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LA Art Exhibit Uses Colorful Powder Coatings

6. December 2016
powder coated panels



Abstraction artist Lisa Williamson's new exhibit at the Tif Sigfrids Gallery in Los Angeles, California, has caught the eye of some noted art critics who praise the use of vibrant powder coatings in her work.


"Its bright bands of yellow and white are just thick enough to feel as much like solid skins of color as the powder-coated panel around which they wrap," art critic Christopher Knight from the Los Angeles Times comments. "The linear design—skin on skin—is like an unraveled Josef Albers painting of white-line color shapes, emphasizing the work’s sensual, secular faith."


art on the walls



To read more about the exhibit, click here. 



blue artwork on wall




Dayton's Plating Technology Plans $930K Expansion

2. December 2016


Dayton, Ohio-based Plating Technology says it plans a $930,000 expansion over the next two years with equipment that could grow its employment by seven jobs to about 60 employees within three years.


Family owned and operated since 1952, Plating Technology serves different industries including transportation, construction, heavy duty equipment manufacturing, material handling, hydraulic, government agencies and more.


Their facilities in Dayton and Columbus, Ohio provide a wide range of alloy finishes including tin zinc, zinc nickel, zinc iron and organic coatings.


Plating Technology says it will add two process lines into the existing building through the end of 2018.


For more information, visit



Made in Eastern Iowa: Ideal Industries Makes, Powder Coats Products

30. November 2016


Ideal Industries in Vinton, Iowa was recently featured in television station's KCRG "Made In Eastern Iowa" segment that focuses on manufacturing.


Ideal makes conveyor equipment, bucket elevators, primarily for grain handling industries. President Pat Lyons spoke to the station about its manufacturing operation, as well as its powder coating operation.


See the video below:



Scientists Unearth Ancient Plating Techniques

28. November 2016

An iron sword and two bronze swords from the Chinese Warring States Period. (Gary Lee Todd, Ph.D., Professor of History, SIAS International University, Xinzheng, Henan, China/Wikipedia)



Plating goes back thousands of years. Last month, a group of South Korean scientists discovered metal plating techniques that date back to over 1,400 years ago. According to a story published by Yonhap News Agency (see the original story here), the scientists duplicated ancient techniques to replicate a 1,400-year-old Buddha statue discovered in South Korea in the southeastern ancient capital of Gyeongju.


The National Science Museum said the plating technique used corrosive acid from Japanese plums that applied a sticky, thin film of gold to statues made of materials like bronze.


"The center piece of the ancient metal plating technology is acid from Japanese plums," said Yoon Yong-hyun, museum official leading the research.


"Until now we did not know what was used in the ancient plating. However, we successfully restored the ancient plating using acid derived from the fruit," said Yoon. "It is meaningful that the statue was restored using the technique and materials from that time."



Qin dynasty sword on display. (Mark Lorch, CC BY-ND 4.0)



The Chinese Qin Shihuang dynasty is credited with sophisticated chrome plating techniques for weapons (learn more from documentary on Weapons in Ancient china here). After unearthing bronze weapons in a major excavation in 1974, scientists found that not only were the swords double-cast and heat treated, but consisted of a fine, 10-15-micron chromium oxide coating, a process reportedly not used in the West until the 1900s.


Miraculously enough, the artifacts found in China and South Korea were left impressively intact and well preserved. 





Coating to help Europe's Telecom Satellites Keep their Cool

23. November 2016
Eurostar Neo from Airbus Defence and Space

Eurostar Neo from Airbus Defence and Space


A surface coating originally developed for medical implants is set to safeguard the next generation of European telecom satellites.


Irish company ENBIO initially tailored its CoBlast process to produce improved titanium implants, but space engineers were quick to identify its potential to help satellites withstand the intense solar radiation encountered in orbit.


A metal’s oxide layer is stripped and the coating bonded directly to the underlying metal, all in a single step. The coating effectively becomes an integral part of the metal. The result are highly stable surfaces, with robust optical and thermal behaviour, whose characteristics can also be customised as desired.


As an additional benefit, the room-temperature and ambient pressure process is fully environmentally friendly, with no special handling needs or harmful residues.


“We began work in the space sector through ESA, applying thermal protection for its science missions,” explains Kevin O’Flynn of ENBIO.




“Science missions are essentially one-of-a-kind, technically demanding missions, but now our satellite ‘sunscreen’ technology has been proven to work to the necessary standards. ESA now plans to use it on its Neosat programme – working with European satellite manufacturers to design core market telecommunication satellites of the future.”


Telecom satellites stay much closer to Earth than far-flung science missions – typically operating at fixed points relative to Earth’s surface in geostationary orbit, nearly 36 000 km up. However, they have to continue working reliably for upwards of 15 years, despite being continuously bathed in unfiltered sunlight.


Telecom satellites need to maintain a stable internal temperatures for the benefit of their electronics. And extremes of temperature between their sunlit and shaded sides could also cause structural warping – possibly even putting communication antenna spot beams out of alignment.


ENBIO’s thermal control coatings allow satellites to stay cool and help them to operate at optimal efficiency. Though headquartered in Dublin, in spring 2015 the company opened a dedicated facility for space thermal management in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, with the support of ESA and the Enterprise Ireland development agency.


“ESA has given us invaluable support, and we have been happy to return the favour, by delivering high-performance solutions for both science and telecommunication missions,” adds Dr O’Flynn.


“We are also finding other commercial customers for our products in both the European and US space sectors.”


ENBIO’s work with ESA has also helped to inspire a growing number of terrestrial applications for the coating technology, from helping electronic systems keep their cool to corrosion-proofing oil and gas equipment in tough marine environments.

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