Interview with Torsten Gebhardt
Torsten Gebhardt, Product & Branch Manager Industrial Solution at Novoplast Schlauchtechnik, a company brand of the Masterflex Group in Interview.
In your opinion, what are currently the biggest challenges for painting companies and job-shop coaters?
Currently I see two relevant topics: The general economic development of the industry as well as the change especially in the automotive sector, which is also reflected in the order books of the suppliers. And of course the ongoing digitalization with its opportunities, but also its challenges.
From your standpoint, what are the best ways to optimize coating processes?
Also as a manufacturer of C-parts we are constantly working on new and improved products. Even the smallest change, for example in the composition of the material, can have a major impact. A good example of this is the Master-Tube POE Powder: This tube is used in powder coating plants and conveys the powder to the spray gun. Due to its slightly modified structure, it now has an improved abrasion resistance, which significantly increases its service life and thus its cost-effectiveness.
What trends are emerging in your area of industrial painting technology?
The ever increasing production speeds mean that the components used reach their performance limits more quickly. One can react to this with better materials, but also with digital solutions. One of our development ideas, for example, is the continuous monitoring of components so that they can be replaced in good time before they fail technically. The data collected during these processes in turn forms the basis for further developments towards ever smarter solutions.
What developments/solutions does your company offer for these trends?
On the one hand, we are constantly developing and testing new materials together with our suppliers, thus constantly expanding our product portfolio. On the other hand, we are working on installing intelligent sensor technology in our hoses and hose lines to prevent production downtimes. And we give our customers the opportunity to work together with us on individual solutions.
What significance does PaintExpo have for your company?
PaintExpo as the leading communication and networking platform is an important trade fair for us. Here we meet customers from the paint industry, to whom we want to offer our many years of know-how in the field of hose technology and our broad portfolio of hoses and connection solutions. We also like to be inspired by the trends presented at the fair