Many OEM paint line operators shy away from using an industrial coatings custom formulation because they associate them with additional expenses. Sometimes, however, a business can’t afford not to use a custom formulated coating on their paint line.
Prudent manufacturers continually optimize efficiency, accuracy, and throughput in their OEM operations. Industrial coatings and paint lines can be a focus of this continuous improvement. Your industrial coatings supplier should be a partner for ensuring your paint line runs as smoothly as possible. Work with your paint supplier to create a robust preventative maintenance and continuous improvement program for your OEM coating line.
The coating on an industrial end product might seem like an afterthought, but it’s far from it. Choosing a coating affects the aesthetic, durability and usability of any product. If you’re involved in the manufacturing process of industrial products, you also know that every material you use affects your process and your bottom line.
An industrial coating’s integrity can have a substantial impact on a product’s appearance, longevity and effectiveness. While it’s easy to blame coatings failures on a bad batch of paint, the root cause of failures often lies elsewhere and requires investigation.
Manufacturers have learned to create a sense of high-quality—and even luxury—in their products by adding a soft-feel coating to plastic, metal, and other surfaces. These coatings can be formulated to feel rubbery, velvety, leathery, and nearly anything in-between, to differentiate products from the competition.
Many manufacturers do not realize that there is a better fit coating on the market to increase the quality of their products than the standardized coating they are currently using. Better yet, some manufacturers are not choosing the correct coating finish. Here are five considerations to keep in mind while choosing a custom coating finish for your project:
Many manufacturers expect the same results their industrial coatings have historically given, without ever questioning if the coating is right for the job. The story manufacturers usually have is always the same: they started using a standardized coating from the market years ago and they believe that there may not be alternatives, but reality says they can.
In part 1 of Customized Coatings vs. Off the Shelf Coatings we showcased the main differences of your two main coating options, including a comparison chart. In part two of this series, we discuss the different criteria that affect whether you should consider a customized coating or stick with an off the shelf solution.
Learn Why Customized Formulations Provide Benefits to Manufacturers
Off the shelf coatings are often supplied to manufacturers by larger coatings companies. These products simplify the coatings producer’s distribution and service requirements. The trouble is, your needs may call for something more tailored to your operation or your end customer’s performance expectations. If you have been using the same, standard, off the shelf coating for years, it might be time to investigate the advantages of custom coatings.
Finding Solutions to Coating Application Problems
A Coating Application Experience
When a coating fails to work correctly for the chosen substrate, the application process is usually at fault. Finding ways to solve these types of issues without increasing cost and manufacturing product-line production time proves difficult, yet can be done! Let’s take a dive into a unique situation involving a waterborne dip baked coating and a specific application method. For a specific application, an industrial parts manufacturer in the HVAC Industry dipped metal parts into a waterborne baked coating.