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10 Signs To Consider Prepainted Metal

Converting from in-house post-painted metal to outsourced prepainted metal can save manufacturers cost, time, and hassles. Provided by the National Coil Coating Association, here are 10 indicators that a manufacturer should consider using prepainted steel or aluminum:

1) In-house paint shop expenses are growing. When maintenance budgets are growing and plant capital expenditures are being made in order to comply with ever more strict EPA regulations, prepainted metal and aluminum is often a cost effective alternative to in-house paint lines.
2) Internal operating costs need to be lower. Many manufacturers are searching for ways to lower operating costs in order to remain competitive. Through outsourcing prepainted metals, factories can eliminate costly in-house paint operations and the associated expenses of manning the line and complying with EPA regulations.
3) Plant capacity must be increased. By purchasing prepainted metal, plants are actually outsourcing the painting process and can eliminate or greatly reduce the size of in-house paint shops, generating more floor space for other uses.
4) Coating quality needs to be improved. Coil coated metals are uniformly cleaned, pretreated, painted and cured as a flat surface, so that the edge to edge and side to side variability is virtually eliminated. The prepainted part has two coats of paint, tightly bonded to the metal as compared to a post-painted part, which generally has only one coat of paint. In most cases, the prepainted part has paint on both sides as compared to the post-painted part which is typically only coated on one side.
5) Down-sizing and or combining of plants is taking place. A good time to consider using coil coated metals is when other major manufacturing changes are taking place. Manufacturers can reduce expenses significantly and increase paint quality greatly by outsourcing the painting process. Coil coated metals can be effectively handled, cut with superior corrosion resistance, joined with welding and adhesives, and formed for many uses…all with a beautiful finish.
6) New product models are being considered. Many times when design changes are being made, a prepainted metal can be specified and the new design can be more cost effective to produce.
7) Manufacturing bottlenecks are reducing productivity. Many delays in the plant are caused due to paint issues such as stoppage while parts are painted, dried, and cured before moving to the next stage of assembly. These bottlenecks can be eliminated with the use of prepainted metals.
8) It’s time to update or replace the paint line. Capital expenditures can be avoided and a long term cost savings enjoyed by choosing prepainted steel and aluminum, rather than refurbishing or replacing a paint line.
9) A strategy of outsourcing is being implemented. Purchasing prepainted metals is a cost-effective outsourcing option which actually improves the durability of the coating.
10) New fabricating or material handling equipment is being evaluated. When significant changes are made at the plant, it opens an opportunity to improve many aspects of the manufacturing process, including the use of prepainted metal.
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