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JR Custom Metal Products Shows Off New Powder Coating System

22. February 2017



JR Custom Metal Products in Wichita, Kansas held an open house in January to show off their new powder coating system designed and installed by IntelliFinishing.


This system features:

·         Recipes:  vary the processes based on the individual parts

·         Big Data:  improve quality consistently with stored recipes and analysis

·         Zone Control:  vary conveyor speeds in zones, independent of system

·         Shot Blast:  spur to automated shot blast or proceed directly to wash

·         Dual-Lane Oven:  allows for different cure times based on part thickness


Jesus Raul Martinez Sr. started JR Custom Metal Products in his garage in 1974. His equipment consisted of one welder, one press brake and his hand tools. In 40 years, this one-man shop has grown to one of Wichita’s leading family-owned businesses.


Here's a video see the new powder coating line installed by Intellifinishing:


Goad Company Wins New Product Excellence Award

20. February 2017

Curtis Goad with his company's award from MAM.


Goad Company has received the 2016 New Product Excellence Award from the Missouri Association of Manufacturers. The award was based on Goad's patented methods of fabricating containment tanks.


Made in Missouri Leadership Awards were developed to honor manufacturing companies and individual leaders that are shaping the future of global manufacturing. Goad Company has solved a major problem in the construction of large vinyl containment systems by eliminating hand welds to seal their massive number of lining seams which often resulted in leaks and costly downtime repairs. Goad's solution is N-Fuze welding that involves the extrusion (machine) welding of vinyl linings which they developed in 2006. With three U.S. Patents, Goad is the only company performing this welding method.


Since 1955, Goad Company has built a quality reputation by providing custom designed fabrications and systems to the surface finishing and chemical process industries. Their customers include leading commercial, government, and military facilities throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.


"We are proud and honored to have been recognized by the MAM for our expertise in containment systems technology," says Curtis Goad, president of the company.


For information, visit

Arresting Indoor Air Quality Criminals in Metal Finishing and Chemical Tanks

16. February 2017


Engineering, architecture and consulting firm, Burns and McDonnels' Angela Vawter has an interesting take on ways to improve air quality in metal finishing operations, and also for any shop which has chemical tanks:


"When you think of criminals, the first thing that comes to mind probably isn’t humidity or hazardous mists and vapors. But these so-called ‘criminals’—indoor air quality criminals, that is—can escape from open surface tanks causing irritation or harm to operators, as well as corroding the surrounding building structure and supporting utility systems. Properly ventilating exhaust and supply air of open surface tanks is key to thwarting these fugitives before they can inflict damage—and can ultimately save a company a whole lot of trouble."


To read more of Vawter's take, please click here.


Atotech Acquires Pegastech Plating on Plastics Technology

14. February 2017
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Atotech has acquired plating on plastics technology developed by Pegastech, a French specialty chemicals company.


Atotech has acquired plating on plastics technology developed by Pegastech, a French specialty chemicals company.


Pegastech has developed a technology for plating on plastics that does not use hexavalent chromium or palladium compounds for the pretreatment of polymers prior to electroplating. The acquisition supports Atotech’s long-term goal of promoting sustainable surface finishing technologies. The process replaces hazardous chemicals while saving resources, and it is fully compatible with industrial equipment and processing cycles. Product development finalization, testing and launching of the new process is scheduled for 2017.


The core benefits of the acquired technology are:

  • Hexavalent chromium-free etch
  • Palladium-free activator
  • Compatibility with a wide range of polymers including ABS, ABS-PC, 2K components
  • Avoidance of rack-metallization
  • Compatibility with existing plating lines at plating on plastics surface finishing companies


The company says this technology is an excellent addition to Atotech’s current plating on plastics portfolio, including a hexavalent chromium-free pretreatment technology currently in development that will also be ready for market release this year.


“We are delighted to join forces with Pegastech and to continue setting industry benchmarks by creating leading plating on plastics technologies,” says Werner Richtering, R&D manager for General Metal Finishing at Atotech. “The launch of both our new technologies will bring plastics pretreatment to a new level. This is an exciting time for Atotech, as we will soon be able to deliver solutions that meet a diverse set of requirements.”


Winona Powder Coating Announces Expansion

10. February 2017




Winona Powder Coating, one of the largest high-volume powder coaters in Northern Indiana and Southern Michigan, says it has completed the expansion of its batch line to handle products up to 32 feet long. The 167,000-square-foot facility currently houses state-of-the-art powder coating lines, sand blasting, wheelabrating and the expanded batch system.


“Since adding the batch line at Winona two years ago, customers have continually presented ever larger parts and projects for us to powder coat,” says Brian Bailey, president of Winona Powder Coating. “By doubling the length of the system, we will be able to coat oversized parts for the many industries we serve.”


Winona Powder Coating, with facilities in Elkhart and Etna Green, Indiana, is a leading supplier of powder coating services to large industrial companies throughout the Midwest. In business since 1974, Winona Powder Coating began powder coating in 1979, making it one of the first powder coating operations to open in the state of Indiana.


The company currently serves customers in the following industries: foundry, agriculture, military/defense, recreational vehicles, automotive, marine, heavy industry, construction, electrical equipment, plumbing and government. Winona is ISO9001, UL and JDM F17 certified. Visit or call 1-800-476-9337.


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