News Update

6/24/2016 - Blasdel hires manager

GREENSBURG, Ind.—Blasdel Enterprises has hired Kathy Long as marketing manager. Long has a varied background in sales and marketing in the consumer packaged goods and logistics industries. Blasdel designs and fabricates heat and motion technologies, including electric infrared ovens, high-velocity convection air ovens, conveyors, and other specialty equipment.


6/23/2016 - Axalta begins production at Mexico facility, introduces new colors and coatings

PHILADELPHIA, Pa.—Axalta Coating Systems LLC, a leading global supplier of powder and liquid coatings, has begun production at its expanded resin manufacturing facility in Tlalnepantla, Mexico. The facility will produce the resins that are the foundation of its waterborne coatings and traditional solvent-borne coatings.

In addition, the company has introduced two new options in the AR300 RAL color palette used in its Alesta powder coatings—Pearl Beige and Pearl Gold. These additions offer the powder coating industry even more premium colors that combine excellent color retention and weatherability. The new colors deliver a smooth, glossy coverage with excellent abrasion and corrosion resistance. They are TGIC-free and contain virtually no VOCs or targeted hazardous air pollutants, making them a sustainable and environmentally responsible solution.

Axalta has also globally launched its Alesta Anti-Graffiti powder coatings product line after a successful introduction throughout Europe. These coatings protect against graffiti and reduce the time, effort, and costs associated with repairing the damage caused by spray-painting vandals. The coatings are ideal for sound barriers along motorways and railway lines, marker boards, lockers, restrooms, information signs, indoor and outdoor recreation equipment, community facilities, and transportation terminals. The anti-graffiti product line offers good durability due to excellent chemical resistance, very good UV weathering properties, and outstanding film hardness.


6/22/2016 - AkzoNobel to buy BASF coatings business

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands—AkzoNobel has agreed to buy BASF's Industrial Coatings business for $530 million. The transaction would include technologies, patents, and trademarks, as well as the transfer of two manufacturing plants, one in the UK and one in South Africa. The planned transaction, which is subject to required consultations and regulatory approvals, is expected to close by the end of 2016.

“This proposed acquisition will strengthen our position in the important coil coatings market and fits well with our existing business, allowing us to offer essential solutions to our customers,” said AkzoNobel CEO Ton Bu¨chner. The business generated revenue of about $333 million in 2015, and supplies products for a number of end uses, including coil, furniture foil and panel coatings, wind energy and general industry, and commercial transport.


6/21/2016 - New specialty coatings company formed

ANDOVER, Mass.—Two companies have combined to form a new specialty chemical company that will be based in the US. Chemical Products Group (ICP Group) will formulate, manufacture, and market coatings and adhesives to industrial and construction markets. The company is a combination of California Products Corp. and Nicoat. Doug Mattscheck, the former CEO of Quest Specialty Chemicals, was appointed president and CEO of ICP Group. The new company will serve the architectural, specialty construction, packaging, printing, and spot surfaces end markets.


6/20/2016 - Cardolite develops new cashew-based coating

NEWARK, N.J.—Cardolite Corp., a developer and manufacturer of products using natural and renewable cashew nutshell liquid technology (CNSL), has introduced an epoxy curing agent that will give customers a cost-effective upgrade from common medium- and high-viscosity, solvent-free polyamides. Lite 3025 builds on the CNSL curing technology developed previously for the company's Lite 3000 series agents. Its applications for industrial use include windmills, platforms, and ships.

According to Cardolite, CNSL curing agents with phenalkamine are used in the heavy-duty coatings market because of their corrosion protection qualities, mechanical strength, and fast cure rate, even at low temperatures. The CNSL technology, modified with phenalkamide, offers the same protection but improves on similar product drawbacks such as color, overcoat window, and flexibility that have prevented a wider application.


6/17/2016 - Employee skims money from paint contractor

WASHINGTON, D.C.—A former bookkeeper for an industrial painting contractor has pleaded guilty to charges that he stole more than $200,000 from his employer while working there. Robert Coppola Jr. of Buffalo, N.Y., pled guilty to Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, according to a statement from the Erie County District Attorney's Office.

Prosecutors said that Coppola formerly worked for PCI International Inc., Tonawanda, N.Y., a company with more than 60 years of combined experience in surface preparation and coating application to industrial and commercial facilities. Between September 2013 and July 2015, Coppola allegedly forged checks and made unauthorized bank transfers to himself from the industrial painting contractor's accounts. In total, the district attorney's office said Coppola stole $204,154.11.

Coppola pled guilty to the highest charge for which he could have been convicted if the case had gone to trial. He was not offered a deal in exchange for his guilty plea. Although he faced a sentence of 5 to 15 years in state prison, State Supreme Court Justice M. William Boller sentenced him to 5 years of probation.


6/16/2016 - AgGateway launches specialty chemical council

WASHINGTON, D.C.—AgGateway members have created a new council to address electronic connectivity issues related to the specialty chemical business. Segments covered by the council will include professional vegetation management, pest control services, and turf and ornamental, as well as subset segments such as aquatics and forestry. The council will address “pain points” related to the exchange of business data within these segments, and will collaborate with industry partners to implement standards and guidelines that provide timely, accurate, and standardized data.

The council will determine best practices and set standards for efficient data exchange in a way that meets the unique characteristics of the specialty chemical business. Electronic standardization and coding on products will enhance the accuracy and timing of billing and payments to distributors while also reducing complexity within the industry.


