News Update

2/5/2016 - Hempel introduces two-in-one coating for UV stability

LYNGBY, Denmark—Hempel has introduced a new combined primer and midcoat to replace the one now used in its system for wind towers. Hempadur 4774D will be used in Hempel's two-coat, anticorrosive system for wind turbine towers to address previous UV stability issues. Hempel says its system dries up to 30 percent faster than equivalent three-coat systems. Hempel is a global coatings supplier.


2/4/2016 - HaasTec open house draws nearly 3,300 visitors

OXNARD, Calif.—Haas Automation Inc. reports that its recent HaasTec 2015 open house was a complete success, attracting nearly 3,300 visitors to the company's headquarters and manufacturing facility in Oxnard, Calif. The 4-day event drew visitors from 48 countries, including the US, China, India, Latin America, and many European countries.

HaasTec included machine demonstrations, extensive tours of Haas Automation's one-million-square-foot facility, a catered lunch, and 38 exhibitor booths with representatives from major CAD/CAM, tooling, and workholding manufacturers. The event provided attendees an opportunity to see firsthand what goes into making a Haas machine and learn why Haas Automation is a leading machine tool builder.


2/3/2016 - Courses: April 2016

April 11-12: Powder Coating 101 Workshop. Atlanta, Ga. Sponsored by the Powder Coating Institute (PCI). Contact PCI at 859/525-9988; fax 859/356-0908; pci-info@powdercoating.org; www.powdercoating.org.

April 12-13: Professional Paint Formulation. PRA Coatings Technology Centre, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, UK. Sponsored by PRA. Contact the PRA training team at +011-44-1664-501-212; www.pra-world.com/training.

April 26: The Development & Manufacture of Powder Coatings. PRA Coatings Technology Centre, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, UK. Sponsored by PRA. Contact the PRA training team at +011-44-1664-501-212; www.pra-world.com/training.

April 27: The Application of Powder Coatings. PRA Coatings Technology Centre, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, UK. Sponsored by PRA. Contact the PRA training team at +011-44-1664-501-212; www.pra-world.com/training.


2/2/2016 - OSHA considers updating PPE rules

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Construction workers, shipyard workers, and others on hazardous jobsites will be better protected from eye and face injuries under new revisions to personal protective equipment requirements, federal regulators say. OSHA has issued a proposed rule to update and align its requirements with the American National Standards Institute's (ANSI's) eye and face protection standard, ANSI/ISEA Z87.12010.

The proposed rule would affect OSHA's eye and face protection standards for general industry, shipyard employment, longshoring, marine terminals, and construction. It involves replacing dated references and other changes to reflect the requirements of the newer consensus standard. The proposal also revises language in OSHA's construction rule to make it more consistent with general industry and maritime standards.

OSHA says thousands of people are blinded each year from work-related eye injuries that could have been prevented with proper selection and use of eye and face protection. Eye injuries alone cost more than $300 million per year in lost production time, medical expenses, and worker compensation.


2/1/2016 - Minimum wage raised for federal contractors

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Contractors working on applicable projects for the federal government will see a boost in their paychecks at the start of next year, when the annual minimum wage increase goes into effect. The US Department of Labor's Wage and Hourly Division published a notice of the increase in the Federal Register in September. The new minimum wage, which goes into effect on January 1, 2016, will be $10.15 per hour. That's five cents higher than the current wage.

Although the wage affects the lowest hourly rate for which federal construction and service contractors can be paid, the increase does not affect the current federal minimum wage. That remains at $7.25 per hour, the same level it has been since 2009. Covered workers with existing projects or awards are entitled to an adjustment by federal agencies if the annual inflation increase is not already covered by the existing contract or award.


1/28/2016 - J&M Plating wins award

ROCKFORD, Ill.—J&M Plating has received the Manufacturer of the Year award from the Rockford Chamber of Commerce for its efforts to grow and expand into new markets by investing in new technology. J&M Plating provides engineered solutions to the fastener and small stamping marketplaces. Using state-of-the-art heat treating, coating, plating, and sorting equipment while employing the most stringent of systems and procedures for process control, the company strives to exceed quality and service performance expectations.


1/27/2016 - Self-cleaning coating withstands abuse

LONDON, England—Researchers from the University College London, Imperial College London, and Dalian University of Technology (China) have developed a tough new paint that maintains its self-cleaning properties after assault by oil, knives, and sandpaper. The robust coating could be used in a wide range of applications, including glass, steel, paper, and cloth, announced

The new coating, made from coated titanium dioxide nanoparticles combined with adhesives, creates a more resilient surface that resists everyday wear and tear. Different coating methods were used to create the water-repellent surfaces, depending on the material. For example, a spray gun was used to coat glass and steel, cotton wool was dip coated, and a syringe was used to apply the paint on paper. All the materials became waterproof and self-cleaning as water droplets of different sizes were seen bouncing instead of wetting the surface, removing the dirt applied by the researchers.

