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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 www.brookfieldengineering.com. 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 www.ccaiweb.com.


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 www.michiganvaluesvets.com. 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; pci-info@powdercoating.org; www.powdercoating.org.

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; kelly@goyermgt.com; www.ccaiweb.com.

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; www.brookfieldengineering.com/services/educational-programs.


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 www.american-coatings-show.com.


8/29/2014 - CHEMTEC establishes North American branch

WESTON, Fla.–CHEMTEC S.r.l., the Italian company that develops and owns the original formulations and trademarks of the Plaforization one-step pretreatment process, has announced that it has established and incorporated a North American branch. CHEMTEC NORTH AMERICA LLC is an association between CHEMTEC S.r.l., Carpenter Chemicals LC's management, and three other managers with long experience in the metal finishing and the chemical distribution industry.

For years, Carpenter Chemicals, Alexandria, Va., has been the exclusive distributor for CHEMTEC (and its predecessor, Pai-Kor) in North America. For this reason, Mary Todd Carpenter was asked to be a partner and co-founder of CHEMTEC NORTH AMERICA LLC. Her knowledge of the process, the North American metal finishing industry, and the industry's end users makes her a valuable asset.

CHEMTEC NORTH AMERICA offers a series of technologically innovative, environmentally friendly products that reduce energy consumption and production costs and ensure high-quality surface preparation before painting. For more info, visit www.chemtecnorthamerica.com.


8/27/2014 - Brookfield celebrates 80-year anniversary

MIDDLEBORO, Mass.–In 2014, Brookfield Engineering is celebrating 80 years of innovation and customer service. The company began when Donald Brookfield Sr. envisioned a new, unconventional approach to measuring viscosity. His experimentation with motors and springs in the basement of his family's home resulted in the creation of a single-speed instrument that would ultimately become known as the world standard in viscosity measurement and control. Founding the business in 1934, Don made it his priority to offer the highest quality instruments at the lowest possible price. Over the years, the company has addressed issues of temperature control, small sample volumes, and very low viscosities, continually adapting to the changing needs of industry. Brookfield now produces viscometers, rheometers, inline process viscometers, texture analyzers, and powder flow testers. For more info, visit www.brookfieldengineering.com.


8/26/2014 - DeFelsko plans expansion

OGDENSBURG, N.Y.–DeFelsko Corp. plans to expand its operations by more than doubling the amount of space at its headquarters. The company will demolish a building located on an adjacent property in order to construct a new 25,000-square-foot building. In the last few years, DeFelsko has expanded its product range and introduced improvements that have increased production, creating the need for a larger facility. The company's growth will result in the addition of an estimated 50 jobs over the next 10 years. DeFelsko manufactures coating thickness gages and inspection instruments for the paint and coatings industry.


8/25/2014 - KMI Systems celebrates 30 years

CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill.–KMI Systems Inc., a turnkey finishing system supplier, celebrated its 30-year anniversary on April 5, 2014. KMI was founded by Jim McRoy, Lou Kolar, and Vik Desai in 1984 when they decided to start their own company after working in the porcelain enamel industry for many years. Not long after its start, the company began supplying paint finishing systems as well as porcelain enamel systems. KMI has also announced the retirement of Jim McRoy, VP sales, after more than 40 years in the industry. The company has seen tremendous growth over the last few years, and will continue growing in the years to come.


8/22/2014 - Minnesota Paint and Powder Coating Expo 2015 issues call for papers

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.–Learn about improving the efficiency of industrial finishing operations while maximizing investment returns by attending the Minnesota Paint and Powder Coating Expo 2015, to be held Thursday, March 19, 2015, at Century College in White Bear Lake, Minn. The event is hosted by the Twin Cities Chapter of Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI) and the Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) at the University of Minnesota. The event will include a vendor show, hands-on demonstrations, and technical seminars. At the last event, over 425 participants attended the 17 technical seminars and a vendor show featuring over 50 exhibits.

The expo is seeking people to present on topics related to metal finishing. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to, new technologies and processes, cost savings, energy conservation, air emission reductions, and success story case studies. Abstracts of 250 words or less must be received by September 2, 2014.

