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The Way We Buy

Posted by Ian Porzondek

Jun 10, 2020 9:34:00 AM

It was in the not too distant past that the 30 minutes or less pizza delivery option changed the way we would think about our dinner choices. Fast forward to 2020 and the way that we buy everything has changed the entire retail landscape. Convenience and cost savings have all but eliminated face to face customer interaction. Is the retail model influencing the way we think about making our purchases for our industrial processes?

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Topics: Manufacturing, temperature control systems

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


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

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

Can Temperature Change Disrupt My Fixed Displacement Dispensing System?

Posted by Mike Bonner

Dec 4, 2019 9:50:00 AM

In this series we’ve been discussing the impact of changes in fluid properties, specifically viscosity, on the performance of robotic fixed displacement dispensing systems.  In the first installment, “Fixed Displacement Dispensing Doesn’t Guarantee Fixed Results”, we examined common dispensing defects, contrasting those that can be readily addressed through the implementation of a robotic fixed displacement dispensing system, and those that are the result of changes in physical fluid properties, which prove to be more resilient.

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Topics: Viscosity, Manufacturing, Fluid dispensing systems, Point of Application, fluid process control, Can / Container, viscometry, 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

Fixed Displacement Dispensing Doesn’t Guarantee Fixed Results

Posted by Mike Bonner

Nov 13, 2019 9:39:00 AM

It has become commonplace to employ fixed displacement systems when dispensing mid-to-high-viscosity fluids like sealers and adhesives.  It makes sense.  Proper performance in these applications hinges on making sure that the right amount of sealer or adhesive is dispensed in the right place on every part.  When coupled with a robot to assure that path, speed, distance and angle to part are consistent and repeatable, it is easy to believe that the dispense job will be perfect every time.

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

How Big is Big? (or, “I Need How Much Space for That?!?”)

Posted by Mike Bonner

Jul 23, 2019 9:37:00 AM

I recently received an e-mail from BV Thermal Systems, a supplier of chillers, that caught my eye.  It opened with a statement that is all too familiar in our world of temperature control:

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Topics: paint and coating, Industrial finishing, coating aluminum, Coating Technology, fluid process control, coating, temperature control systems, automotive paint finishing, future technologies

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

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