IR energy: Its use in curing powder coatings
Is infrared [IR] energy being used to its greatest capacity in the powder-coat curing industry? This article addresses that question by presenting a number of challenges, responses, misunderstandings, and misinformation experienced in the industry. It explains and describes how the various IR wavelengths work and discusses its uses in several industries.
When powder coating processors, oven builders, and coatings formulators consider various energy sources for their oven requirements, significant advantages may be in store for them if they use high-performance infrared [IR] curing equipment. Professional personnel should review the following basic IR technology before finalizing their curing oven design.