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7/24/2014 - NACE launches study to tally corrosion's global cost

HOUSTON, Tex.–NACE International has launched a two-year global study to determine the financial and societal toll of corrosion on infrastructure, utilities, transportation, the military, and other sectors. The study will be led by Elaine Bowman, former NACE president and a longtime corrosion industry advocate. Using international, regional and academic research, the study will focus on economic data to provide statistics and models that asset owners can use for preservation, management or replacement.

“Corrosion is an inevitable but controllable process, which can result in destructive–even catastrophic–incidents when not properly prevented and managed,” Bowman said. “Costs associated with corrosion control include direct expenses like repair and replacement of assets, but there are additional indirect costs like production lost due to closure for repairs, or the environmental and physical impact of corrosion-related failures.” The NACE study will explore both direct and indirect costs, identifying ways to save as much as 30 percent, Bowman said.

In 2001, a study funded by the US Congress estimated the annual direct cost of corrosion in the US at $276 billion. The study, supported by NACE and overseen by the Federal Highway Administration, led Congress to develop a Corrosion Policy and Oversight office within the Department of Defense. According to NACE, this office has demonstrated up to a 40:1 return on investment for corrosion control programs implemented by the DOD. It also resulted in support for the world's first undergraduate degree in corrosion–a corrosion engineering program now underway at The University of Akron, Ohio.

7/23/2014 - NADCA awards scholarships to 17 students

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill.–The North American Die Casting Association (NADCA) is proud to announce that 17 students have been recognized by the David Laine Intern and Scholarship Program. This is the highest amount of students that have been recognized in one year since the program's inception, as well as the largest overall award given with the scholarships totaling $41,250. Most of the applicants received $2,500 scholarships, which are the highest scholarships awarded throughout the entire metal-casting industry.

The scholarship fund was established in 1975 in tribute to David Laine, who served as secretary of the American Die Casting Institute (ADCI), a forerunner of NADCA, for 29 years. Laine was instrumental in effecting many advancements for the benefit of the die casting industry. Among these was the development of a safety program, which was adopted by the institute in 1945. Laine also helped to found the Die Casting Research Foundation. The scholarships require that students complete an internship or co-op at a die casting company or a supplier to the die casting industry prior to applying for the scholarship. The prerequisite allows students to experience hands-on training in the die casting industry, with the hope that the learning experience will encourage students to continue on in the field after graduation.

The 2013 Laine Scholarship winners are as follows: Jack Bossong, Jacob Bowerman, Christopher Carberry, Kevin Coveny, Alexander Daar, Adam Fettig, Craig Hart, Tyler Holland, Caitlin Lahey, Brendan Melnick, Samuel Moser, David Prorok, Josh Province, Thomas H. Ring, Joseph Schwartz, Lindsey Twarog, and Daniel Winland. Scholarship winners cited experience gained in areas such as die casting machine re-builds, process development, quality engineering, and die maintenance on their application essays.

For more information on the recipients, including their universities and the companies that provided them the opportunity to work in the die casting industry, visit . The website also gives info on how to apply or participate in the program in the future. NADCA represents the voice of the die casting industry and is committed to promoting industry awareness, domestic growth in the global marketplace, and member exposure.

7/22/2014 - Construction fraud tab reaches $860 billion per year

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.–Money laundering, bid rigging, bribery, and other types of fraud are now bleeding the global construction industry of about $860 billion a year–a tab that could nearly double by 2025, a new report says.

Construction fraud has become so common that it may account for 5 to 10 percent of revenues, a percentage likely to rise as the industry continues to recover, predicts “Time for a new direction: Fighting fraud in Construction.” The report was published by Grant Thornton, an organization of independent assurance, tax and advisory firms, and focused on research carried out in the US, Australia, Canada, India, and the UK. The report calls the construction and real estate industries highly vulnerable to fraud and urges action to stanch the losses.

Most construction companies have insufficient controls to identify fraud, the report says. As the number of stakeholders increases on a project, so do the opportunities for fraud. The greatest threat comes from within a company. Outside influences are still a threat, however, especially given the evidence of organized crime involvement in construction fraud. The report recommends that companies speak more openly about fraud and implement steps to mitigate it, such as encouraging whistleblowing, being vigilant, adopting a zero tolerance policy, and being prepared to prosecute.

