How our Relationship with Sherwin-Williams Helps Our Customers
Posted Aug 30, 2021 by Dave Scaturro
As a project nears its completion, the finishing process involves altering the surface of a manufactured part in some way to achieve a particular characteristic. Commonly desired characteristics include improved aesthetics, adhesion, solderability, chemical-, corrosion-, tarnish- or wear-resistance, hardness, electrical conductivity, flaw removal, and surface friction control.
Adding Quality and Efficiency to Any Finishing Line Solution
Having a strong relationship with paint and coating manufacturer, Sherwin-Williams, gives us an enormous advantage when it comes to the finishing process by giving us access to their design engineering team. In addition to providing the best product finishing technology, they offer us the tools and processes to put that technology to the fullest use. The Sherwin-Williams design engineering group works with us to create a custom finishing line solution for our customers that ensures our finishing process is second to none.
From a single element to an entire system, the Sherwin-Williams design engineering group can help us enhance any finishing line. Following is an overview of the value-added services that makes our line operate more smoothly and efficiently:
Coating Selection – To ensure selection of the best performing coating, they can help us conduct product finish evaluations at its state-of-the-art application lab.
Surface Preparation – They recommend cleaning methods for appropriate surface soils, as well as the best conversion coating to improve intercoat adhesion and corrosion resistance.
Application Method – They help analyze our production needs to determine the most efficient application method for our product using liquid or powder coatings. They help us define process parameters and test them in a state-of-the-art application lab to ensure they will work in our finishing process line.
Equipment Selection and Project Management – Once an application method is selected, they recommend the finishing equipment. Designs and layouts are custom-tailored to our production needs using the latest CAD systems. The project is managed from the definition stage through final installation.
Production Analysis – Based on your production schedule for a new product, we will help you define the process required to meet your goals. An audit of our existing line is performed to identify bottlenecks and determine methods for increasing production with minimal equipment upgrades.
Material Handling – They work with us to define the most efficient method for transporting products from unfinished to finished. Optimal storage conditions for our finishes, ensuring maximum usability and shelf life are also provided.
Troubleshooting – We are excellent troubleshooters but it's always great to have the support of the Sherwin-Williams design engineering team to identify solutions to problems with equipment, coatings and processes over time.
To request a custom coating solution for your next project contact our team today.