IntelliFinishing Leaves Traditional Finishing in the Dust

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Have you discovered that most traditional paint finishing systems aren’t meeting the unique needs of your company? IntelliFinishing has flexible solutions that are anything but conventional, and we offer features that the traditional systems can’t compete with.

Unchained Technology

Unlike the chain-driven components of power & free and monorail finishing systems, our spinning tube, friction-driven conveyor technology allows parts to move both forward and backward within the system––maximizing efficiency and minimizing floor space. This feature eliminates falling debris from a dirty chain, and thus avoids contamination of parts. The control system allows you to input unique recipes for each part family and reduce chemical waste and energy usage by turning off the modules and conveyor when they are not in use. Not to mention, complete system setup results in up to a 30% smaller footprint. Continue reading IntelliFinishing Leaves Traditional Finishing in the Dust

Smart Controls: A Better, Faster, Smarter Finishing Process

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Those with experience in manufacturing understand the bottlenecking that can occur during the finishing stage. The process of painting parts and components seems to crimp workflows and create delays that throws a wrench into your production schedule. Greater efficiency is crucial for achieving a fast and agile operation and finishing without compromising quality. IntelliFinishing’s advanced technology can help optimize the way you finish, providing consistent, exceptional quality so that your business can remain competitive.

Do More with Smart Technology

Old paint systems are out; new smart controls are in! As the name suggests, smart controls are advanced, digital tools that allow users to monitor and track parts, as well as provide insights to identify problem areas within a finishing process. Technology can pinpoint each part as it moves along the conveyor, as well as logging its weight, description, current process, previous process and the specified finish color.

Powerful Data For Maximum Efficiency

Smart systems provide a treasure trove of useful analytics. You can utilize this valuable data to identify bottlenecks and optimize your process. An intelligent system can also generate production reports that you can review, print, share, and evaluate. It logs historical production and process data so management can use the resulting reports to compare shifts, schedules, processes and the work of employees.

Recipes Made Easy

Applying a finish is much like baking a cake or cookies. It starts with having a desired recipe for the part from pre-finish steps, through paint, and ultimately to post finish steps such as cure, cool down and unloading. However, not every part finished should have the exact same recipe for optimal finishing. With a flexible automated finishing system, formulating, changing and applying recipes is as easy as a few keystrokes when using smart HMI controls – making it far more efficient than traditional paint and powder coating systems that rely on monorail conveyors or even power and free conveyors. An operator can input and review recipes on an intuitive display screen, and ascertain information such as Process Times, Production Rates, Order Status, Specific Parts per Carrier, Average Parts per Carrier, Load/Unload Efficiency, Blast Timing and Pressures, Wash Stage-Trends (temperature, pressure, titrations, duration and processes applied), Dry Oven Trends, Prime & Top Coat Trends and Cure Oven Trends. The system helps to identify errors before problems arise. For example, if a stage in your production list fails to meet the parameters of the recipe entered, smart controls flag it so you can remedy the issue before a finish has been applied. 

An Optimized Finishing Process

Smart controls make finishing fast by allowing multiple parts to be painted on a single system. Users can key in recipes that can be specific down to the part, and the system allows tracking of individual components. With IntelliFinishing, not only will your operation enjoy a fast and optimized process, but the system also ensures quality by reviewing connected environmental conditions, particularly helpful for CARC processes, or integration with other ERP or database driven systems.

Historically the finishing process has sometimes been a problem area in a manufacturer’s workflow, but not anymore. Through the integration of smart controls, IntelliFinishing stands out from competing systems, offering a faster way to convey parts through paint stations, maintaining exceptional quality and accumulating data to make your operation the pinnacle of efficiency. To see our smart controls in action, click here!

Should You Outsource Finishing or Build an In-House System?

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If you’re a decision maker working in equipment or parts manufacturing, you’ve probably debated whether it’s better to finish your parts in-house or outsource the work to a custom coater. This decision requires a bit of calculus, taking into consideration the costs, workflow, time and capabilities. Even if you’ve run the math countless times, you still may be unsure whether you’re making the right play. To create more confidence in your decision, here are seven questions you can ask yourself when choosing between outsourcing or insourcing your finishing process. Continue reading Should You Outsource Finishing or Build an In-House System?

IntelliFinishing: Flex 1 and Flex 2 Offer Powerful, Flexible Finishing Options

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Outdated Finishing Systems

For the automatic finishing process in manufacturing, it’s no longer necessary to separate parts so that each must have its own conveyorized system. Recent and rapid technological advancements make it possible to finish parts of wildly differing sizes and processes simultaneously with each part process progression uniquely tailored to that part’s optimal process needs—all on one conveyor system. Continue reading IntelliFinishing: Flex 1 and Flex 2 Offer Powerful, Flexible Finishing Options

Modern Industrial Finishing Solutions: Shifting Paradigm Opens Up New Possibilities for Manufacturers

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One vital element of component and product manufacturing is the finishing process. Traditionally, finishing methods involved segregating the various phases of an assembly line based upon the parts’ specifications, and using the most common finishing process for each respective section. While initially seen as efficient, this process is not sustainable. When design needs change, this system is exceedingly unagile, making it unadaptable in an ever-increasing culture of lean and just-in-time (JIT) manufacturing strategies. This lean approach has triggered a significant paradigm shift in industrial finishing, resulting in a move towards techniques that provide the optimal finish for each individual part—not just a primary collective denominator. This innovative turn in production methodology presents tremendous opportunity for manufacturers of finished products. 

Why the Current System Is Broken

Looking at existing systems, curing factors pose a significant production obstacle. To achieve the best outcome, curing times must be relatively exact; yet cure times are dependent upon the thickness and composition of the respective substrate as well as the specifications of the paint or powder used. Examples: a 12-gauge steel product will require a different cure time than that of a thicker grade steel product. Dissimilar metals, such as steel and aluminum, each necessitates its own unique process because aluminum cools and heats quicker than steel. Each liquid and powder finish has its own cure requirements, often with significant differences but even within the same formula – differences can occur simply due to color. Continue reading Modern Industrial Finishing Solutions: Shifting Paradigm Opens Up New Possibilities for Manufacturers