March 2005 Features
Annual E-Coat Report
In the late 1950s, Dr. George Brewer of Ford Motor Co. conducted research on anodic electrodeposition of primers for automobiles. Ford actually started to use anodic electrodeposition primers on some automobiles in the early 1960s.
Publishers Letter: Taking Supplier Evaluation to a Whole New Level
For 81 years, this magazine has served the coating industry. In November of 1924, Industrial Finishing was launched to serve the finishing market as a digest-sized magazine. Then, in October of 1977, Industrial Finishing was redesigned into a full-sized magazine to give you a more graphically pleasing, easy-to-read publication. In 1993, we changed the name to Industrial Paint & Powder to address the growing powder market we cover in addition to the well established paint market.
When Good Parts Coat Bad: Stripping Reject Components to Salvage Profits
When coating difficult parts or when line upsets occur, defects result. A dependable and versatile stripping process is essential to not only reclaim bad parts but also to recoup the monetary investment they represent. With continuing efforts for cost reductions virtually universal in industry, defect salvage management may be an undervalued activity.
Using Racks to Increase Profits
People who know finishing systems do not have to be convinced that racking can make or break profits. Profitability requires density, and density requires good racking. Good rack design begins by answering some basic questions relative to both the finishing system and the parts themselves. Below is a list of system-related and parts-related questions you should ask prior to the design process of your racks.
Unique Masking Technique Makes Hot Parts Look Hotter
In the coating industry, masking has become a fundamental part of the design process. This is especially true for one small job shop in Ohio. Joe Lillicrap went from being a flight crew scheduler to making his own schedule about two years ago when the airline reduced its workforce, and Lillicrap lost his job. He was at a trade show when he first saw a powder coated chopper frame in early 2001, and the concept piqued his interest. “But when you are making a living and the money is rolling in, there is not as much incentive to start a business from scratch,” he says. It wasn’t until he lost his job at the airline that he decided to enter the coating industry, and Wicked Designs was born. Located in Huber Heights, Ohio, Lillicrap specializes in a propriety powder coating application technique that utilizes masking to create unique designs.
Mechanical Cleaning Practical For Surface Preparation
There are a variety of chemical methods used to remove soils from parts prior to application of a coating. But in many situations the use of chemicals is not practical. The part may be very large or the shop where it is coated may be too small to set up a spray cleaning operation. The part may be contaminated with old paint, rust or mill scale that is difficult or impossible to remove with chemicals.
March 2005 Departments
Editor’s View: How Can We Help You?
Working as a consultant, I have the opportunity to travel a great deal and see many different types of manufacturers, coaters and products. If you are going to stay in this industry for nearly 30 years, you either get interested, get bored or get into something else to make your living. I hadn’t planned to stay in the coating industry for this long, but I have found so much that is interesting, I am here to stay.
Industry Forum: What is in the Price of Paint? A Regulatory Reflection