The powder of possibilities.
Driving forward with powder coatings
“Over the past few decades, Vepa has really stood out thanks to our drive to deliver sustainable value through our products,” says Gertjan de Kam, Design & Development Manager, Vepa. “In recent times, the furniture market has become increasingly competitive with more imports from abroad, for example.” “Against this backdrop, our partnership with DSM came about at the right time. Like many other furniture manufacturers and designers across the world, we’ve looked to leverage powder coating technology to gain a competitive advantage, since this technology has been shown to improve the operational efficiency of coating application, the total environmental impact of the manufacturing process, and the aesthetic qualities of the final product. In short, powder coating technology has allowed us to unlock extra value.”
Other case studies
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Wooden garden furniture with coating that lasts for up to 20 years!
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Frequently asked questions
For the application of the powder, the moisture in the MDF is used for conductivity. A moisture content of 4-to-8 percent of weight is sufficient to attract the powder.
No special powder-MDF is needed for powder coating – although there are differences between the available qualities and types. We therefore recommend evaluating the MDF type you intend to use before making your pieces. Furthermore, a conditioned storage area is recommended to control the moisture content of the MDF.
Most of the conventional curing ovens are convection ovens but the best results for MDF are reached with infrared radiation (IR) ovens. With IR ovens, the surface of the MDF can be heated up quickly to cure the powder coating, while the core of the MDF stays relatively cool. With convention ovens, the temperatures are often too high or the core of the MDF heats-up too much because of the longer time needed to reach the curing temperature.