News Update

4/26/2016 - IHEA announces new division

TAYLOR MILL, Ky.—The Industrial Heating Equipment Association (IHEA) has launched its new Induction Division to represent a very important segment of the heat processing industry. This division will focus on educating both the induction OEMs and end users of thermal process technologies on best practices such as safety and operations, where the technology is best used, and keeping the industry updated on the latest innovations related to induction.

The three charter induction OEMs are Ajax Tocco Magnethermic, Ambrell, and SMS Elotherm, with Taylor-Winfield joining in 2016. The utility members involved are Duke Energy, Georgia Power, Alabama Power, and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). Michael Stowe, Advanced Energy, is the division chair.

The division is in the process of developing content for IHEA's 2016 Induction Seminar, which will take place this fall. It is also developing induction content for IHEA's website. All companies involved with induction technology are welcome to join this division. The addition of induction companies will benefit all IHEA members by providing great resources and knowledge of numerous innovative areas for members. To learn more, visit www.ihea.org.


4/25/2016 - A.W. Chesterton acquires German company

SALEM, Mass.—Known for its industrial fluid sealing systems, protective coatings, and high-performance industrial lubricants and MRO chemicals, the 135-year-old A.W. Chesterton Co. is extending its global reach in the protective coatings realm with the acquisition of Ceramic Polymer GmbH. This arrangement increases Chesterton's global production ability for their ARC-branded protective coatings line, as well as their line of specialty lubricants and MRO maintenance products. The coatings line is used in the process industries to protect equipment and structures from extreme corrosion, abrasion, and chemical attack.

Chesterton is a manufacturer of ARC efficiency and protective coatings. Ceramic Polymer, Roedinghausen, Germany, specializes in industrial coatings, particularly those used in protecting the metal and concrete of large industrial structures such as storage tanks, offshore and onshore structures, pipelines, and bio gas facilities.


4/25/2016 - Fischer adds engineer

Fischer Technology Inc., Windsor, Conn., has appointed Jeff Stoner field sales engineer for Michigan at the company's new office in Livonia, Mich. The new office provides technical sales and service support for the Michigan area. Fischer is a manufacturer of coating thickness, material testing, nanoindentation, and material analysis instrumentation.


4/22/2016 - Ashland splits into two companies

COVINGTON, Ky.—Chemical giant Ashland Inc. is splitting into two companies so that each can focus on a different area within its market strengths. The new Ashland Inc. will focus on specialty chemicals, while the new Valvoline Inc. will focus on high-performance lubricants.

The announcement follows a comprehensive strategic planning process initiated by the company's global leadership team to better understand the company's markets, customers, and the opportunities for each business. The split also represents the final step in Ashland's more than decade-long transformation from an oil refiner and marketer to a special chemicals company, during which the company completed dozens of acquisitions and divestitures.

The new Ashland will provide specialty chemical solutions to customers in a wide range of consumer and industrial markets. These markets are currently served by Ashland's Chemicals Group, comprising Ashland Specialty Ingredients and Ashland Performance Materials. Key markets and applications include pharmaceutical, personal care, food and beverage, architectural coatings, adhesives, automotive, construction, and energy.

Valvoline, currently a division of Ashland, will become its own entity under the split. It will be focused on the engine and automotive maintenance industry by providing hands-on expertise to customers in each of its primary market channels.


4/22/2016 - SSPC honors coatings professionals, awards student scholarships

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings, Pittsburgh, Pa., has shined a spotlight on the next generation of coatings professionals at its annual conference. The event's Poster Sessions give college and graduate students the opportunity to show their current or previous research and make themselves known to their future peers. This year, 10 projects were on display on the exhibit show floor and the authors were available to discuss their work. The 10 authors were: Robert C. Bennett, The University of Southern Mississippi; Greg W. Curtzwiler, The University of Southern Mississippi; Saiada Fuadi Fancy, Florida International University; Zhicheng Gao, The University of Akron; Minjung Joo, The University of Akron; Sinuo Lang, The University of Akron; Md Ahsan Sabbir, Florida International University; Ryan Salata, The University of Akron; Adlina Paramarta, North Dakota State University; and Sravanthi Sunkireddy, St. Mary's University.

