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Posted November 13, 2018

MCLEAN, Va.—The Reshoring Initiative, in conjunction with the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT), and the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA), is looking to recognize companies for successful reshoring projects.

There is one award for which both OEMs/branded product companies and job shops/contract manufacturers can compete. The award criteria include how many US jobs the applicant created, how many dollars per year of sales were reshored, product and process innovation, and more. The reshoring must have occurred work that came back to North America between January 2013 and December 2018. Products, parts, or tooling that was reshored must be made primarily by forming, casting, fabricating, or machining, including additive machining.

Applications must be submitted by January 31, 2010. The winner will be announced in March at the MFG Meeting in Tucson, Ariz. To apply or for more info, contact Harry Moser of the Reshoring Initiative at 847/867-1144 or harry.moser@reshorenow.org.

Posted November 12, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Chemistry Council (ACC) has appointed Deepak Parikh to its Board of Directors beginning January 1, 2019, until December 31, 2021. Parikh is region president of North America for Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals. ACC represents the $768 billion enterprise that is the chemistry business in North America. The council advocates for public policies that support the creation of groundbreaking products to improve lives, protect our environment, and enhance the economic vitality of communities.

Posted November 9, 2018

ROTTERDAM, The Netherlands—Specialty chemicals distributor IMCD NV has agreed to acquire US chemicals distributor E.T. Horn Co., La Mirada, Calif., subject to regulatory approval. Horn represents major specialty chemical suppliers in the western and southwestern US, specializing in raw materials for coatings. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The company plans to continue to expand in the US as part of IMCD.

Posted November 8, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Chairperson Vanessa Allen Sutherland has stepped down and resigned from the position of chair and board member of the US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB). Chair Sutherland stated: “I am saddened to leave the wonderful mission and incredible work of the CSB. This mission is unique and critically important because we are the only agency conducting independent, comprehensive root cause chemical incident investigations. As we continue to recognize the agency’s 20th anniversary of operations, we still have much work to do to achieve our vision of a nation safe from chemical disasters. And I am absolutely certain that this team, and future hires, will both excel in execution and outshine our prior efforts. I’m fortunate to have been a part of the work.”

CSB has announced that Dr. Kristen Kulinowski is now serving as the agency’s interim executive authority following the resignation of Chairperson Sutherland. Dr. Kulinowski has expertise in chemical and materials sciences, occupational health and safety issues, risk policy, nanotechnology, and research administration.

CSB is an independent, nonregulatory federal agency whose mission is to drive chemical safety change through independent investigations to protect people and the environment. The agency’s board members are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate.

Posted November 7, 2018

TAMA, Iowa—Deimco Finishing Equipment, a designer and builder of custom finishing systems, has promoted Tom Arneson to vice president and general manager. The position was created to support the continued growth of the company in the coming years. Arneson started with the company in 1994 and has 24 years of experience engineering custom finishing equipment. He will be leading Deimco as it navigates future expansions in its facilities and in the turnkey finishing systems it provides.

In addition, the company hired Karol Smigowski as senior engineer, Shannon Lwe as electrical engineer, and Jacob Shirar as sales engineer.

Posted November 6, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.—The Sherwin-Williams Co. has launched a new program designed to reduce the time it takes for powder finishers to match, receive, and apply powder. The Color Express program uses a handheld reader to match color against powder products stocked at distribution centers and available at Sherwin-Williams locations across North America.

The ColorReaderPRO handheld color matching and measurement tool, powered by Datacolor, allows coaters to incorporate digital color match technology into their operation. The device is simple, self-contained, and calibrated on site. Job coaters benefit from improved match times, reduced inventory, and improved customer response time. By implementing this technology paired with local in-stock inventory, coaters can reduce match and order times and begin a customer’s job request in days instead of weeks.

The company’s General Industrial Coatings business offers innovative liquid, powder, and electrocoat technologies and expertise to global manufacturers and suppliers in industrial markets.

Posted November 5, 2018

LINCOLN, Nebr.—Lincoln Industries, a provider of metal finishing services and manufactured finished products, has acquired affiliated businesses Southwest Metal Finishing and Inventix Manufacturing. Southwest Metal Finishing, New Berlin, Wisc., is a decorative chrome plating and metal finishing company. Inventix Manufacturing, Menomonee Falls, Wisc., produces zinc and aluminum die castings. Together, the affiliated companies employ more than 600 people. The acquisition expands Lincoln Industries’ capabilities and market reach, and will strengthen relationships with current customers.

Posted November 2, 2018

ATLANTA, Ga.—US manufacturing has successfully adapted to changes in customer needs and shifts in the competitor landscapes, while still focusing on profit margins and revenue growth. Production is estimated to grow 2.8 percent from 2018 to 2021, and manufacturing continues to have an outsized influence on regional economies.

Along with this growth trajectory, there are a few lingering questions. For instance, as a result of the projected growth of manufacturing, the need for skilled workers in areas like metal forming, fabricating, welding, and finishing has also risen. Welding alone will need an estimated 90,000 welders around the country by 2024. Companies are actively working to address this. Along with the labor shortage, questions regarding American-made goods being reintroduced into export markets as well as end user motivation for products like cars are also being debated.

Three panel sessions at FABTECH 2018 will discuss and help shape the industry outlook in 2019. These sessions are: “Innovate, Accelerate, and Advance Manufacturing” on Tuesday at 12:30 p.m.; “State of the Industry” on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m.; and “Manufacturing and the New Generation Workforce” on Thursday at 10:30 a.m.

