Manufacturing and spray painting often go hand-in-hand.  You can buy efficient paint guns and electrostatic technology to improve efficiency but don’t underestimate the value of time and material savings through training!

This is Pollution Prevention (P2) Week and it’s a time to pause for a minute to examine processes that can be improved to prevent waste at the source, rather than try to control its disposal. You’ll save time, energy, hassle, and provide a better environment for employees and your community.

Many industries are taking advantage of virtual reality technology and using VirtualPaint training to help their painters get more paint on the part and produce a more consistent finish with less overspray and emissions. A giant LCD screen shows a realistic image of a part and the painter “sprays” the screen with a paint gun equipped to track movement.  The screen changes color to show where the “paint” is landing – where it’s too thick, too thin, and just right. This is information the painter would not know otherwise! The VirtualPaint training provides a “score” to painters so they quantify the amount of overspray created by their excellent (or poor) technique.  Then the game is on – for them to improve their score with training.

VirtualPaint training reduces painting time and increase transfer efficiency. Canyon Creek Cabinet Company reports savings of $100,000 per year by using the VirtualPaint at their facility and Omega Cabinetry also reports time and money savings. The training is popular for industry, military, and automotive body shops as well as schools that teach painters.  The VirtualPaint technology was originally developed and continues to be provided by the Iowa Waste Reduction Center at the University of Northern Iowa.  Reported results show companies gain monetary savings and are able to prevent pollution at the source through reduced waste, reduced paint use, and increased energy efficiency by using the VirtualPaint.

Do your employees spray paints or coatings onto metal, plastic, or wood? Spray Efficiency Training offered by the Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC) in Seattle can increase their accuracy and efficiency. Get your employees trained at a reduced rate through September 30, 2016. Contact Ken Grimm at 206-352-2050 for more info.