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10/27/2014 - Axalta, BD Barcelona Design celebrate 40th anniversary

PHILADELPHIA, Pa.—Axalta Coating Systems, a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, was chosen by BD Barcelona Design, a prestigious international design group, to develop special powder coatings for the 40th anniversary of the Banco Catalano, an iconic furniture design. Axalta created powder coatings in four Natural Color System (NCS) colors in fine textured finishes to provide a completely new appearance for the Catalano. Axalta's powder coatings offer excellent performance, a wide range of colors, and beautiful finishes. Architects Lluis Clotet and Oscar Tusquets created the Banco Catalano in 1974, shortly after founding their company Barcelona Design. Clotet and Tusquets are highly regarded for their concept and design of the Catalano, and are considered revolutionaries in the realm of urban furniture design. Axalta is a leading global provider of liquid and powder coatings for automotive, transportation, general industrial, architectural, and decorative applications.

10/24/2014 - New coating nixes chromate

FARGO, N.D.—A new coating for aluminum alloys eliminates toxic hexavalent chromium while retaining its anticorrosion properties, developers say. The Cr(Vl) coatings technology was developed by the North Dakota State University Research Foundation and licensed to Elinor Specialty Coatings of Fargo, N.D. The patented magnesium-rich coatings technology protects aluminum alloys, such as those in vehicles and ship parts, or vehicles made entirely from aluminum.

The agreement gives Elinor Specialty Coatings exclusive rights to further develop and commercialize the coatings technology in marine and automotive markets. Chromium-free system primers using the technology will be marketed to military and civilian markets under the names Aluma45MTM and Aluma45ATM. The products are intended to be applied over chromium-free pretreatments or bare metal, so that hexavalent chromium is eliminated from the entire coating system.

The coatings' long-lasting protection allows longer periods between maintenance cycles, while eliminating the toxic work conditions and longterm hazmat storage dilemmas of Cr(Vl) for companies or command units. The university says the coatings may reduce costs by eliminating the need for extra controls to reduce chromate exposure and reduce weight and fuel consumption because of their lower density over chromate primers. The coatings were developed in part by previous research funding from the US Air Force Office of Scientific Research; the Center for Surface Preparation, a state Economic Development Center of Excellence at NDSU; and the Product Design Center at NDSU.

10/22/2014 - W.R. Grace pays more than $63 million to clean up hazardous waste sites

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Under its bankruptcy plan of reorganization, W.R. Grace & Co., Columbia, Md., has paid more than $63 million to the US government to resolve claims for environmental cleanups at approximately 39 sites in 21 states.

W.R. Grace's payment includes approximately $54 million for the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The company agreed to pay another $9 million to other federal agencies, including the US Department of Interior and the US Army. W.R. Grace, a global supplier of specialty chemicals, and 61 affiliated companies filed for bankruptcy in April 2001. In 2003, EPA filed claims against the company to recover past and future cleanup costs at sites contaminated by asbestos and other hazardous substances. Numerous agreements to resolve the Agency's environmental liability claims against the company and its affiliates were negotiated as part of the company's bankruptcy proceedings between April 2008 and February 2013. The company continues to be responsible for all of the sites it owns or operates and for any additional sites that were not known or resolved under the earlier settlements. The payment to the EPA will reimburse cleanup costs and provide funds for future cleanup.

10/21/2014 - Department of Labor files whistleblower complaint

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Department of Labor has filed a whistleblower complaint in the US District Court for the District of Idaho against Clearwater Paper Corp. in Lewiston, Idaho, for allegedly retaliating against an employee who raised workplace safety and health concerns. The department alleges that a Clearwater Paper employee was fired in 2010 in retaliation for filing a safety complaint with OSHA's Boise Area Office. The employee was first suspended and then fired soon after OSHA conducted an inspection to assess excessive exposure to red cedar dust at Clearwater Paper's sawmill in Lewiston. This facility was later sold in 2011. The department is seeking reinstatement of the employee as well as payment of more than $300,000 in damages and fees, including back pay, compensatory damages, emotional distress damages, and punitive damages.

