News Update

10/13/2014 - Trans-Matic Manufacturing improves safety, reduces workplace injuries

HOLLAND, Mich.—As part of the high-hazard metal stamping industry, Michigan-based Trans-Matic Manufacturing Company Inc. recognized the need to protect its workers and contacted OSHA's free Onsite Consultation Program for help developing a strong safety and health management system. With a proactive approach to worker safety, Trans-Matic has reduced its rates of OSHA recordable cases and injuries, resulting in days away from work significantly below industry averages. The company also used OSHA's online Safety Pays tool to save an estimated $172,000 a year in workers' compensation costs.

Trans-Matic develops and produces precision-engineered, deep drawn metal stampings and assemblies used for a wide variety of products and markets including builders' hardware, appliance manufacturing, plumbing materials, and HVAC components. On-site Consultation services are separate from enforcement and do not result in penalties or citations. Consultants from state agencies or universities work with employers to identify workplace hazards, provide advice on compliance with OSHA standards, and assist in establishing injury and illness prevention programs.

In April, OSHA also accepted Trans-Matic into its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) for developing a safety and health system that provides outstanding protection for its workers. SHARP recognizes small business employers who operate an exemplary injury and illness prevention program, and acceptance of a worksite into SHARP is an achievement that singles out a worksite among its business peers as a model for worksite safety and health.


10/10/2014 - Courses: November 2014

November 4-5: Powder Coating 101 Hands-on Workshop. TCI Powder Coatings, Jacksonville, Fla. Sponsored by the Powder Coating Institute (PCI). Contact PCI at 936/597-5060; fax 936/597-5059; pci-info@powdercoating.org; www.powdercoating.org.

November 11: Practical Course on Viscosity Measurement. Cleveland, Ohio. Also offered November 12 in Middleboro, Mass., and November 13 in Philadelphia, Pa. Offered by Brookfield Engineering Laboratories. Contact Brookfield at 800/628-8139; fax 508/946-6262; www.brookfieldengineering.com/services/educational-programs.


10/9/2014 - EPA partnerships cut greenhouse gas emissions, save businesses money

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today released its annual Climate Protection Partnerships report, EPA's Office of Atmospheric Programs Climate Protection Partnerships 2012 Annual Report. The report highlights the steps more than 21,000 organizations across the United States have taken to reduce greenhouse gas pollution while achieving significant environmental and economic benefits.

“The urgency to act on climate change is clear,” says Gina McCarthy, EPA administrator. “Through investments in cleaner technologies and energy-efficient practices, EPA's Climate Protection Partners show us that we can cut the harmful carbon pollution that fuels climate change and protects public health while continuing to grow a strong, sustainable economy.” The achievements outlined in this report support the goals of President Obama's Climate Action Plan by cutting energy waste, encouraging energy efficiency, and saving money for American families and businesses.

EPA's climate protection programs continue to advance greenhouse gas reduction goals and deliver greater benefits each year. These benefits can only grow as more businesses, public sector institutions, households, and others adopt the practices promoted by the climate protection partnerships. All of these benefits are the result of voluntary actions by individuals, businesses, and industry.


10/8/2014 - Intech Services announces new industrial coating shop evaluation program

NEWARK, Dela.—Intech Services is proud to announce a new onsite industrial coating Shop Evaluation program, which is designed to boost operational efficiency, improve final finish quality, and offer a customized business report post-evaluation. This program is a customized, onsite shop evaluation bringing cutting edge, state-of-the-art research, information, and industry recommendations.

During the evaluation, Intech will observe and identify quality improvements in coating techniques, shop efficiency, and effectiveness of the equipment used in shop processes. Having an experienced, fresh set of eyes assessing shop processes will allow for improvements, identify opportunities to enhance business practices, and create growth for an industrial coating shop. There is minimal business interruption and no shut down needed. An analysis with observations and recommendations on specific shop processes is completed, and a customized business report is produced post-evaluation. Everyone from management to spray technicians will benefit from this evaluation and information. Intech has over 20 years of experience with fluoropolymer finishes and application processes. For more information about the program, visit www.intechservices.com.


