Painting Technology Consortium
The University of Kentucky Painting Technology Consortium (PTC) joined research and industrial resources to develop a new generation of painting technology with higher energy efficiency and environmental friendliness than what was used on commercial products. Since a majority of manufacturers use paint on their finished products, and stricter environmental regulations governing the painting process are being enacted regularly, the need for a more effective painting technology was and still is clear.
The Consortium brought together a renowned team of researchers who conducted research in six main areas:
- Paint spraying and transfer efficiency
- Paint overspray capturing
- Paint curing and drying
- Painted surface finish monitoring and control
- Paint-related waste recycling and disposal
- Smart paint material
In recent years the Consortium was integrated into IR4TD to continue exploring current issues with painting technology, and conduct the Painting Technology Workshop.