The coatings' self-cleaning properties were maintained even after damage was inflicted on the surfaces. The team reportedly finger-wiped, knife-scratched, and sandpaper-scuffed the surface for 40 abrasion cycles. They filmed the experiments to show the behavior of the treated surfaces against controls.


1/26/2016 - Resin plant blast draws $110K fine

WASHINGTON, D.C.—A resin plant that has been the site of hazardous waste sanctions and accidents that burned three workers is facing its third federal case in 4 years. Polychem Services Inc., Chicago Heights, Ill., has been fined $110,000 in proposed penalties for six willful, one repeat, and four serious safety violations after two temporary workers were injured in an explosion. Willful violations, OSHA's highest level of infraction, are relatively rare. Multiple willful violations are seldom seen.

The September explosion was ignited by a gas-powered forklift. The workers in the blast were hospitalized with first and second degree burns and were unable to return to work for months. Polychem produces polyesters, alkyl resins, acrylic resins, and thermal pressure resins. The EPA has also investigated the company for waste-disposal violations under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. In 2012, the EPA initiated an emergency removal action at the plant after finding leaking and open containers with ignitable, corrosive, and toxic wastes.


1/25/2016 - Dürr consolidates into one campus

SOUTHFIELD, Mich.—Dürr is consolidating all of its Michigan-based businesses from three locations into one engineering, research, and equipment testing center in Southfield, Mich. The Southfield building was selected due to its location and architectural uniqueness and will require major renovations and modification. The facility will be expanded to include a validation building together with a testing and training center. By reusing the existing structure and incorporating innovative, cost-effective energy-saving technologies, Dürr is demonstrating its commitment to sustainability and energy conservation. About 500 employees are expected to move to the new campus. Dürr is a mechanical and plant engineering group.


1/22/2016 - AAMA announces scholarship winners

SCHAUMBURG, Ill.—The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) celebrated 15 years of furthering the careers and education of students pursuing a degree related to the building products industry by awarding seven scholarships to children of AAMA member company employees. The AAMA scholarship is a one-time award of $2,000. All children of employees of AAMA member companies are eligible to obtain this financial aid for higher education in pursuit of a degree in an engineering or technical field relating to the building products industry.

The 2015 Florence Nicolici Honorary Scholarship Award was awarded to Paige Shovelton, a freshman at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute pursuing a degree in engineering. The first 2015 AAMA Scholarship Award recipient is Kate Carpenter, a freshman at Purdue University pursuing a degree in biomedical engineering. The second recipient is Travis Dingeman, a freshman pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering Iowa State University. The third recipient is Catherine Hawrylko, a freshman at the Ohio State University (OSU) who plans to major in mechanical engineering and is enrolled in the Honors Engineering Program. The fourth recipient is Veronica Ammer, a freshman at the University of Arizona pursuing a degree in chemical engineering. The fifth recipient is Kayleen Horkley, a freshman at Brigham Young University Idaho pursuing a degree in architectural engineering. The sixth, and final, recipient is Hayley Hoag, a freshman at Stephen F. Austin State University pursuing a degree in engineering.


1/21/2016 - Coating extends missile launcher life

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio—A new, green coating technology can provide tenfold improvement in corrosion and wear resistance on missile launchers, its US Air Force developers say. Launchers often have a limited useful life, as deploying missiles at a high speed from fighter aircraft can cause wear and gouging. Precoating the rails, or conductors, of a missile launcher can significantly delay the onset of wear.

The new alternative system, a plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) nanoceramic coating, also offers a 27 percent improvement in fatigue life over current coatings. While the present coatings are designed to have a 5 to 7 year flight life, they often last for less than 1 year, adding significant costs for inspection, reapplication, and removal and replacement of old rails. The new coating is also greener than the current technology, which includes anodization, primer, and a solid film lubricant. The new coating uses only water-based, low-concentration electrolytes, which produce significantly harder, denser, and lower friction ceramic coating with high corrosion resistance.


1/20/2016 - OSHA cites date for new silica rule

WASHINGTON, D.C.—A final ruling from OSHA limiting workplace exposure to silica should be on the books in just a little over year. OSHA is aiming for January 2017 as the target to release its comprehensive final rule on crystalline silica. The proposed rule, with a foundation laid during the George W. Bush administration, has been a priority since 2009, when the Obama first took office.

