CURT Manufacturing Uses New A-Coat Technology
CURT Manufacturing announced it is the first company in the hitch market to use Aquence technology (A-coat). A-coat is an award winning green technology that won the 2010 Automotive News Pace Award for its environmental benefits. The A-coat technology reduces a company’s production footprint by up to 40 percent, versus the more common E-coat process that many manufacturers use. This substantially reduces energy usage. Additionally, independent salt spray tests show that A-coat is more rust and chip resistant than E-coat, making CURT’s addition of the A-coat process a win-win decision
Previous to the A-coat process, CURT used a high-quality powder coat finish that is applied after sending welded hitches through multiple stages, including a shot blast, wash and preparation system. This process results in such a clean surface that CURT can apply an attractive, high-gloss black powder coat. Now, each hitch is also dipped in a liquid A-coat before it receives CURT’s powder coat finish. The two coatings then co-cure together in the finishing oven, providing the most rust and chip resistant hitch available. CURT hitches now contain an opening in the frame allowing the A-coat to cover the hitch from the inside out, further protecting the product from rust and corrosion. View the CURT finishing process video here: www.curtmfg.com/lp/7/A-coat.