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Albers Finishing & Solutions Holding Open House of New Intellifinishing System

10. February 2016




Albers Finishing & Solutions in Cheney, Kansas, will host an open house at their facility on March 24 from 10 am–3 pm to display their new line that provides liquid paint services to regional and national customers.


The highly automated paint line has a part window of 2' × 4' × 8' and can handle up to 500 lbs of weight on each load bar. Albers Finishing & Solutions was created in response to a local manufacturer who had a need to provide a finished product, but didn’t want to stray from their core business by adding paint inside their operation. 


The liquid paint line is capable of painting 2,000 to 3,000 parts per day, and features an automated conveyor that can move load bars forward and reverse or even stop them independently of every other load bar in the system, a three-stage wash, dry off oven, two paint booths equipped with Fanuc robots applying liquid primer and paint via automated paint mix equipment, a dual-lane energy-efficient cure oven and a load-assist lifter. The line was designed and installed by IntelliFinishing based out of Salina, Kansas.


“This paint system offers some of the best and newest advances in the industry,” says Woody Miller, IntelliFinishing’s project manager. “With advanced automation and controls, energy efficiencies and floor space savings, the cost to paint each part is less than other systems. This is a very high-end system, located here in Cheney. Other manufacturers are struggling with their monument systems and would love to have a system like this.”


IntelliFinishing teamed up with Downey Consulting, a local company in designing the following for the system: load-assist lifter, carriers, loadbars, hangars and a rotator mechanism in each paint booth. The parts are hung on a custom loadbar with a spinner wheel, and spun using the air-operated (intrinsically safe) rotator. All of this is controlled by the PLC. The wireless lifter mechanism is capable of removing the loadbar from the carrier fully loaded with parts, placing finished product on racks, or changing loadbars for a different type/style of part. This enables the ultimate in flexibility of the system.


The facility is located at 38628 West 15th St. South. For information, please visit



Praxair Surface Technologies and GE Aviation Form Joint Venture

8. February 2016



Praxair Surface Technologies and GE Aviation have entered into a definitive agreement to form a joint venture for the development, support and application of specialized coatings.


The coatings will be tailored for GE Aviation’s and CFM International’s current and future engine models, including the GE9X and LEAP engines.


When created, the joint-venture company will expand its footprint with a new coatings plant in the southeast United States, which will supplement the services provided to GE from Praxair’s Indianapolis facility and other global operations. Additionally, under the agreement, Praxair Surface Technologies’ current scope of services provided to GE Aviation will be expanded. GE Aviation production volume will continue to grow due to a large backlog of commercial engine orders.


Praxair Surface Technologies will be the majority owner of the venture and will consolidate the results. GE Aviation will hold the remaining membership interests. The parties plan to begin operations during the second quarter of 2016, once regulatory approvals are obtained.


“We are delighted to expand and formalize our long-standing relationship with GE Aviation and combine efforts to provide exceptional service, capabilities and technologies to the growing aviation industry,” said Praxair Surface Technologies President Pierre Lüthi. “Together, we’ll enhance our advanced coating capabilities to provide a dedicated coating source and support the growth of GE’s new engine platforms.”


“This specialized coating joint venture with Praxair will enable us to meet our growing engine production volume,” said Colleen Athans, vice president and general manager of GE Aviation’s Supply Chain. “The unique coating capabilities will enhance our engines’ performance and durability, which are key requirements for our customers.”

February’s Go-To Guy: Jose Lopez, Elite Finishing

By: Jess Larkin 5. February 2016


Jose Lopez, Elite Finishing

Jose started at Elite at 17 and has been there 36 years, now as plant manager. He comes in early to check on things, and can be seen at the plant late at night checking up on projects. Jose's wife and daughter both work at Elite, too. “We should be calling the place Lopez Platng because Jose cares so much about the company, treating as if it was his own,” said Jaime Maliszewski, president of Elite.



Go-To Guys



Carl Weber, Professional Plating Inc., is a total “Glue Man”! Carl joined Professional Plating Inc. in Wisconsin with only 10,000 square feet of space. He has been an integral part of six expansions and is currently leading efforts on the seventh and largest expansion yet of over 60,000 square feet, which includes a new cellular zinc rack plating line. After the current expansion, he will oversee and add value to the 210,000 square feet in his maintenance management role.




Tom “Tucker” Gulland, RPW Inc., started at RPW at the age of 17 and has been employed for over 33 years. Tucker now holds the title of assistant plant manager with a reputation as the guy that gets things done. Customers, suppliers and employees all know that Tucker where to find it, how to plate it and where it goes. Tucker has done everything from racking to managing.



Know a guy or gal in the industry who should be recognized? Email Jess Larkin at


Originally published in the February 2016 issue.


Painting a Boeing 737: See The Video

4. February 2016



How do you paint a new Boeing 737? The folks at Southwest Airlines recently did. Check out the video below.


It costs between $100,000 to $200,000 to prep and paint each plane, depending on which colors are chosen, and how many colors.


The paint on a 737 adds about 555 pounds to the weight of the aircraft. 


See more HERE



Axalta Celebrates 150 Years in Coatings

2. February 2016



Axalta Coating Systems is celebrating 150 years of creating innovative industrial coatings. Axalta’s first products were developed in Germany in 1866, and since then the company has grown into one of the world’s leading manufacturers of liquid and powder coatings.


“All of us at Axalta are excited to reach this important milestone in the history of our company,” said Axalta Chairman and CEO Charlie Shaver. “Over the next 12 months we will celebrate our past and build on our extensive knowledge and experience for the next 150 years. With nearly 13,000 employees and 120,000 customers in 130 countries, we will continue to use advanced technologies to develop next generation coatings while providing outstanding quality and service in the years ahead.”


From the earliest products that supplied European carriage manufacturers with colorful coatings in the nineteenth century, Axalta evolved to meet the needs of an automotive industry that flourished in the twentieth century. In the 1920s, Axalta introduced the first quick drying multi-color lacquer line for automobile production in the U.S. Company scientists developed the L,a,b color equations that became a key analytic tool in the catalogue of color science. In the subsequent decades, technology at Axalta evolved to produce coatings that were increasingly durable and productive. In the 1980s, the company ushered in the first environmentally responsible liquid coating systems with the introduction of waterborne coatings. 


Building on experience acquired with its original Spies Hecker and Standox products, Axalta branched out to provide refinish technicians with improved coating products and systems. In the 1990s, the Cromax family of waterborne products was introduced to automotive body shops. Handheld spectrophotometers and VINdicator™ color tools were developed to help provide excellent color matching which saves repair time and reduces waste.


As the need across many industries evolved, so did Axalta’s portfolio of products. To serve a growing number of industrial customers, Axalta introduced Nap-Gard powder coatings for oil and gas pipeline manufacturers. Today, both functional coatings and a wide array of decorative Alesta powder coatings are used in thousands of applications. Voltatex electrical insulation coatings enhance the productivity of motors and a host of electrical components. Vehicles ranging from heavy duty trucks and buses to trains and other rail stock rely on Imron to protect their vehicles from the elements while using vibrant colors to build recognition for their brands.


“We have been expanding both the global capabilities and global reach of Axalta,” added Shaver. “We have accelerated our investments to expand production capacity in Germany, Brazil, China, Mexico and India. We announced construction of a new Global Innovation Center in Philadelphia, PA and began construction of an Asia-Pacific technology center in China that will keep our technology at the cutting edge. We’ve taken strong regional brands and introduced them globally. All of these measures, plus the many advances we are making in color technology, are focused on meeting the needs of our customers well into the future.”  

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