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11/25/2015 - CCAI names scholarship winners

TAYLOR MILL, Ky.—The Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI) has named its 2015 scholarship recipients. For the past several years, CCAI has awarded scholarship money from the CCAI Matt Heuertz Scholarship Program to students at North Dakota State University who major in Coatings and Polymeric Materials. This year, the search was expanded to include all students in programs (technical schools, high school seniors, and college students) geared towards coatings and finishing from around the country. As a result, CCAI received many qualified applicants and is excited to watch the growth of this program as it attracts bright new talent to the industrial finishing and coatings industry for the future.

Each of the following students received a Matt Heuertz Scholarship of $1,500: Melissa White, University of Wisconsin Green Bay; Ryley Roeser, University of Wisconsin Eau Claire; and Mitchell Pagel, University of Minnesota. The Matt Heuertz Scholarship program is sustained by the National CCAI and donations from CCAI Chapters.

The CCAI Wisconsin Chapter also offers additional scholarships that provide further educational support to those who qualify. The chapter was pleased to award the following scholarships to some very promising students: General CCAI Chapter Awards of $1,500 each to Ryley Roeser, Chelsey Bock, and Brent Groubert; The Bob New scholarship of $2,000 in memory of longtime industry professional and chapter ambassador to Emily Garczynski; The James Steffes Award of $1,500 to Austin Wheaton; The David J. Wright Award of $1,500 to Marissa White; and The James F. Wright Award of $1,500 to Francis Roushar. CCAI congratulates the young talent recognized here and looks forward to seeing them at future CCAI events.

CCAI will be accepting applications for its 2016 scholarships beginning in January 2016. Applications can be submitted online at

11/24/2015 - New acquisitions lead to continuing consolidation in the coatings industry

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.—A fresh round of coatings acquisitions is in the works. These acquisitions are the latest in the continuing consolidation of the paint and coatings industry.

Danish coatings supplier Hempel has announced that it will acquire JonesBlair Co., Dallas, Tex., a North American supplier for the protective and waterproofing markets. The acquisition supports Hempel's goal of becoming one of the world's top 10 largest coating suppliers by the end of 2015.

The Lubrizol Corp., Wickliffe, Ohio, a specialty chemicals and performance coatings company, has acquired EcoQuimica Industria e Comercio Produtos Quimica Ltda., a Brazilian manufacturer and supplier of coatings technology. The acquisition will expand Lubrizol's performance coatings footprint in the Latin America market.

Architectural and industrial coatings supplier Miller Paint Co. Inc. has announced an agreement with Don Deno (Deno Inc.) to acquire the business operations and assets of Perfection Paint, Kennewick, Wa. Miller, headquartered in Portland, Ore., has renamed the operation Perfection Miller Paints.

11/23/2015 - Metalplate Galvanizing invests $9.75 million in new site

JENNINGS, La.—Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Metalplate Galvanizing chairman Hartwell Davis Jr. have announced a $9.75 million capital investment to develop a metal galvanizing plant in Jennings, La. With the development of a 50,000-square-foot facility, the company will create 104 new direct jobs with an average annual salary of $46,300, plus benefits. Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project will result in an additional 245 new indirect jobs, for a total of more than 340 new jobs. The company estimates the project will generate 50 construction jobs as well.

Through hot-dip galvanizing to protect metal from corrosion, Metalplate Galvanizing, headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., serves customers in steel, petrochemical, and other industries.

11/20/2015 - Nilfisk offers nonspark dust collection

MORGANTOWN, Pa.—Nilfisk CFM has introduced a pneumatic industrial vacuum cleaner designed for collecting dry combustible dust and debris in manufacturing settings. Model A15DX is suitable for use in Class II, Division 2, Groups F and G as well as nonhazardous, nonclassified environments. The 68-pound unit is manufactured in accordance with the latest NFPA guidelines for collection of combustible dust. Fully bonded and grounded, the machine is powered by compressed air with no moving parts to wear and create a spark.

