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Nano-Sanity: A Solution to the Coatings Dilemma

SpecialChem / PCI Magazine – Mar 5, 2008

Albert Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. In these times of spiraling energy costs and increasing environmental concerns, that definition might be stretched to include using the same coating techniques and expecting superior results. Despite the pressure of environmental, regulatory and efficiency demands, the coatings industry has been slow to embrace the new generation of coating technologies. For example, 100%-solids UV-curable coatings provide the inherent advantages of reduced production time as well as a decrease in the release of polluting emissions and hazardous waste. A smaller footprint enables plants to be smaller. Durability in the final product may also increase. To date, these potential improvements have not been enough to overcome the inertia of the manufacturing community and promote change. Today's high energy prices, in combination with the improved performance made possible by the addition of nanoparticles, may be the push needed to get the coatings industry and its customers over the hump.

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