Silica is one of the most common minerals, found in stone, rock, brick, mortar, and block. Exposure to airborne silica dust occurs in operations involving cutting, sawing, drilling, and crushing of concrete, brick, block, and other stone products and in operations using sand products, such as in glass manufacturing, foundries, and abrasive blasting.

More than 2 million American workers are currently exposed to respirable crystalline silica. More than 640,000 are believed to be exposed to silica levels that exceed the current Permissible Exposure Limits (PELs). Studies indicate that breathing in silica dust can lead to the debilitating and potentially fatal pulmonary disease silicosis, as well as lung cancer.

The proposed rule would limit worker exposure to a PEL of 50 micrograms of respirable crystalline silica per cubic meter of air, averaged over an eight-hour day. OSHA estimates that the proposed rule will save nearly 700 lives and prevent 1,600 new cases of silicosis per year, once the full effects of the rule are realized.


1/19/2016 - PCI awards scholarships

TAYLOR MILL, Ky.—The Powder Coating Institute (PCI) has named its 2015-2016 scholarship recipients. PCI's Materials Technology Committee administers the annual scholarship program and works to promote and solicit scholarship applications from students pursuing studies in powder coating technology. The scholarship fund continues to grow and attract bright new talent to the industrial coatings technologies, including polymer science, manufacturing, and engineering.

The following three students were awarded a collective $10,000 in scholarships this year: Ozlem Kubra Akdogan is a polymer engineer currently pursuing her Master's degree in polymers and coatings at Eastern Michigan University. Atman Fozdar holds a Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and is currently pursuing his M.Sc. in polymers and coatings technology at Eastern Michigan University. Milena María Garay Tovar is a chemist with specialized training in material design who holds a Master of Science in polymers and coatings technology and is a current student at Eastern Michigan University.


1/18/2016 - Axalta names executive vice president

PHILADELPHIA, Pa.—Axalta Coating Systems has promoted Steven Markevich to executive vice president. In this new role, Markevich will continue as president of the company's transportation coatings business and will also be responsible for all of the company's operations in greater China. Axalta is a global company focused solely on coatings and providing customers with innovative, colorful, beautiful, and sustainable solutions.


1/15/2016 - EPA publishes 20th annual US greenhouse gas inventory report

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released its 20th annual report of overall US greenhouse gas emissions, showing a 2 percent increase in greenhouse gas emissions in 2013 from 2012 levels, but a 9 percent drop in emissions since 2005. This year, EPA is publishing key data in a new, online Greenhouse Gas Inventory Data Explorer tool, which allows users to view, graph, and download data by sector, year, and greenhouse gas.

Total US greenhouse emissions were 6,673 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2013. By sector, power plants were the largest source of emissions, accounting for 31 percent of total US greenhouse gas pollution. The transportation sector was the second largest source, at 27 percent. Industry and manufacturing were the third largest source, at 21 percent. The increase in total national greenhouse gas emissions between 2012 and 2013 was due to increased energy consumption across all sectors in the US economy and greater use of coal for electricity

Greenhouse gas emissions are driving climate change, which threatens the health and well-being of Americans and future generations through decreased air quality; extremes in heat and other weather events; increased incidence of food-, water-, and insect-borne diseases; and other impacts. Under President Obama's 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.

The agency prepares the annual report in collaboration with other federal agencies. In addition to tracking US greenhouse gas emissions, the inventory also calculates carbon dioxide emissions that are removed from the atmosphere through the uptake of carbon in forests, vegetation, soils, and other natural processes. For more info, visit www.epa.gov/climatechange/emissions/usinventoryreport.html.


1/14/2016 - Commuter railroad violates injured worker's rights

HARTFORD, Conn.—MetroNorth Commuter Railroad Co.'s actions against an injured worker have resulted in the largest punitive damages ever in a retaliation case under the Federal Railroad Safety Act. A recent investigation by OSHA uncovered these details and revealed that the worker, who is employed as a coach cleaner for the commuter rail carrier, was retaliated against after reporting the knee injury he suffered in 2011. As a result, the company has been ordered to pay the employee a total of $250,000 in punitive damages, $10,000 in compensatory damages, and to cover reasonable attorney fees.

While driving the injured employee to the hospital, a MetroNorth supervisor also intimidated the worker, reportedly telling the worker that railroad employees who are hurt on the job are written up for safety and are not considered for advancement or promotions within the company. Unofficial reports from other employees appear to corroborate the supervisor's claims. Shortly after the Connecticut employee reported the work-related injury, MetroNorth issued disciplinary charges against him. The employee filed an initial Federal Railroad Safety Act antidiscrimination complaint with OSHA in 2012. An amended complaint was filed in 2013, after the railroad issued additional disciplinary charges against him.

