When needing a functional coating application, most components require complete coating coverage on the entirety of the part. When there are instances where this is not the case – such as cosmetic, fit or function implications – masking of certain areas of the part is necessary.
If an area of a part must be masked, there are a variety of options depending on component geometry, mask location and cure temp of the coating being applied.
Below are the five most typical types of masks used by coating applicators, particularly Continue reading Need Coating in Some Areas and Not Others? Here are Five of the Most Common Masking Types
We have discussed in a previous blog post how DECC is “coating agnostic” and will often times provide samples with multiple coatings – from different manufacturers – for our customers to validate performance.
Most often times, if a dry-film lubricant is needed, a coating from Whitford’s Xylan series is one of those options.
Xylan is a high-performance fluoropolymer coating. Fluoropolymer coatings contain low-friction, dry-lubricant materials suspended in a plastic binder. The plastic binder, which Continue reading Xylan Coatings: High-performance Fluoropolymers for Function in Extreme Conditions
A relatively recent survey conducted by Thomasnet.com asked buyers, engineers and procurement professionals what factors they deem most important when selecting new suppliers.
“Delivery Performance” and “Experience in Your Applicable Industry” were the number one and two most critical factors for evaluating a supplier.
For the past five years, DECC has maintained an over 99% on-time delivery rate. But more so, what sets us apart from our competition is our passion to be a resource for our customers and help them solve their respective challenges with a team that has decades upon decades of experience in the coating industry.
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And if you have a coating related challenge that you need help solving, contact us today.
Minus components exposed to the elements that will always need some sort of corrosion protection, applying a functional coating to an automotive component is something most OEMs would prefer to avoid as it adds cost and extra processing steps.
However, as with the case with component performance/warranty issues, these parts were designed with the intention of not needing a functional coating as a solution or it would have been specified to begin with.
This is where the Preventative Care/Urgent care analogy comes into place.
Continue reading Use Your Coating Applicator for Preventative Care, not Urgent Care
In a previous blog post, we discussed how functional coatings could be utilized to reduce downtime.
A prime example of such an instance is the case study of how DECC utilized a reinforced, non-stick coating to help solve a huge headache for the commercial healthcare laundry industry.
Healthcare laundry facilities have the laborious task of sorting plastic out of the linen prior to washing – this includes latex gloves, EKG stickers, tubes of ointment, ink pens, etc. No matter how many people are staffed at the front end for sorting, some plastic still inevitable makes it in the wash.
And if it makes it into the wash, it makes it into the dryers…where it melts and sticks. After time (in some instances, only a few months), a fresh clean dryer can become so clogged with melted plastic that it looks like below.
Continue reading Case Study: Dryer Panel Coating
One of the main drivers of RFQ’s from potential customers is when they reach out and ask us if we can meet a certain coating OEM specification listed on a print. If the specification calls out a coating that we can apply, we say “yes.”
However, that “yes” is not without some caveats.
Continue reading Can You Meet This Spec? Well, technically…
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
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.
Continue reading The Limitations of Rack-Spray: Unfortunately, it isn’t for all components
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.
Continue reading How a Rack-Spray Process Audits Your Parts
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.
Continue reading The Advantages of Being “Coating Agnostic”