THE BUSINESS OF VISCOSITY BLOG



2017 Finishing Industry Economic Forecast

Posted by Rob Gladstone

Jul 20, 2017 1:30:00 PM

We know how much the finishing industry is influenced by other sectors, and how volatile business can be depending on the economic state of other industries. For that reason, it’s important to stay apprised of economic forecasts in related areas, because this is a great way to get an idea of what business will be like for the coming years. So without further ado, here's a brief overview of the economic forecast for the finishing industry in 2017.

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Topics: painting

10 Troubleshooting Tips for Gravure Printing

Posted by James Dulong

Jul 18, 2017 1:32:00 PM

We know you love your gravure printing, but let’s face it: sometimes you encounter issues, and you just don’t know how to fix them. And that’s why today we’re going to go over 10 of the most common problems people experience with gravure, and what you can do to fix them.

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How Saint Clair Systems Made Sealer Behave

Posted by Mike Bonner

Jul 13, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Saint Clair Systems has been a leader in fluid process control systems and viscosity control for nearly three decades, and in that time they’ve managed to revolutionized the industry and change the future of manufacturing operations. Most recently, Saint Clair tackled a sealer dispensing issue at Tata Motors in India, and today we’re going to tell you a little bit about our most recent feat and how we got to where we are today.

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Topics: Temperature control, Saint Clair Systems, Point of Application, painting

5 Tips to Master the Skills of Reducing Automotive Paint Overspray

Posted by Mike Bonner

Jul 11, 2017 1:05:00 PM

Automotive paint overspray happens when paint doesn’t land on the target, and this wastes precious time and paint, on top of making the booth dirty and overworking filters. Worse yet, overspray can actually contribute to finish defects, like orange peel, because the overspray can settle on painted parts and cause problems. Fortunately, there are ways you can reduce overspray, and today we’re going to go over some tips to help you combat this problem.

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Topics: painting

Managing the Difficulties of Matching Colors Across Multiple Substrates

Posted by Mike Bonner

Jul 6, 2017 1:30:00 PM

In the early days of automobile production, everything was “local” and “simple.” The raw materials required for the car, such as steel or rubber may have come from other destinations, but the actual processing of those materials, and the eventual assembly were all done in the same plant.

Now, we live in a much more globalized industry. A car that is ultimately sold to a customer in New York or Chicago is no longer built strictly in Detroit. Materials used in assembly can come from all corners of the world. And one vehicle may have components made by suppliers in Mexico, Canada, or even China, which are then shipped to the United States, where the vehicle will ultimately be built.

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Topics: Temperature control, paint and coating

Viscosity’s Impact on Your Spray Patterns

Posted by Mike Bonner

Jul 4, 2017 1:30:00 PM

Different stages of the painting process for industrial work will focus on different priorities. When creating paint, chemistry is the primary focus, making sure the mixture is right and that the substances included will result in an attractive color and finish.

However, once the paint is ready to go, the single biggest factor that will determine the overall success of a paint job is the viscosity, often referenced as the “thickness” of a fluid in non-technical terms.

Viscosity has an enormous influence on the final look and function of a paint job, and it impacts the finished product in many different ways.

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Topics: paint and coating

Minimize Color Variations in Your Print Process

Posted by James Dulong

Jun 29, 2017 8:26:00 AM

Print, despite the widespread proliferation of the internet, is still an essential form of communication for just about every activity in modern society.

People need printing to create descriptive packaging for products on shelves. People need printing for the signs they read, the pamphlets and brochures they reference to make purchasing decisions, even the business cards handed out to make new business contacts.

Print, in other words, is still vital, and, thanks to new advances in printing technology, more vibrant and expressive than ever before. This new versatility in printing comes to us courtesy of two major advances; better printing technology, and a better understanding of managing ink.

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Topics: Printing

How Changes in Paint Chemistry Transformed Temperature Control

Posted by Mike Bonner

Jun 27, 2017 1:30:00 PM

Industrial innovation and technological advances have produ­­ced some pretty rapid changes over the past 100 years.

We’ve gone from primitive tools like mechanical gears and steam engines to a booming digital age where automation streamlines manufacturing, and robots and software can perform repetitive tasks that might otherwise be susceptible to human error.

The automotive industry has seen no shortage of innovation throughout its history – and that includes the processes used to paint and coat vehicles.

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Topics: paint and coating

Control Paint Temperature at the Nozzle

Posted by Mike Bonner

Jun 22, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Viscosity is an important factor in quality control when it comes to painting. Different viscosities will yield different results, so if you want a consistent result in the finish of a painted surface, you must know the ideal viscosity of your paint, and then do everything technically feasible to maintain that viscosity.

Viscosity itself, however, is prone to many factors, and temperature is a key element. While specific numbers will vary, higher temperatures mean lower viscosities, while lower temperatures mean higher ones. And all of this comes into play at the most critical moment of all: right when it’s time to apply the paint to the surface.

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Topics: paint and coating, Coating Technology

The Next Wave of Flexographic Printing: Printed Electronics

Posted by James Dulong

Jun 20, 2017 8:02:00 AM

The cries of “print is dead” have proven to be a bit premature as even the mighty company Amazon is now in the process of opening old-fashioned, brick and mortar stores that sell actual, physical books!

But beyond the traditional realm of printing, which is ink to paper, printing as a whole is undergoing many new developments that secure its value in our modern, technology-centric society.

“3D printing” as it is called, is a new technique that allows the creation of actual physical objects, relying on polymers rather than ink as the medium of creation. And now, thanks to new advances in materials and printing research, another new frontier is quickly opening up to the benefit of both businesses and society: printed electronics.

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