in powder coating materials and equipment have resulted in a significant decline
in the applied cost of the powder. The total cost of a powder coating operation
is often lower when compared to conventional coating technologies. Many studies
of model coating lines have been conducted by organizations such as the Powder Coating
Institute (PCI). In these studies, capital cost of powder is slightly higher than
that of water borne or high solids systems. Yet, the bottom line operating costs
prove to be less than the operating costs for conventional solvent, water-borne,
and high solids systems.
The specific areas of economic advantage for powder coating systems are energy savings,
labor cost saving, high operating efficiencies, environmental factors and plant
safety. The individual requirements and needs for each application will put a different
emphasis on the cost justification. Every case must be individually analyzed to
determine whether powder coatings represent a cost savings.
Operators of powder coating lines also report a number of intangible cost savings
that are difficult to measure. These include minimum operator training and supervision
for a powder line and employee preference in working with dry powder over wet, solvent
based paints because of the powder's lack of fumes, reduced housekeeping / clean-up
problems, and minimum contamination of clothing.