THE BUSINESS OF VISCOSITY BLOG



The Necessity of Paint Temperature Control in Robotic Paint Finishing

Posted by Mike Bonner

Dec 10, 2017 5:01:31 PM

The rise of robots has revolutionized automotive and industrial finishing operations over the last several decades.  Robots are uniquely capable of handling those high-precision, repetitive tasks of which humans quickly grow tired.  They can repeat the same path, speed, angle and distance to the part time-after-time-after-time without ever growing tired or taking a sick day.

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Topics: Viscosity, automotive painting, industrial painting, Paint Temperature Control Series, robotic painting

Heat Exchanger Fluid Velocity – Why Should I Care?

Posted by Mike Bonner

Dec 7, 2017 3:02:00 PM

The heat exchanger is the core device in virtually every fluid temperature control system.  Unfortunately, properly selecting a heat exchanger can be a daunting task.

First, there is the thermal load that must be transferred. Next are working pressure, flow rate, and chemical compatibility requirements. Coupled with the thermal transfer, these determine the configuration (gasketed plate, brazed plate, shell & tube, etc.) and the materials of construction (carbon steel, stainless steel, aluminum, titanium, etc.). 

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Topics: Manufacturing, Temperature control, Point of Application, fluid process control, temperature control systems

What to Look for When Purchasing a Viscometer

Posted by Mike Bonner

Dec 3, 2017 1:03:00 PM

Viscometers are essential when it comes to managing the viscosity of fluids in your industrial processes. Without managing viscosity, you may run into any number of problems with your product, ranging from inconsistent color and various finish and/or texture imperfections to too much ink or solvent usage.

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Topics: Viscosity, viscometers, Viscometer Series, buying a viscometer

Measuring the Different Types of Viscosity with Viscometers

Posted by Mike Bonner

Nov 30, 2017 3:01:00 PM

Kinematic, dynamic, relative, apparent, absolute — when dealing with viscosity measurements using a viscometer, you will likely come across these words. They refer to the different types (or coefficient values) of viscosity that can be measured in a fluid.

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Topics: Viscosity, viscometers, Viscometer Series

Picking Up Where Sir Isaac Newton Left Off: Newtonian vs. Non-Newtonian Fluids

Posted by Mike Bonner

Nov 26, 2017 12:52:00 PM

Not every fluid behaves like water. This might seem like a commonsense idea, but there’s quite a bit of physics behind it — it sums up the difference between Newtonian and non-Newtonian fluids.

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Topics: Viscosity, viscometers, Viscometer Series, newtonian fluids, non-newtonian fluids

Viscometers vs. Rheometers: What’s the Difference?

Posted by Mike Bonner

Nov 23, 2017 3:00:00 PM

When you’re looking to purchase a viscometer to help you maintain proper viscosity in your printing, coating, or painting processes, you may come across another category of viscosity measuring devices known as rheometers. Rheometers are similar in principle to viscometers, but they tend to be more expensive. Part of the reason for this is that they have a much broader range of applications.

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Topics: Viscosity, viscometers, Viscometer Series, rheometry, viscometry, rheology

4 Coating Applications Where Viscometers are Key

Posted by Mike Bonner

Nov 19, 2017 1:05:00 PM

In our last Viscometer Series blog, we reviewed some of the most common printing applications and why viscometers are so important to their success. In this article, we’ll be going over another area of applications where viscosity control is key: coating.

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Topics: Viscosity, coating, viscometers, Viscometer Series, can coating, gelatin capsule coating, wood furniture coating, silicone needle coating

5 Printing Applications Where Viscometers are Critical

Posted by Mike Bonner

Nov 16, 2017 3:01:00 PM

Monitoring viscosity is critical across a range of industries. Any time you have a process that requires a fluid to be used in the finishing of a product, it’s incredibly important to be regularly measuring and taking note of the viscosity of that fluid.

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Topics: Viscosity, Printing, viscometers, Viscometer Series, monitoring viscosity in printing applications, print applications, flexographic printing, gravure printing, offset printing, corrugated printing, pad printing

6 Different Types of Viscometers & How They Work

Posted by Mike Bonner

Nov 12, 2017 1:05:00 PM

In our first Viscometer Series blog, we discussed the “what” and “why” of viscometers — what they are and why they’re useful. In this blog, we’ll be going over the “how” — that is, how six different types of viscometers work. This list is by no means exhaustive; there are other types of viscometers out there, but not all of them are useful for industrial processes.

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Topics: Viscosity, paint and coating, painting, coating, viscometers, Viscometer Series

The Simple Tool Every Coating, Painting, and Printing Manufacturer Needs

Posted by Mike Bonner

Nov 9, 2017 3:01:00 PM

If you’re in the coating, painting, or printing industry, you need to be monitoring viscosity. If you’re not monitoring it, you’ll eventually run into a whole host of otherwise preventable issues — issues that can seriously compromise the quality of your production.

As the saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

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Topics: Viscosity, paint and coating, painting, coating, viscometers, Viscometer Series