Mueller Electric Blog

Top Considerations for a Custom Paint Line Grounding Assembly

Posted by Mona Weiss on Feb 19, 2018 8:30:15 AM

So you’re considering if you need a custom grounding solution for your automated paint/powder coat line, but you still have questions and concerns.  You’ve probably evaluated all your alternatives and realized it may be time to update your grounding process, and maybe you've even read our whitepaper on Static Electricity and Grounding in Industry. But there are still some questions and things to consider.  This infographic addresses the common questions and considerations that people have when evaluating grounding solutions.

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Topics: Plastic Painting, Painting Plastics, Paint Line Grounding, Electrostatic Painting,, Grounding Metal, Grounding Wires, Grounding, Powder coating, Grounding Plastic, Grounding Clamp, Static Control

Signs It's Time To Update Your Grounding Process

Posted by Mona Weiss on Feb 12, 2018 11:27:15 AM

When trying to determine the cause of problems encountered with electrostatic painting, it can be confusing. The problem is often solved by updating the grounding process, however this simple solution is often overlooked. 

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Topics: Plastic Painting, Painting Plastics, Paint Line Grounding, Electrostatic Painting,, Grounding Metal, Static Electricity Grounding, Grounding Wires, Grounding, Grounding Plastic, Painting metal

PVC vs Silicone vs Rubber Wire Insulation

Posted by Mona Weiss on Feb 2, 2018 10:45:14 AM

There are many varieties of wire and cable insulation suited to a variety of needs.  Insulation is made of a non-conductive material that surrounds the wire and will resist an electric current.  Keep in mind that The thickness of the insulation determines the voltage rating. You can get high voltage from any kind of insulation depending on the thickness.

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Topics: electronics, wires

How to Properly Crimp an Alligator Clip Onto A Wire

Posted by Mona Weiss on Dec 7, 2017 1:35:26 PM

 Many people don't know the right way to properly crimp an alligator (or crocodile) clip onto a wire. This blog post (and video) shows how to do it step-by-step.

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Topics: crimping, electronics, crocodile clip, engineering, alligator clip, crimp

An Introduction to Static Electricity in Industry

Posted by Mona Weiss on Nov 7, 2017 9:15:00 AM

Static electricity is all around us in everyday life and generally refers to an imbalance between positive and negative charges in objects. Most people have experienced it in some form or another whether it be with their laundry being particularly “clingy,” making a balloon stick to a wall after rubbing it on your clothes, or when walking around wearing socks on a carpet and getting a small shock when touching another object or person.

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Topics: Electrostatic Painting,, Grounding Metal, Static Electricity Grounding, Grounding Wires, Grounding, Grounding Plastic, Grounding Clamp, Static Electricity, Static Control, Static Electricity Industrial

How To Identify Grounding Connections For Electrostatic Painting

Posted by Tim Ulshafer on Oct 27, 2017 12:39:22 PM

Every electrostatic paint line requires grounding. As each substrate enters the paint booth the question is always, "Is it grounded?" At this point you have cleaned the carrier, connected grounding straps (if necessary), and may have even coated the substrate with conductive material so you've done your job and your paint line will produce great results. Or will it? How do you know whether or not your paint line is providing a solid ground? How do you know it is really, safe to paint? 

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Topics: Paint Line Grounding, Electrostatic Painting,, Grounding Metal, Static Electricity Grounding, Grounding Wires, Grounding, Powder coating, Grounding Plastic

Your Paint Line is Unique, Ground It Accordingly!

Posted by Tim Ulshafer on Aug 24, 2017 11:58:22 AM

Paint lines come in many shapes and sizes incorporating a wide range of paintable substrates. Some paint lines require large grounding assemblies to carry current while others are short light weight items used to provide a simple ground. Grounding metal is different than grounding fiberglass or plastics. The one thing in common is, everybody wants their paint line to produce high quality output with high percentages of transfer efficiency with low defects. In short, everyone wants their paint job to look great!

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Topics: Paint Line Grounding

EZ-SQUEEZE Alligator Clip

Posted by Ron Malone on Jun 5, 2017 10:44:08 AM

Mueller's new Patent Pending BU-21AEZ, clips are now in stock and will be shipping to distributors soon.

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Is Your Metal Paint Line Built from the "Ground" Up?

Posted by Tim Ulshafer on Apr 14, 2017 1:31:52 PM

If you are a paint line manager or engineer you already know that building and maintaining a paint line is no small task. It is also a very costly initiative and the more money spent the higher the expectations for quality production. A major portion of the ongoing cost of a paint line is the paint itself and many paint engineers spend countless hours on improving transfer efficiency. Let's face it, any paint that doesn't land on its target is wasteful and costly.

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Removing Static from the Paint Line, Don't Overthink It!

Posted by Tim Ulshafer on Apr 4, 2017 8:25:16 AM

For most painters, removing static from the paint process is critical to improving transfer efficiency. This is true for the painting of plastics, fiberglass and metal components. Does your paint line use robots or painters? Are you continually trying to reduce static with solutions that work, don't work or just are not reliable? The universal painting issue appears to be the cost of repainting and scrap versus the solution you are using. You may be building an electrostatic grounding solution yourself or buying something at a higher cost than you would like.

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Topics: Painting Plastics