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Jotun Paints has taken part in a major refurbishment project at the old Cataract Hotel in Aswan, 800km south of Cairo.

Major paint manufacturers and suppliers in the region are stressing the growing importance of paints and coatings in the trend towards sustainability and green building in the construction industry.
Paints and coatings are no longer seen as mere decorative ‘add-ons’, but are increasingly being perceived as an integral element in terms of lifecycle costing.
Al-Jazeera Paints recently unveiled new products at the Gulf Fair for Building & Construction expo in Saudi Arabia. These included Jazz Stone, a hard-wearing exterior paint with an attractive stone-like texture, and Floor Tech, a decorative floor paint providing chemical and abrasion resistance as well as extended life.<more>

Second chemical spill at paint factory
Published on Monday 16 January 2012 10:53
FIRE crews were called to a second chemical spill in just four days at a paint factory in Stowmarket yesterday. Firefighters were called to the scene at PPG Industries UK Ltd around 2.15pm and were assisted by police officers in setting up a corden. A road closure was put in place along Needham Road and police went door to door urging residents in the immediate area to stay indoors with their windows closed.
A spokeswoman for the Suffolk fire and rescue service said that 500 to 1,000 litres of a liquid chemical had been leaked.<more>




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   Infomercial from Mitsuba Systems  


  Infomercial from PaintExpo

4th PaintExpo, Leading International Trade Fair for Industrial Coating Technology from 17 through 20 April 2012 in Karlsruhe (Germany)
International Growth for PaintExpo

Oberboihingen – More than five months before the 4th PaintExpo opens at the Karlsruhe Exhibition Centre, the exhibitor list already includes roughly 300 companies (revision level: 8 November 2011). They come from 19 nations with 23.6% from countries other than Germany. Further growth in exhibitor numbers and internationalism is thus being experienced by the leading international trade fair for industrial coating technology. Nearly all of the market and technology leaders are already represented in the various exhibition segments.

“Offerings which are focused exclusively on the process sequences for liquid painting, powder coating and coil coating provide exhibitors and visitors with a clear-cut value advantage. And this is being recognised by more and more manufacturers of industrial coating technology both inside and outside of Germany.” This is how Jürgen Haußmann, managing director of event promoters FairFair GmbH, explains the relentless growth of the international trade fair for industrial coating technology. What he didn’t mention is the fact that the majority of the visitors from all over the world come to PaintExpo with concrete tasks, investment plans and the intention to place orders. And this will also be the case at the upcoming event, which will take place at the exhibition centre in Karlsruhe from 17 through 20 April 2012, because companies from all sectors with in-house painting operations, as well as job-shop coaters, are interested in increasing the efficiency, the quality and the ecology of the painting process. And in this respect, it doesn’t make any difference at all which industry sector requires painting of parts made of metal, plastic, wood, glass or other materials.

Solutions Ranging from Pretreatment right on up to Final Inspection
Exhibitors from all sectors are offering new products and services, as well as further developments targeted at optimising processes. Where the pretreatment of metals is concerned, for example, a trend towards nano-ceramic conversion coatings is becoming apparent. Alternatively, solutions are being offered which generate a plainly visible oxidized protective layer with a thickness of just a few nanometres. This allows for easy visual inspection. Moreover, pretreatment can be completed very quickly (within 20 to120 seconds) at temperatures ranging from 20 to 35° C, by means of which energy savings and high throughput rates are made possible.
Ever smaller lot quantities and a continuously increasing variety of colour tones, as well as shorter and shorter life cycles, also represent significant challenges for operators of painting and coating systems. With system concepts and optimisation solutions which are laid out consistently for flexibility and efficient use of materials, the exhibitors are making a significant contribution to streamlined operations, and thus a sharp competitive edge, for companies with in-house painting facilities.
One of the focal points in the field of powder coatings involves low temperature powder coating systems and powdered enamels, which provide optimised corrosion protection. Newly developed powdered enamels with metallic effect will also be introduced. These include, for instance, high-temperature resistant metallic powder and paint systems which provide the coated surface with a certain 3D effect, as well as greater resistance to fingerprints and moisture. Innovative controllers and systems for effective powder conveyance and application also offer answers to questions about how quality and efficiency can be increased, end energy consumption reduced. Potential savings can also be exploited by means of greater degrees of automation. Modern painting robots will be demonstrated which are easy to programme and allow for improved reproducibility of painting results, reduced scrap rates and thus improved quality and economy. The exhibitors will also offer new products in the area of conveyor systems.
The use of infrared heat provides impressive results in many cases where shorter drying or curing times are required, and at the same time reduced energy consumption is desired. Space requirements can often be significantly reduced as well in this way.
Further segments for which PaintExpo’s exhibitors will present numerous new solutions include paint stripping, quality assurance and accessories such as masks and hangers, as well as printing, identification and packaging.
Further information and a preliminary exhibitor list can be accessed at .



