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Improving Cost and Performance of UV Coatings with Dispersants

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 10/21/2020

Using 100% active, lower viscosity dispersant technology can help formulators reduce overall cost and improve performance in UV coating applications.

Categories: Dispersants, Paints and Coatings

Replacing Plastic with Paper in Packaging

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 10/05/2020

While paper can deliver more sustainable packaging options, coating challenges that deliver desired barrier properties can prevent recyclability and present their own set of issues. More sustainable barrier coatings can alleviate problems and improve repulpability.

Categories: Dispersants, Printing & Packaging

The Importance of Solubility for Dispersing Pigments

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 09/21/2020

100% active dispersants help solve diverse solubility challenges, helping coating formulators improve efficiency and reduce costs.

Categories: Dispersants, Paints and Coatings, Printing & Packaging

Biocide-Free Water-Based Coatings

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 09/02/2020

As MIT continues to be looked at as a hazard, Lubrizol is exploring new ways to reduce or eliminate the need for biocides in dispersants and coatings.

Categories: Dispersants, Paints and Coatings

What is Passivation? Why is it Important for Aluminum Pigments?

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 08/19/2020

As the use of aluminum pigments in the automotive industry continues to grow, so does the importance of aluminum passiviation, and coating technology is critical to delivering results.

Categories: Paints and Coatings, Specialty Additives

The Essentials of a Successful Flame Retardant System

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 08/04/2020

Understanding specific flame-retardant needs and FR testing methods for diverse applications enhances the success of formulating the right coating and composite solution to deliver fire protection.

Categories: Formulated Solutions, Paper and Textiles

New PFOA Regulations will Greatly Impact PTFE. Are You Ready?

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 07/23/2020

Within the new regulatory environment relative to PFOA, formulators need to be prepared to adapt their coatings technologies to be compliant.

Categories: Surface Modifiers, Paints and Coatings

New Pretreatment Spray Application Provides Savings for Digitally Printed Textiles

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 07/07/2020

Lubrizol and Technijet deliver a novel fabric pre-treatment system, advancing digital printing on fabrics with energy and cost savings.

Categories: Paper and Textiles, Formulated Solutions, Digital Print

The Importance of Longevity in Reflective Roof Coatings

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 06/24/2020

Achieving an appropriate level of reflectiveness in a newly applied white roof coating is easy, but maintaining the reflectiveness year after year while exposed to the elements and pollution is not.

Categories: Paints and Coatings, Resins and Binders

The Direct Thermal Coatings Market Is Heating Up

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 06/09/2020

As direct thermal printing continues to grow in global usage for its mobility and cost benefits, Lubrizol direct thermal coating solutions are ready to enhance the experience even more.

Categories: Formulated Solutions, Printing & Packaging

The Important Role of Primers in Digital Printing for Packaging

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 05/21/2020

Primers can provide several key benefits for end product quality and for manufacturing productivity for digitally printing on packaging.

Categories: Resins and Binders, Printing & Packaging

The Secret of a Uniform Coarse Structure in Powder Coatings

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 05/06/2020

Achieving a more consistent and reproducible formation of a coarse structure in powder coatings and overcoming the challenges of cellulose acetate butyrate (CAB).

Categories: Paints and Coatings, Surface Modifiers

Essential Dispersion Qualities for Digital Inks

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 04/22/2020

As the demands for industrial inkjet printing have continued to become more and more challenging, ink dispersions must also evolve, and working with the right supplier can make all the difference.

Categories: Printing & Packaging, Digital Print, Dispersants

The Role of Binders in Lithium Battery Electrodes

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 04/06/2020

Coatings for battery electrodes have several functions, and binders must deliver robust performance, especially to enable future advances in battery capabilities.

 

Categories: Resins and Binders

The Advantages of Water-Borne Polyurethanes

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 03/25/2020

Water-based polyurethane coating technology continues to grow in use across a range of applications as performance capabilities advance, enabling transitions from solvent-borne systems.

