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The Power and Durability of Polyester Powder Coating

The Power and Durability of Polyester Powder Coating

There are many types of durable powder coating solutions that protect steel and other metals from corrosion. Manufacturers understand the degradation of metal from harmful UV rays, moisture, oxidation, environmental and industrial chemical reactions can cause severe harm to their equipments. The good news is, commercial suppliers like us can formulate and provide you with durable coatings to protect your components and parts. At Secoa Technology, that’s what we do.

If you think metal coatings doesn’t apply to you, think again. Here are just a few of the industries that count on the protection that polyester powder coating delivers, for example:

  • Bridge Builders
  • Railways
  • Automotive
  • Agricultural Farming
  • Transportation Signs
  • Commodity Hardware
  • Construction
  • Window Fabrication
  • HVAC
  • Household Appliances

Science Behind Powder Coatings

As the name suggests, powder coating is a dry application. Unlike their liquid coating counterparts, a dry application does not require a chemical solvent. A polyester powder coating is durable, tough, and provides a high gloss finish with exceptional resistance to corrosion and heat. Typically, polyester powder coating is used to manufacture highway railings, train rails, galvanized metals, bicycles, auto parts, farm equipment and many other outdoor products. Take away the need for a chemical solvent and this provides manufacturers with a an environmentally friendly product assembly line.

Cost Benefit

Any manufacturer who relies on specialty coatings knows the cost associated with safely disposing of chemical solvents. U.S. manufacturers adhere to strict Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) laws and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines to insure a safe environment. This includes adherence to the disposal of these chemicals. As any business owner will tell you, there are cost benefits to using “dry” polyester powder coating in their manufacturing processes.

Dry vs. Fluidity

There are other relatively standard blend powder coatings available. These include nylon, epoxy, Teflon or fusion powder coatings. We not only provide powder coatings, but a range of other standard fluid coatings and special formulations. Some of the standard coatings and application processes on the market include:

  • Electroless Nickel Plating
  • Fluoropolymer Coating
  • Diamonite Finishing
  • Nickel Boron Coating
  • UltraSeal Coating
  • Rilsan Nylon 11 Coating
  • NiB-One Finishing

At Secoa Technology, we provide manufacturing industries with dry and fluid-based coating solutions. We enjoy the challenge of developing a cost-effective formulation that meets our client’s specifications. We take pride in our work to pinpoint the right coating that prevents the costly effects of corrosion.

Protect Against Corrosion with Epoxy Powder Coating

The U.S. manufacturing industry is at the heart of the U.S economy, providing equipment to build infrastructure and deliver consumer products to both rural and urban city centers. Most companies operating in this sector count on industrial coatings and platings suppliers to protect their equipment and public works infrastructure from corrosion. For example, many elements can cause the degradation of steel, which include:

  • Moisture
  • Oxidation
  • Environmental Chemical Reactions
  • Industrial Chemical Reactions
  • Sun’s UV Rays
  • General Corrosion

Formulating the Right Industrial Coating

For construction site or assembly line equipment, commercial coating suppliers generate standard and specialty coatings to protect metals in a wide range of applications. Epoxy powder coating, for example, provides a dry application which removes the need for a chemical solvent to create a liquid solution. A dry coating creates a hard finish that is tough, durable and stands up to corrosion. Suppliers develop advanced formulas and produce superior coatings for all types of commercial applications. There are various types of powder coatings that keep components operational and corrosion from developing, including:

  • Electrostatically Sprayed Polyester
  • Nylon
  • Fluidized Bed, Nylon
  • Epoxy Powder Coating
  • Nonstick Teflon or Fusion

Exceed Warranty Expirations by Investing in Quality Coatings

Building owners and occupants often times don’t think about broken sewer lines or the facility’s durability to events such as earthquakes. Before your company hands over a new building, be sure your coating and plating supplier can deliver the right formulations. This will keep your equipment and structures operational long after the warranty expires.

Penny Wise and Pound Foolish

Keeping the assembly line moving and the crane erectors going is essential for managing costs, delivery schedules and contract expectations. Downtime erodes profits and puts businesses at risk. We, at Secoa Technology, specialize in finding the right coating solution for your needs. With 50 years of experience, we are high performance industrial coaters with a passion for pinpointing the right formulation coating that keeps corrosion away.

