The Importance of Appearance and Rising Standards

    Posted by Mark Portelli

    Feb 27, 2020 3:59:06 PM

    We had an interesting thing happen a couple of years ago. A major Tier 1 Automotive Supplier, (we’ll refer to as T1), contacted us to see if we could help. Their customer, a top selling luxury car manufacturer, was raising the specifications on their paint finish and T1 was being asked to match. T1 told us that they could meet the new specifications but not consistently. They were hoping we could help. Fortunately, we had a champion at the T1 plant that was familiar with us and with work we had done in other finishing operations.

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    Topics: automotive painting, robotic painting, paint temperature control, paint surface finish, automotive paint finishing

    You Don't Have a Paint Problem; You Have a Business Problem

    Posted by Rob Gladstone

    Feb 20, 2020 12:46:42 PM

    If your company sprays paint, you already know that this is likely the most expensive operation in your plant. 

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    Topics: paint and coating, automotive painting, industrial painting, robotic painting, paint temperature control, paint surface finish

    The Pitfalls of Smaller Automation

    Posted by Mike Bonner

    Feb 12, 2020 8:15:00 AM

    With robot costs in the tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars, automated dispensing used to be the domain of large, well-financed companies in industries like automotive, aerospace, aeronautics, etc.

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    Topics: Temperature control, Point of Application, paint and coating, Industrial finishing, automotive painting, industrial painting, robotic painting

    Temperature Control – It’s Not Just for Dispensing Systems Anymore!

    Posted by Mike Bonner

    Feb 5, 2020 12:56:00 PM

    In this space we talk ad nauseum about the importance of temperature control to manufacturers who dispense critical fluids as a part of their process.  We focus on things like paint, sealers, adhesives, and so forth.  You can imagine my surprise when I saw the headline:

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    Topics: painting, viscometers, viscometry, temperature control systems, paint temperature control

    How Much Does Your Material Change During Your Dispense Process?

    Posted by Rob Gladstone

    Jan 29, 2020 9:37:00 AM

    Before I get into how much your material may change during your dispense process, let me provide a quick summary of why it matters. As your plant temperature changes, your material temperature often changes. When material temperature changes, the viscosity changes. When viscosity changes, the end result of your dispense changes – and nothing good happens when your finished product varies. It causes rework, scrap, customer rejects and in some cases, early product failure. In this blog, we’re going to address the effects of material temperature only. There may be other factors affecting your material but they’re not going to be addressed here.

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    Topics: Point of Application, automotive, coating, automotive painting, temperature control systems, robotic painting, paint temperature control, automotive paint finishing, automotive finishing

    Where Do You Control Material Temperature?

    Posted by Mark Portelli

    Jan 15, 2020 12:45:00 PM

    We are fortunate to get the opportunity to tour many manufacturing plants and review a large variety of dispensing processes. One thing that really stands out is that most companies do a good job dispensing. Whether it’s a manual dispensing operation with skilled and experienced operators or an automated dispense with highly repeatable motions, in general, the companies we see are already doing a good job.
    When we’re out there, we often hear that either the booth or the plant are already temperature controlled. Often, this is said as if it eliminates the requirement for material temperature control. While definitely an improvement over no control, simply controlling the temperature of your booth and your plant, may not be enough to accomplish your quality and cost objectives.

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    Topics: Fluid dispensing systems, automotive painting, industrial painting, paint temperature control, automotive paint finishing, automotive finishing


    Posted by Ian Porzondek

    Jan 8, 2020 8:15:00 AM

    We hear this a lot, “Oh, you’re the paint heater company.” We tend to cringe because what we do is quite a bit different than traditional paint heaters.

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    Topics: cost of temperature, Fluid dispensing systems, Temperature control, Point of Application, paint and coating, Industrial finishing, temperature control systems

    Why Efflux Cups Should not be Used for Process Control

    Posted by Mark Portelli

    Dec 18, 2019 10:47:00 AM


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    Topics: Zahn cups, Efflux Cups, coating, viscometers, flexographic printing, gravure printing, viscometry, non-newtonian fluids, ink management

    Are Batch-to-Batch Paint Variations Self-Inflicted?

    Posted by Rob Gladstone

    Dec 11, 2019 11:04:00 AM

    At an event recently, we struck up a conversation with an Account Manager at one of the major paint suppliers. During our conversation we discussed the batch-to-batch variation of the paints they supply. He said what we often hear from paint suppliers, “Our paints don’t vary much from batch to batch.” When we asked why their customers often have a different perception he said, “Most of the variations that they see are self-inflicted.” That prompted us to request a more in-depth conversation so we could better understand how end users may be unknowingly creating their own batch variations. We thought his insights were helpful, so we decided to share a summary of them here.

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    Topics: painting, automotive painting, industrial painting, temperature control systems, Paint Temperature Control Series, robotic painting, paint temperature control, paint surface finish, automotive paint finishing

    Can Temperature Change Disrupt My Fixed Displacement Dispensing System?

    Posted by Mike Bonner

    Dec 4, 2019 9:50:00 AM

    In this series we’ve been discussing the impact of changes in fluid properties, specifically viscosity, on the performance of robotic fixed displacement dispensing systems.  In the first installment, “Fixed Displacement Dispensing Doesn’t Guarantee Fixed Results”, we examined common dispensing defects, contrasting those that can be readily addressed through the implementation of a robotic fixed displacement dispensing system, and those that are the result of changes in physical fluid properties, which prove to be more resilient.

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    Topics: Viscosity, Manufacturing, Fluid dispensing systems, Point of Application, fluid process control, Can / Container, viscometry, temperature control systems

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