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    Daily vs. Seasonal Temperature Changes

    Posted by Mike Bonner

    Apr 20, 2016 9:40:59 AM

    I often get the comment:

    “I understand the issues associated with the big changes from season-to-season, but the changes from day-to-day are gradual.  Isn’t it pretty easy to compensate for those?”

    And then, mother nature comes along and provides the perfect demonstration of the issue.

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    Topics: Temperature control

    Why Do We Play With Our Coating Formulation?

    Posted by Mike Bonner

    Mar 11, 2015 2:32:00 PM

     

    In the last blog, I told the story of Dan, a friend of mine that runs a top-notch coating operation here in the Midwest and the problem he was experiencing during this extended cold snap we have been experiencing.  (Click here if you missed it or want to review)  In the end, Dan’s problem was caused by adding too much solvent in an attempt to adjust for the increase in viscosity caused by the colder paint temperature.

    Adding Solvent is Changing Your Formulation

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    Topics: Temperature control

    It’s Too Cold for Blisters! Temperature Control in Deep Winter

    Posted by Mike Bonner

    Feb 24, 2015 2:25:00 PM

    To remind us that we are in the dead of winter here in the Midwest and across the Eastern Seaboard, Mother Nature has been delivering sub-zero temperatures and snow by the foot.  These are the times that try a coater’s soul!

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    Topics: Manufacturing, Temperature control

    Sometimes, the Cynics Get It Wrong- or "Yes, I work in temperature control, but..."

    Posted by Mike Bonner

    Jan 28, 2015 3:13:00 PM

    I did a presentation a few months ago and the sponsor asked me to turn it into an article for their industry journal – which I was only too glad to do!  Once submitted, it was subjected to peer review – a common practice – and one I never give too much thought.  I’ve done it lots of times – and I guess it was bound to happen – this time it went sideways…

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    Topics: Viscosity, Temperature control

    My System Uses a Shot Meter, Why Do I Need Temperature Control?

    Posted by Mike Bonner

    Feb 11, 2014 12:26:00 PM

    This is a great question!

    It seems that there is a prevailing attitude out there that the implementation of shot meters or other flow control systems eliminate the need for any other kind of control.  And it isn't without some basis in logic.  After all, shot meters and flow control systems are designed to assure that exactly the same volume of material will be applied, over the same time period, on every dispense, time-after-time-after-time…

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    Topics: Manufacturing, Temperature control

    What’s Trending in Manufacturing

    Posted by Rob Gladstone

    Jan 28, 2014 12:55:00 PM

    Process Improvement Trends
    In the January 2014 Edition of Products Finishing Magazine, regular contributor Matthew Kirchner, CEO of American Finishing Resources, LLC wrote an article entitled What’s Trending in Manufacturing?  In the section named “Process Improvement Trends,” Mr. Kirchner identified increased expectations of suppliers by manufacturers. 
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    Topics: Viscosity, Temperature control

    When Point-of-Application Temperature Control Isn't Enough

    Posted by Mike Bonner

    Dec 9, 2013 11:00:00 AM

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    Topics: Temperature control, Point of Application

    Point of Application - The Temperature Control Envelope

    Posted by Mike Bonner

    Dec 3, 2013 5:22:00 PM

    So you’ve spent tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars on your dispensing system, and still you experience quality holds and rejects from your customer – all related to your fluid dispensing operation.  Your best and brightest have analyzed your system and everything is working exactly as designed, yet you are still plagued with these seemingly random episodes.

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    Topics: Viscosity, Temperature control

    Temperature Control Where It Counts - At The Point of Application

    Posted by Mike Bonner

    Nov 19, 2013 10:00:00 AM

    If your business depends on processes where fluids are dispensed, whether they be adhesives, sealants, potting compounds, coatings, lubricants, or even just water, you know the importance of control.  Control of volume, control of flow rate, control of placement – all have a significant impact on the cost and quality of your output.

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    Topics: Manufacturing, cost of temperature, Fluid dispensing systems, Temperature control, Point of Application, coil coating, sustainability

    I'm a Chemist...Why Should I Care About Process Temperature Control

    Posted by Mike Bonner

    Oct 29, 2013 9:30:00 AM

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    Topics: cost of temperature, Temperature control, Point of Application

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