FABTECH is dedicated to providing a platform for the industry to collaborate, discover innovation, share ideas, and participate in education sessions that highlight solutions and tactics attendees need to accelerate and grow their businesses. The show is the largest metal forming, fabricating, welding, and finishing event in North America. The event will be held November 6-8 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Ga.

Posted November 1, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C.—A petition backed by more than 130 industry organizations is making its way to the US Department of Labor’s OSHA arguing for an official standard on heat protection. Led by nonprofit Public Citizen, the petition is calling for OSHA to do more than just point to suggested guidelines provided by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

Public Citizen launched a national campaign in mid-July urging OSHA to create a national heat protection standard arguing that, as the climate changes, workers are experiencing more and more heat stress every year, which can take a dangerous toll on the body.
According to the government, 69,374 workers were seriously injured from heat between 1992 and 2016, and 783 US workers died from heat exposure. By combining climate projects and census data, Public Citizen concluded that, by 2050, more than one million agriculture and construction workers will experience 30 days or more of dangerous heat per year.

While OSHA endorses NIOSH’s criteria, it has never created a nationally enforceable rule requiring employers to provide water, rest, shade and, acclimatization programs or training to recognize symptoms of heat illness. However, OSHA does provide visual indicators for heat index levels, which are the baselines for the NIOSH guidelines. Those levels were recently put under the magnifying glass by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which oversees NIOSH.

Posted October 31, 2018

KONGENS LYNGBY, Denmark—Global coatings supplier Hempel has agreed to acquire 65 percent of German paint manufacturer J.W. Ostendorf (JWO) in a move it says is part of a strategy for growth foreshadowed in the Danish firm’s annual report earlier this year. The JWO acquisition strengthens Hempel’s presence in the decorative paints market. JWO makes mainly water-based paints for the retail market, with a focus on environmental friendliness.

Family-owned JWO will be managed day to day by Jan and Jens Ostendorf, sons of former majority shareholder Michael Ostendorf, who also remains a shareholder. JWO joins the U.K.-based Crown Paints as part of Hempel’s stable of consumer brands.

Posted October 30, 2018

MILWAUKEE, Wisc.—Castolin Eutectic has launched a new and improved range of advanced polymer coatings, called MeCaTeC, that provide fast practical solutions to a wide variety of industrial maintenance and repair problems caused by premature wear of critical parts used in manufacturing machinery and equipment. It is ideal for anti-wear coating and repair of all metals, including difficult-to-weld metals such as Ni-Hard castings.

On top of all the new related technologies, the company has developed an application format that makes applying the polymer coatings even easier. The MeCaSpray pneumatic cartridge spray system saves labor hours and improves the results of the applied coatings. The self-contained system is portable and lightweight for ease of use and control. It integrates a dual stage trigger, making one-handed operation possible.

Posted October 29, 2018

SHAANXI, China—Dr. Jia Sun and a research team from Northwestern Polytechnical University have published a paper describing how niobium-based (Nb-based) alloys successfully achieved duration of more than 128 hours at an ultrahigh temperature of 1,500°C, thanks to a multilayered silicide coating.

Dr. Sun says that, through optimizing interfaces, the silicide coating with a layer of aluminum oxide-adsorbed particles exhibited three-times higher oxidation resistance capacity than one without it. The adsorbed-particle layer served as an element diffusion barrier, and a porous Nb silicon layer that was formed provided a stress-transition zone, and these contributed to the significant improvement in performance.

Posted October 26, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C.—New data released by a blasting abrasive industry trade group appears to show higher levels of beryllium than previously recorded in a number of abrasive media, though manufacturers of those products have questioned the methods and motives of the group that published the study.

The Abrasive Blasting Manufacturers Alliance (ABMA) released the data based on an analysis of several garnet, staurolite, glass, and aluminum oxide abrasive products carried out by California-based scientific consulting firm Exponent. The data follows up an earlier release of a study of only crushed-glass abrasives, carried out by the same firm. ABMA has been active in arguing that OSHA’s new beryllium rule will be an undue burden on blasting operations using any abrasive and holds that no abrasive media can be considered to be beryllium-free. The study indicates beryllium levels between 0.2 and 1.6 milligrams per kilogram in five different garnet abrasives, 0.4 mg/kg in one glass abrasive sample, 5.16 mg/kg in an aluminum oxide sample, and 13.6 mg/kg in a staurolite abrasive sample (these measurements are equivalent to parts per million).

The previous study of crushed-glass abrasives indicated beryllium levels between 0.27 and 0.76 mg/kg in 18 samples. The new information comes as federal workplace-safety researchers say they won’t perform further work to clarify the risk of beryllium exposure in abrasive blasting operations, leaving abrasive manufacturers to supply information on their products themselves.

ABMA has previously fought OSHA’s characterizations that slag abrasives are the only abrasive products likely to be affected by the measures put into place in the rule, which drops the permissible exposure level from 2.0 to 0.2 micrograms per cubic meter of air (as a timeweighted average over eight hours) and establishes an action level of 0.1 micrograms per cubic meter.

Beryllium is a component of coal, certain rock materials, volcanic dust, and soil that is used in several industrial applications. Breathing air containing beryllium can deposit beryllium particles in the lungs, presenting immune system and respiratory risks. The new beryllium rule was published after years in development, authored primarily by OSHA, the United Steelworkers union and Materion Brush, the country’s largest supplier of beryllium.