10/7/2014 - US Supreme Court rules no pay for donning PPE

GARY, Ind.—Donning and doffing personal protective equipment and getting to and from the worksite are a normal part of a worker's day and do not merit extra pay, the US Supreme Court unanimously declared. In a ruling released recently, the high court sided with US Steel in a collection case by workers seeking back pay for time spent “donning and doffing” PPE that the company requires at its steel plants. In Sandifer et al v. United States Steel Corp., Clifton Sandifer and coworkers at the company's Gary Works subsidiary in Indiana claimed that they spent up to 2 hours getting ready for work—time that the workers said should be compensated under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938.

The workers contended that putting on protective gear is not the same as “changing clothes” and should be a separately compensated activity. The workers pinned their case on a 1949 amendment to the FLSA that allowed that some instances of changing clothes and washing before and after work (at mine portals, for example) consumed enough unpaid time that the issue could be part of a collective bargaining agreement. In the US Steel case, however, the justices affirmed all of the lower court rulings that viewed donning PPE and cleanup as an integral and brief part of the workers' day.


10/3/2014 - Artistic Plating changes name to Advanced Plating Technologies

MILWAUKEE, Wis.—Artistic Plating has changed its company name to Advanced Plating Technologies. “The name Artistic Plating has not accurately represented who we are as a company for some time,” says Matthew Lindstedt, technical sales manager. “Artistic Plating was originally founded in 1948, and at that time the name was representative of the company's decorative finishing work that was a large part of the company's business until the late 1990s.” Lindstedt says that over the past decade Artistic Plating has been undergoing significant changes in finishing capabilities, markets serviced, and strategic focus. The company has now shifted to a technically oriented, problem solving metal finishing job shop that is focused on providing metal finishing solutions within a range of demanding sectors.


10/2/2014 - Willful citation issued in PPG worker's death

PITTSBURGH, Pa.—Federal authorities are accusing PPG Industries of willful and serious safety lapses in the death of a worker last summer at its facility in Barberton, Ohio. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed fines totaling $69,000 in the death of Wendy Breiding, 51, of Barberton, Ohio, who became entangled in an unprotected spindle winder on a paper rolling machine at the plant on July 15, 2013.

PPG Barberton Specialty Chemicals Plant produces optical casting resins, design silicas used in paints and other products, and printable materials for a wide variety of applications. The Barberton plant began operation in 1900 as the Pittsburgh-based company's first chemicals site, producing soda ash for glassmaking operations. The facility employs about 160 people, and the company has about 39,000 employees worldwide.

OSHA issued one willful citation alleging failure to ensure that machine guarding was in place to protect the operator and nearby employees. A willful violation, OSHA's highest level of infraction, is one committed with intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for, or plain indifference to, employee safety and health. The agency also issued two serious citations alleging failure in other areas of the facility. A serious violation reflects the substantial probability or death or serious injury from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

PPG says it has been cooperating fully with OSHA and local authorities on this matter. The company announced in November that it had invested more than $9 million to expand the Barberton facility, to begin making organic light-emitting diode (OLED) products.


9/30/2014 - AGA unveils inspection app

AGA unveils inspection app CENTENNIAL, Colo.—A new picture-based app offers inspectors, architects and engineers a clear visual guide to surface conditions and other critical information when evaluating hot dip galvanized steel. The app, developed by the American Galvanizers Association (AGA), aims to assist professionals “who may be unfamiliar with the specific outcomes of the galvanizing process with a visual example of a surface condition similar to one they are viewing for their particular project,” according to Philip Rahrig, AGA executive director. Each image in the app is accompanied by text identifying the industry term for the surface appearance, detailing how and why it occurs, and noting whether or not it is accepted according to the specification. The app also contains critical specification (ASTM, ISO, AASHTO) information to assess compliance with coating thickness requirements, as well as information on how to conduct repairs. The app is available for purchase in both the Apple and Google Play stores and through AGA at galvanizeit.org/mobile. Founded in 1933, AGA is a nonprofit trade association dedicated to serving the needs of after-fabrication galvanizers, fabricators, architects, specifiers, and engineers.


