Testing Equipment

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The PosiTest DFT Coating Thickness Gage for measuring coating thickness on metal substrates is an economical choice that retains the uncompromising quality of DeFelsko Inspection Instruments.

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In the world of oven design, there’s engineering, there’s experience, and sometimes there is even a little art. When you add the challenge of working with heat-sensitive substrates, it becomes exponentially more difficult. When finishing a heat-sensitive substrate, all types of heat technologies must be considered. Powder coating for these applications requires an investment in process design to ensure a good outcome, and the answer is seldom based on an engineering chart. For the best outcome, the business as well as operational needs need to be considered.

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While CARC powder coatings have been approved for some time, until now powder has made up only a tiny fraction of overall CARC use. In many cases, powder coatings have frequently served only as a primer for CARC liquid top coats. The project talked about here really changes the game. Instead of being a specialty item, CARC powder is now an off-the-shelf product.

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The Powder Coating Institute (PCI) will host its POWDER COATING 2017 Technical Conference from March 27-31, at the JW Marriott in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. Long known as the event where the industry gathers to discuss all things powder coating, PCI is devoting an entire week to powder coating education, hands-on training, tabletop exhibits and networking with industry peers.

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The 2016 Powder Coating Summit provided a cornucopia of advancements in powder coating technology. Topics ranged from twocoat systems to smart in-line powder application to fluoropolymer chemistry. Allow me to give you a synopsis of some of the topics presented.

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How does the industry ensure the quality of powder coated architectural products? The development of standards and certifications, both domestically and abroad, have helped ensure that architectural products are built to last. Here, read about two specific associations whose sole purpose is improving the quality of architectural parts.

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Held in the Vail Valley in Colorado, The Powder Coating Institute’s Annual Meeting was a great success. In June, PCI’s 2016 Annual Meeting delivered on all fronts. It provided the opportunity to meet other members, get a bird’s eye view of what the association is working on, and hear some motivating and compelling speakers. There were also fun activities and a multitude of networking opportunities.

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Cure is the measure of the crosslinked oligomer chains or fully reacted double bonds residing in the coating matrix following exposure to the curing system, which can be thermal energy or Ultra Violet light exposure. Here, let’s measure, describe and evaluate it.

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The company offers a range of products, including gauges for testing film thickness, instruments to test for gloss, hardness and color, mandrels for impact and bend testing, an oven data logger for temperature profiling, and software for data management.

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Before the internet age, to create a design concept for your equipment you had to rely on either your inhouse engineering knowledge or your vendor’s. Since the internet, we are drowning in opinions as well as information. Maybe it’s time to get back to the basics.

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