It’s not uncommon for sheet metal manufacturers to have some kind of in-house painting capability because, quite frankly, it just makes sense. Innumerable benefits go hand-in-hand with in-house painting, and they all boil down to these two categories: speed and quality control.
The fact that speed makes a difference when painting in-house almost goes without saying. Think of the alternative. If a manufacturer does not have the tools to paint in-house and must outsource, it lengthens the lead time considerably. Outsourcing to painting industry can, in some cases, set back your lead time by two weeks. Because of its capabilities, HUI can have a product powder coated and ready to ship in one day.
Quality control is a loaded benefit because it affects so much. Manufacturers without in-house painting capabilities have a difficult time controlling paint and finish quality. Mistakes happen—scratches and grind marks from fabrication aren’t always covered by the paint, especially if it’s a gloss.
An advantage that in-house painters have is training to detect those flaws and inspect parts for standard finish requirements. Painters who work outside of a sheet metal manufacturer may not have this expertise, so parts that may require more finishing won’t be detected before they get painted, resulting in wasted parts and a setback in lead time.
Sometimes, quality issues may stem from shipping—parts might get jumbled or rub against one another, leading to another quality issue that painters without manufacturing experience may not notice.
In-house painters have the opportunity to collaborate with their fabrication counterparts to ensure customers receive well-painted industrial products that are held to and maintain high-quality standards all within a shorter lead time. Do you have an industrial product that would benefit from powder coating in-house? Contact us today to get your project underway!