THE BUSINESS OF VISCOSITY BLOG



    Improving Weight Control on Older Liners

    Posted by Mike Bonner

    Jul 22, 2016 1:04:39 PM

    In our post, Getting World Class Performance Out Of Old Liner Equipment, we noted:

    “In many industries, rather than replace the whole machine, it is commonplace to retrofit it with new technologies to bring its performance up to contemporary standards.”

    And then went on to state:

    “The key to a successful upgrade project is to closely examine your process to identify those parameters that are directly related to the defects you’re experiencing, then to focus your efforts specifically in those areas.”

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    Topics: Manufacturing

    Getting World Class Performance Out of Old Liner Equipment

    Posted by Mike Bonner

    Jul 12, 2016 2:01:55 PM

    It may be hard to believe, but many of the industrial processes in use today were originally developed during the first half of the 20th century – yes, before 1950!

    The can making process is no exception.

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    Topics: Manufacturing

    How Stabilizing Compound Temperature Improves Liner Weight Consistency

    Posted by Mike Bonner

    Jun 29, 2016 9:00:00 AM

    In our prior post in this series, "The Impact of Temperature and Pressure on Liner Weight Consistency," we demonstrated that, for a fixed orifice system:

    “…the parameters critical to controlling the liner process are temperature and pressure.”

    In this segment we will examine the relationship between temperature and pressure to determine their hierarchy in the control process.

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    Topics: Manufacturing

    Five Reasons SPC is Nearly Impossible for Liner Operation

    Posted by Mike Bonner

    May 11, 2016 1:00:00 PM

    In our recent blogs, Can Liner Weight Variations Impact Quality, Delivery, and Cost Structure, and Variation in Liner Placement Impacts Delivery, Quality, and Cost, too!, we identified weight and placement as the two primary criteria for liner effectiveness.

    Though a high-throughput, repetitive process, which would seem to make it an ideal candidate for Statistical Process Control (SPC), the reality of these criteria makes it almost impossible to manage using these methods.

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    Topics: Manufacturing

    Variation in Liner Placement Impacts Delivery, Quality, and Cost, too!

    Posted by Mike Bonner

    May 3, 2016 10:30:00 AM

    In our recent blog, Can Liner Weight Variations Impact Quality, Delivery, and Cost Structure, we discussed how modern sealing technology has changed the way that cans are manufactured and judged. In particular we noted:

    “As with any sealing process, two of the most important criteria are:

    1. Volume of the sealer applied
    2. Placement of the sealer (called 'compound')"
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    Topics: Manufacturing

    Why Customer Returns are the Worst for Can Makers

    Posted by Mike Bonner

    Apr 25, 2016 9:00:00 AM

     

    Customer rejects suck…period!

    The reasons they hurt your business are well-documented. Not only can they damage your relationship with your customer – in the worst case pushing them to look for another supplier – they can even make you question your own capabilities as a manufacturer. But most of all, they are expensive.

    The impact of rejects can vary widely by industry and manufacturer. For instance, if you make DVD’s or tablet computers, handling a reject can be as simple as providing your customer with a replacement unit. 

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    Topics: Manufacturing

    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

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