Tribo And Corona

The difference between tribo & corona spraying systems. 

Understanding the differences between corona and tribo charging, assists in deciding which technology is best for an application.

In corona charging, a high voltage potential is developed at an electrode located in or near the powder stream. The powder particles become negatively charged and are attracted to the grounded substrate. ​

Corona guns: 

– are very successful in achieving a consistent film build especially with thin film thicknesses, thanks to consistent charging 

– finishing problems such as orange peel & back ionization are possible because of the high electrostatic charge 

– powder output per gun can easily be adapted 

– ability to adapt to conveyor line speed (both low and high speeds) with the same amount of guns, as powder output per gun can easily be adapted 

– compatible with most powder coating types​


When tribo spraying, contact between the gun and the powder particles causes friction. The powder coating gun is internally covered with a negatively charged material (eg. Teflon) that positively charges the powder particles and has them release their positively charged energy. ​

Tribo guns: 

– easier to use in case of higher layer thickness needed. No back ionization or orange peel (because there is no electrostatic field) 

– operate at lower powder output 

– more guns needed to obtain the same result of corona spraying at high speed conveyor lines, due to the gun operating only at a low(er) powder output – only a limited range of powders can be used for tribo spraying 

– specially designed for complicated part forms (edges, corners, …) (see: the effect of Faraday cage) 

– advantage in gun cleaning​