In response to environmental concerns, many industries are moving from protective coating products containing solvents to 100% solid epoxies and urethanes. These new materials set and cure faster, but they are challenging to apply. However, applicator-friendly cartridge-based dispensing technologies are available that reduce labor, waste, and disposal costs.
With almost 100% efficiency and hardly any liquid waste, the technology is especially appropriate for smaller quantity applications like grooming, touchups, repairs, stripe coatings, and field joint coating. According to a recent evaluation, one shipyard would achieve a return on investment (ROI) in only 18 months by switching to cartridge-based systems.