Simplify Your Finishing Needs with Carlisle Fluid Technologies

Carlisle Fluid Technologies- Finishing Brands

At OTP, we understand how challenging finishing applications can be. That is why we keep a highly seasoned team of Technical Support Representatives and Engineers who have designed and executed some of the largest and most complex turnkey systems for customers in a wide variety of industries. With partners like Carlisle Fluid Technologies, OTP can offer a complete range of finishing equipment to suit your specific requirements.

If your process calls for powder coating, spraying, pumping, mixing, metering or curing of a variety of coatings, Carlisle Fluid Technologies offers five finishing equipment brands:

  • Binks® atomization and fluid handling
  • DeVilbiss® atomization
  • BGK® curing and controls

Each brand is designed and built to provide finishing solutions with long-term value.

A reputation for innovation

Carlisle Fluid Technologies invests heavily in research and development, and works closely with leading paint companies and specialists in surface coatings to ensure consistent finish standards. In fact, much of the new technology in spray finishing can be attributed to the company’s forward-thinking practices.

Decades of experience

Together, Carlisle Fluid Technologies’ brands offer 375 years of experience in paint application, fluid handling and surface coating technology. This depth of knowledge means that Carlisle clients can rest easy that a Carlisle Fluid Technologies product is built to last and will provide real and sustainable return on investment.

Solutions for every market

As a supplier for all major manufacturing industry sectors, Carlisle Fluid Technologies provides solutions for a variety of finishing needs. A short list of markets that the company serves includes:

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Consumer goods
  • Military and defense

OTP is committed to offering the finest products in the industry and providing customer service second to none. For more information on Carlisle Fluid Technologies products and how they can help you take your finishing solutions to the next level, contact an OTP expert today.


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The Expert Vendors in Finishing Systems

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When it comes to finishing systems, you want products and services you can trust. OTP represents the industry leaders in finishing and fluid handling equipment and services, and it has the answers related to your equipment, systems and fluid handling challenges.

If you’re looking for highly skilled specialists who genuinely care about your business and have the knowledge, training and experience to deliver solutions you need, look no further. OTP’s Finishing and Dispensing Group consists of industry experts and supplier partners who can design complete turnkey systems for all your fluid handling needs.

OTP finishing experts apply pumping, dispensing, fluid metering and fluid handling products for manual, automatic and robotic operation. We support a wide range of fluid handling applications, especially transferring, metering, finishing and dispensing high viscosity fluids.

OTP is proud to be a distinguished supplier of quality finishing systems from:

  • Binks
  • DeVilbiss
  • Sames
  • Kremlin
  • Johnstone
  • Rexson
  • Col-Met
  • Global Finishing Solutions (GFS)
  • Paint Pockets
  • BGK
  • Wagner Liquid & Powder Solutions
  • Carlisle Fluid Technologies

At OTP, we don’t just fill orders — we find solutions. We’re not a typical industrial distributor focused on buying, stocking and reselling product. OTP represents a team of engineers and product experts who bring innovative solutions to our customers.

Contact an OTP finishing and fluid handling specialist today to learn more!


By Nathan Webb

How often does an operator come to you reporting solvent popping, poor material coverage or orange peeling on your company’s product? These are common problems and can lower production efficiencies, increasing rejects and reworked product on your production lines. One important factor to consider when troubleshooting your spray system is the changes in viscosity due to the varying temperatures of the material being applied.

Change in liquid viscosity primarily affects your spray patterns and the application capacities of the product. Many operators will combat this by changing air or fluid pressures on their spray equipment to get the desired results, but this can negatively impact your system’s efficiency. Liquids with a high viscosity require a higher minimum pressure to begin spray pattern formation, while lower viscosities require less. The result is inconsistent spray patterns and poor coverage of product.

There are several areas to consider when your viscosities are being influenced by outside elements:

  • Spray booth ventilation system function – Check for proper airflow through your spray booth. Verify all equipment and dampers are functioning properly. Is humidity a factor?
  • Temperature of the production area Do the occurrences appear on specific shifts only? Are seasonal changes influencing these areas on your line?
  • Distance from material reservoir to spray equipment Loss of heat during transfer is common and easily remedied. Relocation of reservoirs, in-line heaters or jacketed lines should be considered to maintain a consistent fluid temperature if pipe run is significant.
  • Proper storage and placement of product – The storage and staging of material before it’s used in production can adversely affect viscosity if the containers are not handled correctly. The average time required for a 55 gallon drum of material to return to ambient temperature is TWO days if not stored in an environmentally controlled area.

To assure consistent viscosity of the liquids, one consideration is to maintain a consistent temperature of the material. A KREMLIN AD60 heater is an excellent way to maintain a constant temperature in your fluid lines. By maintaining a lower viscosity, atomization pressures can be reduced, resulting in higher transfer efficiencies and a more consistent finish. For additional information, refer to the EXEL website

Is your plant experiencing spray pattern inconsistency or application inefficiency? The knowledgeable Sales Engineers at OTP Industrial Solutions can help you identify the right solution to drive efficiency into your finishing and fluid handling systems and protect the integrity of your end product.


