Powder Coating Materials

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From functional powder coatings for protective purposes to powders that are used for decorative applications where color, gloss and appearance are the primary attributes, powder coating technology continues to change and improve. The selection of a coating should be undertaken as a cooperative effort between the end user and the powder formulator. A variety of coating types are available, each with its own strengths and weaknesses. This advertising section highlights some PCI members that produce and/or distribute powder coatings.

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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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Axalta Coating Systems, a global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, has introduced the next generation in coil spring coatings. Alesta® Spring Black is a new hybrid epoxy powder coating that provides flexibility and mechanical resistance as well as superior corrosion resistance.

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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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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 Research Group is moving its laboratory to the west side of Columbus from the company’s downtown location of seven years.

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Utilizing input from powder end users during the past year has resulted in the development of exciting new powder technology platforms that will provide powder users the opportunity to improve their finishes.

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