7/21/2014 - RadTech hires new employees

BETHESDA, Md.—RadTech has hired two new employees to assist membership and extend its UV/EB outreach efforts. Doreen Monteleone has joined RadTech as director of sustainability and EHS initiatives. Monteleone has been helping businesses with regulatory compliance and sustainability issues for more than 20 years. RadTech's Education Committee has added Krystin Holmes as an advisor for its Student Competition. Holmes is a polymer science teacher, an IC3-certified online instructor, and a lab assistant at the University of Southern Mississippi. RadTech is the nonprofit trade association for the advancement of ultraviolet (UV) and electron beam (EB) technologies.

7/18/2014 - Central Coating adds Conformal Coating capabilities

WEST BOYLSTON, Mass.–Central Coating, a specialized precision coating application and EMI Shielding company, has recently announced the addition of Conformal Coating to their coating application capabilities. The Conformal Coating process provides protection against fungus, moisture, corrosion, dust, and thermal and mechanical shock to printed circuit boards and other electronic substrates. These coatings are dielectric materials applied to electronic substrates to protect circuits from environmental stress. They also minimize dendritic growth and the electromigration of metal between conductors. These coatings work to significantly extend the life of electronic devices used in extreme environments.

7/17/2014 - Clear coating extends service life of paint by 10 years

BRIGHTON, Mich.–A new clear coating offers a long-term solution to restore original properties, according to developer Nanovere Technologies LLC. NanoClear for Industrial Applications was designed to extend the in-service life of painted surfaces by 10 years. The coating is a one-component, cross-linked, hybrid polyurethane-based nanocoating system. According to Nanovere, NanoClear can restore original color, gloss, surface hardness, chemical resistance, and UV resistance to highly oxidized painted surfaces such as steel, aluminum, and fiberglass.

The product can be used for epoxy, polyurethane and topcoat restoration. Gloss retention is 99 percent after 5 years. The coating also has self-cleaning properties, including water, oil, dirt, and ice repellency. Application methods include HVLP or airless spray. The product was designed to air cure and comes with a 10-year warranty. Nanovere specializes in the research, development, and manufacture of nanocoatings with multifunctional properties.

7/16/2014 - OSHA releases educational resources to prevent hazardous chemical exposures

WASHINGTON, D.C.–Each year, tens of thousands of American workers are made sick or die from occupational exposures to hazardous chemicals. 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. To help keep workers safe, OSHA has launched two new internet resources.

The first resource is a step-by-step toolkit to identify safer chemicals that can be used in place of more hazardous ones. The “Transitioning to Safer Chemicals” toolkit provides employers and workers with information, methods, tools, and guidance on using informed substitution in the workplace.

The second resource is the “Annotated Permissible Exposure Limits,” or annotated PELs tables, which will enable employers to voluntarily adopt newer, more protective workplace exposure limits. 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.

“From steel mills to hospitals and construction sites to nail salons, hazardous chemical exposure is a serious concern for countless employers and workers in many, many industries, in every part of this nation,” said Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health. “With these new resources, OSHA is making sure that all business owners have access to information on safer exposure limits and safer alternatives to help protect their workers and their bottom lines.” To learn more, visit

7/15/2014 - Cabot agrees to spend $84 million to control harmful air pollution

WASHINGTON, D.C.–Boston-based Cabot Corp., the second-largest carbon black manufacturer in the US, has agreed to pay a $975,000 civil penalty and spend an estimated $84 million on state-of-the-art technology to control harmful air pollution. According to the Department of Justice and the EPA, this will resolve the alleged violations of the New Source Review (NSR) provisions of the Clean Air Act (CAA) at its three facilities in the towns of Franklin and Ville Platte, La., and Pampa, Tex.

This agreement is the first to result from a national enforcement initiative aimed at bringing carbon black manufacturers into compliance with the CAA's NSR provisions. “With today's commitment to invest in pollution controls, Cabot has raised the industry standard for environmental protection,” said Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. “These upgrades will have lasting, tangible impacts on improved respiratory health for local communities. We expect others in the industry to take notice and realize their obligation to protect the communities in which they operate.”

