2008, our customers have created over a thousand jobs in
paint finishing, opened new facilities, expanded existing
ones, and brought millions in production back to the USA.
Improved paint finishing operations have added greater
than $300 million to their businesses. The average
NAPaint project ROI is less than 5 months. Annual
benefit can exceed tens of millions.
PAINT APPLICATION SYSTEM SPECIFICATION, DESIGN, AND ENGINEERING
minimum, a production line paint application system must meet
three objectives: to support scheduled production, to produce an
acceptable quality of finish, and to conform to all safety and
regulatory requirements. With the multitude of equipment and
technologies available, which combination is most profitable for
penalty for specifying and engineering an inefficient paint application process is
severe for any business and is a price that is paid every day during the
lifetime of the system. For even mid-sized systems, it can easily run into the millions
of dollars each year. Poor
layout and design can result in high reject rates, costly
scrap, and significantly increased costs of labor and
material. Quality issues can easily strain existing customer
relationships and discourage new accounts. Use of any but the most efficient application
technology will often result in the need for additional
applicators and equipment, larger booths, and much more pollution and
waste. Among existing industrial manufacturing paint application
systems in operation, our experience is that poorly specified and executed
systems are the major majority. We regularly encounter facilities
that expend double or triple the total annual operational costs
that are necessary to meet the three objectives above.
examples of design inefficiencies we regularly encounter are:
than optimal methods of paint application requiring more
equipment, booth, and material usage.
or inefficient integration.
part rack design.
special colors paint supply pumping and piping arrangements.
color changes that require larger gaps on the conveyor without
parts and higher levels of material usage.
of paint application process control resulting in
inconsistency, higher levels of material usage, low finish
quality, higher finish
defects and reject rates, double processing and scrap.
clean room environment for painted parts in the wet.
conveyor utilization and part presentation.
or non-existent degrade modes and methods.
methods of repair and rework.
when you also consider that an efficient paint application system
usually incurs the lowest installation costs, an owners interests
would be well served to give
careful consideration to the design and specification of your
robot manufacturers, paint application equipment manufacturers, or
paint suppliers will propose or engineer a design or a specification for your
paint process. These proposals often favor the suppliers and
their affiliates and seldom include the most efficient paint
process arrangement available. Often, operational costs are
not seriously considered (at one major automotive manufacturer,
improved color change efficiency saved US$ 26 million annually,
more than the original cost of the paint application
equipment!). In these circumstances, and
prior to the outlay of your major capital funding for the
installation of a proposed paint application system and your
unretractable commitment for recurring yearly cost of operations,
would it not be wise to commission an unbiased and comprehensive process
review? This is especially more so if it could be undertaken
by a company specializing in paint application optimization that
is independent of equipment and paint suppliers. Such an
assessment by the North American Paint Application Company will be the best investment your business ever makes in
your business requires efficiency, we encourage you to contact
regard to your paint application system wants and needs. We
excel at producing and defining paint application designs and
specifications for most types of electrostatic and conventional
systems that are the most efficient available. We also
provide paint application related consultant and consulting
incorporate the following into complete or partial specifications.
validation with the most efficient technology available.
efficient, beneficial, and compatible paintshop practices.
operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting.
to standards and codes.
application system specifications should begin by determining the
most efficient and cost effective technology available that will
finish your parts with an acceptable level of coating performance
and quality. For most
industrial applications, the paint and application technology is
already widely applied, and this experience allows us to quickly recommend the most efficient application technology based on the
shape and material of the parts to be painted, paint chemistry,
production rates and constraints, and the requirements of the
finish. We also support owners with validation
testing using the most efficient application technology, actual
parts and coating material, and simulations of actual production as
closely as possible.
DESIGN AND SPECIFICATION
an acceptable level of coating performance
and quality has been obtained with the most efficient technology,
the remainder of the system can be designed and specified based on
production requirements. This includes hazard
classifications, two-tone, masking, or prep zone sizing
and specification (if any), touch-up and reinforcement zone sizing and specification (if any), primary paint
application zone(s) sizing, design, and specification, flash zone
sizing and specification, booth air flow and quality
specification, and all supporting system sizing and specification
including conveying system, part hanger and carrier configuration,
paint supply system, compressed air and breathable air (if any)
systems, waste collection, fire alarm, detection, and protection
systems, and process control systems for the foregoing, including
all utility requirements.