Interview with Michael Gadd
Michael Gadd, acp systems AG in Interview.
In your opinion, what are currently the biggest challenges for painting companies and job-shop coaters?
Cost effectiveness and quality, particularly in-line with the increasing quality of finish expected by the automotive sector, and the sustainability of lowering reject rates. Right-first time (RFT) performances of painting lines is a final inspection procedure that painting lines use to judge the quality performance of the painting/coating process. Immediately before packaging, parts are inspected for defects in the finish, those that pass first-time, are added to the RFT count. Those that fail, will need to be reworked, or in a worse case, scrapped completely. Effective pre-treatment is therefore crucial in keeping quality high, and therefore RFT figures high to minimize costs.
From your standpoint, what are the best ways to optimize coating processes?
Aside from spraying application, effective pre-treatment is critical to keep RFT figures high to minimize rework and to reduce scrap.
What trends are emerging in your area of industrial painting technology?
A move away from traditional high capex, high CoO water/chemical-based pre-treatment plants, towards newer, state-of-the-art, selective, sustainable, and cost effective surface treatment with CO2 snow.
What developments/solutions does your company offer for these trends?
acp systems AG are the leaders in surface pre-treatment using CO2 snow and compressed air, delivered to the parts through advanced, patented dual component nozzle technology, deployed through standard painting robotics.
acp systems AG are the only company to offer a truly flexible nozzle and media delivery technology, designed for automation, that integrates perfectly into the advanced flexible ‘smart factory’ systems of Industry 4.0.
What significance does PaintExpo have for your company?
PaintExpo is an opportunity for us to meet with and listen to our customers (existing and new), partners, suppliers and indeed our competitors, to ensure we are fully engaged with our industry. Staying fully engaged means we can ensure that we meet the demands of our industry, and how we can benefit our valued customers.