In addition, 10 students received $2,500 scholarships at the event. The 2015-2016 scholarship recipients were: Jessica Brand, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Sarah Gatz, Michigan State University; Abigail Helbling, The University of Akron; Sydney Maes, Boston University; Payton Nixon, Belmont University; Colin O'Day, Oklahoma State University; Adlina Paramarta, North Dakota State University; Louis Pavlicek, Texas A&M University; Julie Schiffer, West Viginia University; and Christopher Znosko, The University of Akron.


4/21/2016 - Corrosion detection built for space

PARIS, France—Seeking to create a bacteria-based air filter to improve air quality on space stations, the European Space Agency (ESA) joined forces with Dutch company Bioclear, experts in biological solutions for soil, energy, and environment. The joint venture has established an Earth-based method for pipeline owners to detect corrosion.

Part of Bioclear's usual focus is clean and healthy soil and water systems and the use of biological solutions to remove pollutants from soil. They used bacteria to create an air filter system that would degrade contaminants into carbon dioxide and water. Recognizing that the process of breeding good bacteria might also breed bad bacteria, they developed a way for astronauts to tell if bad bacteria were growing. For example, DNA analysis enabled them to create an artificial strand of a pathogen's DNA and impregnate it with fluorescent compounds colored blue. If the artificial DNA came in contact with the pathogen, it would bind with the pathogen's DNA and the dangerous pathogens would show up blue under a microscope.

The ESA saw the potential for this technology to be used on terra firma as well. They sought to support Bioclear's research through their Technology Transfer Program, which supports industry by using technologies developed for space programs to improve terrestrial applications. As a result, those DNA screening techniques and microbial analysis technology developed by Bioclear are able to be used to identify a bacterial threat, and its strength, in water and soil. The company now considers biocorrosion their biggest market, and one of their biggest targets within that market is pipelines.

The risk to metals can be analyzed simply by taking a sample of the surrounding soil or water. While corrosion of metal is a chemical process, 40 to 50 percent of this corrosion is stimulated by certain bacteria and certain types of bacteria can greatly accelerate corrosion. Where miles of pipeline are in use, soil analysis could help identify where the weak spots are. According to the researchers, a pipeline is in the ground, running through different soil types. Therefore, if you know a certain soil promotes corrosion, you can adjust your inspection schedule.


4/20/2016 - IFS Coatings launches new clear coats

GAINESVILLE, Tex.—IFS Coatings has launched a new range of powder coating clear coats. The IFS Purecoat range features clear powder coatings that deliver outstanding protection while allowing the color or substrate beneath to show through. The coating range consists of high-quality powder clears available in many different product chemistries, including polyesters, super durables, fluoropolymers, urethanes, and hybrids. They can also be formulated with additional built-in protection.

The clear coats are suitable for a wide range of applications such as door hardware, bathroom fixtures, slot machines, outdoor lighting fixtures, domestic appliances, and wheels, as well as adding protection to substrates including brass, stainless steel, plating, aluminum die cast and zinc die cast, and aluminum. Antimicrobial, antigraffiti, fingerprint-free, and OGF Purecoat powder coatings are also available.


4/19/2016 - ADF International's paint shop earns top certification

GREAT FALLS, Mont.—ADF International's paint plant has earned QP3 certification for its industrial coating applications from the Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC). SSPC QP3 is a nationally recognized program that evaluates the practices of shop painting facilities in key areas of business. These standards are considered to be the minimum level of service and quality for today's coatings industry.

The complex nature of coating systems, the specific conditions and surface preparation required by these systems, have made the QP3 guidelines vital to the longevity of protective coatings applied in the shop. The requirements for SSPC QP3 are similar to those for SSPC QP1, except they are specifically focused on shop coating operations.


4/19/2016 - Evonik releases new silicone resin

ESSEN, Germany—Evonik Industries has released a new high-temperature-resistant, high-solids silicone resin. SILIKOPHEN AC 950 is HAPS-free and intended to provide protective properties in industrial applications. No toxic substances release during curing, making application possible in enclosed spaces. Smoke formation and VOC content are lower than traditional bake-cure silicone resins, allowing it to meet the increasing requirements for eco-friendly coatings systems. The resin cures at ambient temperature using a catalyst, providing a user-friendly, economical solution to high-temperature resistant coatings. Evonik is a global leader in specialty chemicals.


