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Top Shops: Metokote is No. 1 Top Shop Liquid/Powder for 2016

MetoKote the No. 1 facility on the Products Finishing Top Shops Benchmarking Survey rankings for liquid and powder coatings in 2016, based on statistical analysis from more than 45 criteria. more(+)

Top Shops: Burkard Industries, Top Business Practices

Jay Burkard likes to keep things simple and promotes his company to customers as their “one-stop coating shop,” which is being recognized for its business practices in the Products Finishing Top Shop Benchmarking Survey. more(+)

Top Shops: Freedom Finishing, Top Finishing Practices/Performances

Erik Ender prefers to use statistical process controls to let him know how efficient his powder coating and electrocoating lines are humming at Freedom Finishing. more(+)

Top Shops: Georgia Powder Coating, Top Finishing Technologies

GPC started with four employees working in a poultry processing warehouse. Now it has 45, and is recognized for its finishing technology in the Products Finishing Top Shops Benchmarking Survey. more(+)

Top Shops: Keystone Koatings, Top HR and Training Programs

President Rick Gehman says employees and management that have helped earn a Products Finishing Top Shops award for the past two years, and its HR practices could mean it will be recognized for years. more(+)

New PCB Plating Process Is Reshoring Success for Whelen Engineering

Whelen Engineering was among the thousands of OEMs that sourced its printed circuit boards from Asia until increasing costs led the company to build—greenfield and in-house—America’s first new rigid PCB shop in 15 years. more(+)

The Sobering Life of Dallas Cooley

Georgia Powder Coating owner rebounds from destructive lifestyle. He stopped drinking, and started focusing on the business. Today, he is an equity partner in his business. more(+)

Cleaning Up Misconceptions in Job Titles

Eliminate your industrial maintenance team in one easy step. more(+)

Finishing Index: July 2016—43.6

With a reading of 43.6, the Gardner Business Index showed that the finishing industry contracted for the 13th consecutive month. more(+)

A Conversation with Ben Minger, Twin City Plating

He was 26 years old with little finishing experience when he took out loans and bought TCP in 2013. But with work hard, the shop has ISO 9001 and increase sales 20 percent since he purchased the operation. more(+)

40 Under 40: The 2016 Class is Full of Leaders

Young professionals are a vital asset to the finishing industry. Products Finishing is recognizing the industry’s top young talent through an annual 40 Under 40 program. more(+)

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Balancing an Electroless Nickel Bath to Optimize Performance

While today’s EN baths are much more user friendly than they were even 10 years ago, plating shops still strive to maintain consistent, trouble-free operation. The following provides a basic understanding of EN bath control.

Parts Cleaning: Does the Cleaning Agent Work?

Cleaning is a process. For this discussion, let’s focus on the cleaning agent itself. Choosing the right cleaning agent (aqueous or solvent) involves a number of factors.

Parts Cleaning: Aqueous System Handles Tighter Cleaning Specs for Intricate Plans

Where 10 years ago, particle sizes of 1,000 microns captured in a millipore patch test might have been acceptable, today heavy equipment OEMs commonly demand maximum particle sizes of 600 microns or less.

Powder Clinic: Containment Air Velocity

Q. What is the correct containment air velocity in a powder booth?

Powder Clinic: Pinholes Mentioned in July Issue

Q. Just read the article in most recent issue of PF about our problem and wanted to respond with what we found out.

Powder Clinic: Is Blasting Enough for Preparation?

Q. I am looking into making the switch from liquid to powder coating. I have an experienced powder coater who says all my aluminum and steel parts need is to be blasted, and that should be good enough. But I am finding mixed reviews online. So is there any truth to it? Can I simply sand blast my parts and go straight into finishing them?
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