6/15/2016 - Paint booth noise and dust leads to fine

WASHINGTON, D.C.—A Montgomery, Ill., metal fabricating plant was investigated on claims that it exposed employees to unsafe levels of metallic dusts, vapors, and noise when manually powder coating metal products in two of the company's paint booths. After receiving a complaint of unsafe working conditions, OSHA inspectors allegedly discovered that employees at Lyon LLC were overexposed to noise and dust hazards in those paint booths, leading to a $76,000 fine.

The agency cited the company with 15 serious violations, including some that had several subcomponents that added up to 26 separate issues. The company, which was cited for operations at its metal fabricating shop in Watseka, Ill., said it disagreed with the federal agency's conclusions and planned to meet with OSHA officials to discuss the violations. The company says it takes its workers' health and safety seriously and hopes to reach an amicable resolution.


6/14/2016 - Coating technology will repel water and dirt

AMHERST, Mass.—Researchers have developed a process for making transparent coatings that they say will help repel water and dirt from various substrates. The process could help engineers manufacture coatings that would make graffiti removal easier. Unlike current processes, the researchers said, the newly developed system causes liquids to bead up and slide off, à la a lotus blossom.

Scientists who made the discovery recently published their findings in the journal Angewandte Chemie. Their paper, “Covalently Attached Liquids: Instant Omniphobic Surfaces with Unprecedented Repellency,” describes the process for the production of SOCAL (slippery, omniphobic, covalently attached liquid) surfaces.

Glass slides using this method can be coated in minutes by dipping them in the solution, letting them dry, and then rinsing them. The solution contains a siloxane monomer and sulfuric acid in isopropanol. When an object is dipped into the liquid, a thin film of liquid forms on the surface and creates a polymer as it dries. Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) chains form and are anchored to the surface as it is catalyzed by the sulfuric acid.

The coating is homogenous. Aqueous and organic liquids reportedly roll off of coated slides without leaving a trace, even at a minimal angle of inclination. The PDMS chains can move around as though they were in a liquid. The coatings are thermally stable and show omniphobic properties even after a year in storage.


6/13/2016 - Research shows that fines bolster compliance

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Do employers take worker safety more seriously when they know there will be formal or financial consequences? New research confirms previous studies that suggest citations and penalties from workplace inspections reduce injuries that occur on the job.

Researchers with the Canadian-based Institute for Work and Health looked at the outcome of injuries, illnesses, and fatalities when inspections, citations, and fines were a driving force in compliance. Unlike previous studies, the new research also looked at intermediate outcomes, such as compliance. The research examined a period from 1990-2013.

According to the researchers, employers do take steps to prevent work-related injuries for employees when there are direct consequences. There is also strong evidence that inspections without penalties have no effect on reducing injuries. The team found moderate evidence that the first inspections have the largest effect on compliance rates, while subsequent inspections and penalties have a substantially lower effect. Simultaneously, the researchers found moderate evidence that new laws have no effect on reducing injuries. However, the studies on new laws were quite diverse, and the researchers cautioned against concluding that new laws are not needed.

OSHA recently changed the way it measures inspections to give more complex, time-consuming inspections more weight than others. The agency said the new research confirms that more inspections equal a healthier workplace.


6/10/2016 - Polychem Powder Coatings launches new color collection

GAINESVILLE, Tex.—Polychem Powder Coatings has launched its Barely There Collection. The new collection features 10 soft white or neutral shades with just a hint of color. Colors are available in flexible quantities as low as 5 pounds, with free sample panels shipped within 2 days. Polychem specializes in color and effect creation, with over 15,000 existing colors and 13 different color collections.


6/10/2016 - Sun Chemical forms new division

PARSIPPANY, N.J.—Sun Chemical has formed a new Advanced Materials division, which features an expanded portfolio of technologies from both Sun Chemical and DIC, its parent company, to further enhance the company's ability to serve its customers. The division will deliver solutions to broad markets, including automotive, inkjet, electronics, architectural, industrial coatings, and more. Sun Chemical is a leading producer of printing inks, coatings and supplies, pigments, polymers, liquid compounds, solid compounds, and application materials.


6/9/2016 - Global infrastructure values closely examined

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands—A global design and consultancy firm for natural and built assets took a look at the state of infrastructure around the world and assigned each a dollar value as a measuring stick for comparison. Arcadis collected data from the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and statistics offices from various countries to deliver its analysis of the value of each country's “built assets” — highways, bridges, airports, dams and levees, buildings, and other physical structures.

The Arcadis Global Built Asset Wealth Index 2015 makes a connection between the distribution of the world's wealth and the built assets within a country that contributes to its productivity. The study calculates the value of buildings and infrastructure in 32 countries, which make up about 87 percent of the Gross Domestic Product. From this pool, the world's built asset wealth is valued at $218 trillion. This is an $8 trillion dollar rise from 2013 and is equal to more than $30,000 for every person on Earth.

In its rankings, China takes the top spot as global leader in built asset wealth, showing a built asset value of $47.6 trillion. The US takes the number two spot with a built asset value of $36.8 trillion.


6/8/2016 - Micron Metal Finishing reviewed by peer group

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill.—A peer group of powder coating shop owners recently inspected and reviewed Micron Metal Finishing as part of a continuous improvement program among several companies in the industry. Micron Metal Finishing is a full service, large volume custom powder coating job shop. It has a 75,000-square-foot facility and three conveyorized lines with automatic reclaim booths and two batch operations. Axalta Coating Systems, a major supplier of industrial coating, sponsored the meeting. The peer review group meets twice a year to perform benchmarking exercises, comparing certain aspects of their business and how they perform. Group members rate the different processes involved in the powder coating operation and then openly discuss their findings with the host company.