Abrasive blasting is one instance in which OSHA indicates there is a possibility that beryllium exposure could rise above the action level even when beryllium levels in the material are much lower than 1,000 ppm, because of the fine dust created during the blasting process.
Adding to the confusion over the issue, the 1998 study’s bulk elemental analysis—among the few pieces of research available by which to benchmark the new study numbers—in many cases doesn’t jibe with the Exponent study results. The KTA-Tator study’s analysis looked at seven garnet samples, with beryllium content ranging from nondetectable to 0.07 ppm, while the Exponent study looked at five garnet samples and found a range between 0.23 and 1.66 ppm. The KTA-Tator study examined two staurolite samples and found beryllium at concentrations of up to 0.01 ppm; the Exponent study’s staurolite sample was found to have beryllium at a concentration of 13.6 ppm. ABMA contends that the discrepancy likely has to do with testing methods. There is very little other literature to go by in the beryllium debate.

Posted October 25, 2018

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.—The Eastern Coatings Show (ECS) is seeking submissions from academia, government, and industry presenting novel research results in all aspects of industrial coating technology for presentations at its biennial conference, which will be held May 13-15, 2019, at Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City, N.J.

The goal of the ECS is to further the advancement of coatings technology and offer educational and technical presentations to create a profound understanding of the theory, science, manufacturing, and marketing of coatings to highlight the improvement of coatings performance and functionality beyond traditional expectations.

The ECS Technical Committee will review the submissions based on their technical content and contribution to furthering the advancement of coatings technology. The format should be as close to a short course as possible. Presentations providing educational insights into emerging technology will be given priority.

To be considered, submit an abstract for your presentation along with a speaker biography and photo to Chuck Shearer at charles.shearer@dsm.com. Submissions are due no later than December 1, 2018, and acceptance letters will be sent by January 1, 2019.

Posted October 25, 2018

HOUSTON, Tex.—NACE International has released a new book by corrosion and coatings expert Jon Cavallo. CorrCompilations: Coating Failure Analysis discusses a wide array of coatings failures, from abrasion and adhesion failure to peeling. The book is a compendium of technical information to be used as a roadmap for coatings inspectors in a number of industries. With clear language and timely guidance, it offers a comprehensive approach to failure analysis that can be applied in many technical categories.

Coatings professionals looking to learn from the experiences of others will benefit from Cavallo’s knowledge and insight. For more than 40 years, he has worked in the military and private sectors and has made his mark as a writer, speaker, and authority in the field of protective coatings.

The book is available in paperback or electronically in the NACE Store at https://store.nace.org/corrcompilations-coating-failure-analysis.

Posted October 24, 2018

MUTTENS, Switzerland—Specialty chemicals firm Clariant has announced the expansion of its partnership with specialty chemical distributor Lintech International LLC, Macon, Ga. Lintech will be the sole distributor of Clariant’s pigments for plastics, coating, and printing ink markets in the US. Clariant’s Business Unit Pigments product portfolio includes organic pigments, organic dyes, and pigment dispersions. In February 2017, Lintech was named the sole US distributor for Clariant’s Plastics & Rubber Pigment Products.

Posted October 23, 2018

PARSIPPANY, N.J.—Throughout the remainder of 2018, Sun Chemical will celebrate its 200th anniversary. “Beginning with the inspiring legacy of Lorilleux and Samuel Morris in the early 1800’s, Sun Chemical has delivered 200 years of color expertise, innovative technology, and an ongoing commitment to quality and service for our customers,” said Rudi Lenz, president and CEO. “Having held close to 10,000 worldwide trademarks and over 3,000 granted patents in various global jurisdictions in its history, Sun Chemical takes pride in producing solutions tailor-made to meet the individual needs of our customers.”

Sun Chemical was the first to develop UV inks, water-based inks, pigmented flexo inks, and flexo inks for polyethylene films. It was also the first to create the four-color wet process inks system in 1906, now commonly known as CMYK printing.

The company’s Performance Pigments Division is a global leader in the pigments industry, offering a wide array of pigments, effects, and preparations for the coatings, cosmetics, plastics, inks, and specialties markets. The Advanced Materials division delivers compounds, polymers, and application materials to broad markets. To learn more about Sun Chemical’s 200 years of color expertise, visit www.sunchemical.com/200years.

Posted October 22, 2018

SINGAPORE, Asia–The wings of dragonflies and cicadas inspired a group of researchers from the Agency for Science, Technology and Research’s (A*STAR’s) Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) to invent an antibacterial nanocoating that could be used to disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as door handles, tables, and lift buttons.

The scientists say studies have shown that the wings of dragonflies and cicadas prevent bacterial growth due to their natural structure. The surfaces of their wings are covered in nanopillars making them look like a bed of nails. When bacteria come into contact with these surfaces, their cell membranes get ripped apart immediately and they are killed. This inspired researchers from the IBN to grow nanopillars of zinc oxide, a compound known for its antibacterial and nontoxic properties. The zinc oxide nanopillars can kill a broad range of germs like E. coli and S. aureus that are commonly transmitted from surface contact. Tests on ceramic, glass, titanium, and zinc surfaces showed that the coating effectively killed up to 99.9 percent of germs found on the surfaces.

IBN has received a grant from the National Research Foundation to develop this coating technology, in collaboration with Tan Tock Seng Hospital, for commercial application over the next 5 years. It will prove particularly useful in creating bacteria-free surfaces in places like hospitals and clinics, where sterilization is important to help control the spread of infections.