  Infomercial from Vijay Enterprises Pvt. Ltd

Vijay Enterprises Pvt. Ltd.

Vijay Enterprises is a leading manufacture of powder coating materials (PCM) in India. VIJAY COAT today stands as a Reliable source of High Quality and Durable Powder Coating materials at very reasonable prices. Vijay's PCM find extensive application for industrial and other demanding applications. Vijay enterprises was incorporated in 1995 with a view to supplying quality PCMs to Indian industry. Vijay's manufacturing set up is equipped with best machines from M/s Buss AG Switzerland who are world's largest manufacturer of Powder Coating Machines. Vijay has now established itself and earned a name for its quality supplies and prompt delivery at reasonable prices.

The types of powders manufactured by VIJAYCOAT are as under.
Pure Epoxy
Epoxy Polyester (Hybrid)
Pure Polyester (TGIC)
Pure Polyester (TGIC Free)
Super Durable
Poly Urethane Powder

Types of Finishes manufactured by VIJAYCOAT
Semi Glossy
Specialties like Silver, Gold, Copper
Antique Finish
Hammer Tone
Wood Finish
Pearl Finish
Coloured Transparent

Technical Powders Manufactured by VIJAYCOAT
Fast Cure
Lower Temperature Cure
Thin Film Powders
Hot water resistance powders
Heat Resistant Powders for automobile silencers
Fire Retardant Powders
Powders for in contact with food stuff (Food Grade)
Electrical Insulation Grade
Lead Free and ROHS Compliant Powders
Reach registered European Powders.

Fusion Bonded Epoxy Powders
Fusion bonded Epoxy Powders for Reinforcing Bars

Fusion bonded Epoxy Powders for Pipe Coatings

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Admin. Office :
65, World Business House
Nr Piramal Garden Cross Road
Eliss Bridge, AHMEDABAD
Ph 079-26461540, 65242828, Tel/Fax 079-26461539
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  Informercial from Yantai Electrostatic Powder Equipment Co.,Ltd  
Yantai Electrostatic Powder Equipment Co.,Ltd is located in yantai with long history is professional and taking the lead in powder coating production equipment manufacturing from earlier 1980's, from mixer, extruder to cooling belt, grinding system, from lab R&D to small volume production , large scale production vertical line.

Distingushing features of Yantai Electrostatic Powder Equipment Co Ltd China
Powder coating production equipments:

Option of ground feeder to feed flakes/chips of suitable size to ACM grinder, thus a continuous presence of labor to feed the flakes is avoided.

the equipment has inline auto rotary sieving machine, hence there is no contamination, and labor is saved, saving in time for big batch production, because the rotary sieve method is does faster sieving than vibratory sieve, and very easy to collect the finished ground powder into plastic bag due to presence of rotary air lock which again can save labor. Also the less amount of coarse powder filtered on sieve can be collected from rotary sieving machine and fed to the ACM feeder.

the height-ed design of High speed mixer facilitate it to be placed it overhead on a sturdy steel platform to enable to gravity feed of premix to twin screw extruder, on continuous basis.