11/19/2015 - Innovnano receives ISO 9001 certification

COIMBRA, Portugal—Innovnano, an expert manufacturer of high performance ceramic powders, has received certification by Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance (LRQA) to ISO 9001 standards. This accreditation demonstrates Innovnano's commitment to producing the highest quality nanostructured ceramic powders and products, and highlights its support for the continuous progress in the development of advanced ceramic materials. ISO 9001 is a certified quality management system which recognizes that Innovnano's policies, practices, and procedures translate into high quality products and production processes.

11/18/2015 - Ex-coatings VP guilty in two deaths

PITTSBURGH, Pa.—Former PPG Industries senior vice president Robert J. Dellinger has admitted to killing a pregnant woman, her fiance, and their fetus in a deliberate head-on collision that he called a suicide attempt. The couple were killed instantly when Dellinger hit their vehicle.

Dellinger pleaded guilty to two charges of negligent homicide in the deaths of the adults and was sentenced to 4.5 to 10 years in prison, to be served consecutively. He also pleaded guilty to a second-degree assault charge in the death of the fetus and was sentenced to 3.5 to 7 years, all suspended, in that conviction. In total, he faces a minimum of 9 years in prison, but will be credited for the 14 months already served.

Dellinger joined PPG in September 2009 as CFO and senior vice president. In June 2011, he abruptly left PPG with a $1 million severance package, due to what the company said were health issues.

11/16/2015 - CCAI honors award winners, announces board members

TAYLOR MILL, Ky.—The Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI) has honored members for service and dedication and announced its 2015-2016 Officers and National Board members. Robert New is the posthumous winner of the association's highest honor, the 2015 CCAI James and David Wright Lifetime Achievement Award.

Each year, CCAI chapters recognize a user and supplier member for their year-long service and dedication to their respective chapter. The 2014-2015 Chapter Award winners are: Central States Chapter — Michael Miller, Webco Manufacturing Inc., and Marty Sawyer, Trimac Industrial Systems; Las Vegas Chapter — AR Iron LLC and Sercy Spears, Coral Chemical Co.; Northern Illinois Chapter — Bruce Bryan, Mighty Hook; Southern California Chapter — Shivie Dhillon, Sundial Powder Coating, and Antonio Tapia, Coral Chemical Co.; Twin Cities Chapter — Bette Danielson, Nordic Ware, and Tom Poppitz, AkzoNobel Powder Coatings; West Michigan Chapter — William F. Knape, Knape Industries Inc., and Woody Booher, Double D Equipment Co.; and Wisconsin Chapter — Kathy Farley, Sherwin-Williams.

CCAI is very pleased to have the leadership of the following individuals for the second year of their term as National Board of Directors Officers for 2015-2016: Kevin Coursin, KMI Systems, president; Ron Lum, Coral Chemical Co., vice president; Bill Oney, American Finishing Resources, treasurer; and Sam Woehler, George Koch Sons LLC, recent past president.

In addition to the officers, serving on the National Board of Directors for the 2015-2016 programming year will be: Bruce Bryan, Mighty Hook, Northern Illinois Chapter; Shivie Dhillon, SunDial Powder Coatings, Southern California Chapter, Duane Fudge, Chemetall, Mid-Atlantic Chapter; Jim Gallagher, Harley Davidson, Wisconsin Chapter; Kevin Irving, AZZ Galvanizing, Iowa/Central Illinois Chapter; Loren Keene, Pneu-Mech Systems Manufacturing, Central States Chapter; Todd Luciano, Products Finishing, Greater Cincinnati Chapter; Jim Malloy, Kolene Corp., unaffiliated; Tim Milner, JIT Powder Coating, Twin Cities Chapter; David Scharphorn, ChemQuest Inc., West Michigan Chapter; Tony Sclafani, AR Iron Inc., Las Vegas Chapter; and Mark Walsworth, Donaldson Co., Twin Cities Chapter. Serving as ex-officio board members are: Larry Melgary, Northern Coatings & Chemicals, Wisconsin Chapter; and Bob Warren, retired, West Michigan Chapter.