4/18/2016 - EPA honors development of green polyurethanes

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Polyurethanes tough enough for industrial use without hazardous isocyanates have bested scores of technologies to win a 2015 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award. The US EPA has bestowed the award on Hybrid Coating Technologies/Nanotech Industries, Daly City, Calif., for its development of Hybrid NonIsocyanate Polyurethane/Green Polyurethane. The company rolled out the technology in 2011.

Hybrid Coating Technologies is being recognized for developing a safer, plant-based polyurethane for use on floors, furniture, and in foam insulation. The technology eliminates the use of isocyanates throughout the entire process, reducing VOCs and costs and making it safer for people and the environment.

EPA named six winners from scores of entries this year, bringing to 104 the total number of winners over 20 years of the program. The program has received more than 1,500 nominations over that time. The EPA says the winning technologies have collectively reduced the use or generation of more than 826 million pounds of hazardous chemicals, saving 21 billion gallons of water and eliminating 7.8 billion pounds of carbon dioxide equivalent releases to air.


4/15/2016 - NACE shares 2015 career data

HOUSTON, Tex.—Compensation for corrosion professionals in the US, Canada, and Europe has grown while those in the UK experienced a slight decline in salary, as reported by a new survey from NACE International. Likewise, the typical corrosion professional in North America and the UK earns an above-average salary when compared to the US mean annual wage for engineers, according to the Corrosion Career Survey Results for 2015.

The career and salary survey of NACE International members, conducted annually since 1998, reports on average annual salaries by certification and education level, years of experience, company size, work week, gender, job duties and company function, and geographic location. The report also shares insights into what the survey respondents identify as career priorities and challenges.

Compensation for corrosion professionals in the US continued to grow, although at a slower rate than that shown in 2014's survey. The average US corrosion salary and bonus combination is $113,734, up 4.71 percent from 2014 but down from the 5.3 percent increase reported the previous year. About 60 percent of US respondents have worked in corrosion prevention and mitigation for at least 10 years. The top average salaries among US respondents were earned by management ($135,684), consultants ($130,940), and engineers ($127,958). Industries showing the highest average salaries for the US were oil and gas extraction ($149,903), research and development ($136,429), and engineering/architecture consulting firms ($122,338).

According to the report, the average corrosion salary in Canada was CAN$121,538, a slight increase of 0.88 percent from 2014 but much lower than the 11.4 percent increase announced in 2014's published results. The highest average annual salaries reported by Canadian participants were in management (CAN$156,410), inspector/QA/QC (CAN$135,980), and sales and marketing (CAN$130,000). In Canada, the types of companies paying top average salaries were oil and gas extraction (CAN$150,882), refining (CAN$141,875), and chemical processing (CAN$137,143).

When it comes to career opportunities and needed change, respondents shared many of the same concerns. Responses indicated that, as a whole, many corrosion professionals in all survey segments would like to see more advancement opportunities. In North America, a larger budget for corrosion control was noted as an area for change. In Europe, improved access to corrosion control technologies was top of mind, while improved job security was given priority in the UK. Respondents in all regions also shared a desire for lighter workloads, less travel, more vacation time, more education opportunities, and better pay. Of the challenges participants chose to identify, a common thread appeared: Creating understanding among noncorrosion personnel, including management, finance and procurement professionals, clients, and more, in terms of corrosion prevention and control.


4/14/2016 - Report focuses on top coating technologies

SAN ANTONIO, Tex.—Anticorrosion coatings are among the top technologies expected to show the most advancement and influence this year. A focus on multifunctionality and high-performance attributes will spur innovations in the materials and coatings sector. This is according to 2015 Top Technologies in Materials & Coatings, a recent report by global research and consulting firm Frost & Sullivan. Additionally, with significant research and development work underway by stakeholders across industry segments, commercialization of new materials and coatings is anticipated, especially in healthcare, electronics, and energy.

