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Post Covid-19 New Normal

Posted by Ian Porzondek

May 6, 2020 9:30:00 AM

The “new normal” is a phrase that I have been hearing and saying a lot lately. When the Covid-19 virus started circulating, I must admit that I could not fathom the impact that it would have and how each part of our lives would be affected. Now that we are in it and have accepted our present working conditions, it has become quite clear that a lot of things will not go back to “normal”. So, what does that mean exactly?

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Topics: Manufacturing, Industrial finishing, industrial painting, viscometers

Your Product Finishing Process – An Asset or a Liability?

Posted by Rob Gladstone

Mar 16, 2020 6:15:00 AM

Asset or Liability?
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Topics: Industrial finishing, industrial painting, automotive paint finishing, automotive finishing

You Don't Have a Paint Problem; You Have a Business Problem

Posted by Rob Gladstone

Feb 20, 2020 12:46:42 PM

If your company sprays paint, you already know that this is likely the most expensive operation in your plant. 

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Topics: paint and coating, automotive painting, industrial painting, robotic painting, paint temperature control, paint surface finish

The Pitfalls of Smaller Automation

Posted by Mike Bonner

Feb 12, 2020 8:15:00 AM

With robot costs in the tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars, automated dispensing used to be the domain of large, well-financed companies in industries like automotive, aerospace, aeronautics, etc.

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Topics: Temperature control, Point of Application, paint and coating, Industrial finishing, automotive painting, industrial painting, robotic painting

Where Do You Control Material Temperature?

Posted by Mark Portelli

Jan 15, 2020 12:45:00 PM

We are fortunate to get the opportunity to tour many manufacturing plants and review a large variety of dispensing processes. One thing that really stands out is that most companies do a good job dispensing. Whether it’s a manual dispensing operation with skilled and experienced operators or an automated dispense with highly repeatable motions, in general, the companies we see are already doing a good job.
When we’re out there, we often hear that either the booth or the plant are already temperature controlled. Often, this is said as if it eliminates the requirement for material temperature control. While definitely an improvement over no control, simply controlling the temperature of your booth and your plant, may not be enough to accomplish your quality and cost objectives.

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Topics: Fluid dispensing systems, automotive painting, industrial painting, paint temperature control, automotive paint finishing, automotive finishing

Are Batch-to-Batch Paint Variations Self-Inflicted?

Posted by Rob Gladstone

Dec 11, 2019 11:04:00 AM

At an event recently, we struck up a conversation with an Account Manager at one of the major paint suppliers. During our conversation we discussed the batch-to-batch variation of the paints they supply. He said what we often hear from paint suppliers, “Our paints don’t vary much from batch to batch.” When we asked why their customers often have a different perception he said, “Most of the variations that they see are self-inflicted.” That prompted us to request a more in-depth conversation so we could better understand how end users may be unknowingly creating their own batch variations. We thought his insights were helpful, so we decided to share a summary of them here.

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Topics: painting, automotive painting, industrial painting, temperature control systems, Paint Temperature Control Series, robotic painting, paint temperature control, paint surface finish, automotive paint finishing

5 Types of Paint Finish Defects That May Indicate a Paint Temperature Problem

Posted by Mike Bonner

Dec 14, 2017 3:06:00 PM

Paint problems got you down?   From runs, to improper matte/gloss, to orange peel, there are a great variety of issues that can affect your paint.  And with the short lead-times and incredibly high quality your customers demand nowadays, it can be overwhelming and expensive to deal with these issues.  You need your issue fixed as quickly as possible, so you can get back to profitable production.

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Topics: Viscosity, automotive painting, industrial painting, Paint Temperature Control Series, paint surface finish

The Necessity of Paint Temperature Control in Robotic Paint Finishing

Posted by Mike Bonner

Dec 10, 2017 5:01:31 PM

The rise of robots has revolutionized automotive and industrial finishing operations over the last several decades.  Robots are uniquely capable of handling those high-precision, repetitive tasks of which humans quickly grow tired.  They can repeat the same path, speed, angle and distance to the part time-after-time-after-time without ever growing tired or taking a sick day.

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Topics: Viscosity, automotive painting, industrial painting, Paint Temperature Control Series, robotic painting

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