With its focus on industrial coatings, the organisers of the 5th PaintExpo say visitors can expect to see a wealth of solutions ranging from pre-treatment to final inspection
The coatings industry has to meet the combined challenges of increasingly higher quality requirements, a wider range of materials to be coated, the need for much more efficient use of coatings and ever stricter environmental conditions. To do this, materials and technology suppliers are developing new coatings and methods of delivery, as well as improved quality measurement systems.
These innovations will be on display at PaintExpo 2014 in Karlsruhe, Germany, from April 8-11, where more than 450 exhibitors will assemble from around the world. The show has grown from the last event in 2012, with 10% more exhibitors and 19% more floorspace destined to be occupied by a variety of interesting displays. PaintExpo 2012 attracted 8,000 expert visitors from 63 countries and the organisers are hopeful of a similarly high attendance this year.
Attendees will have the opportunity to view numerous live demonstrations featuring the latest coatings technology, for example a UV solution which can cure a painted object within seconds in an inert gas atmosphere. Meanwhile, a fully automated powder machine will coat small parts in continuous operation. In addition, an innovative light tunnel will be shown to reliably detect defects in painted car bodies. Various moving exhibits will prove the adaptability and programmability of modern conveyors and painting robots.
Seeing is believing
The interactive nature of PaintExpo 2014 will continue with expert forums held on each day of the show in collaboration with the German research association for surface finishing, DFO. The agenda covers everything from process optimisation for liquid painting and powder coating, pre-treatment and quality control, environmental engineering and purification technology. However, potential visitors should note that the presentations will be held in German.
The exhibitions themselves will feature: new processes and products for more efficient and ecological cleaning and pre-treatment of metallic surfaces, including solutions based on renewable raw materials; solutions for blasting, grinding and ionising metal and plastic surfaces; and systems for reducing energy consumption in powder coating and liquid painting while increasing the flexibility of processes, manufacturing lot quantities and expandability.
Looking at the application, there will be new and enhanced guns and atomisers on show as well as alternative atomising gases, which improve material efficiency and quality. Some exhibitors will also display liquid and UV paint systems, plus powdered enamels which offer increased corrosion protection, lower baking temperatures and reduced material consumption. New processes for energy-saving powder coatings and chrome VI-free surfaces will also be presented.
Other exhibits will cover innovations in test and inspection systems, accessories such as covering materials, painting hangers, filters and pumps, paint stripping and packaging.
PaintExpo 2014 is open between April 8-11 at Messe Karlsruhe, 9am-5pm daily except for April 11, when the show ends at 4pm. For additional information click here.