At all three facilities, the settlement requires that Cabot optimize existing controls for particulate matter or soot, operate an early-warning detection system that will alert facility operators to any particulate matter releases, and comply with a plan to control fugitive emissions that result from leaks or unintended releases of gases. To address nitrogen oxide pollution, Cabot must install selective catalytic reduction technology to significantly reduce emissions, install continuous monitoring, and comply with stringent limits. At the two larger facilities in Louisiana, Cabot must address sulfur dioxide pollution by installing wet gas scrubbers to control emissions, install continuous monitoring, and comply with stringent emissions limits. In addition, the Texas facility is required to comply with a limit on the amount of sulfur in feedstock, which is the lowest for any carbon black plant in the US. These measures are expected to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by approximately 1,975 tons per year, sulfur dioxide emissions by approximately 12,380 tons per year, and significantly improve existing particulate matter controls.

In the complaint filed by DOJ on behalf of EPA, the government alleged that between 2003 and 2009, Cabot made major modifications at its carbon black facilities without obtaining pre-construction permits and without installing and operating required pollution technology. The complaint further alleges that these actions resulted in increased emissions, violating CAA requirements stating that companies must obtain the necessary permits prior to making modifications at a facility and must install and operate required pollution control equipment if those modifications will result in increases of certain pollutants.

Cabot Corp. manufactures global specialty chemicals and performance materials, which include rubber additives for tires and brake pads, activated carbon for air purifiers, chemicals used in the manufacture of lithium-ion batteries, and inkjet colorants. The proposed consent decree will be lodged with the United States District Court and will be subject to a 45-day public comment period. The company is required to pay the penalty within 30 days after the court approves the settlement. For more info, visit

7/14/2014 - SSPC revises zinc primer standard

PITTSBURGH, Pa.–Testing and performance requirements for highly pigmented primers containing zinc dust are part of new revisions to a standard from SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings. SSPC Paint 29, “Zinc Dust Sacrificial Primer, Performance-Based,” updated February 25, is a performance-based standard for highly pigmented primers that contain zinc dust as the major pigment component (minimum 65 percent weight in the dry film) and are defined by their ability to protect ferrous substrates. The standard, originally issued in 1991, contains performance requirements that owners and specifiers can use for inorganic and organic zinc-pigmented primer coatings intended for spray application for use by itself or as a primer in a multi-coat system.

The new technical revisions removed the outdoor testing requirements and outdoor performance levels. Performance criteria is now based on evaluation for accelerated exposure in accordance with ASTM D5894, Standard Practice for Cyclic Salt Fog/UV Exposure of Painted Metal. The new revisions increased the required accelerated exposure time from 3,000 hours to 5,040 hours for both inorganic and organic zinc-pigmented coatings.

The test to evaluate adhesion has changed from ASTM D3359 (crosscut) to ASTM D4541 (pulloff). Revised Paint 29 requires adhesion testing to be performed on the cured primer prior to and following accelerated exposure with a minimum adhesion requirement of 600 psi for each of four pulls on unscribed areas of three test panels. The maximum allowed scribe undercutting values have been increased from 0 (no undercutting) to 1/16 inch (1.6 mm) for inorganic zinc coatings and from 0 (no undercutting) to 1/8 inch (3.2 mm) for organic zinc coatings.

SSPC is the only nonprofit association that is focused on the protection and preservation of concrete, steel, and other industrial structures and surfaces through the use of high-performance protective, marine, and industrial coatings.

7/11/2014 - Valspar expands, experiences sales growth

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.–The Valspar Corp., the world's sixth-largest paint and coatings company, has announced a 30,000-square-foot expansion of their powder coating manufacturing plant in Covington, Ga. In addition, after struggling sales of general industrial coatings fueled a 14 percent fourth-quarter decline in profits in 2013, new business gains and acquisitions boosted overall net sales and income per share for early 2014. Because of this, the company experienced a 10 percent boost in its coatings segment in the first quarter of 2014.

7/10/2014 - Metal recycler invests in safeguards to prevent hazardous chemical releases

WASHINGTON, D.C.–The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that AL Solutions, a West Virginia-based metal recycler, has agreed to implement extensive, company-wide safeguards to prevent future accidental releases of hazardous chemicals from its facilities. This resolves alleged Clean Air Act violations (CAA) stemming from an explosion at the company's New Cumberland, W. Va., facility that killed three people.

AL Solutions recycles titanium and zirconium raw materials for use as alloying additives by aluminum producers. In December 2010, three employees who had been handling zirconium powder at the company's former plant in New Cumberland, W. Va., died following an explosion which may have been caused by an accidental release of the chemical. Debris from the explosion, which destroyed the production area of the facility, was scattered into the yards of local residents. Earlier this year, the company opened a new, automated facility in Burgettstown, Pa., which includes modern technology to safeguard employees and reduce exposure to hazardous metallic dust.

