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7/6/2015 - Federal grants aid coating advances

EUCLID, Ohio–Two federal grants aim to use one technology to develop advanced ways for joining dissimilar metals and antimicrobial coatings for large contact surfaces. MesoCoat Inc., a subsidiary of Abakan Inc., and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory will split a $1 million award from the Department of Energy (DOE) to develop a process to join dissimilar metal alloys. The primary objectives of the DOE project are to develop functional gradient transition joints between carbon steel and austenitic stainless steel for nuclear reactors, and to develop advanced joining techniques for dissimilar materials used in nuclear fission reactors.

In addition, MesoCoat was awarded a $150,000 Small Business Innovation Research award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop antimicrobial coatings using its high-speed, large-area metal cladding technology. The NIH project aims to develop copper-based antimicrobial coatings primarily for contact surfaces in hospitals, but that could also be applied to other public areas such as airports, bus and railway stations, schools, restaurants and work places.

Both projects focus on the company's CermaClad technology, which uses high energy density IR fusion to metallurgically bond a layer of API-compliant metal alloy and nickel tungsten carbide to a steel substrate.


7/2/2015 - US construction job boom creates need for more training

ST. PAUL, Minn.–US construction unemployment, which neared 20 percent at the height of the recession, has now shrunk to just 7 percent, with 230,000 jobs added in the last year. Construction employers added 16,000 jobs between August and September, bringing the total to 6,079,000, the highest rate seen since May 2009. September's unemployment rate of 7 percent was the lowest September mark in 7 years, according to a report by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). The number of unemployed workers was 604,000, a level not seen since August 2007.

Residential and specialty trade contractors added a combined 11,800 employees between August and September 2014 and added 129,400 (5.9 percent) over 12 months. Nonresidential building and specialty trade contractors hired a net of 3,700 workers for the month and 100,300 (2.7 percent) since September 2013. However, heavy and civil engineering contractors, which perform the majority of public-sector construction, increased their headcount by just 500 in September and 29,000 (3.3 percent) over the year amid tight government budget conditions, according to AGC.

The employment gains coincide with continuing concerns by some construction firms over finding qualified workers to fill available positions. Employers are reporting a lack of local vocational training, especially at the secondary level. AGC officials urge federal, state and local officials to enact measures to make it easier for school districts, local associations, and private firms to establish career and technical education and training programs.


7/1/2015 - San Cast fined $156K by OSHA

WASHINGTON, D.C.–A follow-up inspection by the US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) at San Cast Inc., Coshocton, Ohio, found that workers were still exposed to amputation and fall hazards at the casting and foundry facility. The facility was previously cited after a worker suffered a leg amputation in June 2013. OSHA has issued 17 additional violations, carrying proposed penalties of $155,900, as a result of the recent inspection.

OSHA cited repeat violations for failing to protect employees from the ingoing nip points of belts, pulleys, chains. and sprockets. San Cast was also cited for failing to protect employees from fall hazards associated with an unguarded platform. OSHA issues repeat violations if an employer previously was cited for the same or a similar violation of any standard, regulation, rule, or order at any other facility in federal enforcement sates within the last 5 years. San Cast was cited for these violations in both March and September 2013.

San Cast also was cited for 11 serious safety violations involving lack of lockout/tagout procedures, exposing workers to struck-by hazards, and failing to maintain an overhead trolley system. The company also failed to inspect cranes and hoists regularly, and broken crane wires were discovered. 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 inspected San Cast five times since 2009. The company 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 and Health Review Commission.


6/29/2015 - EPA releases greenhouse gas emissions data from large facilities

WASHINGTON, D.C.–The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its fourth year of Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program data, detailing greenhouse gas pollution trends and emissions broken down by industrial sector, geographic region, and individual facilities. In 2013, reported emissions from large industrial facilities were 20 million metric tons higher than the prior year, or 0.6 percent, driven largely by an increase in coal use for power generation.

