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Finding a better OEM Coating

Finding a better OEM coating

OEM coatings can affect operations in surprising, sometimes counter-intuitive ways. Sometimes, the proper OEM coating can be the answer for solving common production bottlenecks such as cure times, inefficient production processes and VOC-compliance. Often, the right coatings expert can be instrumental to resolving these issues in unexpected ways.

Finding a winning coatings strategy

Production time is a pain point we encounter with manufacturers and product finishers as diverse as the OEM market itself. How can we produce equipment quicker, so we can pack it, ship it and sell it more quickly? Call us biased, but we think the right coating can play a critical role in making this happen.

Finding a better way

Finding a coating where the drying process can be catalyzed by a chemical reaction, as opposed to air-dry solvent-based coatings, can end up delivering huge returns by slashing cure times. Over the long run, small increases in efficiency from reduced drying times easily trump a higher cost-per-gallon coating by cutting throughput time.

Many such solutions can be recommended to decrease throughput time. Some of them will be unique to each manufacturing operation, and can only be spotted by a careful inspection of facilities and operations. In some cases, for instance, the type of steel used in production can reduce prep time and speed up overall production. If the difference in price between hot and cold-rolled steel is less than can be gained from less prep time, then it may be a smart decision to spend more for the cold-rolled steel. Anti-weld spatter coatings can shave time that would otherwise be spent grinding a steel substrate smooth before a coating is applied. Sometimes, a different coating that requires a commercial blast instead of a near-white blast, but otherwise has similar properties, can end up delivering big returns.

These are just a few examples where a coatings expert may be able to recommend process efficiencies for manufacturers that have relatively little to do with the coatings products themselves. But there are certain other efficiencies that can be gained by the right OEM coating. Faster curing coatings and high solids, low-VOC products are two promising areas of opportunity.

For more on what manufacturers should expect from their coatings, download the OEM’s Guide to Industrial Coatings below.

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Finding a better OEM Coating

Paint cure times and OEM Coatings

Production time is a pain point we encounter with manufacturers and product finishers as diverse as the OEM market itself. How can we produce equipment quicker, so we can pack it, ship it and sell it more quickly?

Well, paint cure times play a big part in manufacturing speeds. So whether you’re using a water- or solvent-based OEM coating, it’s important for manufacturers to choose one with cure times designed to meet their needs.

Paint cure times and cost savings for alkyds, urethanes and epoxies

Alkyds

Alkyd coatings are veteran materials in the industrial coatings industry. Though they’ve been around for some time, in some situations, Alkyds may still be the best product for the job. Advancements and hybridizations in alkyd formulas have resurrected these products that were once considered old-fashioned. Alkyd formulations have been modified to be more environmentally friendly, for instance.

The three main draws of Alkyd paints have traditionally been their single-component packaging, relatively low cost and the familiarity with these products among manufacturers who have been using them since they had newly come to market.

Perhaps more importantly though, newer formulations of water-based alkyds show real promise as quick drying, low-VOC products. Certain resins have been proven to speed up the drying process for example, allowing refurbished shipping containers to be stacked only a few hours after they had been coated. This represents a real advancement in the usefulness of an ultra-low VOC alternative to other solvent-based products.

Urethanes and Epoxies

Production is at the mercy of the rate at which the solvent evaporates. This can be a problem when it affects the output of a manufacturing facility. Manufacturers may want to make the switch to a urethane, where paint cure times are drastically reduced, since drying with these products is dependent on a chemical reaction that can be catalyzed from the outside. As productions speeds increase, the increased expenditure on a higher cost-per-gallon product is eventually narrowed until the lower throughput time actually leads to cost savings.

Newer formulations of urethane coatings and epoxy coatings are helping to address inefficiencies. Specific formulations— those that cut the amount of harmful byproducts released into the atmosphere, and reduce the amount of product that’s needed by going farther with less—represent great opportunities for original equipment manufacturers and product finishers to increase production while cutting coatings costs.

These are just a few examples of how the right coating can help manufacturers achieve the results that are important to them. For more on choosing the right OEM coatings, download our guide through the link below.

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Finding a better OEM Coating

US Coatings opens warehouse, industrial tint center in Los Angeles, California

In order to better serve Southern California and the surrounding Southwestern United States, US Coatings recently opened a warehouse and industrial tint center in Los Angeles, California. In addition to increased stocking and distribution capabilities, the industrial tint center will provide locally available color matching for US Coatings products.

The facility will expand US Coatings’ presence and capabilities on the West Coast following agreements with new distributors and other customers in the area.

“From a strategic and logistical standpoint, we’re really happy about this new facility and what it will allow us to do,” said US Coatings General Manager Mike Reed. “Southern California and the rest of the Southwestern United States are extremely important operational areas for us and this new facility will expand our capacity there.

In addition to the warehouse, US Coatings has partnered with Premier Surfaces, Inc. to expand sales capabilities in the area. A network of independent salespeople with years of experience and a traditional focus on the Southwest will now be offering US Coatings products to their customers.

US Coatings is a St. Louis, Missouri-based industrial coatings supplier. Founded in 2000, US Coatings creates products designed to serve a number of specialty markets and applications and prides itself on superior customer service throughout the course of the job.

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