THE BUSINESS OF VISCOSITY BLOG



    Paint Robots:  The Original Cobots!

    Posted by Mike Bonner

    May 27, 2020 9:42:21 AM

    If you work in the robotics world, hardly a day goes by that you don’t hear something about “Cobots”.  It’s one of the hot topics in the field right now…

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    Topics: paint and coating, painting, robotic painting

    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

    The Pitfalls of Smaller Automation

    Posted by Mike Bonner

    Feb 12, 2020 8:15:00 AM

    With robot costs in the tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars, automated dispensing used to be the domain of large, well-financed companies in industries like automotive, aerospace, aeronautics, etc.

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    Topics: Temperature control, Point of Application, paint and coating, Industrial finishing, automotive painting, industrial painting, robotic painting

    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

    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 Necessity of Paint Temperature Control in Robotic Paint Finishing

    Posted by Mike Bonner

    Dec 10, 2017 5:01:31 PM

    The rise of robots has revolutionized automotive and industrial finishing operations over the last several decades.  Robots are uniquely capable of handling those high-precision, repetitive tasks of which humans quickly grow tired.  They can repeat the same path, speed, angle and distance to the part time-after-time-after-time without ever growing tired or taking a sick day.

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    Topics: Viscosity, automotive painting, industrial painting, Paint Temperature Control Series, robotic painting

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