Wednesday, December 24, 2014

History of Powder Coatings

Dry coatings can be dated back to 1000 B. C., with porcelain and other vitreous enamels among the earliest of dry coatings.  Porcelain was used extensively on cast iron in the mid 19th century. 

By the 1950s, the first organic coating, thermoplastic vinyl, was being applied with a fluidized bed.  A German scientist, Dr. Erwin Gemmer, developed the fluidized bed application for thermoplastic resins on metal as a more productive alternative to flame spraying, in which melted (or heated) materials are sprayed onto a surface.

From 1958 to 1965, almost all powder coatings were applied with the fluidized bed process.  The thick applications were primarily used for electrical instillation, as well as abrasion and corrosion resistant purposes. 

The technology and application methods of powder coatings continued to evolve when France introduced the first commercial application of epoxies in 1962 and in 1968 when spray applications appear in Europe. 

By the early 1980s a thinner, smoother film coating and economical advantages lead to considerable growth in the use of electrostatic coatings. 

In response to environmental pressures and demand from several major markets, powder coatings will continue to replace liquid finishing as the coatings and application advance.  As a professional powder coater, it is critical that you have a supplier you can trust and rely upon.

TCI Powder Coatings provides dependable, efficient service and carries a wide selection of superior products used for innovative solutions and applications within the architectural, furniture, automotive, agriculture, and construction markets.

Contact us today to speak with our experienced team about how we can help you with your powder coating needs.

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