11/12/2015 - EPA proposes aerospace coating rule

WASHINGTON, D.C.—US environmental authorities are proposing to tighten emission standards for hazardous air pollutants from coatings used in aviation and aerospace manufacturing or repair. The US EPA released its proposed National Emission Standards for Aerospace Manufacturing and Rework Facilities Risk and Technology Review in January. The proposal, which would amend a 1995 standard, addresses Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) for aerospace manufacturing under the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP).

The 239-page federal proposal would apply to facilities covered by the 1995 Aerospace NESHAP. About 144 coating facilities nationwide would be affected. The proposed rule has not yet been published in the Federal Register and is thus not yet the official version. Still, the American Coatings Association (ACA) is updating its members on the rule's progress.

EPA says the new standards would result in a cost-effective reduction of several HAPs, including toluene, xylenes, and methyl isobutyl ketone. The agency estimates that the measure would eliminate 58 tons of toxic emissions a year from the aerospace manufacturing and rework sector at an annual cost of about $590,000 per year.

As ACA explains to its members, the proposed rule specifies additional standards to limit organic and inorganic HAP emissions from specialty coating operations. However, the agency is proposing organic HAP and VOC content limits for specialty coatings that are equal to those specified in the Aerospace Control Technique Guidelines for specialty coatings.

Specialty coating operations would also have to comply with the current primer and topcoat spray equipment and work practice standards. ACA's Industrial Coatings Air Regulatory Committee is tracking the regulation and will be submitting comments on it.

11/11/2015 - AAMA releases document on anodizing process

SCHAUMBURG, Ill.—The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has released an updated document laying out the anodizing process with reference to architectural work. According to AAMA, this standard describes the anodizing process, which produces a coating that is thick, hard, and very durable. The AAMA Anodic Finishes/Painted Aluminum (AFPA) document has been updated to reflect newer technologies now available for the process involved.

The appearance and physical properties of anodic finishes are discussed as governed by three factors: aluminum alloy and temper, surface treatment prior to anodizing, and the type of electrolyte and operating techniques used in the anodizing process.

11/10/2015 - Horiba founder passes away

IRVINE, Ca.—With great sadness, HORIBA Ltd. has announced the death of Dr. Masao Horiba, company founder and supreme counsel, who passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 14, 2015. He was 90 years old.

After majoring in physics at Kyoto Imperial University (now Kyoto University), Masao Horiba used his knowledge and experience in the development of products for his own company, creating an extremely successful pH meter for the Japanese market. This led to the establishment of HORIBA Ltd. in 1953, and in 1954 he began the development of infrared gas analyzers. Applying this technology to the analysis of automobile exhaust gases, the scale and scope of the company rapidly expanded. In 1961, he earned a doctoral degree in medicine.

Dr. Horiba advocated that work should be meaningful and fulfilling, and worked hard to create a corporate philosophy of “Joy and Fun.” It is by this spirit he will be remembered by everyone whose lives he touched.

11/6/2015 - SSPC appoints director, board members

PITTSBURGH, Pa.—SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings has announced the appointment of William M. Worms as executive director. Worms, a veteran of Covestro (formerly known as Bayer MaterialScience), succeeds William (Bill) Shoup, who has retired after more than 15 years with the coatings society.

SSPC also announced the election of several new board members. Two seats for Coating Material Supplier will be filled by Brian Skerry (second term), Sherwin-Williams, and Ahren Olson, Covestro. Elected to a Coating Contractor seat was Sam Scaturro, Alpine Painting & Sandblasting Contractors. Joyce Wright, Huntington Ingalls Industries Newport News Shipbuilding, was also appointed to complete the remaining term of a recently retired board member.

