Powder curing—some lessons learned
This column is provided to you by members of the Infrared Equipment Division (IRED) of the Industrial Heating Equipment Association (IHEA). The group includes infrared (IR) curing equipment suppliers from throughout North America. We publish the column three times a year to give you the latest information about IR curing techniques and equipment. Contact information is at the end of the column. Most IR manufacturers offer testing for free or for a fee. Any IRED member can assist you in finding solutions to curing problems and best practices for finishing of coatings. This issue’s column was submitted by IRED member William E. Pasley, The Southern Co., Atlanta.
As I near the end of my career, there’s time for reflection about various aspects of my work. I’ve been involved with powder coating applications in a variety of product lines for well over two decades. In this article, I’ll share with you some things that have struck me as opportunities for improvement in the heating/curing of powder coatings.