MONTROSE, COLO. (Feb. 29, 12:40 p.m. ET) — InnoVoc Solutions has developed a powder coating for plastics, composites and other non-conductive substrates.
The technology makes non-metallic substrates temporarily conductive by using a surface treatment that emits no volatile organic compounds or other hazardous products, according to the Montrose, Colo., company.
InnoVoc claims the process gives a hard finish that is typically tougher than conventional liquid paint. It is a low cost process for automated in-line coating and batch-booth quantities. It allows composite parts to be used next to powder-coated metal components, as in appliance handles and automotive parts.
“Before the development of this technology, powder coating non-metallic surfaces was possible but the processes had manufacturing, cost and environmental limitations that restricted their use,” states Kevin Stay, President and general manager of Gordon Composites Inc., the Montrose-based parent company of InnoVoc.
The powder coating is applied electro-statically, as a free-flowing, dry powder cured under heat. The InnoVoc process is suited to any plastic that withstands cure temperatures of 250-400° F. Applications include archery components, auto parts, appliance handles and lacrosse sticks.