Coating Pricing

Western Michigan University reserves the right to change rates without notice.

The following rates do not represent the full cost of a trial or test. Trial plans are unique and test protocols vary and their differences do affect the pricing. The following rates do not include shipping or material costs which also affect the price.To schedule a trial or to request a detailed trial or testing quotation, please contact Shawn Mortimore at +1 (269) 276-3532 or by email.

Pilot plant and laboratory charges (in US dollars) include operators. Coater use fee includes use of coating kitchen, calender (Parkview only), spot testing, and lunch. Minimum charge for use of a WMU coater is one full 8-hour day.


Parkview coater
$13,000 / day
Hot soft-nip calender — no coater
$7,200 / day
Half day is from 8:00 a.m. to 12:01 p.m. Run time after 12:01 p.m. will result in full day charge.
$4,500 / half day
Coating kitchen — no coater — Parkview
$5,000 / day
Laboratory equipment and testing (plus material fees)
$95–125 / hr
Slitter / Rewinder
$155–275 / roll
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The University will send an invoice upon completion of the work. Pay within 30 days to avoid 1.5% monthly finance charge.

One day of equipment and staff use refers to an eight hour day: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, except holidays. Start-up and shutdown time is included in the eight hour period. Time required outside the core eight hour period, on the same day, for equipment operations, including coating preparation or clean up, must be arranged through the plant director and will carry the following charges:


$2,100 / hr
Hot soft-nip calender only
$1,050 / hr
Coating kitchen only
$950 / hr
Airknife coater
$2,100 / hr
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Any special set-up, alteration or addition to equipment needs to be pre-arranged with the plant director. The director will advise cost of modifications.

All materials and supplies ordered and/or purchased by the University will be at the delivered cost plus a service charge of 20%.

Cancellation Policy — To avoid monetary penalty, cancel pilot runs at least 21 days before the first booked run date. Cancelling within 20 days before the first booked run date will incur the following cancellation fees: 20% of total booked value if canceled 15—20 days before, 40% if canceled 8—14 days before, and 80% if canceled 0—7 days before.