Chicago firm takes first US shot at powder blank coating
After several misfires by US manufacturers to master blank coating with powder, a small contracting company hits the bull's-eye with a fully automated production line that moves up to 60 feet per minute.
Cole Oehler's ammunition of choice are blanks. And he has opened fire. Oehler runs Blank Coating Technologies, Franklin Park, Ill., a contracting company with a high-speed system for powder coating precut and prenotched metal sheets, called blanks. After powder coating, the blanks are sent to manufacturers, who form them into various products, including enclosures for appliances and other goods.