UV Curing of Coatings on Flooring Materials

UV curing delivers enhanced product performance while increasing production rates for flooring manufacturers.

UV Curing of Coatings on Flooring Materials

Manufacturers of high-performance commercial and residential flooring products rely on clear UV-curable topcoats for enhanced performance characteristics such as stain and scratch resistance, anti-slip and ease of cleaning.

Manufacturers needing consistent, reliable and stable operation, with the lowest heat output and the highest production speeds prefer Heraeus Noblelight’s microwave-powered UV curing systems.

Your advantages with UV curing:

  • More durable flooring due to improved surface properties such as stain and scratch resistance
  • Flooring that offers higher performance such as anti-slip and easier cleaning
  • Higher manufacturing production rates
  • Less floor space required
  • No VOC’s and energy cost savings
  • Less waste

Primary Application Areas:

Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl flooring products are chosen for their easy care and durability to withstand high traffic. And today’s products also look great, often emulating higher end wood, stone, and ceramic flooring. UV-curable coatings on vinyl (PVC) flooring sheets, planks and tiles provide a durable, long-lasting coating that can stand up to garage chemicals and the wear and tear of indoor sports and exercise. UV powder is used for slip-resistant coatings that are durable and easy to clean for use in healthcare, laboratory, and other institutional facilities. Flooring manufacturers using UV curing get higher production rates using less energy and floor space than is possible with traditional solvent based coatings. Plus, there are no VOCs.

Wood Flooring

Wood Flooring

Pre-finished hardwood moldings, strips and parquet flooring use UV-curable topcoats, both waterborne and 100% solids, to provide excellent durability. UV-curable stains are also available. Even trim pieces and moldings can be UV-cured to precisely match the flooring pieces. In addition to less lead time, faster production rates and higher product quality, wood flooring manufacturers using UV curing can immediately handle and package finished pieces, significantly reducing work in process.

Heraeus Noblelight America's microwave-powered UV curing systems are especially suited for curing shaped trim and molding due to its modularity and flexibility to cure 3-D (three-dimensional) parts. And those who finish pine, a notoriously resinous wood, find our microwave-powered UV curing system is the only one that will cure the coating without bringing the resins to the surface.

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