A new technology has been recently developed that allows for the coating thickness of paints, adhesives, and other types of materials on a wide range of substrates to be measured very quickly with a non-contacting device that can be as far as 1.2 meters from the surface to be measured. The device can measure both thick films (up to 2000 um) and also very thin films. Thin films can be measured with sub-micron accuracy. This technology uses advanced thermal optics and can determine the final film thickness by reading the coating in either the cured or uncured state.
This new technology has been implemented in Europe over 100 times and is now being introduced in North America. The technology offers the ability to substantially improve quality control for cases where the film thickness must me maintained with small tolerances. It also provides previously unavailable means to provide immediate feedback on the final film thickness immediately after the coating is sprayed. This enables for real-time adjustment of the application parameters to both minimize material usage and optimize film uniformity.
- Understand if their process can be measured and benefit from this new technology
- Understand how other companies have used this technology to improve their manufacturing processes
- How this technology can be integrated with automation and other Industry 4.0 technologies to maximize it’s effectiveness
Why Is It Important?
The ability to perform real time-measurement of coating thickness and make in-process adjustments is something that has been an objective for many manufacturing applications for decades. Devices used for this have historically either required contacting the surface, have had accuracy limitations, or require very precise placement. A new technology using advanced thermal optics has been developed that can determine the final coating thickness of paints, adhesives, or powder coatings with a non-contacting device that can be positioned over 1 meter from the surface and can measure the coating in either the cured or uncured state. This new process opens up a broad range of process improvement opportunities in the quality control and material savings areas.