11/5/2015 - AIMCAL appoints director

FORT MILL, S.C.—Dan Bemi, president of the Association of International Metallizers, Coaters, and Laminators (AIMCAL) has appointed Ginger Cushing, Michelman Inc., to the association's Board of Directors. Cushing will serve as a director-at-large. AIMCAL represents converters of metallized, coated, and laminated flexible substrates and their suppliers.

11/4/2015 - SSPC unveils second version of member app

PITTSBURGH, Pa.—SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings has unveiled its newly upgraded mobile app, which includes tools to identify coating defects and select coatings, calculators, and other new features. SSPC Mobile App for iOS and Android Version 2.0 builds on the original features of Version 1.0 while adding several new key features.

Designed for SSPC members, Version 2.0 includes new job site tools for coatings professionals. In addition to three new calculators (Conductivity, PA 17 and PA 2), it has Coating Defects and Coating Selection interactive guides for professionals working in the field. The app also has videos, a directory of coatings professionals, a library into which users can add their own information, and a training schedule. Although some features are available to anyone who uses the app, most features are available only to SSPC members. For more info, visit

11/3/2015 - CCAI publishes new training manual

TAYLOR MILL, Ky.—The Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI) has published “Systems Design for Industrial Finishing Applications,” a training manual that's been completely rewritten to provide innovative and updated information on all the essential factors for setting up and running efficient systems. From the layout to spray booths, washers, ovens, conveyors, and more, this manual reviews the key elements of finishing systems design. Members can purchase the manual for $49; nonmembers for $65. CCAI has been publishing its series of popular training manuals for more than 25 years.

11/2/2015 - Courses: January

Jan. 19-20: 46th Annual Northern Plains Corrosion Control Short Course. Embassy Suites, La Vista, Nebr. Sponsored by NACE International. Contact John Gormley at 402/398-7494; fax 281/228-6300;;

10/30/2015 - Axalta coats monument to Tour de France winners

PHILADELPHIA, Pa.—Axalta Coating Systems provided the coating for an impressive monument erected by the town of Pau, France, to honor the Tour de France and its history. This year, Pau will mark its 67th time as a key stage town of the Tour.

The impressive and permanent monument has been built in the BoisLouis park in the heart of the city. It comprises 104 two-meter-high totems laid out in concentric circles. Three of the totems are made of bronze and are uncoated — the presentation piece and a pair dedicated to the two World Wars — while the other 101 totems have been cast from aluminum and glass and are dedicated to the Tour winners.

To reproduce the legendary yellow jersey of the champions, Alesta ZeroZinc primer was first used for the pretreatment of the substrate. This innovative zinc-free anticorrosion primer offers excellent adhesion and degassing properties and is ideal for improving the finish on irregular substrates. Axalta powder coating RAL 1018 Zinc Yellow from the Alesta Fine Textured collection was then applied to provide the iconic yellow.

The primer and powder coating were supplied by Axalta and applied by its customer job coater, Sedam, who was commissioned to paint 111 totems in total (101 for the current installation and 10 more for future winners). A new totem will be added to the monument each year.

10/28/2015 - EPA awards grants to reduce indoor pollutant exposure

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded funding to eight organizations throughout the United States to protect public health by reducing exposure to indoor pollutants, such as radon, and environmental asthma triggers commonly found in homes, schools, offices, and other large buildings.

Through a competitive grant process, EPA is providing $4.5 million in funds to ensure Americans, especially in low-income, minority, and tribal communities, are able to reduce their exposure to indoor pollutants and safeguard their families' health. Americans spend up to 90 percent of their time indoors, making indoor air quality an important public health issue. For more information, visit

10/26/2015 - Worker fatally injured at recycling plant

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Following the death of a worker at Behr Iron & Steel Inc.'s recycling facility in South Beloit, Ill., OSHA has cited the company for seven willful and one serious safety violations. The victim, a 37-year-old Hispanic immigrant, suffered multiple external and internal injuries after his arm was caught in a conveyor belt at the scrap metal shredding and sorting facility. At least three other workers were also exposed to dangerous, unguarded machines during cleaning operations.

