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With The Powder Coating Institute in its twenty-fifth year, many of us involved with the organization have been looking back to see how far the industry have come, as well as looking forward to see where the industry can develop new applications and ensure ever expanding market penetration in a wide range of industries.

This growth of the industry over the past 25 years can be attributed to a number of environmental and economic factors, as well as technological advancements in powder coating formulation and application procedures that have overcome many finishing obstacles of the past. The end result is a durable, high quality finish that is the coating of choice for an ever greater number of products.

The Powder Coating Institute is a non-profit trade association, founded in 1981 to advance the utilization of powder coating as an economical, non-polluting and high quality finish for industrial and consumer products. Its 323 members supply powder coating materials, application equipment and systems, raw materials, custom powder coating, and related products and services.

Through its trade shows, conferences, seminars, workshops, and publications, PCI strives to promote the benefits of powder coating to industry, government, and the consumer, provide forums to identify and address technical issues, and provide powder coating education and training, as exemplified with this special powder coating section.

Contained in this special section are articles on the latest technological advances in the powder coating industry. On behalf of PCI, I hope you find this section instructive and enlightening on the benefits of powder coating, and it encourages you to contact The Powder Coating Institute for more information.


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    Simply heating up the substrate does not cure the coating. There are many variables to consider when choosing the best cure oven for your application...

  • Masking for Surface Finishing

    Masking is employed in most any metal finishing operation where only a specifically defined area of the surface of a part must be exposed to a process. Conversely, masking may be employed on a surface where treatment is either not required or must be avoided. This article covers the many aspects of masking for metal finishing, including applications, methods and the various types of masking employed.