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SUR/FIN Keynotes Highlight Business & Future Challenges

11. May 2015



Leading off SUR/FIN's 80 conference presentations is the Monday keynote by deaf-blind advocate, adventurer and storyteller, Bill Barkley. Tuesday's keynote will be given by Al McGee, Supply Base Manager of Enterprise Supply Management for John Deere.

SUR/FIN 2015 will offer multiple sessions, lectures, presentations and workshops over the three-day conference. These presentations will encompass industry insights, designed to share knowledge and information in order to promote growth within the surface finishing industry.


SUR/FIN 2015 Presentation Highlights


Nadcap Seminar: Uncover exactly what it takes for organizations like yours to become Nadcap certified so you can acquire the knowledge necessary to earn the appropriate credentials and tap into new markets.


Keynote: Al McGee: Supply Base Manager of Enterprise Supply Management at John Deere.


Keynote: Bill Barkeley: Deaf-blind adventurer, advocate and storyteller.


Sustainability Summit: Jeffrey Potent: Adjunct professor with the Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs and the Earth Institute.


Blum Lecture: Dr. Hudson Bates: Executive Director of the Nickel Producers Environmental Research Association (NiPERA).


Management Session: Daniel Feiman: Founder of Build it Backwards, a global consulting and training services firm with broad expertise in strategic planning, financial modeling, and process improvement.


For more information on the keynote speakers, sessions or presentations, please follow this link.



Visit for more information on the many other valuable programs SUR/FIN 2015 has to offer. Full Conference Registration is necessary to attend the Management Session.

Walter Surface Technologies Named Supplier of the Year By Indica

6. May 2015

Darren Meyer (Sr. Director of Marketing - Indica), Phil Cowan (Director of Marketing - Indica), Chester Collier (Senior Vice President – Walter Surface Technologies), Claude Vandemeulebroocke (General Manager – Walter Surface Technologies), Dave Ross (President)


Walter Surface Technologies, a global industry leader in surface treatment technologies, was recently awarded the Supplier of the Year award by Indica Marketing Group.


Each year, Indica holds Sell-A-Rama, its annual buying show which brings together key decision makers from distributor members and supplier partners from across Canada for face-to-face sales meetings.


Indica recognizes the outstanding performance by their supplier partners with the highest award of recognition within Indica - the Supplier of the Year Award. This year, Walter Surface Technologies took top honors.


“Having Indica recognize Walter as the Supplier of the Year is a great achievement” said Chester Collier, Senior Vice President at Walter Surface Technologies. “Indica is an essential part of the industry and by working together; we are able to provide value-added services to all members.”


Indica Marketing Group is Canada’s largest Industrial, Construction and Safety Supply Group – with 180 Distributor Members and over 830 locations across the country. Since Indica began in 2002, Walter Surface Technologies has been one of the eleven Priority Suppliers.


Walter Surface Technologies provides innovative solutions for the global metal working industry. From high performance abrasives, power tools and tooling to industrial parts washing systems, cleaners, degreasers and lubricants Walter focuses on helping its customers work better. Founded in 1952, the company is established in 7 countries throughout North America, South America and Europe. International headquarters is in Montreal and US headquarters is located in Windsor, Connecticut. Key certification and awards include ISO 9001: 2008, Wall Street Journal Award; Deutscher Material Preiz; American Eagle Award; CleanTech Cleaning Technology Award.

Tabletop Electroplating Machine Hot Item On Kickstarter

4. May 2015



A start-up company is seeking funds through for its Orbit1 machine, an electroplater that allows people to plate just about everything made through 3D printing.


The company says that using Orbit1, a person can coat their works in metal, even gold, in three simple steps. First, they clean and polish their object, then they spray the conductive paint, then click start. They say Orbit1 will metallize a design, empowering a person with the Midas touch from your tabletop.


More information can be found here:


IHEA Webinar on IR Ovens Now Online

29. April 2015



The Industrial Heating Equipment Association's free webinar on "The Ins and Outs of IR: Efficient Curing," is now available for viewing online.


The webinar focused on infrared curing for industrial finishing applications.  The presentation provided an in-depth look at infrared technologies including what it is, how it's produced and its characteristics.


It also reviewed all equipment sources of infrared followed by a discussion of a wide variety of IR applications for industrial finishing which showcase the many ways in which IR can be utilized to provide efficient curing in today's industrial environment.


The presenters of the webinar were Wayne Pettyjohn, Georgia Power; John Podach, Fostoria Process Equipment - a div. of TPI; and Mike Chapman, Heraeus Noblelight America.


To view the free webinar, please visit:


PPG Aerospace Solar-Control Coatings Use Eggplant-like Technology for Cooler Plane

27. April 2015



A new solar-heat-management coating system by PPG Industries’ aerospace business helps keep aircraft passenger cabins cooler.


A novel PPG Aerospace solar-heat-management coating system can reduce external aircraft skin temperatures up to 25 degrees F, helping keep interior cabin temperatures cooler by 5 to 7 degrees.


“Airlines often avoid dark colors for airplane liveries because they can absorb as much as 90 percent of solar energy, which in turn heats the interior while a plane is on the ground,” said Mark Cancilla, PPG global director for aerospace coatings. “Our innovative paint technology means airlines no longer have to avoid dark colors. In fact, the darker the color, the greater the difference there is in total solar reflectance. There is no compromise of other coating properties.”


PPG solar-heat-management coatings technology is based on development of novel pigment dispersions, or stainers, that increase transmittance of near-infrared energy, or heat, through a dark coating and increase the subsequent reflection from a white underlayer. Cancilla said the technology is modeled after the eggplant, which naturally remains cool to the touch even when exposed to intense sunshine. The eggplant’s dark purple skin does not absorb near-IR radiation but transmits it to the white interior flesh, where it is reflected and transmitted out through the skin.


PPG’s technology works in the same way. Cancilla said PPG’s solar-heat-management coating system is being evaluated by several airlines and aircraft manufacturers.


PPG Aerospace is the aerospace products and services business of PPG Industries. PPG Aerospace – PRC-DeSoto is the leading global producer of aerospace sealants, coatings, and packaging and application systems. PPG Aerospace – Transparencies is the world’s largest supplier of aircraft windshields, windows and canopies. For more information, visit

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