Posted October 19, 2018

HEERLEN, The Netherlands—Royal DSM, a global science company active in health, nutrition, and materials, has launched a new proprietary one shot matte (OSM) powder coating HAA system that delivers better reproducibility and enables lower crosslinker levels and curing temperatures than current alternatives. The new Uralac OSM powder coating resins are being rolled out globally and can be used for a wide range of industrial matte applications.

Unlike other commercially available OSM low-gloss powder coating solutions, which usually offer cure temperatures of 200°C, Uralac can be cured for 10 minutes at 180°C or 20 minutes at 160°C, enabling a lower manufacturing carbon footprint. In addition, manufacturers can more easily reproduce the same matte coating finish using these new OSM resins.

Posted October 18, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The US Department of Defense (DoD) has again stopped delivery of the F35 fighter jet over issues related to primer application on fastener holes. The F35, built by Lockheed Martin, is the most expensive weapons program in US history, and has been plagued with mechanical and technical issues.

Last November, the Pentagon confirmed it had halted delivery of the planes for nearly a month due to corrosion issues stemming from improper application of primer on fastener holes in the fuselage. The Pentagon’s F35 Joint Program Office said at the time that Lockheed Martin “had not applied the required primer in fastener holes on F35 substructures during the aircraft production process.”

“In partnership with the JPO, we are taking a holistic fleetwide approach to plan and implement corrective action on aircraft in production and fielded jets, which allowed deliveries to resume,” a Lockheed Martin spokesperson said in a statement at the time. But now, disagreements over the approach to the problem have led to another halt in delivery.

Reports indicate that the Pentagon is in a contractual dispute over the primer problem and Lockheed Martin’s plans to address it. The issue was discovered during maintenance on F35A jets at Hill Air Force Base in Utah. The contract dispute centers around the fact that neither Lockheed nor the DoD caught the primer issue at the time of production, only after planes were in operation.

In 2010, a team of DoD corrosion experts delivered a report on the F35 and the earlier F22 fighter, holding that both jets were at risk for corrosion. The team noted that the F35 featured design elements that were put in place to save weight and benefit the environment, but that corrosion was not taken into account sufficiently during design.

The JPO responded in 2011 with a report indicating that the F35 had a comprehensive corrosion prevention program in place, and that the corrosion team’s concerns about the type of primer used on the jets were being addressed.

Posted October 16, 2018

SAN DIEGO, Calif.—The 2017 data is in, and job announcements are up substantially for US manufacturing. Reshoring and foreign job announcements (FDI) surged in 2017 to over 170,000 US manufacturing jobs. This is strong evidence that work can and will be successfully brought back, and is especially relevant in a time of intense debate over tariffs and the trade deficit. All told, job announcements were up 52 percent from 2016. Announcements lead to hiring typically within 6 to 24 months. There is substantial potential for many more jobs to come back, if the right policies are implemented going forward.

President Trump has announced tariffs on solar panels, appliances, steel, aluminum, and a broad range of Chinese products. His aim is to eliminate the $700 billion per year nonpetroleum goods trade deficit, thus increasing US manufacturing by about 40 percent, which equals about five million jobs.

Like 2017, 2018 results will depend largely on actual policy changes (taxes, regulations, trade, skilled workforce, tariffs, etc.) and corporate responses to those changes. Broad and steep tariffs would probably lead to temporary economic disruption. Medium-term, the disruption will likely disappear. Longer-term, US and foreign companies will understand that the US is committed to balancing the trade deficit. The companies will shift production to the US to avoid being excluded from the world’s largest market.

The best guess forecast is that 2018 reshoring and FDI will be flat to slightly up versus 2017’s record level of 171,000 manufacturing jobs announced. The skilled workforce supply is not yet ready to support a much higher rate of increase.

Continuation of the trend depends on companies reevaluating their offshoring. For more info, visit the Reshoring Initiative’s website at www.reshorenow.org.

Posted October 15, 2018

EXETER, England—Super nanomaterial graphene has been touted in recent years for properties that can help make coatings and other products that lubricate and resist corrosion, but a new study by UK engineers shows it could also be a component of durable, more sustainable concrete.

The University of Exeter’s Monica Craciun and Dimitar Dimov, along with seven others, recently published a paper explaining how incorporating graphene into concrete can lead to a product that’s twice as strong as traditional concrete and four times as water-resistant. In addition, the stronger graphene-laced concrete could translate to a 50 percent reduction in the volume of materials needed to make concrete for a given structure—meaning a huge reduction in the greenhouse gases associated with making cement and concrete.
The material the engineers created for the study was made using a water-stabilized dispersion of graphene. The material’s compressive strength increased by 146 percent in comparison with standard concrete, and its flexural strength was 79.5 percent greater.

The researchers hope that not only will the graphene concrete development lead directly to a stronger, greener building material, but the research will spawn more work using water-stabilized graphene dispersions.

Posted October 12, 2018

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.—Binks, a Carlisle Fluid Technologies’ brand, has launched the all-new Binks Trophy AA Air-Assisted Airless manual spray gun. The gun’s ergonomic design and advanced spray technology combine in an efficient and easy-to-use gun to deliver a high-quality finish. Engineered for use in the most challenging finish applications, the gun is built to maximize spray quality, increase efficiency of product application, reduce downtime, and be environmentally responsible. The low trigger-pull force further enhances control while significantly reducing operator fatigue and the chances of repetitive strain injury.

Posted October 11, 2018

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Researchers based out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have discovered that a solid oxide protective coating for metals can deform as a liquid would, filling gaps and providing corrosion protection. The thin layer of coating could help prevent leakage of tiny molecules that can penetrate through most materials, such as radioactive tritium that forms inside the cores of nuclear power plants.

