Powder coating is an extremely durable finishing technology with significant aesthetic, functional, and economic benefits for manufacturers. One of the primary finishing solutions in North America that our customers have come to rely on, powder coating offers higher resistance to chipping, scratching, and fading in demanding environments. With many liquid finishing issues eliminated concerning transfer efficiency, durability, waste, and VOC emissions, it has emerged as the finish of choice for a broad spectrum of industrial and commercial products. Let us examine the two biggest reasons for its popularity—cost and environmental benefits.
Big Cost Advantages of Powder Coating
- Faster and more efficient process speeds up production: Processing times for powder are significantly shorter than for liquid coatings which can take days to cure. Coated articles pass directly to the oven, offering substantial time savings for manufacturers. Less waste from overspray and lower risk for runs offer greater economic and functional advantages.
- Higher transfer efficiency means lower operating cost: The inherent efficiencies of applying powder coating contribute to lower manufacturing costs. The average transfer efficiency of a powder finish is 60-70% while that of wet paint is 30-35% (not including the evaporation), which typically means material savings. Additionally, any overspray that does not adhere to the metal part can be retrieved and reused.
- Stronger, thicker coat provides more coverage and lasts longer: This completely dry finishing process provides a much thicker and stronger coating than liquid paints with higher quality, longer lasting results. One coat covers a larger area and is twice as thick, making it a cost-efficient finishing option for virtually any metal application—from outdoor electrical enclosures, transformer tanks and the toughest machinery, to appliances, building, automotive and everyday products. Moreover, its flexibility after application makes it ideal for the transportation industry where products are subject to constant twisting and vibration.
Environmental Benefits of Powder Coating
One of the major factors in the expanding market for this type of finish has been the implementation of stringent air pollution control legislation over the past 30 years. Simply put, it is safe to handle and has a negligible impact on the environment. If you are looking to reduce your organization’s environmental footprint, switch to a manufacturer like Rockett Inc. that utilizes industrial powder coating instead. Here’s why.
- Cleaner finishing process: With no solvents used (unlike paint thinners with acetone, mineral spirits, toluene, and xylene) in the powder coating process, the amounts of VOCs released into the air are negligible; thus promoting a cleaner and healthier environment.
- Reduced environmental risks and compliance issues: Absence of solvents also means reduced risk in application and disposal of waste. This helps companies comply more easily (and economically) with the regulations of the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
- Low energy consumption: With the ability to cure many technologically-advanced powders at lower temperatures, energy usage is lower.
- Less waste: Powder can easily be recycled as extraction systems gather most excess powder and return it to a feed hopper for reuse. Any resulting waste is therefore, minimal and can be disposed of easily and safely.
- Reduced health risks for operators: With these coatings posing little health, fire and workplace risks, they are safer to handle and use when compared to liquid paint.
At Rockett Inc., we offer custom metal fabrication solutions with superior industrial powder coating finishes. From mild steel to stainless steel, aluminum, copper, brass or other special alloys—we are comfortable working with a variety of metals, shapes, sizes, and thicknesses.
Our large powder coating system offers a massive capacity for parts up to 12’ x 12’ x 12’ in size and weighing up to 6,000 lbs. This one-of-a-kind, power-and-free conveyor system is able to easily handle a variety of large size coating requirements. Our other powder system utilizes a constant conveyer line with a 5’ x 8’ opening and can handle parts up to 8’ long. We monitor and record system data as well as ensure consistent quality with both in-house and third party process verification.
Talk to our experienced metal fabricating engineers about your application requirements and challenges. We fulfill a wide range of manufacturing requirements for the brick and ceramic, material handling, and electrical power transmission and distribution (PT&D) industries. We can work directly from your drawings and specifications, or offer 3D CAD design and engineering support as needed.
Count on us for competitively-priced finished products and sub-assemblies of world-class quality.
Call 601-939-2471 or request a quote online for industrial powder coating services from an ISO 9001:2008 certified company in Mississippi.