Arc metallization has become one of the most advanced methods of metal and thermal spraying in existence. Since it provides a thin covering layer of metal that can be put on any steel and metal constructions, arc metallization is now considered the best way to preserve and protect steel elements in hostile environments. Arc metallization has been largely popularised by companies across few different areas of the industry and is now used by almost every factory on the planet for both practical and aesthetic purposes. Arc metallization helps with finishing up workspaces and industrial buildings, but how does is it actually done and why do the workspaces need an additional metal layer?
How does arc metallization work?
Arc metallization, sometimes referred to as arc spraying, has been used in the industry for a while now. As one of many types of thermal spraying, arc metallization is in its core a way of applying a thin layer of metal onto any surface (usually metal surface) that needs protection from various hostile factors. The source of power for arc metallization spray gun is an electric arc. The gun consists of two wires with a metal coating. A DC electric current makes the two wires touch together and releases energy, which heats the wires, melts them and provides a stream of gas that disperses the molten metal onto the desired surface.
Correctly applied coats of metal (created by arc metallization) dry fast, are not very thick and most of all, last long. The biggest advantage of arc metallization is, however, the size of an arc metallization spray gun which allows working on detailed areas, applying metal coats to complex or oddly shaped components, bent pipes and many more curved surfaces.
Who uses arc metallization?
Arc metallization is a relatively easy technique to learn, which means that construction workers don’t need any particular training courses and certificates to use it. As a process, arc metallization is a quick and effective technique that can be done over short periods of time. This particular advantage benefits the industry, as almost all companies that rely on arc metallization for touching up their work surfaces demand all renovations to be speedy. Arc metallization is most commonly used in pipeline production, as well as companies dealing with oil, gas and other corrosion inducing substances. The method is also largely popular in the marine industry and civil infrastructures, where it is used to cover bridges and overpasses, pipelines and containers and any other examples of metal elements.