Poor process control and lack of industry knowledge is causing increased product performance failures, which are tarnishing the reputation of the entire powder coating industry, claims the Australasian Institute of Surface Finishing. (AISF)
Poor processes and taking shortcuts in the pre-treatment processes are creating skepticism of powder coating as a viable protective coating, says the AISF.
Such operators are referred to as “cowboys” in industry circles, it says.
According to AISF most compromises and failures often result in expensive litigious outcomes and a reliance on warranties that may not necessarily cover the full cost of rectification.
Ultimately, the industry faces critical challenges to improve and sustain itself into the future.
The actions of some “poor performers” has impacted on many high quality applicators in Australia – including exclusive in-house, jobbing contractors and OEM’s.
Feedback from good operators highlights that they been tarnished by the poor performers, the AISF said in a written statement.
Their work in the field displays a deterioration of workmanship, quality and performance that can be directly attributed to a lack of consistent and monitored compliance measures.
“There are over 1,000 powder coaters in Australia, only a few of which have pre-treatment systems suitable for aluminium,” says Peter Mallios, AISF’s Federal President. “Many are simply coating over all types of metal without any real knowledge of what the right thing to do is. They are ruining the reputation of our industry.”
Mr Mallios says it is a common perception that powder coating is easy – anyone can pick up a box of brand name powder and spray it.
“However, any professional coater knows that it takes a lot more than pulling a trigger on a spray gun to produce good quality finished parts consistently and efficiently, which also meet performance criteria and exposure class specifications.”
The AISF recommends using an APC Accredited Powder Coater.
AISF Accredited Status indicates to customers and industry professionals alike that the applicator follows quality processes and has a commitment to excellence.
Australasian Institute of Surface Finishing
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