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Powder Coating as Protection Technology with 40 Years of Use

Posted on: May 30th, 2016 by byersbushblog

There are many people critical of powder coating. Many say that the technology is too new and hasn’t yet proven itself like paint and other protective coatings have. The way that critics talk you would think the technology was invented in the last ten years or less, and nothing could be further from the truth. Powder coating as we know it today has been around since the mid 60’s.

More than 50 years of regular use has tested and further refined that process to a highly reliable technology that’s one of the most effective ways to protect metal, wood and other substances under the right conditions.

The Very Beginning

The very first powder coating processes were developed by Dr. Erwin Gemmer, a German scientist in the early 1950’s. He developed the fluidized-bed process that was then used to coat thin substances such as fine wires to protect them against corrosion.

It wasn’t until the 60’s that thicker coatings were made realistic and more rugged applications could be made.

Spreading from Germany Outward

Throughout the 50’s and 60’s the number of powder coating facilities in Germany spread throughout the country, to go from 4 to 51 different locations. It wasn’t until the 1970’s that these services began making their way into other countries.

A few facilities spread to developed countries around the world in the 70’s and the number dramatically by the 80’s when the equipment and processes became more economical for use in a variety of industries.

This technology made it to the United States in the late 60’s in small forms, but it was many years before large-scale operations took root in the country.

More than 50 Years of Development

The next time that you worry about powder coating not being a mature technology, think about how more than 50 years of development has helped to make the system into the highly reliable tool that many people are relying on today.

Many other technologies aren’t nearly as old as that, including the computer that you are reading this on right now.

Uses for Powder Coating Today

Now that I have established how mature the powder coating industry is, it is time to go over some of the most common applications for the technology. It is used regularly to protect automotive and farm equipment from wear and corrosion.

Powder coating is used on fencing, benches, metal roofing, hardware, radiators and just about any other metal piece of equipment that you can think of in a wide range of industries. The powder is relied on so heavily for two reasons.

It is better for the environment and thicker in application than paint does. Powder coat help equipment to hold out moisture and abrasion more effectively over time than paint can. This leads to a longer lasting coating in many applications, improved rust prevention and enhanced protection for a similar price.

With so many benefits to the technology and a variety of uses it’s hard to argue against using powder coating at least sometimes. Sure there are times when paint makes the most sense or anodizing, but for other situations, such as protecting fencing or benches in highly humid and corrosive environments, powder coating just makes the most sense.

The technology is indeed proven and can be relied upon to get the job done. Just be sure that you take the time to find a company that’s just as reliable as the technology itself.

With a good powder coating company you will get a top-level application that doesn’t have any breaks to allow corrosive elements in. A poor application can spoil all the benefits of the technology and leave you no better off than using a less solution.

Contact Byers Bush, a big powder coating company with years of experience to help you get your equipments the professional powder coated finish.

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