6/7/2016 - Parker Trutec adds e-coating line

URBANA, Ohio—Parker Trutec Inc. is expanding in order to add a 14-station electrocoating system. The fully automated rack line will enable an increase in production capacity for both existing and new customers. The company is adding the 57,000-square-foot building expansion to its current facility. The total project cost will exceed $8 million. The company has chosen Henkel brand pretreatment chemicals and Axalta electrocoating paint for this new coating line. Parker says the building will improve production flow and efficiency for large part processing and allow better use of existing floor space throughout the plant. The company specializes in metal treatments and products that improve the resistance to wear, corrosion, and fatigue of metal components.


6/6/2016 - Restoring a Coney Island icon

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y.—An 88-year-old national historic landmark is getting a facelift. As part of its multiyear makeover, the iconic Coney Island Cyclone roller coaster at Luna Park in New York City is getting a new paint job to restore it to its original glossy white finish. With its 2,640-foot-long track, the Cyclone has thrilled generations of riders with its 60-miles-per-hour, 85-foot, 60-degree plunge. The attraction is listed on the US National Register of Historic Places, designating it an official New York City landmark.

Designed by leading coaster designer Vernon Keenan, the ride was constructed by National Bridge Co., which supplied the steel, and Cross, Austin, & Ireland, which supplied the lumber, at a total project cost between $146,000 and $175,000.

Crews from Baynum Painting, Newport, Ky., which specializes in painting solutions and industrial coatings for amusement parks as well as commercial, industrial, educational, and medical facilities, have been onsite to play a role in the multiyear restoration. In October, the crew began prepping and removing decades of worn paint coatings and corrosion with its 40,000-psi waterjetting/hydro blaster. With surface prep nearing completion, the new look of the amusement park ride was beginning to take shape as the primer was being applied in advance of the glossy white topcoat.

For its role in the project, PPG Industries' protective and marine coatings (PMC) business is supplying as much as 700 gallons of paint to the renovation. Through Baynum Painting, PPG will provide its epoxy primer and its acrylic siloxane topcoat for the structural steel components. The primer is a fast-drying, two-coat epoxy product engineered to perform in a wide range of atmospheric conditions. The topcoat is a single-component, isocyanate-free product that provides the performance, color, and finish quality of a high-durability urethane with easy single-coat application.

The wood surfaces will be treated with a PPG primer that is reported to block stains and demonstrate excellent adhesion on a variety of surfaces. The topcoat for the wood surfaces should deliver long-term color and gloss retention as well as resistance to weathering, salt spray, and other challenging environmental hazards.


6/3/2016 - Company charged with OSHA violation that caused worker's death

KANSAS CITY, Mo.—DNRB Inc., doing business as Fastrack Erectors, was charged in federal court for violating an OSHA regulation and causing the death of a Raymore, Mo., ironworker. Fastrack, located in Pacific, Mo., allegedly failed to enforce the use of fall protection.

In July 2014, Fastrack was a subcontractor in the construction of a 300,000-square-foot distribution warehouse located in Kansas City, Mo. Fastrack is an American Institute of Steel Construction-certified steel erection company that specializes in structural steel, miscellaneous steel, preengineered metal buildings, ornamental metal handrail, and precast installation. Fastrack supplied onsite supervisors while the ironworkers were hired from the local union.

On July 24, 2014, two Fastrack ironworker employees were receiving a bundle of roof decking sheet metal and setting it on top of the building's bar joists. The employees' task required them to guide the decking bundle to land it. The employees accessed the top of the building from a scissor lift and walked approximately 15 feet along a joist without wearing any fall protection. They walked on trusses that were nine inches wide or bar joists which were five inches wide. Other ironworkers secured the decking to the trusses with screws and welds.

According to the contract, Fastrack was required to provide fall protection for personnel working at heights in excess of 6 feet. No fall protection was provided by the company. Consequently, Eric Roach, 22, fell approximately 30 feet to the ground and was transported to a local hospital where he died the following day.

Federal statutes require that each employee engaged in a steel erection activity who is on a walking/working surface with an unprotected side or edge more than 15 feet above a lower level shall be protected from fall hazards by guardrail systems, safety net systems, personal fall arrest systems, positioning device systems, or fall restraint systems.

The charge contained in this information is simply an accusation and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charge must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.


6/2/2016 - NEI offers self-healing polyurethanes

SOMERSET, N.J.—NEI Corp. has expanded its polyurethane-based NANOMYTE MEND line of top coats that provide self-healing properties that close gaps and seal cracks in a variety of substrates. MEND 1000 is a thermally induced, two-part coating that uses a phase-separated morphology to heal the damage. The coating can be self-healed by the application of warm air for several seconds with a device such as a household hair dryer. MEND 2000 also is a room temperature, two-part coating that uses the phase-separated morphology process. MEND 3000 is a two-part, solvent-borne coating that can be cured at room temperature. MEND 4000 is a clear, fast drying, high gloss protective finish for use over bare or stained wood, paint, plastics, and metal.

NEI says its technology works on substrates such as metal, wood, and polymers, including those that require a clear glossy appearance. The products are suitable for use in solvent-based, waterborne, and UV-curable coating systems and various coating resins such as polyurethane, acrylic, and epoxy. The products reduce lifecycle costs by increasing the substrate's service life and reducing their maintenance costs.


6/1/2016 - Steel mills fined after worker crushed

WASHINGTON, D.C.—A steelmaker with a history of safety violations faces nearly $400,000 in fines for two inspections, including one after 1,000 pounds of equipment fell on a worker and injured him. OSHA cited TimkenSteel Corp., Canton, Ohio, with one willful, two repeat, and two serious safety violations for the incident. TimkenSteel specializes in special bar quality (SBQ) steel bars at least 6 inches or greater in diameter. The company also makes seamless mechanical tubing and precision steel components, offers machining and thermal treatment services, and manages a raw material recycling program.

