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Sherwin-Williams Launches Two New Powder Coating Lines

23. September 2014



Sherwin-Williams launched two new products at the recent Powder Coating Show in Indianapolis, which was presented by the Powder Coating Institute.


The company launched Powdura OneCure, a two coating, one cure dry-on-dry coating system designed to save finishers time and money by reducing the steps needed to achieve enhanced edge coverage and corrosion resistance.


Engineered for heavy equipment and general metal finishing projects, Powdura OneCure offers  patent-pending formulated primers and topcoats that have the ability to co-react and cross-link. The products provide a seamless finish that delivers high quality aesthetics with superb durability.


The mono bake system offers a high performance alternative to conventional two-bake powder primer and topcoat systems. This allows finishers to reduce energy use, labor and maintenance costs while increasing throughput. The Powdura OneCure system requires a smaller production footprint and less capital equipment.


The finish meets or exceeds several OEM specifications.


“Powdura OneCure saves finishers time and cuts production costs to make high quality powder coating easy,” said Ron McMahon, Marketing Director- Powder, Sherwin-Williams Product Finishes. “It offers improved edge coverage and better corrosion resistance than two-bake powder coating systems to satisfy the needs of finishers in a variety of industries and applications.”


Sherwin-Williams also announced the availability of Powdura Sprint, a low-cure polyester resin-based powder coating system for use on medium density fiberboard (MDF). Ideal for finishing applications in the furniture, kitchen cabinet and general finishing markets, the coating system provides a high quality finish as it cures at temperatures as low as 250˚F.


Powdura Sprint requires fewer coats than competitive powder coating products, increasing line speed by up to 40 percent. The new finish also has excellent performance properties in stain and moisture resistance and offers an effective cost alternative to traditional liquid and laminate coatings.


Available in a wide range of solid colors as well as smooth and texture finishes, Powdura Sprint meets Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing Association (KCMA) and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards as well as several manufacturers’ performance specifications.


“Powdura Sprint saves manufacturers time and money while producing a quality finish on engineered wood substrates,” said Laura Kelleher, VP Global Marketing. “It offers manufacturers of MDF-based products an attractive alternative to traditional finishes while delivering higher performance levels than competitive powder coating offerings.”


For more information on either product, please visit


EPA Targeting Metal Finishing Wastewater

22. September 2014


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released its preliminary 2014 effluent guidelines program, and wastewater from the metal finishing industry is just one of the areas that will be subject to more regulation in the upcoming year.


Wastewater runoff from the oil and gas production, petroleum refining and nanomaterial industries are also on the 2014 EPA agenda. The EPA will seek information from industries that may need either revised existing regulations or new regulations.



The EPA does not currently regulate wastewater discharges from nanomaterial manufacturing facilities. The agency also wants to find out more about discharges from centralized treatment facilities that accepts wastewater from hydraulic fracturing and other oil and gas extraction activities.


With a new look at the metal finishing industry, the EPA says it wants to gather more data about metal discharges, and in particular those performing zinc and cadmium plating.


The Clean Water Act requires EPA to publish every two years a schedule for  reviewing and possibly revising effluent guidelines that have been promulgated as required by Section 304(b).


Under Section 304(b) of the Clean Water Act, the EPA regulates the discharge of pollutants from industries directly to surface waters through effluent limitation guidelines, and indirect discharges via wastewater treatments plants through pretreatment standards. Both regulatory limits are based on available technology.


The EPA published its notice announcing the preliminary FY 2014 plan on Sept. 16. The agency will accept comments, identified by Docket No. EPA-HQ-OW-2014-0170, at until Nov. 17.

New CCAI On-Line Training Videos Now Available

19. September 2014


The Chemical Coaters Association International has released a variety of educational training videos that can be accessed at anytime from anywhere.  Found on CCAI TV through CCAI’s website, the library of videos offers educational presentations from industry experts that run an average of 20 – 40 minutes in length. Designed to give you information and provide an understanding of many finishing technologies, more than 20 videos offer a low-cost educational tool for those in the industry.  Additional videos will be added to the video library frequently. 


Videos can be rented for a 30-day period on an individual basis or on our package collection basis.  There are currently three packages available, containing multiple videos at a larger discount than individual viewing. 


