The paint and coating manufacturing companies are using digitalization to automate operations. 

FREMONT, CA : Since the beginning of the industry, core painting and coating production processes have remained relatively unchanged. Ingredients are blended into a liquid (organic solvent or water), a method frequently accompanied by milling in order to obtain the correct particle size for dispersion-consistent products. The paint and coatings industry, despite this, is very competitive. Business patterns, consumer demands, government legislation, technological advances, and other factors are continually driving improvements that call for new solutions to be offered by manufacturing equipment suppliers.

Many paint manufacturers utilize a single piece of equipment to produce coating items with slightly different properties, leading to tight budgets in the current business environment. Versatility is essential in these situations. For example, thin and highly viscous products require different gearing and additional blades to ensure proper blending. In terms of batch volumes, the flexibility of equipment is also necessary due to the wide variety of batch sizes several manufacturers of smaller-volume coatings produce on any given day or week.

Equipment for paint processing must also be versatile enough to allow anything from color changes to resin switches and other materials that may be incompatible. Utilizing a single system, producing various batch sizes and different product styles enables coating manufacturers to spend more on one approach to eliminate many pieces of outdated equipment.

Remote Operation and Digitalization

Digitalization of process equipment for remote, automated operation is one of the most significant technological advances allowing greater efficiency and productivity, along with consistent quality and improved operator protection. Liquid mixing has been a bit of an art in the past, but as more businesses are trying to minimize human operators in the interest of both expense and safety problems, the requirement for consistency and quality improvements, and as laboratory-developed formulations have become increasingly unique, even in smaller operations, businesses are moving toward automated or semi-automated equipment to help with quality control.

Some manufacturers of equipment report an increasing interest in the capability to control production equipment remotely. A growing number of companies are interested in adding a Remote Access System (RAD) to their Ross Mixers in this connectivity age. Operators and supervisors with an internet connection can track and manage machines remotely with this technology. In some cases, that even involves using a central base situated in another building, city, or even country, enabling the same recipes to be generated similarly regardless of location.