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16 EQUIPMENT 2018 COATINGSPROMAG.COM R egardless of the substrate or coatings used, no project can be completed without suitable equip- ment. From basic start-up tasks to surface prepa- ration and all the way through to application and final testing, a basic knowledge of tools and machinery is essential for contractors. In 2018, that knowledge is more important than ever, particularly as technologies continue to evolve and become even more sophisticated across the board. "Coatings projects are not getting easier or simpler," said Mike Collins, marketing manager with airless spray technology developer Titan Tool. "ey are more complex every day. With the chemical composition, the ratios, and the heat needed, it's not making it easier to apply. Coatings manufacturers are really focused on performance, and to get the performance, it's really causing more complex applica- tion methods." To assist in simplifying this complex process, which can also include preliminary fundamental steps related to access and power generation, CoatingsPro Magazine compiled the following guide to help contractors navigate through the potential equipment solutions for all the various phases involved in steel, concrete, and roof coating application projects. Read on for more! Initial Jobsite Access Getting to the jobsite is often the first objective for a contrac- tor, and there are numerous options available regarding company vehicles and trailers. Earlier this year, Ford Motor Co. introduced the new 2019 Transit Connect cargo van, which includes exclusive driver-assist technologies along with two new drive trains, including the only available diesel in the segment. According to the manufacturer, the van has the most driver-assist technologies in the segment, including automatic emergency braking. e van debuted as the only vehicle in its segment to offer the technology as standard across all models, which helps reduce accidents and time in the shop. e van also offers standard pre-collision assis- tance with pedestrian detection, side-wind stabilization, a rear-view camera, a blind spot information system with cross-traffic alerts, a lane-keeping system to keep the vehicle centered, and adaptive cruise control. Once at the jobsite, many jobs may require equipment, such as lifts, aerial platforms, and scaffolding solutions, for contractors to reach the area to be coated. One tried-and- true suspended access solution is Spider's ST-17 work basket, which has actually been around since the 1940s! Continually improved based on customer input, the ST-17 is still in production today, over seven decades after its inception. e air-powered drum hoist has a gross load capacity of 1,000 lbs. (453.6 kg) and travels up to 30 feet/min. (9.1 m/min.). "Its robust design, durable steel and aluminum construction, and built-in breather vent kit ensure a long, reliable service life, even in harsh, corrosive environ- ments," said Heidi Krueger, marketing specialist at Spider by BrandSafway. "And a wide range of rigging accessories enables customization for various structures, including bridges, tanks, offshore rigs, and refineries." e ST-17 is listed with the Underwriters Laboratories (UL), reflecting the company's commitment to providing safe products that are manufactured and serviced according to rigorous, consistent standards. Available for rent or sale from locations nation- wide, the Spider ST-17 is a reliable solution for accessing jobs at heights. Skid-Lift provides scissor lift attachments with its 1530S and 2230S models. e base legs of the attachments are adjustable and allow professionals to work safely on all surfaces, including rough or uneven terrain. According to the company, the newest models are powerful yet easy to operate. ey allow work crews to work up to 28 feet (8.5 m) in the air, with a 15- to 22-foot (4.6‒6.7 m) platform height and 12.5-square-foot (1.2 m 2 ) working deck. Skyjack and Safespan are among other industry provid- ers that manufacture equipment allowing access to challeng- ing locations. In most cases, depending on a contractor's budget, this equipment can either be bought outright or rented through a distribution channel. Equipment to carry materials to the jobsite more efficiently could be considered in developing an access plan. By Ben DuBose How Proper Tools Equip Coatings Projects for Success Photos Courtesy of Ag g reko, Bosch Power Tools, DeFelsko Cor p., DESCO Mfg., Detroit Tar p Inc., Graco, Industr ial Vacuum Equipment Corp., Marco, Mi-T-M, Nour Painting Tools, Polyurethane Machiner y Corporation, Polygon, Seymour Midwest, LLC, Titan Tool, and Wagner Meters Equipment

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