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Dürr Group Holding Grand Opening of Southfield HQ

27. May 2016
The new facility in Michigan will be dedicated June 17

The new facility in Michigan will be dedicated June 17


The Dürr Group has consolidated all of its Michigan based business from three locations — Plymouth, Auburn Hills and Wixom — into one engineering, research and equipment testing center in Southfield. The company will hold a grand opening and ribbon cutting June 17.


The new facility was selected due to its location and architectural uniqueness; however, it requires major renovations and modification that cost over $40 million. The resulting campus will enable increased collaboration, communication and creativity, benefiting employees and customers alike.


“It’s very centrally located and very convenient,” said Dave Meynell, chairman of Durr. “The city and the local community have helped us; we’ve been to several town hall meetings, and everybody was very helpful in pushing things through.”


The project included renovating the lobby and office space, restrooms and updates to the existing courtyard. A 99,507-square-foot addition was constructed south of the existing building footprint that includes a test center, training center and validation center.


The relocation of the Dürr Group North American headquarters brings approximately 485 new jobs to the city of Southfield.


The Dürr Group is one of the world's leading mechanical and plant engineering firms. Products, systems and services offered by Durr enable highly efficient manufacturing processes in different industries. Business with automobile manufacturers and their suppliers accounts for approximately 65 percent of Durr’s sales.

Call for Papers for Parts Cleaning Expo 2017

26. May 2016


The Parts Cleaning Expo 2017 (April 25–27, 2017) is now accepting abstracts from those interested in presenting during the conference. The conference will be held during the Precision Machining Technology Show (PMTS), which has seen record attendance at the past two events.

Please submit your 200- to 300-word abstract by August 22, 2016 to be considered. With your abstract, please include a cover page with the title of your paper, author and/or speaker’s name, job title, company name, address, telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail address of the primary contact. All speakers must submit a presentation by March 2, 2017, for inclusion in the Conference Proceedings.

To maximize the exposure and longevity of each speaker's work, we will also provide pre-show promotion in both Production Machining and Products Finishing magazines, as well as the opportunity to publish the written paper within the online sites for both magazines. We will also consider each paper for possible publication in the print versions of both magazines.

Suggested topics include Cleaning Fundamentals, Environmental Issues, Assessing Cleaning Quality, Cleaning Specifications, and New Cleaning Processes and Technologies. Abstracts should be submitted at Jessica Jeffries with questions.

Update: FDA Releases Draft Guidance for Additive Manufacturing of Medical Devices

By: Barbara Kanegsberg 25. May 2016
3D printer at work

3D printer at work


Readers of Products Finishing will benefit from reviewing and commenting on the new FDA draft guidance document about additive manufacturing for medical devices. Not concerned about medical devices? Not even thinking about AM? Read the document anyway, because the wave of (AM) impacts not only medical devices but also automotive, aerospace products and consumer products.


 The document, “FDA’s initial thinking on technical considerations specific to devices using additive manufacturing, the broad category of manufacturing encompassing 3-dimensional (3D) printing,” (1) includes items from a 2015 FDA workshop on AM for medical devices. The document contains a range of aspects of design, printing, and processing. Our area of specialization is critical cleaning and surface quality; and as invited participants to the workshop at FDA headquarters we addressed challenges with cleaning AM devices. As indicated in Section VI(E), of the draft guidance, cleaning processes can be more difficult in AM devices than with those produced by traditional (non-additive) means.


The benefits of AM may result in cleaning challenges. The layer-by-layer process of AM allows complex internal support structures and tortuous internal channels; the result can be a product with desirable features.  In addition, products are becoming more complex, including instances where, in post-printing operations, AM is combined with traditional manufacturing processes. This means that particles (including residue of powder from the printing process) and/or metalworking fluids can become entrapped. Manufacturers have to design and demonstrate effective cleaning processes.


To assure that the FDA considers comments before it begins work on the final version of the guidance, they request that comments be submitted by August 8, 2016. (2)



1. “Technical Considerations for Additive Manufactured Devices, Draft Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff”


2. Federal Register announcement:


Plating Shop Owner Richard Taylor Going Strong at 100

24. May 2016
Bob Mueller expresses his best wishes to Dick Taylor on Tuesday during his 100th birthday celebration at Taylor Metal Products. Photo by Jason J. Molye of the Mansfield News Journal and used with permission.

Bob Mueller expresses his best wishes to Dick Taylor on Tuesday during his 100th birthday celebration at Taylor Metal Products. Photo by Jason J. Molye of the Mansfield News Journal and used with permission.


Taylor Metal Products owner Richard Taylor recently celebrated a milestone with his 100th birthday on April 25. The Mansfield, Ohio, shop was started by Taylor's father, and features zinc coatings with chromate top coatings, as well as bright chrome decorative finishes are available.


A wonderful story in the Mansfield News Journal by Linda Martz highlights Taylor's birthday celebration.


You can read the story HERE.

Col-Met Opens New Manufacturing Facility

20. May 2016



Col-Met celebrated the opening of its new manufacturing facility in Rockwall, Texas, in April with a festive open house.


The company’s distribution partners, suppliers, industry partners, local city officials and employees were invited to celebrate and view the new 150,000-square-foot facility. With nearly 300 people in attendance, Col-Met kicked off the event with with live music, a Texas barbeque and plant tours to share its product capabilities and the launch of new innovations.


The tours went through Col-Met’s history, the engineering products department, drafting, innovations and into the plant to get a full understanding of the company's manufacturing process, from sheet metal and fabrication to the coating process and superior accessories integrated into the products.



In January 2015, Col-Met broke ground on the 150,000-square-foot facility that would expand their capabilities and allow them to achieve an aggressive growth strategy for the long term. In November, they moved into the new building that includes expanded office space, state-of-the-art manufacturing space, and a training room designed for enhanced distributor training.




Following the plant tours, popular band Emerald City kicked off the celebration while attendees enjoyed a Texas barbeque dinner. With great food, drinks and even raffle drawings, the remainder of the evening was spent networking and listening to outstanding music.


In conjunction with the open house, Col-Met hosted distributor training courses in its new training room with nearly 50 attendees. The courses are designed to provide a first-class educational opportunity to learn all facets of finishing operations, as well as provide extensive knowledge on Col-Met product lines regarding engineering, design, safety, user friendliness and ongoing support after the sale.



“What an event,” says Steve Houston, Col-Met’s chief marketing officer. “It was better than expected. Twenty years ago our founder and CEO, Eric Jones, had a dream and today we celebrate that dream in a 150,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility that put us in a position to support our aggressive growth plans.”


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