OSHA fined the steel mill $122,500 for the violations it found during an inspection on the day the worker was hurt. However, the incident occurred less than a week after the agency performed an inspection at one of the company's other steel mills. No one was hurt prior to that inspection, but during that visit, OSHA found 18 violations. For those issues, the agency fined TimkenSteel $271,000.

The injured worker was hurt when a crane's safety latch failed, which caused the crane to drop its load on the man who was working on the factory floor below. The worker, who has been with the company for 7 years, suffered a broken foot and several other broken bones. He was unable to work for months following the incident.

TimkenSteel was created in 2014 as an independent subsidiary of The Timken Co., but the company has been manufacturing steel for nearly 100 years. During the past 10 years, the parent company has been inspected 27 times. From those inspections, OSHA said it has found and cited the company for 76 violations. OSHA also said the company was not reporting injuries and illnesses as all companies are required to do. As a result of the repeated violations, the agency has placed TimkenSteel into its Severe Violator Enforcement Program.


5/31/2016 - Airblast designs portable abrasive blast recovery unit

OROVILLE, Calif.—Airblast AFC has designed a portable abrasive recovery unit that is capable of removing grit from the size of dust particles to debris as large as 2 inches. The AbVac Grit Recovery Unit is available with flexible hoses, tools, and extensions to suction up spilled abrasive quickly and efficiently. Recovered abrasive material can be collected into a bag for disposal or can be combined with an abrasive storage hopper to allow material to be fed back into the blast machine and reused. It offers a compact design, retractable legs, and forklift sleeves that allow it to be picked up and moved easily. Airblast AFC manufactures spray booths, air make-up units, powder coating equipment, and related products.


5/27/2016 - AgGateway's online glossary continues to grow

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Significant new contributions to AgGateway's AgGlossary.org last year have boosted the usefulness of this important, open industry resource, with the number of validated terms now reaching more than 5,500. The glossary, launched in 2014, is available for free use by anyone in the agriculture industry. It is designed to promote efficient and effective communication between all segments of agriculture, including industry, government, and academia.

The glossary is a one-stop location in the form of an online wiki for agriculture terms, definitions, acronyms, key words, and synonyms. It pulls from a number of established industry sources and includes government definitions for key terms, from field and production to irrigation and pump.

Recently, the glossary has benefited from the addition of terms and definitions from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) based on their published standards. In addition, the Farm Financial Standards Council (FFSC) has begun to contribute financial terms and definitions, which are critical to the establishment of a common understanding of financial terms and definitions used in agriculture.

The glossary came about because many people in agriculture were experiencing communication challenges due to multiple definitions for a single term or phrase. That confusion can impact the ease of development of effective ag technologies and software. It saves a great deal of time when everyone can confirm that they're using the same vocabulary, with the same meanings.

One of the its strengths is that a core of its content has been contributed by authoritative third-party sources, such as the US Department of Agriculture Risk Management Agency and AgGateway. In addition, its unique hierarchical authorization structure allows for one definition for a term to take precedence over another according to the contributing source. For example, the definition for a term from a legal body takes precedence over a definition made by someone from the general public. In addition to contributions from organizations, it includes a feedback process that industry members can use to contribute to the glossary.


5/26/2016 - Sherwin-Williams names new CEO

CLEVELAND, Ohio—Sherwin-Williams has named John G. Morikis as its CEO. Morikis has been with the company for more than 30 years, serving as COO for the past 9 years. He will replace current CEO Christopher M. Connor, who will become the company's executive chairman. Morikis is only the ninth CEO in the company's 150-year history. Sherwin-Williams is a global leader and producer of paints and coatings.


5/26/2016 - Valmont acquires American Galvanizing

OMAHA, Nebr.—Valmont Industries has expanded its coatings footprint with the acquisition of American Galvanizing Co., Folsom, N.J., a leader in hot-dip galvanizing in the Northeast US. American Galvanizing provides corrosion protection services to structural steel fabricators and steel manufacturers throughout the region. Founded in 1946, Valmont is a global leader in designing and manufacturing highly engineered products that support global infrastructure development and agricultural productivity. In its coatings segment, Valmont provides coatings services that protect against corrosion and improve the service lives of steel and other metal products.


5/25/2016 - Confined space rules updated for construction applications

WASHINGTON, D.C.—In the works since 1980, OSHA recently published new construction-specific confined space safety regulations under rule 1926.1201-1213. The regulations went into effect in August, while full enforcement was delayed until October 2015.

Many industrial painters are familiar with, and have been following, confined space regulations under the General Industry Orders rule 1910.146, but these guidelines have generally been triggered by maintenance in industrial plants and were not specific to construction. Most large or sophisticated owners required compliance with the confined space regulations, including permit-required confined spaces, for any maintenance work on their tanks, pipelines, sewers, pits, or similar spaces that fit the definition of a confined space.

Confined spaces are classified as work areas that are large enough for a worker to enter, are not designed for long-term occupancy, have limited access and egress, and pose a potential for hazardous atmospheres or engulfment or entrapment hazards. Even now, most work that complied with 1910.146 will comply with the new construction standard. Similarly, if contractors follow the new 1926.1200 series sections on industrial property, they generally won't run afoul of the regulations.

