We’ve just added another newsletter to our website – for March 2018. Lots of information on powder coatings, including a focus for this newsletter on problem solving. This newsletter contains articles on with a spotlight on our new zinc primer, pricing info on raw materials, technical information on textures, and information on the definition of standard durable coatings compared to super-durable coatings. View it from the “newsletter” tab on the website.
September 18, 2017
Erie Powder is thrilled to have our new website up and running as of today. We have added a lot of great new functionality and information to our new and improved website.
New features include:
-Improved visuals to the site, with a much more modern and up to date look
-Easier navigation around the site
-improved content – we’ve added our newsletters to the web site.
Most important to this process is the improved content. Erie web site coordinator Marina Muller said site content was the real key and goal on this revamp. “It was so important to get improved information on to the site, and not just improved, but also current, relevant and useful information for our customers”.
Marina relayed that content is much improved. “With websites, it’s important you represent your company, but also important to give customers a reason to return to your website. We have done this in large part with our newsletters. Customers love these newsletters, they are packed with information not about our company, but general information that our customers can use to help improve their business. Previously, we were sending these out individually to customers, and we said, why not post this great content on our website?”
According to Marina, the process was long but well worthwhile. “As with any transition, it was a real process. But we had an excellent web developer in Zoomp! Creative, and we were able to make these transitions with as little fuss as it could be”
Erie Powder is very happy to be moving into the new website, and we encourage any customers or visitors to see our presence on the web!
September 5, 2017
Staff and management at Erie Powder Coatings are very happy to welcome Pierre Bachand to his new position in the company.
Pierre will be taking on the position of Sales Manager and Coordinator for the Erie Group of companies. His responsibilities will be for overall sales and marketing for the company worldwide, including all operations in Canada and the USA.
Pierre Bachand is a profoundly well respected representative in the powder coating industry. He is a NACE level 3 inspector, and has extensive experience in sales of equipment and powder coating.
April 8, 2016
Erie Powder / EPC is extremely happy to introduce our latest product offering, our Z1000-G5 Zinc Rich primer.
This primer has been developed by our Research and Development lab to solve the number 1 problem experienced with zinc rich primers – top coat adhesion.
Zinc rich primers have been extensively used in the coatings industry for corrosion control. These products can add incredibly to corrosion resistance of coated steel.
Most all of these products have been based in epoxy in the past, and this has led to problems with top-coat adhesion. Top-coat adhesion can be a huge liability for products out in the field – what happens if the top coat peels off? The customer gets very upset.
This has been extremely difficult to deal with for the coater. Data sheets from suppliers of these epoxy zinc rich products (including ours) state on them that these products should only be “gelled” prior to coating. The reason for this is that if the base coat / zinc rich primer is fully cured, or worse, over-cured, the top coat will often not adhere and delamination is a very real possibility. This is a potential disaster waiting to happen.
Our R&D lab has essentially solved this problem with the zinc rich. While we don’t recommend over-baking this primer, we have produced a new type of zinc rich that has excellent top-coat adhesion. Even when over-baked. Even when significantly over-baked.
This makes this primer far easier to use, and far less prone to disastrous top-coat adhesion problems.
Erie’s Z1000-G5 still has a very high zinc content (60% plus) and still gives excellent corrosion protection. But this product is actually usable in real world situations.
Call your rep or our office today if you would like to sample or try this new product.
December 15, 2015
If you have interest in receiving a newsletter from Erie, please let us know. Erie will be sending out a bi-monthly newsletter starting in January 2016.
This newsletter will be an excellent resource for people involved in powder application, with lots of information, tips and items of interest. The focus will be on some of the technical aspects of using powder coatings and also education. It will be readable, and valuable to, people involved in powder application at all expertise levels, new powder user to powder expert.
The newsletter will include
– Current news and information on the company and products
– A “Technical Corner” where you will find technical articles on the use of powder coatings
– Articles on powder coating, for general technical and education
This newsletter will only be offered via email in electronic form.
Any customer is welcome to try to this newsletter. But we won’t send one to you unless you request it. Just send us a request asking for the newsletter. You can request the newsletter either by an email to our office, to your sales rep, or you can send a request through the contact page on our website. It’s free, and you can always opt out in the future if you wish, so you have nothing to lose by asking to be sent this valuable educational tool.
The first issue is coming out in January, 2016, don’t miss it.
September 8, 2015
Erie Powder / EPC is pleased to announce we have new color charts now available. This is “volume 3” of the series, and replaces volume 2. The new color chart shows powder coating colors, and is in addition to the current slate of RAL colors that EPC stocks.
The new color charts reflect our current stock offering. There are many hold over colors from the older charts to the new charts, but there have been a few colors dropped from the stock offering. A number of new powders have been added, or modified represented on the new chart.
Call your rep or our office for a copy today!
June 4, 2015
Erie Powder / EPC has revised our stock list once again. The good news is that there are NO pricing changes, and no deletions from our list. We have only added several products. The changes to the stock list are summarized below, with the addition of:
PF4041-G6 Merc Blue Polyester
This is a “version” of our merc blue. It is slightly lower gloss, fast cure TGIC-Free compared to our standard P426-G8. This product has excellent durability and weatherability.
SPF314-G8 6029 Mint Green
This is another in our series of Super-durable (SP) polyester glossy products for the RAL expansion. We have been stocking this one for a while, but it wasn’t entered on the list until now.
