Different conditions will affect industrial components differently. When a component is exposed to specific stresses, they can be damaged beyond repair. This is why industrial coatings are very important in all sorts of industries. These components are exposed to both natural resistances as well as damaging resistance due to over or extended use beyond the components lifespan.
Industrial coatings have different properties, making them more suitable for particular uses than others. Here are three of the most important types of industrial coatings used today in construction, defense, oil, and automotive industries, among others:
- Abrasion resistant coatings: Corrosion happens when metal becomes oxidized, rusts, and begins flaking away. Because of this chemical reaction, the metal becomes weaker and susceptible to breakage. Erosion is similar, but this wearing away of metal comes from stress caused by another component. When the components come into contact with one another, they may rub together, therefore stripping some material away from the components. Anti and sliding wear coatings help preserve the state of the products or components in question, reinforces the structures, and prevents the structures from deteriorating.
- Waterproof coatings: Waterproofing is especially important for both metals and woods. Water can penetrate both materials, causing significant damage that is irreversible. Especially when it comes to submersible items, waterproofing is crucial. Humidity can also deteriorate a layer of epoxy, which weakens the structure, casing similar damages as corrosion.
- Heatproof coatings: Many metals are exposed to high temperatures, damaging layers of epoxy that are not meant to handle such extreme highs. These structures can either be exposed to high outdoor heats or become overheated during indoor production. Devices that are susceptible or made to be exposed to heat for long periods of time need hard coatings that do not absorb heat. Heat can warp a material’s appearance as well as render it useless for its intended purpose.
Without these coatings, industrial components are replaced or maintained more often, causing more money, time, and materials. Coatings preserve the lifespan of an object, preparing it for the conditions it is intended to be exposed to, or to be ready for more unlikely situations.