Automation in commercial painting applications

Every company is searching for opportunities to minimise costs, improve quality and drive efficiencies. In the highly competitive world of manufacturing, this is perhaps more important than in other sectors. One of the most recognised means of achieving this is considering the overall manufacturing process and looking at opportunities to reduce input costs through efficiencies and less waste, while also enhancing the quality of outputs. Automation of manufacturing processes is increasingly recognised as a key factor to achieve these outcomes.

However, while automation is increasingly important in manufacturing, it is critical to understand that converting from manual to automated processes isn’t as simple as installing a sophisticated computer system and some robotics. Every manufacturing step and process is different, and every facility and the final product has a different configuration and output. 

That means that getting automation and controls right requires a deep understanding of the processes involved. Industrial history is littered with examples of automation initiatives that have been poorly designed and implemented, without expert input, leading to disastrous and expensive failures.

Most manufacturing enterprises have a painting step involved, and the preparation, application, and curing of painted products are highly suited to automation, for a range of reasons. These include operator safety, optimal use of paint and related products, minimizing input costs such as power and water, and, perhaps most importantly, ensuring the highest quality, consistent and reliable finish to the manufactured products.

However, automating the painting process in your manufacturing settings requires a deep understanding of both the manufacturing and painting processes and a customised solution that suits your business needs specifically.

DRYSYS Spray-cure is a bespoke engineering company that specialises in industrial painting and painting automation. Because they understand manufacturing and industrial processes generally and painting particularly, they can design, build and commission an automated painting solution that will integrate seamlessly with your overall operations.

One of their most significant points of difference as a service partner to manufacturing businesses is their in-house designed control and supervisory systems, using programmable logic controllers (PLC) and operators.

Ultimately, automation drives consistency, manageable quality control, reduced energy and paint costs and reduced labour costs. There are also other considerable additional advantages to automation, such as analytical data feedback to assist with real-time decision-making and post-process review, optimisation and continuous improvement.

High-quality manufacturing relies on high-quality product finishes in order to meet exacting market expectations. Automating your industrial painting processes could well be one way to provide the additional edge you need for your products in a competitive market. If you want your products to stand out, while delivering cost and quality improvements to the bottom line, then you should look to engage an industry expert and leader like Spray-Cure to discuss how you can get the most out of your industrial painting requirements. 

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