Do it right the first time. Be sure to select a supplier that specializes in metal coatings and platings. Choose Secoa Technology: we take pride in providing our customers with cost effective, quality coating solutions.

Performance and Cost Make Industrial Powder Coating Attractive

Powder coating is a dry finishing process that has become extremely popular for industrial and other applications since it was first introduced in North America over 40 years ago. Powder coatings have been used by numerous companies in giving their products a durable finish of high quality that minimizes maintenance, allows for maximized production, and facilitates environmental compliance. Our industrial powder coating applications withstand heavy use and provide maximum protection for products and components at lower prices than other types of coatings.

How Industrial Powder Coating Works

Polymer resin systems combined with curatives, pigments, flow modifiers, leveling agents, and other additives make up powder coatings. These ingredients are melted down, mixed, cooled, and ground into a uniform powder. Electrostatic spray deposition is then used to apply the coating to a metal object by means of a spray gun, similar to a paint gun. The powder coming out of the gun has a mild negative charge. The object itself must be cleaned and free of any dirt, grease, or oil, and connected to a small electrode, imparting a very mild positive electrical charge. Since the powder and the product have opposite charges, the particles of the powder will be attracted to the product. A curing oven is then used where the powder coating chemically reacts to produce long molecular chains, which are very resistant. This process can be used for both metallic and non-metallic objects and substrates, such as medium-density fiberboard and plastics.

Durability of Industrial Powder Coating

At Secoa Technology, we enjoy finding solutions and pinpointing the perfect coating for the needs of our customers. We are able to make powder coatings in an almost limitless range of colors and textures, providing excellent performance properties.

In addition to being used on the toughest and roughest machinery, powder coatings are used on many household items that people use on a daily basis. They are more durable than liquid paints but are equally as attractive. The powder-coated products we have are more resistant to moisture, impact, ultraviolet light, chemicals, and other extreme weather conditions than most coatings on the market.

News: Nylon Powder Coating for a Wide Range of Applications

 

Nylon is a product that is manufactured from the oil of the Castor plant. It is considered a top quality, resilient, and environmentally sound product. It offers a superior finish and is resistant to oils and other chemicals. It is often used in the food and water industries, as well as in the manufacturing of public transportation vehicles. Often times it is used for rails, handles, and seats.

At Secoa Technology, the nylon we use in our nylon powder coating is a high-performance technical polymer. It is used in the most demanding of applications, as it has excellent physical, chemical, mechanical, and thermal properties.

Types of Nylon Powder Coating

There are two types of nylon powder: thermoset and thermoplastic. Some catalysts in thermosets are heat sensitive. Once applied to the surface of an object, these coatings begin to melt when the temperature reaches 250 to 275 degrees Fahrenheit. Once a temperature of 350 degrees is reached, a chemical transformation occurs in the nylon coating that creates a flexible plastic coating, which becomes extremely strong.

With thermoplastic nylon powders, an object is heated passed the melting point of the nylon coating and the powder is applied thereafter. At this point, the coating instantly fuses to the surface of the object. This is the most non-corrosive, chemically resistant, and most common type of nylon coating.

Application

There are two ways to apply a nylon powder coating. One is by using a fluidized bed technique. This consists of using a pool of nylon powder coat that has been pulverized into fine powder, which then has a gas passed through it in order to make it a fluid. The object to be coated is then heated to the correct temperature and dipped into the fluidized powder.

The other way is by means of an electrostatic spray. This method uses a spray gun that charges the ions inside the plastic powder electrically. The powder is then sprayed at room temperature and later heated. We use both of these methods to create an impact and abrasion-resistant coating that is strong, with a low coefficient of friction.

A Metal Finishing Company Offers Varied Finishing Services

Metal finishing refers to the deposition of a metallic or non-metallic coating to either a metallic or non-metallic object, or a treatment that creates a thin film to enhance the function, performance, or appearance of a product to give added-value and increased marketability.

