The Woodbridge, NJ Large Packaging Metals facility has upgraded two paint booths with a new, larger, and faster booth. The new paint booth will run water reducible paint which has a lower flammability rating and lower odor content than the solid solvent paint used by the old booths.
The new booth replaces systems installed in 1989 and upgrades the equipment to meet current standards and obtain consistency with other systems within our network. Installation of this new paint booth typically takes two months but the maintenance crew in Woodbridge, led by Derek Kale (Overall Project Manager), Justin Reed (Project Manager) and Matt Ortiz, completed the project and had the ability to spray production ready product in just 17 days. Although the new booth is ready for production, the facility will continue to use the existing booths until material in inventory is depleted to reduce waste. While there will be a steep learning curve as operators adjust to the new system, the facility expects to experience a 4–8-point gain in OEE (overall equipment effectiveness) once the new booth is fully operationally near the end of September.
In addition to being faster and more state-of-the-art, the new paint booth provides a safer paint environment as it is located on the same level as other equipment rather than in a pit. By eliminating limited egress and the risk associated with confined spaces; slips, trips, and falls can be reduced and avoided. Additionally, the lower flammability of water reducible paint significantly reduces the fire hazard for the facility.
“Great job by the Woodbridge team on this project. This is one of the largest paint booths I have ever seen, and the installation was completed in the shortest period-of-time I have experienced. This investment will continue to lead to improved operational excellence and production in Woodbridge,” commented Dave Vergo, Industrial Packaging Solutions President.