Our customers have high expectations about the finish of their parts, and CWF uses industry-leading quality initiatives to deliver those expectations.

The tools CWF techs use to perform quality checks

CWF’s quality team conducts testing on parts using the following processes:

Pencil Scratch Hardness Test

The pencil scratch hardness test involves scratching a coated surface using special pencils at a 45º angle. Technicians then examine the surface, assessing the damage.

Crosscut Adhesion Test

The crosscut adhesion test requires technicians to make a series of crosscuts to a finished coating—creating groups of 25 to 100 small squares. Techs apply an adhesive tape to the groups, remove the tape, then examine the tape for paint removed from the surface.

Coating Thickness Test

As they leave the curing oven, completed parts receive a follow-up test using a digital coating thickness gauge. This test is a quick and accurate way of measuring mil thickness.

Photo Spectrometry

A photo spectrometer provides stable color comparisons based on a measured standard. These results illustrate how well the paint color matches the customer’s specifications.

Gloss Measurement

A gloss meter measures the shine of a finished surface, and the meter also examines reflective haze, surface waviness, orange peel, and image distinctness. We record and use these test results to improve the process control for all stages of our powder coating. The result is a consistent quality finish on your product.

Orange Peel Testing

We look for orange peel using ACT panels: we compare our customer specifications to ACT test panels.

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