Section 11(c) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act prohibits employers from discharging or in any manner retaliating or discriminating against any worker for exercising their rights under the Act. These rights include filing an OSHA complaint, participating in an inspection, raising a safety and health issue with the employer or the government, or any other right afforded by the OSHA law. For more information on whistleblower statutes under OSHA's jurisdiction, visit

10/17/2014 - Spray guns boast uniform pattern

TOLEDO, Ohio—Lightweight spray guns that handle industrial coatings have been introduced by Finishing Brands, the manufacturer of Binks industrial finishing equipment. The Trophy Series spray guns are available in full size and for touchup work, feature a curved spray gun handle, and are available in various configurations. Air caps are designed to produce uniform spray patterns. The series features large stainless steel fluid passages for industrial coatings. The spray guns have a lightweight design and oversized knobs and air cap ring for easier adjustments and maintenance. A soft, smooth trigger pull was designed to reduce stress and fatigue and provide no kickback during spraying.

10/15/2014 - Scientists conduct advanced research into self-healing polymer

CHICAGO, Ill.—Self-healing material technology is not new, but scientists at the University of Illinois have moved the field a significant step forward. Their new polyurea-based polymer, made of off-the-shelf materials, heals itself repeatedly at low temperatures with no catalyst, the researchers say. What looks like tiny dog-bone-shaped gummies now could be the beginning of peel-off coatings and self-healing plastics, according to materials science and engineering professor Jianjun Cheng, graduate student Hanze Ying, and postdoctoral researcher Yanfeng Zhang. Their paper, “Dynamic Urea Bond for the Design of Reversible and Self-Healing Polymers,” was recently published in the journal Nature Communications.

“We just buy commercial materials and mix them together, no fancy controls or special apparatus,” says Cheng. “It's a very simple, low-cost, inexpensive process. Anybody can do this on any scale. The key advantage of using this material is that it's catalyst-free and low-temperature, and can be healed multiple times.” Unlike other self-healing materials, the new product uses softer elastic materials made out of polyurea, one of the most common classes of polymers used in paints, coatings, elastics, plastics, and other consumer goods.

The polymer is made with commercially available ingredients. By tweaking the structure of the polymer's molecules, the team “can make the bonds between the molecules longer so that they can more easily pull apart and stick back together, which is the key for healing,” the university says. This molecular-level rebonding, called dynamic chemistry, uses consumer materials and readily available ingredients. When the polymer is cut or torn, the researchers press the two pieces back together and let the sample sit for about a day to heal. No chemicals or catalysts are required. Furthermore, the team says, the materials can heal at room temperature, although curing at slightly higher temperatures does speed up the process. The team says the mended polymer bonds “nearly as strongly as before it was cut.”

The researchers hope manufacturers can easily integrate the dynamic materials, and are exploring how the polyurea could perform in different applications. One possibility, they say, is a removable polyurethane coating or paint. “In some areas, when it's not necessary for the coating to be permanent and you want it to be removable, this chemistry may be applied to existing coating materials to make it reversible,” Cheng says. “In general, polyurea and polyurethane are widely used. This chemistry could modify existing materials to make them more dynamic, healable.” The research is supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.

10/14/2014 - AkzoNobel extends warranty period for architectural coatings

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—AkzoNobel Powder Coatings has announced a new and improved warranty system for its Interpon D series AAMA-compliant line of architectural coatings. Interpon D1010 series products comply with AAMA 2603 and come with a 10-year warranty. Interpon D 2000 series products are AAMA 2604 compliant and now come with a 20-year warranty, and Interpon D3000 series products are AAMA 2605 compliant and now come with a 30-year warranty. Interpon D architectural powder coatings are performance guaranteed with a full global warranty when applied to aluminum by an approved applicator. Interpon Powder Coatings is brand of AkzoNobel, a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals.

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

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

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

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

10/10/2014 - Courses: November 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9/30/2014 - AGA unveils inspection app

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9/23/2014 - IHEA announces Board of Directors

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

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

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

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

9/19/2014 - AkzoNobel appoints leaders

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

9/18/2014 - Larry Robinson retires from CPMA

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

9/16/2014 - Axalta appoints VP

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

9/15/2014 - Brookfield offers two new tests

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9/5/2014 - Fischer achieves ISO 17025 accreditation

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

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

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

9/2/2014 - Courses: October 2014

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

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

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

9/1/2014 - ACS 2014 sets records

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

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

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

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