Panacol introduces new line of masking materials 08 July 2022

Panacol has developed new UV curable masking materials for industrial processes, which are part of the Vitralit® MASK product line. 

Masking materials are applied as temporary barriers, that are subsequently removed from the completed component after processing. Typical applications include the manufacture of turbine components, orthopedic devices or prosthesis, and other industrial component processes such as the coating of circuit boards and plastics. UV mask materials are typically used in high value component fabrication that involves processes for surface enhancement. Component surfaces or internal cavities may need to be insulated from these processes for functionality purposes.

The UV masking material is derived from light curable adhesive technology. Panacol’s family of UV light curable mask materials are solvent free and can be easily applied and cured in seconds with a UV light source. The curing system may be broad spectrum UV or LED in wavelengths of 365 or 405nm. The uncured liquid mask can be applied on components by syringe, dip, or spray.

The masks are available in many viscosities to accommodate a wide variety of component configurations and applications. Both high and low viscosity masks can be easily dispensed through spray valves onto larger surfaces. All Vitralit® MASK materials, Panacol assures, provide uniform and consistent protection from high impact particulates, hot acids, alkali solutions, plating, and paint. Vitralit® UV masks are available in green colour to provide higher contrast for better visual inspection.

Panacol insists their product can be easily applied and cured in seconds by exposure to UV light. Removal of Panacol UV mask materials, such as Vitralit® MASK 20107 or 20109, is accomplished by a simple peel or a hot water dip and peel. A selection of Panacol UV masks, such as the new Vitralit® MASK 20116, have extremely high surface adhesion for the most rigorous processing. These UV masks are best removed through incineration. Panacol states their UV masking materials do not leave surface residue after peeling or incineration.

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