EMB Technology has commissioned a pilot machine for powder coating for serial production of powder coated rolls of flexible metal substrates. This coating machine will be combined with a NIR (near infrared) curing unit.

Dennis Engelsma, managing director of EMB Technology says the machine will be the first of this kind prepared for a three-shift seven-days-a week production environment.

The concept is to enable accurate application of powder on rigid and flexible flat substrates without the problems of thickness variance, poor reliability, low speed and high investment levels.

Peter Kloppers, technical director, says, "We anticipate that it will be the first of more units we can provide for special applications of powder coating on various kinds of substrates "

With this machine, the coil coater will have a coating alternative to spray coat lines without compromising quality standards. This first machine runs at speeds of 20 m/min, depositing an adjustable and controllable layer thickness on a flexible metal substrate between 50 and 70 micron with a thickness variance less then 3 percent at a working width of 800 mm. Higher speeds can be reached in coil coating applications, where powder needs to be applied with a lower layer thickness. Due to its modular concept, units can be installed behind each other, making it potentially possible to reach speeds above 100 m/min.

In addition to its extreme low floor space usage, fast make-ready and changeover capabilities, the machine can be integrated in existing lines, making it affordable to start pilot projects. Visit www.emb-technology.nl for more information.