Dry-In-Place pretreatment decreases the number of stages while increasing part performance
A manufacturer of axles was facing a competitive threat from other manufacturers due to their paint quality. To address this competitive pressure, the customer began to investigate upgrades to their paint system for their different manufacturing locations. They decided to go with an Inline Recirculating Spray washer and a Powder Paint System. They initially began working with a competitor, but after several attempts to qualify their program, salt spray performance could not be attained. The customer’s purchasing reached out to DuBois to learn more about our programs. Our sales team met with the customer to present our chemical offerings along with the technical support provided to our customers. This raised interest for the customer, especially with DuBois’ Lab Accreditation and the support we were willing to offer, since this was a new area that they were venturing into. They agreed to allow DuBois to begin testing our programs to validate our performance.
The DuBois Solution
The DuBois lab evaluated a 3 Stage System using two different powders for salt spray performance. Our 3 Stage program, utilizing the GF Clean 465 and Duralink 450, was chosen since this allowed the customer to purchase a 3 Stage Washer, reducing washer costs. Our technical sales reps were brought on site to help with the start up and support of this system. This washer has been charged and brought on line to start preparing their axles for powder paint. The program is providing clean, water-break-free axles with a nice, blue coating. Slight modifications to the washer continue to be made and will be transferred to the design of the washer for the customer’s next manufacturing site.
Results and Benefits
Industry News / 07.14.19
Matt Roeser, DuBois Sales Representative – Wisconsin, was awarded the Supplier of the Year by the Wisconsin Chapter of CCAI. This was primary due to Matt’s efforts and leadership within the association. CCAI works to raise the standards of finishing operations through educational meetings and seminars, training manuals, certification programs, and outreach programs with colleges and universities.
Training / 02.12.19
This conference will bring stampers and die shops up to date on new lubricants for stamping and tool and die machining, and help them evaluate new formulations and select the right lubricant for the job. Rick Bulter, DuBois R&D Manager, will be part of the training team at this event sponsored by the MetalForming magazine with support by the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers.
Recent Events / 06.18.18
The acquisition of U.S. Industrial Lubricants adds high temperature and food grade lubricants to DuBois product offering. Our high temperature synthetic oven chain lubricants are widely used in the fiberglass insulation, textile finishing, food processing, plywood, corrugated paper, automotive and many other manufacturing industries.
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