Whether or not you believe that humans have a significant impact on climate change one thing is certain; climate change is moving our industry toward sustainability. In the May 2013 edition of Paint & Coatings Industry Magazine, the article Sustainability Drives ECS sums it up,
“This year’s Show and Congress clearly showed that sustainability is a major innovation driver for the coatings industry. There is a big demand for coatings that help to reduce energy consumption, and for raw materials that lower VOC levels and are renewable or bio-based.”
If experience tells us anything, it’s that changes in coatings often mean disruptions for those responsible for applying them. The efforts you put into reducing the variability of your manufacturing processes will continue to be disrupted by these changes.
What we find interesting is that line managers and even business executives seem to accept these disruptions, and the increased costs associated with them as something they have no control over. The truth is that you have far more control than you may think you have.
There is one simple, cost effective technology that works with virtually every coating and knowing how to use it effectively will not only improve your current process, it will help you prepare for the future as well. That simple, cost effective technology is Point Of Application Temperature Control.
We have already seen coatings in the Wind Turbine industry, which do not allow changes in formulation. As you can imagine, these Wind Turbines have very specific coating and finish requirements. The manufacturer that we worked with was forced to discontinue the use of their automated spray line and go back to manual spray applications because they could not control their material viscosity with traditional methods. They could not add solvent when it got too thick, and adding virgin material had no impact when it got too thin. Their solution was to go back to manual spray application where operators can make spray pattern adjustments as required. With several hundred thousand dollars of automation idled and a significantly less efficient, lower quality, less repeatable process in place, they were looking for help.
POA Temperature Control was the simple, cost effective solution that addressed their problem. By controlling temperature and ultimately the viscosity at the point of application, they were able to go back to their automation and the efficiency, quality and repeatability required for profitability.
The question you need to be asking yourself is, “What are we doing to reduce costs, improve output and address sustainability?” The answer may just lead to the results you’ve been looking for all along.