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Coventya Offers Expanded Materials Science Capabilities

2. October 2015



Coventya’s Center for Excellence for Functional Technologies in Oriskany, New York has added new instrumentation to their Material Science division to offer new capabilities and improve throughput and accuracy of techniques to provide added value for their customers.


The Struers – DuraScan-20 is a microhardness tester that has state-of-the-art load control via combined load cell and dead weight technology ensuring highest degree of accuracy and repeatability; a high resolution CCD camera; and the ability to export data to secondary software for data interpretation and manipulation


The Struers – Tegramin-30 is an autopolisher that has advanced method development to provide consistency for full range of sample types; affords consistent reproducible results for polishing of both mounted and un-mounted samples; and has two 6-sample sample holders yield increased throughput for routine micro-hardness, thickness and failure analyses.


The Q-Lab – Q-Fog SSP600 is a neutral salt spray tester that has a large chamber (640L) to accommodate numerous customer samples at one time; test conditions, time and temperature are controlled by a built-in microprocessor; and has an internal Q-FOG controller


For any questions or inquiries regarding the equipment, please visit

CTG Asia Begins Co-Op Program With Chongqing University

30. September 2015

CTG CEO Barney Bosse, Chongqing co-op student Ivy and CTG Asia General Manager Enlin (Ned) Zheng at CTG Asia, Suzhou, China


Cleaning Technologies Group (CTG) has announced that it has started a cooperative education program at its CTG Asia division with the Joint Co-op Institute (JCI), a partnership between the University of Cincinnati and Chongqing University. 


The JCI students are all Chinese nationals who are studying a UC engineering curriculum being taught entirely in English by both UC and CQU professors. This program enables students to gain practical experience to complement their university education and better prepare them to transition into the workforce. 


CTG Asia recently hired Zhao Bi Han, who goes by the English name Ivy.  Ivy is a freshman at JCI in Chongqing studying in the Mechanical Engineering Program.  Her desire to design machines made CTG Asia an ideal place to start her Co-op career.  Another factor in her decision is the location of CTG headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Ivy will finish the last years of her studies at the University of Cincinnati and is expected to receive degrees from both universities.


Cleaning Technologies Group has utilized the co-op programs at local universities for decades.  Barney Bosse, CEO of CTG participated in the University of Cincinnati Co-op Program in the 1990’s and is a mechanical engineering graduate of the university. 


“Co-op students are a great source of future employees at CTG and, while teaching the students about the various aspects of an engineering business, the company has the benefit of new hires being instantly productive after graduation,” he said.


For more information about Cleaning Technologies Group, please visit:

New England Surface Finishing Regional Conference is Nov. 6

25. September 2015


The New England Surface Finishing Regional will be held on November 6 in Cape Cod in Hyannis, Mass. at the Doubletree Hilton. Download a registration form HERE.



The event will feature presentations and talks by some of the leading experts in surface finishing. The event also includes:


-Luxury hotel that has all the modern day standard of comfort.


-Conference format that will incorporate more vendor interaction, while still including the high quality of professional speakers.


-Raffle prizes, quality door gift, breakfast, lunch, and a full sit-down dinner with entertainment for the same $135 conference fee. Spouses and guests are encouraged to join conference attendees for dinner for an additional fee.


-A block of rooms have been reserved at the special rate of $107 per night plus tax for November 5-6.


-Mass TUR Planner credits and Wastewater Treatment Contact Hours have been applied for this conference and will be issued and the conclusion of the event.


To get more information, please visit our calendar page HERE


For more information, please contact


Morning Sessions

8:00am – 9:00am Registration and Breakfast

9:00am – 9:10am Opening Introductions

9:10am – 9:40am Matt Sisti – Coventya, Inc.

A Sustainable Approach to Electroless Nickel: Matt’s presentation provides a historical overview of where sustainable practices have touched our industry, review of a fully integrated sustainable EN technology and a glimpse to what the future of our industry may look like in an ever increasing eco-conscious world.

9:50am – 10:20am Jordan Rose – Oxford Instruments America, Inc.