9/29/2014 - OSHA releases new resources to better protect workers from hazardous chemicals

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Each year in the US, tens of thousands of workers are made sick or die from occupational exposures to the thousands of hazardous chemicals that are used in workplaces every day. The US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched two new web resources to assist companies with keeping their workers safe.

While many chemicals are suspected of being harmful, OSHA's exposure standards are out-of-date and inadequately protective for the small number of chemicals that are regulated in the workplace. The first resource OSHA has created is a toolkit to identify safer chemicals that can be used in place of more hazardous ones. This toolkit walks employers and workers step-by-step through information, methods, tools and guidance to either eliminate hazardous chemicals or on make informed substitution decisions in the workplace by finding a safer chemical, material, product or process. The toolkit is available at www.osha.gov/dsg/safer_chemicals/index.html.

OSHA also created another new web resource: the Annotated Permissible Exposure Limits, or annotated PEL tables, which will enable employers to voluntarily adopt newer, more protective workplace exposure limits. OSHA's PELs set mandatory limits on the amount or concentration of a substance in the air to protect workers against the health effects of certain hazardous chemicals; and OSHA will continue to enforce those mandatory PELs. Since OSHA's adoption of the majority of its PELs more than 40 years ago, new scientific data, industrial experience, and developments in technology clearly indicate that in many instances these mandatory limits are not sufficiently protective of workers' health. The annotated PEL tables are available at www.osha.gov/dsg/annotated-pels/index.html.


9/25/2014 - KECO Coatings granted second license by DuPont

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.—Mike Klinge, president of KECO Coatings, has announced that the company has been granted a second license by DuPont for the application of Teflon industrial coatings. One of only 26 Licensed Industrial Applicators in the US, KECO has been applying an extensive range of Teflon coatings for more than two decades at its headquarters in Indianapolis. Following extensive investment at its new facility in Statesville, N.C., KECO is now able to offer a similar service locally to customers in the southeast. The company's portfolio includes hundreds of different fluoropolymer formulations, designed to offer a wide range of nonstick attributes and which can be specifically tailored to meet customers' requirements.


9/24/2014 - EPA releases 2013 TRI preliminary report

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the 2013 Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) preliminary dataset with the most current TRI data available on toxic chemical releases and pollution prevention activities that occurred at facilities during the 2013 calendar year. This data includes what toxic chemicals a particular industrial facility is using, how much is being released into the environment, whether the facility is recycling or treating any of the waste, and much more. This dataset is preliminary; the complete 2013 dataset will be available in October. The TRI National Analysis report is published in January. To access the report, visit www.epa.gov/enviro/facts/tri/search.html.


9/23/2014 - IHEA announces Board of Directors

The Industrial Heating Equipment Association (IHEA), Taylor Mill, Ky., has announced its 2014-2015 Board of Directors and Officers. Serving a second term as president is Tim Lee, Maxon, a div. of Honeywell. B.J. Bernard, Surface Combustion, was elected vice president and Daniel Llaguno, Nutec Bickley, was elected treasurer. Past president Mike Shay, Elster Kromschröder, remains in that role and continues to serve on the Board of Directors.

IHEA has added three new board members to serve 3-year terms: Francis Liebens, SOLO Swiss; Michael Stowe, Advanced Energy, and Aaron Zoeller, SCC Combustion Inc. Appointed to the board to serve unexpired terms of open board seats are: Scott Schindlbeck, Eclipse Inc., and Jonathan Markley, Seco/Warwick. Continuing their service on the board for the 2014-2015 term are: David Bovenizer, Selas Heat Technology Co.; Mike Chapman, Vulcan Catalytic Systems; Jay Cherry, Wellman Furnaces; John Podach, Fostoria Process Equip., a Division of TPI; and John Stanley, Karl Dungs Inc.

IHEA would also like to recognize the members who serve on its committees and divisions. Special mention goes to current committee chairpersons: Government Relations led by Mike Shay, Elster Kromschröder; Safety Standards and Codes led by Kevin Carlisle, Karl Dungs; Education led by Brian Kelly, Elster Kromschröder; Marketing Communications and Membership led by Jeff McClanahan, Gaumer Process; and the IRED Division chaired by Wayne Pettyjohn, Georgia Power.