SP280-G3 Satin Black SD
The SP280-G3 satin black product is basically a SD version of our hugely successful P2230-G3 (standard durable) product. The SP280-G3 is using the exact same technology as the P2230 – but with superdurable resin and pigmentation. Thus, this product exhibits excellent combo of gloss and mechanicals, and is very smooth compared to most competitors satin products.
SP924-V7 Silver Vein SD
This is a new, revised version (4th generation) of silver vein. This product has the following properties compared to the older generations:
• 100% reliable texture – which is a massive improvement compared to the 1st and 2nd generation products
• Superdurable product for excellent weatherability
• No fogging formula
• Standard cure
• The metallic is NOT bonded, but we are getting close to bonded results. Pricing is somewhat more expensive due to it being a superdurable chemistry, but still very competitive compared to our competitors products (if they have any products in this range)
Please call our office or your sales rep if you would like further information on these products or any other of our stock products.
April 21, 2015
General Information on GHS:
Different countries around the world have had different hazard communication systems in place for safety communication about hazardous chemicals. Often, these systems have been coordinated so that they are recognizable in many different countries and consisted mainly of training, a MSDS, and product labels. Just the same, there were often significant differences in the format and information on these safety communications.
In an effort to standardize hazard communications, the UN along with a number of experts created a new change in safety communications for workplaces, the GHS (Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals). This is set to standardize classification of chemicals and their associated health, physical and environmental hazards, as well as the communication of these hazards through safety data sheets and labels.
The GHS has been formally and legally adopted by the United States, Canada and Mexico. The timelines for implementation vary from country to country, but OSHA in the United States has set a date of June 1, 2015 for full implementation of this system by chemical suppliers and manufacturers. Implementation in Canada is taking place from 2015 to mid 2017.
To implement the GHS, Erie / EPC has worked diligently through the legislation to make sure that our products and shipments will meet the requirements of the new legislation. To satisfy the requirements of the GHS, you will see the following components changing:
In the past, safety information at EPC was printed directly onto the box. This included general safety information and a reference to view the MSDS. For the new GHS compliant labels: Chemical manufacturers and importers must provide a label that includes a signal word, pictogram, hazard statement, and precautionary statement for each hazard class and category. This information will differ in format from the previous labels. The labels will include:
Signal Word: The signal word is either “DANGER” for more severe hazards, or “WARNING” for less severe hazards. In general, the powder coatings that Erie / EPC ships will be labeled with “WARNING”
Pictograms: These are visual representations of the hazard, and are defined by the legislation. OSHA has mandated that these are printed in color on the labels.
For a complete list of pictograms, please go to www.osha.gov/dsg/hazcom/ghs.html
Hazard Statement: Hazard statements list a summary of the hazards associated with the product or ingredients in the product.
Precautionary Statement: The precautionary statement is a summary of the recommended practices and measures to reduce or minimize the adverse effects of the product in the workplace.
Safety Data Sheets:
Along with the change in the labeling of chemicals and products, the Safety Data Sheets are also revised for the GHS. Previously, information was communicated on Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS). With the GHS, this has been changed to a Safety Data Sheet (SDS).
The classification, and communication of the data has been standardized so that the presentation of the information is common from SDS to SDS. For example on MSDS sheets, there were frequently 9, 10 or 16 sections to the sheet, and no defined order of the sections. With the SDS, the name of each section, the order of the sections, and the number of sections are all defined by the GHS and should be common on all SDS from all suppliers. The aim of this is to allow easier identification and discovery of the information contained in the SDS.
While there are format and information changes on the SDS compared to the MSDS, the two systems are similar enough that most persons who are familiar and trained on MSDS sheets will easily recognize the data and communication information on a SDS.
Training for the new system is essential. Legislation in both Canada and the USA has stipulated that workers be trained in the new system.
Implementation of GHS at Erie Powder Coatings / EPC Powder Mfg.
Customers of EPC / Erie Powder will begin to see the new labels and will be shipped the new SDS sheets. Full implementation of this system is expected at Erie / EPC by the end of April 2015 in the United States and shortly thereafter in Canada.
Information Change does not mean Product Change
Last, please note, the information and communication of hazard information is being revised by our company to meet legislation on GHS. However, the hazards associated with our products, and the products themselves are not changing.
If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact your sales rep or our office.
November 18, 2014
Erie Powder Coatings was happy to be the event sponsor for the Grimsby Museum Fundraising Dinner, Grimsby ON. The event took place on November 15, 2014.
“We are always happy to support local events, and we have a strong interest in the history of this area” said Linda Coutts. The dinner is a major fundraiser for the museum.
The event speaker was David Phillips from Environment Canada, who spun a very entertaining evening talk on the climate and had many stories related to his work and climate history.
David Wayne Phillips, CM is a climatologist for Environment Canada, a spokesperson for the Meteorological Service of Canada, and author.
February 20, 2013
EPC has updated the current stock listing of products offered for sale. A number of new products have been added to the stock list, for the most part superdurable polyester coatings and RAL colors.
This latest update brings the total RAL color offering of EPC to 25 colors, and ups the offering on superdurable finishes substantially, in response to market requests.
This brings the listing of RAL colors to include:
RAL 1013, RAL 1015, RAL 2004, RAL 3002, RAL 3003, RAL 5003, RAL 5010, RAL 5015, RAL 6005, RAL 6018, RAL 7004, RAL 7012, RAL 7030, RAL 7032, RAL 7035, RAL 7038, RAL 7040, RAL 7043, RAL 7045, RAL 9001, RAL 9002, RAL 9005, RAL 9010 and RAL 9016.