Busbars are vital yet overlooked components of an electrical system. These items, typically made of copper, brass, or aluminum, allow wires and electrical connections to congregate along a single axis for convenience. Busbars are generally uninsulated, meaning if anyone touches a busbar they run the risk of electric shock or even electrocution. Coating Systems explains the advantages of powder coating as insulation for busbars in today’s blog.
Maintains Conductivity of Electrical Components
Powder coating doesn’t interfere with the conductivity of electrical components, much like any other insulating material. Powders are even better than rubber or plastic because they are form-fitting and don’t take up a lot of space. Heat-cured powders are sturdy and last for years due to how they are applied.
Powder coating doesn’t break, bend, or crack in the same way as rubber or plastic. For example, you have a facility with a lot of heavy equipment. A maintenance worker accidentally cuts into a rubber insulator covering a busbar. Now, that busbar could potentially harm workers if they aren’t careful. You may even have to lock out the entire grid until someone fixes the insulation that was cut. Powder coating reduces downtime and damage.
Busbars are usually out of reach of workers due to how they are installed. However, they still suffer from degradation over time. Galvanic corrosion may occur when two different types of metals come in contact with each other. Your wires and busbars may be copper, but the bolt holding the wire against the busbar could be stainless steel. Powder coating helps prevent or reduce galvanic corrosion, thereby making your electrical grid more efficient while lasting longer.
Worker safety is essential for your facility. Improved safety leads to happier workers who love their jobs and show up for work every day, as well as lower insurance premiums for your company. Powder coating on busbars is safer than rubber or plastic insulators that could be cut or crack over time.
Powder Coatings from Coating Systems
Coating Systems specializes in powder coatings for a wide range of applications. If your firm needs a durable powder coating on busbars, reach out and talk to our experts. Contact us today or give us a call at 1-800-593-7754 to discuss how we can deliver powder coating to your company.