Established in 1929, IHEA represents designers and manufacturers of all types of industrial heat processing equipment used for the melting, refining, and heat processing of ferrous and nonferrous metals and certain nonmetallic materials and heat-treatment of products made from them.


9/19/2014 - AkzoNobel appoints leaders

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—AkzoNobel has announced several new leadership positions. Maëlys Castella will succeed Keith Nichols as AkzoNobel's CFO as of September 15. Scott Doering and Fernando Macedo have been appointed as vice presidents overseeing the International and Devoe protective coatings brands in North America. The company is a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals.


9/18/2014 - Larry Robinson retires from CPMA

WASHINGTON, D.C.—J. Lawrence (Larry) Robinson has retired as president of the Color Pigments Manufacturers Association Inc. (CPMA) after 38 years with the association. Robinson joined CPMA in 1976 and led the group, which was founded in 1925, as its first full-time chief staff executive. CPMA represents the North American color pigments industry.


9/16/2014 - Axalta appoints VP

PHILADELPHIA, Pa.–Axalta Coating Systems has appointed Rajeev Rao as vice president, strategy and business development. Rao will support the implementation of Axalta's strategic plan to chart dynamic organic growth opportunities and potential merger and acquisition initiatives across the company's entire global business portfolio. The company is a leading provider of liquid and powder coatings to the automotive, transportation, general industrial, and architectural and decorative industries.


9/15/2014 - Brookfield offers two new tests

MIDDLEBORO, Mass.—Brookfield is pleased to announce that its Quick 5-Point Flow Function Test is now integrated into its Powder Flow Pro Software, version 1.3 (build 23). This quick new test can be accomplished in about 16 minutes as compared to the standard test, which takes about 25 minutes to complete. This considerable reduction in time allows for more rapid QA/QC checks on production powder batches. The test provides operators with five predefined consolidation stress measurements, which are then used to provide a more accurate representation of the powder's flow characteristics. This allows manufacturers to predict potential flow problems before they occur and make necessary adjustments to improve production and product quality. Free sample testing is now available.

In addition, Brookfield is now offering free powder sample testing using its PFT Powder Flow Tester to characterize a powder's behavior and flowability. The testing determines flow function, wall friction, arching diameter, and bulk density as a function of consolidation stresses. Shear cell methodology is the technical approach used to test all customer samples in accordance with ASTM D6128, D6682, and D6773. Rathole diameter and internal friction angle can also be provided. The testing is typically completed in less than a week and the results are emailed directly to you. The first three tests are free with a nominal charge for additional sample testing.

For more information on either test, visit www.brookfieldengineering.com. Brookfield is a leader in viscosity measurement and control.


9/11/2014 - CCAI offers new seminar in October

TAYLOR MILL, Ky.—This fall, the Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI) is partnering with Georgia Power Co. to present a one-day Introduction to Powder Coating and Curing Processes Seminar. The seminar will be held October 9, 2014, at Georgia Power's new Customer Resource Center (CRC) in Atlanta, Ga. The Infrared Division of the Industrial Heating Equipment Association will be co-sponsoring the seminar with CCAI.

The seminar will begin with a thorough introduction to the powder coating process, including cleaning and pretreatment, materials, application equipment and booths, curing options, part movement, and running an efficient system. The afternoon schedule will take attendees into the CRC's lab to experience live demonstrations and opportunities for hands-on training. This interactive format allows attendees to get applied knowledge of the technologies they are learning in the classroom. For complete details and to register, visit www.ccaiweb.com.


9/9/2014 - Axalta Coating Systems sponsors robotics scholarship

HOUSTON, Tex.—Axalta Coating Systems has sponsored the First State Robotics of Delaware and the Miracles of Engineering (MOE) First Tech Challenge team. Axalta awarded a scholarship to robotics team member, Noah Andrews. Andrews recently graduated from high school and is starting college in the fall as an information technology major, focusing on security. Andrews and some of his robotics team members provided a robotics demonstration at Axalta's North American headquarters where Andrews was presented with his scholarship. “It is a pleasure for us to invest in the engineers of tomorrow. The First State Robotics organization and the MOE team are examples of young minds preparing and nurturing for a brilliant future,” says Nigel Budden, Axalta vice president and head of its North American business. Axalta Coating Systems is a leading global provider of liquid and powder coatings for automotive, transportation, general industrial, architectural, and decorative applications.