OSHA's investigation found that safety training at the plant was woefully inefficient. The company failed to develop and implement required safety procedures at the facility despite being previously cited by OSHA for similar conditions at other locations.

Several of the willful violations involved OSHA's permit-required confined space regulations. A confined space is one large enough for workers to enter and perform certain jobs, has limited or restricted means for entry or exit, and is not designed for continuous occupancy. OSHA found violations, such as failing to implement training, procedures, and practices for safe entry into the shredder pit and failing to inform employees of the dangers present in the pit. The company also failed to prepare entry permits prior to allowing cleaning activities inside of the pit.

The other willful violations cite the company for failing to utilize energy control procedures to prevent workers from coming in contact with operating parts of dangerous machinery by deenergizing and locking out the conveyor belt and providing workers specific instructions to follow before they can safely enter the shredder pit. The company was also cited for failing to conduct periodic inspections of equipment-specific lockout/tagout procedures since 2010. A willful violation is one committed with intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for the law's requirement, or plain indifference to employee safety and health.

One serious violation was issued for failing to evaluate the ability of emergency services to respond to emergencies occurring within a required permit-confined space. An OSHA violation is serious if death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard an employer knew or should have known exists.

OSHA has proposed penalties of $497,000 and placed the company in its Severe Violator Enforcement Program. Prior to the current inspection, the company had been inspected six times in the previous 5 years at various locations in Illinois and Iowa where numerous violations were issued. Behr Iron & Steel has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission.

10/22/2015 - Valspar develops graffiti-resistant system

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.—Valspar has developed an ASTM-compliant graffiti-resistant system, which has been tested and approved for all Valspar Coil and Extrusion building products. Valspar aligned with Graffiti Removal Services (GRS) to create this sustainable, cost-effective system. The combination of Valspar's high-performance coatings and GRS' tested and approved environmentally safe cleaning system can help save building owners significant costs of repainting or replacing panels. For more info, visit

10/21/2015 - IHEA announces 2015-2016 directors and officers

TAYLOR MILL, Ky.—The Industrial Heating Equipment Association (IHEA), Taylor Mill, Ky., has announced its 2015-2016 Board of Directors and Officers. Serving as president is B.J. Bernard, Surface Combustion. Daniel Llaguno, Nutec Bickley, was named vice president and Scott Schindlbeck, Eclipse, was elected treasurer. Outgoing president Tim Lee, Maxon, a div. of Honeywell, will assume the role of past president.

The IHEA executive committee was pleased to appoint Mike Shay, H.E.A.T. Equipment and Technology; KK Tiwari, Selas Heat Technology Co.; and Jeff Valuck, Surface Combustion.

IHEA also approved four board members to serve another 3-year term: Francis Liebens, SOLO Swiss; John Podach, Fostoria Process Equipment, a div. of TPI Corp.; John Stanley, Karl Dungs; and Scott Schindlbeck, Eclipse. Remaining on the 2015-2016 IHEA Board of Directors are David Bovenizer, Selas Heat Technology Co.; Jay Cherry, Wellman Furnaces; Michael Stowe, Advanced Energy; and Aaron Zoeller, SCC Inc.

10/20/2015 - EPA releases 2013 TRI national analysis

WASHINGTON, D.C.—In 2013, most of the toxic chemical waste managed at industrial facilities in the US was not released into the environment, according to the EPA's annual Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) report. This finding is similar to previous years. The report shows that approximately 22 billion pounds, or 84 percent, of the 26 billion pounds of toxic chemical waste were instead managed through the use of preferred practices such as recycling. Of the 4 billion pounds that were disposed of or otherwise released to the environment, 66 percent went to land, 19 percent to air, 5 percent to water, and 10 percent was transferred to other facilities.

