March 2006

Paint technology lowers costs

Ferndale, MI— An advanced automotive paint technology system designed to help automakers save money and increase efficiency has been developed at Gage Products Company.

Gage’s Cobra™ paint-line cleaning program is a patented system that increases paint-line efficiency levels by more than 20 percent, while reducing material-usage costs by more than 10 percent.

“We’re committed to helping the industry provide sustainable solutions and long-term environmental benefits, while paring costs,” said Gage president Donald Dixon.

Benefits of the sealer line-cleaning process include up to an 80 percent decrease in total system pressure and improved sealer-viscosity control and flow rates.

Gage line-cleaning products include the S-590 Cobra™ Line Cleaner, a patented blend of solvents and solid agents that mechanically and chemically “scrubs” paint and other contaminants from piping-system surfaces. It also uses solid-stream cleaning chemicals to remove dried paint residue and oxidation build-up to restore components and parts to bare-metal clean, rendering them reusable and recyclable.

Dixon noted that automotive cost pressures have never been greater.

“Automakers are finding that better maintenance procedures for paint and sealant-delivery systems can generate significant savings,” he said.

Over the past 18 years, Gage’s closed-loop recycling systems have been used by General Motors, Ford and Chrysler to safely recycle more than 70-million gallons of waste material. Other automotive customers include Fiat, Honda, Jaguar, Peugeot, Volkswagen, Volvo and Nissan.


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