IntelliFinishing…more LEAN than a sugar-free box of chocolates
Many manufacturers are implementing lean manufacturing practices into their workplaces and are gaining an advantage over their counterparts in the industry.
Although traditional fixed conveyor systems have been one of the leading factors in lean management over the last two decades, they have lost their luster—not just to those who control the purse strings, but also for engineers who have long dealt with the headaches of inflexible systems, long lead times and production shutdowns while the systems are installed.
Having a lean finishing system just makes sense. In traditional systems, processes are dependent on the processes of the others. If a part needs more time in the oven, washer or another process, and you slow down the conveyor to change the process time, then you may experience a reduction in production throughput, create quality issues, increase labor costs (operators waiting for parts) and inventory issues.
We consider our IntelliFinishing automated paint system to be lean because it eliminates these issues.
Modular and Customizable
It’s modular and highly customizable. Our finishing system’s conveyor is a bolted together, floor-supported system with friction-driven trolleys on a rotating tube instead of a chain. No return chain dramatically decreases floor space usage. An IntelliFinishing system easily expands and adapts to changes in your process or production. Plus each customer has the option to design specifically for their requirements.
This system optimizes workflow through the unique movement capabilities of the conveyor, load accumulation and effective sequencing for highly variable processing in areas such as drying or curing. Each part recipe is different and may require a different cure time. It is one of only a few systems that can deliver parts in a desired different sequence than the way parts were loaded. You can also expand your system to point of use, e.g. assembly.
Built-in control technology can change the destination of products, set up in-line speed changes or stop carriers for processing without stopping production. No more slow zones or wasted time. The controls of an IntelliFinishing complete finishing system recognize specific part recipes, tracking and adjusting for variations in components and processes. Integration with your ERP system provides an even smoother responsiveness to your production schedule.
If you are in the market for a lean paint system, check out our videos and contact us today!
Ever wish you had a different finishing line for every type of part you have to paint or powder coat? Large heavy parts take more time to process than small thin ones. Some parts require additional masking and others don’t. Different chemistry is required for different types of metals… the list seems to be endless.
Unlike traditional finishing systems where the system is built for your longest or heaviest part, which results in over-baking of other parts; the IntelliFinishing finishing system provides capabilities that are unmatched in the finishing industry.
With conveyors that move load bars of parts at varying speeds which are based on the parts’ unique size and material, an IntelliFinishing system offers capabilities in ONE LINE that would take MULTIPLE LINES for traditional systems. Customers have been amazed at what can be accomplished with layouts that are not limited by a one-way, one-speed conveyor.
The IntelliFinishing system is not for everyone.
Do you finish a variety of sizes of parts?
Do you finish parts that are made from different materials?
Do your processes for finishing ever change?
If you answered YES to any of the above questions, then you may want to see how an IntelliFinishing system is rocking the world of finishing. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The capabilities of the IntelliFinishing turnkey system are numerous, as are the features this system has. Having the ability to move parts in individual areas forward and backward, as well as moving at different speeds, without affecting the rest of your line has been a key element in understanding the savings benefit of the IntelliFinishing System. Not only does this save in floor space usage, it also saves in energy costs, and chemical and water usage.
Imagine if you could only drive your vehicle in the forward direction, at one speed which is based on the vehicle driving in front of you…this scenario limits your abilities to get where you want to go. So why have a finishing system with that same limitation? Give us a call at 888-886-6363 or email us at email@example.com. We’ll take the time to talk to you about your needs, answer any questions you have about the IntelliFinishing System and design a system that meets and exceeds your expectations.
Part I: Changing the “Game”! – Improving Paint System Design
IntelliFinishing has had a great start in the introduction of our new industrial paint system. We’ve had a fantastic response from numerous companies that do industrial coating. I think our favorite comment so far has been, “Wow! Seriously,…I can do that?” It was a great “ah-ha” moment.
IntelliFinishing is really changing how people think about finishing systems. We know it is hard to pull your mind from the way a finishing system has always been; stationary, single speed, single direction, take it or leave it type systems. Once you understand the IntelliFinishing system, it will shatter your preconceived notions and known limitations of what a paint finishing system has been.
Here are some highlights from the Paint System Designs we’ve created:
Opened up three bays of floor space, that’s 1200 sq. ft., utilizing our advanced conveyor and system technology, while also adding additional process equipment.
Fit an entire Powder Coating system; load/unload area, 3-stage washer, dry-off oven, cooling areas, powder booth, cure oven and bias banking into a 2,540 sq. ft. area to process a 19’ long part.
Designed a complete liquid and powder system as one singular system; giving the customer ultimate flexibility to run their ever changing parts. When their customer demand needs more liquid painted, it wasn’t a problem; and if that afternoon they needed to run parts through powder for another customer, it could all be done on the same system.
We have had a fantastic time developing these paint system designs and implementing them for our customers. It has allowed us to share our knowledge and excitement about the IntelliFinishing system, as well as expand our technology to meet the ever changing needs industrial finishing companies face, and trust us; there have been some interesting challenges! The solutions we have developed due to the flexibility of our system have brought about a number of “ah-ha” moments from our customers as their conventional understanding of conveyors and finishing systems is quite suddenly thrown out the window.
Give us a call at 888-886-6363 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know about your challenge!
The IntelliFinishing conveyor is a bolted together floor supported system with friction driven trolleys on a rotating tube instead of a chain to drive the system. Due to the bolt together construction, this conveyor can be easily modified and moved and can be installed in half the time of conventional conveyor systems. We offer a variety of conveyor models with the ability to handle different weight categories which enables us to further customize a system to fit your specific process needs
With our Chainless Power & Free there is no maintenance or mess of keeping the conveyor constantly lubed, additionally there is no mess or contamination of lubes, oils, or grit falling onto the parts processed. All of the moving components in the conveyor system are lubricated for life.
Each conveyor section has a separate motor which allows individual sections of the conveyor to speed up a part in a process area or slow a part down based on the part recipe. The separate motors also turn off and on the individual conveyor sections when there is a part present making this system more energy efficient because the full system isn’t always running, only the process areas being used at the given time. Additionally, the Chainless Power & Free conveyor has a much quieter operation due to no metal on metal noise.
Capabilities of the Conveyor (partial list):
Change processes or destinations of products with immediate system response
Set up in-line speed changes
Run trolleys both forward and backwards
Stop a carrier for processing without stopping the entire line or holding up production
Easily incorporate vertical lifts and shuttles to move parts to another line without unloading
Negotiate inclines and declines
Accumulate loads in line
Have both driven and non-driven lines on the same system
Dip the conveyor into tanks
Run the conveyor through Dry-off and Cure Ovens up to 450 degrees