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Astro Pak Acquires Chemko Technical Services

27. June 2016
Astro Pak services the medical coatings industry.

Astro Pak services the medical coatings industry.


Astro Pak in Costa Mesa, California has acquired of Florida-based Chemko Technical Services. The newly acquired AS9100 Certified Class 10,000 square foot cleanroom facility in Florida equips the company to better serve the precision cleaning, testing and passivation requirements for Southeast based aerospace customers, says Ken Carroll, president of Astro Pak.


“It is exciting to have Chemko join the Astro Pak family. As Astro Pak continues to grow, this acquisition will allow us to better serve our customers, suppliers and employees of both organizations. We look forward to expanding the Astro Pak brand, while also embracing the knowledge and experience of Chemko,” Carroll said.


The company said all of the current employees of Chemko have stayed on board and will now work for the newly named facility: Chemko, a division of Astro Pak. In the future, the Chemko division will begin moving toward full integration within Astro Pak. Carroll said the top priorities during the initial phases of this acquisition are to create a seamless customer experience, to foster a welcoming environment for the staff, and strengthen the services and solutions that are offered within the region.


Astro Pak has been the leading provider of precision cleaning and passivation services in North America since 1959, and continues to improve its technologies and precision cleaning for the medical device, semiconductor, laser, biopharm and other markets. Visit

K Alpha Acquires Bowman Analytics

25. June 2016
The K-Alpha sample holder fitted with the 3 cm diameter rotating stage for depth profiling

The K-Alpha sample holder fitted with the 3 cm diameter rotating stage for depth profiling


K Alpha has acquired Bowman Analytics, their long-time partner for x-ray fluorescence (XRF) instrumentation for coating thickness measurement, elemental analysis and solution analysis.  Business operations between the two companies will merge and there will be one unified management team leading their combined offering.  Bowman Analytics will maintain its facility in Pompano Beach, FL.


Key members of both Bowman Analytics and K Alpha have worked together before, when they were at Coating Measurement Instruments (CMI International).  This merger will reunite teams of physicists, engineers and mechanics, which will now combine their skill sets and expertise to improve each other’s respective roles. 


“We are excited about what this acquisition means to our customers,” said Tom Leone, CEO of K Alpha, and founder of CMI International. “It will be great to have the Bowman Analytics team join the group of K Alpha sales, service and support technicians.”


K Alpha has been selling and servicing the XRF equipment that Bowman Analytics has developed and manufactured since 2014.  With this merger, the two companies’ leadership team will be able to collaborate even more seamlessly, and deliver better instrumentation and support to their customers.


“When I started Bowman Analytics, I had always hoped that it would lead to an outcome like this,” said John Prey, Founder of Bowman Analytics.  “I am excited that our product line has quickly been well-received in the marketplace by those that need easy-to-use, reliable and high-performance XRF equipment for their coating thickness and composition analysis needs.  It is great to now combine this company with other former leaders from CMI as well, and go to market as one company again.”


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Products Finishing's Steve Kline Jr. Delivers CCAI PCI Economic Talk

24. June 2016
Steve Kline speaks

Steve Kline from Gardner Business Media


Products Finishing's Steve Kline, the Director of Market Intelligence for parent company Gardner Business Media, spoke at the CCAI PCI annual meeting on the topic "2016 Economic Trends in Finishing."


The annual meeting was held at the Westin Riverfront in Avon, Colorado. Kline's presentation covered the latest trends in the Gardner Business Index: Finishing, and how it can be used as a resource for finishing businesses. In addition, Kline covered a number of other leading indicators important to the finishing industry and its key end markets.



Spray Equipment and Service Center Acquires FinishLine Technologies

23. June 2016


Spray Equipment and Service Center in Wichita, Kansas has acquired FinishLine Technologies, headquartered in Columbus, Indiana.  The acquisition closed March 31.


FinishLine designs, building, installs, and services spray paint systems used within the industrial and automotive OEM paint and coating market. Additionally, FinishLine provides paint, powder coatings, pre-treatment chemicals, adhesives and sealants to meet every requirement.


Spray Equipment and Service Center specializes in selling and serving spray equipment to industrial customers applying a wide range of coatings. The Company was founded to deliver the specialized equipment required for industrial finishing systems.

Sifco White Paper Talks Best Kept Aerospace Secret

21. June 2016
A chromate application is applied to the bushing of landing gear.

A chromate application is applied to the bushing of landing gear.



One of the world’s leading supplier of selective plating technology, Sifco ASC, has produced a white paper that outlins the increased efficiency potential of the process for aerospace applications.


By highlighting the performance and portability of the aerospace approved Sifco Process, the white paper makes the case for a wider adoption of selective plating, both for salvage and repair as well as many OEM applications.


Using case studies and comparisons with other plating technologies, the paper demonstrates the advantages of the selective plating process most notably the quality of its mechanical properties, the low cost of capital investment, its viability as an alternative to cadmium, and its ease and speed of use - including its on-site deployment in hangars and in the field.


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