Whether industrial manufacturing or the production of consumer goods is involved, industrial coating technology plays a decisive role as a key technology. Depending on the product and the task at hand, various functional and decorative requirements need to be fulfilled. Regardless of whether metals, plastics, wood and wooden materials, glass or composites have to be coated, demands placed upon quality and individuality are increasing continuously around the globe. And cost pressure is increasing at the same time. The competitiveness of coating operations will depend to a great extent on whether or not they succeed in painting at even higher levels of quality, and at the same time more flexibly, more ecologically and more economically, as well is in a more resource-conserving manner. PaintExpo, taking place at the Karlsruhe exhibition Centre from 17 to 20 April 2018, will present offerings to this end which are unparalleled anywhere else around the world. 450 companies have already made firm bookings for their booths, including all of the market and technology leaders. “Renowned companies who haven’t previously exhibited have also registered for the upcoming PaintExpo. And thus it’s already plainly apparent today that we’ll present the visitors with the world’s most up-to-date and comprehensive offerings for industrial coating technology, and thus for dealing with the challenges they’re faced with”, reports Jürgen Haußmann, managing director of event promoters FairFair GmbH.
Solutions Ranging from Pre-Treatment right on up to Final Inspection
Whether liquid painting, powder coating or coil coating is required, the exhibition program of the world’s leading trade fair covers the entire process sequence for industrial coating technology. Amongst other things, developments for the treatment of multi-metal substrates will be presented in the field of pre-treatment in addition to wet chemical processes such as iron and zinc phosphatising, as well as nano-ceramic systems. Due to their space-saving and resource-conserving modes of operation, as well as their ability to be integrated inline, dry pre-treatment processes like CO2 snow-jet and plasma cleaning are becoming more and more significant.
The trend towards ever smaller manufacturing lots, a growing multitude of colours and increasing individualization is being responded to by the manufacturers with system and optimisation concepts which are consistently laid out for flexibility and efficiency, and assure ideal coating quality. Innovative masking solutions are also generating savings. Painting robots and automation solutions which have been specially developed for the coating industry, as well as spray guns and high-speed rotary atomisers laid out for maximised efficiency, permit targeted application and reduced scrap, and thus cost reductions too. A further approach to reducing material consumption and increasing flexibility involves intelligent paint logistics with flexible paint feeding systems. Where efficient overspray scrubbing is concerned, demand is continuously increasing for dry scrubbing systems. New, optimised drying technologies and conveyor systems are making a contribution to reduced energy consumption, and thus to lower unit costs as well. They’re laid out to minimise the loss of conditioned air and heat.
In the field of liquid painting, the trend continues towards painting systems which permit a reduction in the number of required painting steps. Efforts to replace solvent-based paints with water-based systems also continue uninterruptedly. In the field of powder coating, low-temperature, thin-film and so-called “powder-in-powder” coating systems are promoting reduced consumption of energy and materials, as well as increased productivity.
The 7th world’s leading trade fair for industrial coating technology will take place at the Karlsruhe Exhibition Centre from the 17th through 20th of April, 2018. PaintExpo’s exhibition programme covers coating equipment for liquid, powder, UV, immersion and coil processes, paints and enamels for all processes, application systems and spray guns, automation and conveyor technology, cleaning and pre-treatment, drying and curing, environmental technology, pneumatics, compressed air supply and exhaust purification, water treatment, recycling and disposal, accessories, masking, measuring and test technology, quality assurance, identification, paint stripping, job-shop coating, services and technical literature.
Further information and a preliminary exhibitor list can be accessed at www.paintexpo.de.
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