Do you love your paint system?

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An IntelliFinishing complete paint system is more "LEAN" than a box of "sugar-free" chocolates.
An IntelliFinishing complete paint system is more “LEAN” than a box of “sugar-free” chocolates.

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.

Optimizes Workflow

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!

Tour an Active Construction Site

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Kevin Howe, IntelliFinishing Project Manager

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Kevin just finished the setup on IntelliFinishing’s latest project installation. During the construction process he took us on a brief tour. It was an active construction site so the system wasn’t running yet. View the tour video >>

The IntelliFinishing system starts with a lift, which is basically an elevator-style, drop section. The orange pieces of the conveyor will come down to a lower height making it more ergonomic for connecting the parts to the carrier. Then it will rise back up after the part information is loaded and send the carrier into the system.

The control stations will have a touch screen monitor that will display different part information.

The uninstalled load bars are the mechanical pieces that support picture frame style hangers that will in turn support the customer parts. The metal trolleys are the load trolleys that support the weight of the entire piece. The rubber wheels on the top contact our spinning tube and provide the propulsion for the conveyer system. It is a friction setup with a spring tension pressing against the tube. The IntelliFinishing system is unique as it goes forward and reverse directions. This typical configuration is capable of supporting 3,000 pounds, including the weight of the load bar.

From the elevator-style lift section we proceed downstream towards a manual wash booth area. In this instance, we’re interfacing to a customer provided wash booth. We are going to control the doors that will slide open and closed pneumatically. Internally the wash booth will be similar to a manual car wash bay. The operator will select a cleaner rinse, a phosphate rinse and a sealer to keep the parts from flash rusting.

From the wash bay we head to the small drip zone. Currently this is a manual pull through section, which the customer requested for Phase 1. In Phase 2 we will add an automated wash parallel to this section. At that time most of the parts will go through the automated wash so in the future, less volume will run on the pull through section.

Parts will then be pulled to the first motorized section after the wash booth to air blow off. The air blow off is also similar to a car wash system with nozzles and large, electrically powered air blowers. The nozzles will be directed at the parts to dry off any of the residual water.

After the blow off area is a dry off oven. This oven is a little smaller, holding one carrier at a time. The oven is used to help boil off any leftover residual water that was not taken care of in the air blow off stage. It also helps to preheat the part, getting it ready prior to powder coating.

We head out of the dry off oven and around the corner to the powder coat booth. This is a manually applied powder station at this time. They will have several operators, one on each side, applying the powder coat to the parts. Monitors will also let the operators know what color they are supposed to be painting and what is coming up next.

The last station is the cure oven. This is a 450° powder oven. It has 3 motor stations and will be able to hold 3-4 carriers worth of parts at a time. When the units are finished curing, they come out to a several storage areas to give them time to cool.

Since our system is an oval it then brings us back to the beginning. This is the backside of the lift elevator section we saw at the start.

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Part II: Changing the “Game”! – Improving Paint System Design

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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 info@intellifinishing.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

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3.  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 info@intellifinishing.com and let us know about your challenge!

Rachel Snyder

Engineering & Sales Coordinator

IntelliFinishing

A “Chainless” Power & Free Conveyor?

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A “Chainless” Power & Free Conveyor?

Construction

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

Maintenance Free

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.

Operation

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):

  1. Change processes or destinations of products with immediate system response
  2. Set up in-line speed changes
  3. Run trolleys both forward and backwards
  4. Stop a carrier for processing without stopping the entire line or holding up production
  5. Easily incorporate vertical lifts and shuttles to move parts to another line without unloading
  6. Negotiate inclines and declines
  7. Accumulate loads in line
  8. Have both driven and non-driven lines on the same system
  9. Dip the conveyor into tanks
  10. Run the conveyor through Dry-off and Cure Ovens up to 450 degrees
  11. Highly configurable and modular