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January 12, 2018

PITTSBURGH, Pa.—There’s a new monopoly in the coatings industry, but it’s not one the Federal Trade Commission will need to investigate. The most beloved and iconic board game in the world, Monopoly, has been customized for the industrial coatings industry.

The Journal of Protective Coatings and Linings (JPCL) and Hasbro have teamed up to create the JPCL Special Edition Industrial Coatings Monopoly game. The traditional board game has been entirely customized for the industrial and protective coatings industry (aside from the “four corners” and the houses and hotels, all trademark protected).

Gone are the traditional property names like Boardwalk, Marvin Gardens and Illinois Avenue. The properties now feature industry companies that supported the project, including The Sherwin-Williams Co., PPG, Carboline, Covestro, Thomas Industrial Coatings, and SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings. The four railroad properties are now projects: Bridge & Highway, Water Storage, Marine, and Oil & Gas. The Chance and Community Chest cards are now Surface Prep and Application cards and feature customized industry text. The game tokens and currency have also been customized.

The game is a fun, interactive, family oriented way to educate and demonstrate the importance of the coating industry and to inspire young people to think about it as a career choice. The game can be purchased at www.paintstore.com/monopoly.

January 10, 2018

BUTLER, Ohio—A new blue pigment with infrared-reflective properties has been EPA-approved for use in industrial coatings and is ready for commercial sale, according to pigment supplier Shepherd Color, Butler, Ohio. Licensed from Oregon State University, the new color technology known as YInMn Blue was recently issued a Low Volume Exemption by the EPA, paving the way for its use in industrial coatings and plastics. The pigment also inspired Crayola’s new “Bluetiful” crayon.

YInMn Blue, named because of its elemental makeup, which includes yttrium, indium, and manganese, was first discovered by accident by Oregon State chemist Mas Subramanian. Besides the color’s vibrant hue, its reflectivity, which could help keep structures cool and energy-efficient, is being touted.

According to Shepherd, the pigment’s high temperature calcination production process makes the color technology highly inert, meaning that it can be used in a variety of coatings and plastics while retaining weathering properties. It is infrared-reflective, but is also extremely opaque in the UV and visible parts of the solar spectrum.

While the EPA recently granted Shepherd the right to use the coating in industrial coatings and plastics, companies are still testing the new pigment in order to validate complete coating performance. Otherwise, YInMn can be used in plastics for coloring polymers, due to its high temperature stability, color, and high opacity.

January 9, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C.—OSHA has released the list of top 10 violations for 2017. Though it has remained largely unchanged from 2016, a new category has been added to the list: Fall Protection—Training Requirements. Both the 2016 and 2017 OSHA reports share the top five violations on the list.

The 2017 list is as follows: 1. Fall Protection—General Requirements with 6,072 violations; 2. Hazard Communications at 4,176; 3. Scaffolding at 3,288; 4. Respiratory Protection at 3,097; 5. Lockout/Tagout at 2,877; 6. Ladders at 2,241; 7. Powered Industrial Trucks at 2,162; 8. Machine Guarding at 1,933; 9. Fall Protection—Training Requirements at 1,523; and 10. Electrical—Wiring Methods comes in last with 1,405 violations.

January 8, 2018

BELFAST, Ireland—A team of researchers in the UK say that when it comes to protective coatings, graphene may not be the panacea some hope, but another material, hexagonal boron nitride, may be leading a new pack of nanocoatings that could change the industry.

An international group of researchers, including two scientists from Queen’s University Belfast, announced recently that its research on graphene, the carbon-based nanomaterial, has shown a notable weakness in the otherwise superstrong material. When multiple layers of graphene are put together, the material develops superlubricity, which means layers can simply slide across one another without generating heat the way friction normally would. This means graphene, which is 300 times stronger than steel, becomes mechanically weaker and can easily break.

Graphene, discovered in 2004, has been the subject of great speculation in recent years because of its strength and light weight. While some have moved to commercialize graphene in protective coatings, the biggest challenge has been making a viable 3D material from the single-atom layers. But the new research may be another strike against graphene as a supermaterial.

The same research revealed some positives in regard to another nanoscale material, hexagonal boron nitride (hBN). Atomically thin hBN, a material already in use as a lubricant in some industrial applications, was found to develop diamond-like strength in just a few layers. The newly discovered strength of hBN at such ultrathin levels of thickness adds to a list of properties that already made the material a prime candidate for use as a protective coating, chief among them its insulative nature, which could help to protect against corrosion.

Researchers are looking at a timeline of around 5 to 10 years to transform the discoveries into real products, but potential benefits include material reinforcement to mixture in solutions such as ink for paint, which would give further strength against corrosion and could potentially mean scratch-proof cars in future. However, hBN may have its limits, such as in high-heat applications.

January 5, 2018

HOUSTON, Tex.—NACE International has released the results of its 2017 Annual Corrosion Career Survey. For corrosion professionals in the US and the UK, the results of this year’s annual corrosion career and salary survey are very positive.