A knowledgeable, qualified, and empowered person, such as the project manager, superintendent, or safety representative, should be designated as the party responsible for all activities in the space. That person needs to be aware of every process that occurs, from constructing access, erecting containment, cleaning, or painting to containment/access removal. She or he can consider what training each participant needs, what safety or rescue equipment may need to be prestaged in the space, and how the company can accurately account for everyone in the event of an emergency. Coordination with local fire, police or other emergency responders may also be appropriate.


5/24/2016 - IHEA makes combustion videos free for members

TAYLOR MILL, Ky.—The Industrial Heating Equipment Association (IHEA) has conducted its Combustion Seminar for 46 years, and now it has created a series of educational videos based on the 2-day course. IHEA members can view the combustion training videos online free of charge through the association's Learning Academy, which offers online video training for the industrial process heating industry.

These free videos provide the training and education needed for those responsible for the operation, design, selection, and/or maintenance of fuel-fired industrial process furnaces and ovens. There are 13 presentations available; all topics are presented by IHEA member experts. Nonmembers can rent the combustion training videos individually or as the complete video collection. For complete descriptions and more info, visit www.ihea.org.


5/23/2016 - EPA announces 2015 annual environmental enforcement results

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released its annual enforcement and compliance results highlighted by large cases that reduce pollution, level the playing field for responsible companies, and protect public health in communities across the country. In fiscal year 2015, EPA secured record-setting hazardous waste, Clean Air Act, and Superfund settlements, and acted swiftly to win a large criminal plea agreement following a major coal ash spill, among other accomplishments. EPA also made significant progress on cases that will benefit communities well into the future by pursuing a final settlement that puts billions of dollars to work restoring the Gulf, helping communities affected by the BP oil spill, and launching an investigation against Volkswagen for illegally emitting air pollution from diesel vehicles.

In fiscal year 2015, EPA enforcement actions required companies to invest more than $7 billion in actions and equipment to control pollution and clean up contaminated sites. EPA's cases resulted in $404 million in combined federal administrative, civil judicial penalties, and criminal fines. Other results include reductions of an estimated 430 million pounds of air pollutants, almost $2 billion in commitments from responsible parties to clean up Superfund sites, and more than $39 million invested in environmental projects that provide direct benefits to communities harmed by pollution.

EPA pursues high impact cases that drive compliance across industries. It holds criminal violators accountable that threaten the health and safety of Americans, while directing funds to affected communities. EPA enforcement work reduces pollution in the sectors that impact American communities the most.


5/20/2016 - Axalta launches educational campus in Canada

PHILADELPHIA, Pa.—Axalta Coating Systems LLC, a leading global supplier of powder and liquid coatings, has launched the Axalta Learning Campus in Canada, a web-based portal that serves as a gateway to Axalta's Learning and Development programs. The campus allows customers to register online for in-person technical training or take courses online by accessing a comprehensive library of training programs. Both classroom and online courses are available in English, French, and Spanish.

Axalta Learning and Development programs are designed to boost customer performance by developing skills and knowledge to help eliminate waste, reduce costs, keep cycle time to a minimum, and increase retention by investing in employees' careers. Instructor-led programs are offered at three centers in Canada, eight centers in the US, virtually in your own shop, online, and through blended learning methods.


5/19/2016 - CCAI announces student membership category

TAYLOR MILL, Ky.—The Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI) has added a Student Membership category to help generate interest in the finishing industry among students. Full-time students who are 16 years or older are now eligible for a full-benefit, nonvoting membership at a rate of $20 per year. Students will be required to submit proof of being a full-time student to receive the reduced fee.

One of the goals of CCAI is to reach out to younger people and educate them about the career opportunities available in the finishing industry. As such, student membership benefits include: unlimited access to CCAI TV Training Videos, the ability to post content and participate in discussions on group and community forums on CCAI's website, the capability to post resumes and search job openings in the online Career Center, a discount on CCAI publications and manuals, and much more. Complete details can be found at www.ccaiweb.com.


5/18/2016 - ASTM names new chairperson

ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa., has announced an officer transition for ASTM D01 Committee on Paint and Related Coatings Materials and Applications. After three successive 2-year terms in office, John F. Fletcher, Elcometer Ltd., has stepped down as the chairman of the D01 Committee. He will now serve as the first vice chairman in support of the new chair, Cynthia Gosselin. Fletcher will continue in his role as chairman of D01 Subcommittee D01.23: Physical Properties of Applied Paint Films.


5/18/2016 - OSHA fines slated to jump in 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has been authorized to raise the price of its penalties for the first time since 1990, a change likely to reflect an 80 percent jump in fines. The recent Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, signed into law by President Obama in November, included mandates that OSHA increase its civil penalties following a one-time catchup adjustment in 2016.

The civil monetary penalties required in Section 701, “Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015,” of the bill will be adjusted through an interim final rulemaking, and the adjustment will come into effect by August 2016. Following the catchup, the maximum penalty amounts will keep pace with the inflation rate going forward.

While the increases, calculated on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) between 1990 and 2015, will be capped at 150 percent, most reports indicate that the amount of the increase will more than likely be around 80 percent. The catchup makes up for the lack of increases over the past 2.5 decades. Therefore, it cannot exceed the inflation rate measured by the CPI. That figure is expected to be about 82 percent.

As an illustration of the impact, the current maximum $70,000 fine for the most severe violations would grow to about $125,000, and the $7,000 maximum fine for other serious violations would increase to around $12,500. However, the maximum fines may turn out to be lower than that based on the final rulemaking. Although this is a significant jump in the US, the fines will still be relatively small when compared to those coming from other agencies, like the EPA, or from other countries like Europe.