The report notes that the key technologies likely to have had the most impact in 2015 were carbon fibers, polymer chameleons, lightweight composites, anticorrosion coatings, polymeric catalysts, bio-based materials, nanomaterials, membrane separation technologies, algal bioprocessing, and biochemicals. Although cost-effective technologies that offer a good return on investment are still prominent, technologies that reduce raw material use and promote energy efficiency are gaining status.

Due to their use as reinforcement materials and the expansion of production facilities, lightweight, high-strength composites, especially carbon fibers, will see increased adoption in the next 3 years. Anticorrosion coatings will also continue to see substantial growth in the next 5 years as companies comply with strict regulations requiring the use of materials and products that ensure long-lasting protection from environmental damage. Growing demand for novel materials, such as stimuli-responsive polymers, will further drive the materials industry.

Three areas threaten to hinder the adoption of innovative coatings and materials for various industrial and consumer applications. These include difficulties in scaling up new materials to the commercial level, cost of implementation, and long-term durability issues. The research recommends that market participants invest in more research initiatives to address these challenges. Developing self-healing structures and capitalizing on the need for materials with tunable properties and strong functionalities will help in further growth and adoption of materials and coatings technologies.


4/13/2016 - OSHA fines paint shop for blast

CUMMINGS, Kans.—Federal regulators have issued 11 citations with penalties in an explosion that sent nine railcar paint preparation workers to a hospital. OSHA issued the citations against GBW Railcar Services LLC after a 5-month investigation. Proposed penalties total nearly $47,000. The explosion tore apart a building where 17 workers in the paint shop were prepping railcars for cleaning and painting.

The citations marked GBW's second OSHA case in its first year of operation. In February, OSHA issued six serious citations carrying $17,100 in fines against the company's facility in Wood River, Ill. That inspection was triggered by a complaint. The fines were later reduced to $11,970.

In the current case, OSHA accuses GBW of allowing workers to use ignition sources, such as electrical equipment and heating appliances, in a flammable atmosphere. The railcar company did not store flammable materials correctly, failed to provide air velocity gauges, and did not protect aboveground fuel tanks from vehicle collisions.

The December incident occurred when an electric heater ignited gas vapors inside a railcar that was being prepped for cleaning. The workshop was destroyed in a fireball and explosion that could be felt blocks away. Two employees suffered painful injuries that put them out of work for 3 months. Those workers each suffered burns to their hands, face, neck, and torso. The worker inside the paint booth also was struck by the paint booth door in the blast. Both endured several weeks of skin grafts and physical therapy during their recoveries. Five other workers were also treated after the explosion at an area hospital, and two more were transported for evaluation.

GBW has 15 days following receipt of its citations to appeal them. Based in Lake Oswego, Kans., GBW has 40 facilities in the US and calls itself one of the largest independent railcar repair shops in North America.


4/12/2016 - Hannibal Industries expands facility

HOUSTON, Tex.—Hannibal Industries Inc., a major US manufacturer of pallet rack, is breaking ground on a 42,000-square-foot addition to its Hannibal South manufacturing center in Houston. The employee-owned company, headquartered in Los Angeles, Calif., is enlarging the existing 110,000-square-foot facility to house a new state-of-the-art powder coating production line, an environmental room, and additional office space. The Hannibal South facility will offer their full range of racking products to serve the Eastern US markets.


4/11/2016 - Polycoat Products acquires company

HUNTLEY, Ill.—Polycoat Products, a division of American Polymers Corp., is adding advanced epoxy resin coatings to its product offerings with the acquisition of Illinois-based Crown Polymers LLC. Crown Polymers offers a range of high-performance epoxy resin flooring systems and concrete restoration systems to applicators, contractors, and end users. Its Midwest location will enable American Polymers to better serve its East Coast customers, distributors, and private label partners. The newly reorganized entity will operate autonomously as an independent business unit of American Polymers.


4/8/2016 - EPA extends challenge to three universities

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The US EPA has announced its selection of academic partners for the 2015 Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) University Challenge, a project designed to increase public awareness and use of data on industrial releases of toxic chemicals in communities. This year's academic partners are the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Indiana University--Purdue University Indianapolis, and Mercyhurst University.

