Role of Industrial Coatings in Protecting Your Equipment and Infrastructure
Industrial coatings are an essential component of almost all industries regardless of their size. This is a cost-effective and long term solution that protects our investment and prevents irreparable damage and expensive outages. Many different types of industrial coatings are available these days and they offer limitless opportunities for industries, provided the right processes are implemented.
Understanding Industrial Coatings
Specially formulated for their protective properties, industrial coatings are composite materials comprising of resins, hardeners, and reinforcements. Urethane and epoxy are two of the most commonly used polymers in coatings because of their durability and excellent resistance to chemicals. Hard materials such as quartz, glass, and ceramic are used to reinforce the polymers.
The protective properties of industrial coatings tend to vary depending on the different materials used and their size and ratio. The product selection depends on the application parameters, and therefore, strong performance can only be achieved by using the correct coating.
Ideally, you should look for coating systems that contain no or very little VOCs, and offer 100% solids. These products are not only safe to use, but are also resistant to permeation.
How do Industrial Coatings Work?
Owing to their composition, industrial coatings are capable of withstanding severe process conditions. They create an impermeable barrier between the application surface and its surrounding environment. As a result, the coated surface remains well protected against the impact of abrasion, corrosion, chemical exposure, high pressure and velocity, erosion, and abrasive wear. Industrial coatings also impart added strength to extend the life of critical industrial equipment.
Use of Industrial Coatings
As a result of their endless benefits, coatings are used extensively in manufacturing, food and beverage, steel, mining, wastewater treatment, chemical processing, and many other industries. These coatings are frequently used to protect piping, valves, and pumps in harsh applications where uncoated equipment can’t be used. Companies often apply coatings on worn-out equipment to extend their lifespan.
Industrial coatings can also be used as secondary containment for the prevention of spills, leaks, and other safety-related issues. Some other common applications include fixing holes and cracks in floor, patching active leaks, and eliminating fall, trip, and slip hazards.
Application of Industrial Coatings
Surface preparation is an extremely critical step while applying industrial coatings. Approximately 60%-80% of coating failures are caused because of improper surface preparation.
Before applying any industrial coating, please ensure that the surface has been thoroughly cleaned and decontaminated. Remove all loose or damaged metal and concrete, grease, and oil residue from the surface. A surface profile should also be created. Without this surface preparation, you may not receive the desired coating performance. Often times, surface preparation is the most expensive component of a project. However, this step makes a huge impact on the longevity and overall performance of any coating.
Depending on the piece of equipment or surface, a variety of methods can be used for the application of industrial coatings. A brush, roller, or trowel can be used for most of the applications. If you need more precise application, spraying is recommended for creating thin and uniform coverage.
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