Monday, 05 January 2015 00:00

Alabama Company Introduces New Nitrogen Plastic Welder for Collision Repair Industry

With 98 percent of vehicle bumpers now being made out of polypropylene, Urethane Supply Company recently launched its fourth generation 6059-C Nitro Fuzer nitrogen plastic welder to ease the repair of this “problem plastic.” One of the welder’s primary new features is the automatic switch between air and nitrogen.

“When the torch is picked up for welding, it automatically switches to nitrogen. This reduces the technician’s workload and saves nitrogen gas,” said Kurt Lammon, President of Urethane Supply Company. “The updated Nitro Fuzer is a vast improvement over the original. Many improvements, based on customer feedback, make this an easier-to-use, more durable Nitrogen Plastic Welder.”

Lammon said the 6059-C Nitro Fuzer features a simple, all-analog interface including outlet pressure gauges, flow gauge and temperature control. The welder also has a 200W ceramic airless heating element for smoothing the weld and for repairing the “yellow plastic” (thermoset polyurethane).

“Welding with nitrogen gas creates the strongest welds possible because it eliminates oxidation of the plastic during the welding process,” said Lammon. “The Nitro Fuzer has everything a body shop needs to make very strong repairs to bumpers, headlights, underhood and interior plastics.”

Based in Rainsville, Alabama, Urethane Supply Company develops, manufactures and distributes products related to the repair of urethane bumper covers. The company’s founder, Jim Sparks, recognized an increased demand for products to repair and refinish urethane bumpers in the 1980s, which were becoming more common at the time. In response, he opened Urethane Supply Company in 1981.

In May of 1995, Sparks retired and sold the business to the Lammon family. Soon after, they purchased a plastic extruder to help control the quality of their plastic welding rod and introduced the Uni-Weld Ribbon as an attempt to create a “universal” welding rod. Based on feedback from customers, they later replaced it with FiberFlex. “We modified the formulation to make a stronger, stickier rod and renamed it ‘FiberFlex.’ It will even stick to a body spreader,” said Lammon.

The company created a comic character in 2007 called “Sticky Man” to help promote their Bumper and Cladding Coat line of products. Sticky Man has become the mascot for Urethane Supply’s plastic repair products and has been featured in its humorous advertisements ever since.

Over the past decade, the company has developed products such as PlastiFix rigid plastic repair kit, Flextex VT variable texture spray, and the 6070 Bumper Mate plastic repair workstation.

Urethane Supply Company developed its first Nitrogen Welding System in 2008, the Dual Fuzer, which was marketed to bumper recyclers. “We didn’t think body shops would be interested because it was not portable,” said Lammon. “We learned a lot from this one. This is the one that started it all.” Three years later, they launched the 6056 Nitrogen Welding System, which was a “plug and play” version of the original machine. “Previously, the Dual Fuzer required that you purchase many different items to have a complete system.”

Due to the growth of their business, they added a 12,000 square foot warehouse in 2013 to devote more manufacturing floor space to the nitrogen welders. That same year they found that their original plastic extruder wasn’t able to keep up with the demand of their plastic welding rod so they purchased one with a higher output. Lammon said Urethane Supply Company now manufactures the widest variety of plastic profiles for automotive repair in the world and exports its products to Europe and Asia.

“In the future, Urethane Supply Company plans to continue its exclusive focus on the collision repair market’s needs for plastic repair and refinishing products,” said Lammon. “In 2015, we plan to release several I-CAR Training Alliance courses in plastic repair to address the market’s need for this training. We also have several new products in the works to make it easier and more profitable for shops to perform plastic repairs, because we know that shops are looking for every opportunity to keep labor dollars in-house.”

See more information about this new product at www.urethanesupply.com/Nitrogen-Welders-1/6059-C/

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