Protection & Safety
Coatings on cans containing edible products are an indispensable component of food safety: they protect food from both bacteria in the environment and corrosion from compromised metal. Coatings on the inside lining of a can act as a barrier to prevent the food from attacking the metal, especially when food is acidic; and the coating on the outside of the can protects the can from damage due to exposure to the environment.
Source: Courtesy of Valspar Corporation
Coatings developed with antimicrobial properties enable them to protect people from E.coli and a number of other dangerous microorganisms when applied to medical devices and components, including central line catheters. They also help to prevent the spread and contraction of hospital-associated infections.
Source: Courtesy of Specialty Coatings Systems
Additives in paints make workers safer in industrial environments: a coating system fortified with aerogel particles and applied at just a few millimeter thick to a pipe heated to 200° C is enough to protect any worker who touches it from a serious burn.
Source: “Stretching Paint Performance,” Chemical and Engineering News, American Chemical Society, pp 26–28, June 6, 2011
Some heat-resistant coatings developed for application to metal substrates can withstand temperatures up to 1400°F while providing a corrosion- and chemical-resistant finish, and have even earned approval for military use by the Army Research lab. They are also used in heavy equipment, industrial manufacturing and automotive applications.
Source: Flame Control Coatings
Certain two-coat, one-cure powder coating systems deliver cost effective solutions for edge corrosion protection in the heavy machinery industry. The elimination of the intermediate cure and cool down steps saves end users significant capital and operating costs, reduces cycle time, operational footprint and work-in-progress inventory. It is estimated the heavy machinery industry spends nearly $250 million annually on premature corrosion claims, with many of these claims related to edge corrosion issues.