OSHA's investigation found that the employee engaged in protected activity when he reported his injury and filed his complaints with OSHA, that MetroNorth knew these were protected activities, and that these protected activities were contributing factors in MetroNorth's subsequent disciplining of the employee. In addition to paying punitive and compensatory damages, OSHA ordered MetroNorth to expunge the employee's record of all charges and disciplinary action. The company must also conduct training for all supervisors and managers on employee whistleblower rights and post a notice to employees of their whistleblower rights. Both the employee and the railroad have 30 days from receipt of OSHA's findings to file objections and request a hearing before the Labor Department's Office of Administrative Law Judges.


1/13/2016 - Metalast registers as woman-owned small business

MINDEN, Nev.—Metalast Surface Technology LLC has officially registered as a Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB) with the US Small Business Administration (SBA) under the leadership of president and CEO Dr. Madylon Meiling. According to Metalast, the new company profile provides government and military clients with surface technology from the only WOSB in the world that is licensed by the US Navy to manufacture and provide MILSPEC QPD/QPL hexfree/trivalent chromate conversion technology.


1/12/2016 - Smart pigments heat, clean, and save

EIBAR, Spain—Pigments are getting smarter, enabling a new generation of coatings, concrete, and plastics with greater potential than ever to store heat, fight corrosion, self-clean, and stop fungi. Many of these developments are coming from a research alliance in Spain, as part of the Nanopigmy project, which is harnessing nanotechnology to create multifunctional ceramic pigments. Such high-performance pigments could cut costs and improve energy efficiency in construction and the automotive industry, say officials of the European Commission-backed initiative.

In the Spanish project, the Basque Country research alliance called IK4TEKNIKER is incorporating molecules and nanocoatings into pigments to achieve a variety of functions, including preventing corrosion, repelling bacteria, stopping the proliferation of fungi, creating self-cleaning properties, and storing heat and functioning as a thermal regulator.

The Nanopigmy initiative is supporting the development of a range of innovative products that do not exist on the market. The project has transformed low-cost inorganic ceramic pigments into high-performance pigments, thanks to a combination of material absorption techniques and the application of nanocoatings. The new pigments have been tested across a range of applications in the automotive and construction sectors and can be incorporated into plastics, cements, or paints.


1/11/2016 - Coatings and transit database is now searchable

WASHINGTON, D.C.—A database documenting research on coatings and other topics by nine federal transportation agencies is now searchable, officials have announced. The US Department of Transportation Research Hub Website is a searchable database of the latest agency-sponsored research, development, and technology projects. The database was released by the US DOT Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology.

The database acts as a central location for information on projects funded by the DOT operating administrations, provides access to the department's research portfolio at the project level, and provides links to research reports and other products. The searchable database covers the: Federal Highway Administration; Federal Aviation Administration; Federal Railroad Administration; Federal Transit Administration; Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration; Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration; National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; Office of the Secretary of Transportation; and Maritime Administration.


1/8/2016 - Cortec introduces acrylic silicone primer

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Cortec Corp. has introduced a high-heat-resistant, water-based, acrylic silicone primer/topcoat designed to provide protection in harsh, outdoor, unsheltered applications. VpCI386 HT Black is suitable for protection of carbon steel, cast iron, aluminum, stainless steel, galvanized steel, and copper. It can be applied to cracked and corroded areas to confer immediate protection and help ward off further corrosion. The coating is engineered to significantly delay the reaction of metal ionization and water permeation, which protects against corrosive electrolyte and aggressive environments, thus preventing corrosion.


1/7/2016 - Taminco launches solvent for polyurethane dispersion coating systems

KINGSPORT, Tenn.—Eastman Chemical Co. has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Taminco Corp., has recently launched TamiSolve NxG (NxG), a next-generation high-performance solvent with a favorable safety, health, and environmental profile compared with NMP and NEP. NxG has also demonstrated improved coalescence ability and dispersibility while maintaining viscosity control in final PUD systems. It's a versatile solvent that provides formulators the opportunity to reduce both DMPA (dimethylolpropionic acid) content and co-solvents while maintaining end properties similar to those of NMP-based formulations. Eastman is a global specialty chemical company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day.


1/6/2016 - SSPC revises three standards

PITTSBURGH, Pa.—SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings has revised two abrasive blasting standards and one related to coating film thickness. The standards can be downloaded at www.sspc.org/market-place.

