Smart and advanced coatings connote materials properties that add value to function and performance - even for demanding applications. A number of these coatings have been developed for commercial use, and understanding their action could be key to the competitive development of alternate formulations.
The demands and trends in architectural coatings create complexities in formulating pigment pastes. Enhancing color strength, extended storage life, foam reduction during grinding, and simplifying the formula to reduce additional additives that lead to leaching in a final sustainable waterborne dispersion.
On Demand The coatings industry has utilized silica-based particle technology for decades. Amorphous silica is a highly adaptable and flexible technology. Numerous engineered types of amorphous silica have been developed to provide functional solutions to many coating challenges.
On Demand Being first to market with innovations that satisfy consumer demand is essential for manufacturers looking to grow sales and increase share of wallet. Formulators must move quickly to seize new opportunities driven by architectural paint trends, as well as ensure overall product performance and brand experience are not compromised.
On Demand Differences between colors can be described using dL*, da*, and db* values, but for simplicity a single value describing the overall magnitude of the difference between two colors is preferred.
On Demand Making high-quality industrial coatings requires formulators to produce several performance properties that often have opposing requirements. In many cases, by optimizing one property, formulators encounter negative impact to another.
On Demand When it comes to color measurement, the objective is always to measure what we see. This 30 minute webinar is designed to provide a foundational understanding of how we perceive color, and how that understanding translates to quantitative color measurement using a spectrophotometer.
Foam happens— it’s a common and natural occurrence. However, eliminating it can feel anything but conventional. The right defoamer for a paint system requires the consideration of many factors such as, raw materials, manufacturing method, application type and cure conditions. This webinar will familiarize you with the different defoaming chemistries available and arm you with the tools needed to reliably select the right defoamer for any paint formulation.
Our May issue features Part 2 of our two-part series on icephobic coatings. We also showcase a new overspray-free paint system that AUDI AG is using, as well as an article from Hockmeyer on vacuum milling, and a feature from X-Rite on how to select the right tolerancing method when controlling color.