THE BUSINESS OF VISCOSITY BLOG



6 Different Types of Viscometers & How They Work

Posted by Mike Bonner

Nov 12, 2017 1:05:00 PM

In our first Viscometer Series blog, we discussed the “what” and “why” of viscometers — what they are and why they’re useful. In this blog, we’ll be going over the “how” — that is, how six different types of viscometers work. This list is by no means exhaustive; there are other types of viscometers out there, but not all of them are useful for industrial processes.

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Topics: Viscosity, paint and coating, painting, coating, viscometers, Viscometer Series

The Simple Tool Every Coating, Painting, and Printing Manufacturer Needs

Posted by Mike Bonner

Nov 9, 2017 3:01:00 PM

If you’re in the coating, painting, or printing industry, you need to be monitoring viscosity. If you’re not monitoring it, you’ll eventually run into a whole host of otherwise preventable issues — issues that can seriously compromise the quality of your production.

As the saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

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Topics: Viscosity, paint and coating, painting, coating, viscometers, Viscometer Series

5 Benefits of Using Waterborne Paint for Automotive Coating

Posted by Mike Bonner

Aug 10, 2017 8:16:00 AM

Are you still using solvent-based paint in your automotive paint process? Many coating manufacturers around the globe have already made the switch to waterborne paints. Wonder why?

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Topics: paint and coating

Why Viscosity Matters in Auto Manufacturing

Posted by Mike Bonner

Aug 1, 2017 1:03:00 PM

You just hit the open road. You see the sunlight reflecting off the hood of your car. You press the pedal down and as your car accelerates, you think to yourself, “Thank you, viscosity, for making this all possible.”

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Topics: paint and coating

4 Common Automotive Paint Problems and Solutions

Posted by Mike Bonner

Jul 27, 2017 1:59:00 PM

As an auto manufacturer, there are few problems that are more frustrating than stopping the production process due to issues with paint and coating application. Seeing defects pop up in the vehicle’s finish are particularly discouraging because they can be prevented with the right solutions.

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Topics: paint and coating

Managing the Difficulties of Matching Colors Across Multiple Substrates

Posted by Mike Bonner

Jul 6, 2017 1:30:00 PM

In the early days of automobile production, everything was “local” and “simple.” The raw materials required for the car, such as steel or rubber may have come from other destinations, but the actual processing of those materials, and the eventual assembly were all done in the same plant.

Now, we live in a much more globalized industry. A car that is ultimately sold to a customer in New York or Chicago is no longer built strictly in Detroit. Materials used in assembly can come from all corners of the world. And one vehicle may have components made by suppliers in Mexico, Canada, or even China, which are then shipped to the United States, where the vehicle will ultimately be built.

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Topics: Temperature control, paint and coating

Viscosity’s Impact on Your Spray Patterns

Posted by Mike Bonner

Jul 4, 2017 1:30:00 PM

Different stages of the painting process for industrial work will focus on different priorities. When creating paint, chemistry is the primary focus, making sure the mixture is right and that the substances included will result in an attractive color and finish.

However, once the paint is ready to go, the single biggest factor that will determine the overall success of a paint job is the viscosity, often referenced as the “thickness” of a fluid in non-technical terms.

Viscosity has an enormous influence on the final look and function of a paint job, and it impacts the finished product in many different ways.

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Topics: paint and coating

How Changes in Paint Chemistry Transformed Temperature Control

Posted by Mike Bonner

Jun 27, 2017 1:30:00 PM

Industrial innovation and technological advances have produ­­ced some pretty rapid changes over the past 100 years.

We’ve gone from primitive tools like mechanical gears and steam engines to a booming digital age where automation streamlines manufacturing, and robots and software can perform repetitive tasks that might otherwise be susceptible to human error.

The automotive industry has seen no shortage of innovation throughout its history – and that includes the processes used to paint and coat vehicles.

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Topics: paint and coating

Control Paint Temperature at the Nozzle

Posted by Mike Bonner

Jun 22, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Viscosity is an important factor in quality control when it comes to painting. Different viscosities will yield different results, so if you want a consistent result in the finish of a painted surface, you must know the ideal viscosity of your paint, and then do everything technically feasible to maintain that viscosity.

Viscosity itself, however, is prone to many factors, and temperature is a key element. While specific numbers will vary, higher temperatures mean lower viscosities, while lower temperatures mean higher ones. And all of this comes into play at the most critical moment of all: right when it’s time to apply the paint to the surface.

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Topics: paint and coating, Coating Technology

The Combined Effect of Clearcoat and Basecoat Temperature

Posted by Mike Bonner

Jun 15, 2017 1:26:00 PM

Today’s automobiles aren’t just painted to look good. Automotive paints and coatings provide protection and durability to the exterior of a car.

A car’s paint job will always help define its style and visual appeal, but it also does much more than that. The finish helps define the vehicle’s aerodynamics, supports fuel efficiency, and protects against rust, corrosion, even ultraviolet radiation. 

All of these benefits are not just the result of better paint, but also better paint application. And better paint application requires greater efficiency and control at each step in the painting process.

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Topics: paint and coating