AWFI Opens $4 Million Finishing and Training Lab

Posted by Karen Koenig | Posted: 03/29/2013 11:00AM


AWFI National Center for Coatings Application, Research and Education SOUTH BOSTON, VA - AWFI announced it has completed construction of a $4 million finishing research and training lab in South Boston, VA. The National Center for Coatings Application, Research and Education (C-CARE) provides resources for automated finishing along with hand spray coatings application.

AWFI provides services to all sectors of the coatings industry, including wood products manufacturing, aerospace, automotive and heavy manufacturing. Services offered include new process engineering development, process validation, research and development, transfer efficiency studies, finish failure analysis, and robotic path programming.

click image to zoomAWFI National Center for Coatings Application, Research and Education The technology and automated equipment available at C-CARE includes a fully integrated flatline finishing system, a fully programmable hang line, which includes robotics, IR curing, three-dimensional UV curing and high temperature convection curing. Other technologies include automated sanding and surface preparation equipment and a large, enclosed automotive type spray booth with an auto-balance spray environment. According to AWFI, the facility is climate controlled for both temperature and humidity to simulate real world conditions in any location. All types of application technology from rotary atomizers to electrostatics are available for use in the lab, AWFI said.

Phil Stevenson, AWFI president/owner, said the lab facility can be used by equipment and coating manufacturers to validate their equipment and coating technologies. Manufacturers also may rent lab facilities or use AWFI’s technical resources to help them reach their project initiatives. Information can be obtained at


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Karen M. Koenig

Karen M. Koenig has more than 25 years of experience in the woodworking industry, including visits to wood products manufacturing facilities throughout North America, Europe and Asia. As Editor-in-Chief of Woodworking Network magazine (formerly Wood & Wood Products), Karen’s primary responsibilities include spearheading the writing, editing and coordinating of the editorial content of the publication, along with the Red Book resource guide and the Red Book online source and supply directory ( She is also a frequent contributor to other Woodworking Network online and print media. She can be reached at or Google+.

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