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    What is UV and Why is It Important? (Part 2)

    Posted by Mike Bonner

    Apr 26, 2019 12:48:07 PM

    Below is a continuation of the previous blog post. Please click here to review What is UV and Why is It Important? (Part 1).

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    Topics: Manufacturing, sustainability, Printing, paint and coating, Industrial finishing, Coating Technology, coating, wood and furniture coating

    What is UV and Why is It Important? (Part 1)

    Posted by Mike Bonner

    Apr 26, 2019 12:47:18 PM

    The week of March 18th I was privileged to attend RadTech’s Big Ideas Conference in Redondo Beach California.  In addition to offering a nice reprieve from the Michigan winter, it also provided some keen insight into important things happening in the field of UV.  So, for the next few pages, let’s take a look at how UV affects us in our everyday lives.

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    Topics: Manufacturing, sustainability, Printing, paint and coating, Industrial finishing, Coating Technology, coating, wood and furniture coating

    Lab Data Quantifies Significant Cost Savings for Automotive Paint Finishers

    Posted by Mike Bonner

    Jan 28, 2018 1:02:00 PM

    Saint Clair Systems rings out 2017 by offering automotive paint finishers detailed, objective data on the impact of paint temperature on their paint finish quality.

    In a series of controlled laboratory experiments, Saint Clair Systems teamed with Carlisle Fluid Technologies and BYK-Gardner to test the relationship between paint temperature and finish quality. The resulting data demonstrates that the two are intrinsically linked, quantifying the incredible quality improvements and cost savings that temperature control can provide for automotive paint finishers.

    This comprehensive study is a first for the paint finishing industry.

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    Topics: Temperature control, Industrial finishing, paint temperature control, automotive finishing

    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.

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    Topics: Industrial finishing, 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.

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    Topics: Industrial finishing, Coating Technology, PCM

    How to Best Manage Color Changes in Industrial Finishing

    Posted by Mike Bonner

    Jul 10, 2015 11:00:00 AM

    Regardless of the application method, color changes in industrial coating and other coating systems require a cleaning process to clear the current color and load the next. In the case of coil coating, color changes are among the most expensive of any of the processes. They involve wasted paint, consumption of cleaning solvents, downtime, labor, scrap materials – the list seems nearly endless and completely daunting.

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    Topics: paint and coating, Industrial finishing, PCM

    Revenue Over Investment – The New ROI!

    Posted by Mike Bonner

    Feb 10, 2015 10:10:00 AM

    A couple of weeks ago in this space, I posted “ROI Matters – Always!” (click here if you missed it or want to review).  In it, I discussed making sure that all cost reduction factors are taken into account when evaluating the ROI for a project.  But I missed a big one – and one of my readers, a CEO in the automotive industry (which makes him a pretty credible source in my book) really let me know about it!  Here are two excerpts from his comment that I thought were just “spot on”:

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    Topics: Industrial finishing

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