About Titanium Composites
Stonger than Stainless Steel, beats PVC and Polypro

  • Versatile chemical resistance
  • Elimination of corrosion and welding
  • Reduction of calorific dispersion

The development of IFS Newpac treatment units results from our background in manufacturing high performance Ceramic and Composite materials for over thirty years.

TitaniumComposite is not fiber glass, neither is it a cheap plastic, polypropylene or PVC. TitaniumComposite is a new material, lighter, more corrosive resistant and with more insulating value than Stainless Steel. Nobody can compete with a Titanium Composite IFS Newpac Washer!

Titanium Composite Washers by Industrial Finishing Systems

IFS once offered two different washer construction options (mild steel or stainless steel). We believed that both had an appropriate place in pre-treatment design. Mild steel having the lowest initial cost and stainless steel offering the greater corrosion resistance. Unfortunately both materials transfer heat making them operationally inefficient and neither material can be altered without extensive rework and in some cases even SST is not totally corrosion resistant.

In the last 15 years, a European alternative has been developed that is the best choice in every application. IFS now constructs washers exclusively out of "titanium composites". The structure is 100% corrosion resistant and offers an insulation factor that no other construction offers. It is by far the most aesthetically pleasing, and is totally inert to any wash chemicals or acids.

An IFS titanium composite washer is backed with a lifetime warranty against corrosion of the composite components. To our knowledge this is an industry exclusive. As the IFS lineage dates back some 77 years to 1923, we feel the lifetime warranty can be taken as a serious commitment to the quality of our washers.

This European Newpac™ technology offers the latest technological advances. The washer body and tank is no ordinary composite. It is an organic and poly-metallic micro fiber blend of high performance resins used to form an insulating ceramic matrix (titanium, silica, aluminum, oxide, etc.).

Material Advantage
The titanium composite material has tremendous strength (equal to and higher than steel), corrosion resistance, and insulation value. The titanium composite returns the heat to its source eliminating heat dissipation from the transfer of radiant heat inevitable in mild, SST, and polypropylene washers. The tanks benefit from 2.75"of integral insulation in the form of a high "R" value PVC foam sandwich that turns the titanium composite tanks into a one-piece thermos flask. Every component of the washer helps reduce energy consumption by at least 40%.

Operational Efficiency
The washer is designed for optimal fluid circulation. Your washer may re-circulate a million gallons of water and chemicals per day. The interior of the tanks and housings are designed with this in mind. All edges are rounded without welding, eliminating any risk of leakage due to oxidation or deformation. The result is "0" sludge and scale deposition in the washer.

Performance is guaranteed. Since 1987, 200 titanium composite washers have operated in 14 countries accumulating four million hours of service. In addition to exceeding established standards in the United States, the washer passes the stringent TUV Reinland (Germany) and CETIM (France) certification. In Europe, washers must meet the strict zero tolerance design standard for industrial water use. The washer is designed with a unique "counter balancing system" that allows the washer to operate without overflowing to a drain. The combination of "counter flow" and "counter balance" prevents the wash stage from being continually diluted with rinse water. The optional filtration system removes dirt and oils from the wash solution and extends the life of the bath substantially. This reduces your waste hauling fees and chemical recharge cost. Many users have reported six months of usage without a chemical "dump" or recharge.

The titanium composite washer will consist of a number of simple, lightweight, and self-supporting modular elements. Components are bolted together. High performance polymer joins and protects all joints guaranteeing no leaks.

The washer can also be easily and cost effectively modified, as your process needs change. It is possible to insert additional stages or extend an existing stage to accommodate an increase in line speed. This will add flexibility to your finishing system. You will be able to adjust to rapidly changing chemical processes. All titanium composite washers utilize the same components, except housing modules, which are selected to meet size requirements. The washer can be easily dismantled and reassembled which facilitates the reconfiguration of your shop floor, whether for a plant move or just to increase product flow.

The design seeks to improve the working environment through better ergonomics. The rounded components appear soft to the touch. Components are color-coded specific to their function. The washer housing is finished in a white resin, which is highly resistant to chemicals and light. The housing is not painted, but pigmented polyester offering outstanding resistance to aging. The high gloss finish reflects plant light brightening adjacent work areas and creating a pleasant atmosphere. The design projects the impression of cleanliness and technological performance. We can provide your washer with over 24 different colors of this material.

Simplified Maintenance
Every component has been designed to reduce or eliminate the time and money spent on maintenance and service. 100% of the components can be dismantled with a simple adjustable wrench. The header and spray nozzles can be removed by hand. The vital components are designed for quick extraction. We have chosen the best available components to reduce the possibility of component failure. If a problem does arise the washer is designed for easy component access to allow a single maintenance person to change out a pump, fan, or heat exchanger in 15 minutes or less.

Corrosion Resistance
The composite material is inert to chemical attack and corrosion so there is no need to ever descale. Unlike stainless steel washers, the composite is not degraded by deposits of sludge and crystals or by electrolytic reactions. A DI or RO halo to promote spot free drying can be added to the exit vestibule for a nominal cost (no need to have an extra stainless steel stage). The alkaline and phosphate chemicals are efficiently used in "treating" the product and not wasted treating the metal washer tanks and housing.

Tank Construction
The tanks are one-piece construction eliminating the possibility of leaking seams. All doors and inspection covers are fitted to facilitate easy emptying and clean out. Tank bottoms are sloped 15% to low point opposite the inspection doors.

Quick extraction vertical pumps are mounted on an aluminum frame inserted into the titanium composite tank. The frame is only in contact with the exterior of the tank and is never in a corrosive environment. A pump can be replaced without emptying the tank. Similarly, the heat exchanger is also quick extraction designed. The frame incorporates 12 clamp wheels to secure the exchanger. The exchanger can be simply slid out for cleaning.

Washer exhaust fans are exposed to a continuous attack from vapor; therefore our housing and blades are titanium composite with the exhaust motors being mounted outside the contaminated environment of the enclosure. The exhaust ductwork for both the heat exchangers and housing are SST. Even the conveyor rail in the washer can be fabricated from the super strong titanium composite (limited to enclosed track at this time).

Heated Stages
Heated stages will utilize a Maxon burner firing directly into a 304 grade SST Heat Exchanger. The unit has a large surface area to transfer heat efficiently. This method is superior to the tub-o-flame style common in most competitors' washers. The water in the tank absorbs a greater amount of the heat created through the "multiple" numbers of exchange tubes, which provides more exchange surface for the transmission of the heat to the water. This efficiency is evident by a lower exhaust temperature.

Using the latest technology, the entire wash system has been carefully engineered to provide maximum benefit at a minimum cost.