By definition, additives are added in small quantities, often less than one point percent, to re-inforce selected chemical or physical properties of the finished paint. The powder coatings sector is no exception, and has some limitations that are intrinsic to the technology itself, which are linked to the physical state of the paint before application on the piece to be painted.
The European Union has put forth a regulation requiring a limitation of no more than 25 parts per billion (grams per thousand tons) of Per Fluoric Octanoic (PFOA) in PTFE micro-powder, effective July 4th, 2020. The requirements of the REACH legislation pose a challenge to the coatings industry, as many possible raw materials will be banned. Although there is already an exemption for thermal-treated or irradiated PTFEs for another two years, there will be a need to reformulate or to make formulations PFOA REACH-compliant or completely PTFE-free for the future.
It is recommended that companies with their internal experts and/or through external sup¬port, assess the entire spectrum of their milling stage and identify areas for improvement to improve overall performance.
Ball Beverage Packaging has extended the air pollution control capacity of its plant in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, by relocating an exist¬ing system from another site where it was no longer required and scaling it up with just a few new components.
Advanced Analytics is the first market-ready AI application for paint shops. The intelligent solution, which combines the latest IT technology and mechanical engineering expertise, identifies sources of defects and determines optimal maintenance schedules.
With the help of EFSEN and AkzoNobel, furniture maker SC Freda was able to transform the majority of its coating line to a UV-LED system, maintaining a stable, robust production method that ensures a high-quality end product that meets the target requirements.
Currently there are two types of advanced appearance measurement instruments avail¬able on the market capable of determining radiometric and texture information of effect color shades at various directional and quasi-diffuse measurement geometries.
Our February issue takes a look at the protective nanocoatings market, improvements in anti-corrosion performance, and a waterborne polyurethane coating spray on polycarbonate. Also look for an outlook on the 2021chemical industry.