THE BUSINESS OF VISCOSITY BLOG



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.

Read More

Topics: paint and coating, Coating Technology

Where Liner Temperature Variations Come From and How They Affect Your Delivery, Quality and Cost Structure

Posted by Mike Bonner

Jul 18, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Can making facilities are large.

We cut our teeth in the automotive industry and still, these places are pretty big. Big enough that, in extreme climates like the south and the west, it would be cost prohibitive to air condition them – especially in a low-margin industry like can manufacturing.

Read More

Topics: Coating Technology

Can Liner Weight Variations Impact Quality, Delivery, and Cost Structure

Posted by Mike Bonner

Apr 29, 2016 8:30:00 AM

In my recent post Metal Can Manufacturing – A Study in Process Viscosity Control, I discussed the origin of the metal can, and how it has changed over the years. Of particular interest to us here is the incorporation of advanced sealing technologies into the end attachment process:

“New sealant materials have been added to the rim of the can to assure an air-tight, leak-free, long-term seal when the end is hemmed onto the can body.”

Read More

Topics: Coating Technology

Taking on More Architectural Coatings? Save Production Time

Posted by Mike Bonner

Aug 26, 2015 11:00:00 AM


In our recent blog, "Why Quality Checks are Rising in Architectural Coil Coating," we noted that modern architecture involves:

  • More colors than ever before
  • Short runs
  • High quality demands
  • Long warranty periods
Read More

Topics: Coating Technology, PCM

Reduce Cleaning Costs By 20% in Coil Coating Systems

Posted by Mike Bonner

Aug 21, 2015 11:00:00 AM

In our recent blog, “3 Ways PCM Reduces Costs in Aluminum and Steel Coil Coating," we outlined the case of one of our clients who utilized the PCM to address cleaning issues in their coating systems. They reduced their paint delivery system volume by more than 70% which:

Read More

Topics: coil coating, Coating Technology, PCM

PCM Coating Technology Cuts Industrial Finishing Setup Time

Posted by Mike Bonner

Aug 12, 2015 11:00:00 AM


Every manufacturing business that survived the infamous “downturn” has increased their focus on operating costs in order to remain viable and competitive. In many markets, however, “remaining competitive” means extending warranties and reducing price. This translates into reducing inventory and controlling what is paid for goods with no compromise in the quality of the goods received.

Coated coil users and those in industrial coating industries are no exception.

Read More

Topics: Industrial finishing, Coating Technology, PCM

The 7 Traits of Highly Successful Coil Coating Systems

Posted by Mike Bonner

Aug 5, 2015 11:00:00 AM


Please excuse the trite reference to Stephen Covey! But in this case, there really are seven traits that we see that signify that we are working with a world-class coater. Truly world class coil coaters are identified by their ability to:

1. Provide a high quality surface finish batch-after-batch
2. Deliver on time, every time

Read More

Topics: coil coating, sustainability, Coating Technology, PCM

Using Advanced Coating Technology to Boost Your Throughput

Posted by Mike Bonner

Aug 3, 2015 11:00:00 AM


In order to stay competitive, coil coaters are continuously working to implement leaner operations with the goal of optimizing the throughput in their coating systems. These objectives would seem to be in direct contrast to the marketplace, which is demanding more frequent deliveries of smaller and smaller batches – often of custom colors – which all suggest less efficient operations.

Enter SCS’ innovative coating technology, the Profile Correction Module (PCM).

Read More

Topics: Coating Technology, PCM

Advanced PCM Coating Technology Cuts Setups, Quality Checks

Posted by Mike Bonner

Jul 29, 2015 11:00:00 AM


With the coil coating marketplace, including industrial coating industries, moving in the direction of more frequent deliveries of smaller and smaller lot sizes, often involving custom colors, the importance of color changes, setups and quality checks has never been greater.

Addressing these requirements in a time of increasing price pressure requires a re-examination of the whole coating application process to ensure that only the best practices and most reliable coating technology are being employed.

Read More

Topics: Coating Technology, PCM

4 Ways PCM Reduces Partial Drums in Industrial Finishing

Posted by Mike Bonner

Jul 24, 2015 11:00:00 AM


Dealing with partial drum storage and handling is the bane of everyone in industrial coating industries, but it is greater for coil coaters than for any other industrial finishing method. The increased number of partial drums generated in the coil coating process represents a significant overhead cost in a low-margin process. In order to deal with the problem, it is important to understand where and how these originate.

Read More

Topics: Industrial finishing, Coating Technology, PCM