THE BUSINESS OF VISCOSITY BLOG



    It’s Too Cold for Blisters! Temperature Control in Deep Winter

    Posted by Mike Bonner

    Feb 24, 2015 2:25:00 PM

    To remind us that we are in the dead of winter here in the Midwest and across the Eastern Seaboard, Mother Nature has been delivering sub-zero temperatures and snow by the foot.  These are the times that try a coater’s soul!

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    Topics: Manufacturing, Temperature control

    The Human Component That Makes Technology Work!

    Posted by Mike Bonner

    Jan 20, 2015 6:50:00 PM

    In his blog, “Zapping Away the Pounds, but What Zaps Away the Habit?” (Medical Design Technology (MDT) Magazine, Friday, 01/16/2015), Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, poses some interesting questions regarding the balance between technology and human responsibility.  It’s a topic that we deal with frequently, so it caught my attention.

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    Topics: Manufacturing

    Why the Newtonian Nature of Fluids Matters in Industrial Coating

    Posted by Mike Bonner

    Dec 16, 2014 9:27:00 AM

    In our last few posts, we’ve been exploring the differences between Newtonian and non-Newtonian fluids and how they behave both when measuring viscosity and when we use them in our coating processes.  In this segment, we’ll take a look at why we might choose between these different behaviors for a few common processes.

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    Topics: Manufacturing

    There are No Silver Bullets, Kemosabe!

    Posted by Mike Bonner

    Nov 4, 2014 11:48:00 AM

    We’ve all seen it before…

    The salesperson sits in front of us and spouts all of the benefits of their products:

    “It’ll save you money!”

    “It’ll reduce your defects!”

    “It’ll increase your throughput!”

    “It’ll make your wife beautiful!”

    “It’ll make your kids behave!”

    OK, maybe those last two are a little over-the-top, but…

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    Topics: Manufacturing

    My System Uses a Shot Meter, Why Do I Need Temperature Control?

    Posted by Mike Bonner

    Feb 11, 2014 12:26:00 PM

    This is a great question!

    It seems that there is a prevailing attitude out there that the implementation of shot meters or other flow control systems eliminate the need for any other kind of control.  And it isn't without some basis in logic.  After all, shot meters and flow control systems are designed to assure that exactly the same volume of material will be applied, over the same time period, on every dispense, time-after-time-after-time…

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    Topics: Manufacturing, Temperature control

    You Can’t Insulate Yourself from Losses! (Pt. 1)

    Posted by Mike Bonner

    Jan 7, 2014 11:39:00 AM

    Part I - Another Tool in Your Toolbox

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    Topics: Manufacturing, cost of temperature

    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

    5 Common Temperature Control Mistakes That Could Cost You Millions

    Posted by Mike Bonner

    Jun 25, 2013 10:40:00 AM

    Awareness is half the game.”

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    Topics: Manufacturing, cost of temperature, Temperature control

    8 Points That Indicate You May Be Losing Millions On Your Coating Line

    Posted by Mike Bonner

    Jun 13, 2013 10:47:00 AM

    What would you do if you visited a manufacturing/production plant that had spent hundreds of millions on world-class robotics and automation, employed the finest people, and ran what appeared to be the most efficient process; yet at the same time was leaving millions of dollars on the table every year because they were missing a simple solution?

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    Topics: Manufacturing, Temperature control

    The Business Impact of Temperature Control on Dispensing Processes

    Posted by Mike Bonner

    May 30, 2013 10:30:00 AM

    With millions of dollars spent on building state-of-the-art manufacturing capabilities, implementing quality initiatives like LEAN, Six Sigma and others; it’s easy to believe that you’re doing everything that can be done to maximize capacity and yield, while minimizing the total cost of production.

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    Topics: Manufacturing, cost of temperature, Saint Clair Systems

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