“Climate change, fueled by greenhouse gas pollution, is threatening our health, our economy, and our way of life–increasing our risks from intense extreme weather, air pollution, drought, and disease,” said Gina McCarthy, EPA administrator. “EPA is supporting the President's Climate Action Plan by providing high-quality greenhouse gas data to inform effective climate action.”

The Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program is the only program that collects facility-level greenhouse gas data from major industrial sources across the US, including power plants, oil and gas production and refining, iron and steel mills, and landfills. The program also collects data on the increasing production and consumption of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) predominantly used in refrigeration and air conditioning.

Over 8,000 large-emitters reported direct greenhouse gas emissions to the program in 2013, representing approximately 50 percent of total US emissions. Under the Climate Action Plan, EPA is taking steps to address carbon pollution from the power and transportation sectors, and to improve energy efficiency in homes, businesses, and factories. Under EPA's proposed Clean Power Plan, carbon emissions from the power sector would decrease by 30 percent below 2005 levels and electricity bills would shrink by 8 percent by 2030. EPA's pollution standards for cars and light trucks for model years 2012-2025 will save Americans more than $1.7 trillion at the pump. In addition, the agency's partnerships with industry have prevented more than 365 million metric tons of greenhouse gas pollution, equal to the annual electricity use of more than 50 million homes.

See key facts and figures and explore Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program Data at www.epa.gov/ghgreporting.


6/25/2015 - Coatings restored on historic military vehicles

FORT BENNING, Ga.–Seven historic US Army vehicles have been restored to their former glory, thanks to a massive volunteer effort by contractors and suppliers across the coatings industry. Working together under the leadership of Vulcan Painters CEO David Boyd, companies nationwide donated crews, equipment, materials, and services to paint the collection of armor and cavalry vehicles. The coatings work was done to the military's specifications for the tanks. Boyd estimates the labor and materials donated were between $125,000 to $150,000.

The tanks are now on display at the National Armor and Cavalry Heritage Foundation's 30-acre museum at the new Maneuver Center of Excellence in Fort Benning, Ga. The museum houses the lineage, history, and heritage of the US Army's Armor and Cavalry Force. A total of nine armored vehicles from World War II to the present, including the seven painted in this volunteer effort, are displayed along a walking trail at the museum.


6/24/2015 - New gel coating could eliminate risks of using styrene

DEVON, UK–A new gel coating used during manufacturing finishing could virtually eliminate the health and environmental risks of the organic compound styrene, researchers say. Styrene is commonly used in the manufacture of plastics, rubber, and resins. The chemical is also known as vinylbenzene, ethenylbenzene, cinnamene, or phenylethylene. Styrene vapors are emitted during manufacturing of fiber-reinforced polymer matrix composite finishes for products in transport applications, chemical plants, pipelines, and renewable energy systems.

Researchers at Plymouth University, Devon, UK, have hit on a way to reduce styrene levels by more than 98 percent. The secret: an inmold gel coating. Dr. John Summerscales, associate professor in Composites Engineering at Plymouth University, led the research. “Styrene has been the subject of extensive debate in respect of health and environmental issues,” said Summerscales. “Exposure to styrene has previously been linked to altered mood states–in particular, aggression–while its vapor has been reported to cause depression, fatigue and a slowing in reaction times.”

By reducing styrene levels in the workplace, there would be numerous positive results, such as improving retention of workforce personnel, minimizing release to the environment, and reducing odor at the factory boundary. Another benefit: keeping working conditions safe enough that employers are not tempted to ship the jobs to less-regulated countries.

The study compared three techniques used in the finishing process: conventional hand-painted gel coating; inmold gel coating with a separator fabric; and inmold surfacing with a silicone shim. The hand-painted process had significantly higher levels of styrene emissions than the two closed-mold processes.


6/23/2015 - Axalta Coating Systems receives multisite ISO 14001 certification

PHILADELPHIA, Pa.–Axalta Coating Systems, a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, has announced that its manufacturing centers have received certification of conformance with the requirements of the ISO 14001:2004 standard. The certification has been accredited by Lloyd's Register LRQA and is valid for 3 years. The certification applies to all 34 of Axalta's majority-owned manufacturing facilities that produce liquid and powder coatings.

