Powder Coating Done Right
The Powder Coating Institute
Get your powder coating company officially certified by PCI
Operating under the mantra Powder Coating Done Right, the Powder Coating Institute (PCI) has launched its reengineered and expanded Certification Programs which support the entire powder coating marketplace by assessing a company’s capability to produce quality parts.
PCI Certification is an extensive audit program that evaluates the candidate’s business practices, process elements, equipment, maintenance practices and quality control capabilities.
Certified coaters can show, through demonstrated audit performance measurement, that they have the capabilities to correctly clean, coat and cure products to produce quality coated parts. “Process measurement and repeatability are key to giving customers confidence that a certified finishing operation has the processes in place to do the job well,” notes Trena Benson, PCI’s Executive Director. “Those who pass the comprehensive audit demonstrate that they have the ability to meet a high professional standard in the industry,” she adds.
The program offers two certification types:
- PCI 3000 Certification is available to custom coaters
- PCI 4000 Certification is specific to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).
Powder coaters achieving PCI certification are afforded a number of benefits:
* Help differentiate a certified custom coater from all other coaters.
* Can provide access to business opportunities requiring the use of a PCI Certified powder coater.
* They are able to use the audit as a basis to create a continuous improvement process for enhancing their powder coating operation.
* Use the PCI® world renowned logo and benefit from the high standards this image brings to elevate the marketability of the custom coater.
* Create a methodology to improve and enhance a custom coater’s process and results.
* Help build the business of certified coaters through aggressive marketing to OEMs who require a certifie coater.
*Ultimately elevate the overall performance of powder coating in the industry.
In a nutshell, the certification is the auditing process that elevates the business practices, process elements, equipment capabilities, employee competences and quality control capabilities of a coater to produce a high quality powder coated product with a high degree of customer satisfaction.
PCI Certification is offered to all companies who apply powder coatings, and is available to both PCI member and non-member companies. PCI members that apply for certification qualify for substantial program discounts.
Like other certifications, including ISO 9000, it does not determine the quality of the powder coated product that will be produced; it certifies that the coater has the capabilities to product a high quality powder coated product.
The program offers standards to consistently rate powder coating processes focused on 12 main areas:
pretreament, ovens and curing, application area, quality control, training, maintenance, customer satisfaction, safety, process control, quoting and warranty policies, incoming quality control, and loading, unloading and packaging.
All PCI audits for certification are performed at the custom coater’s site. The audits are usually 1-2 full days and generally follow the typical agenda: management meeting and discovery process, plant tour and visual evaluation, interviews and discussion with key personnel, review of recordkeeping, logs and audit; system and process evaluation in plant to include all facets of the powder coating process; and a closing meeting with management, The scoring of the audit will be delivered to the custom coaters within two weeks.
PCI Certification Flyer (pdf)
Once the custom coater has achieved PCI 3000 certification, they will be allowed to use the approved PCI 3000 logo to promote their qualification. Additionally, they are listed on PCI’s website and in Powder Coated Tough as a Certified Applicator and gain the ability to quote jobs that require PCI certification.
For more information on how to become a certified custom powder coater, please follow THIS LINK
Powder Coating Institute January 2018
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