Substrates

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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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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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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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A focus on customers and its employees’ abilities to respond to new opportunities has allowed this Indiana-based custom powder coater to thrive. The addition of a fourth powder coating line will allow them to continue to offer industry leading quality and delivery levels.

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This Oklahoma-based custom coater can finish parts up to 80-ft long. Find out what a leap of faith into the powder coating arena has done for the industries in mid-America when it comes to their super-size finishing needs.

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Corrosion is a fleet-eating problem on commercial trucks that costs the industry $4 billion annually. When the American Trucking Association called for improved corrosion protection in 2005, Accuride accepted the challenge and responded with the trucking industry's first powder coated steel wheel to come with a corrosion warranty.

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What is influencing the course of powder coatings on unconventional substrates? From low-temperature UV powder coating to ultra-low bake powders to plasma treating for surface preparation, this article talks about what’s happening in this segment of the industry.

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Lately I have been asked by more than one party, “What future trends are in store for the powder coating industry?” It has been a while since someone wondered out loud what the future might hold for our fair technology. Let’s dust off the crystal ball and have a look.

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When it comes to metal fabrication, L&W Engineering in Middlebury, Ind., is said to be one of the best in the business. With humble beginnings in 1975, L&W has experienced significant growth in the past 40 years, now building quality parts for a multitude of unique customers and earning annual sales in the $40 million range. The company is able to assist customers in every stage of the process—from research and development (R&D) to packaging and delivery.

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