From 2012 to 2013, the amount of toxic chemicals managed as waste by the nation's industrial facilities increased by 4 percent. This increase includes the amount of chemicals recycled, treated, and burned for energy recovery, as well as the amount disposed of or otherwise released into the environment. In TRI, a release generally refers to a chemical that is emitted to the air, water, or placed in some type of land disposal. Most of these releases are subject to a variety of regulatory requirements designed to limit human and environmental harm.

TRI data is submitted annually to EPA, states, and tribes by facilities in industry sectors such as manufacturing, metal mining, electric utilities, and commercial hazardous waste. Under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), facilities must report their toxic chemical releases for the prior year to EPA by July 1 of each year. The Pollution Prevention Act of 1990 also requires facilities to submit information on pollution prevention and other waste management activities related to TRI chemicals.

Over the past 10 years, total disposal or other releases to the environment have decreased 7 percent, despite a 15 percent increase from 2012 to 2013. The most recent increase was primarily due to increases in on-site land disposal from the metal mining sector, as has been the case in previous years. Metal mines typically handle large volumes of material. In this sector, a small change in the chemical composition of the deposit being mined can lead to big changes in the amount of toxic chemicals reported nationally. Air releases from industrial facilities increased by 1 percent from 2012 to 2013, mainly due to increases from chemical manufacturing facilities and electric utilities that also experienced an increase in production. From 2012 to 2013, releases to water decreased by 2 percent, primarily due to decreases from the primary metals sector.

The TRI report is available in a new interactive, Web-based format that features analyses and interactive maps showing data at a state, county, city, and zip code level. In addition, information about industry efforts to reduce pollution is accessible through the expanded TRI Pollution Prevention (P2) Search Tool, where the public can now identify P2 successes and compare environmental performance among facilities and companies that provide data to the TRI program.

To access the 2013 TRI National Analysis report, including long-term trends and localized analyses, visit More information on facility efforts to reduce toxic chemical releases, including the new P2 parent company comparison report, is available at

10/15/2015 - Manufacturing Day 2014 exceeds participation goals

ROCKFORD, Ill.—Manufacturing Day 2014 exceeded all expectations, with events extending far beyond October 3 to officially wrap up on December 12. A total of 1,679 events were held across North America, in all 50 states, three Canadian provinces, and Puerto Rico. For the first time, more than a dozen virtual events were held, allowing participants to join in from anywhere.

Based on data collected from host company evaluations, more than 260,000 people participated in live events by more than 20 sponsoring companies and organizations. This brings the total number of individuals involved with Manufacturing Day activities to nearly 400,000. Official proclamations were issued across the country celebrating Manufacturing Day, Manufacturing Week, and Manufacturing Month.

Manufacturing Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. It is an annual national event, executed at the local level by more than a thousand manufacturers across North America that host students, teachers, parents, job seekers, and other local community members at open houses designed to showcase modern manufacturing technology and careers. Manufacturing Day officially occurs on the first Friday in October — this year's event takes place on October 2, 2015.

10/13/2015 - Dow introduces new resins for ultralow-VOC coatings

PHILADELPHIA, Pa.—In step with green building trends in commercial and institutional architecture, Dow Coating Materials (DCM) has introduced two new resin technologies for low and ultralow VOC coatings. MAINCOTE AEH Acrylic Epoxy Hybrid combines the weatherability and UV resistance of acrylics with the chemical resistance of epoxies for two-component concrete coatings. MAINCOTE 4950 Acrylic Resin combines three technical innovations in one binder for high performance with less VOC for direct-to-metal coatings. For more info, visit

10/12/2015 - Auto coater cited for dust hazards

WASHINGTON, D.C.—An Ohio automotive coating company faces $62,300 in penalties for allegedly exposing workers to combustible dust and amputation hazards, federal officials say. Hurst AutoTruck Electric Inc., Cleveland, Ohio, was cited for 15 serious health and safety violations after a complaint triggered an OSHA inspection. The plant specializes in chrome plating and powder coating finished accessories for the automotive industry.

