Teams are getting ready for the Castle Bromwich 2018 convention
Team Improvement Circle (TIC) entrants Sign3D, Seal3D, Deliver3D will share their ‘top tips’ at the forthcoming 2018 Local TIC Convention at Castle Bromwich on May 12th.
The four-strong team, based in Paint, have been using 3D printers to create bespoke cosmetic sealer tips to reduce downtime and improve quality in the paint shop.
Currently, the stainless steel tips that deliver cosmetic sealer to bodies in paint need changing up to five times a week as they erode and bend out of shape.
The team’s project uses 3D printers to create more robust aluminium versions that hold their shape up to and over a year, meaning less downtime for change overs and a better cosmetic finish to the sealer which positively affects quality.
Team members Steve Towle, Andy Ormes and Paul Tudor are TIC veterans having gotten all the way to regionals last year and they hope to go one better this year with fourth team member Nic Priest.
Nic, a Group Leader on the sealer line in Paint, said: “We’ve had some great results already and we’re looking at how this could be rolled out in paint shops across the business. It’s one part of a larger project which looks at the ergonomics of the sealer process so we’re looking forward to presenting our finding at the local convention next month.”