Doughty Engineering Ltd. - Flexible Powder Coating System - Case Study

New Gas Catalytic Powder Coating Oven Improves Response Time

Powder Coating System Case Study

“Apart from the reduction in operating costs and the improvement in quality; the intangible benefits such as improved customer service and the ability to be more responsive will help us maintain existing and gain new customers. The new powder coating system has surpassed our expectations and made an immediate difference to our business"

Stephen Wright  - Director of Doughty Engineering Ltd

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New Powder Coating System Improves Response Time

Powder Coating System Case Study. Doughty Engineering is the world leader in the design and manufacture of rigging, suspension and lifting equipment for the film, TV and theatre industry. Prior to installing a new powder coating system, the company outsourced all their powder coating to two subcontractors. Whilst they were generally happy with service that was offered; typical turnaround time was anything from 2 days to a week. However, it became  clear to Doughty Engineering that over the last 5 years,  customers were becoming more demanding. They were holding less stock and so expected suppliers to hold large stocks and offer short lead times. Maintaining large stocks was not the answer, especially when there are 100's of products. However, the converse was not an option either. If a customer called for a part and it was not in stock, they would simply phone up another supplier. This created the risk of losing hard won business to competitors.

So the ability to become much more flexible and responsive became important. The answer was to bring 95% of their powder coating "in-house". Working with systems house Junair (Spraybooths) Ltd,  Gema UK and Caldan conveyors, the optimum system was designed and implemented. For the oven, Heraeus Vulcan Gas Catalytic IR technology was chosen due to its superior energy efficiency, small footprint, and improved finish quality over conventional convection technology.

What Happened Next?

The system has now been running faultlessly since February 2014.

Key improvements  are:

  • 10% operating cost saving
  • Increased throughput
  • Considerably reduced  lead times
  • Three hours not unusual
  • Rush jobs in custom colours carried out "While You Wait"
  • Improved quality
  • Increased capacity
  • Customer retention maintained
  • Production easier to manage


Energy Efficient Powder Coating System - Case Study

Energy Efficient Powder Coating Oven

Energy Efficient Powder Coating System - Case Study

Energy Efficient Powder Coating System - Case Study

“It used to take 70 minutes to cure our parts with the old convection oven. With the new Heraeus Vulcan oven, it now takes only 12 minutes! We are very satisfied with its performance!"

Mr Weikert - Company Owner

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Large Parts Curing in Record Time in Energy Efficient Powder Coating System

Working with our distributor in the Czech Republic, Surfin s.r.o, Heraeus Vulcan designed a new energy efficient powder coating system for Dikrt spol. s r.o. . The system is designed to cure powder on large agricultural parts, and the performance of the oven has exceeded expectation. Mr Weikert, the company's owner stated: "It used to take 70 minutes to cure our parts with the old convection oven. With the new Vulcan oven, it now takes only 12 minutes! We are very satisfied with its performance!"

How Did We Do It?

Working with our distributor in the Czech Republic, Jaroslav Blazek of Surfin s.r.o., the customer was able to see an existing Heraeus Vulcan system at another location and carry out part testing. Heraeus Vulcan then designed the powder coating oven to meet the customer's requirements using SolidWorks. Heraeus Vulcan then provided Surfin s.r.o with a package that included the sheet metal design, the Heraeus Vulcan infrared heaters and the controls. To see a video on how Heraeus Vulcan designs and builds ovens, please follow the link. The system was then easily constructed at the Surfin factory, with the sheet metal parts being produced locally from the SolidWorks files. The new energy efficient powder coating system was then installed and commissioned at the customer's site within a few days.

Advantages of a Energy Efficient Powder Coating System from Heraeus Vulcan

All Heraeus Vulcan energy efficient powder coating systems operate using the principles of gas catalytic infrared heating. This type of system has an energy to effective heat conversion ratio of 85%, compared to traditional convection oven which is only 5% - 7% efficient. In practical operation this results in curing  taking a third less time in a gas catalytic infrared oven than a gas fired convection oven. This translates into significantly reduced energy bills. The flameless nature of our systems means that there is no noxious emissions such as Nitric Oxide or Nitrogen Dioxide, so Heraeus Vulcan ovens are environmentally friendly. 

Wheel Refurbishment Case Study

New Wheel Refurbishment Powder Coating Oven Delivers!

wheel refurbishment powder coating oven case study

“The successful conversion has allowed Snider Fleet Solutions to stay ahead of growing demand. The line is currently operating around the clock and we have the capacity to exceed 10,000 wheels per month. The biggest advantage of the new system is our ability to continually move parts through our process. It works very well now.The benefits of using efficient Gas Catalytic IR ovens has saved us a ton of gas already! Our old convection oven was very inefficient.The gas savings alone since the conversion have completely paid for the new ovens within 18 months of installation.”

Dave Double - Plant Manager Snider Fleet Solutions

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Wheel Refurbishment Powder Coating Oven

Snider Fleet Solutions in Greensboro, N.C. supplies tires, retreads and vehicle services to the transportation industry. The company operates a growing auto and truck wheel refurbishment service in Bluffton, Ind.

Until 3 years ago the company utilized a single convection oven that limited production to 3,000 wheels per month. They were also experiencing very high utility bills. Dave Double, Plant Manager at Snider Fleet Solutions needed a more flexible and cost effective solution. Dave carried out his research and concluded that Vulcan Catalytic Systems (now Heraeus Vulcan) was the best choice for revamping their systems.

So, the company installed a Vulcan (now Heraeus Vulcan) Gas Catalytic Infrared Powder Coating Oven to keep up with the growing demand for wheel refurbishment. They also adopted a new overhead track from Nikotrack, which incorporated staging areas to provide flexibility in the routing of parts through the system. This layout adopts a Lean Manufacturing approach, which ensures flexibility in batch sizes, to ensure that product is completed according the "pull" of the customer.

Overall, the new system has helped production to triple with the line currently running around the clock, powder coating 9,500 wheels per month, with the capacity to exceed 10,000 wheels per month. The full case study was published in Powder Coating Magazine.