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Are We Afraid to Empower Our Employees?

Posted by Ian Porzondek

Sep 5, 2022 5:38:33 AM

The team at Saint Clair Systems recently visited a well-known, highly regarded company that supplies automotive components. (The name of the company - or even the component they make - isn’t relevant to this story. What we saw there likely happens every day in the workplace in some way or another.)

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Topics: Viscosity, Fluid dispensing systems, Temperature control, coil coating, Industrial finishing, Coating Technology, automotive painting, can coating

Temperature & Viscosity Control – NOT REQUIRED!

Posted by Mark Portelli

Jun 25, 2020 2:34:25 PM

Someone recently asked me which applications are the most challenging for us when implementing viscosity and temperature control systems. When I thought about it for a second, it came to me. Dealing with viscosity and temperature variation is easy. We have been doing it for over thirty years. Installing, implementing and optimizing our systems is very straightforward. Making the decision on whether you should install one of our systems is the challenging part.

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Topics: Viscosity, Temperature control

What Does Temperature Have to do with “Spitters” Anyway?

Posted by Mike Bonner

May 13, 2020 9:53:00 AM

We recently did a survey of Industrial Coaters on LinkedIn to determine the pressures they were experiencing on their business. The first question dealt with the common defects they experience. We got plenty of the “usual suspects” like orange peel and run & sag, but amongst the most interesting and unexpected responses were:

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Topics: Temperature control, Industrial finishing, automotive painting

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


Posted by Ian Porzondek

Jan 8, 2020 8:15:00 AM

We hear this a lot, “Oh, you’re the paint heater company.” We tend to cringe because what we do is quite a bit different than traditional paint heaters.

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Topics: cost of temperature, Fluid dispensing systems, Temperature control, Point of Application, paint and coating, Industrial finishing, temperature control systems

Why Robotic Fixed Displacement Dispensing Systems Can’t Guarantee Consistent Bead Profiles

Posted by Mike Bonner

Nov 20, 2019 1:05:00 PM

In our last segment, Fixed Displacement Dispensing Doesn’t Guarantee Fixed Results, we examined how viscosity variation impacts your robotic fixed displacement dispensing system and the many defects that can still exist, even in the most highly advanced of these systems.  In this installment, we look more closely at the phenomenon of bead profile, it’s importance to the quality of your end product, and why simply controlling path, dispense rate, and total volume does not guarantee that your process will produce consistently high-quality parts.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Fluid dispensing systems, Temperature control, Point of Application, Can / Container, automotive, temperature control systems

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

Heat Exchanger Fluid Velocity – Why Should I Care?

Posted by Mike Bonner

Dec 7, 2017 3:02:00 PM

The heat exchanger is the core device in virtually every fluid temperature control system.  Unfortunately, properly selecting a heat exchanger can be a daunting task.

First, there is the thermal load that must be transferred. Next are working pressure, flow rate, and chemical compatibility requirements.  Coupled with the thermal transfer, these determine the configuration (gasketed plate, brazed plate, shell & tube, etc.) and the materials of construction (carbon steel, stainless steel, aluminum, titanium, etc.). 

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Topics: Manufacturing, Temperature control, Point of Application, fluid process control, temperature control systems

How Saint Clair Systems Made Sealer Behave

Posted by Mike Bonner

Jul 13, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Saint Clair Systems has been a leader in fluid process control systems and viscosity control for nearly three decades, and in that time they’ve managed to revolutionized the industry and change the future of manufacturing operations. Most recently, Saint Clair tackled a sealer dispensing issue at Tata Motors in India, and today we’re going to tell you a little bit about our most recent feat and how we got to where we are today.

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Topics: Temperature control, Saint Clair Systems, Point of Application, painting

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

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