The application of industrial coatings requires several steps to ensure the end product meets specifications. One of the essential first steps is priming. Unlike consumer grade primers that may often be skipped before a DIY painting project, an industrial primer should never be omitted if you want to maximize the overall quality and feel of your project.
Past articles on this site have discussed custom industrial coatings and their advantages over off-the-shelf or standard coatings. In these articles, we have addressed some of the numerous operational and customer benefits experienced when using customized industrial coatings. The discussion has touched on the idea of Return on Investment (ROI). It is understood that the premium price for custom products must be offset by identifiable cost savings, as well as superior product, operational or in-use performance.
Companies can only be as effective as their supply chain. An industrial coatings supplier that is inflexible in meeting your evolving specifications may compromise the desired appearance and quality of your products. Similarly, variable delivery lead times can frustrate your scheduling, or result in operational delays or even out-of-stock situations that can damage your company’s performance and reputation.
Successful businesses often require high performance production partners. Whether you're seeking a contract paint manufacturer or a scientifically-minded formulating partner who can produce new materials under your private label, you want a company that is experienced, dependable, consistent and quality-minded. Selecting a partner to formulate, produce, blend or package products that will carry your brand and trademark requires a strong relationship built on trust and experience.
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Aexcel Corporation’s customer repackages a specialized metallic coating, formulated for rust and corrosion prevention. The customer was quite frustrated in handling, transferring and using this material, as sourced from their previous vendor. They partnered with Aexcel to find a way to simplify the use of this product.
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:
What is Weight per Gallon?
Weight per gallon is a measurement of the density of a product or coating. It's important for batch-to-batch consistency and accuracy purposes. This measurement is part of the quality control process that ensures the final product has the correct amount of each material required in the coating formulation. Weight per gallon helps confirm customers consistently get the same, high-quality coatings and that those coatings perform as expected.
Manufacturers continually deal with the same everyday issues in the plant. While working to produce a certain number of products per hour on each assembly line, technical directors and operations managers hold responsibilities like maintaining high quality, minimizing failure rates, minimizing defects, and finding ways to keep their processes completed effectively and quickly.
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.