Powder coating equipment for the complete process
If your company has its own powder coating line, or if you are planning to set up one, you need professional powder coating equipment. Powder coating equipment covers all machinery needed for powder painting process from start to finish:
- Powder application (guns, spray booths, fluid beds)
- Curing (ovens)
This equipment has a great impact on the final finish of your products and on the production efficiency of your company. Therefore, we will guide you towards the right choice of equipment, provide a list of suppliers and present a price indication of powder coating equipment in the UK. Please, note that the price indications provided in this article are meant as guidelines and the actual price may include shipping costs.
Choose the most suitable powder coating equipment for your product
To begin with, you should ask yourself the following questions.
- How often do you need powder coating? If it merely is for occasional projects, it might be wiser to use an existing powder coating plant.
- What do you powder coat? The size of the product has an effect on the size of the equipment.
- What level of automation is required? Manual and automatic equipment is available.
- How much space you have at your premises? A powder coating line requires a lot of space, however, if you don’t have it, you can still get your plant as you’ll find out later on.
Choosing the right equipment might even save you money; powder coatings allow faster production and reduced curing time. There are however, also differences in the equipment; one uses gas, other one electricity, one’s consumption is higher etc.
Proper pretreatment is the key to success
Surface preparation is the basis for an excellent layer of powder paint. The equipment dedicated to pretreatment prior to powder painting can be purchased separately or you can buy an automatic pretreatment powder coating machine that does the job in 30 minutes!
This particular machine deposits a phosphate conversion coating on the substrates. The system certainly add on to the investment but, it also saves you time in preparing the substrate; and as we know, time is money.
The price for a pretreatment machine lies between £15,000 and £25,000.
Manual and automatic powder coating guns
Powder coating guns are usually manual systems that are mainly used in garages and other workshops which do not practice powder painting on a daily basis. A manual powder coatings gun is a suitable piece of equipment if there is no space for an automatic spray booth and where powder coating is not the primary activity. Note that all manual powder coating equipment require man power to use them.
Fortunately, the powder coating process can be automated, and guns can be installed in the spray booths.
Powder coating spray booth for safety
The powder coating spray booths have an important role in preventing the powder from flowing freely through the plant. It additionally, must be well ventilated, improving the safety while spraying powder paint.
Note that the powder coating booth regulations have been updated in the UK: for insurance purposes the booths must comply with the new Health and Safety regulations meaning that the suction must equal to 0.7 cu m per second, per 1 sq m of the spray booth face. Last but not least, a good booth can save you waste disposal costs; it namely collects and filters excess powder which can be baked in the oven and normally placed in the skip.
The price of a powder coating spray booth lies somewhere between £3,500 and £8,000 depending on the size and additional options.
Powder paint cure oven for all applications
Powder coating oven is important for thermosetting powders, due to the fact they must be hear cured. Depending on you product, you have two options:
- Electric curing ovens for smaller objects from £3,500
- Gas powdered industrial curing ovens from £6,000
As one of the disadvantages of powder painting is that you can only coat objects that fit in the cure oven, make sure to have an oven big enough for your products!
Portable powder coating systems for small spaces
Powder coating plant requires quite some space, given that the smallest industrial oven has an area of 5 sq m and the smallest booth covers 3 sq m.
If you do not have the space in your premises, you can also purchase the complete plant in containers and place them outside. You can get a containerised powder coating plant including oven and spray booth for about £20.000.
The following companies supply powder coating equipment as stated in the table. These most of this equipment is manufactured in the UK, however, some equipment comes from overseas. For breakdown of the cost of powder coating in the UK, as well as the costs of equipment, visit our powder coating costs page.
|POWDER COATING EQUIPMENT COMPANY||PRETREATMENT||APPLICATION||CURING||ADDRESS|
|Nordson Corporation||Yes||Yes||No||Faraday Road, Aylesbury, HP19 8RY|
|UK Powder Coating||Yes||Yes||Yes||Dinting Vale Business Park, Glossop, Derbyshire, SK13 6LG|
|Junair Spraybooths||No||Yes||No||Cross Street, Heywood, Lancashire OL10 1PW|
|Blast-Wash||No||Yes||Yes||Baron Ave, Earls Barton, Northampton NN6 0JE|
|RDM Industrial Services||Yes||Yes||Yes||Stakehill Lane, Middleton, Manchester M24 2RW|
In case you are interested in second hand powder coating equipment, you might keep an eye on Riley Surface World, which alongside with brand new equipment sells used powder coating booths, ovens and guns.