STAR (Spray Technique Analysis & Research) PROGRAM

Objective: To optimize transfer efficiency and reduce overspray, thereby reducing pollution and paint waste.

Program Overview

The STAR training center offers training for automotive technicians, industrial painters, and students studying to become spray technicians. The participants gain experience through individual, hands-on training using a laser-guided spray gun.

The Training

Through a day-long training, which features interactive exercises such as videotaping each technician's current spray painting technique, participants will learn:

  • The proper maintenance, use and adjustment of a High Volume-Low Pressure (HVLP) spray gun.
  • Calibration and use of the LaserTouch™ technology.
  • Proper spray gun position, spray overlap and edge painting techniques to achieve maximum efficiency.

At the conclusion of the training, each participant will complete a spray painting exercise using the techniques they have learned. Certificates of completion will be awarded.

Enroll Today!

The STAR Program training center is located at the Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School in Charlton, Massachusetts. The training center is the first of its kind in the Commonwealth.

To enroll, contact the instructor:

Raymond A. Beck
Collision Repair & Refinishing Lead Teacher
Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School
57 Old Mugget Hill Rd, Charlton, MA 01507
Phone: (508)248-5971
rbeck@baypath.tec.ma.us

The Technology

The STAR training program was developed by the Iowa Waste Reduction Center to decrease material consumption, increase transfer efficiency, and reduce overspray during manual spraying operations. The LaserTouch, which can be used in conjunction with HVLP spray equipment, is designed to provide technicians with a "real-time" means of assessing and improving their spray technique and performance. Using a split laser beam image, the spray gun provides the operator with a visual indication of gun-to-part distance, gun angle, and targeting.

The LaserTouch also aids the painter in targeting the edges of the part being coated, tracing intricate sections of the part, and tracking previous passes to ensure the proper overlap. This results in improved transfer efficiency, reduced known VOC and particulate emissions, paint consumption, waste disposal, material costs, and spray booth maintenance.

The Results

STAR trainees using the LaserTouch have shown improvements in maintaining a consistent spray distance, proper gun angle, uniform coating thickness, and transfer efficiency. The improvements can be attributed to both the basin training in spray paint technique and the LaserTouch technology. The initial class of trainees at the STAR center realized a reduction of 33% in their paint consumption at the end of the training session.

Using the LaserTouch technology did not change the finish quality, uniformity, or overall product quality - in some instances the painting quality improved. Trainees indicated that they were comfortable using the LaserTouch after one day of use and would recommend LaserTouch to other technicians.

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This information provided by the Office of Technical Assistance and Technology.