Process Control Electronic Instrumentation: Jordan’s presentation focuses on the use of X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) analysis & Electromagnetic gauges used for materials identification, thickness gauging and controlling processes to specification. 

10:35am – 11:00am Gregory Mager – The Paint Project, Inc.

Powder Coating: Powder Coating is a unique type of coating that is applied as a free-flowing, dry powder. Greg’s presentation will detail the process and cover the equipment required to perform the process.

11:10am – 11:40am David Calnan – CCI

The Treatment of Metal Bearings Waste Streams:  Basics of precipitation, coagulation, liquid Solids separation, treatment of highly chelated alloy solutions & reducing salts generated during treatment to promote water re-use.

11:55am – 12:30pm Dale Varney – OSHA

OSHA/Health & Safety: Dale’s presentations are always informative & upbeat. His style of presenting information is as such that you will learn something, and you won’t be nodding off! 


Afternoon Sessions

12:30pm-1:30pm Lunch

1:30pm – 2:00pm Francis DiGiovanni – MacDermid, Inc.

Plating on plastics: There are many types of plastics parts whose functions are better served when the properties of both metal & plastic are combined. Fran’s presentation will review the process and the associated chemistries.

2:10pm – 2:40pm Bill Kozane – SIFCO Applied Surface Technology (ASC)

Brush Plating:  There are many applications for brush plating of which includes the buildup or repair of specific areas on parts that cannot be tank plated. Bill’s presentation will provide an overview of the process including the associated equipment and tooling.

2:55pm – 3:20pm Jeff Bibeau – Tighe & Bond

Air Quality Regulations: Air Quality/Emission regulations relating to metal finishing facilities are comprehensive and in many instances difficult to determine applicability. Jeff will review the many air quality regulations that apply to our industry and which ones may apply to your facility.

3:30pm – 4:00pm Robert Rio – Associated Industries of Mass.; Katherine Robertson – MA Chemistry & Tech. Alliance

TURA: The Baker administration has provided a window of opportunity for industry input regarding policies & regs that impact operations & bottom line. Katherine & Bob will update us on this program as to how the information will be used to make tangible changes in the TURA program.

4:15pm – 4:50pm Jeff Hannipal – The Policy Group

Regulatory Update: Jeff will discuss the hot button regulatory issues the Policy Group is engaging and their potential impact on our industry. Jeff’s presentation & his willingness to network & associate with attendees throughout the day is of great value to this event.


Kongskilde Expands With New Powder Coat System

23. September 2015



Kongskilde in Hudson, Illinois held a ribbon cutting Sept. 1 for its expansion and installation of a new art blast and powder coat and paint system.


The company makes industrial and agricultural equipment, including soil, grass and feeders, as well as grain and straw machines.


The powder coat and paint system was installed by Wagner Industrial Solutions, and includes a 900-foot automated conveyor system. The new system can paint about 160,000 pounds of steel each day, the company said.


The company makes equipment for soil cultivation and plant care such as cultivators, fertilizer applicators, forage harvesters, rakes, cleaners, tedders and mowers. It also manufactures recycling and conveying equipment for the print, plastics and packaging industries.


Kongskilde opened its U.S. plant in 2003 at in Bloomington, Illinois. In 2010, it moved to Hudson after acquiring Progressive Farm Products.

Webinar Focuses On 2016 Color Trends

21. September 2015




Sherwin-Williams' Angela Simone will host a webinar on 2016 Color Trends—Using Color to Enhance Products and Increase Profits on October 8.


"Without a doubt, color draws attention to products," she says. "Research shows that all things being equal, 90 percent of snap judgments about products can be traced to color."


Coatings not only protect and enhance the durability of your products—choosing the right color is critical. Whether you’re an OEM, a job shop or tier supplier, join this webinar with Simone, who is Director of Global Color Marketing from Sherwin-Williams, as she shares current color trends and how using them to your benefit can add to your bottom line.

Primary topics:

•2016 color trend forecasts

•How color can help grow business


Simone has been in the paint and coatings business for 19 years. She has expertise in OEM and Architectural coatings formulations, color science, and color marketing. Angela has her B.S. degree in Polymers and Coatings from Eastern Michigan University, and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University.               


For more information, click HERE


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