9/5/2014 - Fischer achieves ISO 17025 accreditation

WINDSOR, Conn.—Fischer Technology Inc. has attained accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025:2005 by the American Association of Accreditation Laboratories. ISO 17025 is the leading, internationally accepted standard for calibration laboratories, and accreditation by A2LA demonstrates Fischer's continued pursuit of quality excellence. The company can now offer ISO 17025 certifications for a variety of instruments and standards, including film thickness, electrical conductivity, ferrite number, and nanoindentation. ISO 17025 is the benchmark standard for calibration labs and assures the competency of the laboratory staff and the accuracy of the calibrations being performed. Fischer Technology, a member of the Fischer Group of global companies, is a manufacturer of coating thickness, material testing, material analysis, and nanoindentation instrumentation.


9/3/2014 - Axalta Coating Systems receives MV2 certification

HOUSTON, Tex.–Axalta Coating Systems LLC's Mount Clemens, Mich., facility was presented with MV2 certification, which recognizes Axalta's pledge to hire and retain US veterans. “We are very excited to be one of the first companies involved with the Michigan Values Vets Initiative,” says Virginia Gronley, Axalta learning and development consultant. “As one of Mount Clemens' largest employers, we believe in attracting, hiring, and retaining the best talent out there. And with the discipline and focus that many of our veterans have, it's a great talent pool for us.” MV2 is an economic investment initiative that offers an opportunity to recapitalize Michigan's workforce while reducing veteran unemployment. To learn more, visit www.michiganvaluesvets.com. Axalta Coating Systems is a leading global provider of liquid and powder coatings for automotive, transportation, general industrial, architectural, and decorative applications.


9/2/2014 - Courses: October 2014

October 7-8: Powder Coating 202 Hands-on Workshop. Nordson's facility, Amherst, Ohio. Sponsored by the Powder Coating Institute (PCI). Contact PCI at 936/597-5060; fax 936/597-5059; pci-info@powdercoating.org; www.powdercoating.org.

October 9: Introduction to Powder Coating & Curing Processes Hands-On Seminar. Georgia Powder Customer Resource Center, Atlanta, Ga. Sponsored by the Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI) and the Infrared Equipment Division of IHEA. Contact CCAI at 859/356-1030; kelly@goyermgt.com; www.ccaiweb.com.

October 21: Practical Course on Viscosity Measurement. Houston, Tex. Also offered October 23 in Miami, Fla., and October 23 in Middleboro, Mass. Offered by Brookfield Engineering Laboratories. Contact Brookfield at 800/628-8139; fax 508/946-6262; www.brookfieldengineering.com/services/educational-programs.


9/1/2014 - ACS 2014 sets records

WASHINGTON, D.C.–In its first showing in Atlanta, the American Coatings Show (ACS) 2014 set new records in all categories. With 480 exhibitors and more than 8,700 overall participants from 70 countries, the fourth edition of the American Coatings Show & Conference broke all of its previous records for visitors, exhibitors, and footprint. Organized by the American Coatings Association (ACA), the show attracts top coatings development decision-makers for a high-level exchange of information.

The exhibition and trade show portion of the event surpassed its 2012 footprint by more than 20 percent. The exhibit space expanded from 91,000 to 110,000 net square feet. Attendance also surpassed the previous event, drawing more than 8,700 industry professionals from 70 countries (compared to 7,500 attendees in 2012). More than 1,000 professionals attended the conference to learn about the most recent research results and industrial developments.

The fifth edition of the American Coatings Show & Conference is scheduled for April 11-14, 2016, at the Indianapolis Convention Center in Indianapolis, Ind. The event is the leading North American industry exhibition and conference for the coatings, paints, sealants, construction chemicals, and adhesives industry. For additional info, visit www.american-coatings-show.com.