Additional participation opportunities for the event include exhibiting, demonstrating, speaking, and sponsoring refreshments. To submit an abstract, inquire about exhibiting, or ask any other question, contact Paul Pagel at 612/624-4638 or expo@umn.edu.


8/21/2014 - Axalta adds director

HAMILTON, Bermuda—Axalta Coating Systems Bermuda Co. Ltd. has announced that Robert M. McLaughlin has joined its Board of Directors and will serve as the chair of its audit committee. McLaughlin, Airgas Inc., brings extensive expertise in finance and accounting to the Board with particular experience in industrial companies. The company is a leading global provider of liquid and powder coatings for automotive, transportation, general industrial, and architectural and decorative applications.


8/19/2014 - AMT elects directors, officers

MCLEAN, Va.—The Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT) has elected its 2014-2015 Board of Directors and officers. Newly elected directors are: Kevin J. Kilgallen, Mid Atlantic Machinery Inc., chairman; Jerry Rex, Hegman Machinery LLC, A Morris Group Inc. Company, first vice chairman; Richard L. Simons, Hardinge Inc., second vice chairman and treasurer; and Brian J. Papke, Mazak Corp., secretary. Returning board members include: David J. Burns, The Ex One Co. LLC; Thomas R. Dillon, DMG/Mori Seiki USA Inc.; Richard Gilchrist, Felsomat USA Inc.; Ronald S. Karaisz, Novi Precision Products Inc.; Lee Morris, The Morris Group; and Steven R. Stokey, Allied Machine & Engineering Corp. AMT represents and promotes US-based manufacturing technology and its members.


8/18/2014 - Courses: September 2014

September 4: Practical Course on Viscosity Measurement. San Juan, Puerto Rico. Also offered September 18 in Middleboro, Mass., and September 25 in Kansas City, Mo. Offered by Brookfield Engineering Laboratories. Contact Brookfield at 800/628-8139; fax 508/946-6262; www.brookfieldengineering.com/services/educational-programs.

September 22-26: Basic Composition of Coatings Short Course. Missouri S&T Campus, Rolla, Mo. Offered by Missouri S&T Coatings Institute. Contact Michael Van De Mark at 573/341-4419; mstformulation@mst.edu; coatings.mst.edu.


8/15/2014 - EPSI announces staff transitions

FRANKSVILLE, Wis.—EPSI (Engineered Products and Services Inc.), and parent company AMTRACO have announced several staff transitions. Al Mueller, AMTRACO controller, will be transitioning to a position in AMTRACO's building management company, SBM. Amber Pfaff Chavez will be moving into the AMTRACO controller position. Jeanne Ehman has been promoted to accounting manager of EPSI's finance group. Hamsah Maier has joined EPSI's finance department. Tom Parham has been named executive vice president for AMTRACO. Frank Arellano and Nancy Saulsberry have joined EPSI at its Cerritos, Calif., office. EPSI provides custom engineered solutions in the masking industry, including a wide range of standard masking and hanging materials for product finishing.


8/14/2014 - Hubbard-Hall adds employees

WATERBURY, Conn.—Hubbard-Hall has added three professionals to its team: Michael Valenti, senior technical service engineer; Bob Becker, production manager and working supervisor; and Drew Wagner, environment, health, safety, and security manager. The company distributes over 5,000 chemicals and formulates specialty blends for custom applications.


8/13/2014 - ACA announces new officers

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Coatings Association (ACA), Washington, D.C., has announced the election of two new officers to serve 2-year terms on its Board of Directors. Sandra Berg, Ellis Paint Co., will serve as chairman and Gary E. Hendrickson, The Valspar Corp., will serve as vice chairman and treasurer. Berg is the first woman to hold the chairman position in ACA's 126-year history. ACA is a voluntary, nonprofit trade association working to advance the needs of the paint and coatings industry.


8/12/2014 - EPA awards top green chemistry innovations for 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C.–The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized a new industrial coating process by Faraday Technology, Clayton, Ohio, and a new architectural coating formulation by Dow Chemical, Midland, Mich., as two of the five winners of its 2013 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award. Faraday was honored for a new plating process that allows chrome coatings to be made from less toxic trivalent chrome. Dow's Coating Materials business was recognized for its development of Evoque PreComposite Polymer Technology, which reportedly improves coating performance while reducing titanium dioxide content by up to 20 percent.

