Bakeware coating aids automotive production

Product Release is usually associated with bakeware, but the non stick coating specialist has recently been able to solve a major problem for a leading car manufacturer.

Faced with the need to increase shift patterns a leading car manufacturer approached Product Release for an alternative solution to maintain machinery and improve uptime.

Ian Gates, managing director of Product Release Europe, says: "A leading car manufacturer was faced with moving from a two-shift pattern to a three-shift pattern. Previously the gratings were uncoated and regularly had to be physically removed from the paint booths for cleaning externally. The change in work patterns resulted in this no longer being practical so we set out to find an alternative solution.

"Having a strong working relationship with our fluoropolymer coating supplier, Whitford, we worked together to develop a coating system allowing the grates to be cleaned on-site, negating the need for the production area to be dismantled to be sent out for cleaning. The excellent easy-clean properties of the Whitford coating system made the removal of paint and other residues straightforward, the results of which avoided any unnecessary stops to, or deviations from, the revised shift patterns."

Justin Cunningham

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