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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:

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Topics: coil coating, Coating Technology, PCM

3 Ways PCM Reduces Costs in Aluminum and Steel Coil Coating

Posted by Mike Bonner

Aug 10, 2015 11:00:00 AM


One of our coil coating customers in the Southeastern United States specializing in high quality aluminum coating and steel coil coating, found himself at a competitive disadvantage because his line is not equipped with a second top-finish head to provide “quick-change” capability.

Though not alone, this left him with no way to embed cleaning time into his coating system run time, which meant that every minute spent cleaning represented time that the line was down. This was limiting the capacity.

The Profile Correction Module (PCM) provided a low-cost solution to their problem.

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Topics: coil coating, coating aluminum, 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

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Topics: coil coating, sustainability, Coating Technology, PCM

PCM Boosts Fluid Process Control, Lowers Cleaning Costs

Posted by Mike Bonner

Jul 27, 2015 11:00:00 AM


In our blog, "3 Reasons Coil Coating System Cleaning Costs are Increasing" we revealed that, as the title implies, the three primary reasons that cleaning costs are increasing are:

  • Short runs / small lot sizes
  • Frequent deliveries
  • Custom colors
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Topics: coil coating, PCM

3 Ways the PCM Improves How Coil Coating Systems Handle Color Changes

Posted by Mike Bonner

Jul 22, 2015 11:00:00 AM


As with virtually all decorative industrial coating operations, color changes are a fact of life for coil coating systems. In our recent blog titled, “6 Ways Changing Colors Can Disrupt Coating Technology,” we discussed the many issues associated with frequent color changes. In this segment, we’ll look at a new way to address those issues.

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Topics: coil coating, PCM

Increase Run Time: Add the PCM to Coil Coating Fluid Process

Posted by Mike Bonner

Jul 20, 2015 11:00:00 AM


“Reduce Downtime” is the mantra in every manufacturing operation. But where are you supposed to get that reduction from?

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Topics: coil coating, PCM

3 Ways PCM Reduces Cleaning Costs in Metal Coating Operations

Posted by Mark Portelli

Jul 15, 2015 11:00:00 AM


The demand for coil coating has increased significantly, yet there remains excess capacity in the marketplace, so being a strong global competitor is a challenge. These truths have changed the metal coating industry, with downward price pressure making it more difficult than ever to stay profitable and successful.

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Topics: coil coating, Coating Technology, PCM

Add the PCM to Your Coil Coating Technology to Trim Costs

Posted by Mike Bonner

Jul 13, 2015 11:00:00 AM

In typical industrial coating and coil coating process, drums – partial or full – are brought to the line at the beginning of a job. This is where it all begins. As the coating is consumed, empty drums are taken from the line. Empty drums are the goal. They are easy and relatively inexpensive to dispose of. In fact, many coating suppliers have recycling programs set up to make the process even easier.

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Topics: coil coating, Coating Technology, PCM

3 Ways Custom Color Jobs Eat Up Your Coil Coating Run Time

Posted by Mike Bonner

Jun 30, 2015 11:00:00 AM

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:

1. Cleaning

Custom colors are usually one-time runs, and often quite different from the other colors that you normally run. And in most cases, because their primary criteria are centered about color, there can be no chance for cross contamination.
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Topics: coil coating, paint and coating, Coating Technology

Why Quality Checks are Rising in Architectural Coil Coating

Posted by Mike Bonner

Jun 29, 2015 11:00:00 AM

 

You need only look around as you walk through the city to know that modern architecture involves more colors than ever before – a trend that shows no sign of diminishing anytime soon.

Often, these are customized corporate colors to immediately identify the occupant (John Deere Green, Coke Red, or Pepsi Blue anyone?). More and more, architects are constructing these buildings from pre-coated steel and aluminum coil as a means of achieving these strict color requirements.

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Topics: coil coating, paint and coating, coating aluminum, PCM