Widely embraced in the manufacturing world, powder coating is a dry and free-flowing powder applied to metals using electrostatic charges. It protects and adorns a variety of metal products, including fences, automobiles, household appliances, and, of course, electrical enclosures. The benefits of powder coating are undeniable, especially when you’re working with an industrial product that has an important safety function. To learn why powder coating is so coveted and appreciated in the manufacture of electrical enclosures, please scroll down.
Benefits of Powder Coating for Electrical Enclosures
Powder coating provides a remarkably long-lasting and color-durable finish. The coating will be resistant to chipping, scratching, and fading, ensuring that the metal enclosure will retain its aesthetic appeal for many years to come. It resists heat, abrasion, corrosion, hard impacts, and UV rays as well. In addition, the curing process creates a harder, tougher finish than conventional paints. The coating will extend the life of the enclosure by protecting it from damage.
When a powder coating is sprayed onto a product, the tiny particles firmly adhere to the surface due to the use of electrostatics. Heated and fused, the powder melds into a smooth and uniform surface. Powder coating can easily produce a thicker coating as well without any running, sagging, or dripping paint (which is difficult with conventional paint). Whether the product is ridged, bumpy, or smooth, powder coating will cover every inch smoothly and evenly.
If you are concerned with the environmental impact of your electrical enclosure, stick with powder-coated products. Liquid finishes typically contain solvents known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which can harm the environment as well as humans, while powder coating uses no solvents in the cleaning and spraying stages of the process. Only negligible amounts of pollutants are released during the procedure, and the powder-coated metal can be recycled after use. Excess powder can also be collected and reused, improving the efficiency of the product.
Although most companies focus on producing products in standard colors, your options for colors are virtually unlimited due to the many powdered resins and pigments available. In addition to a multitude of shades, you can choose from a variety of finishes and textures as well, including matte, glossy, and metallic. Plus, as we mentioned above, the finish will be smooth, uniform, and drip-free, producing an attractive and aesthetically pleasing covering.
When you consider the many benefits of powder coating, it should come as no surprise that it is considered to be the ideal method for finishing metal electrical enclosures.
If you’re on the hunt for a company that can manufacture premium metal enclosures on your behalf, check out American Products Contract Manufacturing. Our high-quality, innovative enclosures enable our customers to assist the telecommunications industry in expanding and improving their network services. We offer NEMA type 1, type 2, type 3, type 3-R, type 3-X, type 4, and type 4-X metal enclosures, and we form these enclosures from aluminum, galvanized steel, carbon steel, and stainless steel to create a rugged and reliable structure.
Plus, we use a state-of-the-art powder paint line that can be applied to carbon steel, galvanized steel, and aluminum. Our powder coating system, which can produce a variety of colors and textures, includes two parts conveyors, an in-line dry-off oven, three paint booths, and an in-line curing oven. Give us a call at 1-877-736-2228 to learn more, or request a free quote online.