Pretreatment/Surface Prep

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The industrial sector accounts for about 34 percent of total U.S. energy consumptionThis energy is consumed as electricity that is purchased or self-generated, and as fossil fuels such as natural gas, propane, fuel oils and coal.

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In the spring of 2014, I reported on the current state of bio-based powder coating technology with an article aptly named It’s Not Easy Being Green. At that juncture, there had been no commercial success with introducing bio-based technology into powder coatings, although a number of attempts had been made.  

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At first glance, comparing powder coatings to waterborne coatings is like comparing an apple to an orange. They are both round and grow on a tree, but is there more to it than that?

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As my Grandfather would tell you, “There’s nothing wrong with skim milk that a little half and half won’t fix.”  A point made in a joke, that a little of the right chemistry can go a long way. 

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Green design. Eco design. Environmental design. There are many different terms for it, but the idea of sustainable design is all around us in a wide range of products we use every day. 

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Almost everywhere I’ve gone for the past several years, the top issue facing  American manufacturing and industrial finishing is the lack of skilled workers.  From meetings and conventions to trade shows, everyone is saying the same thing: “We can’t find and keep skilled workers!” 

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Whether you’re new to powder coating and need to build a new system or you’ve been at it for years and need an upgrade, you undoubtedly have a lot of questions. 

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It has been said by some that the quality of metal finishing is like a three-leggedstool. The legs represent pretreatment, substrate and paint.

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Selecting the best powder coating for your application may seem straightforward; however, providing your powder supplier a detailed description of the coating performance needs for your parts will avoid headaches with the ultimate quality of your products.

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The program offers two certification types; PCI 3000 was designed for custom coaters, while PCI 4000 applies to OEMs with in-house powder coating operations. A primary goal of the program is to raise the bar of the industry by recognizing commitment to quality and minimizing coating failures that threaten to tarnish powder coating’s reputation.

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