The EPA estimates that the company will spend approximately $7.8 million to implement extensive measures to ensure compliance with environmental requirements, assess the potential hazards associated with existing and future operations, and take measures to prevent accidental releases and minimize the consequences of releases that may occur. In consultation with EPA, the company has already completed significant portions of the work required by the settlement and a prior administrative order.

7/8/2014 - Valspar Foundation, NDSU announce new scholarship programs

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.–The Valspar Corp. and North Dakota State University (NDSU) have announced two new scholarship programs to provide opportunities for students studying coatings and polymeric materials at NDSU. The Valspar Foundation will contribute $20,000 to support up to five graduate student scholarships and a new program for Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE). The scholarship program is administered through the Department of Coatings and Polymeric Materials at NDSU and coordinated through NDSU's Development Foundation.

A selection committee consisting of NDSU professors and Valspar's technical leaders is pleased to announce the first Valspar Graduate Scholars Program awards to Olena Kudina, Lviv, Ukraine; Casey Orgon, Bemidji, Minn.; Adlina Paramarta, Java, Indonesia; Andriy Popadyuk, Lviv, Ukraine; and Alison Rohly, Lino Lakes, Minn. Each graduate student will receive $3,000, supporting the students' studies at NDSU's Department of Coatings and Polymeric Materials for the 2014 academic year.

7/7/2014 - Marco Group offers new abrasive monitoring system

DAVENPORT, Iowa–Marco Group International now offers a new abrasive-blasting monitoring system that tracks live blasting time from remote locations. The Blastmaster Smart Box is a monitoring system for mobile and fixed location applications that monitors productivity in the field at the blast site through pressure measurement. Productivity time and motion studies can be assessed and production standards can be set with remote monitoring in blast rooms or from remote office locations, the company says. The box is retrofitable to any abrasive-blasting pot, blast room, or remote monitoring location.

Smart Box data allows site and production managers to analyze and forecast time and abrasive usage, establish production standards, reduce safety hazards through pressure monitoring, and identify ways to reduce costs. The company provides services and supplies to the surface preparation and protective coatings industries.

7/3/2014 - Packaging manufacturer to expand in Henderson County, N.C.

RALEIGH, N.C.–Governor Pat McCrory and North Carolina Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker have announced that ASG (AGI Shorewood) will expand its manufacturing operations in Henderson County. The company plans to create 50 new jobs and invest more than $8.5 million in East Flat Rock, N.C. Salaries will vary by job function, but the average annual wage for the new jobs will be more than $40,000. The average annual wage in Henderson County is $34,528.

ASG is a global packaging company that specializes in the development of innovative solutions for the consumer products segment. The company will be adding new positions in the press room, die cutting, gluing, digital pre-press, customer service, production planning, and shipping and receiving. ASG anticipates the expansion will help the East Flat Rock facility achieve heightened production efficiencies, increase manufacturing volume, and bolster existing packaging offerings to help serve customers in the entertainment, personal care, healthcare, and pharmaceutical segments.

The project was made possible in part by a $60,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund. The One NC Fund provides financial assistance, through local governments, to attract business projects that will stimulate economic activity and create new jobs in the state. Companies receive no money up front and must meet job creation and investment performance standards to qualify for grant funds. Other partners that helped with this project include: the N.C. Department of Commerce, N.C. Community Colleges, Henderson County, and the Henderson Partnership for Economic Development.

7/2/2014 - EPA releases interactive dashboard for chemical screening data

WASHINGTON, D.C.–The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the release of chemical screening data accessible through the new interactive Chemical Safety for Sustainability (iCSS) Dashboard. The iCSS Dashboard provides access to data from innovative screening technologies for chemicals that are found in industrial and consumer products, food additives, and drugs. “EPA's use of cost effective advanced chemical screening techniques has transformed this country's knowledge of the safety of almost 2,000 chemicals currently in use,” says Lek Kadeli, acting assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Research and Development. “Today's release marks an important milestone in communicating and improving our understanding of the impact chemicals have on human health and the environment.”