SSPC-AB 1, “Mineral and Slag Abrasives,” contains requirements for initial manufacturer qualification and classification of mineral and slag abrasive media, conformance inspection upon receipt by the purchaser, and quality control testing performed in the field by the contractor to verify that the media is free of contamination before use. The intended audience for AB 1 includes abrasives manufacturers, specifiers, inspectors, contractors, and testing laboratories.

Revisions to AB1 include two modifications. The referenced test method for determining crystalline silica content has been changed to NIOSH Test Method 7500, and the requirements for testing facilities have been simplified to no longer require certain accreditations.

SSPC-AB 2, “Cleanliness of Recycled Ferrous Metallic Abrasives,” provides requirements for the cleanliness of recycled ferrous metallic blast cleaning abrasives used to remove coatings, paints, scale, rust, and other foreign matter from steel or other surfaces. The standard is intended to address the need to ensure that a work mix containing recycled ferrous metallic abrasive does not contain material that could compromise the performance of subsequently applied coatings.

AB 2's requirements for maximum lead content, freedom from oil, and maximum conductivity level remain the same as the 1996 version. However, the test frequency for each of these tests has been clarified. Other revisions include a new requirement for the specified profile range and nonmandatory notes to allow the specifier to invoke optional language for preparation and weight tests.

SSPC-PA 2, “Procedure for Determining Conformance to Dry Coating Thickness Requirements,” describes requirements for the number of dry coating thickness measurements needed to determine if an applied coating complies with the specified dry coating thickness range.

Significant revisions to PA 2 include the removal of Section 1.4, the addition of a definition of certified standards, and revisions to several other sections to reflect revisions made to ASTM D7091.


1/5/2016 - Courses: March

March 15-16: Polymer Science for Engineers. 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.

March 16: Paint & Coatings Basics. PRA Coatings Technology Centre, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, UK. Sponsored by PRA. Contact the PRA training team at +011-44-1664-501-212; www.pra-world.com/training.

March 22-24: ASTM Corrosion Testing: Application and Use of Salt Fog, Humidity, Cyclic, and Gas Tests. ASTM headquarters, West Conshohocken, Pa. Sponsored by ASTM International. Contact ASTM at 610/832-9585; fax 610/832-95555; service@astm.org; www.astm.org.


1/4/2016 - EPA releases final risk assessment for coatings removal chemical

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The US EPA has released the final risk assessment for N-Methylpyrrolidone (NMP), a chemical commonly used to remove paint and other coatings. The assessment identified risks to pregnant women and women of childbearing age who have high exposure to NMP through paint or other coating removal. NMP is a common alternative to methylene chloride, also known as Dichloromethane (DCM), a chemical-based paint and coating remover.

Acute and chronic risks identified for women of childbearing age who use NMP for less than 4 hours per day may be reduced by use of specific types of chemical-resistant gloves. However, gloves and respirators do not adequately reduce risks to women of childbearing age who use NMP for more than 4 hours per day on a single day or repeatedly over a succession of days.

The NMP final risk assessment was developed as part of the EPA's Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Work Plan, which identified chemicals for review and assessment of potential risks to people's health and the environment. For both NMP and methylene chloride, EPA is considering a range of voluntary and regulatory actions to reduce risks and recommends finding safer paint and coating removal chemicals or taking precautions that can reduce exposure.


12/31/2015 - Rosler liners extend the life of vibratory finishing equipment

BATTLE CREEK, Mich.—Rosler's Lining Division can help extend the life of vibratory finishing equipment. Whether it's bowls, tubs, or barrels, the highly wear-resistant, mercury-free, polyurethane lining can be applied using hot-pour, cold-pour, and spray techniques, returning equipment to like-new condition regardless of the manufacturer or model. Rosler has hundreds of molds in stock for machines in all shapes, sizes, and manufacturers. Custom linings are also available.


12/30/2015 - Polychem relaunches coating collection

GAINESVILLE, Tex.—Polychem has relaunched its Crescent Collection of powder coatings. The collection now features 16 very dark shades, including Marsala Black, a deep black hue with a hint of rich red, and Textured Marsala Black, which adds a light textured finish. The original collection colors are still part of the series, including sultry blacks, warm browns, velvety purples, and deep greens in a range of effects from flat mattes to high gloss and textures. The coatings are available in flexible quantities as low as 5 pounds with sample panels shipped out within 2 days. Polychem specializes in color and effect creation, with over 15,000 existing colors, 11 different color collections, and a variety of special effects.


12/29/2015 - OSHA proposes beryllium rule

WASHINGTON, D.C.—A new federal proposal to reduce worker exposure to beryllium will not cover those who perform abrasive blasting, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The model, which OSHA published August 7 in the Federal Register, is unlike the one that the agency has been considering for years.