“We were trying to understand why aluminum oxide and silicon dioxide are special oxides that give excellent corrosion resistance,” said Ju Li, professor of nuclear engineering and science at MIT and senior author of the research paper. The research team used instruments to observe the surface of metals coated with these special oxides to monitor what happened when they were exposed to an oxygen environment and placed under stress.

Metals under stress from pressure inside a reactor vessel can corrode quickly if not protected properly. A solid protective layer may also lead to cracks that allow the oxygen to penetrate to the bare metal. “We want an oxide that is liquid-like and crack-resistant,” said team leader Yang Yang. “Aluminum oxide seems to be the solution, as it has the desired liquid-like behavior even at room temperature so long as it’s applied in a thin-enough coating—about 2 to 3 nanometers thick.”

The traditional assumption in regard to the oxide is that it’s brittle and subject to cracking. Up until recently, no one had been able to prove otherwise due to difficulty observing the material under realistic conditions. Thanks to the use of a transmission electron microscope (ETEM), this was made possible.

The analysis revealed that an aluminum oxide layer, when applied thinly, is almost as deformable as a comparably thin layer of aluminum metal. When aluminum oxide is coated onto a bulk piece of aluminum, the liquid-like flow keeps the aluminum covered. With the help of the ETEM, researchers demonstrated that aluminum with an oxide coating could be stretched to more than double its length without cracks opening. Even with the stress, “the oxide forms a very uniform conformal layer that protects the surface, with no grain boundaries or cracks,” said Li.

The material is technically a kind of glass, but it behaves like a liquid and can coat the surface as long as it is applied thinly enough. Application opportunities for the coating are reportedly wide and varied, given the crack-free surface the coating can provide.

Posted October 10, 2018

BRADLEY, Ill.—Restoration Works Inc. has developed an environmentally friendly method of paint stripping called the Light Wave Stripper. This method utilizes advanced infrared technology, and is revolutionizing the way old paint coatings can be removed. By placing the stripper over a section of wood for 60 seconds, multiple layers of paint are loosened and lifted and the paint can be scraped off as if it were butter.

Posted October 8, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C.—National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) researchers recently released a study that analyzed data regarding occupational noise exposure, hearing difficulty, and heart conditions within US industries. Published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, the NIOSH study also delved into the correlation between workplace noise exposure and heart disease.

High blood pressure and high cholesterol are more common among those exposed to loud noise at work. Loud noise affects roughly 22 million workers each year. In turn, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, with high blood pressure and high LDL cholesterol being key factors.

The researchers’ findings indicated that: 25 percent of current workers have a history of work-related noise exposure, with 14 percent exposed in the last year; 12 percent of workers had hearing difficulty, 24 percent had high blood pressure, and 28 percent had high cholesterol; from these cases, 58 percent of those with hearing difficulty, 14 percent of those with high blood pressure, and 9 percent of those with high cholesterol could attribute these conditions to occupational noise exposure. The research found that industries with the highest incidents of occupational noise exposure were mining at 61 percent, construction at 51 percent, and manufacturing at 47 percent.

Posted October 5, 2018

BERKELEY, Calif.—In a bid to increase solar cell efficiency, researchers based out of the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab in California have found a way to adjust solar materials so they are able to absorb the greatest possible range of the light spectrum. The problem, however, is that this study was conducted in a nitrogen atmosphere, and a protective coating is needed for these adjustments to work.

The Berkeley Lab team coated tiny particles with organic dyes, enhancing their capacity to absorb near-infrared light while also reemitting the light in the visible light spectrum. Once they understood how the dyes on the nanoparticles allowed for the increased absorption of light from a wider range, the researchers reengineered the nanoparticles to further amplify this light-absorption property.

A 2012 study found that dyes on the surface of upconverting nanoparticles (UCNPs) enhanced the light-converting properties of the particles, but how it happened remained unclear. Over the past several years researchers have been trying to replicate these findings, but found that the dyes used degraded when exposed to light, making it difficult to find out what was going on.

Given that the most recent study was carried out in a nitrogen atmosphere, the team is looking for a protective coating that would allow the UCPNs to exist in a real-world setting. More research is needed to evaluate possible protective coatings for the particles, such as different polymers that serve to encapsulate the particles.

Posted October 3, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced in late July that it would be taking steps to roll back parts of the Obama-era “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” rule, emphasizing the necessity for better protection of workers’ personal information.

The agency issued the proposed rule because it believes it maintains safety and health protections for workers, protects privacy, and reduces the burdens of complying with the current rule. The proposed rule eliminates the requirement to electronically submit information from OSHA Form 300 (Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses) and OSHA Form 301 (Injury and Illness Incident Report) for establishments with 250 or more employees that are currently required to maintain injury and illness records. These establishments would instead be required to electronically submit information only from OSHA Form 300A.

Further, the new rule noted that the most recent deadline (for calendar year 2017) for Forms 300 and 301 information was July 1. The agency says that it will not enforce the deadlines for those forms until further notice, while the rulemaking is underway.

OSHA’s decision not to enforce the 300 and 301 reports provoked Public Citizen, the American Public Health Association, and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists to file a lawsuit in the US District Court for the District of Columbia. Those entities say that the 300 and 301 forms contain vital information on worker safety, and rolling back that requirement puts workers at risk. The proposed rule is also getting pushback from the other side, which notes that the 300A form also holds confidential information.