The EPA selected five winners from scores of entries this year, bringing to 93 the total number of winners over 18 years of the program. The award program has received about 1,500 nominations over 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.


8/11/2014 - NEI receives patent for self-healing coating

SOMERSET, N.J.–NEI Corp. has announced that the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued a notice of allowance for its patent for a self-healing coating technology. The allowed claims describe an environmentally benign, conversion coating formulation, specifically applicable to copper and copper alloys, that provides protection against corrosion caused by dissolved salts and ammonia. The inorganic-organic hybrid coating (NANOMYTE PT30), which can be applied by dipping, spraying, or flow coating, provides protection against corrosion caused by dissolved salts and ammonia.

The coating's development was aided in part by funding from the EPA's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. NEI has developed similar coatings to mitigate corrosion of aluminum, magnesium, stainless steel, and galvanized steel. NANOMYTE coatings are versatile, and can be modified to introduce color and other features to meet performance and aesthetic requirements. The self-healing coating has the ability to repair itself when damaged, thereby providing excellent corrosion protection. It provides an array of advanced protective surface treatments for metal, wood, and polymers.


8/8/2014 - TFC acquires Jet Finishers

ADDISON, Ill.–The Finishing Co. (TFC), an industry leader in high-quality coating services for OEM components, has announced the acquisition of Jet Finishers Inc., Elk Grove Village, Ill., a provider of finishing services for highly technical coatings and custom production runs. The acquisition expands TFC's capabilities to provide its customers with turnkey finishing, powder coating, and silk screening services for technical coating markets, including the electronics, communications, aerospace, military, and medical industries. In addition, Rand Marks, former president of Saturn Painting & Screening, has joined the new Jet Finishers team. Rand brings 35 years of experience in the high-end technical coating and hard silk screening markets.


8/7/2014 - Trimite Powders expands operations in South Carolina

SPARTANBURG, S.C.–Trimite Powders Inc., a manufacturer of powder coatings, has expanded its existing operations in Spartanburg County, S.C. The $3.7 million investment doubled the size of their previous facility. Roebuck Buildings Co., Spartanburg County, S.C., constructed the expansion. The expansion positions the facility to capitalize on increased demand and future growth.


8/6/2014 - OSHA proposes new rule to improve tracking of workplace injuries

WASHINGTON, D.C.–Last November, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a proposed rule to improve workplace safety and health through improved tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' release of its annual Occupational Injuries and Illnesses report, an estimated 3 million workers were injured on the job in 2012. “Three million injuries are three million too many,” says Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for OSHA. “With the changes being proposed in this rule, employers, employees, the government, and researchers will have better access to data that will encourage earlier abatement of hazards and result in improved programs to reduce workplace hazards and prevent injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. The proposal does not add any new requirement to keep records; it only modifies an employer's obligation to transmit these records to OSHA.”

The new proposal would require that establishments with more than 250 employees who are already required to keep records to electronically submit the records on a quarterly basis to OSHA. The agency is also proposing that establishments with 20 or more employees, in certain industries with high injury and illness rates, electronically submit their summary of work-related injuries and illnesses to OSHA once a year. For more information on the proposed rule, visit https://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/proposed_data_form.html.


8/5/2014 - EPA releases updated sustainability plan

WASHINGTON, D.C.–As part of President Obama's Climate Action Plan to cut carbon pollution and lead in clean energy, EPA has released its 2013 Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan that outlines actions planned over the next year to cut energy use and waste in agency operations. President Obama signed Executive Order 13514 on Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance in October 2009, setting aggressive targets for reducing waste and pollution in Federal operations by 2020.

EPA's 2013 Sustainability Plan builds on four years of progress under the Executive Order and provides an overview of how the agency is saving taxpayer dollars, reducing carbon emissions, and saving energy. The plan will also help guide EPA's actions to meet the new goal to consume 20 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020, which is more than double the current level. Meeting this renewable energy goal will reduce pollution in our communities, promote American energy independence, and support homegrown energy produced by American workers. For more info on the plan, visit http://sustainability.performance.gov.