As part of this data release, EPA is announcing the ToxCast Data Challenges, a series of challenges inviting the science and technology community to work with the data and provide solutions for how the new chemical screening data can be used to predict potential health effects. Challenge winners will receive awards for their innovative research ideas.

The data was gathered through advanced techniques as part of an ongoing federal collaboration to improve chemical screening. The collaboration, Toxicity Testing in the 21st Century (Tox21), is comprised of the EPA, the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences/National Toxicology Program, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Only a fraction of chemicals in use in the United States have been adequately assessed for potential risk. This information is useful for prioritizing chemicals for potential risk as well as predicting if chemical exposures could lead to adverse health effects.

7/1/2014 - Platinum Equity acquires MetoKote

LOS ANGELES, Calif.–Platinum Equity has announced that it has acquired MetoKote Corp., a provider of industrial metal coating services, from CCMP Capital Partners LLC. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. MetoKote president and CEO Jeff Oravitz will continue to lead the company under new ownership and the company will continue to operate under the MetoKote brand. Platinum Equity has extensive experience in industrial services and working with automotive OEMs and heavy equipment manufacturers. MetoKote, Lima, Ohio, provides environmentally sound and cost-effective coating solutions.

6/30/2014 - Whistleblowers can now file complaints online with OSHA

WASHINGTON, D.C.–Whistleblowers covered by one of 22 statutes administered by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are now able to file complaints online. The online form provides workers who have been retaliated against an additional way to reach out for OSHA assistance. “The ability of workers to speak out and exercise their rights without fear of retaliation provides the backbone for some of American workers' most essential protections,” says Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for OSHA. “Whistleblower laws protect not only workers, but also the public at large, and now workers will have an additional avenue available to file a complaint with OSHA.” Online whistleblower complaints can be filed at Workers can also make complaints to OSHA by filing a written report or by calling the agency's 800/321-OSHA (6742) number or an OSHA regional or area office.

6/25/2014 - Courses: August 2014

August 5: Practical Course on Viscosity Measurement. San Francisco, Calif. Also offered August 7 in Seattle, Wash., and August 14 in Middleboro, Mass. Offered by Brookfield Engineering Laboratories. Contact Brookfield at 800/628-8139; fax 508/946-6262;

6/23/2014 - AkzoNobel offers complete automotive wheel system

NASHVILLE, Tenn.–AkzoNobel Powder Coatings and AkzoNobel Specialty Finishes have combined expertise to introduce a complete layering system for automotive wheels. The total wheel solution combines Interpon A powder primer with an AkzoNobel liquid decorative base coat followed by an Interpon A powder clear coat, providing a comprehensive solution for OEMs in the automotive wheels market. The complete package of fast, flexible, and durable high-quality automotive wheel coatings meets industry specifications. AkzoNobel is the largest global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals.

6/20/2014 - FABTECH 2013 was larger than ever

TAYLOR MILL, Ky.–FABTECH, the largest metal forming, fabricating, welding, and finishing event in North America, has announced that its recently completed show in Chicago set records for its number of attendees and exhibitors as well as for floor space. A total of 40,667 attendees visited 1,573 exhibitors to see live equipment demonstrations and compare products side-by-side to find cost-saving solutions at product displays spread across 650,000 square feet of exhibits at McCormick Place. Attendees also benefited from the FABTECH educational conference held simultaneously with the four-day expo that included an unprecedented number of expert-led sessions on some of the hottest topics in manufacturing. FABTECH 2014 will be held November 11-13, 2014, in Atlanta, Ga. For more info, visit

6/19/2014 - Axalta Coating Systems highlights 6 decades of automotive color

HOUSTON, Tex.–Axalta Coating Systems LLC has released “Six Decades of Automotive Color,” a history report on the most popular colors in automotive history. The information showcases the most popular colors by year in four major automotive markets: North America, Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, and South America. The annual tradition of reporting trends in vehicle color popularity began in 1953 with a North American focus. Over time, the report has been expanded to include all major regions and vehicle segments. For the first time, the top five most popular colors by model year, dating back more than 60 years, have been compiled into a historical mosaic of color. Axalta Coating Systems (formerly DuPont Performance Coatings) is a global coatings company dedicated to the development, manufacture, and sale of powder and liquid coatings in the automotive, transportation, general industrial, and architectural and decorative sectors.

