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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Producing quality product within a specified tolerance is a battle that every manufacturer, in every industry, fights every day.
Design engineers have the task of determining how tight of a tolerance should be allowed when developing a part and usually operate in the mind set of “the tighter the better.” In some cases, unnecessarily tight tolerances just drive up the cost of a component unnecessarily, but that is a debate for a different day.
It is understood that a component designed to need a functional coating would have its tolerances accordingly compensated. However, if the component you’re dealing with Continue reading Functional Coatings and Tight Tolerances: No Need to Worry About a Costly Redesign
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:
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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
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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