Industrial Paint Systems

TKS Industrial specializes in complete paint systems for Automotive manufacturing.

Total Engineering
for Paint Shops

TKS employs a large staff of full-time engineers. From sizing equipment based on heat loads and specifications to designing new layouts for brand new paint shops, our Engineering & CAD team can provide full-service engineering.

General Contractor for
Complete Construction

TKS is a General Contractor, offering turn-key services including project management, site supervision, oversight of skilled trades and subcontractors, quality assurance, start-up, commissioning, and spray trials.

Modular Design Offers Flexibility & Customization

Every paint shop is different. TKS offers each paint system as an independent module, so each customer can mix and match to meet their requirements. We specialize in providing custom designs & custom engineering for each client for each vehicle.

Modular Pretreatment Dips & Sprays

Let TKS help you design your own configuration of Pretreatment dips, rinses, and sprays. Each process step is an independent module designed to mix and match to meet your process specification.

Ten Different Process Steps Offered

From High-pressure water sprays to De-greasing to Surface Conditioner and Phosphate, and now, Metal Oxide Pretreatment for Aluminum bodies, TKS offers up to 10 different process steps to configure for your application.

ILAS High-pressure Spray

TKS offers a proprietary high-pressure water spray technology to clean car bodies of weld balls and iron dust prior to the film build processes. A clean car body is critical to a quality surface finish.

Simulation & Engineering

With proprietary in-house engineering, simulation, and design capabilities, TKS can help you choose tank lengths, conveyor speed, and dip angles to meet your company's requirements.

E-coat Dip & Rinses

TKS offers design, fabrication, and installation of industrial tanks for electro-coat and UF rinses. Our unique lineup includes the iron removal system (Flood Spray), high-performance washing system (Parallel Separator), and counter-flow circulation tank in the degrease process, and high-pressure spray water washing processes. I-LAS (Impact Blast Washer System) is our high-performance water washing system which efficiently remove iron powder from body surfaces with minimal water and pressure.

Hot/Cold Entry/Exit

We can engineer varying e-coat bath entry and exit conditions, whether 'hot' meaning with electrified anodes, or 'cold' meaning without anodes.

Patented Counterflow Design

TKS has a patented counterflow design circulation system for Electro-deposition (ED) tanks. Rather than a traditional eddy swirling, which kicks up dirt from the bottom of the tank, our Counter-flow technology moves the entire ED current in one direction, from exit to entry. At vehicle entry the e-coat paint / UF water mixture is pulled through a UF filter module, and pumped back to the end of the tank. This ensures that the last layers of ED coating are the cleanest.

Rectifiers

TKS' electrical engineering department works with many manufacturers including Spang, Controlled Power, and more.

Anodes & Anolyte System

TKS provides a variety of types of anodes: solid, flushing, roof-, wall-, and floor-mounted. We also design and provide the anolyte system.

Ultra Filtration (UF)

A properly sized and maintained UF system is key to a clean e-coat finish. Along with our patented counterflow innovation, TKS offers a cost-effective ED system.

Sealer

TKS can offer both automated and manual sealer solutions. Turnkey automated solutions include robots, vision systems, vehicle model ID, material supply systems, and applicators in addition to the standard spray booths with downdraft HVAC.

Anti-chip PVC

Automation systems spray a PVC or Polyurethane based material onto the rocker panel, sill, and under body to prevent stones and rocks from chipping the paint in this area. Also known as stone guard chip or SGC.

Liquid-applied Sound Deadener

A replacement for traditional melt sheets or bitumen mats, liquid-applied sound deadener material or LASD is a rubber-based acoustic insulating material that is sprayed onto car bodies prior to the sealer oven. It significantly reduces the noises transmitted via vibrating metal in the vehicle.

Friction Conveyor

TKS offers conveyor systems for automotive paint plants. Our goal is to design compact and highly efficient factory layouts for production. We supply overhead conveyors for pretreatment and electro-deposition lines as well as floor conveyors for prime, base, and top coat lines. Friction conveyors are preferred for easy maintenance.

Paint Circulation

A paint feeding system is the most vital system within a painting plant. We focus on centralized paint quality control, paint composition and supply works, organic solvent regulations, and energy-saving measures like electric pumps (vs hydraulic). The goal is a stable and improved paint quality for our customers.

Automation & Robots

TKS Industrial has acquired Encore Automation, a leader in Automation and Robot Integration in the Automotive and Aerospace industries. We design our robot paint systems to provide the most efficient painting process within a spec'd time frame to determine the optimal number of required robots.

Spray Booths

TKS Industrial offers our unique paint technology to deliver the highest finish quality. We are a full service operation, delivering turn-key solutions for each step of the paint process. We can offer either individual parts of the paint process or a comprehensive system including robot systems, paint circulation systems, conveyor systems, and VOC Abatement systems to control and reduce CO2 and NOx from painting facilities.

