UV Radiation Curing

UV Coating Advantages for Pipe And Tube Applications

Metal pipes
One of the key drivers in the development of new coating technologies today is the need to increase the sustainability of both coating formulations and their application processes. Leading solutions include high-solids solventborne systems, water-based coatings, and formulations that cure when exposed to ultraviolet (UV) or electron beam radiation. All of these options offer reduced volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions,...

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Low-Emissivity Topcoats for the Reduction of Thermal Infrared Emissions from Military Platforms

F-15 Eagles in Flight
Infrared-(IR) based weaponry and surveillance systems utilizing the short-wave, mid-wave, and long-wave IR emissions produced by ambient to high-temperature surfaces are an existing and continually evolving threat to military platforms. The survivability and sustainability of aircraft, helicopters, ships, and land vehicles depend on adequate protection against these threats. IR emissions from an object can be reduced by the use of...

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Market Update: Advances in Powder Coatings

Powder coating of metal parts. A man in a protective suit sprays powder paint from a gun on metal products.
Powder coating technology is viewed as a sustainable option in many industrial coating applications. It is most widely used to coat metal substrates, but efforts have focused on developing curing solutions that enable the application of powder coatings to temperature-sensitive materials such as wood and plastics. Growth in manufacturing and construction markets combined with growing demand for more sustainable solutions...

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Unique Waterborne Alternatives to Traditional Solvent-Based Coatings for Industrial Wood Applications

Modern Wood Panel Kitchen
Solvent-based varnishes and lacquers have been the coatings of choice for industrial wood applications for many years. These coatings can provide an attractive durable finish that is cost effective. Kitchen cabinet and furniture manufacturers choose these coatings because they are fast drying, they are easily repaired, they tolerate climate differences well, and they are extremely forgiving. Some of these coatings...

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Adoption of UV LED Curing Advances as Technology Evolves

Large format UV coating printer
UV LED curing technology today offers numerous benefits in terms of sustainability, cost, and performance for certain applications—most notably graphics [primers and over print varnishes (OPVs)], wood fillers, fiber optics, electronic display coatings, and some non-graphic web coatings. The advantages being realized in these markets are generating interest from other sectors where UV LED curing technology has not reached the...

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Radiation-Cured Coatings: UV Today, LED Tomorrow

Radiation-Cured Coatings: UV Today, LED Tomorrow
Where radiation-cured coatings are employed, ultraviolet (UV)-curable systems predominate, and current development efforts are largely focused on improving waterborne systems and reducing the impacts of monomers (via migration) and photo-initiators (as residual impurities). Looking to the future, LED curing is generating significant interest and excitement, particularly as curing equipment and coating formulations improve.

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Coatings Are Going 3-D

Coatings Are Going 3-D
Additive manufacturing, also known as three-dimensional (3D) printing, has found applications in numerous industries. Surgical and dental implants customized to each patient are now produced rapidly using 3D printing, as are many prosthetics. Surgeons also prepare 3D replicas of patient organs to plan complicated surgeries. Some automotive and aerospace components can also be rapidly produced via 3D printing. The potential...

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