Inspectors found workers exposed to combustible aluminum and steel dust, which can become explosive if suspended in the air under the right concentration and under certain conditions. According to OSHA, the force from such an explosion can cause death, injury, and destruction of buildings.

OSHA's inspection found that Hurst AutoTruck failed to maintain areas free of combustible dust and used ignition in areas where combustible dust was present. The serious violations allege failure to: implement specific lockout/tagout programs, guard machinery, conduct workplace hazard assessments, provide portable fire extinguisher training, and more.

Serious violations are those that carry substantial probability of death or serious injury from a hazard the employer knew or should have known about. The company has 15 business days from receiving the citations to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director, or contest the findings.

10/7/2015 - Latin American coating makers form regional association

MEXICO CITY, Mexico—Aiming to strengthen their internal ties and their external clout, paint and coating makers across Latin America have formed a regional association based in Mexico. The Federación Latinoamericana de Fabricantes de Pinturas (Latin American Federation of Paint Manufacturers) unites manufacturers and related companies from Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Uruguay, and Ecuador.

The federation, which uses the nickname LatinPin, says its goals are to share technical knowledge and pursue joint initiatives regionally, while strengthening the regional market's presence on the global stage. The Latin American region, with a population of 604,000,000, has a $9.2 billion coatings market.

10/6/2015 - Injury reporting increased in January

WASHINGTON, D.C.—It shouldn't take three employees hospitalized simultaneously before an employer is required to report the accident that led to it, federal safety officials say. And since January, it doesn't. Employers now face stepped-up requirements to report worker injuries under the new Final Rule for Occupational Injury and Illness Recording and Reporting Requirements.

The new requirements, first announced last September, relieve certain pipeline, architecture, engineering, and other employers of routine recordkeeping, but other employers now have additional obligations.

The rule requires employers under federal OSHA's jurisdiction to report any work-related fatality within 8 hours, and any work-related hospitalization, amputation, or loss of an eye within 24 hours. Previously, employers were required to report only work-related fatalities and incidents that left three or more workers hospitalized.

OSHA also plans for the first time to begin making the records available online. The agency says the shift will increase health and safety transparency. Critics disagree, saying the rule amounts to public shaming and will have unintended consequences.

OSHA estimates that the new requirements will add $19.2 million in new costs to employers and save $11.5 million for others, yielding a net annualized cost of $7.7 million.

States with their own safety and health program may follow a different implementation schedule for the rule, but federal OSHA has urged them to also start the new requirements. Eventually, all jurisdictions must comply with the rule. The rule also updates the list of lower-risk industries partially exempted from the recordkeeping requirement.

Employers have three ways to report incidents: Call the nearest OSHA area office during business hours, call the 24-hour OSHA hotline (800/321-OSHA), or report the incident online.

10/5/2015 - IHEA's online learning course begins in late October

TAYLOR MILL, Ky.—The Industrial Heating Equipment Association (IHEA) has announced that its Fundamentals of Industrial Process Heating Online Learning Course is scheduled to begin on October 27. This course is ideal for students who wish to take the course at home or work in a flexible web-based distance-learning format. It's an affordable alternative to campus-based classes and allows students to go at their own pace. The course offers an indispensable tool to industrial process heating operators and users of all types of industrial heating equipment. In the instructor-led, interactive online course, students learn safe, efficient operation of industrial heating equipment, how to reduce energy consumption, and ways to improve your bottom line.

This class provides an overview of the fundamentals of heat transfer, fuels and combustion, energy use, furnace design, refractories, automatic control, and atmospheres as applied to industrial process heating. Students will gain a basic understanding of heat transfer principles, fuels and combustion equipment, electric heating, and instrumentation and control for efficient operation of furnaces and ovens in process heating. For complete course description, visit and click the Events tab. Students will also earn PDH's for passing the course.

