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CCAI On-Line Training Videos Now Free To Members

11. February 2015



The Chemical Coaters Association International says its entire assortment of CCAI educational training videos can be accessed at anytime from anywhere at no charge to CCAI members.


Found on CCAI TV through CCAI’s website, the library of videos consists of educational presentations from industry experts designed to give you information and provide an understanding on a variety of industrial finishing technologies.  There are more than 20 videos in the current collection with additional selections being added frequently.


Videos can be viewed on an individual basis or as a packaged collection.  There are currently three collections available containing multiple videos. 


CCAI also has a series of free videos available from corporate members: KMI Systems’ Turn-Key Finishing Systems, IntelliFinishing’s Shuttle and how it works, Midwest Finishing’s video on “The Midwest Difference”, Nordson’s Purple Up Close and TTX’s Finishing System Overview.


To become a member to gain access, visit and click on the 'Join Now' button on the middle of the home page.  CCAI individual memberships are $95 per year and include a membership to the chapter of your choice.


All CCAI videos (with the exception of the Corporate Member videos) are copyrighted by The Chemical Coaters Association International and may not be copied, saved nor reproduced without written permission of CCAI.

Hardide Coatings Invests $7M in U.S. Production Plant

9. February 2015

Hardide Coatings, Inc., the United Kingdom-based provider of advanced surface coating technology, has announced investment in a new Virginia manufacturing plant worth about $7 million.


The investment will see Hardide Coatings expand provision of its range of specialist nanostructured coatings throughout North America.


The 26,000 square foot facility in Martinsville, Henry County, is planned to be operational in the fourth quarter of 2015 with up to 29 jobs being created in the first three years. The company produces a patented range of hard wearing coatings which significantly increase the life of critical metal parts operating in abrasive, erosive, corrosive and chemically aggressive environments. The new facility will service existing and new customers in the oil and gas, aerospace, flow control and advanced engineering markets.


"Demand from customers in North America, including leading companies operating in oil and gas exploration and production, valve and pump manufacturing, nuclear, advanced engineering and aerospace industries, is developing well and a local production facility will significantly boost the business available to us," said Philip Kirkham, CEO of Hardide.


The new facility is located within an Enterprise Zone in a state where more than 230 aerospace companies, the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing and two Rolls-Royce facilities are based. It will house new chemical vapour deposition (CVD) coating reactors as well as the latest pre-treatment, inspection, quality assurance and finishing equipment.


"Martinsville, Virginia was chosen after a long and detailed evaluation of numerous locations in different states. We chose Virginia as it offers a positive business environment with a central location for the existing and projected customer base and it makes a compelling economic and business case," said Kirkham.


"Creating jobs in the advanced manufacturing sector is critical as we work to build a new Virginia economy. I am thrilled to announce these new jobs, which pay well above the average prevailing wage for the region," said Governor McAuliffe. "I had the opportunity to meet with company officials last summer in the U.K. about this project, and we are honored to welcome Hardide Coatings to the Commonwealth's growing roster of international companies."


"This is a big win for rural Virginia as the region continues its economic rebound," said Maurice Jones, Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade. "Hardide Coatings is a growing global company, and this significant investment to expand its manufacturing presence to serve worldwide customers is a great testament to the strong workforce and infrastructure in place in Martinsville-Henry County and the Commonwealth as a whole."


Fit-out of the building and local recruitment is already underway. The new personnel will receive full training in the Hardide coatings' process at the company's UK headquarters before the North American facility becomes operational later this year.


The range of Hardide coatings are highly abrasion, erosion, corrosion and chemical resistant while also being tough, ductile and impact resistant. Applied by chemical vapour deposition (CVD), the process can also coat them to internal surfaces and complex shapes. The coatings technology is proven to offer dramatic improvements in component life, delivering cost savings to customers through reduced downtime and increased operational efficiency.


Hardide Coatings, Inc. is based in Bicester, Oxfordshire, UK.

Drew Industries Acquires e-Coat Provider EA Technologies

4. February 2015



Drew Industries Incorporated, a leading supplier of components for recreational vehicles and manufactured homes, today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Lippert Components, Inc., has acquired the business and certain assets of EA Technologies.


EA Technologies is an Elkhart, Indiana-based manufacturer of custom steel and aluminum parts and provider of electrodeposition and powder coating services for RV, bus, medium-duty truck, automotive, recreational marine, specialty and utility trailer, and military applications. EA Technologies' e-coat process is ISO 9000 certified. Sales of the acquired business for 2014 were approximately $17 million.


"We are pleased to acquire the business, facility, and paint and metal fabricating equipment of EA Technologies," said Drew's President Scott Mereness. "We believe the EA Technologies relationships in the bus, automotive, medium-duty truck, and trailer markets will help accelerate our industry diversification and product innovation, which are part of our long-term plan for strategic growth. This acquisition also provides us with the facility and equipment capacity, as well as the additional personnel, to expand our fabricating and coating operations."