The average annual US salary for 2017, as determined by salaries reported by participating US members of NACE International, rose again this year to reach a new high. This continues an upward trend that started in 2005. Including salary and bonuses, the average annual US compensation is $118,369, a 2.75 percent increase over the 2016 average annual salary of $115,203.

The most notable change is seen for the UK’s average annual salary, which increased more than 11 percent to reach its highest level since this group was added to the corrosion career survey in 2014. The average annual salary for survey participants in the UK is about $109,918, up 11.18 percent from 2016.

January 4, 2018

SOUTHFIELD, Mich.—Four students from the University of Colorado at Boulder won the third annual BASF Corp. science competition, held at the company’s coatings headquarters in Southfield, Mich. The challenge for this year’s competition was to create a superior finish on carbon fiber composites.

Lightweight carbon fiber is used in vehicles to improve fuel efficiency. It is difficult to coat because when carbon fiber composites are heated and cooled, ridges form on the surface. The winning team, representing the Chemistry and Biochemistry; Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering; and Materials and Science Engineering departments at the university, used their combined expertise to solve the challenge by adding a nanomaterial.

Four teams of students presented proposals to a panel of BASF executive judges. The proposed ideas will be evaluated by the sponsoring BASF business units for possible further development. The three other finalist teams represented Queen’s University, Southern Mississippi University, and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst with Massachusetts Institute of Technology. All four presenting teams received cash awards.

January 3, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The US Department of Labor, in cooperation with state and local partners, has set aside funding and begun making grants to assess workforce needs in the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Florida, and other states in response to Hurricane Irma. The Department will continue to work cooperatively to assess needs as they develop and respond accordingly.

The Department has deployed resources to support cleanup and recovery efforts, including providing Disaster Dislocated Worker Grants, administering Disaster Unemployment Assistance, and much more. As it did in response to Hurricane Harvey, the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) is temporarily waiving certain requirements and deadlines related to retirement plans and group health plans, and is coordinating with other federal agencies that regulate employee benefit plans on relief for employers, other plan sponsors, and plan participants and beneficiaries affected by the hurricanes. The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs is temporarily suspending select federal contractor requirements, allowing businesses involved in hurricane relief the ability to prioritize recovery efforts. The Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) has issued a special enforcement advisory that temporarily eases reporting and other regulatory burdens on labor organizations, labor relations consultants, and employers affected by Hurricane Irma. OSHA is helping employers keep their workers safe during cleanup and recovery operations by providing a number of hurricane and flood resources.

Public Service Announcements emphasizing the need to work safely in English and Spanish will be broadcast in affected areas during recovery efforts. As the severity and geographical extent of the damage becomes known, the Department will monitor activities and take additional actions as necessary.

January 2, 2018

CLEVELAND, Ohio—The Cleveland Coatings Society (CCS) is reaching out to industry professionals and leaders to present technical papers at the 2018 Sink or Swim (SOS) technical symposium. Papers should showcase your technical expertise on relevant coating industry topics from concept to realized product or methodology.

The annual SOS symposium, which has been an industry leading forum for keynote speakers for the past 60 years, will be held June 5-6 at Cleveland’s Airport Marriott. The 2018 program theme is “Adapting to a Changing World: Advances in Coatings Technology.”

The deadline for abstract submission is February 28, 2018. For more info, contact Ben Carlozzo at 440-221-4265 or visit www.clevelandcoatingssociety.com.

December 29, 2017

TAYLOR MILL, Ky.—The Industrial Heating Equipment Association (IHEA) held its 2017 Fall Seminars in September. Nearly 100 attendees gathered for training on combustion, induction, and safety standards and codes for the thermprocess heating industry. Tabletop exhibits and a reception were also held during the two-day educational series.

The three seminars were held concurrently and delivered pertinent information in combustion technologies, critical safety information for those involved with a wide range of industrial thermprocess applications, and concise highlights on the basics of induction technology, applications, and equipment used. Attendee evaluations were exceptional for all three seminars.

December 28, 2017

TAYLOR MILL, Ky.—The Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI) and Workshops for Warriors have partnered to develop an industrial finishing certificate program. The program, Finishing for Warriors, is scheduled to be launched in 2019.

Finishing for Warriors will provide veterans, wounded warriors, and transitioning service members the opportunity to participate in quality training and receive a certificate to prepare them for a career in industrial finishing at a variety of levels. The CCAI-developed curriculum will include several certificate programs, including a Powder Coating Certificate, Liquid Coating Certificate, Master Powder Coating Certificate, Master Liquid Coating Certificate, and a Master Finishing Certificate. Program duration ranges from 4 to 16 weeks and includes both classroom and hands-on learning.

Held at the Workshops for Warriors facility in San Diego, Calif., program training materials will be provided by CCAI for students at no cost. In addition, CCAI will work with members to secure donations of equipment and installation required for hands-on training and will identify qualified personnel to teach both the powder and liquid coating curricula.