Facility of heat exchanger for air cooling on top of cooling belt conveyor fitted with canopy cover to thoroughly and effectively cool down the extruded plastic band before flaking, very important during  high ambient temp.

The ACM grinder has pins for grinding instead of blocks to effectively fine grind the chips and maintain the particle size distribution within specified limit and maintain efficiency of grinding to rated capacity depending upon correct setting of parameters.

Provision of pulse air jet with solenoid and timer to clean the filter bags in the dust collector
automatically at intervals to keep the efficiency of the complete grinding process.

Provision of correctly sized heat exchanger attached to ACM grinder to effectively cool the powder in the grinding chamber in order to improve efficiency of grinding.

Provision of quick release coupling at the ACM grinding equipment to quickly dismantle and clean between color change if required.

Efficiency of Extrusion :On average basis, the ratio of power required for main motor to extrude the hot melt mix is 11--13 kg/kw hr depending on capacity of Twin screw extruder.

The Suggestion of Lab extruder is for color matching and product development keeping the
production machine free for production .The product formulation developed on the Lab extruder is correctly scalable to production batch without change in color properties by maintaining the same  batch ,make and quality of raw materials like pigments, extenders, resins, additives.

All above features and few more result in improved efficiency by reducing manpower, reducing time factor to maintain target of production and keep the shop clean.

The screw elements, liners, and other parts are made as per correct metallurgical materials and as per industry standards. All electrics are of International brands like Siemens or equivalent etc.

For further details contact:
Kiron Deodhar
(Sole Sales Representative )
M/s Yantai Electrostatic Powder equipment Co Ltd China
(Abrr. Jingdian in Haiyang)

India contact: Kiron Deodhar Kothrud, Pune-411029,Maharashtra,India


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CRR slashed by RBI, holds interest rates: Industry View
MUMBAI: Reserve Bank of India left interest rates on hold on Tuesday but cut the cash reserve ratio for banks by 50 basis points, a move that eases tight liquidity in the banking system and underscores a policy shift from fighting inflation to reviving growth.

Following are views of industry officials after the RBI statement:
H M BHARUKA, MANAGING DIRECTOR, KANSAI NEROLAC "There is no need to reduce rates in a hurry and what the Reserve Bank has done is right. There needs to be clear signals from the economy, and it is only right for them to wait. The housing industry, which has been asking for a cut has not reduced prices. The fund flow to the housing sector has to be controlled as that has pushed up inflation to these high levels.

The CRR cut is something we are not sure about as additional liquidity in the system could be more inflationary. We are hopeful that the two pauses have been good and from March the industry is expecting a rate cut to boost growth." <more>

Kansai Nerolac Q3 net up 26 % at Rs 52 Cr
Kansai Nerolac Paints said today its net profit rose by 26.66 %for the third Quarter ended December

Asian Paints Limited
Asian Paints said due to the severe cyclonic storm 'Thane' in Tamil Nadu, some equipment and materials at the Company's Penterythritol Plant, Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu have been damaged. The damage is being assessed by the company and the operations at the Cuddalore Plant have been temporarily suspended. All equipment and materials have been fully insured by the company and the above will have no impact on the manufacturing of paints by the company. <more>

Asian Paints Consolidated Net Sales for the Quarter increases by 22%
Mumbai, January 21, 2012: Asian Paints Ltd today announced their financial results for the quarter and Nine months ended December 31, 2011.
"We witnessed good demand for Decorative Coatings business across the country. However, inflation and falling rupee has affected material prices, thus impacting margins" said P M Murty, Managing Director & CEO, Asian Paints Limited.
"Industrial business, including Auto continued to face challenging conditions. Political events and macro economic uncertainty in some countries continue to affect international performance though South Asia has done well." He added.<more>

Asian Paints - Restart the Company’s Pentaerythritol Plant, Cuddalore at Tamil Nadu
With reference to the earlier announcement dated December 30, 2011 regarding Temporarily Suspension of Operations of the Company at the Cuddalore Plant, Asian Paints Ltd has now informed BSE that the production at the Company’s Pentaerythritol Plant, Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu has been restarted.

