Engineered coatings are designed for a specific purpose in the manufacturing process in order to add desired features to a component or product. They are often classified by a predominant property that they possess, by a critical element of their composition, or by the unique application that they were designed for. There are many types of engineered coating types, such as: polymer coatings, hydrophobic coatings, polyurethane coatings, epoxy coatings, acrylic coatings, and more.
The Advantages of Engineered Coatings
Engineered coatings are intentionally designed to meet a specific need. They can be used for a newly developed product or to improve an already existing product. When considering an engineered coating, it is important to understand the end-goal requirements.
Examples of Engineered Coatings
Due to the wide variety of demands that engineered coatings must meet, they can be found anywhere. You can find these types of coatings on sports equipment, cars, construction equipment, outdoor structures, and so much more.
A polyurethane is a widely used chemistry for the formulation of coatings. Polyurethane Coatings enhance a product’s durability to resist damage from the environment and wear and tear. They have a high-gloss finish and can maintain color, if desired. Polyurethane coatings are a good choice when manufacturing an outdoor product.
Epoxy is a chemistry known for its toughness and chemical resistance. Epoxy coatings are often used in extreme environments. They can bond well to any substrate and withstand chemical attack, extreme weathering and abrasion.
Polymer-based coatings can be applied in thin layers to flat substrates or irregular objects. Polymeric coatings can serve a functional role such as an adhesive, a protective role such as anti-corrosion, or a decorative role like paint. Additionally, polymer coatings can be created for many other purposes including to provide a shield against viral and bacterial contaminants, for anti-fouling purposes on marine watercraft, and to protect floors and countertops.
Hydrophobic coatings are a type of coating specifically designed to repel water. Hydrophobic coatings can also aid in faster cleanup of coated surfaces. This type of coating has been used for protection of automotive finishes, and to help mitigate ice buildup on power lines.
You can learn more about coating development in more detail by visiting the engineered coatings page on our website.
Getting the Right Engineered Coatings for Your Needs
The highly experienced chemists at National Polymer offer our clients a complete coating development service. Whether you wish to provide protection against environmental or chemical attack, mitigate the spread of viruses, improve product performance, enhance the aesthetic nature of your product, or any of several other coating applications, we’ve got you covered! Discover more about considerations when developing engineered coatings here.
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