CURT Mfg. Applies A-Coat Process To Hitches
Towing product supplier CURT Manufacturing has improved its trailer hitch by becoming the first company to employ Aquence (A-coat) technology. According to a press release, A-coat is a revolutionary finish and an award-winning green technology.
CURT said it has always used a high-quality powder coat finish that is applied after sending welded hitches through multiple stages, including a shot blast, wash and preparation system. This process results in a clean surface allowing CURT to apply an attractive, high-gloss black powder coat.
With the new technology, each hitch is also dipped in a liquid A-coat before it receives CURT’s powder coat finish. The two coatings then co-cure together in the finishing oven, providing the most rust and chip resistant hitch available, the company said. CURT hitches now contain an opening in the frame allowing the A-coat to cover the hitch from the inside out, further protecting the product from rust and corrosion.
A-coat won the 2010 Automotive News Pace Award for its environmental benefits as the technology reduces a company’s production footprint by up to 40% versus the more common E-coat process that many manufacturers use. This substantially reduces energy usage. Additionally, independent salt spray tests show that A-coat is more rust and chip resistant than E-coat, according to Eau Claire, Wis.-based CURT.
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