ISO 14001 certification provides assurance to employees, customers, and corporate partners, as well as to the general public and regulatory agencies, that companies adopt a systematic approach to environmental responsibility. The ISO 14001 program enables organizations to measure the environmental impact of their activities, to set environmental objectives, and to implement assessment and reporting processes to ensure environmental performance is continually improved.

In order to be recertified as compliant with ISO 14001 requirements, Axalta underwent a demanding evaluation process in 2014 that included third-party audits at 11 of their 34 manufacturing facilities. The audits focused on site compliance with the ISO 14001 standard as well as compliance with the Axalta global Environmental Management System (EMS). Each site passed a rigorous evaluation process covering a multitude of procedures, programs, and practices. It culminated in a comprehensive audit in December 2014 by LRQA of the Axalta global headquarters, during which the effectiveness of the global EMS was assessed. To maintain certification, LRQA will continue to perform semi-annual audits of Axalta's headquarters and a representative sampling of certified sites to ensure compliance and to assess initiatives for continued improvement.


6/19/2015 - OSHA clarifies coating label reprieve

WASHINGTON, D.C.–US paint and coating makers who will miss the June 1, 2015, deadline for updating their product labeling and safety sheets must be prepared to produce evidence of reasonable diligence and good faith efforts for their delay, federal regulators say.

The new Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) rules will affect about 945,000 hazardous chemical products handled by 100 million workers in 7 million workplaces, officials say. Among other changes, the rules will replace the longstanding Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) with the term Safety Data Sheet (SDS).

Responding to a request from the American Coatings Association (ACA), the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has clarified the terms of its October enforcement reprieve on those federally mandated changes.

ACA and eight other trade associations had petitioned OSHA in August for an implementation delay. ACA contended that coating formulators, distributors, and importers could not complete their document revisions until their upstream raw materials suppliers had completed theirs. Thus, ACA argued, makers and distributors of formulated products needed a later compliance deadline. OSHA agreed, but has only now clarified its conditions for an extension in its five-page Enforcement Guidance.

At issue is the June deadline for chemical manufacturers and importers to align their safety data sheets and labels for coatings, paints, and other chemical mixtures with OSHA's revised HCS. The goal of the changes, summarized as the right to understand, is to provide a “common and coherent approach to classifying chemicals and communicating hazard information on labels and safety data sheets.” The new guidelines require simple, clear, and concise descriptions that avoid jargon, abbreviations, and ambiguous phrases. Hazard symbols (pictograms) and standardized SDS formats are designed to make the documentation as clear and consistent as possible. Regulators say the new labels could avert dozens of deaths and hundreds of injuries annually.

OSHA's new guidance requires manufacturers and importers to create HCS 2012-compliant safety sheets within 6 months of receiving a complete data set for all of the ingredients in a mixture. Suppliers will have 6 months for the new labeling requirement, giving them a total of 12 months to comply once they receive their data. Still, suppliers must be able to demonstrate their reasonable diligence and good faith efforts to comply. If they can do so, they may continue to use the 1994-compliant labels and MSDSs until the new materials are ready.


6/17/2015 - CPCA announces board of directors

OTTAWA, Ont.–The Canadian Paint and Coatings Association (CPCA) has announced its board of directors for 2014-2015. Tim Vogel, Cloverdale Paint, has been appointed chair of the board. Vogel replaces Dale Constantinoff, Sherwin-Williams. Other directors appointed include Nancy Houle, BASF Canada; Andy Doyle, American Coatings Association; Sharon Kelly, KelCoatings Ltd.; and Brent Jamieson, Axalta Coating Systems. Visit www.canpaint.com for a complete list of directors.


6/16/2015 - The Coating Society appoints officers

HOUSTON, Tex.–The Coating Society of the Houston Area has named Tim Siemek 2015 president. Siemek, Safway Group, is a coatings executive with 28 years of experience who has been active in the society for over 15 years and served on the executive board in various positions for the last 3 years. The society's other officers for 2015 are: Joe King, MineralTech, vice president; Anthony Grigsby, Carboline, secretary; and Dwayne Lum, Hempel, treasurer. The Coating Society's officers start as treasurer and advance to president their fourth year in office.


