THE BUSINESS OF VISCOSITY BLOG



    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

    Temperature Control – It’s Not Just for Dispensing Systems Anymore!

    Posted by Mike Bonner

    Feb 5, 2020 12:56:00 PM

    In this space we talk ad nauseum about the importance of temperature control to manufacturers who dispense critical fluids as a part of their process.  We focus on things like paint, sealers, adhesives, and so forth.  You can imagine my surprise when I saw the headline:

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    Topics: painting, viscometers, viscometry, temperature control systems, paint temperature control

    How Much Does Your Material Change During Your Dispense Process?

    Posted by Rob Gladstone

    Jan 29, 2020 9:37:00 AM

    Before I get into how much your material may change during your dispense process, let me provide a quick summary of why it matters. As your plant temperature changes, your material temperature often changes. When material temperature changes, the viscosity changes. When viscosity changes, the end result of your dispense changes – and nothing good happens when your finished product varies. It causes rework, scrap, customer rejects and in some cases, early product failure. In this blog, we’re going to address the effects of material temperature only. There may be other factors affecting your material but they’re not going to be addressed here.

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    Topics: Point of Application, automotive, coating, automotive painting, temperature control systems, robotic painting, paint temperature control, automotive paint finishing, automotive finishing

    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

    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

    The State of Industrial Robotic Painting in 2018

    Posted by Mike Bonner

    Oct 29, 2018 4:12:25 PM

    The robotic industry is growing by leaps and bounds. According to the Robotic Industries Association (RIA), 2017 was another record-breaking year. Last year, shipments were up 9 percent over the previous year. It was the seventh straight year North American robot shipments increased.

    This year forecasts to be similar, continuing that upward trend.

    The industrial robotic painting sector is no different. The same factors that are driving growth in the overall robotics market are driving growth in the industrial robotic painting segment.

    For good reason.

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    Topics: Viscosity, automotive painting, Paint Temperature Control Series, paint temperature control, automotive paint finishing

    Lab Data Quantifies Significant Cost Savings for Automotive Paint Finishers

    Posted by Mike Bonner

    Jan 28, 2018 1:02:00 PM

    Saint Clair Systems rings out 2017 by offering automotive paint finishers detailed, objective data on the impact of paint temperature on their paint finish quality.

    In a series of controlled laboratory experiments, Saint Clair Systems teamed with Carlisle Fluid Technologies and BYK-Gardner to test the relationship between paint temperature and finish quality. The resulting data demonstrates that the two are intrinsically linked, quantifying the incredible quality improvements and cost savings that temperature control can provide for automotive paint finishers.

    This comprehensive study is a first for the paint finishing industry.

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    Topics: Temperature control, Industrial finishing, paint temperature control, automotive finishing

    The State of Automotive Paint: Looking Toward the Future

    Posted by Mike Bonner

    Jan 11, 2018 3:27:43 PM

    Automotive finishing is set for incredible growth.  According to a report from Research and Markets, from $8.82 billion in 2015, the global industry is projected to hit $12.54 billion by 2022!

    This growth is being driven by expanding markets overseas — especially in China — as well as strict environmental regulations at home and in Europe that are expected to increase the demand for waterborne, UV cure, and powder coatings.

    What does this mean for automotive finishers?

    What does this mean for you as an automotive finisher?   In a word: “opportunity.”  But only if you can keep up with the higher quality standards that will invariably accompany the increase in demand.

    As a market grows, customers expect more from their suppliers, so automotive painters will have to find ways to ensure that their finishes are free of blemishes, defects, and imperfections.

    That’s certainly a tall order, especially considering that, even today, some of the top automotive manufacturers struggle to control issues such as orange peel (as shown in this video).

    But, fortunately, it’s not impossible.

    How can automotive finishers keep up with rising quality demands?

    One solution can be found in paint temperature control. Saint Clair Systems has demonstrated that there is a direct and measurable correlation between paint temperature and surface finish quality.  In fact, paint temperature can be used as a tool to avoid surface imperfections on a finished part.

    These conclusions were confirmed in a series of lab experiments performed in partnership with Carlisle Fluid Technologies, a global leader in surface finishing equipment with hundreds of years of experience in the industry across its brands (which include Binks and DeVilbiss, two companies started by the acknowledged inventors of paint spraying technology), and BYK-Gardner, a global leader in finish quality measurement, whose “Wavescan” is the  “Gold Standard” for measurement of orange peel.  In this Design-of-experiments, panels were sprayed at different temperatures across a range of finishing variables.

    So what’s the point?

    Put simply, one way to keep up with the rising demand the finishing industry will see over the next roughly four years is maintaining rigorous process control.  And this study shows the importance of paint temperature as one of those critical variables.  Automotive finishers need to identify the ideal application temperature for each of their paints, and then they need to maintain that temperature as part of their process.

    This is where a comprehensive paint temperature control system is important.  You can do everything possible to control your process variables, including robotic applicators and controlled booths, but unless you’re controlling your paint temperature, you’re still going to see intermittent finish quality issues.  It’s a science all its own.  Well-designed paint temperature control systems use a variety of technologies to manage temperature at the most critical point in your process – the point of application.

    This is a key way to ensure you get your slice of that $12.54-billion-dollar pie!

    If you’d like more information on custom paint temperature control systems designed specifically for your application, contact Saint Clair Systems.

     

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    Topics: Viscosity, automotive painting, Paint Temperature Control Series, paint temperature control, automotive finishing, future outlook

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