Greetings from Newell Coach!
As we head into fall, I hope you’re getting a chance to take to the road for some autumn adventures in your Newell. Whether it’s a journey to a favorite destination or a visit to see friends and family, I hope your travels are fun, safe, and rewarding.
This issue of Newell’s News presents information of interest as well as necessity. It provides tips that can help keep your coach generator in shape so it will be ready and able to take you wherever you want to go, any time of year. It also takes a nostalgic look back at the Streamline Travel Home—the luxury coach of its day and Newell’s direct predecessor. But first, I want to tell you about some important changes we’ve recently implemented at Newell.
Over the past year, we’ve been analyzing and improving our processes to achieve higher quality results in our finished product. In order to attain this goal, it isn’t enough to simply inspect the end product. Rather, it’s by ensuring that the correct approaches are used throughout the production process that we can best achieve the outcomes we want.
First focus: exterior paint
Our exterior paint processes were one of the first areas we focused on. Newell V.P. of Manufacturing Chuck Evans and Paint Department Supervisor Jerry Allen managed this project. Working closely with our painting team and a key supplier, they analyzed every aspect of our paint process. Based on what they found, we’ve made several major modifications to our paint materials and procedures that are producing some great results.
Changes for the better
One improvement was the addition of an anti-static pre-wash before painting begins. This keeps surfaces cleaner while they’re being painted and reduces the risk of getting dirt and debris in the finished product. We’re also using new paint guns to apply the primer, paint, and clear coat. Pumps that deliver paint to the guns at a consistent pressure and in a more consistent spray pattern produce a much smoother and more refined finish.
Another change is that we’re transitioning to primers, base coats, and clear coats manufactured by Sikkens—the paint products preferred by Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and BMW. When I asked one of my most knowledgeable contacts why the “Big Three” German luxury car manufacturers all used Sikkens, his answer was short and to the point: “Sikkens is the best.” Our experience thus far confirms this conclusion.
One positive outome of revising our paint materials and processes has been a great improvement in efficiency. For instance, the wait time between some of the painting steps has been nearly eliminated. And because the new materials lay down flatter, rework is reduced.
Thanks to all of these changes, our painting staff is less rushed, our production schedule is more manageable, and your next Newell will have a smoother, glassier exterior than we were able to offer before.
Enjoy the rest of your summer!
Newell Coach Corp. President and CEO