Canadian Finishing and Coatings Manufacturing

 November 11th, 2021

CFCM AkzoNobel PowderCoating 400

Powder coatings are important to the future evolution of Electric Vehicles (EVs), protecting batteries and associated components from overheating and insulating them against other threats that can reduce performance and increase risk.

Powder coatings are doing more than just helping to prevent thermal runaways and the risk of battery failure in modern EVs. They also support EV Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and tiers in creating a more sustainable manufacturing process and compliance with stringent international environmental regulations and directives.

These are two of the many themes explored in a new White Paper from AkzoNobel Powder Coatings entitled: ‘The critical importance of powder coatings in driving an electric future.’

The White Paper shows how powder coatings help protect a vehicle’s cooling systems by electrically insulating and protecting its components, keeping the battery within its optimal temperature range. 

It also reveals how powder coatings support the longer-term performance of the battery by protecting it against corrosion and other threats and how they protect the wider electric ecosystem of the vehicle – its cooling plates and tubes, stator hairpins, bus bars, battery cell and housing – many of which have long-term heat resistance requirements.

Specifically, the White Paper addresses the evolution of Interpon and Resicoat powder coatings from AkzoNobel over the last 50 years and their benefits to current and future OEM designs. It details the environmental benefits of products that are free of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), create no hazardous waste, and enable powder that has been oversprayed to be reclaimed and re-used.

Gustavo Carvalho, Automotive key account and Segment Director at AkzoNobel Powder Coatings, the author of the White Paper, says the rise of the modern electric vehicle appears unstoppable: “Global COemission targets and changing consumer behaviours are driving change,” he says.

“Many manufacturers are now switching to powder coatings because of the technical performance and environmental credentials that a powder coating delivers. They are also switching because in becoming more sustainable, they are also gaining in performance.”

 To read the White Paper, click here.

Feature Video: DeVilbiss TEKNA Gun Flexes on Muscle Car Show

CFCM TeknaGun 400

Carlisle Fluid Technologies’ DeVilbiss TEKNA spray gun was recently featured on an episode of Detroit Muscle on Power Nation TV to bring a 1973 AMC Javelin back to life. Featuring a high finish quality and operator ergonomics, The TEKNA gun’s high transfer efficiency provides materials savings for solvent or waterbase paints.

The spray gun technology, which has been used in automotive refinishing processes for many years, is designed to spray all types of materials and comes with high efficiency or HVLP air caps that produce large spray patterns with even material distribution.


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New Bacharach Sling Psychrometer

CFCM slingpsychrometer 400Paul N. Gardner USA, global distributors, producers, and designers of quality physical and inspection instruments for the paint, coatings, and related industries, has introduced a new offering: The compact, portable Sling Psychrometer.

As an easy way to measure relative humidity levels quickly, this uniquely compact Bacharach Sling Psychrometer accurately determines per cent relative humidity without the necessity of consulting complex tables. There is no need to wet the wick each time a reading is taken, and it contains a slide rule calculator which correlates wet and dry bulb thermometer indications for direct reading of relative humidity. When not in use, the thermometer case telescopes into the handle for protection.

The Sling Psychrometer consists of two thermometers that are turned by vigorously swinging the handle and exposing the thermometers to rapid air movement. These two thermometers are called dry bulb and wet bulb. The bulb of one thermometer is placed in direct contact with the room air to measure dry-bulb air temperature. The bulb of the other thermometer is covered with a silk or muslin sleeve that is kept moist to record the wet bulb temperature. Evaporation cools the wet bulb more than the dry bulb, and the humidity is obtained as a function of change in temperature. The atmospheric humidity is determined by calculations, steam tables, or using a psychrometric chart.  

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