For more than 25 years, the TRI Program has gathered data critical to helping communities make informed decisions about their environment. TRI provides communities, government, and nongovernmental organizations with information about toxic chemical releases to the air, water, and land, as well as what industries are doing to reduce and prevent these releases.

The 2015 TRI University Challenge follows the successful 2014-2015 challenge, in which EPA selected six academic partners to collaborate on projects related to data visualization and analytics for improving the understanding of TRI data. Three of these projects are ongoing and are expected to finish within the 2015-2016 academic year.


4/7/2016 - Burton Metal reconstructs facility

COLUMBUS, Ohio—Burton Metal Finishing and Powder Coating Inc. has completely rebuilt its facility after suffering from a devastating three-alarm fire in 2013. Rebuilding the third-generation family business was tedious and held many obstacles, according to the three Burton siblings who now run the company. Luckily, no one was injured during the fire, but just about everything in the decades-old facility needed to be rebuilt. The new building has the latest technologies, production lines, and equipment and is safer than ever before.


4/6/2016 - Quality Industries adds new powder coating system

LA VERGNE, Tenn.—Quality Industries Inc. (QI) has invested $3.7 million in a new, state-of-the-art powder coating system at its main operational facility just outside of Nashville. Designed from the ground up, QI's new powder coating system includes a spray booth and upgraded conveyor with customized washing and oven systems. The company has already significantly advanced its fundamental chemical technology by converting from an iron phosphate system to an environmentally friendly zirconium-based powder coating technology. QI is a precision metal works company offering a broad array of fabrication capabilities with additional strengths in finishing, powder coating, custom assembly, engineering design, and supply chain management.


4/5/2016 - Dinosaur receives coating makeover

PITTSBURGH, Pa.—Diplodocus carnegii, known as Dippy the Dinosaur to his friends at Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, has received a mammoth makeover. The fiberglass replica of the 154 million-year-old sauropod had been massively affected by the area's climate, including freeze-thaw and sunburn (UV light and heat damage). Entire chunks of his fiberglass coat had broken off, and new scales had to be created by hand.

Lucas Markantone & Associates of Pittsburgh was hired to help freshen up the dinosaur's appearance. In addition to cleaning and painting, the project involved removing an anti-graffiti coating, repairing cracks, and adding decorative etching. PPG Industries Inc. donated two coats of its acrylic aliphatic urethane coating for the project.

Dippy has been a Pittsburgh icon since he first roamed the outside of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in 1999, which was the 100-year anniversary of the Diplodocus carnegii fossil discovery by a team of Carnegie scientists.


4/4/2016 - Coral Chemical earns John Deere recognition

ZION, Ill.—Coral Chemical Co. has earned recognition as a Partner-level supplier for 2014 in the John Deere Achieving Excellence Program, which is Deere & Co.'s highest supplier rating. The company was selected for the honor for its dedication to providing products and service of outstanding quality as well as its commitment to continuous improvement. Coral Chemical supplies metal pretreatment solutions.


4/4/2016 - Courses: June 2016

June 14-15: Powder Coating 101 Workshop. Dallas, Tex. Sponsored by the Powder Coating Institute (PCI). Contact PCI at 859/525-9988; fax 859/356-0908; pci-info@powdercoating.org; www.powdercoating.org.


4/1/2016 - Robots developed for confined-space work

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Navy robots and automated systems capable of blasting and painting in confined spaces aboard ships soon may offer relief to their human counterparts. The National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) has just completed the first of three phases of development on a High Mobility Manufacturing Robot (HMMR). Once the final phase is complete, the robotic and automated technology will enable people to guide prep work and painting from outside, rather than inside, confined spaces.

Engineers at Robotic Technologies of Tennessee LLC (RTT), Cookeville, Tenn., have been partnering with NSRP and the US Navy on an automated system that can work on difficult-to-access surfaces aboard ships. NSRP previously announced that it had successfully designed a robot that can buff a floor — step one in the project.

RTT specializes in climbing robots, an area of expertise that will come in handy in later phases of the NSRP project. The RTT team is already moving on to the second phase — developing an automated system capable of scaling T-beams and I-beams that fit together welding panels while completing the fit-welds on those panels.