6/15/2015 - Brookfield Engineering appoints manager

MIDDLEBORO, Mass.–Brookfield Engineering Laboratories has appointed Nilay Shah as international sales and marketing manager for laboratory products and services. Shah's expanded responsibilities include sales for all territories outside of the Americas, the UK, and China. Brookfield manufactures instrumentation for viscosity measurement, texture analysis, and powder flow analysis.


6/11/2015 - IHEA offers Canadian compliance course

TAYLOR MILL, Ky.–Following the very popular IHEA Safety Standards and Codes Seminar in April, IHEA is conducting a 1-day class that pertains to every US industrial heating equipment manufacturer selling equipment into Canada. The Canadian Compliance Requirements course will be offered on Thursday, April 23, at the Hilton Garden Inn O'Hare in Des Plaines, Ill.

The Canadian market provides a number of opportunities for US manufacturers. While Canadian technical requirements can be similar or even identical to US requirements, the approval processes can be very different. Understanding how to choose the correct requirements and obtain the proper approval is essential to being successful in this market.

This short course has been developed to provide US manufacturers of industrial heating equipment, including furnaces and ovens, with the essential tools to enter the Canadian market with products that are compliant with the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) requirements. Topics to be covered during this course include: Overview of the Canadian Regulatory Process; Types of Approval; Regional Variations; Fuel Burning Requirements; Electrical Requirements; Pressure Requirements; Complex and Custom Approval Processes; and Documentation, Declarations, Inspections, and Certification. The course will be led by Bill Simpson, president of the North American Standards Assessment (NASA) Corp., which is a private consulting firm that provides product and regulatory training and assessment services.

For more information and to register for this course, visit www.ihea.org and click on the Canadian Standards Seminar icon. IHEA members may register for this event for free. There is a $295 fee for non-members.


6/10/2015 - NACE International achieves ISO 9001:2008 certification

HOUSTON, Tex.—NACE International, the world's largest nonprofit organization serving the corrosion control industry, is proud to announce that its Houston headquarters has earned ISO 9001:2008 certification from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for the design and delivery of education, certification, conferences, subscription services (membership and publications), and technical documents.

The organization's 9001:2008 achievement applies to a quality management system supporting all areas of the organization, including technical activities, course development, education, customer service, membership, conferences, certifications, publications, human resources, and purchasing.


6/9/2015 - AkzoNobel improves online ordering for powder coatings customers

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—AkzoNobel's Performance Coatings business has launched a new webshop that makes it quicker and easier for customers to buy its Interpon and Resicoat powder coatings products online. The new Interpon webshop features the latest e-commerce software and superior functionality, allowing customers to find, order, and pay for products simply and more efficiently.

The online tool is designed to suit all customers, whether they are new to powder coatings or more experienced. It is currently available in the US and will be launched in other key markets during the coming year. To view the site, visit ecommerce.powder-coatings.com. AkzoNobel is a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals.


6/5/2015 - Axalta Coating Systems expands global product portfolio

PHILADELPHIA, Pa.—Axalta Coating Systems, a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, has announced the expansion of its global product portfolio to include the Alesta Global Color Collection, an architectural powder coatings line.

The use of powder coatings on construction materials such as cladding and aluminum extrusions has proven extremely beneficial and is already well-established in Europe. Besides providing excellent protection of the substrate, these innovative powder coatings also provide a variety of exciting, aesthetically pleasing colors and surface textures to support the diversity of building design and coordinate with surrounding landscapes.

Alesta's Global Color Collection is available in fine texture, matte, semi-gloss and high gloss finishes and has excellent weatherability, elasticity, and abrasion resistance, making the powder coatings ideal for hand railings, fencing, and residential aluminum extrusions. Alesta's dynamic new colors can be applied on aluminum or steel substrates. They have high color retention and are environmentally responsible, meeting AAMA, Qualicoat, and GSB standards. For more information, visit www.powder.axaltacs.com.


