Interview with Andre Felchner

Andre Felchner Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Maschinenbau, Verkaufsleiter Lackieranlagen, SLF Oberflächentechnik GmbH in Interview.

In your opinion, what are currently the biggest challenges for painting companies and job-shop coaters?

The coating industry is under a lot of price pressure. Because of this the operating costs are a factor that is checked continuously. While coming up with a new concept, the main task is to provide maximum flexibility in regards to the processing of a range of parts. At the same time the achievement of continuously higher quality and throughput is gaining a lot more significance. The challenge lies in convincing the customer of a concept with the operating costs and the investment costs in mind.

From your standpoint, what are the best ways to optimize coating processes?

The optimal painting process depends on a lot of factors. In consideration of the aspired throughput, the work piece and its characteristics and foremost the desired quality (optical and/or functional) the combination of painting material and system engineering is crucial. The more precise these factors are balanced with each other, the better the coating result turns out.

What trends are emerging in your area of industrial painting technology?

The main trend can be summarized in two words: “efficiency enhancement”. This term has been strained a lot during the past years. However I find it very fitting, especially concerning the industrial painting technology. These days there is a lot of talk about automated processes for areas where everyone thought it would be pretty absurd a few years ago. Examples for this are the robotised coating of work pieces with batch size 1 and robotised sanding processes of large construction components.

What developments/solutions does your company offer for these trends?

We have the possibility to work out an individual plant concept together with our customer for their specific requirements. Thanks to the innovative orientation of our company we can rely on a broad portfolio. With this we are able to find answers to these individual requirements, may that be for manual or robotised processes.

What significance does PaintExpo have for your company?

As a communication and networking platform the PaintExpo has a great significance for us. The quality of the acquired contacts is extraordinarily good and because of this, amongst other things, the PaintExpo is very important to us.

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