Types of Metal Coatings

As a metal finishing company that specializes in providing coating and plating services for industrial metal finishing, there are several types of coating and plating processes we provide.

Typically, coatings are applied where the substrate is immersed in a solution to which an electric current is applied. The type of solution used depends on the type of metal that will be deposited on the substrate, the addition of organic additives to improve metal distribution, and the use of conductivity and pH salts to optimize its character, appearance and stress.

One of the areas in which we have a great deal of expertise as a metal finishing company is electro-less nickel plating which means that the deposit is made without the use of a current. The reducing agent is a chemical, such as hydrazine, formaldehyde, and sodium hypophosphite, in a solution. The chemical acts as the catalyst to ensure the desired metal is coated onto the substrate. The development of electro-less copper solutions has been vital in the rise of additive printed circuit board processing.

Another one of our specialties is nickel boron coating, which is a type of electro-less coating. In this process the coating is deposited with a source of nickel ions, an aqueous solution in which either sodium borohydride or alkylamineborane acts as a reducing agent, a buffer, a control chemical and a complexant.

Metal Coating Applications

The types of coatings our company provides benefit the end user with excellent corrosion and chemical protection. Our nickel boron coating, for example, is a proprietary process that has been used in aerospace applications for landing gear parts, blades, vanes, and turbine components, and in the coating of firearms. Other industries we serve include dental, surgical and municipal and utility operations.

Products: Some Benefits of Industrial Metal Finishing and Plating

Industrial metal finishing and plating are two highly effective processes, and are relied upon by an array of industries and markets. With the help of an experienced metal finishing and plating company, you’ll receive the durable materials you need to fabricate bridges, architectural projects, medical supplies, commercial baking appliances and more. Secoa Technology is adept at completing the full scope of metal processes for some of the most demanding industries.

About Metal Finishing

There are various forms of metal finishing, and each one offers its own set of benefits. Skilled professionals can assist you with choosing the right finishing for your application. With high quality metal finishing, it’s possible to strengthen metal using only a thin coating. Finishing plays an essential role in all sorts of industry applications, because they reduce wear and tear. Metal finishings offer a number of advantages – which include but aren’t limited to:

  • Corrosion resistance
  • Chemical protection
  • Oxidation resistance
  • Improved electrical conductivity or resistance
  • Improved strength
  • Increased aesthetics
  • Temperature Resistance

Basics of Metal Plating

Metal plating is a type of finishing process that uses unique methods to change the surface of a substrate. Chemical baths, electroplating, and electroless plating are three common techniques employed to plate metals. Like metal finishing, metal plating offers many of the same advantages. Corrosion resistance, abrasion prevention, and increased reliability are a few of the benefits of metal plating. Plating techniques help to extend the life of metal materials, while saving industry professionals money in the process. Our team is familiar with a wide range of plating methods – guaranteed to protect a range of metal components.

How to Choose the Best Method

The sheer number of metal finishing and coating techniques available can make choosing the best solution a challenge. However, keeping a few important points in mind can streamline the process. For one, it’s a good idea to take your schedule into account, and whether or not the method you have in mind is timely. Secondly, closely evaluating the affordability of finishing applications helps to cut back on unnecessary spending. Thirdly, it’s important to consider the type of metal you’re working with. For example, a harder metal will likely demand stronger, more intensive industrial metal finishing.

Products: Corrosion Resistant Coatings: Economical and Effective

In various industry operations, reliable metal is needed to promote safety, productivity, and cost-efficient maintenance. Corrosion resistant coatings are one of many solutions available to industry professionals through Secoa Technology. In addition to protecting metal from corrosion, anti-corrosive coatings serve a number of other helpful functions, such as moisture, UV, abrasion protection, and more. Whether you’re looking for an affordable coating for an architectural project, municipality application, or food processing operation, anti-corrosive coating is an absolute must.

Importance of Anti-Corrosives

Essentially, anti-corrosive coatings are designed to lengthen the life of metal components by safeguarding them from a variety of detrimental influences. Anti-corrosives can be applied to metal substrate through different methods, such as fluidized beds, electro-static, or hot-flocking. Additionally, corrosion resistant coatings are available in more than one form, and can be administered as a wet coating or powder coating. Without adequate protection, it’s easy for caustic materials to break down metals over time and cause irreparable damage. Not only do anti-corrosive coatings protect applications, they also prevent the need for costly repairs.