The final phase will include putting together what the team has learned from phases one and two and completing an automated system that can buff, weld, blast, and coat the inside of a ship. Engineers also will have to consider the ergonomic restrictions of confined spaces when building the robotic arms that will be blasting and coating. The team will use open-loop automation that will allow a worker outside the confined space to operate a robot that is inside.


3/31/2016 - AESF Foundation awards scholarships

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The AESF Foundation, the educational arm of the National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF), has announced the winners of its 2014 Scholarship Award Program. Yunfei Xu, PhD candidate at Harvard University, and Shinde Manish, PhD candidate at Wichita State University, were chosen as the recipients for their research in plating and surface finishing science and engineering. Both recipients will receive a $1,500 award toward their study and/or research related to the advancement of the plating and surface finishing technology.


3/30/2016 - Bayer MaterialScience changes name

LEVERKUSEN, Germany—Bayer MaterialScience has changed its name to Covestro. According to the Bayer Group, the new identity shows that the company is strong in innovation, strong in the market, and strong in its workforce. Covestro, an independent subgroup of Bayer, is the world's largest producer of raw materials for polyurethanes.


3/29/2016 - Archroma acquires BASF textile chemicals business

NEW YORK, N.Y.—Archroma, a global leader in specialty chemicals for the textile, paper, and emulsions sectors, has announced that it has acquired BASF's global textile chemicals business. The acquisition further solidifies Archroma's position as an industry leader in supplying chemicals and dyes to the global textile industry. Archroma is a portfolio company of US-based private investment firm SK Capital Partners. The BASF business delivers products and technologies across the entire textile chemicals spectrum, with particular strengths in printing, finishing, and coating chemicals. The newly combined textiles businesses will remain headquartered in Singapore, close to customers in Asia's fast-growing textile markets.


3/25/2016 - Insulating coating gets an upgrade

NAPLES, Fla.—Industrial Nanotech Inc. is promising better thermal insulation in a nonhazardous formulation at a lower cost with the second generation of its Heat Shield EPX4. The two-part water-based epoxy thermal insulation and corrosion- and chemical-resistant coating features several enhancements. The coating is used on pipe, tanks, and other equipment for insulation and energy savings and asset protection.

The upgrades reportedly include: improved thermal insulation; better temperature reduction per coat; extended pot life (24 hours instead of two); longer shelf life; tintable white base color; and lower cost per square foot/square meter. The company says the product offers durability in extreme environments and splash resistance, while the nonhazardous formulation means less expensive shipping.


3/23/2016 - METTLER TOLEDO releases new white paper

COLUMBUS, Ohio—A new white paper from METTLER TOLEDO, “Drying Oven vs. Halogen Moisture Analyzer — A Practical Guide to Compare Methods,” explains how easy-to-use halogen moisture analysis can deliver moisture content results in a fraction of the time. The paper is available at www.mt.com/wp-hma.

Determination of moisture content is typically performed via loss on drying using a drying oven as the reference method. However, much faster measurement can be achieved using halogen moisture analyzers, which are easy-to-use and give a direct result in a fraction of the time. Two alternative approaches to establish the equivalency of the results are described in this white paper (with detailed examples). The first approach involves comparison of the data based on the tolerances of the specific process. The second approach is based on comparison of the data by statistical analysis.


3/22/2016 - AGA releases two new videos

CENTENNIAL, Colo.—The American Galvanizers Association (AGA) has added two new videos to its Galvanized Steel Studies (GSS) initiative. Each GSS is a video featuring interviews with architects, engineers, owners, or others directly involved with a galvanized steel project speaking about how the hot-dip galvanizing has performed over the lifetime of the project.

In June, the AGA visited two sites in North Carolina where the projects were located in a hot, humid, and corrosive environment. The Charlotte Douglas Airport Parking Decks project was first galvanized in 2003 and opened for business in 2004. Since the initial deck in 2004, the design team has built four additional parking structures utilizing hot-dip galvanized steel. The Metrolina Greenhouses were originally galvanized in 1973 and have remained rust-free and maintenance-free for generations while providing a beautiful and sustainable product.

