THE BUSINESS OF VISCOSITY BLOG



    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

    3 Reasons Coil Coating System Cleaning Costs are Increasing

    Posted by Mike Bonner

    Jun 26, 2015 11:00:00 AM

    The coil coating market is far different than it was 10 years ago when we first got involved. In those days, it was not uncommon to run a full truck or rail car for a single order. Those long runs of two to three days on a single color are a thing of the past. The normal order now is one to two coils, and orders of just a portion of a coil are common. This drives up coating system cleaning costs for three main reasons:

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    Topics: coil coating, paint and coating

    Why Partial Drums Pile Up in Aluminum and Steel Coil Coating

    Posted by Sarah Ledford

    Jun 25, 2015 10:40:00 AM

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    Are you dealing with partial drums piling up? Are you running out of space for them? Are you concerned about the money that is tied up in all this leftover paint? These partial paint drums could be costing you money in your aluminum coating and steel coating processes.

    Have you considered the reason you are seeing these partial drums? As it turns out, it’s fill volume.

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    Topics: coil coating, paint and coating, coating aluminum

    6 Ways Changing Colors Can Disrupt Coating Technology

    Posted by Mike Bonner

    Jun 24, 2015 2:00:00 PM

    Color changes are becoming more frequent for all industrial finishers and coating systems, but nowhere is it more apparent than with coil coaters. Saint Clair Systems' Mark Portelli notes:

    “While Coil Coaters are focusing on leaner operations to achieve real cost reductions…their customers are demanding higher quality, smaller lot sizes, and more frequent shipments – which would tend to reduce efficiency and drive an increase in cleaning costs.”

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    Topics: coil coating, Coating Technology, PCM

    A Gift for the New Year! (Not just for Coil Coaters)

    Posted by Mike Bonner

    Jan 7, 2015 7:15:00 AM

    Happy New Year Everybody!

    In this, our first post of the New Year, I’d like to pass along a gift that I was privileged to receive.  This is not a case of “re-gifting” – it is a passing along of some very valuable information that came my way...

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    Topics: coil coating

    Temperature Control Where It Counts - At The Point of Application

    Posted by Mike Bonner

    Nov 19, 2013 10:00:00 AM

    If your business depends on processes where fluids are dispensed, whether they be adhesives, sealants, potting compounds, coatings, lubricants, or even just water, you know the importance of control.  Control of volume, control of flow rate, control of placement – all have a significant impact on the cost and quality of your output.

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    Topics: Manufacturing, cost of temperature, Fluid dispensing systems, Temperature control, Point of Application, coil coating, sustainability

    Turning A Manufacturing Problem Into A Competitive Advantage

    Posted by Mike Bonner

    Oct 15, 2013 10:45:00 AM

    Whether consumer direct or B2B, every market has its own unique trends that define the requirements for success.  In response to these trends, you enact processes specifically designed to effectively serve your customers, gain a competitive advantage, and remain profitable.  But trends shift over time as customers react to the changing world around them.  You may perceive this as negative, as your customer’s needs conflict with the operational and profitability goals of your business.  But what if this can BE your competitive advantage?

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    Topics: cost of temperature, Temperature control, coil coating, sustainability

    A Tale of Two Coil Coaters

    Posted by Mike Bonner

    May 21, 2013 11:15:00 AM

    Last week we shared the idea that we all have beliefs about what we can control and what we can’t.  Further, we put forth the bold claim that by challenging these ideas you can drive significant cost savings, as well as quality and process improvements.

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    Topics: Manufacturing, cost of temperature, coil coating

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