Gelcoater

IPG-8000

IPG-8000 is widely used and has become a best seller in the industry. The machine is a superbly designed and engineered gelcoat machine that eliminates the “bucket and brush” in hand lay up that not only minimises fumes, it will improve working conditions considerably. Using advanced and proven techniques, the machine is easy and safe to handle with simple controls for straightforward operation. An exact gelcoat to catalyst ratio is provided with Aplicator’s unique, infinitely adjustable catalyst slave pump and internal mixing of gelcoat and catalyst in a static mixer ensures there is thorough blending of the components.

OPERATION

Aplicator’s IPG-8000 machine works with an air driven dual- acting piston pump, both for the gelcoat and the catalyst. Manufactured from stainless steel, the catalyst pump incorporates a pressure gauge and pressure relief valve and is synchronised with the gelcoat pump shaft for precise delivery of catalyst. Consequently, it is independent of variations in air supply or material viscosity. Catalyst volumes are easily adjusted by a hand wheel, which changes the stroke length of the catalyst pump. The mixing ratios are continuously variable. Catalyst is pumped directly from the original container. Gelcoat is usually pumped from a 25-litre pail, but can also be pumped from a 200-litre drum, a bulk container or a fixed storage tank. Components are mixed internally in a static mixer before being pumped through a single hose to the well balanced, compact spray gun with built-in swivel for improved versatility. As there is no handling of gelcoat or catalyst in open containers, the working environment will be cleaner and safer. To facilitate degassing and function checks the machine is additionally equipped with a unique recirculation system for the catalyst and gelcoat plus a pneumatically operated solvent pump for ease of cleaning.

INTERNAL MIXING

Aplicator have used the method of internal mixing of gelcoat and catalyst for several years, which has proved to be the best method of obviating problems that can occur with incomplete mixing.

FLUSHING

Cleaning the spray gun after use is easily achieved using the built-in, pneumatically operated flushing pump. With no manual handling of potentially hazardous solvents, simply pressing the flush button on the pump automatically flushes the static mixer, hose and spray gun.

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IPG-8000

 

Air supply:

6 Bar (90 psi)

Air consumption:

120 litres / litre output

Capacity:

Up to 12 litres/min, depending on viscosity, hose length/diameter and nozzle orifice
Normal volumes are generally in the region of 1 litre / min

Max. working pressure:

108 Bar (1620 psi)

Pressure ratio:

18:1

Viscosity:

The nozzle orifice, pressure and spray distance must harmonize with the viscosity and thixotrophy of the gelcoat used

Mixing ratio:

Continuously variable between 0.8 and 4.0 %

Hose length:

Standard length 10 m

Weight of spray gun:

900 g

Total weight:

Approx. 85 kg

 

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Catalyst slave pump for exact catalyst to gelcoat ratio

  • Continuously adjustable catalyst ratio

  • Recirculation of gelcoat and catalyst

  • Pneumatic, push button operated solvent pump

  • Static mixer

  • Even flow of catalysed material

  • Easy to operate

  • Wheeled chassis for full mobility

  • Light weight airless spray gun

  • Full finger trigger on spray gun

 

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