OSHA was one of just a few federal agencies exempted from a 1990 bill requiring federal agencies to keep their fines in line with inflation. However, some workplace-safety professionals, though surprised by the announcement, can't argue with the increase. With the impact on small business in mind, others plan to use the rulemaking process to fight the increase. Business groups have successfully fought back bills to institute increases like this over the past decade. However, those bills included higher penalties for violations that led to a death.

Raising the maximum fines in line with the CPI for the one-time adjustment means OSHA must publish its interim final rule by July 1, 2016, enabling the adjustment to go into effect by August 31. The act includes an exception allowing a federal agency to make a lesser adjustment on civil monetary penalties if certain provisions are met and approved by the OMB.


5/17/2016 - PCI names executive officers, directors

The Powder Coating Institute, Taylor Mill, Ky., has named its 2016 Executive Officers: John Sudges, Midwest Finishing Systems, president; Ron Cudzilo, George Koch Sons, vice president; Chris Merritt, Gema USA, secretary/treasurer; and John Cole, Parker Ionics, past president.

In addition, serving on the Board of Directors for 2016 are: Kevin Biller, The Powder Coating Research Group Inc.; Greg Dawson, Nordson Corp.; Shivie Dhillon, SunDial Powder Coatings; Craig Dietz, Axalta Coating Systems; Steve Kiefer, Akzo Nobel Coatings Inc.; Suresh Patel, Chemetall US Inc.; Paul West, Sun Polymers International Inc.; and David Goch, Webster, Chamberlain & Bean. PCI is a nonprofit technical and professional association that provides information and education on powder coating technologies worldwide.


5/16/2016 - OSHA awards grants to 80 nonprofits

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has awarded $10.5 million in 1-year federal safety and health training grants to 80 nonprofit organizations across the nation for education and training programs to help high-risk workers and their employers recognize serious workplace hazards, implement injury prevention measures, and understand their rights and responsibilities.

The department's Susan Harwood Training Grant Program funds grants to nonprofit organizations, including community/faith-based groups, employer associations, labor unions, joint labor/management associations, and colleges and universities. Target trainees include small-business employers and underserved vulnerable workers in high-hazard industries. The hands-on training supported by these grants helps assure that workers and employers have the tools and skills they need to identify hazards and prevent injuries.

In its 2015 award, OSHA is awarding approximately $2.2 million in new, targeted topic training and training and educational materials development grants to 19 organizations to develop materials and programs addressing workplace hazards and prevention strategies. Both grant types require that recipients address occupational safety and health hazards designated by OSHA, including preventing construction hazards and hazardous chemical exposures.

In addition, 15 organizations will receive approximately $2.3 million in new capacity-building developmental grants to provide occupational safety and health training, education, and related assistance to workers and employers in the targeted populations. Organizations selected to receive these grants are expected to create organizational capacity to provide safety and health training on an ongoing basis. Two of the 15 organizations received capacity-building pilot grants designed to assist organizations in assessing their needs and formulating a capacity-building plan before launching a full-scale safety and health education program.

OSHA also awarded approximately $3 million in follow-on grants to 20 capacity building developmental grantees and $3 million in follow-on grants to 26 targeted topic grantees that performed satisfactorily during fiscal year 2014. These grantees demonstrated their ability to provide occupational safety and health training, education, and related assistance to workers and employers in high-hazard industries, small-business employers, and vulnerable workers.

The grant program is an essential component of OSHA's worker protection efforts. Since 1978, approximately 2.1 million workers have been trained through this program. Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education, and assistance.


5/13/2016 - Cortec inhibitor reaches tough spots

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Cortec Corp. has introduced a product that can help inhibit corrosion in hard-to-reach areas. EcoFog VpCI309 Nano is a Vapor phase Corrosion Inhibiting (VpCI) powder designed to protect ferrous metals in hard-to-reach recessed areas, interior cavities, and voids. The powder has protection with unique physiochemical advantages, making it an extremely efficient method to treat hard-to-reach spaces within an enclosed space. The powder can be applied with little or no surface preparation and provides protection to ferrous metals that include carbon steel, stainless steel, and aluminum. It does not contain silicates, phosphates, nitrites, or heavy metals. The powder provides up to 24 months of continuous protection, although it can be removed by air gun or water rinse.


5/12/2016 - Dymax offers new LED conveyor system

TORRINGTON, Conn.—Dymax Corp. has launched its UVCS LED light-curing conveyor system, which offers consistent, fast, safe, and efficient LED curing. It's a versatile, mesh belt-type conveyor designed for benchtop or tabletop operations. Consistent line speed, adjustable lamp height, and stable intensity provide a repeatable, uniform light-curing process for optimized throughput. The conveyors are designed for curing LED-curable adhesives, coatings, and inks that react in the UVA and/or visible spectral ranges. Dymax develops oligomer, adhesive, coating, dispensing, and light-curing systems for applications in a wide range of markets.


5/12/2016 - Hempel names new CEO

CONROE, Tex.—Hempel A/S has named Henrick Andersen as its new CEO. Andersen succeeds Pierre-Yves Jullien, who will retire on March 31 after 40 years with Hempel, 10 of which he served as CEO. The company is in the home stretch of a 5-year growth plan that included an aggressive strategy to quadruple its decorative portfolio, double its protective portfolio, and ramp up its marine products to become one of the top 10 global coating suppliers. Hempel is a leading global supplier of protective coatings for the decorative, protective, marine, container, and yacht markets.


5/11/2016 - Acuity acquires Acme Finishing

CHICAGO, Ill.—Acme Finishing Co., Elk Grove Village, Ill., has been acquired by Acuity Capital Partners, a Chicago-area private investment firm. Founded in 1932, Acme provides high-quality powder, liquid, and decorative coatings to the automotive, fencing, lighting, and medical industries.


