Dörken launches concerted campaign
Dörken launches concerted campaign
In mid November Dörken MKS-Systeme and the European quality association Qualicor staged a joint EU coaters meeting. / Representatives from throughout the value chain discussed measures to optimise the quality of the DELTA-MKS zinc flake systems. / In this, Dörken-MKS-Systeme is positioning itself as the central meeting point for coaters, parts manufacturers and OEMs.
On November 18th and 19th 2010 Dörken MKS-Systeme GmbH & Co. KG, Herdecke, and the European quality association Qualicor staged a joint EU coaters meeting. Over 90 representatives from all points of the value chain came to Stuttgart to exchange information about measures for optimising the quality standards of DELTA-MKS-Systeme. In future, the company is set to act as central contact for all those involved in the process.
Communicating the various requirements
As a rule, the chromium(VI)-free zinc flake systems comprise a basecoat and a topcoat and are employed primarily on fasteners for automobile construction. The specifications profile of the OEMs was clarified by Matthias Ackermann, as representative of Volkswagen AG. The car companies are looking to join forces with Dörken here in order to develop and promote joint system solutions. In his function as Managing Director of the German Fasteners Association (Deutscher Schraubenverband e.V.) Dr. Stefan Beyer represented the interests of the parts manufacturers as a link between the paint producer, the licensed coater and the car manufacturer. Amongst other activities, the DSV conducts audits and analyses regarding corrosion resistance and abrasion behaviour, entering into open dialogue with the members of the forum on this subject. The constructive impetus gained in the discussion is driven on the one hand by the DSV, with Dörken MKS-Systeme also functioning as an additional engine. From January 2011 a new organisational structure of the company will see the Quality Development department commence its work at the company, under the leadership of Michael Stähler. Its task is to monitor, control and optimise the entire process after the paint has been manufactured, from the coating procedure to delivery of the parts to the OEM. The new department is thereby taking on an interface function in the triangle between parts manufacturer, coater and end user. In addition, existing analysis methods and specifications are to be further developed in association with the DSV. The many years of personal co-operation between Michael Stähler and the DSV offer ideal conditions for the resolution of this complex task. Two annual audits
In the past, controlling coating quality was a core task of the European quality association Qualicor. In the future, all licensees of the Dörken MKS-Systeme will have to be audited by the company itself once a year. In addition, the ifo Institut für Oberflächentechnik GmbH will also conduct a second neutral audit. This will involve coated components being removed from series production and tested for their required characteristics. “The jointly-formulated quality claim in the premium segment is the minimum level for all MKS coaters,” says Dr. Martin Welp, Managing Director of Dörken MKS-Systeme. The process improvement of coating through application equipement was also addressed at the coater meeting. Established plant engineering companies such as Ernst Reinhardt GmbH Industrieofenbau and WMV Apparatebau GmbH indicated their capability to increase the quality with optimised plant technology – e.g. for dip-spin applications. With the forum in Stuttgart Dörken-MKS-Systeme has positioned itself as a central contact for parts manufacturers, coaters and OEMs in the effort to achieve joint further development of zinc flake systems.