 

Categories: Resins and Binders, Paints and Coatings, Paper and Textiles

In Your Corner: Anthony Pajerski Examines the Present and Future of Water-Borne PUDs

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 03/09/2020

Lubrizol Technical Fellow, Anthony Pajerski, shares insights into his career, expertise, and the present and future of water-borne polyurethane dispersions for coatings.

Categories: Resins and Binders, Paints and Coatings

Performance, Simplicity, and Sustainability for Inks and Coatings

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 02/26/2020

At Lubrizol Performance Coatings, our innovation process revolves around meeting and exceeding customer and market needs - ensuring we can deliver performance, simplicity and sustainability benefits for formulators.

Categories: Surface Modifiers, Specialty Additives, Resins and Binders, Dispersants

Megatrends Will Help Shape Coating Innovation

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 02/12/2020

Megatrends have tremendous potential to be transformative forces that are likely to impact innovation in the coatings industry.

 

Categories: Surface Modifiers, Specialty Additives, Resins and Binders, Dispersants

Heating Up The Solar Reflective Paint Market

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 01/27/2020

Solar reflective paint with inorganic mixed metal oxide pigment can help avoid heat absorption and mitigate high temperature inside vehicles.

Categories: Paints and Coatings, Resins and Binders

High Solid PUDs Deliver Sustainability and Performance

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 01/08/2020

New PUD technology is enabling high solids, high hardness coatings that deliver outstanding performance and protection to surfaces.

Categories: Paints and Coatings, Resins and Binders

Blocking Resistance in Coatings: Formulation Factors to Consider

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 12/04/2019

Multiple factors impact the blocking resistance of a paint, film or wrap to avoid detrimental adhesion between two surfaces—to not stick to itself or another surface upon contact when pressure is applied.

Categories: Paints and Coatings

The Value of a Reflective Roof Coating

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 11/13/2019

Reflective roofs are an essential building envelope consideration to reduce the energy required to heat, cool and ventilate a building, and resin and dispersant additives play an important role.

 

Categories: Paints and Coatings, Resins and Binders

Meeting the Demand for PTFE Alternatives to Protect Coatings

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 10/23/2019

New materials show promise as PFAS-compliant PTFE options and PTFE-free alternatives.

Categories: Surface Modifiers

Benefits of PVDC for Corrosion Inhibition

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 09/18/2019

Water-borne PVDC (poly vinylidene chloride-acrylic co-binder) exhibits outstanding protection for anti-corrosive primers and can be considered as an alternative to water-borne epoxy primer.

 

Categories: Paints and Coatings, Resins and Binders

The Role of Dispersants in Advanced Ceramics

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 08/21/2019

High end dispersants can bring value to advanced ceramics as the demands from new applications grow.

Categories: Dispersants

Making a Self-Healing Wood Furniture Coating a Reality

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 08/15/2019

The possibilities for wood furniture that can self-repair a scratch are virtually unlimited. And its, not a far-off science-fiction fantasy.

Categories: Paints and Coatings, Resins and Binders

In Your Corner: Alex Lubnin Examines Drivers Impacting the Coatings Industry

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 08/07/2019

Lubrizol Technical Fellow, Alex Lubnin, shares insights into his career, expertise, and the impact that sustainability, the digital revolution, and smart coatings are having on the ink and coating industry.

Categories: Digital Print, Paints and Coatings, Paper and Textiles

The Importance of Test Marketing

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 07/31/2019

Test marketing is an important component of the product development process to collect and understand customer feedback, enable fine tuning of product performance and adjust launch plans prior to full-scale launch.

Reducing the Impact of Dispersants on Curing Thermosets

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 07/24/2019

The wrong dispersant can increase thermoset cure time or even worse, contribute to film failure. Conversely, selecting the right dispersant can have a positive effect.

Categories: Plastics & Composites, Dispersants

New Technology: Exciting or Scary?

