Expert Forum on Powder Coating for the Military Sector

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The requirements for surface coatings in defence technology are highly specialized. In addition to the proven wet paint coatings, powder coating systems are also coming into focus here due to their outstanding technical performance and economic advantages. What opportunities are opening with these surface coatings? What can and must corresponding products achieve? What concrete experience has already been gained in coating practice and in the switch from wet to powder coating systems? This holistic perspective of the information and discussion event “Powder coating solutions for defense technology” by Brillux Industrielack met with a great response from the audience.

The speaker from the “Wehrwissenschaftliches Institut für Werk- und Betriebsstoffe” (WIWeB) told the participants first-hand how intensively and with what time horizon the institute tests paint systems with a detailed catalog of requirements - including the resistance of the entire coating structure to explosive ordnance. This became tangible in the second presentation. The powder coating system, which was even certified by the WIWeB regarding its coating properties in accordance with RAL-F9 specifications, is the highly weather-resistant Brillux Premium Polyester Powder 5936. According to Brillux, the specially adapted formulation achieves an excellent camouflage effect in the visible and near-infrared spectral range. This makes it possible to achieve surfaces that are camouflaged even against infrared night vision devices. All four relevant color shades required for military coatings for the German Armed Forces are available in the premium polyester powder 5936 with F9 approval. The participants eagerly followed the applications in which powder coatings can be used with measurable ecological and economic benefits: According to the supplier, their use ensures short process throughput times, minimizes material consumption, and leads to permanent VOC reduction to zero. According to Brillux, the overview of procedures for BAFA export licenses also proved to be helpful, as powder coatings in F9 quality are classified as military equipment. The lecture program was rounded off by practical examples from coating companies that are already successfully processing powder coating systems for Bundeswehr equipment.

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