In 1994, Fischer Industrial Coatings of Westchester, Ohio, developed a unique water-based polyurethane dispersion (PUD) to dip coat baseball bats in production at Hillerich & Bradsby (HB) in Louisville, Kentucky, for Hall of Famer Ken Griffey of the Seattle Mariners. Griffey cited* "his new bat as a crucial contributor to his success in April, May and, June of 1994, including 32 home runs, 64 RBIs, and a .318 batting average". The PUD coating applied during the manufacturing process at HB utilized a 37% solids aliphatic PUD resin featuring low VOC 182 grams per liter, rapid cure, high film build and great depth of image. In addition, the bat coating exhibited extraordinary adhesion, along with resistance to abrasion, water, perspiration, and impact, proving its ability to stand up to major league punishment.
Are very low Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) projects challenging your need for the correct cost performance balance? Do you want to build coating durability with polyurethane resins? Fortunately, high molecular weight waterborne polyurethane dispersions can build durable coatings and can meet your low VOC needs as well as your budgetary demands.
Do you formulate coatings or adhesives for industrial or consumer products that require high durability and low Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)? Are regulations increasing costs and delaying your process? Increasingly stringent low VOC regulations and a friendly Safety Data Sheet (SDS) make the correct decision concerning a resin essential.
Fortunately, water base polyurethane dispersions (PUDS) contain low or zero VOC, offering a wide range of properties that can be formulated to a product meeting performance and VOC requirements plus an attractive SDS. PUDS come with the challenge of customizing a coating or adhesive for low VOC end use applications however formulators can employ several additives supplied by Chemical industry partners to assist during product development phase.