The repair and reconstruction work to set right the damage caused at the plant is in progress and the same is not expected to hamper production. <more>

Berger Galaxy paints relaunched
KATHMANDU: Berger (J&N) Nepal re-launched Berger Galaxy, an innovative glow in the dark paint in a do-it-yourself kit in the market.

The Galaxy pack contains a 25gm container of the glowing pigment, a 75gm container of the paint binding agent, 23 stencils of various shapes and a brush, it said, adding that one can paint night sky with its glowing attractions of the moon, stars, spaceships and whatever over the ceiling.

The product is so designed that any layman could prepare it and paint his imagination to turn bedtime into funtime for the children, the company claimed. “Or for any painting assistance one can call a toll free number.”
The paint is also eco-friendly.<more>

IIP Number going up !
“If IIP numbers continue to go up consistently, one could say the economy was on a recovery path. I doubt that RBI will begin reducing rate immediately,” said H M Bharuka, managing director, Kansai Nerolac Paints.

India Inc & analysts say things could be tougher after Dec. The jump in November’s Index of Industrial Production (IIP) from minus 4.9 to 5.7 was a big relief, but both industrialists and analysts are unsure if the good run would continue.

While some industrialists were quick to nudge the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to cut rates, most doubted whether it would happen as soon as January 24 (when the central bank announces its next quarterly review of monetary policy).
Venugopal Dhoot, chairman & managing director, Videocon Industries, said, “This is the time to act. The IIP numbers will keep going up from here, while inflation will come down further. If RBI does not act now, it is an opportunity wasted.” <more>

John Deere to invest $80 m in Dewas tractor unit
John Deere will set up its new manufacturing facility in Madhya Pradesh near Dewas. The company will be investing $80 million on its Dewas facility and would create 1,000 jobs, the majority of which would be given to local people. The ground breaking ceremony for its new tractor factory was held at its plant site near Dewas on Thursday with the State Industry and Commerce Minister, Mr Kailash Vijayverigya, and other officials of the company formally laying the foundation stone.
Mr Ranjeet Nair, Managing Director and CEO, John Deere, India, said the annual production capacity of the Dewas facility would be 49,000 tractors and its commercial production is likely to begin from 2013. Mr Nair said the reason why the company chose Dewas near Indore for the manufacturing of its tractor, was due to its strategic location and being nearest to Indore, Madhya Pradesh's largest city, which will provide a large pool of trained persons due to the large number of engineering and other technical institutions in the region. <more>

CES 2012: Nanocoat to fight germs
A typical computer peripheral is said to have 400 times more bacteria than a toilet seat. However, last week, at the Consumer Electronics Show, XTIO2 introduced XTI-Mobile nanocoating, the most powerful personal protection against germs on hand-held devices, tablets and laptops.

Typical consumer electronic products like phone, keyboard and mouse have 400 times more bacteria than the average toilet seat according to a study done by Chuck Gerba, a professor of microbiology at the University of Arizona, and a remote control at home has nearly as much bacteria as a toilet’s flush handle.

Dr. Birgit Winther at the University of Virginia found that cold viruses stay alive on remote controls and telephones for up to 18 hours. “Surfaces are far more important than we ever imagined in the spread of colds,” said Winther. Common cold is the world’s most prevalent illness without cure. It sends Americans to the doctor 100 million times yearly and costs $40 to 60 billion.

