With the formation of the EPA in 1970, the push began for the reduction of hazardous air pollutants emitted into the atmosphere. These new EPA Emission Regulations focused on lead and solvent emissions which instantly brought about the need for change in coatings chemistry.
Founded in 1970, our drive for innovation led to research and the development of new, eco-friendly waterborne product lines. We received our first patent on the LATC™ (Liquid Applied Transit Coating) technology in 1990. The LATC™ technology was presented to domestic and global OEMs to offer protection to finished paint surfaces unlike any that were currently in use. There was no waterborne, low-VOC finished paint surface protection material, prior to LATC™, that employed a characteristic which allowed for off-gassing and curing immediately after the paint system.
LATC™ falls far below EPA emission limits. The used material is classified as a Class II Non-Hazardous Industrial Waste and is 100% recyclable into the plastics industry as a filler.
In addition, we produce waterborne coatings for automotive parts, pipe fittings, heavy machinery, glass and construction materials. Over the past several years, GROCO has become a leader in the sale of decorative concrete stains and sealers.
Dedicated research and development led to the creation of our Robotically Applied Surface Protection coatings. LATC™ – Liquid Applied Transit Coating material is an eco-friendly water-based product that is robotically applied, easily removed and 100% recyclable.
MAP™ (Material Application Process) is the only method of applying the LATC™ material that is validated by automotive OEMs. The MAP™ Cell Kit contains all the mission-critical components necessary for precise, fast, repeatable and low-cost implementation of LATC™.
We understand lean manufacturing in the coatings, manufacturing and automation industries. Our extensive experience of creating value for our customers in the automotive industry underscores the importance of strategic supplier partnerships and cost per unit productivity for OEMs.
The technology behind any coating is the “chemistry” that is used to create it. The TransSeal® coating was developed by trying many different chemical formulations and through simple trial and error; a unique easy-to-peel coating formula was discovered by placing together a few chemical compounds that were not normally or usually combined together. In other words, Disruptive Innovation.
The TransSeal patent was amended to allow GROCO to make minute changes in the formulation to design coatings for very specific applications. For example, the formulation of the coating onto metal surfaces could be adjusted so that it could be easy-to-peel from all types of metal surfaces – from polished aluminum to anodized surfaces. In effect, the new patent allows us to make adjustments to the formulation that provide for adjustments to be made to the adhesion properties or “surface tension” of the coating, which in turn makes the coating technology application more universal to a wide range of surfaces.
Easy-to-peel coatings are used for specific applications in the Aerospace industry, such as leading edges on wings, anodized surfaces or aluminum parts during shipping to final assembly. Dissolvable coatings are only used to protect the exterior “clad” aluminum surfaces during the assembly process of the aircraft.
A dissolvable coating must be applied within very tight tolerance per specification, while protecting the aluminum surface from nicks, scratches, and abrasions. The finished aircraft is also test flown with the dissolvable coating still in place and removed after final inspection, prior to finish painting and polishing. Although an easy-to-peel coating would offer better surface protection, an aircraft cannot be flown with such a coating, not to mention the amount of recyclable material that would be removed. A water-based dissolvable coating is removed from the surface with our gel remover, an alkaline or amine solution and water, then directly into a water treatment facility.
A dissolvable coating must be applied within very tight tolerance per specification, while protecting the aluminum surface from nicks, scratches, and abrasions. The finished aircraft is also test flown with the dissolvable coating still in place and removed after final inspection, prior to finish painting and polishing.
Although an easy-to-peel coating would offer better surface protection, an aircraft cannot be flown with such a coating, not to mention the amount of recyclable material that would be removed. A water-based dissolvable coating is removed from the surface with our gel remover, an alkaline or amine solution and water, then directly into a water treatment facility.
Our vast array of waterborne and water-based coatings are used to protect class A vehicle surfaces, finished metal and plastic parts, parts requiring high heat resistance and other surfaces needing protection form accidental damage during assembly and shipment.
We have waterborne and water-based primers and finish coatings for industrial pipe fittings that have been used in industrial settings for over 25 years. We have won awards for quality by helping companies meet EPA Standards, setting new quality standards as a supplier.
When implementing the GROCO Robotically Applied Surface Protection program that includes the LATC™ material, applied through the Material Application Process via the MAP™ Cell Kit, domestic and global automotive OEMs are able to realize the following key outcomes that have a positive impact in their lean manufacturing mandate and bottomline:
- Elimination of manual protective film application
- In-plant paint finish restoration savings of >70%
- In-transit paint finish restoration repair savings of >70%
- Greater dealership satisfaction due to higher quality finish deliveries
- Greater dealership satisfaction for faster, easier, greener vehicle prep
- Customer satisfaction increase due to a high quality, all-robotic finish
Over the years, the EPA has continued to implement certain emission level requirements for manufacturers to meet. The EPA did this by slowly restricting the use of certain chemical compounds that were at one time seen as more environmentally friendly. These changes to emission levels forced a further change in coating technology. A good example of the effect of these changes on Industry can be seen on how the EPA laid down the continued reduction in automobile emissions over the years.
Helping industry to further reduce air pollutants emitted into the atmosphere. EPA requirements still place pressure on manufacturers to limit emissions…manufacturers pay great sums of money to the EPA for “air permits”. These permits limit the amount of emissions that can be “emitted” and any reduction in those emissions can bring big savings to their operation.
Our manufacturing and quality operation standards follow the Rules and Regulations as set forth in the “Self-Certification” ISO 9000 and maintain these standards as a guideline in record keeping and is all our manufacturing processes.
Groco filed for a patent on the Transseal Technology in January of 1989 with a patent being issued in early 1990. To increase the scope of the original patent, a much broader all-encompassing patent was applied for and received in 1996. This new patent added over 140 addendums, covering composition of matter with uses and processes for various temporary protective coating applications.
Most of the industrial coatings technology in the market place is solvent-based and hazardous to the environment. Our technology is water-based with very low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) content. This technology easily meets EPA regulations and standards. We realize that helping industries reduce their overall VOC emissions by moving to water-based and waterborne coatings technology, we become a partner in reaching overall sustainability goals for manufactures and their suppliers.
Our coatings technologies meet EPA standards and fall far below EPA emissions limits, which by EPA definition, declares the technology as non-hazardous to the environment. GROCO Specialty Coatings technology produces coatings and materials that are in low VOC content. Our LATC™ material has been validated through an Environment Engineering and Testing Lab which found the “dry film” to be a Class II Non-Hazardous Industrial Waste. It was also determined that the “dry film” is recyclable in the plastics industry as a filler.