Interview with Dr. Volker Wegmann
Dr. Volker Wegmann , Group Leader Painting Process Development, Fraunhofer-Institut für Produktionstechnik und Automatisierung IPA in Interview.
In your opinion, what are currently the biggest challenges for painting companies and job-shop coaters?
The increasing critical discussion on existing materials and processes as well as stricter legal requirements make alternatives necessary in the medium term. This means that necessary investments will have to be made in new plants and/or optimization of existing facilities.
From your standpoint, what are the best ways to optimize coating processes?
First of all, the recording of the actual state is decisive. This is the only way to derive targeted measures. Optimal results with regard to cost, quality, quantity and energy optimization can only be achieved with expert knowledge through analysis of the overall process.
What trends are emerging in your area of industrial painting technology?
Industrial trends such as energy efficiency, digitalization, sustainability, automation and customization do not stop at painting technology and are still a challenge for industrial users.
What developments/solutions does your company offer for these trends?
Holistic solutions and a systematic approach in order to provide the industry with tailor-made solutions for innovations as well as for material optimization and adaptation projects and for plant planning and optimization in a targeted and forward-looking manner.
What significance does PaintExpo have for your company?
PaintExpo is the leading trade fair for industrial painting technology and a platform for us to discuss the latest developments and trends with manufacturers and users.