Posted October 2, 2018

INDEPENDENCE, Ky.—The Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI) has honored members for service and dedication and installed its 2018-2019 National Board of Directors & Officers. CCAI is a technical and professional organization that provides information and training on surface coating technologies.

CCAI’s highest honor, the prestigious James F. & David J. Wright Lifetime Achievement Award, was presented to Rex Winemiller. Winemiller was a dedicated and active member of CCAI for 26 years until his retirement in 2015.

CCAI also honored its Chapter User and Supplier of the Year recipients. Each year, chapters recognize a User and Supplier member for their service and dedication to their respective chapter. Chapters are the cornerstone of the association and CCAI is grateful for the tremendous efforts of those who continue to support its mission to build a better finishing industry.

The 2017-2018 Chapter Award winners are: Central States Chapter – Shawn Bristol, HMC Performance Coatings, and Marty Sawyer, Trimac Industrial Systems LLC; Georgia Chapter – Samantha Paulson, Dinamec Systems LLC; Las Vegas Chapter – Tony Sclafani, AR Iron LLC, and Luis Hernandez, Coral Chemical Co.; Southern California Chapter – Shivie Dhillon, Sundial Powder Coating, and Ron Lum, Coral Chemical Co.; Twin Cities Chapter – Michelle Striggow, Graco Inc., and Robyn Aiken; West Michigan Chapter – Bob Warren, retired; and Wisconsin Chapter – The Metalcraft Management Team and The Andreae Family, Therma-Tron-X.

CCAI also installed its 2018-2019 National Board of Directors and Officers. Serving as Officers will be Bill Oney, Therma-Tron-X Inc., president; Duane Fudge, Chemetall, vice president; Tony Sclafani, AR Iron LLC, treasurer; and Ron Lum, Coral Chemical Co., recent past president.

Serving as Directors will be Kevin Coursin, George Koch Sons LLC; Shivie Dhillon, SunDial Powder Coatings; Jim Gallagher, Harley-Davidson Motor Co.; Loren Keene, Pneu-Mech Systems Mfg. LLC; Dan Labrecque, Tiger Drylac USA Inc.; Todd Luciano, Products Finishing; Jim Malloy, Kolene Corp.; Tim Milner, J.I.T. Powder Coating Co.; Mark Walsworth, Nordic Ware Inc.; Bob Warren; Jeff Watson, Custom Chemicals of Texas; and Sam Woehler, George Koch Sons LLC. Serving as Ex-officio Board member is Larry Melgary, Northern Coatings & Chemical.

Posted October 1, 2018

KARLSRUHE, Germany—At the seventh edition of its biennial show held this past April, PaintExpo carried on with the success story it started in 2006. With 537 exhibitors from 29 countries, the world’s leading trade fair for industrial coating technology not only set a new record for exhibitor numbers, but visitor numbers increased by roughly 12 percent. A total of 11,790 visitors traveled to Karlsruhe from 88 countries.

This year’s show had a significant increase in net exhibition floor space to cover about 168,700 square feet. As a result, the exhibitors were evenly distributed over three well-occupied halls for the first time ever. The number of leads generated at the event rose significantly again this year, likely aided by the increase in visitors.

One of the reasons for PaintExpo’s strong appeal is its unique concentration of companies from the field of industrial coating technology. This results in comprehensive and targeted product and service offerings ranging from pretreatment, systems, and applications technology to final inspection and packaging. This makes it possible for job shop coaters as well as companies with in-house painting operations from all industry sectors to gather information and procure solutions with minimal legwork.

The next PaintExpo will take place April 21-24, 2020, at the Karlsruhe Exhibition Centre, Karlsruhe, Germany.

Posted September 28, 2018

SOUTHAMPTON, England—Researchers based out of the University of Southampton recently developed a new type of first-surface coating for spacecraft exteriors with light weight and durability that they say could change how craft are designed. Known as Metamaterial Optical Solar Reflectors (metaOSRs), the coatings radiate infrared heat away while reflecting most of the optical solar spectrum. The OSRs are an essential component of thermal control for spacecraft.

Most commonly made of quartz tiles with thermo-optical properties, OSRs are designed to reject solar radiation and dissipate heat generated onboard the spacecraft. The tiles themselves are often heavy and fragile and cannot be applied to curved surfaces. The research team developed a new metaOSR coating that uses metal oxide, a material used for transparent electrical contacts. In this context, the oxide is patterned into a metamaterial with very strong infrared emissivity while retaining a low absorption of the solar spectrum.
The newly developed OSR technology is based completely on durable coatings that are approved to be used in space. The research team is currently working on developing the prototypes for larger areas, through processes developed by Danish nanoimprint developer NIL Technology. The first round of tests for the metamaterials is still being prepared. The university is being supported by the Horizon 2020 space technology project and is a member of the METAREFLECTOR consortium.

Currently, thermal emissivity control requires bulky mechanical components such as louvers, which are extremely expensive and prone to failure, posing significant risk to missions. The smart metaOSR technology will offer a valuable new tool for thermal engineers of spacecraft, of particular importance for the lightweight segment of the satellite market.

Posted September 27, 2018

FORT MILL, S.C.—The Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) is joining forces with the Association of International Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators (AIMCAL) and the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) to present the AIMCAL R2R Conference USA/SPE Flexible Packaging Conference (FlexPackCon) 2018. The event will be held October 28-31 at the Wild Horse Pass Resort in Phoenix, Ariz.