The world-exclusive XTI-Mobile Active-Shield nanocoating destroys cold viruses, dangerous E.coli and MRSA bacteria and other germs transmitted via frequently touched devices with the world’s highest germ-killing power of 99.999% proven by SGS tests on coated materials (ceramic, ABS-plastic and fabrics). The binderless XTI-solution includes only ultra-pure water (99.5%) and titanium-dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles making it GREEN and SAFE for consumers. <more>

PPG electrocoat primer to optimise corrosion protection

PPG Industries has developed a water-based corrosion protection primer that is applied to aircraft metal parts using an electrocoating dipping process, eliminating the waste and environmental concerns linked to sprayed primers.
Kevin Brooks, global segment manager for OEM coatings at PPG, said priming today is done by workers with spray guns in paint booths, where only about 25% of the paint ends up on the part, leading to inefficient use of primer and environmental concerns with workers breathing the airborne chemicals used in the primer. <more>

Bayer building new coatings plant
Bayer MaterialScience has started the construction of a new Euri 35 million multi-purpose plant for the raw materials for polyurethane coating at Chempark Leverkusen in Germany.
Hexamethylene diisocyanate (HDI) and isophorone diisocyanate (IPDI) are used primarily for the production of environmentally friendly automotive and industrial coatings for a wide range of products, including many durable nonwovens.
Growing concern about the environment and the challenges concering VOC legislation in many countries have resulted in a trend to the replacement of many solvent-based systems by water-based or high solid systems, Bayer says.<more>

CCP passes order in show-cause notices to 16 paint companies
ISLAMABAD - The Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP) has passed an order in the show cause notices issued to 16 paint companies for violating Section 10 of the Competition Act, 2010 that deals with deceptive marketing practices.
CCP had issued show cause notices to following paint companies for inserting tokens in paint packs falling in the decorative paints category for household purposes: M/s ICI Pakistan Ltd, M/s Nippon Paint Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd, M/s Kansai Paint (Pvt) Ltd, M/s Berger Paints Pakistan Ltd, M/s Brighto Paints (Pvt) Ltd, M/s Diamond Paint Industries (Pvt) Ltd, M/s Mansoor Paint Industries, M/s U.P Paint Industries (Pvt) Ltd, M/s Nelson Paint Industries, M/s Chawla Chemical and Metal Industries (Pvt) Ltd, M/s Brolac Paints (Pvt) Ltd, Karss Paints Industries (Pvt) Ltd, M/s Allied Paint Industries, M/s Sika Paint Industries (Pvt) Ltd, M/s Rafiq Polymer Industries and M/s Black Horse Paints. <more>

AkzoNobel's shareholders oppose move to hike foreign promoter stake
MUMBAI: A group of minority shareholders of AkzoNobel, including Asian Paints, have objected to a proposal under which the listed firm will absorb three unlisted group companies at a higher valuation, thereby increasing foreign promoter's share holding.
In a concerted move, the institutional investors such as ICICI Prudential, LIC, SBI Mutual Fund, Bajaj Allianz, among others, have informed AkzoNobel, (formerly ICI) about their discomfort over the valuation given to the three companies controlled by Akzo's foreign parent, though the listed firm has a market cap of over 2,000 crore and cash in hand of about 1,000 crore.<more>

Solar Paint Converts Light to Electricity
A paint containing titanium dioxide and semiconducting cadmium nanocrystals can convert sunlight to electricity. Christopher Intagliata reports

Instead of installing solar panels on your roof—how about just giving your house a new paint job? Of course you’d have to be sure to use solar paint. That’s what a group of Notre Dame researchers has created, detailing the recipe in the journal ACS Nano. [Matthew P. Genovese, Ian V. Lightcap, and Prashant V. Kamat, "Sun-Believable Solar Paint. a Transformative One-Step Approach for Designing Nanocrystalline Solar Cells"]
The paint contains nanoparticles of titanium dioxide—which gives whiteness to sunscreen and powdered sugar. The particles are coated with semiconducting cadmium nanocrystals, and mixed with water and alcohol, to create a golden yellow paste. The researchers dubbed the product “Sunbelievable.” They brushed it onto a conductive glass electrode, and attached that to a counter-electrode, to create a complete circuit.<more>

AkzoNobel to take 100 percent control of Metlac Group
AkzoNobel plans to strengthen its position in packaging coatings by exercising the right to buy the remaining shares of Metlac, an Italian based packaging coatings producer. Financial details were not disclosed.

