GKS Powder System Supports Nortek’s Transition to an In-house Application Process

Powder Finishing System

George Koch Sons recently completed the design and installation of a turnkey powder system at Nortek’s Ramos Arizpe, Coahuila HVAC Manufacturing Facility to support the company’s transition from the use of pre-painted steel coils to an in-house powder application process. The system creates a centralized location for Nortek’s Coahuila HVAC production, provides a durable surface finish, prompt lead time, and intuitive user control.

The in-house, GKS system places all stages of Nortek’s HVAC manufacturing under one roof, eliminating shipping variables that had the potential to create unforeseen delays that could increase lead times. Aside from its practicality, the system includes Koch Smart Controls with human machine interference capabilities to provide full user control and ease of operation; a component that is especially useful when familiarizing oneself with the system’s unique operating process.

“The operating process begins with a pretreatment bath that cleanses parts to prevent reactions between the metal surface and paint ingredients, resulting in a paint application that is blemish-free and able to withstand harsher conditions than many pre-treated metals. I believe this equipment is the missing piece to Nortek’s production process, and I’m honored that Nortek placed their trust in GKS to provide what we believe to be the best solution for their company,” said General Manager for GKS Mexico, Antonio Gallegos.

“While Nortek is stepping into unfamiliar territory by taking on our own paint finishing process, GKS has done a great job helping us adjust to the new equipment. The GKS team has been patient, communicated thoroughly, and asked all the necessary questions to permit a smooth installation. I feel confident that GKS will stick around long beyond the system’s installation to deliver support and assistance as needed,” said Nortek Manufacturing Engineer, Alejandro Leal.

About George Koch Sons

George Koch Sons, a division of Koch Enterprises, designs, engineers, fabricates, and installs automated finishing systems for all major coating technologies, including liquid, powder, electrocoat, porcelain enamel, anodizing, and plating systems. Our team operates from five different locations spread throughout the U.S., Mexico, and Europe to deliver the most reliable systems and the best customer experiences in the markets we serve.