Heated Flash-offs

TKS can design heated flash off tunnels for your paint process, using a heater box to provide hot air blow (HAB) to allow for the waterborne paint to set prior to the next coat of paint. Typically followed by a short cooling tunnel with cold air blow (CAB) to return the vehicle to near room temperature before the next layer of paint is applied.

Automation & Applicators

TKS works with Encore Automation, a partner in the global Taikisha Group, to provide robots, automation, and paint applicators and bells.

Dry Booth options

TKS offers two dry paint capture options, in addition to our traditional water-based paint capture system. The first is a limestone-based system to capture paint over spray. The second option is a replaceable dry filter which captures the paint over spray in a cardboard box with several layers of filters.

Paint Sludge systems

In a traditional wet booth, TKS offers various wet paint sludge collection and drying options.

Research & Development

The global Taikisha Group has three major R&D centers in Japan, Italy, and China.

Clean Room

TKS builds commercial-grade clean rooms for manufacturing facilities where temperature, humidity, dirt and particle control are critical. We can design a clean room to any specification of cleanliness.

Feather Dusters & Blow-off

TKS offers robotic feather dusters and air blow off solutions to remove dirt from the car body before entering the paint booth.

Temperature & Humidity Controls

TKS provides superior spray booth environments to achieve a high-quality paint finish with a wet or dry scrubber. We have recently updated our Dry Booth design to reduce maintenance and decrease operating costs via less limestone and less energy usage. Our wet booth scrubbers has been installed over 100 times worldwide.

Setting Tunnel

For the Topcoat (TC) Oven, it is typically preceded by a setting tunnel to allow the solvent-borne clear coat a few minutes to flash in a controlled environment prior to entering the oven's first heat-up zone.

Heat-up & Hold Zones

All four major ovens: E-coat oven, Sealer oven, (optional) Primer oven, and Topcoat oven all consist of heat-up and hold zones. In a 3-wet paint process arrangement, there isn't a Primer oven, instead a heated flash off is used. Sometimes there are also smaller ovens for black-out and cavity wax. We offer a paint-drying oven that responds to temperature increases in body areas. The oven design will increase heating in zones of thick parts, such as sill inners or pillars where it is difficult to dry paints, while maintaining the temperature of keep-zones with a minimized flow rate to reduce dirt contamination and reduce energy usage.

Cooling Tunnel

In most paint shops, all major cure ovens are followed by a cooling tunnel to return the body to a lower temperature. This reduces the amount of paint smoke that is exhausted into the plant, ensures the bodies are at a cool enough temperature for team members to touch or for more paint to be applied, and also reduces the overall heat-up of the building.

Manual Inspection

Fully lit with LED or fluorescent lights, we offer wood-floored inspection work decks for team member comfort.

Automated Defect Detection

Quickly seeing rapid adoption with new paint shops, Micro-Epsilon's automated defect detection vision system can identify paint surface defects down to the millimeter and smaller. Using long-wave technology it can also evaluate the orange peel characteristic of your paint finish quality.

Manual Repair

We offer your traditional manual repair stations complete with paint circulation mini-systems for flash Primer, base coat and clear coat to complete repairs in an off-line station. Manual repair can be paired with manual or automated defect detection.

Auto-Finesse Sanding

One of the newest technologies to hit the paint shop, Encore Automation's auto-finesse robotic sanding system provides just the right amount of sanding on a flat or curved surfaces. This technology can integrate nicely with the robotic defect detection system above. Implementing these two systems can reduce a paint shop's headcount by ~30 workers per shift, saving ~$5.0M annually in a two-shift arrangement.

Blackout

Blackout material is applied automatically via a robot spray system. TKS provides a dry filter booth of this low-volume application process.

Cavity Wax

All cavities and hollow areas in the finished uni-body undercarriage are filled with a layer wax for protection against corrosion and rust. The waxy material is typically injected via a robot with an specialized tip or nozzle.

Thermal Recuperative Oxidizer

TKS offers thermal oxidizers from a variety of manufacturers in several configurations: recuperative with an external heat exchanger, a built-in HEX, and more.

Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer (RTO)

Perhaps the most widely accepted and widely used technology, TKS offers RTOs from several manufacturers in any size required. Offering thermal efficiencies over 95%, the RTO is a robust, cost-effective way to treat VOC exhausts that cannot be concentrated.

Direct-fired Thermal Oxidizer

The simplest design, TKS offers a DFTO low-cost solution for low-volume manufacturers who don't mind paying a little extra in energy costs to reduce their upfront investment.

Fluidized Bed Concentrator

Designed, engineered, and fabricated in-house, the FBC is our bread-and-butter VOC solution. Offering concentration ratios of >100:1 the FBC system offers the best combination of affordable up-front investment and the lowest energy usage and operating costs of any VOC control technology.

The latest in VOC abatement technology, the Fluidized Bed Concentrator, is ideal for high volume, low concentration exhausts. The FBC system offers a high air volume reduction, which translates into lower operating costs compared with RTOs, rotor concentrators, or thermal oxidizers. Average payback of 3-4 years.

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