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What’s important to your customers customers?

Posted by Rob Gladstone

Apr 2, 2020 1:53:08 PM

So much of our online content, (blogs, articles, videos, etc.), is geared around productivity improvements, quality defects and other “cost” related elements of manufacturing. All good stuff, but maybe a little blind to the essential goal of growing your business. Whether it’s expanding business with your current customers or acquiring new customers, much of what we talk about can help.

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Topics: paint and coating, Industrial finishing, automotive painting, paint surface finish, automotive paint finishing, automotive finishing

The Importance of Appearance and Rising Standards

Posted by Mark Portelli

Feb 27, 2020 3:59:06 PM

We had an interesting thing happen a couple of years ago. A major Tier 1 Automotive Supplier, (we’ll refer to as T1), contacted us to see if we could help. Their customer, a top selling luxury car manufacturer, was raising the specifications on their paint finish and T1 was being asked to match. T1 told us that they could meet the new specifications but not consistently. They were hoping we could help. Fortunately, we had a champion at the T1 plant that was familiar with us and with work we had done in other finishing operations.

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Topics: automotive painting, robotic painting, paint temperature control, paint surface finish, automotive paint 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

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

Why Does My Temperature Change Between My Circ System and the Point of Application?

Posted by Mike Bonner

Jul 16, 2019 11:21:00 AM

The modern paint shop is a maze of pipes and tubes carrying paint all over the place!  Some of these circulation systems even have temperature control systems designed to make sure that the paint temperature is controlled as it is circulated.  So why is paint temperature still such an issue?

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Topics: Point of Application, Industrial finishing, automotive painting, robotic painting, paint temperature control, paint surface finish, automotive paint finishing, automotive 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

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