Current collections include:

  • -Building Blocks of Powder Coating
  • -Español Educación
  • -Finishing Essentials
  • -Efficient Curing with Infrared


CCAI also has a series of free videos available from Corporate Members.  Check out some of the latest technologies and products like; KMI Systems’ Turn-Key Finishing Systems, IntelliFinishing’s Shuttle and how it works, Midwest Finishing’s video on “The Midwest Difference”, Nordson’s Purple Up Close and TTX’s Finishing System Overview.  These videos contain valuable information for all finishers.


To access the videos, visit, click on EDUCATION, then click on CCAI TV.  Fees to access individual videos are $30 for CCAI members; $49 for non-members.  Video collection access is $79 for CCAI members; $99 for non-members. 


All CCAI videos (with the exception of the Corporate Member videos) are copyrighted by The Chemical Coaters Association International and may not be copied, saved nor reproduced without written permission of CCAI.

Enthone Publishes Plating-on-Plastics & Decorative Base Metals Guide

17. September 2014


A new "Plating-on-Plastics & Decorative Base Metals Guide" has been published by Enthone. The selection guide provides an overview of Enthone best-in-class technologies, including:


  • -Plating-on-Plastics Pre-Treatment Systems
  • -Cyanide-free and Acid Copper Technologies
  • -Semi-Bright, Bright and Satin Nickel Processes
  • -Dark, Lustrous Chrome Solutions
  • -Integrated Equipment Systems


Enabling new designs, improved reliability and enhanced appearance, Enthone decorative coatings create value throughout the entire supply chain by decreasing metal consumption, increasing efficiency and reducing process steps. Delivering style, versatility and functionality, the coatings are engineered for beauty, cost-effectiveness and durability in a diversity of environments.


A copy of the guide may be obtained by contacting

NASF Science and Engineering Scholarship Competition Now Open

15. September 2014


The National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF) Educational Foundation is now accepting applications for their 2014 Scholarship Award Program. Open to national and international applicants attending an accredited college, NASF’s Scholarship Program supports student research in plating and surface finishing science and engineering. Applications for the 2014-2015 school year are due December 9, 2014.


Undergraduate and graduate students studying chemical engineering, material science or engineering, mechanical engineering, metallurgical engineering, environmental engineering or chemistry are encouraged to apply. Undergraduates must be a junior in standing or above when applying and must be of senior standing for the 2014-2015 academic year. Honorary scholarship recipients will each receive an award in the amount of $1,500 USD toward their study and/or research related to the advancement of the plating and surface finishing industries. Interested applicants should visit for complete program information.


NASF is pleased to congratulate these 2013 scholarship award winners for their contributions to the future of the surface finishing industry. Each recipient was chosen on the basis of four major factors: (1) academic record, (2) personal statement, (3) work experience and (4) extracurricular activities.


Harman Khare

Harman Khare is a postdoctoral researcher in nanotribology at the University of Pennsylvania. His research is focused on multi-scale experimental studies in the tribology of solid lubricant materials, such as surface coatings and nanocomposite materials, and conventional engine oils for reducing friction and wear. The NASF Educational Scholarship has enabled Khare to communicate his research to his peers in surface mechanics and tribology and the broader science and engineering community.


Yunfei Xu

Yunfei Xu is a PhD candidate in chemistry at Harvard University. Having previously studied noble-metal-free electrocatalysts for water splitting reactions, his current research is focused on surface chemistry and catalysis. Passionate about extracurricular activities, Yunfei Xu co-authored 10 publications, including research articles, reviews, a book chapter and 2 patents during his undergraduate. In 2013/2014, he served as a fellow in both Venture Club and the Alumni Relations board of the Harvard Chinese Students and Scholars Association (HCSSA). Xu is now the 2014/2015 co-chair of Alumni Relations for HCSSA.


Hao Song

Hao Song is a PhD candidate in chemical engineering and materials science at Wayne State University. He is currently developing a sustainability metrics system to comprehensively evaluate the sustainability performance of electroplating systems. Song recognizes the significant environmental and social challenges the surface finishing industry faces. His goal is to help engineers have a better understanding of electroplating systems from a sustainability point of view to guide appropriate decisions toward sustainability development.


Robert Swasey

Robert Swasey is an undergraduate manufacturing engineering technology major at Brigham Young University. He began to explore the possibility of a career in surface finishing after taking a material removal class, where he was introduced to a number of surface finishing technologies and manufacturing processes. In addition to landing an overseas manufacturing internship related to surface finishing, Swasey’s long-term goal is to enter the aerospace industry or medical equipment industry upon graduation.


For further information on the NASF, visit or contact Phil Assante at (703) 887-7235.

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