An entire wing of the new Research and Development laboratories at ICA are dedicated to studying the application of our products. In this facility, all of the latest and most commonly used machinery used in the coatings industry are installed, including roller, spray, and curtain coater application and UV curing. This allows for the testing of ICA’s products on a variety of different machines and application conditions, while also allowing for clients to evaluate the applicability of the products.
ICA’s ongoing research into new techniques and collaboration with leading companies in the coatings machinery industry have helped ICA develop a formulation of UV products that are able to meet a wide range of requirements in various sectors of industrial coatings.
Polyester UV Coatings
Polyester UV paints are widely used for the coating of flat panels because of their economy, reactivity and the good results that they provide. They are formulated using unsaturated polyester resins dissolved in styrene; the latter functioning both as solvent and reacting agent with the resin, thereby increasing the solid content of the coating.
As a result of many years of research into the formulation and application of these coatings, ICA has produced a vast range of polyester UV products to fulfill the needs of a diverse group of customers. Recently, following current market trends, ICA has perfected a line of matte polyester UV top coats for spray or curtain coater application. These coatings offer aesthetic characteristics such as softness of touch that is comparable to polyurethane top coats, but with reduced drying times and greater surface hardness.
- Transparent and pigmented polyester UV fillers for roller application
- Transparent matte and gloss polyester UV top coats
- Transparent polyester UV base coats for spray application
- Transparent paraffinated and direct polyester UV base coats for curtain coater application
- Transparent and pigmented matte and gloss polyester UV top coats for spray application
- Transparent and pigmented matte and gloss polyester UV top coats for curtain coater application
Acrylic UV Coatings
Compared to their polyester counterparts, acrylic UV products are characterized by their minimal environmental impact and an extremely high solid content. The monomers contained in acrylic UV products are less volatile compared to the styrene found in polyester UV, which gives them a sold content of 100%. ICA’s UV acrylics offer excellent elasticity, adhesion and chemical/physical resistance. Furthermore, with the utilization of specific primers, it is possible to resolve typical problems associated with the coating of resinous woods. These specifically formulated products allow for the painting of frames and profiles and, thanks to their high reactivity, are able to be used at high speeds to increase productivity.
The extensiveness of ICA’s UV acrylic range allows for the selection of a product that suits the wide variety of customers’ needs and different types of spray or roller application. New products have been introduced that are suitable for newer application technologies like laser roller (both base and top coats) as well as traditional and vacuum coater application.
- Transparent acrylic UV primers for roller application
- Transparent and pigmented acrylic UV fillers for roller application
- Transparent acrylic UV base coats for spray application
- Transparent and pigmented matte and gloss acrylic UV top coats for spray application
- Transparent and pigmented matte and gloss acrylic UV top coats for roller application
- Transparent acrylic UV base coats for curtain coater application
- Transparent and pigmented matte and gloss acrylic UV top coats for curtain coater application
- Transparent acrylic UV base coats for vacuum coater application
- Transparent matte and gloss acrylic UV top coats for vacuum coater application
Water Based UV Coatings
The latest generation of ICA’s UV products are water-based. They offer excellent chemical/physical resistance and are applicable using a variety of techniques, especially spray and curtain coater applications.
Traditional UV coatings, including polyester and acrylic, must be formulated using monomers and volatile solvents in order to be suitable for spray or curtain coater application. Water-based UV coatings, on the other hand, the role of the solvent is carried out primarily by water. This allows for the user to eliminate the problems associated with solvent emissions into the atmosphere and the need for costly disposal facilities.
The utilization of water-based UV products makes open pore and matte finishes obtainable, which are typically difficult to achieve when using acrylic UV coatings. ICA’s line of products includes pigmented top coats that can achieve any colour and tonality, surpassing the limits of traditional formulations of polyester or acrylic UV coatings. These new water-based UV paints, thanks to their physical drying properties, permits the coating of three dimensional objects. It is also possible to perform mixed painting cycles using acrylic UV base coatings and water-based UV top coats, thus making the most of the qualities of each type of UV finish.
In water-based UV coatings, the complete evaporation of the water from the wet film takes places before passing under high power UV lamps. Traditional drying methods like vertical tunnels, laminar hot air flow ovens, and hot air percussion with drying times of over twenty minutes, normally allow for the safe use of these products. Currently on the wood painting machinery market, special mixed hot air ovens, infrared, microwave or radio wave lamps are becoming more popular and can noticeably reduce water evaporation times.
- Transparent and pigmented water based UV for spray application
- Transparent and pigmented matte and semi-gloss water based UV top coats for spray application
- Transparent and pigmented matte and semi-gloss water based UV top coats for curtain coater application.
European Union Life Award
ICA’s research in this field was presented to the European Commission and was the only one to receive an award (“LIFE”) in the coatings sector. The products developed by ICA were shown to work effectively towards a reduction in atmospheric emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC).
LIFE (l’Instrument Financier pour l’Environnement) program, is an initiative launched to give financial incentives to organizations engaged in ‘solid and sustainable development’. The central objectives of the LIFE program are the control and reduction of pollution in its various forms through ‘clean’ technologies.
An Environmental Management System (EMS) is a structured approach to addressing the environmental bottom line. ISO 14001 is the world’s most recognized EMS framework – accepted from Argentina to Zimbabwe – that helps organizations both to manage better the impact of their activities on the environment and to demonstrate sound environmental management. See for more information.
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