THE BUSINESS OF VISCOSITY BLOG



    Picking Up Where Sir Isaac Newton Left Off: Newtonian vs. Non-Newtonian Fluids

    Posted by Mike Bonner

    Nov 26, 2017 12:52:00 PM

    Not every fluid behaves like water. This might seem like a commonsense idea, but there’s quite a bit of physics behind it — it sums up the difference between Newtonian and non-Newtonian fluids.

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    Topics: Viscosity, viscometers, Viscometer Series, newtonian fluids, non-newtonian fluids

    Viscometers vs. Rheometers: What’s the Difference?

    Posted by Mike Bonner

    Nov 23, 2017 3:00:00 PM

    When you’re looking to purchase a viscometer to help you maintain proper viscosity in your printing, coating, or painting processes, you may come across another category of viscosity measuring devices known as rheometers. Rheometers are similar in principle to viscometers, but they tend to be more expensive. Part of the reason for this is that they have a much broader range of applications.

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    Topics: Viscosity, viscometers, Viscometer Series, rheometry, viscometry, rheology

    4 Coating Applications Where Viscometers are Key

    Posted by Mike Bonner

    Nov 19, 2017 1:05:00 PM

    In our last Viscometer Series blog, we reviewed some of the most common printing applications and why viscometers are so important to their success. In this article, we’ll be going over another area of applications where viscosity control is key: coating.

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    Topics: Viscosity, coating, viscometers, Viscometer Series, can coating, gelatin capsule coating, wood furniture coating, silicone needle coating

    5 Printing Applications Where Viscometers are Critical

    Posted by Mike Bonner

    Nov 16, 2017 3:01:00 PM

    Monitoring viscosity is critical across a range of industries. Any time you have a process that requires a fluid to be used in the finishing of a product, it’s incredibly important to be regularly measuring and taking note of the viscosity of that fluid.

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    Topics: Viscosity, Printing, viscometers, Viscometer Series, monitoring viscosity in printing applications, print applications, flexographic printing, gravure printing, offset printing, corrugated printing, pad printing

    6 Different Types of Viscometers & How They Work

    Posted by Mike Bonner

    Nov 12, 2017 1:05:00 PM

    In our first Viscometer Series blog, we discussed the “what” and “why” of viscometers — what they are and why they’re useful. In this blog, we’ll be going over the “how” — that is, how six different types of viscometers work. This list is by no means exhaustive; there are other types of viscometers out there, but not all of them are useful for industrial processes.

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    Topics: Viscosity, paint and coating, painting, coating, viscometers, Viscometer Series

    The Simple Tool Every Coating, Painting, and Printing Manufacturer Needs

    Posted by Mike Bonner

    Nov 9, 2017 3:01:00 PM

    If you’re in the coating, painting, or printing industry, you need to be monitoring viscosity. If you’re not monitoring it, you’ll eventually run into a whole host of otherwise preventable issues — issues that can seriously compromise the quality of your production.

    As the saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

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    Topics: Viscosity, paint and coating, painting, coating, viscometers, Viscometer Series

    A Lesson and Model to Inspire Progress

    Posted by James Dulong

    Oct 27, 2016 9:47:00 AM

    I suppose there are many ways to inspire progress in your business. Born and raised in Michigan, I had a front row seat to changes in the American automotive industry. I want to share a little history as a kind of warning about destruction caused by comfort and complacency. In case you think this is an automotive blog, understand that I will tie this into the printing industry.

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    Topics: Viscosity

    5 Questions to Refocus Your Improvement Efforts

    Posted by James Dulong

    Oct 21, 2016 10:02:00 AM

    Continuous improvement is the foundation of many successful companies and the basis for increasing our productivity and ultimately our standard of living. Unfortunately, continuous improvement efforts often get brushed aside by the day-to-day grind of just getting things done.

    It’s hard to work on something new when you already have a full-time job. We went through a lean manufacturing transformation during 2008 & 2009 and the results were measurable and outstanding. However, even with our culture and focus, our improvement efforts plateaued for nearly three years. If you are dissatisfied with the status quo, you’re in the majority. Fortunately for us, we were able to get our efforts back on track and continue making improvements again.

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    Topics: Viscosity

    5 Tips for Choosing the Right Improvement Project for Your Business

    Posted by James Dulong

    Oct 14, 2016 9:49:00 AM

    We recently attended INFO*FLEX 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas. The show had approximately 2,000 attendees and more than 300 exhibitors all focused on making improvements in the Flexographic Printing Industry. While promoting the show on their website, the FTA stated “Be there to discover ways to win more jobs, increase profits and become a better printer/converter.”

    Further down they affirm, “It’s here that you will build new ideas, discover new solutions, and find revolutionary technologies that will propel your business forward.” Having spent two full days at the show, including taking in some of the technical sessions, I feel like, as usual, they delivered. The other thing it highlighted for me is that there sure are a lot of us out there trying to get some of your project improvement money.

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    Topics: Viscosity

    Case Study: Why You’re Not Meeting Customer Color Requirements

    Posted by James Dulong

    Oct 13, 2016 12:32:00 PM

     

    We are pleased that this customer agreed to let us tell their story. For competitive reasons, their name has been withheld to protect their identity.

    This case study highlights the importance of color management in today’s printing environment, the primary factors that contribute to inadequate color management, and a standard review process for troubleshooting color related issues.

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    Topics: Viscosity

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