News – 08/09/2016 Installation Times To Get Even Faster
record uk is installing a powder coating facility within its 30,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Blantyre, south of Glasgow. The plant consists of a spraying booth and curing oven. The spraying booth is equipped with a conveyor system to facilitate the consistent high quality finish record uk requires to complement the high quality of its products for its customers.
Powder coating is a type of coating that is applied as a free-flowing, dry powder which is then cured at a high temperature for a short period. It has many advantages over conventional liquid paint which keeps the paint in a solvent based suspension for application.
These benefits are:
- there is no carrier fluid to evaporate away or emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
- the process is safer
- powder coating eliminates the possibility of runs and sagging in finishes
- the resulting coating is harder and more durable
- surfaces can be coated horizontally or vertically
Powder Coating Application Process
The powder coating is usually applied with an electrostatic gun which imparts a positive electric charge to the powder and uses compressed air to discharge the powder. The coated frame is then cured under heat – usually at 200 °C (390 °F) for 10 minutes – in order to reach full hardness and durability. When the frame is heated, the powder melts and flows to form a uniform “skin”. This skin then cools to form a hard coating. This process creates a finish that is tougher than conventional paint.
Benefit for Customers
Being able to coat and finish the frames in-house means orders can be processed and installed even quicker than before – bringing a major benefit to customers where installation times are critically important.