Custom color orders place unique demands on coil coaters – and it seems that virtually all of them consume time. Let’s look at the three ways that custom colors suck up available run time from your operation:
In addition, because these are one-time events, the leftover paint is usually waste. This means it must be handled as dead paint and combined with other dead paint to consolidate the waste stream.
This means that your setup is going to take longer before you can start coating.
The problem is that every trial takes 20–40 minutes to process. Furthermore, if your line is not equipped with two top coater heads in quick-change configuration so you can embed the trial in another coating job, it will also require a night strip to pull it through oven and deliver it to QC.
Even if you do have a quick-change configuration, the custom color trials must be carefully scheduled so the same width and gauge coil is run on both heads, otherwise you might end up leaving witness lines on one job or the other – and that’s not a good situation.
So, you might still have to run a night strip – leaving the line sitting dormant.
A Disturbing Pattern
Are you seeing a pattern here?
I know – stupid question.
But often we let these things pass through our operation and let the actual costs get washed away in overhead. We tell ourselves that it is the cost of doing business and there is nothing that we can do about it. But they pile up – and they suck away our valuable resources. Our valuable time.
And make no mistake. Time = money.
And I can’t help but wonder, would you feel the same way if you thought about that “wasted” run time, as lost revenue? As lost opportunity to ship billable product?
That puts a whole different spin on things.
What does that mean to your business?
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