Weekly Poll (13)


Last month, AkzoNobel Aerospace Coatings unveiled a new virtual reality training for painting aircraft, allowing a user to mimic a customer’s production environment and multiple coating systems to train teams virtually. Do you believe this technology is an effective way to train new painters?


Last month, a Pittsburgh-based company announced the release of its autonomous coating system. Has your company considered using robotics technology for paint application?


Based on your experience regarding coatings projects, what option best describes the amount of money spent (from the project's total cost) on buying or renting coating application equipment required for a project’s completion:


UNStudio and Monopol Colors are currently showcasing “The Coolest White” paint—an extremely reflective white paint—in the “State of Extremes” in Israel’s Design Museum Holon’s Decennial Exhibition. Reported to prolong the lifecycle of urban building and structure coatings to 30 years, do you think the coating will be used in more future projects?


In July, an Italy-based project titled, “Urban Flying Opera,” used drones to paint a large-scale graffiti project with the aim to beautify the city of Torino. With more stories of drones being utilized for this type of coatings work, do you think the technology has the potential to eventually replace commercial painters?


Aside from price, what is the primary factor influencing your decision to buy surface prep and application equipment instead of renting or leasing?


Overall, do you find that your company buys, rents or leases surface prep and application equipment for your coating projects? Select one, and please explain why in comments.


A German energy company recently became the first to use thermal spray aluminum to protect the monopiles of a new offshore wind farm. Will TSA soon become the standard for protecting these assets?


A Florida startup is looking to introduce a painting drone for industrial applications by year’s end. Do drones represent the future of painting in the industrial sector?


Has your company considered using robotics technology for paint application?


Assuming the highest level of competence by each, who is generally the better painter: a robot or a human?


How integral is a smartphone or tablet to your work?


The economy is pressuring many contractors to bid as low as possible, which has led many to cut corners wherever possible. As a contractor, how often do you attempt to meet only the minimum specifications for surface preparation and coatings application?

Submitted by Jesse Chasteen
Kalispell, MT


 
 
   

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