In August, the AGA will be adding new GSS from Ohio, where various projects around Columbus and bridges in Stark County will be filmed. To view the videos, visit www.galvanizeit.org.


3/21/2016 - MnTAP launches new E3 painting program

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn—The Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) is conducting a program to bring E3 to Minnesota businesses with painting and coating operations. E3 stands for Economy, Energy, and Environment. It's a program that combines lean tools with energy and waste assessments to maximize efficiency in all areas and help business be more competitive. A limited number of companies will be selected for no-cost lean, energy, and waste assessments based on potential waste and energy savings, and demonstrated commitment to implementing recommendations. Applications will be accepted until all project slots are filled. For more info, contact Paul Pagel at ppagel@umn.edu.


3/18/2016 - Axalta celebrates 150 years, opens educational center

HOUSTON, Tex.—In 2016, Axalta Coating Systems, a leading global supplier of powder and liquid coatings, is celebrating 150 years of creating innovative industrial coatings. The company's heritage dates back to 1866 when its first products were developed in Germany. Since then, it has grown to nearly 13,000 employees and 120,000 customers in 130 countries.

In addition, Axalta has opened a dual Refinish and Powder Coatings Learning and Development Center in Houston, Tex. The Center, built adjacent to the company's powder coatings manufacturing plant, serves Axalta's collision repair and commercial coatings customers by providing the latest learning and development programs designed to improve technician and business performance.

The center is expected to attract thousands of professionals for multi-day classes that provide students with classroom education and hands-on experience. The center features three classrooms equipped with technology for distance learning, innovative seating pods to support collaboration, two paint mixing stations, two spray booths, and space for the build-out of the powder coatings training program in 2016. Classes will be available in both English and Spanish.


3/17/2016 - MOCAP acquires William Beckett Plastic Packaging

PARK HILLS, Mo.—MOCAP LLC has acquired William Beckett Plastic Packaging, Sheffield, England, a manufacturer of specialized protective plastic packaging and containers. The acquisition allows the company to expand its current packaging division, known as Cleartec Packaging, which manufactures a full line of transparent semi-rigid plastic packaging tubes and containers. MOCAP is a leading manufacturer of quality plastic and rubber products, including masking and protection products for powder coating and other industrial applications.


3/16/2016 - FMA plans to relocate

ROCKFORD, Ill.—The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA) has announced plans to move its headquarters office and operations from Rockford, Ill., to Elgin, Ill. The relocation will offer greater access and convenience for FMA members, suppliers, and other industry stakeholders.

FMA plans to begin construction on the new building in April with occupancy to occur in November. The office will be located within Elgin city limits, approximately 45 miles from FMA's current facility and 25 miles from O'Hare International Airport. The new building will also be much closer to the new FMA Metal Fabrication Lab at Harper College in nearby Palatine, Ill.


3/15/2016 - ISCST issues call for papers

FORT MILL, S.C.—The International Society of Coating Science and Technology (ISCST) will hold its biennial International Coating Science and Technology Symposium on September 18-21, 2016, at the Omni William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh, Pa. The 18th Symposium's technical session topics include coating and drying/curing fundamentals, coating applications, microstructure development and film defects, flow and solidification of particulate coatings, wetting, and printing and discrete coatings. The deadline to submit proposals for oral or poster presentations is March 15. Submissions may be made via the ISCST website at www.iscst.com/?p=1760.

Proposals also are being sought for The Networking Session, a forum for people actively seeking collaboration in an area of interest. Since collaboration may take the form of direct industrial support, joint research proposals, internships, job opportunities or other interaction, the presentations are less formal than technical session papers. These proposals, including subject, author's name and affiliation, and a 50-word description of the topic, should be submitted by August 15 directly to brbell@wlgore.com.


3/11/2016 - CCAI's FINISHING Pavilion and Conference breaks records again

TAYLOR MILL, Ky.—The Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI) has announced that as its FINISHING Pavilion and Conference at FABTECH 2015 came to a close in mid-November, it continued to break records set the previous year. Filling more than 48,000 net square feet of space, there were hundreds of finishing products and services on the show floor that attracted more visitors than ever before. And CCAI's technical sessions increased in attendance by 45 percent to reach nearly 200 attendees, the largest audience yet.