“Occupational Exposure to Beryllium and Beryllium Compounds” will not cover the construction or maritime industries. Instead, OSHA said that construction workers who use coal slag, copper slag, or crushed glass abrasive blasting methods already are covered by other regulations that would protect them from beryllium exposure. For example, abrasive blasters in the construction industry fall under the protection of the Ventilation standard (29 CFR 1926.57).

The proposed rule also rejects, in part, a 2014 recommendation from OSHA's own Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH), which stated that the construction industry should be included in the scope of the proposed rule reducing beryllium limits. However, the agency has said it still is willing to hear what others have to say. OSHA officials said they would seek comments until November 5 to determine whether workers who perform abrasive blasting work should be covered by the final rule.

The new rule has taken a long time to work out. OSHA initially tried to lower its current 8-hour Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) on beryllium, which is 2 micrograms per cubic meter of air, in 1975. But opposition led to shelving those plans for several decades. Instead, the agency has been enforcing its 1971 policies on beryllium as other federal agencies reduced their own limits. OSHA began the most recent rulemaking proposal in 2002 with a Request for Information.

The new proposed policy would set the PEL at 0.2 micrograms per cubic meter of air for long-term exposure and lower its ceiling on short-term PEL (15 or fewer minutes) from 5 micrograms per cubic meter of air to the current 8-hour PEL of 2 micrograms per cubic meter of air. It also adds other protections for workers exposed to beryllium, including additional personal protective equipment, medical exams, medical surveillance, and worker training.

Beryllium is a component of coal, certain rock materials, volcanic dust, and soil used in industrial applications. Breathing air that contains beryllium can deposit beryllium particles in the lungs, creating immune system and respiratory risks. Beryllium is a known human carcinogen and can cause chronic lung disease.


12/28/2015 - Two veterans open new job shops

OLYMPIA, Wash.—Kenneth Bartells, a 24-year veteran of the US Air Force, has opened a new job shop in Washington state. Fresh Coat of Olympia will serve Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater, DuPont, Joint Base Lewis-McChrod, Yelm, and surrounding South Puget Sound communities. In addition, Sean Jose Jones, a 7-year veteran of the US Air Force, has opened a new job shop in Georgia. Fresh Coat Painters of Loganville will serve Lawrenceville, Grayson, Snellville, Loganville, and surrounding communities. The companies are franchised through Fresh Coat, which was founded in 2004 as part of Strategic Franchising Systems and has more than 100 locations nationwide.

Both shops offer residential and commercial painting services, including interior and exterior painting, wood staining and finishing, and other services, for nearly every protective coating application. They use quality, environmentally safe materials and offer a 24/7 customer service center, online scheduling, in-home color design consultations, and detailed quotes.

The job shops are committed to quality products and services and offer a 333 customer service pledge, meaning that calls will be answered by a live person within 3 minutes, a quote will be delivered within 3 days (customer schedule permitting), and the job will be started within 3 weeks.


12/24/2015 - AkzoNobel cleared in product claim

HOUSTON, Tex.—AkzoNobel Paints LLC was not negligent in its manufacture of a coating applied by an automotive plant painter who later died of cancer, a federal court jury has found. Plaintiff Joanne Schulz had filed suit against AkzoNobel and other companies, alleging that her husband contracted acute myelogenous leukemia from exposure to benzene in paints he used on the job over several decades. Donald Schultz worked for American Motors Corp. (later known as Chrysler Corp.) from the late 1950s through the late 1980s as a paint booth or room sprayer and as a maintenance painter. After a 9-day trial, jurors in US District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin found that AkzoNobel was not negligent.


12/23/2015 - ACA delivers 5-year coatings forecast

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The US paint and coatings industry is forecasted to reach $25 billion in 2019, according to a new market study from the American Coatings Association (ACA). The ACA has released its ACA Industry Market Analysis, 9th Edition (2014-2019), which delivers a 5-year outlook on performance within the 19 markets and market subsegments of the coatings industry.

The latest edition of the analysis includes an industry structure assessment of each market segment using Porter's Five Forces Analysis, a framework to analyze the level of competition within an industry and business strategy development. This analysis provides a snapshot in time of each market segment in order to make direct comparisons among coatings market segments and their structural characteristics.

The report also features special chapters addressing industry mergers and acquisitions, regulatory issues, raw material trends, and technology trends. ACA is a nonprofit trade association working to advance the needs of the paint and coatings industry and the professionals who work in it.


