Manufacturer’s who paint, print, bond, coat, or seal have been left in the dark when searching for answers to solving their adhesion problems but…
There’s a light at the end of the tunnel.
In our last blog post, we explained the most common mistake manufacturers still make when it comes to solving their adhesion problems in manufacturing.
To summarize this dilemma, we posed a question on our LinkedIn page that revisited one manufacturer’s struggle to solve peeling paint in their operation, but the main objective was to solve a common manufacturing problem, with a not-so-common solution…
Process Objective: Eliminate peeling paint that’s resulting in considerable rework and lost production time.
So, what approach should be taken to solve the problem?
- Change the type of paint being used on the material
- Change the type of sandpaper being used
- Apply another layer of paint to the surface
- Add a solvent wipe after abrasion
The answer is a bit of a trick question, as these answers summarize the approach commonly taken to solve adhesion problems. But, there’s a problem hiding behind these answers…
Actual answer: Nothing can be decided until the material surface itself is fully understood.
Making changes to the process itself, without using specific and real-time data about how your processes are actually affecting the material surface, is akin to shooting in the dark.
Changing your process based on vendor recommendations, assumptions, word of mouth, technicians opinion…while results may or may not improve, there’s still subjectivity in all these changes.
Catch our drift?
To sum it up, if there’s any opinion/heresay/room for discussion in the arena of making decisions about process, there’s potential for adhesion failure in your operation.
So, how do manufacturer’s gain objectivity & clarity in how to solve their manufacturing surface quality problems?
Understand what’s happening on the material surface itself, and that takes a science-based approach to solving the problem.
Nothing more. Nothing less.