New paints for BelAZ giants
OJSC BelAZ — Management Company of BelAZ-Holding — realises new investment project worth 8.85 million Euros, at IMEL S.p.a. painting complex
Three new technological lines are opening at the facility, to coat heavy-duty dump trucks with lacquer and paint. The launch of the 1,700 square metre complex is to house machinery 3.7m tall and 4.3m wide, with a length of 12m, weighing up to 31 tonnes. Two-component lacquer-painting materials will be used to ensure more durability and a good decorative finish, explains Oleg Stepuk, the Chief Engineer and the First Deputy General Director for Technical Policy and Innovative Technologies. He notes that all painting works receive a guarantee of at least 5 years, regardless of the climatic zone.
“Our existing machinery was installed in the 1980s, so no longer met the needs of today,” says General Director Piotr Parkhomchik. “We need to remain competitive in a market full of rivals, which is no simple task. Our innovations aim to achieve this target.”
New painting facility
One of the major advantages of the project is its eco-safety. All compositions and solutions for lacquer-painting are automatically mixed, before being piped to painters’ workplaces. All waste solutions are then chemically and physically clarified, before being disposed of in a pyrolysis clarifying facility. Wash thinners will be evaporated.
“In line with technological requirements, 50mg of volatile organic compounds are allowed to be emitted into the atmosphere,” says Mr. Stepuk. “Our system is more than within the limit, creating just 20mg of emissions.”
“I must stress that not all enterprises can afford these technologies,” explains Marco D’angela, the President of IMEL (which took part in establishing the painting complex). “Our centralised system makes it possible to collect air from all painting cabins, passing it through our processing device. Dissolvent steam passes through, before being combusted, so that only purified compounds reach the atmosphere. We’re proud of taking part in this project and hope our complex will meet all the demands being placed by BelAZ.”
By Galina Kiseleva