12/22/2015 - AkzoNobel develops polyurethane coating, expands research facility

HOUSTON, Tex.—AkzoNobel has developed a new polyurethane coating to meet expanding VOC standards. Interthane 990V has a VOC level of 250 grams/liter. The new product meets tighter standards recently introduced in Utah and expected in many Northeast states. Several California air districts already require 250 grams/liter for industrial maintenance coatings. The product does not contain hazardous air pollutants, crystalline silica, or exempt solvents that are often used to lower VOCs but can diminish a coating's performance.

In addition, AkzoNobel Performance Coatings is investing around $3.4 million to expand its research and development facility in Houston, Tex. The upgraded facility will support the company's Protective Coatings, Marine Coatings, and Specialty Coatings businesses. Completion is due in early 2016.

The expanded facility will be able to house up to 35 laboratory staff, with 30 skilled technologists employed initially. Key capabilities will include a dedicated area for experimental paint making, a modern paint application laboratory, and environmentally controlled drying areas for conditioning of test panels. Enhanced chemical resistance testing will also be available.


12/21/2015 - Companies rebrand as Fluke Process Instruments

SANTA CRUZ, Calif.—Temperature-control product lines Raytek, Ircon, and Datapaq have become Fluke Process Instruments. The new name will be used as an umbrella brand to integrate the current brands under a single identity in order to clearly communicate a broad portfolio of products and solutions. Raytek, Ircon, and Datapaq branded products include a complete line of rugged and dependable infrared sensors, line scanners, thermal imagers, and temperature profiling systems for use in harsh, high-temperature industrial manufacturing environments. There will be no change to any of the products, support, people, or business operations as the three brands have already been part of the Fluke Corp. for many years. For more info, visit www.flukeprocessinstruments.com.


12/18/2015 - DeFelsko launches app

OGDENSBURG, N.Y.—Following the successful introduction of PosiTector SmartLink for iOS devices, DeFelsko Corp. has now released the app for Android. The free mobile app turns your cell phone or tablet into a multifunctional inspection instrument. Wirelessly connect PosiTector thickness, surface profile, and environmental probes to take full advantage of the simplicity and utility of your smart device, including keyboard, microphone, camera, and email tools. Create and share professional PDF reports and CSV data instantly via email, AirPrint, Dropbox, and other applications on your smart device. The app is available on Google play and in the Apple iTunes store.


12/17/2015 - Axalta constructs customer center, adds distributor

HOUSTON, Tex.—Axalta Coating Systems, a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, announced that it will construct its new Customer Experience Center in Concord, N.C. The 45,000-square-foot facility will serve Axalta's refinish, light vehicle OEM, and industrial customers. The facility will provide the latest customer training resources for refinish technicians located in the mid-Atlantic region. The center will also house meeting and conference rooms for customers to participate in coatings-related training and development programs. The new facility is scheduled to open in late 2016.

In addition, Axalta has added National Coatings & Supplies (NCS) as a nationwide distributor of its products. NCS will distribute Axalta's Alexta, Abcite, and RAL decorative powder coatings to customers in the state of Utah in an effort to provide faster access to Axalta products, expedited delivery times, and localized customer representation and technical support.


12/16/2015 - DoD offers free SSPC, NACE training

WASHINGTON, D.C.—SSPC and NACE will provide free courses in corrosion prevention and mitigation this year to Department of Defense personnel, thanks to funding from DoD's corrosion office.

Under the plan, active-duty and civilian DoD personnel may take any of 65 NACE or SSPC courses pertaining to basic corrosion, protective coatings, cathodic protection, and coatings inspection without cost through December 31, 2015, the DoD Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office announced.

DoD is the US's largest employer, with more than 2.1 million employees. “We encourage anyone who works on DoD equipment, facilities, or infrastructure to take advantage of the chance to improve his or her knowledge in preventing and mitigating corrosion,” said Daniel J. Dunmire, director of the office. The DoD Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office develops and recommends policy guidance on corrosion prevention and control (CPC) for the DoD, coordinates CPC activities among the armed services, and offers guidance for improving corrosion maintenance and training, among other initiatives.

SSPC and NACE have educated nearly 3,500 students since the Corrosion Office awarded its first contract for training and certifying military personnel in 2005. SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings, Pittsburgh, Pa., is a nonprofit association focused on the use of protective coatings for the preservation of infrastructure, industrial, and marine assets. SSPC course listings can be found at www.sspc.org. NACE International, Houston, Tex., is a global authority for corrosion control solutions. NACE course listings can be found at www.nace.org.