6/3/2015 - Courses: July 2015

July 8-10: Polymer Compounding, Formulating, and Testing of Plastics, Rubber, Adhesives, and Coatings. Akron Polymer Training Center, Akron, Ohio. Sponsored by the University of Akron. Contact the training center at 330/972-8303; fax 330/374-8789; jmealy@uakron.edu; www.uakron.edu/aptc.


6/2/2015 - Federal rule protects LGBT workers

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Catching up with many states and large companies, the federal government has extended antidiscrimination protection to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees of its contractors. A final rule announced in December bans discrimination by federal contractors on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

The rule is the first federal action to ensure LGBT workplace equality in the private sector, but the measure echoes many already in effect throughout the public and private sectors. The District of Columbia and 18 states, as well as many businesses, have similar measures in place. Of the 50 largest federal contractors, which represent nearly half of all federal contracting dollars, 86 percent prohibit sexual orientation discrimination and 61 percent prohibit discrimination based on gender identity. In addition, the five top federal contractors, which receive nearly a quarter of all federal contracting dollars, already bar discrimination based on both sexual orientation and gender identity.

The new rule implements Executive Order 13672, a July 2014 amendment to the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs' (OFCCP) Executive Order 11246 of 1965. EO 112346 established equal employment protections in the federal government and among its contractors and subcontractors. EO13672 tasked the Department of Labor (DOL) with extending those protections to gender identity and sexual orientation. The final rule, which became effective 120 days after its publication in the Federal Register, will apply to federal contracts entered into or modified on or after that date.


6/1/2015 - CCAI online training videos are now free to all members

TAYLOR MILL, Ky.—The Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI) has just added a new benefit for all individual, custom coater, and corporate members. The entire assortment of CCAI educational training videos can now be accessed at anytime from anywhere at no charge. Found on CCAI TV through CCAI's website, the library of videos consists of educational presentations from industry experts designed to give you information and provide an understanding on a variety of industrial finishing technologies.

There are more than 20 videos in the current collection with additional selections being added frequently. Videos can be viewed on an individual basis or as a packaged collection. There is also a series of free videos available from CCAI's corporate members.

To become a member to gain access to this benefit, visit www.ccaiweb.com and click on the Join Now button in the middle of the home page. CCAI individual memberships are just $95 per year and include a membership to the chapter of your choice.


5/29/2015 - REACH targets corrosion chemicals

HELSINKI, Finland—Nine chemicals, including one used to make coated galvanized steel and several used in anticorrosion surface treatments, have joined the European Commission's list of “substances of high concern.” The chemicals, added for their carcinogenic and reproductive toxic properties, amend the Annex XIV list of the regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH). REACH took effect June 1, 2007, and improves and streamlines the former legislative framework on chemicals of the European Union. Substances listed in Annex XIV may not be used without specific authorization. The new regulation includes deadlines for filing authorization requests, some of which are due by Feb. 22, 2016.


5/28/2015 - Veterans get corrosion career training

DETROIT, Mich.—US military veterans are becoming certified in cathodic protection with the help of a $2,500 grant from Consumers Energy, an electric and natural gas utilities company in Michigan. The grant went to NACE's Detroit section, which designed the workforce development program and raised funds to make the training free for the veterans they recruited to participate.

After receiving classroom training at Fort Custer, 13 veterans are getting hands-on training at Consumers Energy's facility in Climax, Mich., to learn how corrosion prevention improves the integrity of steel and keeps pipeline safe. Veterans who successfully complete the training will receive a certification that makes them immediately employable in the corrosion industry.

The NACE training is completely free to the veterans, including food and lodging, thanks to generous contributors. Plus, the use of Consumers Energy's natural gas facility was critical to making this cathodic protection training session possible. According to NACE, the average salary for corrosion professionals in Michigan is nearly $85,000.


