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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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