When a manufacturing design engineer is developing a component, they are designing it to perform as intended in the field. Failure is not planned for because if there was a perceived threat of such during the design stage, it would be compensated for.
However, “failure” can constitute more than just a component malfunctioning or not performing in the field as intended…especially when a functional coating process is required.
For instance, would a part that requires 100% sorting after a coating operation – when that cost was not factored into the process – due to inadequate structural design be deemed a “failure” as well? We think it would (read our white paper regarding this specific topic).
Manufacturing design engineers should be sure to consider some of the following when in development of a component that will require a post coating application process:
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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)
Over 80% of the requests we receive from current or potential customers deal with the application of coatings to combat corrosion, be it environmental, chemical or temperature related. However, of these requests, the majority are environmental and can be solved with a zinc-flake coating solution. We will delve into ways to combat the other types of corrosion in another post.
An Explanation of Zinc-Flake Coating Systems
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Cyclic Corrosion Testing 101
In the past several years, Cyclic Corrosion Testing, or CCT, has become a common practice in the automotive industry.
Designed to accelerate corrosion in a laboratory environment, CCT tests how materials used in the auto sector will react to the weather, stimuli, and conditions encountered on the road.This, in turn, allows manufacturers to prepare their materials accordingly, contributing to the longevity and durability of modern automobiles.
What is Cyclic Corrosion Testing?
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