5/26/2015 - ACA reports strong numbers in US coatings exports

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The US has seen strong numbers in coatings exports at the end of 2014, the American Coatings Association (ACA) reports. According to the Census Bureau's International Trade Statistics, US coatings exports through July 2014 were $1.61 billion, while imports were $593.6 million. A preliminary look at final numbers for 2014 shows that Canada and Mexico had the largest export markets, and Canada and Germany were the largest sources of imported coatings. According to ACA, although the manufacturing sector has long seen substantial trade deficits, the coatings industry has traditionally been a strong net export sector. The US likely enjoyed a net surplus in coatings trade of nearly $2 billion for the full year 2014.


5/22/2015 - OSHA fines powder coatings firm

WASHINGTON, D.C.—A Wisconsin powder coatings facility faces $51,800 in federal penalties for allegedly exposing workers to toxic substances. Power Coatings LLC, Janesville, Wis., has been cited for 14 serious safety violations. A serious violation is one that could result in death or serious injury. The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued the citations after a complaint inspection in December 2013.

According to the citations, workers were exposed daily to dangerous hazards, many of which could be prevented with the use of proper personal protective equipment and respiratory protection. The company must identify and correct workplace hazards and provide workers with required safety training.

The company operates an automated paint line with the ability to paint components up to 24 feet long by 10 feet high. Based on a search of OSHA records, this is the first time the company has been issued citations.


5/20/2015 - Waste powder powers a tougher coating

ZHEJIANG, China—Today's tons of silicone rubbish may be the secret ingredient in tomorrow's super-hydrophobic, corrosion-resistant coatings. Scientists at Zhejiang University in China reportedly have developed a way to burn and smash used silicone domestic products, like cup lids, to produce a super-hydrophobic powder. The powder can then be used to fabricate a stable, super-hydrophobic surface with mechanical durability.

Currently, the only option for reusing waste silicone is to collect discarded products and smash them for further processing for low-value applications. It's an expensive and complicated method that's not widely used. The research development provides a cheaper option. Super-hydrophobicity is a sought-after property for anticorrosion and self-cleaning materials. Silicone itself is hydrophobic; however, the team's process permits a change in morphology to hierarchical micro- and nano-scaled roughness that traps air. With a solid-air-liquid interface, the resulting surface is super-hydrophobic.

Scientists who have reviewed the research see a variety of potential applications. For example, as a wipe-on water repellent, the silica-based super-hydrophobic powder may hold promise for the development of robust and cheap de-wetting coatings.


5/18/2015 - PC Symposium issues call for papers

MONTGOMERY, Tex.—The PC (Powder Coating) Symposium is a two day short-course/lab demo/seminar that delivers the latest in powder coating innovation to engineers, technologists, scientists, and marketing and management professionals. This event, which was formerly known as the PC Summit, is produced by The Powder Coating Research Group, Powder Coated Tough magazine, and The Powder Coating Institute (PCI) and will take place in Columbus, Ohio, on October 13th and 14th.

Papers for the PC Symposium should present the latest advancement in technology and trends in emerging powder coating markets. Possible paper topics include: powder coating cure chemistry, smart powder coatings, innovation in raw materials, toxicity and handling issues, advances in testing and instrumentation, powder application to novel substrates, powder bonding techniques, and thermal spray techniques.

This event will include from 10 to 12 presentations. Abstracts for a 30- to 40-minute presentation should be between 100 to 250 words, contain the presentation title, and include the author's name and contact info. Abstracts must be submitted by May 31, 2015, to Kevin Biller at kevinbiller@yahoo.com. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out on June 30, 2015.


5/15/2015 - IHEA offers three educational seminars and a combined exhibition this fall

TAYLOR MILL, Ky.–The Industrial Heating Equipment Association (IHEA) is educating the thermal heat processing industry with its training seminars this fall. IHEA will be offering three quality training seminars: the 46th Annual Combustion Seminar, the Fall Safety Seminar and the new Induction Seminar. The seminars will be held concurrently on August 31-September 1 at the Hilton Columbus Downtown in Columbus, Ohio. Keeping with tradition, the fall seminars will also feature a joint Tabletop Exhibition & Reception on Monday, August 31, which will include companies from every technology featured throughout the three seminars.

