As there is a vast array dry film lubricants on the market, there are just as many different applications in which these coatings could be utilized.
Given the countless combinations of coatings and applications, determining which one would be best for your application can be a daunting task. However, by determining a few key variables, the options can be scaled down considerably.
When trying to decide which type of dry-film lubricant would be best for your application, the following should be considered:
Continue reading How to Choose the Right Dry Film Lubricant for Your Application
Simply put: there are part geometries that lend themselves to a dip-spin coating process and those that do not.
In fact, even though DECC is a rack-spray facility, we will be the first to direct a customer to a dip-spin competitor when asked to quote a part that is suited for such an application. A rack-spray process can be two to three times more costly than a bulk process and, when it makes sense, we want our customers to take advantage of such pricing.
However, for part geometries that are not suited for dip-spin, quality and delivery issues quickly negate any “savings” when the true cost of processing is evaluated.
Continue reading Infographic: The True Cost of Dip-Spin vs Rack-Spray
One of the fears associated with a rack-spray coating process is that, due to the part being “fixtured” and resting on a hook, the part will not have complete coverage. And without complete coverage, the functionality of the coating is in jeopardy.
It is technically true that there will be a “witness mark” where the part is held on the fixture.
However, in regards to the “functionality” aspect of the coating; it depends on what the customer’s perception of “in jeopardy” is.
For example, below is how a typical witness mark on all rack-sprayed parts would look like. For reference, the hole this was racked thru is 8.5mm in diameter.
Continue reading Rack-Spray and the Dreaded “Bare Spot”: Don’t Let This Be a Deal Breaker
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