The Industry Leader In Wood Finishing Systems
Vulcan Catalytic® bring the benefits of powder coated wood and engineered timber within reach of all manufacturers. We have been at the forefront in developing the technology which enables engineered timber to be powder coated. Over the last 10 years we have designed and built some of the largest MDF and plywood powder coating cure ovens in the world. We have also had significant involvement in the development of a single coat oven cure system, along with the industry leaders.
Why Powder Coat MDF, Plywood and Other Engineered Timber Substrates?
The short answer is:
Here's a more detailed explanation:
Engineered timber has proven itself as a worthy as a key component in modern furniture manufacture. It is dense, flat, stiff and easy to machine and can be finished in a number of different ways such as paint, varnish, veneer and laminates. This has resulted in engineered timber, especially MDF, being adopted by many flat pack furniture manufacturers and retailers, including the largest in the world, Ikea.
Previously, Ikea's suppliers have extensively adopted wet paint systems, which has been the obvious way to go. But there are inherent disadvantages to liquid finishes:
The good news is that technology has moved on, and Heraeus Vulcan have been developing powder coating oven systems which overcome the inherent problems of powder coating engineered wood products:
Powder coating ovens from Vulcan Catalytic® have been so successful they are now used by Ekoltech, a major supplier of flat pack furniture to Ikea.
Powder Coating Timber – The Technical Challenges
In order to become the world leader in this technology we have had to identify and overcome a number of technology challenges. The issues that surround timber powder coating can be summarized as follows:
Engineered Timber Powder Coating – The Solutions
The technical problems can be mitigated by:
In order overcome the inherent limitations of curing powder on timber substrates, Vulcan Catalytic® has achieved the following:
The result of this development means that two coat powder coating systems are capable of producing a very good quality finish suitable for kitchens where a tough and attractive finish is required. The only potential drawback has been the performance of these finishes in a high humidity atmosphere such as a bathroom.
Engineered Timber Powder Coating – The Future
Vulcan Catalytic® has been addressing this last issue of high humidity applications. Over the last three years we have been working with our partners to develop a single coat oven cure system which meets the requirements for high humidity applications. This corner of the market has been dominated by liquid finishes which do not have the inherent toughness of powder coated surfaces. Please read our Latest News for further details of our progress.
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