Interview with Maria and Steve Hess

Maria Hess, CEO und Steve Hess, Works Manager, DURST Lackier- und Trocknungsanlagen GmbH in Interview.

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

For us these are clearly the increasing requirements for climate protection and sustainability. The high power demand for the many ways of surface treatment is the main point, which can’t be neglected. The world wide resources are valuable and therefore a sensitization for this problem is a large task. Due to the constant technical improvements we were able to make remarkable progress in this sector, that lead to surface coating companies not just being able to save a lot of energy and working more environmentally friendly but also work more cost efficient. Either by the use of latest generation heat recovery or by simply reducing the necessary amount of their main energy carrier. Sustainability mentioned at the beginning clearly coincides with this. Every customer raises his quality standard and naturally expects us to examine the whole product cycle which lead us to developing new ways of coating. Always accompanied with measures to ensure climate protection and sustainability.


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

Clearly in the reduction of excess paint application and energy losses. Overspray is still one of the biggest matters of expense, as well as an environmental concern. To prevent this, we improved our dry scrubbing in a way that allows clients to resign their wet scrubbing systems in 90% of their cases. This automatically lead to a reduction of chemical usage during the coating process. Not to mention the much easier handling and a quicker filter  change. Another example for energy cost reduction would be the implementation of a state of the art gas line burner, in comparison with older gas-air heaters, which can save up to 20%. Investments like this amortize in only a few years. Especially in such simple cases we are consistently surprised that only a few customers are familiar with this potential.

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

Equivalent to the current challenges in the industry the trend goes straight to more flexibility and efficiency. Customers ask directly how to rebuild their existing facilities to work only in subareas and therefore produce less carbon dioxide and waste heat. In addition to this, the request for complete solutions has increased. Transport distance and time will be reduced and an increasing amount of work steps can be done in one place to facilitate this change.


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

As already mentioned we improved our dry scrubbing with multiple filter levels in such a way, that it is superior to wet scrubbing systems in most cases. Even if a high overspray percentage should be unavoidable. The user benefits most from the easy application and short replacement times. In addition we transformed from a single manufacturer of paint facilities to a provider for allinone solutions so our customers are able to get everything they need from


What significance does PaintExpo have for your company?

For many years we have used this occasion to inform new and existing customers about new products, as well as presenting them the optimal application solutions tailored to their companies needs. We always look forward to the many guests and visitors, coming from all sectors of industries.

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