6/17/2014 - FABTECH Expo registration open, FINISHING conference finalized

TAYLOR MILL, Ky.–As FABTECH 2014 heads to Atlanta from November 11-13 at the Georgia World Congress Center, it promises to deliver the industry's best and most innovative live equipment demonstrations, cost savings solutions, networking, and learning opportunities. Registration for the FABTECH 2014 Expo opened in April and early registrations are extremely strong. The show floor is nearly sold out and will be CCAI's largest FINISHING Pavilion at FABTECH yet, with more than 170 FINISHING exhibitors covering all aspects of industrial finishing. CCAI's FINISHING Pavilion showcases all the finishing products and services to help companies raise the standards of their finishing operations.

You can register for the FABTECH Expo by visiting and clicking the green Register button at the top of the page. Contact any FINISHING Pavilion exhibitor for a free Expo pass that provides complimentary entrance onto the show floor. You can view the current exhibitor list by going to and clicking on FABTECH and then FINISHING Pavilion Exhibitor List.

To complement the largest FINISHING Pavilion, CCAI announces their fifth year of outstanding FINISHING Educational sessions as a part of the FABTECH Conference program. The FINISHING conference track will offer more than 23 sessions and more than 60 presentations. Sessions consist of a wide variety of expert-led presentations on the latest industry trends and technology. If your job touches any aspect of the finishing industry, you will find a session that provides value to your position. For a complete listing of sessions with descriptions, visit and click the green Learn tab. Registration for the FABTECH Conference will open in June.

With an anticipated 27,000 attendees and 1,400 exhibitors to fill the World Congress Center during FABTECH 2014, you should make your hotel reservations now. There are special hotel rates available through Travel Planners, FABTECH's official housing provider. Visit, click the green Attend tab, and then scroll down to Housing and Travel for more info.

Questions regarding the CCAI FINISHING Conference at FABTECH can be directed to Kelly LeCount at 859/356-1030 or

6/16/2014 - Scientific Dust Collectors publishes revised dust collection manual

ALSIP, Ill.–Scientific Dust Collectors is now offering a free publication on dust collection titled “A Scientific Review of Dust Collection – Second Edition.” This 120-page manual contains new sections on explosion vents and system design, features generous illustrations, and includes a detailed discussion on current state-of-the-art technologies. The publication reviews the history, theory, and application of all types of dust collection equipment, focusing on understanding the development and history of dust collection technology. To request your free copy, visit or call 708/597-7090.

6/12/2014 - Accuride introduces new steel white coating

EVANSVILLE, Ind.—Accuride Corp. has introduced Steel Armor, calling it a groundbreaking advance in coating technology for commercial vehicle steel wheels. This proprietary new three-phase coating process employs enhanced corrosion-fighting properties that extend steel-wheel service life by up to 2 additional years, as compared to standard coatings currently in use in the industry. According to the company, Steel Armor's premium rust protection leapfrogs other wheel coatings with its ability to dramatically reduce fleet maintenance costs. The new powder coating technology employs a proprietary protection process that provides sharp-edge protection, which means reduced corrosion on wheel edges where rust tends to form first. These areas include flanges, hand holes, bolt holes, and hub holes on stud- and hub-piloted steel wheels. The coating contains the growth of corrosion by blocking rust at the point of entry when gouges, chips, scrapes, and scratches expose the metal. The new coating lines are now being installed and will launch commercially in the first quarter of 2014.

6/11/2014 - Judge orders EPA to act on coal ash

WASHINGTON, D.C.—After years without action, a federal judge has dropped the hammer on the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to make up its mind on regulating coal waste. In an order signed in October, US District Judge Reggie B. Walton gave the agency 60 days to explain exactly when the agency proposes to complete its long-stalled review and revision of regulations concerning coal ash. The order came in one of several lawsuits filed in 2012 by parties on all sides of the coal ash issue trying to force the EPA to move forward on its June 2010 Proposed Rule for Disposal of Coal Combustion Residuals [CCRs] from Electric Utilities. An EPA spokeswoman said that the agency was reviewing Walton's decision.

At the heart of the proposal is a decision critical to the coatings, construction, and blasting industries: Whether or not to designate CCRs for the first time as “hazardous waste” for purposes of disposal under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). RCRA contains a two-pronged approach for regulating solid wastes: Hazardous waste is regulated under Subtitle C, creating a cradle-to-grave federal regulatory system for its treatment, storage, and disposal. All other wastes (including CCRs) fall under Subtitle D. White's order notes that a waste is considered hazardous and subject to regulation under Subtitle C if it exhibits “any one of the four characteristics of hazardousness: ignitability, corrosivity, reactivity, or toxicity.”

