UV Industry of the Month: Aerospace and Defense
UV curable coatings are used in the aerospace and defense industries. These coatings are used in order to meet stringent performance standards. These standards include adhesion, durability, protection, appearance, and exposure to aggressive fluids. UV curable coatings are also ideal since the finished product is exposed to temperatures ranging from -65 degrees F to 200 degrees F, high speeds of travel, and corrosion.
UV curable coatings are replacing conventional products that were previously used due to environmental regulations that govern high volatile organic compound (VOC) coatings. As a result, UV curable products cure quickly which reduces the time and cost of recoating (time between coats, time/cost of aircraft out of service, etc.). Also, since the items being coated are so large (the environment where they are being coated may vary from laboratory to airplane hangar) the cure when using UV coatings is independent of temperature and humidity.