CCAI is a technical and professional organization that provides information and training on surface coating technologies. Workshops for Warriors is a nonprofit school that provides quality training, accredited STEM educational programs, and opportunities to earn third party nationally recognized credentials to enable veterans, transitioning service members, and other students to be successfully trained and placed in their chosen advanced manufacturing career field.

December 27, 2017

ORANGE CITY, Iowa—Peridium Powder/Vogel Paint has completed Phase One of a 5-year, $29.3 million expansion plan for its operation located at the company’s headquarters in Orange City, Iowa. The first phase of the project involved the doubling of its powder coatings production facility, which included a 91,000-square-foot addition that allows for doubling its output capacity in the years to come. This investment is valued at an estimated $19.5 million. The climate-controlled, state-of-the-art plant is completed, and production has commenced.

Vogel Paint, founded in 1926, entered the powder coatings market in the mid-1990’s and built a manufacturing plant dedicated to that new technology in 2002. The company provides coating products to the architectural, heavy-duty protective, industrial, traffic, and powder coating markets. The Peridium Powder Coatings technologies include TGIC polyester, hybrid, urethane, and epoxy.

December 21, 2017

PITTSBURGH, Pa.—SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings has announced the winners of its John D. Keane Award and Honorary Life Member Award, highlighting lifetimes of achievement and contribution to the society. The winners will be honored at the society’s 2018 conference, to be held in January in New Orleans.

Robert Kogler was named the winner of the John D. Keane Award of Merit. This award, named for a former SSPC executive director, is geared toward celebrating exemplary leadership and contribution to the development of protective coatings, as well as the society. Over the course of his career, Kogler has worked as a corrosion and durability engineer, which includes experience with protective coatings, cathodic protection, and materials selection. For the past 30 years he has worked with corrosion coatings technology and development. He currently serves on the SSPC Standards Review Committee.

Jeff Theo was named the recipient of the Honorary Life Member Award. This award commemorates long-term contribution and activity for SSPC. Theo has been working in the coatings industry for 40 years, including project management, sales, marketing, and business management positions. Theo has remained active with the society since 1984, currently acting as chair for the Power Tool Cleaning and Commercial Contractor Certification subcommittees, while also spending time on the Standards Review Committee.

December 20, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.—Echo Engineering and Production Supplies has added Marci to its Midwest-East sales team. Once Marci grows more familiar with Echo’s capabilities and operations team, she will support customers in the areas of Tennessee and Kentucky. She is most excited to meet her new customers and to have the opportunity to build upon her previous experience in manufacturing sales. Echo manufactures and supplies masking, hanging, and other quality precision finishing solutions as well as engineered rubber and plastic components.

December 18, 2017

CROSBY, Tex.—Hurricane Harvey has left massive damage in its wake, including at an Arkema chemical plant in Crosby, Tex., where a series of explosions were triggered by organic peroxides used in paints and coatings. The plant, which produces liquid organic peroxides used in acrylic resins as well as PVC, fiberglass, and other products, lost power and both sources of backup generator power. The result was a lack of critical refrigeration, which inevitably lead to explosions involving the peroxides, which must be refrigerated in order to remain stable.

Arkema was in agreement with local public officials that letting the fire burn itself out was the best approach to the situation, as organic peroxides are extremely flammable. Chemical vapors released into the air were not dangerous to people, though some could be irritated by the smoke.

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings is encouraging its members to donate to any of a number of organizations that are providing relief in the region affected by the storm. The organization has provided a list of groups suggested by family, friends and members, along with links to make donating easy. The list can be found at www.sspc.org/news-2017-hurricaneharveyrelief.

December 15, 2017

MENOMONEE FALLS, Wisc.—After 50 years at its current home, Milwaukee’s EFCO Finishing has relocated to a newer, larger building in Menomonee Falls, Wisc. The new facility, which is just shy of 30,000 square feet, was up and running on September 1. The company offers vibratory finishing, ball burnishing, and a wide range of blasting services such as blast-cabinet blasting, table and tumble blasting using steel grit and steel shot, and use of a large blast room for larger pieces and projects. Vapor degreasing and timesaver machines will also be active at the new location.

December 14, 2017

SOUTHERN PINES, N.C.—The CHEMARK Consulting Group has announced its liaison with Specialty Coating Services Inc. (SCS), Louisville, Ky., a well-respected independent testing and consulting firm focused on providing timely, professional technical services to the coatings and paints industry.

SCS capabilities are provided by a highly qualified technical staff with over 50 years of experience in the development, testing, and formulation of environmentally compliant and conventional finishing systems for virtually all facets of the coatings and paints industry. All research development and formulation is conducted in a state-of-the-art lab, which is equipped to compound, apply, and fully evaluate a wide variety of coating technologies.

The combination of the two companies results in several benefits for clients, including assisting in the strategic and tactical planning and implementation of new and existing product lines, providing formulation and application coatings and paints knowledge, and validating test data and benchmarks against industry standards.