Color Quality Control in Powder Coating of Metal Substrates Creates a Competitive Advantage

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Posted on February 3, 2017

You have three hundred air conditioner housings in storage containers in the yard. “Sorry, we can’t take them,” says the client rep. “I personally feel like gray is gray, but I have to do things by the book. I know it’s a pain to rework, but the units have to meet specifications in order for me to accept them. Can you take care of it? Thanks.” She drives away, tires kicking rocks and dust, and there are still three hundred housings in the yard. Fishing your phone from your pocket, you dial. “Bill? We’re gonna need to do some rearranging.”

Not all purchasers of powder coated products are so picky about their colors; many clients are happy to choose from pre-mixed options or generic swatches. As a result, spectrophotometric analysis as a method of color quality control has not yet saturated the market. But for owners and operators of powder coating lines who are looking for a competitive edge, spectrophotometry represents a way to stand out while expanding your operations.

Color Precision Provides Opportunities for Powder Coating Lines

If you hope to take on clients with rigorous color quality control standards, spectrophotometric analysis is already essential since without this capability, you’ll be unable to compete for bids.1

And since powder coating is now being chosen over traditional liquid VOC paint due to its economic, environmental, mechanical, safety, and efficiency advantages,2 we’re seeing more and more applications that once used liquid paint beginning convert—including applications for a number of designer and specialty products. Companies like Austrian furniture designer Finima3 have already made the switch to powder coating, and winning bids for similar high-end applications will require you to have delicate control over product color—as well as the ability to offer unique color configurations.

You have three hundred air conditioner housings in storage containers in the yard. “Sorry, we can’t take them,” says the client rep. “I personally feel like gray is gray, but I have to do things by the book. I know it’s a pain to rework, but the units have to meet specifications in order for me to accept them. Can you take care of it? Thanks.” She drives away, tires kicking rocks and dust, and there are still three hundred housings in the yard. Fishing your phone from your pocket, you dial. “Bill? We’re gonna need to do some rearranging.”

Not all purchasers of powder coated products are so picky about their colors; many clients are happy to choose from pre-mixed options or generic swatches. As a result, spectrophotometric analysis as a method of color quality control has not yet saturated the market. But for owners and operators of powder coating lines who are looking for a competitive edge, spectrophotometry represents a way to stand out while expanding your operations.

Color Precision Provides Opportunities for Powder Coating Lines

If you hope to take on clients with rigorous color quality control standards, spectrophotometric analysis is already essential since without this capability, you’ll be unable to compete for bids.1

And since powder coating is now being chosen over traditional liquid VOC paint due to its economic, environmental, mechanical, safety, and efficiency advantages,2 we’re seeing more and more applications that once used liquid paint beginning convert—including applications for a number of designer and specialty products. Companies like Austrian furniture designer Finima3 have already made the switch to powder coating, and winning bids for similar high-end applications will require you to have delicate control over product color—as well as the ability to offer unique color configurations.

But spectrophotometers can objectively determine the appearance characteristics of the standard coating compared to the product coating and can even simulate how the appearance would change if different illumination were used. 

Spectrophotometers control lighting conditions when measuring samples, removing the possibility of error due to differing conditions. Numerical analysis also lets you test for uniformity of application across your products so that you can identify minute variations.

Staying Competitive with Spectrophotometers

If you send a finished batch of products in the wrong color to one of your clients, you’ll ultimately be on the hook for failure to deliver. At best, this means adjusting your schedule to recoat the products—at worst, it could require the purchase and coating of new products. When combined with the logistics of rearranging a busy production schedule, each failure has the potential to significantly impact your company’s bottom line.5

Spectrophotometers can qualify your powder coating company for contracts with clients who have exacting color requirements, increasing your potential market share. These instruments are an efficient way to ensure product approval and can reduce waste and rework. 

Full article with photos available here:

https://www.hunterlab.com/blog/color-measurement-2/color-quality-control-in-powder-coating-of-metal-substrates-creates-a-competitive-advantage/

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