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Columbia Chemical Gains Approvals As Preferred Supplier For Zinc And Zinc-Alloy Plating Processes

24. July 2014


Columbia Chemical Corp. has been granted approval from several global OEMs for the use of its zinc and zinc-alloy plating processes. To achieve these approvals, the processes were subjected to rigorous testing at each facility.


John Deere

John Deere has recently revised the updated specification JDM-F15 for fasteners.  Columbia Chemical has been granted approval under the specification for SpectraMATE 25  with COLFIN TTM-1016, COLDIP TRI-V 200 UB with COLFIN TTM-1016, SpectraMATE 25 with Zinc-Chro-SHIELD UV (contains UV tracer), and SpectraMATE 25 with Zinc-Chro-SHIELD.  These product combinations provide specific torque-tension and corrosion resistance requirements for fasteners. John Deere also granted JDM-F21 Fastener Approval for COLDIP TRI-V Zn-Ni TRUE BLUE 1000  with COLFIN TTM-1016 (integrated sealer/lubricant with UV tracer), which provides specific torque tension requirements for its zinc-nickel alloy plated fasteners.  For fasteners with a black finish, TRIVECTA Ni-Z Black 70 with COLFIN TTM-1016 (integrated sealer/lubricant with UV tracer) was selected and approved.


General Motors

General Motors has granted a global fastener approval for GMW 3200 tin-zinc alloy.  Columbia Chemical’s approved process includes COLTIN-ZN, COLDIP TZ-10, COLFIN TTM-1016. Columbia Chemical is also approved for the GMW-4700 Type B, BL specification for zinc-nickel.  Columbia Chemical’s approved process includes TRIVECTA NI-Z BLACK 70 with TRIVECTA BLACK SEALER 350.


National Cash Register

National Cash Register has approved COLDIP TRI-V 200UB for zinc plating under its 009-0020301F specification.      



Alfagomma, an Italian-based manufacturer of hoses, fittings and adapters with a worldwide network of regional branches, has granted approval of SpectraMATE 25 and Zinc-Chro-SHIELD to meet their galvanizing specifications for hydraulic components and for rigid pipe.  The processes are being provided and serviced by Tecnochimica, Columbia Chemical’s distributor in Italy.  Alfagomma requires a corrosion resistance of at least 200 hours for the zinc corrosion (white rust) and at least 400 hours for the corrosion of base metal (red rust) for both specifications.


Columbia Chemical Corporation is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of zinc and zinc alloy plating additives.  For more information, contact Columbia Chemical Corporation, 330-225-3200,


MacDermid Showcased New Evolve, Eclipse and ZinKlad At Sur/Fin

22. July 2014



MacDermid Inc. exhibited once again at the NASF Sur/Fin Convention in Cleveland, OH on June 9-11. Their focus this year was on the OEM market and their innovation for technology that will meet tomorrow's needs. The booth incorporated a large map which highlighted MacDermid’s global OEM support infrastructure.


MacDermid was fortunate to have a Freightliner aluminum door frame that was supplied by Henrob in their booth. It displayed self-piercing rivets that are plated with our MacuGuard ALMAC (Aluminum Zinc Tin).


The remainder of the booth focused on individual product areas such as:

Evolve, their latest pretreatment system that is free from chromic acid and other substances of very high concern


Electroless Nickel - Eclipse (black EN), LMO (low metal operation) products and their Niklad ELV 835 low, medium phos process


ZinKlad, their high performance hexavalent chromium free coating that has a proven consistent quality and global network of approved applicators


Terry Clarke presented a paper on, "The Challenge to Replace Hexavalent Chromium for Plating on Plastics" which was well received by all.


MacDermid also had the opportunity to entertain customers at the Market Garden Brewery, where they received a tour of the facility while enjoying samples of their in-house brewed beer and ale.


Once everyone had a chance to taste the beer and view the brewery, the group moved to the Speakeasy Pub in McNulty's Bier Market for dinner and acoustical music provided by Cleveland's own Pete Tompkins.


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TCI Powder Coatings Customer Event Provides Knowledge, Fun

21. July 2014

Fishing was one of the events at the TCI Customer Appreciation event.


TCI Powder Coatings held its Customer Appreciation Event in June is to acknowledge and support their custom coaters and OEM customers as they grow and extend their businesses.


The event provided a VIP experience filled with exclusive opportunities for access to education, innovation, collaboration, and networking at the event in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida.


Attendees saw high quality technical and industry presentations on topics such as lean manufacturing, application, recovery and color change design, new technologies in application and powder coatings, pretreatment new technologies, a comprehensive way to compare on powder to another and more.

To see a photo slideshow of the events, please click HERE



PRAB Adds Evaled Evaporative Line, Enters Wastewater Treatment Sector

17. July 2014


PRAB, which develops material handling and chip and fluid management solutions for manufacturers, has expanded into wastewater treatment and introducing its partnership with  Italian company Veolia to market and support the exclusive Evaled line of evaporative technology in North America.


Wastewater treatment through evaporation is an efficient, clean, chemical free way to separate emulsified oils and suspended solids from wastewater, said Tim Hanna, Managing Director of PRAB Fluid Filtration-Wastewater Treatment Division.


Evaporation is selected for wastewater treatment applications when other filtration methods, such as Ultrafiltration, cannot reduce the level of VOC or other compounds contaminating wastewater. The evaporation process breaks the unwanted compounds and cleanly separates it from wastewater, allowing for high efficiency water reclamation and solids extraction.


PRAB has published a new brochure on Fluid Filtration that can be downloaded HERE.


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SIFCO ASC Achieves OHSAS 18001 Certification

15. July 2014



SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC), a supplier of selective plating technology and solutions, has gained the Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Specification (OHSAS) 18001 accreditation.


The OHSAS 18001 standard is an internationally accepted method used to assess and audit occupational health and safety management systems. It was awarded to the Health and Safety Management System of SIFCO ASC following an assessment by the National Quality Assurance (NQA).


Developed by the leading trade and international standards bodies, the OHSAS 18001 identifies and manages occupational health and safety risks, as well as hazards. The assessment process includes staff training and awareness, communication of safety management systems and response to emergency situations.


Part of Norman Hay plc, SIFCO ASC has also been recognised with the ISO 14001 environmental management standard and ISO 9001 quality management system. The addition of the OHSAS 18001 shows safer working conditions and improved performance across SIFCO ASC.


Mark Smith, European General Manager of SIFCO ASC, said: “Achieving such a prestigious certification is fantastic for SIFCO ASC. We continue to work hard in providing our employees with an exceptional standard of working conditions. The OHSAS 18001 occupational health and safety recognition confirms that we are fully committed to the welfare of our employees.


“Our people are the most important asset to SIFCO ASC. As a company, we are totally committed to our health and safety standards and keeping our employees safe is at the forefront of our interests. It is our staff that continues to drive the company forward with their hard work and excellent attitude. Maintaining their working environment to this high level is important to us.”

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