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 07/16/2019

Being an early adopter of new technology has the potential for exciting business growth, but the uncertainty of success always looms. Overcoming fears and collaborating on new technologies can help to mitigate risk.

Categories: Digital Print

Post-Addable Surface Modifiers Enhance Powder Coatings

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 07/10/2019

New “post-add” surface modifier technology enables powder coating manufacturers to blend additives directly into a finished powder to achieve desired surface effects.

Categories: Surface Modifiers, Paints and Coatings

The Effect of Particle Size on Coating Performance

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 07/03/2019

When formulating coatings, particle size and distribution are important factors to consider as they influence end-use properties.

Categories: Paints and Coatings, Dispersants

What is Crosslinking? What Methods Deliver Different Results?

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 06/27/2019

Choosing the right crosslinking method for optimal coating performance depends on a variety of conditions, substrates, uses, regulatory issues and more.

Categories: Paints and Coatings, Resins and Binders

Achieving Proper Film Formation in One-Component Coatings

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 06/19/2019

During paint formulation, several factors should be considered to optimize film formation to achieve desired surface protection.

Categories: Paints and Coatings

The Value of Consumer & Market Insights

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 06/13/2019

Leveraging consumer and market insights in the specialty chemical industry allows Lubrizol to become a better business partner, helping prioritize innovation projects to achieve our own growth goals as well as those of our customers.

 


In Your Corner: Dean Thetford Discusses Improving Polymeric Dispersant Technology

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 06/04/2019

Lubrizol Senior Technical Fellow, Dean Thetford, shares insights into his career, expertise, and importance of improving polymeric dispersant technology for the coatings industry.

Categories: Dispersants, Paints and Coatings

Evaluating DTM Coatings

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 05/23/2019

Historically used for light duty industrial metal applications including factory machinery and farm equipment, direct-to-metal (DTM) coatings have advanced and are experiencing increasing use in applications with higher performance requirements, such as bridges, infrastructure and even marine.

Categories: Paints and Coatings, Resins and Binders

Creating More Sustainable Packaging With Inks and Coatings

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 05/15/2019

Inks and coatings contribute only a small percentage of weight to packaging, but they can play a major role in enhancing or disrupting its sustainability attributes.

Categories: Printing & Packaging, Dispersants, Resins and Binders

Digital Printing Takes Hold for Drum Labels

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 05/09/2019

As many industries continue the shift from analog to digital printing, its benefits have now made inroads within the chemical industry. Lubrizol has experienced better-than-expected results after adopting digital printing into its own drum labelling operations, reducing total costs in the process.

Categories: Digital Print, Formulated Solutions

Protecting Intellectual Property in the Chemical Industry

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 04/22/2019

Innovation in the chemical industry is essential for growth. But it can be a costly process requiring strategic management of IP protections to safeguard and maximize those investments.

Categories: Dispersants, Surface Modifiers, Resins and Binders

Formulating with ADH-Free Polyurethane Dispersions

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 04/11/2019

While ADH offers room temperature curing and a boost to beneficial coating properties, it has been deemed hazardous to the environment. Successfully formulating PUDs without ADH is possible.

Categories: Paints and Coatings, Resins and Binders

Keys to an Effective Building Envelope

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 04/03/2019

Air barriers and continuous coatings are critical elements of an effective building envelope, which is the primary determinant of the amount of energy required to heat, cool and ventilate a building.

Categories: Paints and Coatings, Resins and Binders

NMP-Free PUDs are Possible

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 03/25/2019

NMP-free polyurethane dispersions are possible, using alternative solvents that aid in film formation and deliver the same benefits, but without the regulatory challenges.

Categories: Paints and Coatings, Resins and Binders

A World of Flame Retardance

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 03/19/2019

Formulators rely on flame retardants to create a layer of flammability protection for paper and textile applications, providing more time to escape and for first responders to save lives and minimize property damage.

Categories: Paper and Textiles, Resins and Binders, Formulated Solutions

The Role of a Pretreatment for Digitally Printed Textiles

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 03/14/2019

Inkjet printing on textiles continues to gain traction to achieve reduced lead times, customizable products, and shorter print runs, and pretreatments plays a critical role.

