Powder Coating Co. Creates First Planning Software System for its Industry
GRASS VALLEY, Calif.--What does a manufacturing firm do when it needs a specific tool to operate its business and one can't be found on the open market? One company took the bull by the horns and created its own software technology, a program that would eventually help the company manage, control, and document data for its custom, precision powder coating business.
Sundial Powder Coating, Inc. (www.sundialpowdercoating.com) was fortunate enough to have someone with code writing experience on-staff, Shivie Dhillon. He eventually developed Powder Soft©, the company's first Web-based, desktop program for powder coaters (www.powdersoft.net).
"There was no software solution flexible enough to handle the wide range of parameter controls, so with our 30 years of experience, Six Sigma training, and software knowledge, I developed Powder Soft©," said Shivie Dhillon, the company's co-owner. "In my opinion, this is the first software system to come out for the powder coating industry. There might be other programs that help with the data basing, but this is the first one that is a full, Web-based software."
Sundial Powder Coating, located in Sun Valley, Calif., offers not only the coating of products, but also sand blasting, masking, labeling, packaging, sub-assembly, silk screening, pad printing, and artwork preparation. In addition, the coating company can provide engineering assistance and prototype-to-volume production for a variety of industries and applications. These industries include automotive, architectural, aerospace, indoor and outdoor lighting, cosmetics, and medical equipment.
Dhillon says that the initial push to create a program was because of the increasing development of the powder coating industry. Everything was done on-the-fly, and every spec was hand-written for a particular job. Sundial had been in the powder coating business about 25 years when it decided to begin working on the software. "In those days, powder coating was very subjective," Dhillon explained. "Industry standards were being created, but not finalized, since it was a very young industry. What we started to notice was that there was some consistency and continuity in how the job specs were written."
The latest version of Powder Soft© is Traction version 2.0, created by LTG&A, Inc.
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