The EPA held public hearings on the proposal several years ago and has received more than 450,000 comments. But it has repeatedly refused to move forward with a decision on the rule, or to say when it will do so, or to say even what it is waiting for. In 2011 and 2012, the EPA said it was developing methodologies to evaluate the environmental impact of coal ash that is beneficially used, but no further action was forthcoming. The delays have now infuriated coal waste defenders and foes alike. Although the EPA has long defended (and regulated) CCR as nonhazardous, coal ash advocates say that the uncertainty over the possibility of a “hazardous” designation has damaged the slag industry. Meanwhile, environmentalists and public health advocates who consider the material hazardous say that continued lack of regulation is harmful to their constituents.

Walton's order was issued in a case that has now combined an April 2012 lawsuit by 11 environmental and health groups with individual suits filed earlier by Boral Material Technologies and Headwaters Resources. The companies are the two largest processors of coal power plant waste used in building materials. All of the suits demanded that EPA act on the rule, although their proposed deadlines varied. The plaintiffs also all noted that EPA was required to review RCRA's provisions at least every 3 years, a deadline that EPA has now passed with its 2010 proposal. Walton's order agrees, saying EPA has had enough time to do its homework on the issue.

6/10/2014 - NIOSH recommends nanomaterial controls

WASHINGTON, D.C.—As makers of paints, coatings, and other products reap the rewards of the nanotech boom, federal health and safety experts are racing to keep up with the risks. Hundreds of new products spawned from nanomaterials have included little research on controlling worker exposure to the microscopic wonders—a gap that the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) aims to fill with a new series of recommendations.

“Current Strategies for Engineering Controls in Nanomaterial Production and Downstream Handling Processes,” released in November, identifies strategies to control worker exposure during the production or use of engineered nanomaterials, which are materials that are intentionally produced and have at least one primary dimension less than 100 nanometers. More than 1,000 consumer products, from coatings to electronics to makeup, now contain nanomaterials, according to NIOSH. Since nanomaterials may have different properties than larger counterparts of the same material, producers and users must work to ensure a safe and healthy environment when bringing these materials to market. The US has no established regulatory occupational exposure limits for nanomaterials. Other countries have established standards for some nanomaterials, and some companies have supplied OELs for their products. Overall, however, the lack of regulatory standards and recommendations makes it difficult to determine or estimate a safe exposure limit.

The new report aims to provide science-based guidance that employers and workers can apply now, while research on exposure mechanisms and effects continues. The toxicity of nanoparticles can be affected by several properties, including size, shape, chemistry, surface properties, agglomeration, biopersistence, solubility, and charge, as well as effects from attached functional groups and crystalline structure. The report recommends and describes controls for processes such as reactor operations and cleanout processes, small-scale weighing and handling of nanopowders, intermediate and finishing processes, and maintenance tasks.

While human health effects from exposure have not been reported, NIOSH says that a number of laboratory animal studies have been conducted, showing pulmonary inflammation in exposure to titanium dioxide and carbon nanotubes, which have shown a response in mice similar to asbestos. Other studies have shown that nanoparticles can translocate to the circulatory system and the brain, causing oxidative stress. Administrative controls and personal protective equipment are the next step when engineering controls cannot effectively control hazards or reduce exposures to an acceptable level. However, these measures can be costly and have proved less effective, requiring significant efforts by workers.

6/6/2014 - AWNC to expand production in North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C.—Governor Pat McCrory and North Carolina Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced today that AW North Carolina (AWNC), a manufacturer of automatic transmissions and transmission components, will expand production at its manufacturing facility in Durham County, adding 56 new jobs. The company will also purchase a manufacturing facility in Granville County and create 85 new jobs there. Combined, the two projects represent a new investment of $135 million in North Carolina.

“North Carolina is a great fit for advanced manufacturers like AWNC, especially companies in the automotive parts industry,” said Governor McCrory. “Our state offers these companies a strong business climate, access to skilled workers and customized training programs.” AWNC is a subsidiary of Aisin AW Co. Ltd., a market leader in the manufacturing of automatic transmissions and navigational systems. Established in Durham County in 1998, the AWNC facility produces fully assembled automatic transmissions and components for Toyota's Camry, Tundra, Sequoia, Tacoma, and other vehicles. At its Durham operation, AWNC produces fully assembled automatic transmissions and transmission components, including torque converters, oil pumps, clutch assemblies and stamped parts. The company will create an additional production line at its current manufacturing facility in Durham with current plans to use the new Butner operation for warehouse needs.

