Steel Storage Tank Manufacturer
This customer manufactures above-ground storage and processing tanks for a variety of different industries. They came to C.H. Reed looking for a cost effective solution to decrease material wasted during their painting process. Previously, they were “hot potting”, the process of mixing multi-component paint by hand. This process takes time, effort, and generates a lot of waste. By installing Graco Electronic Plural Component Proportioning Systems, they now have high-ratio assurance with easy-to-use components. Their new set-up offers extreme accuracies & flexibility (meaning less chance of paint failure in the field), increased efficiency (easy color changes), and less materials wasted in their painting process. On top of that, clean-up is now a breeze.
Electrical Equipment Manufacturer
Previously, this manufacturer was hot potting (the process of mixing multi-component paints by hand) which produces wasted material and increased cleanup time; both of which were affecting their bottom line. C.H. Reed’s solution for the customer was to introduce plural component mixing equipment as a direct replacement of their “hot potting” technique. Aside from saving on wasted paint & solvent, they also experienced increased mixing accuracies; leading to improved finish quality, a faster flush with less waste resulting in reduced disposal costs and less cleanup time, and peace of mind knowing that the quality equipment is exceedingly reliable operating in a general manufacturing setting.
Assembler of Aerial Lift Trucks
Environmental Case Study
This customer needed to increase their production throughput in their painting process while reducing material and labor costs. They also wanted to convert from costly gallon containers to a 55 gallon drum application while maintaining a cleaner and safer work area. To eliminate the labor intensive & messy process of hand mixing (hot potting), C.H. Reed introduced them to Graco’s ProMix 2KS two component paint system with accurate ratio assurance for a superior finish quality. We also replaced over 95% of their one gallon paint containers with 55 gallon drums, drum agitators and an air operated elevator. On top of that, their electrostatic guns were upgraded to the much more efficient Graco 85KV spray gun, giving them maximum paint transfer efficiencies. Lastly, C.H. Reed eliminated one gallon solvent purging by installing two 55 gallon drums of solvent then changed out their solvent reclaim system. By doing so, it fixed the solvent reclaiming bottleneck issue by 75% resulting in more efficient production times and less material waste.
Manufacturer of Portable Water Tanks, Containers, and Trucks
This manufacturer needed to increase their production times to keep up with demand. In doing so, they also needed to find a way to increase paint transfer efficiencies to save in material costs. The equipment previously being used to finish their product consisted of pressure pots with HVLP (high volume, low pressure) spray guns. Though HVLP guns typically do a good job, they were not maximizing their transfer efficiency capabilities in their process. C.H. Reed introduced them to Graco’s state-of-the-art Pro XP85 Electrostatic Spray Guns along with 2 air assisted airless spray packages. Graco’s ROI calculator estimates this customer will experience a 50% savings in paint usage and will take approximately 6 months to be paid back on the purchase of the equipment.
Metal Cabinet Manufacturer
This manufacturer was experiencing material handling issues which were causing them delayed process times. They wanted to improve the production process and integrate a complete system that lets them load the product, clean it, apply powder paint, cure it, and easily have it come off the line to pack and ship. C.H. Reed’s creative concepts and proposed solution resolved the material handling issue which significantly reduced production times.
This local manufacturer had very large items that they needed to paint in a structurally sound and environmentally friendly environment. C.H. Reed designed and installed this custom spray booth which had an allotted slot in the roof for material handling crane access so the customer could safely and effectively maneuver the items with ease.
This contract painter was experiencing inefficiencies in their painting process such as dirt in the paint, hard to mix 2-component paint, and paint/solvent waste. They wanted to advance their cost savings on wasted paint and solvent while increasing production and quality to show their true capabilities to new customers. To meet these goals, C.H. Reed installed automatic mixing equipment to give them a consistent mix quality, reduce color change time, and provide better waste contaminant.
Local Print Manufacturer
This print manufacturer was looking to eliminate and reduce maintenance costs associated with their finishing process. C.H. Reed proposed the installation of hydraulic air motors rather than pneumatic motors. These hydraulic motors save exceptional costs by operating on 20% of the energy used by a pneumatic motor.