AkzoNobel currently is a shareholder in the Packaging Coatings Metlac Group. This position was inherited from the acquisition of ICI in 2008. The deal underlines the company’s strong commitment to supporting the coatings and inks market for metal packaging by securing the future of a well recognized supplier. <more>

Research and Markets: 2011 Report on the $20 Billion US Paint & Coating Manufacturing Industry
The US paint and coatings manufacturing industry includes about 1,100 companies with combined annual sales of $20 billion. Large companies include Benjamin Moore, RPM International, Sherwin-Williams, Valspar, and divisions of DuPont and PPG. The industry is highly concentrated: the largest 50 companies account for about 80 percent of revenue.
The global coatings industry currently generates about $90 billion in annual revenue. By 2015, the global coatings market is expected to be valued at nearly $100 billion, according to Global Industry Analysts (GIA). The top paint and coating producing countries include the US, China, Germany, Japan, and the Netherlands. Outside the US, major companies include Akzo Nobel (the Netherlands), Nippon Paint (Japan), Hempel A/S (Denmark), and the coatings operations of BASF (Germany).<more>

Global Printing Inks Market to Reach US$18.2 Billion by 2017, According to New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc.

GIA announces the release of a comprehensive global report on Printing Inks market. The global market for Printing Inks is projected to reach US$18.2 billion by the year 2017, driven by the mounting popularity of environment friendly inks, and incessant technology innovations that are opening up newer growth avenues including relatively new markets such as UV and ink jet inks. Radiation curing inks and energy-curable ink technology also offer numerous opportunities, thereby pepping up industry growth prospects.
Printing inks is an industry that embodies the strength of the global as well as regional economies. With high correlation to a country’s GDP, the printing inks industry is cyclical in nature, with economic ups and downs amplifying the demand patterns. The business of printing inks involves development of products as per application and customer needs. Partly dented by the recent global meltdown, and the soaring raw materials prices, the global printing inks industry is projected to grow moderately over the near term. The industry continues to face severe pricing pressures, arising from spiking raw material costs, a scenario that is expected to continue over the near future. The market is also witnessing a transition towards high-value digital and energy-cured inks. Packaging, commercial publishing/printing comprise the largest end-use industries in the printing inks market.<more>

A Measure Of Titanium Dioxide
Commercial Product Analysis: Because of TiO2’s high levels in candy, children ingest more of the whitener than adults
Candies contain high levels of the whitening compound titanium dioxide
Used mainly as a whitening agent, titanium dioxide is a common additive in foods, paints, and personal care products. But scientists know little about how much TiO2 appears in these products, and that lack of data hinders studies of the chemical’s potential health effects. Now researchers have conducted the first analytical study of TiO in U.S. commercial goods, finding some products that contained almost 10% titanium by weight (Environ. Sci. Technol., DOI: 10.1021/es204168d).
“Risk assessors need more data on titanium exposure in people,” says Paul Westerhoff, of Arizona State University, who led the study. “Our study aims to fill in the gaps.”<more>

Schools in poor areas get a lick of paint
A 200,000 yuan ($32,000) check donated by Nippon Paint to a Hope school in Southwest China's Sichuan province. The company, together with DuPont, initiated a three-year program in 2009 called Color, Way of Love, which has painted the walls of 111 Hope schools across the country. Chen Qing / for China DailySchools in poor areas get a lick of paint
BEIJING - For children in remote mountainous areas, colors proved to be a good way to ignite their hopes for the future.
Launched in 2009, the Color, Way of Love project was jointly initiated by Nippon Paint and DuPont with the aim of painting the walls of 100 Hope schools in three years.<more>



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Measuring Powder Coating Density
Hi Joe:
I'm selling powder coating in South America. So now I have many questions regard to powder coatings. But the most important is this: How long can resist the powder coating after the due date, when it still is at storage?
Claudia, Colombia

Hello Claudia,
Thanks for the question. I have traveled and worked in Colombia and have very fond memories of my time spent there. I will be very happy to answer your question.