Partners that helped with the project include: the N.C. Department of Commerce, N.C. Community Colleges, Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce, Durham County Board of Commissioners, Durham Technical Community College, Durham JobLink Center, Town of Butner, and the Granville County Economic Development Council. For more information about AW North Carolina, including job opportunities, go to

6/4/2014 - Troubled mill fined $185K in accident

WASHINGTON, D.C.—A Wisconsin pulp and paper mill where five people have died in recent years is now facing federal citations for an accident that severely burned a worker in March 2013. Packaging Corporation of America, Lake Forest, Ill., a manufacturer of paper and cardboard boxes, was issued 30 citations and tentatively fined a total of $185,560 for conditions at its facility in Tomahawk, Wis., the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced. The March incident was the third significant accident at the mill in about 5 years. The company employs 440 workers at the Tomahawk plant and has 8,700 employees at facilities throughout 30 states. Over the last 5 years, the company has been cited with 46 violations nationwide, six of which stemmed from the Tomahawk plant, according to OSHA. In the new case, the company was cited for 17 serious violations, those that reflect substantial probability of death or serious injury from a hazard that the employer knew or should have known about. The company has 15 business days from receiving the citations to contest them or request an informal meeting.

6/2/2014 - Dürr opens new facility in Mexico

QUÉRETARO, Mexico—Dürr is expanding its capacities in the North American market with a new business location in Querétaro, Mexico. Dürr de México supplies almost all carmakers represented in Mexico with painting technology and other production equipment. Together with the US company, Dürr Systems Inc., Dürr de México constitutes a powerful North America unit. The two companies are run by a shared management team.

5/30/2014 - CCAT recognized for excellence in additive manufacturing services

EAST HARTFORD, Conn.—Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Inc. (CCAT) has announced that its Advanced Manufacturing Center (AMC) has been named a Center of Excellence for additive manufacturing services by Optomec Inc., a leading manufacturer of laser-based 3D printers for metals. As an official Center of Excellence, CCMT's AMC offers research and development work in the use of Optomec's proprietary LENS 3D Printers used for the manufacture, repair, rework, and coating of metal components. AMC readily serves as a national resource for laser processing, additive manufacturing, precision machining and digital manufacturing, and provides services that include five-axis machining, noncontact inspection, and machining optimization. CCAT is a nonprofit, economic development organization that leads and partners with industry, academia, and government statewide and across the nation to help organizations succeed in today's global market.

5/29/2014 - LTI introduces new abrasion-resistant spray coating

LA MIRADA, Calif.—Lens Technology International (LTI), a leading supplier of hard and tintable coatings for plastic and polycarbonate lenses, has unveiled a new abrasion-resistant coating for spray application on plastic parts. There are a variety of industrial products made from plastic that require protective coatings to prevent scratches and marring. Whether it is a lens requiring optical clarity or a product case or housing, scratches that result from abrasive substances degrade product performance. The company's new abrasion-resistant coating is 100-percent solids (solvent-free), UV-curable, and can be spray applied to a variety of three-dimensional products.

5/27/2014 - DCS Industries offers new powder coating services

PHOENIX, Ariz.—DCS Industries LLC, a construction company that specializes in wrought iron fencing, gates, and security doors, now offers powder coating services to residential and commercial property owners as well as electrostatic painting for all wrought iron fencing. Powder coating provides a more durable finish to architectural elements of nearly any kind. Whether applied to gates, doors, patio furniture, or wrought iron decorations, powder coated finishes are less likely to chip, crack, fade, or peel. It provides a long-lasting protective finish to items like gates or security doors that are often exposed to a multitude of elements and conditions. As an alternative to other painting methods, powder coating is incredibly cost effective, providing a smooth and even final coat. Electrostatic painting for unmovable wrought iron fences and gates is a cost-effective method for improving not only curb appeal, but the integrity of the fence as well. DCS Industries installs and manufactures high-quality custom iron works, including fencing and gates, and energy-efficiency products that save money and enhance the beauty of residential and commercial properties.

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