8/4/2014 - Protech acquires Seibert Powder Coatings

MONTREAL, Que.–Protech Chemicals Ltd. has finalized its acquisition of the powder coating division of NPA Coatings (NPAC), a subsidiary of Nippon Paints Japan. NPAC's powder coating division, Seibert Powder Coatings, is located in Cleveland, Ohio, where Protech will continue manufacturing operations. “The acquisition of NPA's powder business allows us to expand into new markets, particularly the automotive sector in which NPA is a leader,” said David Ades, managing director of Protech. Privately owned Protech develops, produces, and markets thermoset and thermoplastic powder coatings.


7/31/2014 - CRGI names executive director

CLEVELAND, Ohio—Coatings industry veteran Richard Scott has become the sixth executive director of the Coatings Research Group Inc. (CRGI). Scott succeeds Jackie Savoca, who retired after serving as executive director since 2000. Scott has more than 25 years of experience in the paint industry. CRGI is an international association of paint manufacturers dedicated to the sharing of current technical and business information.


7/30/2014 - Sherwin-Williams introduces new finish made for extreme weather

CLEVELAND, Ohio–Sherwin-Williams has announced a new fluoropolymer urethane coating for structures that require extreme weather durability. FluoroKem HS is a high-solids, ambient-cured, fluoropolymer urethane finish coating. The product is recommended for interior and exterior structures that require corrosion resistance and aesthetic appeal and for structures subjected to severe environmental exposures. Applications include stadiums, water tanks, sport complexes, storage tank exteriors, and bridges. The coating can be applied in one coat with brush, roll, or airless conventional spraying application methods. For more info, visit www.sherwinwilliams.com.


7/29/2014 - ACA adds new education section on its website

WASHINGTON, D.C.–The American Coatings Association (ACA) is pleased to announce a new education section on its website, www.paint.org, which is dedicated to professional development opportunities and information. Under the education tab, visitors may find varied ACA resources, including conferences, webinars, industry periodicals and technical publications. As part of its educational offerings, ACA is also pleased to feature the Coatings Technology Institute (CTI), an online education program administered by the British Coatings Federation, and widely respected in the global coatings industry. ACA is a voluntary, nonprofit trade association working to advance the needs of the paint and coatings industry and the professionals who work in it.


7/28/2014 - Anticorrosion paint stripper billed as safest on market

ST. PAUL, Minn.–Cortec Corp., a global supplier of environmentally responsible corrosion-control technologies, has unveiled two heavy-duty, anticorrosion paint strippers and graffiti removers billed as “the safest on the market.” EcoClean VpCI432/433 are rapidly biodegradable, noncorrosive, nontoxic products designed to remove polymers, inks, resins, and coatings from concrete and wood surfaces, as well as two-part epoxies from metals without damage.

The products are formulated without methylene chloride, chlorinated solvents, methanol, toluene, or acetone, making them safe for consumers and the environment. In addition, the products remain on the surface to soften, penetrate, and remove the coating, unlike methylene chloride-based products that evaporate quickly. The multipurpose formulations can be stored indoors without restrictions and can used with a wide range of paints, lacquers, enamels, waxes, alkyds, acrylics, urethanes, and epoxies. Stripping time varies from 3 to 30 minutes, depending on the coating and the number of layers to be removed.


7/25/2014 - OSHA launches local emphasis programs

WASHINGTON, D.C.–The US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is launching a local emphasis program in Kansas, Nebraska, and Missouri for programmed health inspections of industries known to use hazardous chemicals and who have reported release of such chemicals to the EPA. The goal is to reduce occupational illnesses and deaths.

Chemicals reported to the EPA that have been released into the environment include ammonia; barium, chromium, and copper compounds; hydrochloric acid; hydrogen fluoride; lead and manganese compounds; Nhexane; styrene; sulfuric acid; and nitrate, vanadium, and zinc compounds. Industries will be selected for inspection based on site-specific chemical release data from the EPA's TRI Explorer database, which lists industry establishments that have released chemical quantities equal to or exceeding 100,000 pounds.

OSHA has created a toolkit to identify safer chemicals that can be used in place of more hazardous ones. The toolkit is available at http://www.osha.gov/dsg/safer_chemicals. Local emphasis programs are enforcement strategies designed and implemented at the regional and/or area office levels. These programs are intended to address hazards in industries that pose a particular risk to workers in the office's jurisdiction.


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 www.diecasting.org/scholarship/laine . 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.

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