Interview with Olga Herko

Ing. Olga Herko, Sales Specialist Foreign Markets, GALATEK Co in Interview.

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

In our opinion, automation and robotics are still the biggest challenges in this area. Because companies face a shortage of skilled personnel, the solution for the future is automating paint shops in all areas, including handling components and the painting process itself.

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

One of the best ways to optimize this is to shorten the technological times, increase energy efficiency, reduce the number of operators in painting by using automated painting processes and, last but not least, the use of new technologies such as UV painting or more environmentally friendly paints.

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

Based on our analysis of customer requirements, the dominant trends in the industry include UV painting in the automotive sector and robotization that is spreading into areas and production plants that had previously been unimaginable, such as large parts or even small-lot production. The same applies to replacing liquid paints with powder ones.

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

In 2018, we expanded our production site with a new machine pre-assembly hall, where we can assemble and test the lines in our own production environment. Among other things, we also have our own development laboratory for testing new innovative technologies. At the same time, we cooperate with research institutes and universities in developing and testing applications of new coating materials. Although it is not a profitable business, it helps our company to keep up with new technologies in the market.

What significance does PaintExpo have for your company?

In particular, we hope to make contact with foreign customers and suppliers at the trade fair, not only from German-speaking countries. However, Paint Expo has also played a significant role as a showcase of the industry and new technologies, as it is clearly one of the best industry-oriented trade fairs in Europe. It is an honour for us to be a part of this great event.

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