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Mack Plant Converts to Imron® , Improves Productivity

Published on 2005-04-15. Author : SpecialChem

WILMINGTON, Del. -- Converting to a DuPont™ Imron® finishing system made by DuPont CoatingSolutions has increased productivity by 25 percent at the Mack Trucks, Inc.'s plant in Macungie, Pa.

The Macungie facility is the latest American heavy-duty truck to convert to DuPont™ Imron® technology. The transition, which began in August, "has exceeded our expectations," according to Dan Haugh, manufacturing, engineering and continuous improvement manager at the plant.

Haugh explains that contamination had been a problem with the previous process because each truck had to go through the bake cycle twice - once for the basecoat and once for the clearcoat. Because of Imron's rapid flash time, both color and clear can be applied in one process. "And we're getting excellent gloss," adds Haugh.

Teams from both companies worked together to bring about the successful conversion and remove production bottlenecks. "We've increased efficiency by 25 percent," said Haugh. "Before, we had people standing idle waiting to apply the clear. Now we've eliminated that."

Based on the successful conversion of the Macungie plant, the New River Valley Plant in Dublin, Va., which produces the Mack and Volvo Brands, will begin converting to Imron® Elite in the third quarter of 2005 and will be using it 100 percent by year-end.

Mack and Volvo management has designated DuPont CoatingSolutions as its "Global Paint Supplier." The decision was based on DuPont's ability to meet Mack/Volvo's coatings standards on a global scale and provide industry-leading products and solutions at both the OEM and after-market levels. DuPont is a science company. Founded in 1802, DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere. Operating in more than 70 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture, nutrition, electronics, communications, safety and protection, home and construction, transportation and apparel.

Source: DuPont

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