Study of Painters' Biggest Challenges Led to Next Evolution of the 3M™ PPS™ Disposable Paint Cup System
When the 3M™ PPS™ Disposable Paint Cup System was first developed in 1996 in England by 3M engineer Steve Joseph, it revolutionized how painters in the collision repair industry prepared, painted, cleaned and managed the paint process. And doing so reduced solvent use by up to 70 percent and decreased prep time by up to 50 percent.
To get to this breakthrough, 3M invested considerable time and effort understanding the challenges of traditional metal paint cup users and developing potential solutions. The company assigned a dedicated team of experts to work alongside painters to better understand their challenges and invent a creative solution to address these challenges.
Joseph and the team spent three months in a body shop working alongside painters as part of the research process.
Flash forward to 2017. 3M engineers have spent the last 20 years in paint booths and mixing rooms around the world finding ways to continue to improve upon the paint process. As a result, the next generation of 3M™ PPS™ - the 3M™ PPS™ Series 2.0 Spray Cup System - was born. The team identified three key areas for improvement - cleanliness, simplicity and peace-of- mind. They designed the 3M™ PPS™ Series 2.0 Spray Cup System to deliver these benefits.
"At 3M, we are committed to constant innovation and applying new scientific solutions to our customers' challenges," said Steve Joseph, Division Scientist for 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division, and inventor of 3M™ PPS™. "The evolution of the 3M™ PPS™ Series 2.0 Spray Cup System will turn the industry on its head with advanced performance, efficiency and cleanliness."
3M’s research with painters around the world found these opportunities for improvements in the vehicle painting process:
"The new 3M PPS Series 2.0 solves problems I didn’t know I had," said Chad Saale, automotive painter from St. Peters, MO, who participated in the product testing.
"The new 3M PPS Series 2.0 saved me time setting up my gun and changing colors, gave me more confidence when spraying with a bigger cup, and delivered a better finished paint job," said Jacob Miles, Milestone Paint and Body, who tested the system as part of the 3M PPS World Cup event.
"The biggest benefit for me is a new collar every time, one piece less," said Nicholas Parks, automotive painter from Oakley, CA who also tested the product.
No Separate Collar Required:
To improve the cleanliness in the paint process and eliminate potential sources of contamination due to equipment cleaning or maintenance, the 3M™ PPS™ Series 2.0 Spray Cup System integrates a disposable quarter-turn lid locking system into each lid to limit the amount of parts reused in jobs to just the durable outer cup:
Keep It Simple for Success:
For high-production painters, any time spent on repetitive activities like cup assembly is not only non-billable but also take away from time painting vehicles and detract from maximizing efficiency. The 3M team worked to reduce this assembly time with three improvements:
Reduce the Variables that Can Cause Inconsistency, Inefficiency:
Painters are keenly aware of and control an endless number of variables to obtain the desired results. One trend is to prime/seal or clear coat a range of parts in a single cycle via batch painting to improve efficiency and consistency, but this requires a larger paint cup. The 3M team’s goal was to give painters peace-of-mind, eliminating a few of these variables, especially when using a larger cup, including:
For vehicle painters, the new 3M™ PPS™ Series 2.0 Spray Cup System will again revolutionize how they manage their painting process. While the original 3M™ PPS™ has been the industry standard bearer for two decades, it will relinquish its crown with the launch of 3M™ PPS™ Series 2.0 Spray Cup System.
1. Wide Spout Adapter with four-point connection maximizes stability while spraying and provides for easier cleaning.
2. Quarter-Turn Lid Locking System comes with every lid. Stays cleaner. Locks faster. Fewer parts to keep track of.
3. Domed Lid with Full- Diameter Filter. More paint below the filter improves flow and consistency, while reducing spitting from start to finish.
4. New Cup in Every Lid & Liner Kit. Start clean more often and eliminate paint build-up on the cup. On-cup ratios and max fill markings eliminate outside mixing cups.
5. Access Window. Allows you to hold the liner for cleaner, easier lid removal when refilling or additional tinting applications. Also, easier to check paint levels.
6. Larger Cup Sealing Plug allows you to seal and protect coatings upside down with greater stability when not in use. Use fewer lids by keeping filters wet.