Coatings are most frequently complex formulations of a number of chemicals. There are a number of generic coating families including:
Each family has its strengths and limitations, and typically its areas of industrial applicability.
Selection of the most appropriate family is the first step in identifying the best coating product for an application
There are many coating types, products, and application methods available commercially from a large number of manufacturers, suppliers and formulators. There are very few comprehensive and independent mechanisms available to assist the end user in making the best choice.
Selection is often based on established supplier/customer relationships and so rarely involves either external verification or comparison with products from other suppliers.
TWI's multi-disciplinary coatings team has considerable experience in the identification and testing of coatings for a number of industrial sectors.
We take pride in offering a full and rounded solution to our Members, and take great care to ensure that we recommend the chemistry and methods that best suit your circumstances, paying particular attention to:
- Coating deposition and curing process selection
- Functional performance and long term durability
- Supply chain considerations
- Legislative considerations (e.g. VOC content)
- Judicious use of new technologies and materials to achieve challenging targets
Our advice is always impartial because we are not allied to the suppliers of any particular raw materials or formulation chemistry.
Selection of the most appropriate coatings by investigating a wide range of suppliers can drive down costs and lead to improvements in application and operational performance.
Our track record includes researching coatings for applications in the following sectors for:
- Plastic electronics
- High temperature electronics
- Power storage (battery power)
- Solar power
- Automotive glazing
- Medical devices
- Oil and gas