COLUMBUS, OHIO—OTP Industrial Solutions has merged with and hired the associates of R.J. Knoepfler Company, a finishing and fluid handling distributor based in Cincinnati, Ohio. As a result of the merger, OTP now offers R.J. Knoepfler customers an extensive finishing and fluid handling inventory, as well as industrial solutions and support for bearings, fluid power, pumps, mechanical and electrical products. R.J. Knoepfler Company will take on the name OTP Industrial Solutions as their employees join nearby OTP branch locations.

OTP Industrial Solutions welcomes R.J. Knoepfler Company’s rich history, expertise and product solutions. Founded in 1952 by Bob Knoepfler, R.J. Knoepfler Company began as a finishing distributor selling to manufacturing companies and wood finishing businesses in Ohio and Indiana. Bob served as the company’s president for 21 years until his passing in 1974. At that time his wife Dorothy Knoepfler and Ed Burns took over, expanding the company’s sales coverage into Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia. In 2005 Jeff Burns became president and added additional finishing and fluid handling products to the company’s list of manufacturers that it represented and technically supported, along with its complete turnkey systems and solutions.

For more information about the R.J. Knoepfler Company merger, please contact OTP Industrial Solutions.

About OTP Industrial Solutions

OTP Industrial Solutions is one of the largest industrial distributors and service providers in the United States. Established in 1963, the corporation recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. Its divisions include OTP Industrial Solutions, a provider of expert solutions for industrial motion control, fluid power, power transmission and pumping systems, and Air Technologies®, a compressed air system equipment and service provider and the largest distributor of Atlas Copco compressed air equipment in North America. Ohio Transmission Corporation maintains locations throughout the Midwest and in Texas. Ohio Transmission Corporation’s more than 500 associates share its founding vision of delivering excellent value through work with integrity. For more information, please visit and


By Steve Milhoan

Today, there are many different ways to manually apply coatings in the finishing world. This article will list some of the techniques and give a brief description along with the pros and cons of each technique.

In my previous article, “From Paint Brushes to Spray Guns: Manual Finishing Technologies are Evolving,” I covered three techniques of manually applying paint: paint brushes, conventional spray guns and high volume low pressure (HVLP) spray guns. In this article, I will continue to explore the evolution of manually applied paint by covering the following technologies: airless, air-assisted airless and low volume low pressure (LVLP) spray guns.


Airless spray guns have a working pressure in the range of 700 to 5,000 psi. Airless guns must be used with a pump that creates adequate pressure to atomize paint through a small orifice nozzle (usually in a range of 0.09-0.35). Most coatings can be sprayed with very little thinner added, thereby reducing drying time and decreasing the release of solvent into the environment.

Pros: Coatings penetrate better into pits and crevices, uniform thick coating produced, high speed of coatings applied
Cons: Cannot produce class A finish quality, risk of injury due to use of higher pressure


Air-Assisted Airless (AAA) uses the same spray tips as an airless spray gun and also requires a pump to deliver material to the applicator’s tip. The difference between the two technologies is the pressure range and the added air to help with pattern distribution and atomization. AAA is usually used in a range of 300 to 600 psi. At this low pressure, the pattern that is produced by the AAA tip is heavy in the middle with tails on the outside. By introducing a low amount of air (10-20 psi), it blends the pattern together and also adds some additional atomization to the spray process. This low pressure and added air increases the transfer efficiency and final finish quality.

Pros: High transfer efficiency, super fast application speed—one of the fastest available, EPA and government approved
Cons: Requires a pump and a small compressor for operation, more startup costs than HVLP systems


LVLP spray guns are air atomized spray guns, which offer greater pressures than HVLP, a faster working speed and slightly higher atomization levels. Due to industry demands for higher production speed, most reduced pressure guns are approved for use in about 90% of the U.S. They are approved even in California’s San Francisco bay area, which verifies that the low over spray levels, while slightly higher than HVLP, are still very excellent.

Pros: Faster application speed than HVLP, among the highest finish quality, great material savings—similar to HVLP
Cons: Requires a pump and a small compressor for operation, more startup costs than HVLP systems

Which manual finishing technology will help you achieve all your goals? OTP Industrial Solutions has finishing and fluid handling experts on-call to help answer any question and solve any problem. We can introduce you to the best finishing technology for your specific needs, using our technical knowledge and broad product support to get the right tools and technologies in your hands today.

OTP Expands Finishing Systems Design Capabilities

OTP Industrial Solutions has expanded its finishing and dispensing system design capabilities with the recent hiring of four additional finishing specialists in Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.

OTP has been a finishing system supplier for more than three decades, including paint and powder applications, precision flow and pressure control systems, paint booths, wash booths, ovens, piping systems, conveyor systems, sheet metal enclosures, design and automation.  “OTP designs, installs and supports a wide range of finishing and fluid dispense applications, especially paints, lubricants, and high viscosity sealants,” states Steve Milhoan, Finishing Specialist.

In concert with the additional engineering resources, OTP expanded its business relationship with the manufacturer of Kremlin, Sames, Johnstone and Rexson finishing products. Kremlin supplies pumps, spray guns and related equipment for the application of powder, paint, sealant and adhesives. Sames offers electrostatic spray guns and rotary atomizer equipment for the application of powder and liquid paint.  Johnstone Pump and Rexson Pump provide pumping, dispensing, and metering equipment for manual, automatic and robotic operation with high viscosity materials.

Product and application examples are posted on the OTP Industrial Solutions Facebook page – most recently pictures of a custom cross draft spray booth.

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