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Lab & Facilities

Through a complete set of lab equipments and pilot plants, CSM is able to respond to customers needs related to this capability, ranging from the product qualification and the failure analysis up to the development and support to the industrialization of new products.

These labs are described below:

  • Hot dip coating pilot units
    These lines permit to produce hot dip coated samples and to design and simulate industrial continuous and batch coating cycles.
    The main use of the lines is for the coating of steel with molten Zn (galvanising / galvannealing), Zn-alloys, Aluminium and Al-alloys.
    Continuous hot dip coating is simulated with a vertical equipment splitted into two zones: the upper for fast heating (induction mode) and soaking stages (electrical resistance heating) (e.g. during galvannealing processes), the lower containing the melting pot and wiper knives.
  • Surface treating and painting lab equipments
    • Multi-batch degreasing;
    • Phospating unit;
    • Bar, dip and spray painting units for liquid and powders paint;
    • Electropainting unit (ED painting);
    • Fast IR and Induction heating curing unit;
    • UV curing unit;
    • Programmable oven units.
  • Spray cleaning unit pilot line
    This unit works within the 50-70 °C temperature interval and simulates the degreasing-rinsing-drying working cycle, so permitting the development of the optimal cleaning cycle for a given painting process and evaluate the efficiency of cleaners.

Pilot lines

  • Spray cleaning unit
    This unit works within the 50-70 °C temperature interval and simulates the degreasing-rinsing-drying working cycle, so permitting the development of the optimal cleaning cycle for a given painting process and evaluate the efficiency of cleaners.

  • Roll painting unit
    This unit has been deveoped in order to simulate treatments and coating typical processes of the sheet/coil coating industry. For instance it allows to study and develop thin permanent or washable coatings, conversion coatings, prephosphating, coloured and transparent organic coatings on carbon steel, stainless steel, aluminium, etc.
  • Hot rolls calander unit
    The facility, which contemplates an IR tunnel and a hot pressing rolls section with working temperature up to 200 °C, is devoted to study sheets adhesive bonding processes and to define the whole fabrication cycle of sandwich panels.
  • Others
    Equipments for plastic film treatment and application are also available (corona discharge, film laminator, etc.).
All the above mentioned pilot plant units can manage up to 1200x1800 mm sheets, with a thickness between 0.3 and 1.5 mm.
 
Coated products characterisation lab
 
This lab is endowed with equipments for the standard characterization and special tests for specific coated applications for domestic appliances, automotive, architecture, etc.
The coated products can be evaluated in terms of:
  • Thickness;
  • Hardness;
  • Abrasion and scratch resistance (e.g. Mar and scratch tests, Taber test, Scrubbing resistance,…);
  • Aesthetical characteristics (e.g. Gloss & colour);
  • Chemical and environmental resistance (e.g. spot staining test, salt spray, UV-con, …);
  • Formability (e.g. T-bend test, Erichsen drawing, Swift cup, Strip draw test, ..);
  • Impact resistance.
The lab is also equipped for the measurement of the bond strength and durability of adhesive joints and of the damping and vibrational parameters of hybrid composite panels.

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