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.
Continue reading Case Study: Rack-Spray When You Can’t Dip-Spin
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.
Continue reading How to Center Your Process in a Coating Application (Here’s a Hint: You Can’t)
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.
Continue reading Some Problems Caused by Automotive Lightweighting (and How to Fix Them)
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.
Continue reading Noise Reduction with Dry Film Lubricants