Industrial paint solutions

Automatic equipment used to decorate substrates made of wood and its derivatives, and synthetic materials is found in many industrial sectors, from building to automotive and aerospace, furniture, glass, packaging and durable goods. Surface finishing techniques embellish the product and ensure superior functional characteristics.

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What is meant by industrial paint or coating?

Rarely will you find an unfinished surface on any product. Most objects are coated with paints that can be water or solvent-based, UV acrylic, polyurethane, polyester and stains. These are applied mostly using automatic machines and in a precise order to ensure correct surface coating. Different stages of the process include coating with multiple layers, brushing and sanding, flash-off, matting, drying or curing. Application can be done using roller coating, spray coating, vacuum coating or curtain coating methods. Different product geometries require different coating solutions. Raised and flat panels will be processed on horizontal finishing lines, whereas 3D objects, window frames or doors can be painted using anthropomorphic robots; edges are finished on dedicated equipment.


What are the benefits of industrial coating technologies?

Active in this industry since the 1960s, Cefla Finishing designs and manufactures the widest existing range of surface finishing solutions as integrated lines or tailor-made, stand-alone machines. Boasting 300 active patents and an installed base reaching around 15,000 machines worldwide, we develop coating equipment to maximise production efficiency and improve sustainability.
As an alternative to manual coating, automatic industrial coating ensures:

  • Consistent quality: machines can be configured to provide the same quality finish day after day, week after week.
  • Superior transfer efficiency: according to the selected technology, coating parameters can be set to ensure up to 100% transfer efficiency.
  • Improved productivity: fewer handling operations and special systems built into the machines minimise downtime and reduce lead times.
  • Overall sustainability: technologies, efficiency levels and automation strategies improve sustainability from an environmental, user-friendly and economic point of view.
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In which industries are industrial paint solutions used?

Integrated industrial coating lines can be found in many sectors and are used to coat several different materials and substrates:

Fields of application

Here is a selection of specific products that can be coated using industrial equipment


How many different industrial coating techniques exist?

Each coating technique was developed to address specific situations, semi-finished or finished products. There is no better way to do it, but the most suitable way, and each technique has its pros and cons. Let’s take a look at the four most common technologies:

Ranging from simple machines to replace manual spray coating operations up to anthropomorphic robots that use software and 3D reading barriers to map out coating trajectories, spray coating solutions are extremely varied. The flexibility of spray guns able to reach almost all spraying angles makes this technique ideal for more complex shapes.

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Roller coating systems have evolved significantly and today’s solutions handle not only flat panel surfaces, but also raised panels presenting shallow grooves, such as cabinet doors. Excellent transfer efficiency makes them an ideal choice to reduce the number of coating stages on a finishing line.

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Highly sustainable and with transfer efficiency at almost 100%, this technology is perfect for both panel and edge coating operations, delivering identical results on each surface. Such close control over lacquer consumption makes this a technology in which there is very little waste of consumable products.

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Suitable for all coating types with different viscosities, and the ideal technology for polyurethane lacquers, curtain coaters provide high-quality finishes on flat surfaces, whenever large amounts of coating are required in a single application phase.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

01 How easy is it to start up a coating machine?
It depends on the machine, the type of control and the operator's level of expertise. Generally speaking, it is quite easy.
02 What are the advantages of spray coating?
Firstly, spray coating ensures all sides of the piece are covered. Secondly, the product shape is unimportant and, since it is not a contact-type coating, different tolerances between products are compensated for automatically.
03 How can I rate the quality of roller coating?

The quality of the paint finish is highly subjective. However, opacity and gloss, and obviously, the degree of application, can all be rated.

04 What are the advantages of roller coating?

High flexibility in terms of output rate and choice of cycles/processes according to the line make-up.

Zero solvent emissions thanks to 95% use of products with high dry residue (UV) content.

Possibility of using the roller technique for any application on all flat surfaces.

05 What consumption values should be considered?

Coating product consumption and consumption of solvents required for cleaning the machines in the coating line should certainly be considered and evaluated. Each step of the roller coating process must be monitored in terms of the quantity applied, for each individual machine. Quantities, in fact, may vary according to the type of substrate treated.

06 How many and what types of drying are there?
Mainly two categories: physical and chemical drying. The former is based on hot air, air flow speed and time, while the latter requires a source (typically lamps) to activate some internal components in the lacquer. There are also lacquers that need both of these methods.
07 How do I decide which drying technique is the most suitable?
The recommended type of drying depends on the type of product and is normally defined in agreement with the lacquer manufacturer, to ensure the required coating performance over time. The coating cycle, which also includes drying, is then defined with the aim of obtaining the desired final result, reducing the required investment and optimising performance.