The stability of a powder coating is influenced by many factors. First I must differentiate two distinct types of stability. Physical stability involves the requirement for the individual particles to resist clumping or sticking together. Chemical stability refers to a powder coating's resistance to premature polymerization during storage and handling.

Physical stability is influenced by the melt point or more specifically the Tg (glass transition temperature) of the powder coating and the storage conditions. A powder coating with a low melt point will sinter and clump more readily than one with a higher melt point. Accordingly powders stored in high temperature environments will clump more readily than those stored in cooler areas. Additionally powders exposed to high humidity environments tend to absorb moisture which will also cause clumping. (Please note that most powders are supplied in moisture impervious containers and the exposure to moisture occurs after the package has been opened.) Clumping obviously makes a powder difficult to fluidize, transport and spray in an application system.

On the other hand, chemical instability causes a powder coating to chemically advance or polymerize during storage. Fast reacting and low temperature curing powders can start to polymerize in high temperature storage conditions. This premature chemical advancement reduces the melt flow of a powder coating causing a more textured finish.

Both physical and chemical instability can be present in a powder coating. Typically fast cure (or low temperature cure) powders also have low melt points to help facilitate better melt flow at low cure temperatures. Consequently these types of powders are most susceptible to clumping and chemical advancement and should be stored and applied in a climate controlled environment. I recommend less
than 27 deg C and 50 to 70% relative humidity.

Now to answer your question (are you asleep yet?). Standard curing powder coatings (175 -200 deg C) that have been stored in a reasonable environment can remain usable long past their "due date". Low cure powders and those that have been stored in environments exceeding 27 deg C for long periods of time can suffer from clumping and chemical advancement. I would inspect (for clumps,etc) then spray and bake a sample of any powder that is past it's due date and make the determination yourself. If the finish is still within your requirement for smoothness and appearance (no blistering, dirt, etc) then I would continue to use it.

Claudia, I hope that this helps you. Someday I hope to return to Colombia to enjoy the beautiful weather, excellent food and wonderful people.



Hey Joe,
We have a dedicated/automated powder line. The parts go through the wash stages and are powdered in an enclosed area. Powder guns are oriented from both the top and bottom. We have a problem where powder collects on the top inside of the booth and eventually falls in clumps on the product. We have a regular cleaning schedule for the booth but it is cumbersome and taking too much time. Do you know of any way to prevent the powder from collecting in the first place or any other suggestions that would make this more efficient? I would appreciate any time you could spare to consider this.



Dear Jeff,

Sounds like a very aggravating problem. I think that you need to explore a combination of design, process and materials for tackle the problem. Here are a few areas that I would investigate:

Design - I would consider replacing flat surfaces (if you have them) with curved ones. The curved surface will allow for better air flow and a potentially cleaner surface. Check also the air flow of your system near the top of your booth. Is there a dead space? Can your airflow be redirected to pull air from this area?

Process - Do you have an adequate ground for your parts? Powder is electrostatically attracted to the closest and best ground. If your booth ceiling is conductive and well-grounded then the powder will be preferentially attracted to this surface. Is your spray gun orientation and pattern too wide? Are you overshooting the top parts on your hangers and thereby spraying powder too high? Do your guns trigger too soon before seeing parts and stay on too long after the hanger has passed? Again, powder
will look for a ground which will most probably be your booth walls and ceiling.

Materials - Is the top of your booth comprised of metal or a lesser conductive plastic? Metal will attract powder much better than polypropylene or HDPE. A quick fix may involve installing an intermediate plastic baffle between your parts conveyor and the booth ceiling.

I hope that these ideas will help you in your quest to eliminate this problem. Please let me know how you progress.

Best Regards,


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