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Students Win Scholarships In Plating Contest

17. December 2014

Regina Dowling-Jones from the Art Center College of Design with Bright Design Competition scholarship recipients David Hansung Kim, Judy Chu and Ofir Atia, along with Bryan Leiker, president of the MFASC and K&L Anodizing. Photo courtesy of Lucia Loiso, Art Center College of Design.


The Metal Finishing Association of Southern California's West Coast Bright Design Challenge awarded three scholarships totaling $15,000 to students from the Art Center of Design in Pasadena in a contest that emphasized plating and anodizing development in commercial products.


Students from the college were asked to incorporate various types of surface finishing in their product designs.  About 15 students from the Art Center of Design began the contest by touring K&L Anodizing and General Brite Plating in September to get a look at what it takes to anodize and plate metal components.


Ofir Atia won a $7,500 scholarship as the top prize. David Hansung Kim and Judy Chu each won $3,750. Sponsors of the event were MFASC, NASF, K&L Anodizing, General Brite, Uyemura, Miles Chemical, EME, Ronatec, Bowman Plating and Moore Training.



Miraclean Unveils Anodize Cube To Bring Color Anodizing In House

15. December 2014



Miraclean, a manufacturer of precision parts cleaning and processing systems, has introduced a new, fully automated Type III titanium color anodize system called the Anodize Cube which produces up to 500 parts per hour.


The Anodize Cube features a small footprint and fully enclosed process. It is pre-programmed with built in adjustability via a password protected screen and delivers a full range of colors. Part-specific fixturing is available as well as optional bar coding and data logging. Miraclean also offers the process chemistries.


The company says that Anodize Cube allows part and instrument manufacturers to bring color anodizing in house, which can greatly improve turnaround time. Visit Miraclean at to arrange for free test anodizing and/or a site visit to see the system in operation.

DuBois Chemicals Launches PACRE Paint Pretreatment

10. December 2014



DuBois Chemicals has launched patent pending PACRE, a non-toxic, organic, micro paint pretreatment.


The company says that PACRE has the flexibility to manage a wide variety of metals and parts, and improve line density by expanding the capability of existing paint pretreatment equipment.


"This innovative polymer technology addresses difficult to finish edges and weld areas by pickling and treating in one step," said Bruce Dunham, Technical & Marketing Lead at DuBois Chemicals. "PACRE improves finish performance by removing laser scale, addressing weld burn and carbon smut on inconsistent steel while eliminating costly buffing and grinding steps.  PACRE is a sustainable phosphate-free and heavy metal free alternative to traditional pretreatment processes that contain phosphates and consume energy for heat."


A before (left) and after (right) photo of smut removal.


Founded in 1920, DuBois manufactures specialty chemical solutions. DuBois has substantially increased its position in metal working fluids and surface treatment recently through the acquisition of Perkins Products, Galaxy Associates, Angler Industries and American Finishing Resources. 




DuBois specializes in the areas of metal finishing/paint pretreatment, metalworking/lubricants, water/wastewater treatment, maintenance/equipment cleaning, paper chemicals, food processing cleaning/sanitizing, and transportation cleaning.


For more information, please visit



CCAI’s Powder Coating and Curing Processes Seminar Returns to Georgia Power Company’s Customer Resource Center

8. December 2014



Following the great success and sold out crowd in October, CCAI has set the date for the next Powder Coating and Curing Processes Seminar at Georgia Power’s Customer Resource Center (CRC) in Atlanta, GA. 


The seminar is scheduled for February 24-25, 2015.  The encore event will again be co-sponsored by the Atlantic Coast Chapter of CCAI, the Infrared Division of the Industrial Heating Equipment Association and Products Finishing magazine.


The day and a half seminar will feature a thorough introduction to the powder coating process, including cleaning & pretreatment, powder coating materials, application equipment & booths, curing options, part movement and running an efficient system.  All of the classroom training will be provided by industry experts from some of the leading companies in the finishing business including: Nordson Corp., Axalta, George Koch Sons LLC, Coral Chemical Co., Pneu-Mech Systems, KMI Systems and Fostoria, a division of TPI Corp. 


Along with the educational instruction, attendees will spend time in the state-of-the-art lab at the CRC to experience live demonstrations and opportunities for hands-on training. This interactive format allows attendees to get applied knowledge of the technologies they are learning in the classroom.  Attendees will have the chance to powder coat and cure a part onsite to take home with them.



Registration fee includes classroom training, the opportunity to experience hands-on demonstrations in a laboratory setting and copies of both CCAI’s new Powder Coating for Industrial Finishing Applications training manual plus a copy of Infrared Process Heating Handbook for Industrial Applications, published by the IRED division of the Industrial Heating Equipment Association.  Breaks and lunch are also included in the registration cost.  Fees to attend are $150 for CCAI members and $225 for non-members.




Attendees will walk away with increased knowledge of the complete powder coating process, including the various curing options available today and two excellent training manuals.  This is an exceptional value for an educational course of this caliber.  There is not another course available that offers such high quality training at such a reasonable price. 


For complete details and to register, visit and click on the Introduction to Powder Coating & Curing Processes Hands-On Seminar button on the home page.  Call Kelly LeCount at CCAI at 859-356-1030 with questions.

MFASC 'Bright Design' Event is Dec. 9

3. December 2014


Bryan Leiker (right) and Alan Olick (left) with instructors from the Art Center of Design.


The Metal Finishing Association of Southern California's West Coast Bright Design Challenge will hold their annual judging of the students from the Art Center of Design in Pasadena on Tuesday, Dec. 9 at the school.


Students from the college are asked to think beyond traditional design theory and bring out there very best creative spirit in developing "next generation" creative and engineering solutions incorporating various types of surface finishing coatings. About $15,000 in scholarships are awarded each year to students who present the best product using surface finishing techniques.


About 15 students from the Art Center of Design toured K&L Anodizing and General/Brite Plating in September to get a look at what it takes to anodize and plate metal components. After the tour,  K&L Anodizing's Bryan Leiker and General/Brite Plating's Alan Olick taught a class for four hours on the basics of anodizing and plating. The students over the past three months have been working on projects leading up to the final class on December 9, and at that time $15,000 will be awarded to the three winners, $5,000 each.


The students listening to Leiker and Olick at K&L Anodizing.


“After five years of being involved in this program, I continue to be amazed at how fast the students  learn the surface finishing processes,” said Leiker,  MFASC president and K&L Anodizing president. “The students are very involved and seem to love this program especial having the ability to work directly with finishing shops. For many of the students they continue to work on their projects long after the class has ended.”


The sponsors for this project so far MFASC, NASF, K&L Anodizing, General Brite Plating, Uyemura, EME Plating, Miles Chemical and Ronatec.








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