8/29/2014 - CHEMTEC establishes North American branch

WESTON, Fla.–CHEMTEC S.r.l., the Italian company that develops and owns the original formulations and trademarks of the Plaforization one-step pretreatment process, has announced that it has established and incorporated a North American branch. CHEMTEC NORTH AMERICA LLC is an association between CHEMTEC S.r.l., Carpenter Chemicals LC's management, and three other managers with long experience in the metal finishing and the chemical distribution industry.

For years, Carpenter Chemicals, Alexandria, Va., has been the exclusive distributor for CHEMTEC (and its predecessor, Pai-Kor) in North America. For this reason, Mary Todd Carpenter was asked to be a partner and co-founder of CHEMTEC NORTH AMERICA LLC. Her knowledge of the process, the North American metal finishing industry, and the industry's end users makes her a valuable asset.

CHEMTEC NORTH AMERICA offers a series of technologically innovative, environmentally friendly products that reduce energy consumption and production costs and ensure high-quality surface preparation before painting. For more info, visit www.chemtecnorthamerica.com.


8/27/2014 - Brookfield celebrates 80-year anniversary

MIDDLEBORO, Mass.–In 2014, Brookfield Engineering is celebrating 80 years of innovation and customer service. The company began when Donald Brookfield Sr. envisioned a new, unconventional approach to measuring viscosity. His experimentation with motors and springs in the basement of his family's home resulted in the creation of a single-speed instrument that would ultimately become known as the world standard in viscosity measurement and control. Founding the business in 1934, Don made it his priority to offer the highest quality instruments at the lowest possible price. Over the years, the company has addressed issues of temperature control, small sample volumes, and very low viscosities, continually adapting to the changing needs of industry. Brookfield now produces viscometers, rheometers, inline process viscometers, texture analyzers, and powder flow testers. For more info, visit www.brookfieldengineering.com.


8/26/2014 - DeFelsko plans expansion

OGDENSBURG, N.Y.–DeFelsko Corp. plans to expand its operations by more than doubling the amount of space at its headquarters. The company will demolish a building located on an adjacent property in order to construct a new 25,000-square-foot building. In the last few years, DeFelsko has expanded its product range and introduced improvements that have increased production, creating the need for a larger facility. The company's growth will result in the addition of an estimated 50 jobs over the next 10 years. DeFelsko manufactures coating thickness gages and inspection instruments for the paint and coatings industry.


8/25/2014 - KMI Systems celebrates 30 years

CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill.–KMI Systems Inc., a turnkey finishing system supplier, celebrated its 30-year anniversary on April 5, 2014. KMI was founded by Jim McRoy, Lou Kolar, and Vik Desai in 1984 when they decided to start their own company after working in the porcelain enamel industry for many years. Not long after its start, the company began supplying paint finishing systems as well as porcelain enamel systems. KMI has also announced the retirement of Jim McRoy, VP sales, after more than 40 years in the industry. The company has seen tremendous growth over the last few years, and will continue growing in the years to come.


8/22/2014 - Minnesota Paint and Powder Coating Expo 2015 issues call for papers

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.–Learn about improving the efficiency of industrial finishing operations while maximizing investment returns by attending the Minnesota Paint and Powder Coating Expo 2015, to be held Thursday, March 19, 2015, at Century College in White Bear Lake, Minn. The event is hosted by the Twin Cities Chapter of Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI) and the Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) at the University of Minnesota. The event will include a vendor show, hands-on demonstrations, and technical seminars. At the last event, over 425 participants attended the 17 technical seminars and a vendor show featuring over 50 exhibits.

The expo is seeking people to present on topics related to metal finishing. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to, new technologies and processes, cost savings, energy conservation, air emission reductions, and success story case studies. Abstracts of 250 words or less must be received by September 2, 2014.

Additional participation opportunities for the event include exhibiting, demonstrating, speaking, and sponsoring refreshments. To submit an abstract, inquire about exhibiting, or ask any other question, contact Paul Pagel at 612/624-4638 or expo@umn.edu.

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