Tuesday, 07 April 2015 17:00

GFS Ultra Paint Booth Enhances Training at PPG’s Minnesota Facility

A Global Finishing Systems Ultra Paint Booth is the latest addition to PPG’s training center in Edina, Minnesota. Recently installed by Lowell’s PBE Specialists, the booth incorporates special design features that help with efficiency and cost savings as well as the latest drying capabilities.

“The operational flexibility available with this booth allows the training center staff to develop and teach efficient painting techniques for new and existing solvent and water-borne products,” said Sam Deering, an equipment sales consultant from Lowell’s PBE Specialists, located in Edina Minnesota.

Three other PPG training facilities will also receive GFS booths this year. Deering said the Ultra HD down draft paint booth has the GFS AdvanceCure Blade system to reduce drying time, Logic 4 color touch screen control panel with multiple operational profiles, a 1.5MBTU burner, 15HP supply and exhaust motors with variable frequency drives, and a paint booth sound system with Bluetooth connection.

“The Bluetooth connection will allow instructors to more easily communicate with students in the booth using connected wireless devices,” said Deering. Additional observation windows were also installed due to the training center’s requirements.

Randy Schultz, Business Development Manager, Global Finishing Solutions, said many spray booths have been modified with add-on equipment to aid in flash drying waterborne basecoat.

“The GFS company incorporates features such as their ‘full-length air knife system,’ which can be turned on during the flash-off period to not only accelerate airflow, but increase temperature if desired. This makes processing vehicle repairs extremely quick.”

The booth can be put into an economy mode to save natural gas during the heating season when spraying is intermittent.

“The GFS Ultra Booth has many additional light fixtures making it very easy to see every part of the vehicle being painted. It’s one of the brightest in the business,” says Schultz.The new booth is plumbed with compressed air filtration, as well as filtered air from SATA and aluminum piping by DanAm Air, located in Spring Valley, MN.

Lynn Engmark has been the manager at PPG’s Edina facility for the last four years. He has been with PPG for 20 years and worked as a PPG technical instructor before becoming the facility manager. Prior to joining PPG, he taught automotive collision repair/refinishing for 18 years at Dunwoody College in Minneapolis.

“PPG’s training base consists of owners, managers and technicians from collision repair shops, commercial, fleet and industrial customers as well as PPG distributors who sell the company’s products. When customers attend product training, they have an opportunity to use PPG products in the same environment that a modern collision shop would offer,” said Engmark. “This gives them a real world experience in a training environment.”

For example, students spray complete paint systems on large sheet metal assemblies that either are, or simulate a medium-size vehicle.PPG has 16 business development centers across the U.S. and Canada. In addition, instructors conduct training at other facilities.

“The goal of PPG training is to keep our customers up-to-date on new products, products enhancements, management training and regulatory issues,” said Engmark.

Technical training is part of PPG’s Lifetime Limited Paint Performance Guarantee. Engmark said technicians are offered one- or two-day certification classes for the company’s paint brands, plus color adjustment and other classes regarding light industrial coatings and commercial application equipment. “In order to keep our facilities up-to-date, building and classroom renovations are ongoing, and new equipment is continuously being added to the training centers,” he said.

Engmark said PPG currently has more than 10,250 collision repair shops in the United States and Canada using ENVIROBASE® High Performance or AQUABASE® Plus automotive refinishing systems.

“Interestingly, over half of those shops are outside of VOC-regulated areas,” he said. “This is because customers realize the advantage of superior color match and fast throughput, using these systems.”

He added that PPG’s vision for automotive refinishing includes waterborne products from bare substrate through clearcoat.


PPG Industries' vision is to be the world’s leading coatings company by consistently delivering high-quality, innovative and sustainable solutions that customers trust to protect and beautify their products and surroundings. Through leadership in innovation, sustainability and color, PPG provides added value to customers in construction, consumer products, industrial and transportation markets and aftermarkets to enhance more surfaces in more ways than does any other company.

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