Flow measurement in coating facilities

Airflow in a coating booth and at its outlet

Process data

Measuring task:
Flow velocity for process regulation

Measuring point:
In the area of laminar flow below the ceiling filter (plenum)
In the exhaust duct

Measuring range:
Laminar: 0.25 … 0.5 m/s
Exhaust air: 15 … 25 m/s

Process pressure:

Process environment:
20 … 200 °C

Recommended products

Laminar: TA10 … C

ProductProduct data sheet

Abluft: VA40 ZG8

productproduct data sheet


In coating facilities flow velocity needs to be measured accurately at different points. Laminar flow has to be ensured in the spray booth to get optimal results and the exhaust air in the coating booth and the chamber kiln have to be monitored for safety and environmental reasons.
To achieve optimal coating results there have to be specific room conditions. Temperature, humidity and air flow have to be kept withing a strict range. Besides room conditions, environmental protection in coating and spraying also plays a major role. The resulting overspray in the spray booth is diverted by a regulated, downward-directed air flow. Said air flow is collected, measured and processed. The exhaust air of the chamber kilns is also measured. That way environmental pollution is reduced. It also ensures that no harmful or flammable concentrations of solvents arise.

Your advantage

Secures your process
The TA10 secures the coating process according to current regulations

Better safe than sorry:
Flow sensors are also available in an ex-version and with SIL certificate

Reference of the market leader
The leading manufacturer for coating facilities uses our sensors

Wide range of application for coating booths:

Coating machines are available in different versions for very different products. From beverage cans and components, different sizes and materials to entire cars or truck bodies. In coating facilities a variety of air flows is measured at different measuring points. 

Laminar flow

On the one hand laminar flow in a spray booth is measured. Which is a very slow, homogenous flow that typically flows from the ceiling / plenum to the floor.
It helps divert the overspray. Overspray is the part of the paint that doesn’t reach the product, but floats loosely in the room. Despite electrostatic charge and other technical measures during the coating process there’s still a considerable amount of overspray even in modern coating booths.

With the help of laminar flow, hazardous substances are diverted also. This is especially important in manual processes for employee protection. At the same time it also aids in reducing the environmental damage through the painting process. Laminar flow has to be slow to avoid any turbulence or negatively affect the paint process. To ensure homogeneity there should be measurements at different points of the plenum. Exact values are defined by he VDMA and the DIN EN 16985:2019-04 „spray booths for organic coating material – safety requirements; German version EN 16985:2018“. According to these regulations, operation of the application system must only be possible when the technical solution is in operating mode and the requirements for airflow are fulfilled.


Exhaust air

There’s also another flow measurement of collected exhaust gases that exit the coating booth and are then fed to downstream processing. These exhaust air flows are usually lightly loaded with pollutants. That’s why they’re usually concentrated in order to make the treatment process more economical. Gases can be cleaned in thermal afterburning. Due to air enriched with overspray the vortex sensor comes to use.