Equipment & Testing

It’s Time for Your Robot to Paint

This article will walk through the first and often the most complex part of a robotic application setup process, explain practical techniques, define some basic process acceptance criteria, and define typical terminology used by some of the industry’s most capable paint application specialists.

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Automating the Application of Field-Applied Coatings

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While most industrial coatings are applied in the factory setting, there are times when those original coatings on installed equipment or other assets must be repaired or replaced. Traditionally, that work has been done manually, presenting safety concerns for the applicators and chemical exposure issues for the environment. New technologies are being developed to enable robotic cleaning and preparation as...

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Advances in Paint and Coating Manufacturing Equipment

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Core paint and coatings manufacturing processes have remained largely unchanged since the dawn of the industry. Ingredients are mixed into a liquid (organic solvent or water), a process that is often followed by milling to achieve the correct particle size for products comprising dispersions. Despite this, the paint and coatings industry is very dynamic. Business trends, market demands, governmental regulations,...

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Analytical Series—Microscopy Techniques for Coatings Research: Surface and Depth Characterization of Latex Paint Films

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Waterborne coatings are multi-component, heterogeneous systems containing a variety of additives, in addition to water, polymer binders, and pigment particles. The distribution of various ingredients in the coating films directly affects a coating’s appearance and performance; for example, optical properties, substrate adhesion, chemical resistance, and mechanical durability. Over the years, a plethora of analytical tools have been utilized in coatings...

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Hansen Solubility Parameters (HSP): 2 – Applications

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In Part 1 (Coatings Tech, May 2018, p.60), I introduced Hansen Solubility Parameters and their theoretical basis. If you have read that article, your first questions probably were how do I find or measure such parameters and how do I use them. Values for solvents and many different polymers may be found in the literature (references 1-4 plus many others)....

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Getting Out of The Lab—Advantage of Evaluating Coatings In a Real-World Manufacturing Environment

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This article outlines an unmet industry need for formulators to conduct robust testing of their coatings products in real-world or simulated environments that closely resemble an OEM facility’s environmental and processing conditions as coatings are applied and cured. The illustrative examples provided in this article are not hypothetical but are based on actual OEM and end-user processes, widely available coatings...

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