12/15/2015 - Qualicoat grants first US license

BAY SHORE, N.Y.—Trojan Powder Coating has received industry certification from Qualicoat, making them the first US-based company to receive its Qualicoat license. Founded nearly 30 years ago in Europe, Qualicoat was formed not only to standardize the aluminum coating industry, but also to raise the bar on quality assurance throughout the entire coating process, from transportation and installation to cleaning and finishing. Trojan Powder Coating is one of the largest powder coating facilities on the east coast.


12/14/2015 - Hubbard-Hall appoints COO

WATERBURY, Conn.—Hubbard-Hall has appointed Gerry Mastropietro executive vice president and COO. Mastropietro, who has been with the company for more than 32 years, will be responsible for the company's operations at all three locations along with several departments. Hubbard-Hall is a global independent chemical distributor for industrial applications.


12/11/2015 - Court upholds EPA hex chrome rule

WASHINGTON, D.C.—A federal appeals court ruled in July that the EPA took the necessary steps when it set rules on emissions of certain air pollutants, including hexavalent chromium for the electroplating industry.

The 2012 EPA rule was challenged by the National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF), which sued the EPA saying the new rules were too stringent. Environmental groups also sued the EPA, claiming the new rules didn't go far enough. The US District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the EPA study of the issue was fair, and therefore the rules stand.

When the agency passed the rule in 2012, it claimed that more than 224 pounds of hexavalent chromium would be removed from the air. But the agency also said that of the 1,350 plating shops in the US, more than 85 percent are already meeting the standards. The EPA said for those shops not currently meeting standards, it would cost less than $1,000 in new equipment in order to come into compliance. They also said that a small number of shops would need to spend upwards of $65,000 to become compliant.


12/9/2015 - Research makes a case for cracks

GOTHENBURG, Sweden—Cracks in a coating system could be a good thing, with the potential to improve insulation properties and coating life when carefully manipulated, researchers in Sweden have found. Researchers at University West in Trollhättan, Sweden, say they have developed methods to improve the surface coatings on gas turbines by playing with the size of pores and cracks. The turbines receive a surface coating consisting of two layers: one of metal, to protect against oxidation and corrosion, and one of ceramic, to provide thermal insulation.

The researchers used a computer simulation to investigate the connection between a coating's structure and its heat-insulating properties. Coating structures, which vary greatly, are made up of pores and cracks. By controlling the shape, number, and size of the cracks, a more effective surface coating can be produced.

The team also investigated the relationship between the surface structure of emerging oxidation and the stresses formed between the two layers as a result of oxidation. The researchers have used this information to design a system of layers with a longer lifespan. GKN Aerospace, an aircraft manufacturer, and Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery, a gas turbine manufacturer, collaborated on the research.


12/8/2015 - PPG appoints CEO

PITTSBURGH, Pa.—PPG Industries has appointed Michael H. McGarry president and CEO. McGarry, who has been with the company for 34 years, will also join the company's Board of Directors. The company is a global supplier of paints, coatings, optical products, specialty materials, glass, and fiberglass.


12/7/2015 - Basic Marine's third OSHA strike results in $243K fine

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Cited over and over for similar hazards, including one that cost a worker his arm, a Michigan shipbuilder must now answer to 18 new federal citations and $242,940 in penalties. New OSHA citations against Basic Marine Inc., Escanaba, Mich., detail three willful, five repeat, and 10 serious violations for a variety of hazards, including some related to the company's painting operations. The new case has also landed Basic Marine in OSHA's Severe Violator Enforcement Program. The new citations follow a follow-up inspection of the 74,000-square-foot shipbuilding facility, which fabricates, paints, repairs, and maintains steel vessels for the military, government, and commercial sectors.

The willful violations allege egregious dangers posed by unguarded manholes, unprotected edges, and unguarded equipment. Willful violations are those committed with intentional, knowing, or voluntary disregard for the law's requirement, or with plain indifference to employee safety and health. Fines for the three willful violations total $200,500.

The shipyard has tangled with OSHA since a March 2008 inspection, which followed an accident that resulted in the amputation of a worker's arm. That inspection led to several citations. A follow-up inspection led to a fresh round of 32 citations, most of which involved health and safety violations in the painting operations. Those allegations included repeated violations of respiratory and confined-space standards, lack of training, improper storage of chemicals, and lack of fire extinguishers in the paint storage building.

The new painting-related citations allege a range of lapses in respiratory protection for painters applying solvent-based marine coatings, often in confined spaces. Serious violations reflect hazards that can cause death or serious injury; repeat violations may be issued if an employer was cited for the same or a similar violation within 5 years. Basic Marine has 15 days from receipt of the citations to contest them.

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