STC Dip Spin, Forplan AG Partner to Expand Capabilities

Alliance enables them to offer state-of-the-art equipment and processes for the application of various coatings.


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STC Dip Spin basket tilting station

STC Dip Spin basket tilting station

STC Dip Spin, a U.S.-based company, and Forplan AG, located in Brugg Switzerland, have joined forces to expand their capabilities. This alliance enables them to offer state-of-the-art equipment and processes to existing and new customers for the application of various coatings — particularly zinc flake paint. 

STC Dip Spin is a division of PRAB Inc. and has been selling Dip Spin equipment for over 45 years. Its capabilities include low-volume dip and spin units up to completely automated systems processing 22,500 pounds per hour.

Forplan AG offers a variety of coating systems for mass-produced parts — for both bulk items and rack parts. The company says that its large systems can generate a coating capacity of more than 16,000 pounds per hour, while its small systems efficiently coat a small-scale series or test parts. 

Both Forplan AG and STC Dip Spin work closely with coating manufacturers. The paint spectrum includes only zinc flake systems as well as anti-friction coatings and oils, color topcoats, transparent lacquers and other anti-corrosion coatings.

Forplan AG’s Forplanet Planetary Coating Machine utilizes a planetary basket arrangement, meaning that the baskets of parts are moving around themselves and a central axis — providing the best possible coating consistency, according to the company.

Forplan AG also supplies complete Dip Spin Rack Systems, which are custom-designed for specific parts and can play an essential role in surface preparation, which may include both alkaline cleaning and surface blasting, followed by Dip Spin process, and finally curing of the coating. In this automated system, the only time a part is handled is when it is placed in the rack and when it is taken off after all processes are completed. The various spin cycles can be programmed on a part-specific basis, which can enable coating consistency and repeatability for each unique part.