Range of Protections

Expertly-applied anti-corrosion coatings offered by Secoa Technology provide a wide range of advantages, regardless of the operation. These include:

  • Corrosion resistance
  • Moisture defense
  • Abrasion resistance
  • Oxidation protection
  • Solvent defense
  • UV ray resistance
  • Industrial chemical resistance

In addition, anti-corrosive coatings serve as a much-needed lubricator – which helps reduce friction, galling, and seizing. Wet coatings, such as fluoropolymers, are especially effective when it comes to metal lubrication. Anti-corrosive solutions give professionals the opportunity to buy less expensive metals without ramifications. Even if repairs are eventually needed, the costs are often much lower with reasonably priced metals.

Staple in Numerous Industries

Anti-corrosives are often needed to boost the durability of metal pieces used in professional applications. From architectural structures and water tanks, to commercial ovens and dental tools, to turbines and drive rollers, metal is an integral part of numerous industry operations. Corrosion and chemical resistant coatings offer non-negotiable protection, and protect metals against high temperatures, mold, rust and more. Choosing a reputable metal finishing company for anti-corrosion coating services, such as Secoa Technology, ensures you’ll receive the most satisfying results.

 

Products: Secoa Technology Now Carries DiamonDyze

Secoa Technology is excited to announce that it now offers a new hard anodize process called Diamondyze.  After 50 years in the Industrial Coating and Plating business, Secoa is convinced that this process will revolutionize the plating industry. DiamonDyze offers a broad range of major improvements in the field of hard anodizing for the end user. The DiamonDyze process imbeds ceramic particles with other proprietary nano-particles into the porosity of the aluminum oxide hard coat, providing a much harder surface that is both very dense and porous free.

Since Secoa Technology has begun to use DiamonDyze we have found countless reasons why we feel that this is a superior process to other platings.  Listed below are just a few of the improvements that have been found in so far with the DiamonDyze process and we feel that this list has barely scratched the surface with the potential of what DiamonDyze can offer.

1. DiamonDyze has proven to be harder than the best of standard hard anodize processes. In a recent simple test, an Aluminum part was plated with DiamonDyze and attached to a spinning lathe.  A standard file was then used to try and wear the plating off and after the test was completed, the result was a DiamonDyzed part with an undamaged, polished surface and a file with its teeth worn off.

2. Panels coated with Diamondyze exposed from 6,000 to 10,000 hours salt spray showed no failure.

3. One of the biggest innovations with Diamondyze is that it can be offered in many colors. Recently, Secoa Technology applied DiamonDyze with a brass impregnated color to machined aluminum parts as a replacement for costly, actual brass parts and the result was two indistinguishable parts.  As a result, our customer has given us the go ahead to DiamonDyze tens of thousands of these parts per month, providing them significant cost savings and a technically superior part.

4. Because the surfaces that are produced with DiamonDyze are very dense they are also very smooth.

5. DiamonDyze is cost competitive with standard Hard Anodizing, Vacuum Deposition, Plasma Spray and Vapor Deposition.

Contact Secoa Technology if you would like to try out DiamonDyze on your next project.

Note: Diamondyze is Compliant with Mil 8685.

News: Secoa Technology LLC Ownership Announcement

Dear Friends and Customers,

We are excited to announce that on November 1st, 2012 Secoa Technology LLC was purchased by three of its employees, Wayne Snyder, Scott Snyder, Buddy Henley. The company was purchased back from Textile Rubber and Chemical Company who has owned Secoa for 10 years, of which we are grateful for their encouragement and support.

We are also pleased to announce that the transition has gone very smoothly and we have not lost any production time and foresee no future loss. We have brought in a few new key employees to help with process speed and efficiency and are enthusiastic of the possibilities of how we can further assist our customers.

Please check back to our blog periodically for new and exciting products and processes. We look forward to the remainder of this year and hope that everyone has a wonderful summer.