More than 10,000 attendees indicated they were at FABTECH to evaluate finishing. With 199 exhibiting companies, a diverse and all-encompassing array of equipment, services, materials, and much more were on display. Everything a company needed to improve their finishing processes and operations could be found at this year's show.

Planning for FABTECH 2016 in Las Vegas is already underway. The FINISHING Pavilion is nearly sold out with more than 88 percent of exhibit space already reserved. For more info, visit www.fabtechexpo.com.


3/9/2016 - Fischer opens Michigan office

WINDSOR, Conn.—Fischer Technology Inc. has expanded by opening a new office in Livonia, Mich. The new office provides technical sales and service support. Fischer is a leading specialist in solutions for coating thickness measurement, material analysis, nanoindentation, and material testing.


3/8/2016 - Axalta appoints executive

PHILADELPHIA, Pa.—Axalta Coating Systems has appointed Mike Carr as vice president and president, North America. Carr will be responsible for the company's business in the US and Canada. The company has also announced that Lori Ryerkerk has joined its Board of Directors. Ryerkerk, Royal Dutch Shell, has a background in managing chemical facilities, complex engineering systems, and an array of environmental, health, and safety protocols. Axalta is a leading global supplier of powder and liquid coatings.


3/7/2016 - PCI names Hall of Fame nominees

TAYLOR MILL, Ky.—The Powder Coating Institute (PCI) has named its 2015 Hall of Fame inductees. The recognition honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to PCI and the powder coating industry. The nominees are also required to be retired or have a minimum of 15 years in the industry. This year's inductees are Greg Bocchi, Tim O'Brien, and Don Tyler. Bocchi was executive director of PCI for 24 years, transforming the association into a well-respected industry leader. O'Brien has served PCI for 35 years as legal counsel. Tyler, who recently passed away, was a member of the founding PCI Board of Directors and was dedicated to the growth and success of PCI and the powder coating industry.


3/4/2016 - OSHA issues new policies for whistleblower disputes

WASHINGTON, D.C.—OSHA has issued policies and procedures for applying a new process to resolve whistleblower disputes. The new early resolution process is to be used as part of a regional Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) program. The ADR program offers whistleblower parties the opportunity to negotiate a settlement with the assistance of a neutral, confidential OSHA representative who has subject-matter expertise in whistleblower investigations.

OSHA piloted an ADR program in two of its regions from October 2012 to September 2013. The pilot proved that the early resolution ADR process is a successful method for helping parties reach a mutual and voluntary outcome to their whistleblower cases. The pilot program demonstrated that having staff dedicated to facilitating settlement negotiations provides an efficient and effective service that is highly desired by complainants and respondents alike.

The success of the early resolution ADR process has resulted in the agency making it available to all of its regions. This directive does not prohibit OSHA whistleblower offices from offering complainants and respondents other ADR processes, such as third-party mediation.

OSHA enforces the whistleblower provisions of 22 statutes protecting employees who report violations of various securities laws, trucking, airline, nuclear power, pipeline, environmental, rail, maritime, health care, workplace safety and health regulations, and consumer product safety laws. For more info, visit www.whistleblowers.gov.


3/3/2016 - Courses: May 2016

May 9-12: Paint Technology. Hilton London Syon Park, Middlesex, UK. Sponsored by PRA. Contact the PRA training team at +011-44-1664-501-212; www.pra-world.com/training.

May 10-11: ASTM Corrosion Testing: Application and Use of Salt Fog, Humidity, Cyclic, and Gas Tests. Akron Polymer Training Center, Akron, Ohio. Sponsored by the University of Akron. Contact ASTM at 610/832-9585; fax 610/832-95555; service@astm.org; www.astm.org.

May 10-11: Powder Coating 202 Workshop. Westland, Mich. Sponsored by the Powder Coating Institute (PCI). Contact PCI at 859/525-9988; fax 859/356-0908; pci-info@powdercoating.org; www.powdercoating.org.

May 24-26: Color Theory and Applications. 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.

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