More than 400 attendees and 80 exhibitors are expected to participate in the fifth joint technical conference organized by AIMCAL and SPE and devoted to roll-to-roll processing and flexible packaging. FPA has presented industry overviews at past events, but will now take a more active role and will sponsor at least six papers this year.

The conference schedule features more than 100 presentations organized in tracks devoted to subjects such as web coating and laminating, vacuum web coating, web handling and winding, adhesives and coatings, flexible packaging designs, and market/application requirements. FPA’s involvement will add content and insights from the converter segment of the flexible packaging market to more strongly connect the entire supply chain.

Posted September 25, 2018

PITTSBURGH, Pa.—PPG has announced its new PPG SPECTRACRON 128 industrial shop primer, a fast-drying, low-VOC primer designed for applicators seeking fast dry times and strong protection over steel substrates. With VOCs of only 2.8 pounds per gallon, the primer meets stringent environmental regulations while delivering rust-inhibitive protection in corrosive environments. It is an easy-to-use, single-component, high-solids primer for structural steel, agricultural equipment, industrial equipment, material handling equipment, and other miscellaneous metal fabrication applications.

Posted September 24, 2018

MANKATO, Minn.—Pretreatment Equipment Manufacturing Inc. (PEM) has named Kelly McCabe as director of sales and operations. McCabe has more than 11 years of experience in the finishing industry and more than 20 years of management experience. PEM specializes in working with OEMs and job shops to provide metal part pretreatment solutions and chemical application equipment.

Posted September 21, 2018

Dec. 4-6: Essentials of Chemical Engineering for Non-Chemical Engineers. New Orleans, La. Sponsored by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). Contact AIChE at 800/242-4363; fax 203/775-5177; tinam@aiche.org; www.aiche.org.

Dec. 5-6: Powder Coating 202 Workshop. Westland, Mich. Sponsored by the Powder Coating Institute (PCI). Contact PCI at 859/525-9988; fax 859/356-0908; pci-info@powdercoating.org; www.powdercoating.org.

Dec. 10-13: Process Safety Boot Camp. Houston, Tex. Sponsored by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and the Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS). Contact AIChE at 800/242-4363; fax 203/775-5177; tinam@aiche.org; www.aiche.org.

Posted September 20, 2018

ORANGE CITY, Iowa—Diamond Vogel has revamped its brand identity, including a modernized and simplified update to its iconic windmill logo and a new look and feel to its branded communications and signage. In addition, many of the company’s separately branded business units will begin to use the Diamond Vogel branding.

Doug Vogel, vice president of corporate marketing, says helping customers understand the different types of coating solutions available from the company is fundamental to this change. “We’re modernizing and simplifying our brand to help us communicate with our customers in this fast-paced, digital world,” says Vogel. “We deliver quality coating solutions distinctively to a wide variety of paint and coatings markets. It’s important for our brand to encompass everything we are capable of providing.”

Designing a new brand look that works across all platforms and channels while upholding the company’s heritage was important to the overall effort. The company provides coating solutions to the industrial, architectural, industrial wood, automotive, aerosol, traffic, and toll manufacturing markets.

Posted September 19, 2018

INDEPENDENCE, Ky.—The Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI), a technical and professional organization that provides information and training on surface coating technologies, is excited to announce their agreement with San Diego-based Workshops for Warriors to provide an industrial finishing certificate program called Finishing for Warriors. Workshop for Warriors is a state-licensed, board governed, fully audited 501(c)(3) nonprofit school that trains, certifies, and helps veterans, wounded warriors, and transition service members into advanced manufacturing careers. Students earn nationally recognized portable and stackable credentials.

CCAI contracted with Rich Saddler of Industrial Finishing Solutions to coordinate the development of the Finishing for Warriors curriculum. Saddler has an extensive background and is well recognized in the industrial finishing industry, which will be an asset when seeking assistance in key areas for educational information. “I am honored and excited to be part of this program, bringing finishing knowledge to our veterans,” said Saddler. “This program is not only providing training to the next generation of finishing professionals but provides exciting career opportunities to veterans transitioning from military to civilian life.”

The Finishing for Warriors curriculum will include hands-on training to complement the classroom lessons. Once veterans complete the course, Workshop for Warriors assists students in finding job placement throughout the US.

Posted September 18, 2018

FRANKLIN, Wis.—Custom Fabricating & Supplies (CFS) recently completed a new corporate video. Produced by CI Design, the video provides an overview of the family-owned business and features a fun look inside its Franklin, Wis., facility. “Rather than a nuts and bolts explanation of what the company does, I am excited to show what is at the heart of CFS – our employees and customers,” says Henry Asik, VP of CFS.

In addition, a piece featuring the company’s new Delta Crusader precision rotary die cutting machine was also released. “The Delta takes us to the next level in our ability to produce component die cuts,” commented Brian Asik, national sales manager for CFS. The machine has capabilities that are sought after for intricate and precise component die cuts.
Both videos are available to view on the company’s YouTube Channel at http://bit.ly/CFSYouTubePR. CFS is an ISO 9001:2015 supplier of performance component die cuts, custom rubber molded parts, extrusions, and masking supplies for industrial applications.

Posted September 17, 2018

KINGSPORT, Tenn.—Eastman, a global advanced materials and specialty additives company, has introduced Tetrashield protective resin systems, a technology for coatings that enables chemical resistance while balancing hardness and flexibility. The company touts it as a polyol chemistry for coatings applications that can deliver durability through improvements in weathering, UV stability, and scratch and mar resistance.

