Cost-effective and Energy-smart Coating
Painting is an important part of the manufacturing process of steel structures and equipment. The effects of paint coating on product look, quality and cost of surface treatment are well known. Less attention has been paid to the environmental, energy and lead-time effects of the selected painting system.
Cost management is a continuous challenge in
maintaining competitiveness. The price
per liter of paint is only a small part of the total cost of surface treatment:
other factors include pretreatments, painting methods and painting system,
along with the energy required for drying, ventilation and cooling.
Tikkurila’s answer to this challenge is close
cooperation with equipment and painting lines suppliers, enabling us to find
the optimal solution in terms of cost, quality and the environment.
Reduced Carbon Footprint
The most successful companies today consider being
environmentally friendly a competitive edge.
For many years, Tikkurila has developed and actively promoted the use of
water-borne products that have a high solid content – the “high-solids” products. These products
require less energy to dry than traditional solvent-borne painting systems. We
use new technology to control air humidity in order to reduce energy costs by
up to 50 percent and accelerate the lead-times in painting so that they are
Thanks to the new extra high-solids Tikkurila products
– featuring solids content of more than 80 percent by volume – and to the new
drying technology, surface treatment costs can be reduced significantly. With the help of these extra high-solids
products, VOC emissions can be reduced significantly compared to the usual high-solids
content products. At the same time, the working environment inside the paint
shop is improved.
With our experience and the complete service concept,
Tikkurila is a partner that invests in the future and can offer comprehensive
solutions for painting.
*) VOC = Volatile Organic Compounds, in other words
ABB Robots paint their robots with Tikkurila’s water-borne Fonte products
An example of the benefits gained by replacing a
regular single coat system with
Tikkurila’s Temasolid high solids polyurea
- the price per
liter of paint was 75 percent higher but the direct
painting costs were reduced by 22 percent
- the energy
required was reduced by 76 percent
- the VOC emissions were reduced by 58 percent
- the lead-time for painting was reduced by about 50 percent