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

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

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

Painting Plastics: How to Produce High-Quality Output in a Low Cost Environment

Posted by Tim Ulshafer on Jan 25, 2017 1:03:11 PM

With the vast varieties of paint, materials and application processes, the achievement of an efficient, high-quality and consistent automated painting process can often seem elusive. How can the director of the painting operation optimize output and quality while controlling costs?  Output is useless without quality.  The cost of scrap and rework adds up quickly, and can delay the overall project. For example, if a painted plastic bumper cover has flaws and needs to be reworked or scrapped, then that component will not be available for assembly to the designated automobile, potentially impacting the production line or the customer (and who wants rework stacking up?). This is a disruptive and costly nuisance.

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Topics: Plastic Painting, Painting Plastics, Test & Measurement

Electrostatic Discharge for Plastic Painting Efficiency

Posted by Paul Kestler on Nov 11, 2016 9:54:49 AM

For most things in life, there's a direct relationship between effort and results. If you want to improve your golf game, you need to play regularly.  If you want to be an authority on Einstein's Theory of Relativity, then you're going to have to hit the books.  But occasionally there are some low-effort shortcuts available that make positive contributions to our everyday lives.  Perhaps they are not life transformative, but when they come along, you scoop them up as a freebie.

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Topics: Painting Plastics