Categories: Formulated Solutions, Digital Print, Resins and Binders

Reducing TEA in Polyurethane Formulations without Reducing Performance

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 03/07/2019

While Triethylamine offers unique advantages in the production of polyurethane dispersions, TEA-free formulations can be just as effective—without hazards to human health.

Categories: Paints and Coatings, Resins and Binders

Surface Modifiers Deliver Desired Effects in Coating and Ink Films

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 02/28/2019

Surface modifiers are additives that enable formulators to achieve specific effects for appearance, feel, slip, abrasion resistance and durability of inks and coatings. Diverse polymer chemistries and particle sizes are available for a range of applications.

Categories: Surface Modifiers, Paints and Coatings, Printing & Packaging, Paper and Textiles

Tape: More Than Just Sticky Paper

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 02/18/2019

A lot of technology goes into creating tape to meet the specific performance and functionality that formulators set out to achieve for diverse commercial and consumer applications. Saturants, adhesive polymers and release coating technologies all play important roles.

Categories: Resins and Binders, Paper and Textiles

Enhancing Water-Borne Coatings Through Better Pigment Dispersants

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 02/12/2019

With ever-changing regulations and environmental requirements for water-borne, lower VOC coatings, dispersants must evolve to deliver similar performance benefits as solvent-borne systems.

Categories: Paints and Coatings, Dispersants

The Indispensability of Dispersants

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 02/05/2019

Without dispersants, the world would be a much less colorful place. Dispersant additives can be found in a tremendous range of products, delivering diverse functionality to inks and coatings.

Categories: Paints and Coatings, Dispersants, Printing & Packaging

Digitally Printed Packaging For The Food Industry - Compliance Insight

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 01/29/2019

As digital printing on packaging for the food and beverage continues to grow, it is critical that suppliers understand the complex regulatory landscape surrounding food contact materials.

Categories: Printing & Packaging, Digital Print

Adaptable Durability For Water-Borne Coatings

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 01/15/2019

Where some polyurethane dispersions come up short, polyamide polyurethane technologies offer new levels of performance and capability, adaptable to the specific needs of diverse wood and metal coating applications.

Categories: Paints and Coatings, Resins and Binders

Primers Enhance Digital Printing on Corrugated Packaging

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 01/08/2019

Print primers are critical to success in this new world of digitally printed corrugated packaging. Just like in analog printing, coatings bridge the performance gap between the ink and the substrate.

Categories: Printing & Packaging, Digital Print, Resins and Binders

A New Era for UV Ink and Coating Additives

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 01/02/2019

Advanced additives enable more specialized inks and coatings for the printing industry that are correctly formulated for environmentally friendly processes, such as low-energy LED UV curing, migration-optimized UV inks, and EB curing.

Categories: Dispersants, Printing & Packaging

Inspiring Sustainability, Improving Lives

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 12/19/2018

Lubrizol's founders believed good science could lead to a better life. They understood we have a role in protecting our people and the environment, as well as being a good community member. A philosophy of “Inspiring Sustainability, Improving Lives” continues to be the foundation at Lubrizol today.

Categories: Dispersants, Surface Modifiers, Resins and Binders, Specialty Additives

A Naturally Low Gloss Dispersion for Polyamide Polyurethane Coatings

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 12/12/2018

Matte finishes are popular in any number of applications for their dull, low-gloss, and natural look that is achieved with most of the light diffusing in a range of angles.

Categories: Paints and Coatings, Resins and Binders

Pigment Dispersants Yield Colorful, High-Performance Results

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 12/04/2018

Color is all around us every day, helping us interpret the world, change actions and cause reactions (both positive and negative). In the coatings industry, what delivers these bursts of color? That’s an easy one. Pigments—the tiny solid particles used for coloring paint, ink, plastic, fabric and more.

Categories: Dispersants, Paints and Coatings

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