5/11/2016 - Cartridge aids in respiratory protection

PITTSBURGH, Pa.—MSA Safety Inc., a global safety products manufacturer, has rereleased a previously discontinued respirator cartridge style. The Comfo Low Profile P100 respirator cartridges are designed to provide a high level of protection against a wide variety of contaminants, including dusts, particles, and mists. The cartridges are easy to install and thread directly onto receptacles on other twin-cartridge respirators. The cartridges are intended for use in asbestos abatement, welding, sanding and grinding, and painting applications.


5/10/2016 - New coating stays dry under water

EVANSTON, Ill.—A group of engineers have discovered a new way to keep surfaces dry underwater, and their findings could eventually work their way into antifouling, pipe, and marine coatings. A research team at Northwestern University's McCormick School of Engineering is the first to determine the specific roughness needed to keep a surface dry even when submerged in water for a long period of time. The team published its findings in an article titled “Sustaining Dry Surfaces Underwater.”

According to the researchers, the key is that the surface roughness must have valleys that measure less than 1 micron in width. When this happens, pockets of water vapor or gas accumulate in them by underwater evaporation or effervescence. These gas pockets deflect water, keeping the surface dry. The trick is to use rough surfaces of the right chemistry and size to promote vapor formation.

The team acknowledges that there has been much study of the mechanisms that keep water from invading the valleys of rough surfaces. However, it found that additional mechanisms had to be considered in order for a surface to remain practically dry underwater. In their work, the team pinpointed the ideal roughness scale, below which the vapor phase of water and/or trapped gases in roughness valleys can be sustained and the immersed surface will remain dry.

Recognizing what makes a surface deflect water so well means the property could be reproduced in other materials on a mass scale. The team foresees purposes ranging from antifouling surfaces for ships to coatings that would reduce drag on pipes or submarines, which they predict could save billions of dollars for a variety of industries.


5/9/2016 - Paul N. Gardner offers free recertification for a limited time

POMPANO BEACH, Fla.—Paul N. Gardner Co. Inc. is offering free gloss meter recertification with the purchase of a qualified model between May 1 and June 30, 2016. Qualified models include TQC gloss meters, RF Novo-Gloss series, Novo-Gloss 20/60/75, ZGM 1120, Refo 3D & Refo 60D, Micro Gloss/Tri Gloss, and more. For more info, visit www.gardco.com. The company distributes, produces, and designs physical testing instruments for the coatings, paint, and related industries.


5/6/2016 - EPA funds green tech development

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Coatings and concrete are among the applications benefiting from a $2 million federal investment supporting the development of green technologies. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the funding of 19 small businesses across the country. Each company will receive a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I contract for up to $100,000 to develop their green technology. When the project is commercially viable, the companies will be eligible to apply for a Phase II contract of up to $300,000 to develop and commercialize their technology for the marketplace.

Three of those companies are working on greener polyurethane coatings, sustainable concrete, and environmentally benign stain-resistant finishes. TDA Research Inc., Wheat Ridge, Colo., a R&D firm focused on a project to come up with a cheaper and greener polyurethane coating for the paint industry. If successful, the project will result in a cost-effective, drop-in technology that allows the elimination of isocyanate from current two-part polyurethane coating formulations without the need for reformulation and requalification. Metna Co., Lansing, Mich., is developing an alternative concrete chemistry with enhanced sustainability, safety, and strength. TIAX LLC, Lexington, Mass., received a grant to work on its technology for stain-resistant textile coatings.


5/5/2016 - Dow introduces new emulsion technology

PHILADELPHIA, Pa.—Dow Coating Materials, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Co., has introduced its new ROVACE 10 Vinyl Acrylic Binder emulsion technology. Developed with both the formulator and contractor in mind, this new low-volatile organic compound (VOC) technology for flat to semi-gloss interior paints offers excellent manufacturing capabilities.

For formulators, the flexibility of the technology helps reduce the number of considerations factored into a paint formulation to help meet different quality points across paint lines. For paint contractors, the technology offers good spray application and touch-up in starting point formulations. It also helps paint retailers and applicators match color chips and maintain uniform color appearance under various conditions of paint age and shear stability.


5/5/2016 - Nanophase Technologies receives patent

ROMEOVILLE, Ill.—Nanophase Technologies Corp. has announced that it was granted a patent for its C3 metal oxide surface treatment technology. The new, versatile coating platform provides several benefits for the manufacture of personal care products such as sunscreens and other skin care and color cosmetic products. The technology makes it easier to achieve novel functionality of products while avoiding undesired qualities. It also improves the feel of skin care products containing sunscreens, making them luxurious and silky rather than greasy or heavy. The company is confident that the advantages of the technology will extend beyond the personal care market. Nanophase is a global provider of engineered nanomaterial solutions across a broad range of markets, including personal care, coatings, energy storage, and surface finishing.


5/4/2016 - Dr. Mark Soucek receives esteemed award

Dr. Mark Soucek, a professor at the University of Akron Department of Polymer Engineering, has been named the recipient of the esteemed 2016 Roy W. Tess Award in Coatings. The Officers and the Award Committee of the Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE) of the American Chemical Society announced Soucek as this year's winner. The annual award recognizes outstanding individual achievements and noteworthy contributions to coatings science, technology, and engineering and reinforces PMSE's longstanding and continuing support and dedication to excellence in the coatings field. Soucek will receive the Tess Award in August during the 252nd National Meeting of the American Chemical Society.