Posted September 14, 2018

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Apel International Inc., also known as Apel Filters, plans to expand its facility at Bluegrass Commerce Park in Jeffersontown, Ky. The company plans to add 28,600 square feet to what is currently a 74,000-square-foot building, increasing the amount of warehousing and distribution space.

The new $2 million warehouse will include high-tech automated storage and retrieval machines. The company will add more than 20 employees and a third shift after the completion of this project. Apel Filters manufactures and ships custom and standard replacement cartridge filters, pleated bags, and fabric filters for dust collection.

Posted August 29, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C.—President Donald J. Trump has announced that Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt has resigned. Pruitt had been under fire in recent months for allegations of improper spending of taxpayer money, self-dealing, and inappropriate use of staff.

Andrew Wheeler has assumed the duties of acting Administrator. Wheeler is a former lawyer and lobbyist for firm Faegre Baker Daniels, working primarily with clients in the fossil fuel industry, and is set to maintain Pruitt’s direction with the EPA.

Posted August 28, 2018

Powder Coating is heartbroken to inform our readers that we have lost a dear friend and staff member. Harry Myers, production manager of PC and our three sister publications, unexpectedly passed away in June. Harry was an integral part of our company for the past 20 years and will be incredibly missed by staff members, many of whom were lucky enough to call him a friend.

We send our condolences to the Myers family. Rest in peace, Harry.

Posted August 27, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited MPV Morganton Pressure Vessels North Carolina LLC, Marion, N.C., for exposing employees to fire, explosion, laceration, and struck-by hazards. The metal tank manufacturer faces proposed penalties of $101,800. The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and proposed penalties to comply, request an informal conference, or contest the findings.

An inspection of the company’s Bay Minette, Ala., facility found 10 serious and three other-than-serious violations, including exposure to fire and explosion hazards from an accumulation of combustible dust, laceration hazards from unguarded grinders, and struck-by hazards from unsecured propane tanks. The inspection was part of OSHA’s National Emphasis Program for Combustible Dust and the Regional Emphasis Program for Powered Industrial Trucks.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards.

Posted August 24, 2018

PHILADELPHIA, Pa.—Axalta Coating Systems has acquired a state-of-the-art manufacturing and distribution facility in Sacramento, Calif., to support growth in its North American Industrial and Refinish businesses. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Axalta is a leading global coatings company.

Posted August 23, 2018

TAYLOR MILL, Ky.—The Powder Coating Institute (PCI) has awarded its 2018-2019 scholarships to students who are studying various subjects that can lead to a career in powder coating. The criteria for the awards include specific studies and projects relevant to powder coating technology, transcript/GPA, future goals, unique qualifications, and a letter of recommendation from their adviser.

This year’s Scholarship Program awarded $25,000 in total, which includes corporate donations. The following students were awarded scholarships: Alexis Corda, Purdue University; Maggie Sackse, University of Oregon; Alyson Sillin, University of Oregon; Alison Rohly, North Dakota State University; Hayden Castagno, Brigham Young University-Idaho; and Emily Chojecki, Purdue University. For more information on the recipients as well as the application process, visit www.powdercoating.org.

Posted August 20, 2018

Oct. 2-4: KTA Basic Coatings Inspection Course. Drury Inn & Suites St. Louis Convention Center, St. Louis, Mo. Sponsored by KTA-Tator. Contact Debbie Morelli at 412/788-1300 ext. 187; dmorelli@kta.com; https://kta.com/basic-coatings-inspection-course.

Oct. 4-5: Powder Coating 101 Workshop. Hillsboro, Ore. Sponsored by the Powder Coating Institute (PCI). Contact PCI at 859/525-9988; fax 859/356-0908; pci-info@powdercoating.org; www.powdercoating.org.

Oct. 9-11: Essentials of Chemical Engineering for Non-Chemical Engineers. Chicago, Ill. Sponsored by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). Contact AIChE at 800/242-4363; fax 203/775-5177; tinam@aiche.org; www.aiche.org.

Oct. 16-17: 2018 Intech Information Institute (I3). DoubleTree by Hilton, Philadelphia. Pa. Sponsored by Intech Services. Contact Chris Lord at 302/366-8530; fax 302/366-8602; clord@intechservices.com; www.intechservices.com/i3-2018.

Posted August 17, 2018

TAMPA, Fla.—The Electrocoat Association presented several awards at its Ecoat18 conference in Tampa this Spring. Chuck Gault, Max Coating, received the Best End-User Contribution Award, which is given to select electrocoaters who have devoted time and company resources to provide technical presentations at the conference.

Three other individuals received the Dr. George E.F. Brewer Award, considered the most distinguished honor given by the association. Dr. Brewer is generally credited with the original idea of electrodeposition of paint through his work and research during the late 1950’s while at Ford Motor Co. Through his initiative, the technology became more precise and the market expanded. This year’s award recipients were: James Gezo, PPG Industries, who received the award in the area of market promotion of electrocoat technology; Frederick Hess, UFS Corp., was honored in the area of application of electrocoat technology; and Jack Loren, Membranes International, received his award for development of electrocoat technology.

Posted August 16, 2018

TAYLOR MILL, Ky.—The Powder Coating Institute (PCI) has released the first in a series of videos promoting powder coating technology to manufacturers. In the video, several original equipment manufacturers share the benefits they enjoy in using powder technology for their products. The video can be accessed at www.powdercoating.org. PCI is a nonprofit technical and professional association that provides information and education on powder coating technologies worldwide.