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Trimac Industrial Systems
Headquarters: Bonner Springs, Kan. / Specialty: Cleaning, curing and drying solutions / Marty Sawyer,
co-owner and CEO: "We take the time to understand what and how the customer does what they do."

Midwest

trimac designs reliable and
cost-effective customized
cleaning, curing and drying
solutions for its clients.

Unique Solutions
proprietary technology and solving customer
problems helped trimac industries expand. by eric slack
With nearly 30 years of experience
under its belt, Trimac Industrial
Systems has grown into a respected
manufacturer of industrial finishing
equipment. Based in Bonner Springs,
Kan., the company strives to design
reliable, long-lasting and cost-effective customized cleaning, curing and
drying solutions for its clients.
Trimac serves the paint and powder coating industry as well as the
washing, curing and drying needs of
automotive, textile, food processing,
wood drying, adhesive and thermoforming applications. The company
isn't solely focused on one market or
another, and it is capable of working
on projects both big and small. In
just about any setting where a manufacturer needs to make, clean and
coat a part, Trimac's solutions can be
of use.
"North America is our primary
market, but we sell internationally,"
co-owner and CEO Marty Sawyer
says. "The weight of our products is
not prohibitive, so transportation
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isn't a limiting factor. We've worked
on deals in Africa, India, Russia,
China, Vietnam and Australia."

Standing Out
Helping Trimac distinguish itself are
its Gas-Cat and Kemac Power Spray
Systems product lines. The company
manufactures a full line of industrial
heating and washing equipment as
well as finishing systems using
infrared and convection ovens and
pretreatment and aqueous parts washers. Its options allows clients to purchase all of their solutions from one
manufacturer. Trimac is the only producer worldwide that can make both
flameless catalytic infrared ovens and
aqueous spray washers.
"There are two things that make us
unique from a technological standpoint," Sawyer says. "On the heating
side, we have our proprietary technology for gas catalytic infrared ovens.
Then on the washing side, we also
have some patented offerings."
Trimac is proud of the fact that its

equipment is not only unique, but it is
also known for its long life. The company wants its equipment to be operating
long after a sale is made. This is important to its customers, who are looking
to make a long-term investment when
they purchase from Trimac.
"We look at what our customers
need and design the best solutions
accordingly," Sawyer says.
Trimac is constantly looking for
ways it can up its game even further.
The company has advanced the communicative abilities of its equipment
so it can provide more performance
information to operators. It is also
engaged in a great deal of application
testing of its products.
"We've found that there is a lot of
misinformation about our infrared
technology and what it can do," Sawyer
says. "We are testing the green applications of our products, as catalytic
infrared can cure products in one-third
to one-half of the time and cost compared to standard technology. Catalytic
infrared requires a lot less energy and is
a more complete combustion."
More complete combustion means
a smaller release of products like carbon dioxide and soot. Faster curing
means less energy use. Trimac has
decades of anecdotal evidence of
these factors thanks to the perform-


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