ATLANTA - Finishing methods employing UV-cured powder coatings will be presented August 23 by Michael F. Knoblauch, president of Keyland Polymer. Knoblauch's presentation is part of a day-long Finishing Symposium being held August 23, the day prior to IWF 2016.
Knoblauch will explain UV-cured powder coating chemistry and attributes of these coating materials. He will also talk about business opportunities for adopters of UV-cured powder coatings.
The day-long Finishing Symposium, being held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, will also examine what's new in wood sanding and finishing, exploring a variety of new technologies and best methods that wood manufacturing operations can use.
The full-day event before IWF will also include, in addition to presentations, an opportunity to talk to suppliers and finishing experts face-to-face with questions. The program is being developed and presented by Woodworking Network's FDMC magazine, and the Centre for Advanced Wood Processing, based in Vancouver.
Knoblauch says that the challenges of building market acceptance and market position of UV-cured powder coatings are not limitations of chemistry or performance attributes of the coating material.
“UV curable is exceptionally fast,” Knoblauch says, with large savings in UV in both energy costs and the plant size needed to finish material. A conventional oven may be 100 feet long, for example, while a UV oven requires only 10 feet in length on the finishing line.
Knoblauch says that new developments in powder coating include LED, robotics and new chemistries, and that LED in particular has large potential in UV curing.
Cefla is Exclusive Category sponsor of the IWF 2016 Finishing Symposium.
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