This is a 6-week online course beginning on October 27th. The registration fee includes course instruction, live interaction with the trainer, class forums to interact with other students, and an electronic copy of IHEA's Fundamentals of Process Heating Course Handbook. Registration is open now through October 23rd. PCI hires Goyer Management, announces new executive director MONTGOMERY, Tex.—Following the retirement of executive director Dave Lurie, the Powder Coating Institute (PCI) has hired Goyer Management International (GMI) to provide complete management services of the association. Effective July 1, Goyer Management will oversee all day-to-day activities and operations of PCI.

Additionally, Goyer Management has hired, and the PCI Board of Directors has approved, Trena Benson as the new executive director of PCI. Benson will manage all aspects of PCI, from membership recruitment and retention to educational programming, the development and implementation of a revised strategic plan, products and services, and more. Benson has more than 20 years of marketing experience in the powder coating industry.

“We worked with PCI for more than 20 years when we developed and managed their trade show,” notes Anne Goyer, president of GMI. “We are very excited to once again be working with PCI to move the industry forward. We are very fortunate to have Trena Benson on our staff and know that together, all of us at GMI will work hard to further PCI's mission.”

Goyer Management has retained Lori Koning as PCI's national sales manager and has hired two new staff members, Sharon Rayl and Julie Ward, to assist with accounting and administrative work, respectively. The existing Goyer Management staff will fulfill the additional roles for the association. Benson can be contacted at 832/367-5173 or Anne Goyer can be contacted at 941/373-1830 or

10/2/2015 - Fine-tuning particles at nanoscale level may improve concrete strength

HOUSTON, Tex.—According to researchers from Rice University, fine-tuning chemicals at a nanoscale level in concrete and other structurally complex materials could be key to improving crack resistance. In a new study, Rouzbeh Shahsavari and Saroosh Jalilvand focused on what happens at the nanoscale level when complex materials like concrete—a random jumble of elements rather than an ordered crystal—rub against each other. The scratches left behind can say a lot about the material's characteristics.

The team is the first to run sophisticated calculations that show how atomic-level forces affect the mechanical properties of a complex particle-based material. Their techniques suggest new ways to fine-tune the chemistry of such materials to make them less prone to cracking and more suitable for specific applications.

The study used calcium-silicate-hydrate (CSH), the glue that binds the small rocks, gravel, and sand in concrete. Though it appears to be a paste before hardening, CSH actually consists of discrete nanoscale particles. The forces that influence the interactions between the CSH and the larger particles are the key to the material's overall strength and fracture properties.

The team tested their theories using computer models. They published their research in the American Chemical Society's journal.

10/1/2015 - EPA honors winners of 20th annual green chemistry challenge

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is recognizing landmark green chemistry technologies developed by industrial pioneers and leading scientists that turn climate risk into business opportunities, spurring innovation and economic development. The Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards are presented in five categories: academic, small business, greener synthetic pathways, greener reaction conditions, and designing greener chemicals. Award winners will be honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. For a complete list of 2015 awardees, visit

“From academia to business, we congratulate those who bring innovative solutions that will help solve some of the most critical environmental problems,” said Jim Jones, EPA's assistant administrator for chemical safety and pollution prevention. “These innovations reduce the use of energy, chemicals, and water while cutting manufacturing costs and sparking investments. In some cases, they turn pollution into useful products. Ultimately, these manufacturing processes and products are safer for people's health and the environment. We will continue to work with the 2015 winners as their technologies are adopted in the marketplace.”

During the 20 years of the program, EPA has received more than 1,500 nominations and presented awards to 104 technologies. Winning technologies are responsible for annually reducing the use or generation of more than 826 million pounds of hazardous chemicals, saving 21 billion gallons of water and eliminating 7.8 billion pounds of carbon dioxide equivalent releases to air.

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