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CCAI’s FINISHING Pavilion Set as FABTECH Returns to Chicago

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Producing a powder coating is a multi-step process. It can be described as being semi-continuous because it begins as a batch process (weighing and pre-mixing) but evolves into a continuous process (extrusion and milling). In the last Technology Interchange article, we discussed the first steps in manufacturing a powder coating. This consists of weighing, premixing and extrusion. This edition covers what happens to the flakes generated from the extrusion process.

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The finishing needs of the defense market continue to advance and change. This includes the evolution of powder coatings, which must address the following requirements:

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Producing a powder coating is a multi-step process. It can be described as semicontinuous because it begins as a batch process (weighing and premixing) but evolves into a continuous process (extrusion and milling). The exciting part of the manufacturing process is taking the abstract concept of the art of powder formulating and making it real and tangible. All the creativity and technology that has been infused into a formula becomes a reality. This Technology Interchange describes the first part of manufacturing powder coatings, namely weigh-up, premixing wand extrusion.

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Just like Indiana is the hub for several major Interstate highways to crisscross, so, too, was the CC Forum a place for custom coaters to cross paths and learn from one another, taking with them valuable knowledge on their own highways to success. This year’s Custom Coater Forum was held March 30-31 in downtown Indianapolis. The opening evening began with a dinner at a local famous family-style restaurant, where PCI custom coater members enjoyed a great night of networking, good food, and the keynote speaker for the event.

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From March 27-31, The Powder Coating Institute (PCI) hosted three events at the JW Marriott in downtown Indianapolis, making the end of March a hat trick for the powder coating industry. PCI devoted an entire week to powder coating education, hands-on training, tabletop exhibits and networking opportunities, through three of its events: a Powder Coating 101 Workshop, the Powder Coating 2017 Technical Conference & Tabletop Exhibition, and the Custom Coater Forum.

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This edition of Technology Interchange will take you on a journey, exploring how our industry began and the path it took to the present day. Powder coating technology was conceived as a laboratory curiosity and blossomed a few decades later as a multi-billion dollar global industry. Many folks think powder is the latest and greatest industrial coating technology; however, its origin dates back to 1953 when a clever German scientist developed a means to apply an organic coating to a metal part without the use of a solvent carrier.

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Not long ago, the great people of our great country underwent one of the most fractious elections in my lifetime. Most political “experts” were fooled as to who all their polls and comprehensive studies had predicted to win. The campaigns were unequivocally divisive and bitter, pitting urban dwellers against country folk, coastal enclaves against “fly-over” states, and family members against each other.

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One of the more popular powder coating looks is metallics. Metallics range from a bright sparkle finish to a muted reflective patina that approximates the surface of a metal. Metallic effect powder coatings are found across a wide spectrum of decorative finishes, including automotive wheels and trim, under hood components, architectural facades, lawn mowers, office furniture, appliances and bicycles.

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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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