In the manufacturing industry, creating and delivering a new product necessitates considerable strategizing when it comes to shape, size, weight, materials, manufacturing processes, and aesthetics. As the global manufacturing supply chain gets increasingly competitive, planning out every small component of the overall product design is crucial for those that want to stay lean and competitive.
After investing significant capital into facilities and/or equipment, most business owners commit themselves to preserving their investments. Applying the right protective coating can have a considerable effect on the longevity of the facilities and equipment. However, choosing the right coating requires a critical analysis of the challenges and hazards presented by the substrate’s end use environment and ensuring the coating’s formulation is designed to address these problem areas.
Coatings protect metal components and objects from damage like corrosion. Metal parts can be vulnerable to a variety of corrosion types, such as:
Industrial coatings appear all around us. They protect a diverse array of products from corrosion and decay, with applications ranging from:
Any experienced painter will tell you never to paint a dirty surface. The same is true for OEM paint lines. All well-run paint lines begin with sufficient surface preparation. Improper pretreatment will set any line up for failure regardless of applicator experienced or the quality of the coating. Over the 50 years we've been formulating and manufacturing paint, we've come across more than a handful of paint issues that were ultimately traced back to surface preparation.
There’s nothing more frustrating to supply chain managers and purchasing agents than not knowing how much something costs. With that in mind, here are some factors that contribute to the cost of an industrial coating and the effects they ultimately have on price.
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.
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.
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: