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PdM Keeps
Coating Company
Operating
Michelle Segrest, Contributing Editor

Weekly planned maintenance and
continuous improvement drive
reliability for a finishing company that
works on an extraordinarily tight schedule.

Linetec's paint line has five pairs of spray booths stationed online, in opposing
pairs, so that both sides of the parts can be painted without physically touching
the material. All photos: Michelle Segrest

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SITUATED IN THE MIDDLE of the production process for its
customers, Linetec, based in Wausau, WI, relies on critical processes, complex scheduling, and all systems working in sync to get
products in and out of its finishing facility at lightning speed. To
make this happen, production keeps moving at all times. The clock
only stops one line at a time-in 12-hour weekly increments-for
critical preventive maintenance.
"The important story that we have to tell is one of reliability,"
said Andy Joswiak, Linetec's vice president of engineering and
technical services and a 28-year company veteran. "We are right in
the center of our customers' business. We need to be reliable, and
we need to be up. We have a maintenance staff that runs all the
time with multiple and creative schedules."
Linetec was founded in 1983 by its parent company, Apogee
Enterprises Inc., Minneapolis. Apogee's companies specialize in
glass, coatings, and architectural products. The increasing demand
by architects for windows of different colors was the inspiration for
Linetec. As few companies were specializing in coating architectural products, this was a niche waiting to be filled. The company
started with a single paint line, 20 employees, and 40,000 sq. ft. of
manufacturing space dedicated to applying enamel, acrylic, and
Kynar paint finishes.
"We don't really manufacture anything. Basically, we finish our
customers' material and then send the components back to them
so they can finish their manufacturing process," Joswiak said. "The
value that we bring is aesthetic and longevity of their products
through our finishes. Our customers create building art, if you
will...they make buildings look nice. They produce the skins of the
buildings, and we coat them."
Linetec finishes extrusions for windows, curtainwalls, and store-

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