Soucek serves as a member of Powder Coating's Editorial Advisory Board. He has published more than 150 peer-reviewed pieces and has filed 15 US patents and pending patent applications. Soucek's most significant contribution to coatings science and technology is his work on environmentally benign coatings based on nonpetroleum feedstocks. This contribution has involved extensive work with industry to develop green technologies. He is also recognized as a leading authority in reactive diluent technology, in which VOCs are replaced with biobased liquids that dissolve the polymeric binder and participate in film formation by reactive crosslinking reactions. Most recently, he has worked on isocyanate-free technology using cyclic carbonates and acrylic crosslinkable, cycloaliphatic epoxides as replacements for bisphenol A in food-contactable coatings.


5/3/2016 - Graphene coatings top polymers for corrosion protection

TROY, N.Y.—In its ongoing investigations into graphene coatings and corrosion prevention, a global science team has determined that graphene coatings minimize corrosion better than commercial polymer coatings in extreme microbial conditions. The research group, composed of scientists from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Oklahoma State University, and Shenyang National Lab for Materials Science, found that the protection offered by graphene surface coatings can be up to a “100-fold improvement” over the polymer coatings on the market today. The team had its research published under the title “Superiority of Graphene over Polymer Coatings for Prevention of Microbially Induced Corrosion.” This finding is remarkable considering that graphene is nearly 4,000 times thinner than several commercial coatings but offers higher resistance to microbial attack.

Building off of earlier research, the scientists looked into how the colonization of microbial communities affects corrosion rates. The team used a CVD-grown graphene coating as its benchmark and compared it to two popular polymer coatings, parylene and polyurethane. The research demonstrates that microbial conditions provide a unique dimension to corrosion research. Microbes can form insulating polysaccharide films on the graphene surface to further mitigate metal corrosion. Based on these findings, the researchers believe that the graphene/microbe interaction is providing a unique benefit to corrosion applications. The team plans to test coatings for other technologically relevant metals, including mild steel.


5/2/2016 - Courses: July 2016

July 6-8: 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 330/972-8141; aptc@uakron.edu; www.uakron.edu/aptc.


5/2/2016 - Valspar introduces new light industrial paints

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.—Valspar Paint has introduced a new line of coatings designed for the professional painter, including direct-to-metal (DTM) primers and topcoats, precatalyzed wall epoxies, catalyzed water-based wall epoxies, and a zero-VOC primer. The products are intended for use on maintenance, institutional, commercial, and light industrial jobs.

Designed with advanced technology, the DTM primers and topcoats offer high-quality corrosion protection for metal, which is essential in tough, industrial environments. The precatalyzed epoxy is formulated for projects that require added durability and low odor. The catalyzed epoxy features advanced crosslinking technology to deliver washability and resistance to chemicals and stains. The zero-VOC primer promotes a uniform topcoat appearance in new construction and is recommended for spaces that are occupied by children or elderly people.


4/29/2016 - AAMA updates coating requirements for steel hardware

SCHAUMBURG, Ill.—The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has updated and released a document specifying requirements for corrosion resistant coatings on carbon steels used for hardware components in window, door, and skylight applications. The document, “Voluntary Specification for Corrosion Resistant Coatings on Carbon Steel Components Used in Windows Doors and Skylights,” was updated with a new test report section and a clarified scope.

The AAMA 90715 standard for acceptable coatings for mild steel components and assemblies was reworked to become more performance based and less prescriptive. Specific references to cadmium plating were removed due to the material's inclusion on many of the green industry's red lists. A manufacturer can utilize any number of plating or material options as long as the results after neutral salt spray testing are in accordance with the standard.

The requirements in the standard are functional and are not intended to address aesthetics. Due to the diversity of corrosive environments that windows and doors are exposed to, this specification does not imply a specific service life.


4/28/2016 - CCAI now accepting scholarship applications

TAYLOR MILL, Ky.—The National office of the Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI) is now accepting applications for its 2016 Matt Heuertz Scholarship Program. Awards will be announced in June at CCAI's 2016 Annual Meeting in Vail, Colo.

The goals of the scholarship program are to contribute to the funding of education that could lead to a career in the finishing industry, stimulate interest in finishing, encourage finishing curriculum, provide student assistance, and gain public relations exposure for CCAI.

Applicants must be either high school seniors planning to attend college or technical school or a current college or technical school student with a minimum 2.5 GPA (on a 4.0 scale). Students must be enrolled in a technical or degree granting program that would qualify them to be hired into the industrial finishing industry. Applicants must also have a sincere interest in supervision, production and processing, engineering, management, chemistry, or quality control in the finishing industry.

To apply, students must complete a CCAI National scholarship application, provide a transcript or other grade verification, and submit a resume with photo. The deadline to apply is April 1, 2016. Several CCAI chapters also provide their own scholarships. For more info, visit www.ccaiweb.com and click on the education tab.


4/27/2016 - Axalta develops new primer, expands FBE coatings

PHILADELPHIA, Pa.—Axalta Coating Systems LLC, a leading global supplier of powder and liquid coatings, has introduced a zinc-rich primer designed to deliver high levels of corrosion resistance to carbon steel substrates. Ganicin 2.8 ZRU is designed for use in new construction, shipping containers, fabrication, the amusement industry, and highly corrosive environments. It is designed to provide maximum corrosion protection to steel when used with other Axalta general industrial products. The gray-green polyurethane primer provides excellent adhesion, solvent and chemical resistance, and color and gloss retention.

Through its continuous improvement efforts, Axalta has bolstered the manufacturing process with facility enhancements. In addition, the company has announced a new series of product designations with the reorganization of its NapGard fusion bonded epoxy (FBE) powder coatings product line under the newly designated 72500 series. The new series expands the benefits of its thermosetting epoxy powder for onshore and offshore oil and gas pipelines.

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