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Publication Date: 04/2003
Pages: 5
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Manufacturer uses pretreatment breakthrough to switch to powder

A disabled owner of a company that makes devices to assist people with disabilities converted a small liquid coating system to powder coating by using a high quality, environmentally friendly, and efficient pretreatment process.

In 1973, an automobile accident left mechanical engineer Joel Lerich a quadriplegic. After months of rehabilitation, Lerich mastered most daily tasks. One task, however, proved to be a menacing obstacle: transferring from place to place. Lerich never felt quite safe or stable in a traditional sling lift or on a sliding board. He also became concerned about the longterm effects of lifting on his wife's health. In a hospital setting as many as three people may be available to help with transfers. This is not realistic once a patient moves home. Yet, Lerich noticed that thousands of people put themselves and their caregivers in danger several times a day by improper manual lifting or inadequate use of slings or boards.

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