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RE: Coatings operations

Such a "cookie cutter" approach would not be worth the time and effort to
put it together.  The only way to make intelligent suggestions is to
thoroughly understand the clients needs.  What is the desired effect of the
coating?  What does the customer demand? What is the substrate? How is the
part handled before coating? What volume of parts are being coated?  How
complex is the shape?  How are the operators trained?  Is the company
willing to pay to retrain workers?  Is the coating line a bottle neck in the
process?  Is the company culture adaptable to change?  Who's job
responsibilities are going to change?

Very few companies are able to take a germ of an idea and bring it to an
implemented project. (See some of what Tim Lindsey from Illinois WMRC wrote
in past issues of P2 Review on diffusion of P2 information.)

If you want to accomplish something it takes people to people contact, real
technical expertise and spending time with a company.  The numbers of
companies you touch with this approach will be far less than the mailings
and web site "hits", but the real impact to the environment will be much

Rick Grote
UW-Extension     WMEP/SHWEC/ChemAlliance
610 Langdon St., Room 530
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 265-3055
FAX:    (608) 262-6250
email:   grote@wmep.org

Has anyone developed a "cookie cutter" plan for people with
coating or painting operations.   Specificly,  I am looking for
some kind of checklist with a series of options and a brief
description of each option.

Here is an example of the kind of thing I would like
__ Change to powder based coating - Powder coating is...., this
option is best for...., typical payback periods are etc.

__ Switch to water based coating - Water based coatings are....

__ Don't coat at all - Sometimes you only need to paint part of the