News Update

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

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

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 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;;

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 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.

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

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 - Custom Coater Forum set for Las Vegas

TAYLOR MILL, Ky.—The Powder Coating Institute (PCI) has announced that its Custom Coater Forum will be held May 2-3 at the Treasure Island Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev. This is the world's only educational and networking event designed by and for custom coaters. The forum provides presentations and roundtable discussions on business solutions, new product technologies, PCI programs, and more.

This event offers an excellent networking opportunity to help coaters gain new resources and tools to improve their business and to develop relationships with other powder coaters. Attendees benefit from immediate knowledge to enhance business practices. For more info, visit

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

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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.

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