Industrial Powder Coating

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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Industrial powder coating is the branch of the business that deals with large machines such as cars, trucks, construction equipment, and heavy appliances. The sheer size of these jobs precludes smaller shops from taking them, as spray booths are usually only 10-15 feet long. There's just not enough space in a tiny warehouse to accommodate a 30- or 40-foot machine. But that doesn't stop some smaller powder coating businesses from trying.

One technique that custom coaters use when attempting to treat enormous jobs is to cut them in half. They don't literally cut the parcels in half, mind you, but they do prep, spray, dry, and cool them in halves. While some customers appreciate this innovative approach, others are shackled by time constraints and must turn their parts around as soon as possible. For them, industrial coaters are really the safest bet.

What Industrial Powder Coaters Do

The applications for industrial powder coating are myriad, but include many parts that you see, hear, or touch on a daily basis. Street lamps, dryer drums, car frames, and refrigerators are but a few of the items that take industrial finishes. Garbage dumpsters, air compressors, ventilation systems, and other forms of duct work also qualify as industrial jobs.

It's worth keeping in mind that size isn't the only criterion for industrial powder coaters. As their name suggests, these parts are manufactured for industries, many of which deal in small scales. A dentist's tools, for example, are rarely longer than a few inches. At the same time, they must hold to the highest standards of craftsmanship if dentists are to guarantee their patients' safety and comfort. Hence, a strictly decorative finish is not enough; the coating job must stand up to the most punishing conditions as well.

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