R&D Tax Credit: Why We Embrace Development Work

They say in life there are two things you can’t avoid, those being death and taxes.  I’ve managed to avoid the former, so I try to spend my time focusing on the latter.

Here at the DECC Company, taxes and tax strategy are important, as they should be for any company.  One tax-related incentive we take full advantage of each year is the R&D Tax Credit.

Several of the programs we are awarded every year inescapably require some lengthy development time. Although this is the “price of doing business,” the tax credit provides us  Continue reading R&D Tax Credit: Why We Embrace Development Work

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The Limitations of Rack-Spray: Unfortunately, it isn’t for all components

The DECC Company’s goal is to be the go-to resource for all of our customers’ functional coating application needs. In that regard, we understand that we cannot be everything to every customer. As a result, we sometimes have to turn work away and refer it to a dip-spin competitor.

Why? Because for certain part geometries, it is the only processing method that is suited for that particular component. As much as we make the case that certain components should not be processed in a bulk method, there are many instances in which a part should not be processed via a rack-spray application.

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How a Rack-Spray Process Audits Your Parts

Utilizing a rack-spray coating application for your components as opposed to a dip-spin method has many obvious benefits, such as a much more consistent and quality finish or less fallout due to damaged parts and coating defects, among others.

However, one overlooked benefit of a rack-spray process is usually not realized by our customers until the first time we call and tell them they have an issue in their process and we have received defective parts.

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The Advantages of Being “Coating Agnostic”

In a previous blog post, we talked about solving essentially the same performance issue with two different coating types. This happens frequently and sometimes it involves using not only different coatings, but coatings from completely different suppliers.

As a privately held coating applicator not owned by a coating manufacturer, DECC can approach solving customer’s problems from a dynamic position of not being tied to any single coating or coating manufacturer.

Sometimes this involves something as relatively simple as applying a coating that is called out on a specification for a customer.

For instance, a relatively common specification on prints for General Motors is GMW3359.

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Reducing Downtime with Functional Coatings

We often receive inquiries from manufacturers that aren’t looking for us to help them with the parts they produce, but with the equipment they use to produce them. Most of the time, it is related to a cleaning issue – parts or materials used in the manufacturing process build up and prevent the machine from operating effectively, ultimately necessitating downtime for cleaning.

Downtime is a killer in any industry and many of the coatings DECC applies can be utilized to alleviate this issue. Below are some specific examples of problems faced by manufacturers and how we solved them:

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Case Study: Rack-Spray When You Can’t Dip-Spin

As DECC is an exclusively rack spray coating applicator, we refer a good amount of work to dip-spin applicators. If we receive an RFQ for a part geometry that lends itself to a bulk application, we will not provide a quote without first sending them to a dip-spin applicator. We want current and potential customers to get the best price possible and a rack spray process is almost always more expensive than a dip-spin process…up front.

However, we also receive a good amount of new work from customers that have sourced with a dip-spin applicator on a part that should not be coated in a bulk method and, as a result, were experiencing significant quality issues.

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How to Center Your Process in a Coating Application (Here’s a Hint: You Can’t)

In every quality position, in every market, the goal is always the same: ensure the parts you are producing fall within their applicable measurements per the specification to guarantee a good part.

Almost all of these same quality professionals would argue that in an effort to limit your quality defects, you need to center your process variation, holding an agreed upon CPK.

However, some of the professionals that wouldn’t make that argument most likely work in the coating industry and have come to accept the fact that you cannot center your process with a liquid coating application. Explaining this to quality professionals that do not have experience dealing with coatings on a regular basis can be a tedious task, but it is a necessary one.

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Some Problems Caused by Automotive Lightweighting (and How to Fix Them)

In today’s automotive manufacturing age, lightweighting is a popular, albeit almost necessary, approach for automobile manufacturers in an effort to improve the fuel efficiency of vehicles. With lightweighting, vehicle designers look to replace the heaviest vehicle components, such as steel panels, frames and assemblies, with lighter counterparts, such as aluminum or carbon fiber pieces.

Not only will this provide improved fuel efficiency, which all OEM’s are struggling with in light of the Obama administration’s minimum MPG requirements, lightweighting also helps improve the handling and performance of the car, something consumers have come to expect.

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Noise Reduction with Dry Film Lubricants

In the past few months, we have solved two different noise issues for the same customer on a part already in production. They both involved a squeak in the side view mirrors when the automatic fold in option was engaged. In both cases, the solution involved the application of a dry-film lubricant.

The first problem was presented to us, we suggested a coating, it was tested and passed, and we were off and running production.

The second problem was presented to us about three months later. Same issue, but in a different area of the mirror. This time, we suggested a different coating.

Why would we suggest two different coatings to solve the same issue of noise reduction? The answer is multifaceted, but it is an illustration of how there is never a cookie cutter solution to solving part performance issues…even if the issues are identical.

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