February 2003 Features
With an enhanced focus on the performance of its paint systems, Caterpillar Inc. now depends more on its own staff to meet very demanding paint process initiatives.
Coatings R&D 2003: Doing More With Less
Companies reveal what types of R&D coatings projects are slated, estimated budgets and primary research objectives in this annual survey of coatings manufacturers. Editor Mike Greissel reports the results.
Shedding the Abatement Burden
Maintaining and continually verifying compliance under Title V can be a challenging task for manufacturers. Handing over the responsibility to an expert can allow companies to focus more fully on production, lowering risks and costs in the process.
What's Hot in Curing
The use of gas catalytic, UV and combination IR/convection ovens, as well as IR boosters, is growing. The growth of UV-cure powder coatings for MDF has been hampered by the sluggish economy.
February 2003 Departments
In Focus: 2003: Cautious Optimism; Focused Goals
INFOCUS News and Views from the Coatings Community
Painting—Back to the Basics
Roobol on Painting
February 2003 Q&A Column By Dr. Norman R. Roobol
Q&A: Powder Coating
Temperature Requirements, Flow Control, Powder Coating Wood, Powder Output Rates, and Color Change Times.
Q&A: Coatings R&D Notebook
Additive Commonalities, Forming Complex Network Structures, and Additives' Influence on Film Forming
Editor'sView: The Value of Knowledge
Cost control should never be about buying the lowest price material or equipment. It should be focused squarely on value.