The purchase price was $9.4 million, of which $6.8 million was paid in the fourth quarter of 2014, with the balance paid at closing, from borrowings under the company's $75 million line of credit.


Dennis Marcott, Manager of EA Technologies, who will not remain with the business, expressed confidence in the future of EA Technologies as part of LCI.


"EA Technologies is very well situated to supply components to the industries it serves," said Marcott. "The EA Technologies business is a natural fit for Lippert Components, and I am confident that Lippert Components will invest in this business for the long term and provide strong customer service, as well as new innovative components and services."


From 37 factories located throughout the United States, Drew Industries, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Lippert Components, supplies a broad array of components for the leading manufacturers of recreational vehicles and adjacent industries including buses; trailers used to haul boats, livestock, equipment and other cargo; truck campers; truck caps; manufactured housing; modular housing; and factory-built mobile office units.


Drew's products include steel chassis; vinyl and aluminum windows; slide-out mechanisms and solutions; axles and suspension solutions; furniture and mattresses; thermoformed bath, kitchen and other products; manual, electric and hydraulic stabilizer and lifting systems; chassis components; entry, luggage, patio and ramp doors; electric and manual entry steps; awnings and slide toppers; electronic components; and other accessories.


Additional information about Drew and its products can be found at

PPG Highlights New Corrosion-Resistant E-Coats At NAIAS

29. January 2015



PPG Industries’ industrial coatings business highlighted new products during preview days at the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit’s Cobo Center, Jan. 12-15.


The products are designed to help global automakers fight metal corrosion and meet increasingly stringent environmental standards around the world. They include:


·  POWERCRON ADVANTEDGE and POWERCRON EPIC Tin-Free Electrocoats – Powercron AdvantEdge and Powercron EPIC e-coat systems are formulated with a proprietary catalyst that functions without tin, bismuth or other heavy-metal compounds, representing a significant environmental advance by PPG in corrosion-fighting products for the auto industry. In addition to helping auto manufacturers comply with new global environmental regulations, the technology enables PPG’s ninth-generation e-coats to cure at temperatures as low as 320 F to reduce energy consumption and related carbon emissions.


·  PPG Proprietary Zinc-Rich Primer with Electrocoat – PPG’s latest technology breakthrough is a duplex coating system that incorporates an “engineered” zinc-rich primer between the metal substrate and e-coat finish. Together, the primer and e-coat significantly improve the corrosion resistance of high-end underbody parts, subframe finishes and other vulnerable parts on trucks and passenger vehicles.


·  Metal Conditioner 257 (AMC257) for Mixed Metal Pretreatment Systems – A near-neutral pH pickle/descaler, Metal Conditioner 257 removes weld scale and light oxides from steel surfaces. The product is ideal for use in mixed-metal pretreatment systems because it preconditions welds and heat-affected zones prior to phosphating without significantly affecting white metals, galvanized steel and aluminum surfaces, enabling them to be processed at the same time as steel. As a mildly acidic pickle/descaler, AMC257 is more sustainable than conventional mineral-acid pickle solutions because it is non-fuming and operationally easier and safer to use.


·  VERSABOND Pretreatment System – In response to the increased use of aluminum in trucks and passenger vehicles, PPG has developed the Versabond pretreatment system, which employs the latest in zinc-phosphate hypernucleation technology to accelerate crystal formation and thereby reduce the production of sludge by up to 50 percent in some pretreatment systems. Other environmental and performance benefits associated with the Versabond pretreatment system include 10 to 20 percent lower processing temperatures and excellent corrosion resistance and adhesion due to its ability to uniformly deposit small, densely packed zinc-phosphate crystals.


For more information on the products featured or PPG’s hospitality suite at NAIAS, visit or call 1-888-774-2001.


PosiTector SmartLink Is A Smart New Way to Measure

27. January 2015



DeFelsko has introduced another industry first, the PosiTector SmartLink and a free mobile app turns a cell phone or tablet into a virtual PosiTector gage.


The company says that shops can wirelessly connect PosiTector probes to an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to take full advantage of the simplicity and utility of the device with or without an internet connection.


The PosiTector SmartLink allows you to take advantage of the features of your smart device including touch screen, keyboard, microphone, camera, email, WiFi, Bluetooth, cellular, dictation tools, and more.


With an internet connection, shops can share, backup, synchronize and report measurement data via email, apps and the cloud. Readings can be automatically backed up to or synced manually. Professional PDF reports and CSV data can be shared instantly via email, AirPrint, Dropbox, Evernote and other applications on a smart device.


The PosiTector app is available immediately on the Apple iTunes store. An Android app will be available later in 2015.


The PosiTector SmartLink accepts all PosiTector 6000, RTR-H, SPG and DPM probes easily converting to a coating thickness gage, replica tape reader, depth micrometer surface profile gage or dew point meter.


Call DeFelsko at 800-448-3835 or visit to get assistance selecting the optimal instrument.

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