanding chemical resistance properties. These coatings are recommend for application to potable water equipment such as storage tanks, valves, fittings, commercial and domestic drinking water dispensers, desalination units, military potable water supply equipment and for wastewater treatment equipment.

Sherwin-Williams has four plants certified to manufacture NSF coatings located across North America. A complete listing of the company's NSF-51 and NSF-61 coatings is available at www.sherwinwilliams.com/oem


Precision Laser Jet cutting added as a new service available to our clients. This high-tech addition helps to assure IBWorks remains on the cutting edge of the industry and provides our clients with state-of-the-art options for their projects.

Assisting gas plays an important role in laser cutting, as it provides a mechanical force to eject the melt from the cut zone and cools the cut zone by forced convection. When a reactive gas such as oxygen is used, it also delivers additional exothermic energy through chemical reaction between the assist gas and the molten material. This chemical reaction produces additional energy that enhances the cutting process.

  5.2.07   Added the capability to roll and form oversized tubing.
  3.19.07   Upgraded shipping methods. New shipment tracking software. Added additional carriers and air freight service. Our standard shipping companies are: UPS, FedEx, FedEx Freight, Yellow, R & L, Conway and Estes. All of these companies have Tracking available online
and are accessible 24/7 for status on our customers orders.

New CNC Machine Capabilities.Our Computer Numerical Controls equipment capabilities enables us to guarantee consistent quality and extreme accuracy, both in prototype work and production runs.

By incorporating the latest state-of the-art CNC software applications and machinery we are able to cost effectively provide accurate and repeatable precise shaping operations and extremely complex 3-dimensional shapes within the process of obtaining fit and function in an exceptionally wide range of materials.