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Industrial Coating Guide

Industrial coatings are key to enhancing aesthetic appearance and protecting components from environmental damage. Most parts made of metal require some degree of coating to protect the material from long-term corrosion. At Plas-Tech Coatings, we specialize in applying industrial coatings for products like industrial piping, processing equipment, medical devices, and more. Learn more about the value of industrial coating, its numerous applications, and our capabilities. 

What Is Industrial Coating? 

Powder coating of metal parts. A woman in a protective suit sprays powder paint from a gun on metal products

An industrial coating is like a paint that is applied to substrates such as aluminum and steel. Its application is designed to improve the friction, corrosion resistance, aesthetic, and functional objectives of the part. Different kinds of industrial coatings include epoxy, polyurethane, Moly-diSulfide (Molykote(r), Xylan®, Teflon™, and Halar® fluoropolymers. 

Each industrial coating is specifically designed to stand up to various industrial use conditions, such as friction, corrosion, and chemical exposure. Every industrial coating—and its method of application—is crafted to meet the customer’s requirements for durability, unique quality, appearance, and environmental compliance. 

Benefits of Industrial Non-Stick Coatings 

Here are some of the main benefits of industrial fluoropolymer non-stick coatings.

  • Non-stick properties: Customers frequently request non-stick coatings for use in extrusion and molding applications so that products release easily from molds and dies. Non-stick coatings also improve the look and functionality of the product. The food-processing industry, in particular, relies on non-stick coatings to protect equipment against sticking and food buildup. Industrial bakeware frequently uses non-stick coatings to ensure the finished product does not stick to the bakeware after cooking.
  • Keeps surfaces lubricated: Non-stick-coated products reduce friction and remain lubricated with use, preserving the longevity of the product. Non-stick coatings also reduce maintenance and prevent seizing. Examples of applications that use these coatings include cutoff knives, material handling chutes, actuator screws, guides, and control valve assemblies.
  • Abrasion resistance and durability: Fluoropolymer coatings resist abrasion, increasing the component’s durability against harsh environmental elements such as chemical corrosion and contamination. For this reason, non-stick coatings are useful for containers, tanks, processing racks, mixers, and valves. 
  • Electrical insulation: Non-stick coatings prevent static electricity buildup and clinging to the substrate. They function as excellent electrical insulators, separating parts from electrical currents. Common uses include printing equipment, copy rollers, and beverage filling devices.

Industrial Coating Applications

The applications for industrial coatings are wide-ranging and diverse, but their primary purposes are to protect the component from corrosion due to chemicals, rust, and contamination and reduce friction. This protection is particularly critical in the semiconductor and food and beverage industries, where even the slightest contamination could result in serious product malfunctions or recalls.

Industrial coatings also enhance the aesthetic appearance of components, which is especially important when selling or reselling equipment. In the following industries, industrial coatings help products last longer and function more effectively. 

Aerospace/Defense

Various components are protected by fluoropolymer industrial coatings, which electrically insulate components and reduce galvanic corrosion. 

Automotive

Fluoropolymer industrial coatings are used in the automotive industry to reduce friction and corrosion of various auto parts. Specifically, fasteners and gears tend to face a lot of contact and wear. The application of fluoropolymer coatings can extend the life of these parts. 

Construction

Heavy machinery, tools, infrastructure components, and architectural supports require some kind of industrial coating to protect them from the elements. Construction projects need the long service life that industrial coatings can provide. 

Food

Fluoropolymer-coated trays, molds, and tooling are used to produce bread, cheese, candy, and more. These coatings reduce incidents of sticking and facilitate easy equipment cleaning. 

Industrial 

Fluoropolymer coatings are essential for ink trays, frames, and rolls in packaging and printing facilities. The coating helps make surfaces easier to clean and prevents sticking to equipment. 

Medical

Plas-Tech is proud to produce coating materials for equipment used by medical industry professionals. Applications include catheterization wires, guide wires, surgical devices, cannula insulation, and testing equipment. Coatings help maintain the longevity of expensive medical equipment. 

Plas-Tech’s Industrial Coating Capabilities

Plas-Tech offers the following industrial coating options: 

  • Teflon™ coatings
  • Halar® ECTFE coatings
  • PPG (Whitford) coatings: Eclipse®, Excalibur®, QuanTanium®, Xylar®, Dykor®, Xylan®, Excalibur®, XLR®
  • Powder coatings

Industries that benefit from Plas-Tech’s suite of industrial coating solutions include: 

  • Aerospace
  • Defense
  • Industrial
  • Medical 
  • Packaging 
  • Food service

Industrial coatings can be applied to materials ranging from chemical storage tanks to printing presses to heat seal machines. Plas-Tech Coatings operates by a code of ethics and conduct that has attracted and retained customers throughout our 44 years of operation. Our principles include stringent quality control, advanced knowledge, reliable delivery, and respect for the process of industrial coating. 

Plas-Tech has been a Licensed Industrial Applicator (LIA) for Chemours, a DuPont company, since 1981. As part of this prestigious group of companies, we are experienced in recommending and applying Teflon™ industrial coatings for a variety of uses. As an LIA, we stay up-to-date with Chemours’ newest chemical formulations and technologies to better serve our customers.

To discuss our industrial coating services or to start your project, request a quote today.

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