In addition to IHEA's well-known Combustion and Safety seminars, IHEA is introducing a new, one-day Induction Seminar during the fall education series. Recognizing the demand for this knowledge, IHEA sought out experts to offer a full day of training on induction technology, equipment, processes, installation, and benefits. Attendees will learn how to improve plant processes, energy efficiency, productivity, and quality. The sessions in this seminar will provide a complete understanding of induction technology and review case studies to learn the advantages it affords.

The 46th Annual Combustion Seminar has long been the leading educational opportunity for those in the industry to receive two days of valuable learning from experts in combustion technologies. The seminar is designed to provide current and relevant information for persons responsible for the operation, design, selection, and/or maintenance of fuel-fired industrial process furnaces and ovens.

After the tremendous success of the Safety Seminar in the Spring, IHEA will again offer its popular Safety Standards Seminar. This two-day seminar will provide a comprehensive overview of the new NFPA 86 – 2015 edition, including updated requirements for many areas of safety. Sessions will cover the required uses of the American National Standards governing the compliant design and operation of ovens and furnaces. The registration fee includes a copy of the NFPA 86 handbook – 2015 edition containing the new revisions.

The Combined Tabletop Exhibition & Reception offers attendees from all three seminars the opportunity to speak with company representatives and learn more about the products and services discussed in the classroom environment throughout the day.

Registration fees for all three seminars include: all seminar handout materials in hard copy format (and on a flash drive for the Combustion and Induction Seminars), a reception with Tabletop Exhibition on Monday, and luncheons and refreshment breaks on both days. Upon completion of the course, seminar attendees are awarded a certificate of completion.

For a complete description and registration information for all seminars, visit www.ihea.org, click on the EVENTS tab, and select the seminar.


5/12/2015 - Valspar acquires coatings manufacturer

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.—The Valspar Corp. announced today that it has completed the purchase of Madison Chemical Industries Inc., a coatings manufacturer headquartered in Ontario. Madison was founded in 1975 and has developed a global reputation for its technically advanced products used for critical infrastructures such as water transmission pipelines, water and wastewater management, and potable water storage. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Valspar is a global leader in the paint and coatings industry.


5/11/2015 - OSHA, NIOSH announce recommended practices to protect temporary workers

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) have released Recommended Practices for staffing agencies and host employers to better protect temporary workers from hazards on the job. The publication is available at www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3735.pdf.

The publication highlights the joint responsibility of the staffing agency and host employer to ensure temporary workers are provided a safe work environment. According to the publication, an employer's commitment to the safety of temporary workers should not mirror the workers' temporary status. Whether temporary or permanent, all workers always have a right to a safe and healthy workplace. Staffing agencies and the host employers are joint employers of temporary workers and both are responsible for providing and maintaining safe working conditions.

Temporary workers are at increased risk of work-related injury and illness. OSHA's Temporary Worker Initiative, launched last year, includes outreach, training, and enforcement to ensure that temporary workers are protected in their workplaces. In recent months, OSHA has received and investigated many reports of temporary workers suffering serious or fatal injuries, some in their first days on the job. The publication focuses on ensuring that temporary workers receive the same training and protection that existing workers receive.


5/8/2015 - Researchers manipulate metal to produce a bamboo-like material

RALEIGH, N.C.—Unlikely as it seems, bamboo has taught steel a thing or two about strength and flexibility, researchers report. By manipulating several kinds of metal to mirror the characteristics of bamboo, scientists at universities in the US and China say they have produced a significantly stronger, more flexible material.

The researchers at North Carolina State University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences' Institute of Mechanics in Beijing have enhanced the metals' mechanical characteristics by modifying their internal structure to emulate bamboo. Bamboo cells vary in size and density, which help give it strength and flexibility. To give metal the same characteristics, researchers gradually increased the size of the grains on the metal. Put simply, the gradual interface of the large and small grains makes the overall material stronger and more ductile, which is a combination of characteristics that is unattainable in conventional materials. It also makes materials more resistant to corrosion, wear, and fatigue.

The researchers tested the gradient structure concept in a variety of metals, including copper, iron, nickel, and stainless steel. The technique improved the properties in all of them.

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