Aug 11, 2015 Off Comments in Powder Coating by

One of the most common questions asked of those in the powder coating integration industry is whether to use a manual batch-type system or an automated line.

The answer isn’t always easy: Batch systems and automated lines use different approaches to powder coating, each with their own advantages.

For those unfamiliar with the terms, an automated system (or automated line) is a powder coating system that moves parts automatically through the various steps of the powder coating process. These steps usually include using a chemical wash to prepare the surface of the parts, drying the parts, applying the powder coating media, curing the powder coated finish onto the parts, then allowing them to cool.

The parts typically move in one direction from device to device, and all tasks are done to different parts simultaneously. A batch system, on the other hand, allows the operator to manually prepare and accumulate parts, then coat and cure the parts in batches. The parts are typically moved from one device to another by hand using carts.

Here are some of the most useful tips for deciding whether a batch or automated system best suits a coater’s needs.

Consider the Volume of Work and the Nature of the Parts

If you’re dealing with thousands of similarly sized parts per shift, an automated system is probably your best bet. The more varied the shape and size of the parts, the less advantage an automated system typically offers. A batch system provides significant benefits in terms of equipment cost and workflow versatility, but relies on workers to move parts, prep parts and apply powder coating media. So, if the volume of parts is quite large, the advantages of a batch system are lost.

Read more: Cleveland Ohio Powder Coating: Batch System vs. Automated Line Powder Coating Systems