News about technological procedures or materials are essential for our work. Our goal is a perfectly clean paint shop, fully able to serve its customers.
A constant flow of information across the company is one of our fundamental pillars. We constantly raise the standard. We are always looking to improve the services provided to our clients.
When cleaning paint shops we have one big advantage. We see them in operation, on a normal working day. But we also see them on the weekend, when we enter their "bowels" and we see their "aches". Where something is loose, a leaking air filter here, dust being caught in the corner there, which shouldn’t be the case normally.
We get to see the running and the insides of the paint shop in a way that a normal employee doesn’t, and the managers don’t use this opportunity as they have no reason to do so.
The customer may well have a paint shop maintenance section. But, unfortunately, it often happens that if their staff are not sufficiently motivated by the customer or the customer does not use any of the tools for productive maintenance, the staff don’t always check all the technology. They don’t have an apparent reason to check everything when there’s nothing to immediately resolve or repair. Generally, during our activities, we move all over the paint shop, thanks to this our experienced staff can identify potential risks threatening the customer’s production.
As soon as we discover something of this nature, we draw your attention to it and propose appropriate solutions. What the customer does with this information is entirely up to them. We can, however, offer to help, which is the added value of our services.
Customers recognize this support and an appreciate it. But if they decide to save and choose the service of a low cost paint shop cleaning company, then they lose out on this support. Such a company rarely attains our standards and know-how. I’ve seen one case for such a company where the head of the paint shop asked for some technical advice and the head of cleaning answered "I’m from cleaning, don’t ask me." That is not the case with us! Certainly not!
There are more examples, but here’s one with a direct influence on production. We conducted a technological audit for one of our major customers aimed at transport and production technology in order to increase productivity.
It was a chain conveyor in a paint shop that carried skids. Think of it as a bicycle chain, which runs over a guiding rail. At the start of the rail a small fastening bolt was missing and, due to the spring, the rai kept trying to rise against the chain. The maintenance staff said that it was no big deal as the chain pressed against and the rail prevent it from rising. Just a "dalliance". When we presented the audit, I told the plant’s director: "Imagine a very realistic scenario. Due to these mechanical effects the rail under the chain will wear down to the extent that, thanks to this loosening, the tip will stick in one of the chain links. This will cause a mechanical blockage, possibly damage the conveyor and definitely stop production."
If we add it up ... A halt in production and the cost per employee, energy etc., spare parts, depreciation of the freshly painted parts in the line due to the movements for maintenance and repairs, the cost of maintenance, loss of profit... We are getting close to a loss in the tens of thousands of crowns. All for the price of one screw and half an hour’s work of one locksmith. Our support for this client helped an overall rise in productivity of several percent, which is noticeable at a planned production of several thousand parts daily.
Best Practices in paint shops? We know what a Venturi Tube is. We know the effect of a clean inflow edge. We know, for example, that a drop in the speed, temperature and air humidity in the spray booth has a direct influence on the quality of the coating. We know what foil and what separation coatings to use to protect the walls and structures in the paint shop cabins. We know what procedures and materials to use when cleaning a paint shop. We know the technical diagnostics of machines. We even know that if a motor exceeds the vibration limit values, according to CSN ISO 10816, by more than twice then this machine’s lifespan is eight times shorter.
"We know how to take care of a paint shop"