Date: Thursday, August 23rd from 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Session Code: MFG10
Presented by: Fuji Spray
Speaker: Jim Larin, Director of Sales: Fuji Spray
During this presentation Jim will cover in detail the benefits of portability in relation to finishing and the reasons why businesses should add portable systems to their finishing operation. While this presentation is geared towards individuals in small to medium sized production shop settings, the information included also applies to those involved in franchising an existing business model and/or the emerging DIY hobbyist industry.
Portability of your finishing operation allows businesses to increase versatility when finishing without sacrificing the quality of the finish product. With developments in technology, powerful turbine driven HVLP units and compressor driven spray guns operating at low CFM levels, allow users to avoid sacrificing quality while allowing for the ability to complete medium to large sized finishing projects onsite. The size and operating noise levels of some systems provides businesses the option of finishing onsite while customers are in their own home (ie: kitchen cabinet refinishing). By completing jobs onsite, companies can decrease employee downtime as pieces of the project do not have to be sent back to a shop for completion. Onsite finishing capability also allows for finishers to complete small touch ups or repairs from damage that may have occurred during installation. By removing transportation and the associated costs involved in transportation from the equation, companies will save money – some of these savings can be passed back onto the customer or accumulated for future growth and development.
As technology develops, the initial cost of purchasing a portable finishing system, whether turbine or compressor driven, has decreased over the years while the quality and features of the systems have increased. For this reason, owning and operating or adding a PFS to your existing operation is cost effective in terms of initial start-up and regular maintenance. When factoring an initial cost of between $500 to $1500 USD, these systems can also be used as a starting point or foundation for new finishing companies to build upon. Developments in both HVLP turbine technology and HVLP/MP compressor technology have resulted in increased transfer efficiency levels. For finishers, this translates to less time masking your spray area and prepping the surrounding workspace. For businesses and specifically those involved in purchasing, this translates to a great deal of savings in product (coatings/masking material) as well as time (employee hours).
By adding a portable spray finishing system to a production style finishing operation, businesses will greatly reduce unnecessary costs associated with material waste, downtime, and transportation, while maintaining the same quality results as if the project was completed off site, in a finishing booth.