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CCAI’s Powder Coating and Curing Processes Seminar In Alabama Is Oct. 6-7

17. June 2015

CCAI will present a Powder Coating and Curing Processes Seminar at Alabama Power’s Technical Applications Center (TAC) in Calera, Alabama, October 6-7. The seminar is co-sponsored by the Infrared Division of the Industrial Heating Equipment Association and Products Finishing magazine.


The day and a half seminar features an introduction to the powder coating process, including cleaning and pretreatment, powder coating materials, application equipment and booths, curing options, part movement, running an efficient system and testing methods.  All of the classroom training will be provided by industry experts from some of the leading companies in the finishing business including: Wagner Industrial Solutions, Axalta, George Koch Sons LLC, Coral Chemical Co., Midwest Finishing Systems, KMI Systems, DeFelsko, Heraeus and Fostoria, a division of TPI Corp. 



Along with the educational instruction, attendees will spend time in the fully-equipped lab at the TAC to experience live demonstrations and opportunities for hands-on training. This interactive format allows attendees to get applied knowledge of the technologies they are learning in the classroom.  Attendees will have the chance to powder coat and cure a part onsite to take home with them.


Registration fee includes classroom training, the opportunity to experience hands-on demonstrations in a laboratory setting and copies of both CCAI’s new Powder Coating for Industrial Finishing Applications training manual and a copy of Infrared Process Heating Handbook for Industrial Applications, published by the IRED division of the Industrial Heating Equipment Association.  Breakfast, lunch on day one and an evening reception are also included in the registration cost.  Fees to attend are $150 for CCAI members and $225 for non-members.


For complete details and to register, visit and click on the Introduction to Powder Coating & Curing Processes Hands-On Seminar button on the home page or click the EVENTS tab and scroll down to the seminar.  Call Kelly LeCount at CCAI at 859-356-1030 with questions.

PPG Acquires Cuming Microwave

15. June 2015


PPG Industries announced today that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Cuming Microwave Corporation based in Avon, Massachusetts, and its wholly-owned subsidiary Cuming-Lehman Chambers, Inc., based in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter, subject to customary closing conditions. Financial terms were not disclosed.


Cuming Microwave is a global supplier of specialty coatings and materials that absorb microwaves and radio waves, such as radar. The company’s products are used in military aircraft and have applications in end-uses such as electronics, telecommunications, medical and automotive. The company employs about 160 people, operates three manufacturing facilities in Avon and maintains an office in Chambersburg.


“Acquiring Cuming Microwave will enable us to serve customers around the world with an enhanced product portfolio,” said Barry Gillespie, PPG vice president, aerospace. “The company’s technologies complement and expand PPG’s portfolio of products for the military and aerospace segments. Cuming Microwave products also represent a new and unique offering for customers across PPG’s businesses.”


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

CCAI's NEW System Design Manual Available

10. June 2015



CCAI has been publishing its series of popular training manuals for more than 25 years, and Systems Design for Industrial Finishing Applications is the latest manual to receive a complete re-write.


This new manual provides innovative and updated information on all the essential factors for setting up and running efficient systems. From the layout to spray booths, washers, ovens, conveyors and more, this manual reviews the key elements of finishing systems design.


Members can purchase the manual for $49; non-members for $65.


Electrocoating Seminar In Detroit, Sept. 22-23

8. June 2015



The Electrocoat Association and Chemical Coaters Association International is presenting the 2015 Electrocoating Seminar, to be held at the Sheraton Detroit Novi Hotel on September 22-23 in Detroit, Michigan.


This symposium has been tailored by industry technical experts to cover everything you need to know about electrocoat finishing. The format presents a morning of basic electrocoating topics before shifting to more advanced content in the remaining sessions, allowing for a more in-depth study of efficiencies and costs associated with electrocoating. 
Process control and troubleshooting techniques are presented, and you'll see actual samples of the most common imperfections and discuss ways to avoid them.


Day 1 consists of 8:30 - 5:00 classroom instruction followed by a "Meet the Speakers" networking reception from 5 - 6:00 pm.


Day 2 consists of 8:30 - 2:00 classroom instruction followed by a plant tour (depending on availability).


Printed brochures will be mailed in June, but complete Seminar details are available here.


Registration includes educational program, networking reception, group lunches and breaks, plant tour if confirmed, certificate of completion, and a copy of "Electrocoating: A Guidebook for Finishers" (a $79 value).

PPG Launches Metal Coatings Color Selector Web Tool

3. June 2015



PPG Industries’ coil and building products group has launched the PPG Metal Coatings Online Color Selector Tool at


The tool features digital versions of all 90 colors in the PPG Architectural Liquid and Powder Coatings Color Guide and each of the 80 colors in the PPG Building Products Coil Coatings Color Guide. Visitors can access large swatches for all 170 colors through two modules–for extrusion coatings and coil coatings–and filter searches by color family or by brand name.


Hovering a cursor over a color swatch reveals the descriptive name of the Duranar liquid coating in the extrusion-coatings mode or the Duranar Ultra-Cool coating in the coil-coatings mode, along with its unique product code and solar reflectance index (SRI) rating.


Clicking on a swatch expands the sample and unveils product codes for the same color in other PPG brands and resin formulations, as well as suggested uses for the coating. Another quick tap on the expand icon in the corner of the swatch enlarges it to full-screen size.


In the extrusion-coatings mode, a click on the “Request a Sample” icon takes visitors to the Sample and Literature Fulfillment Center on the site, where they can add the panel to the shopping cart.


Icons for email and social media embedded in each swatch enable architects to share colors instantly with clients and colleagues. Clicking on the name of an individual brand generates information about its basic resin technology, coating system and gloss range.


Sharon Bird, PPG marketing communications manager, industrial coatings, said the new color selector tool is designed to simplify and accelerate the color specification process.


“With a few quick clicks, architects and designers can find everything they need to learn about or compare specific metal coatings, from their solar-reflectance ratings to their resin formulations and suitability for particular applications,” Bird explains. “Our online sample-ordering system also is incredibly simple, which makes it faster and easier for architects to show clients and prospects the colors they are considering for any building project.”


With dozens of proven products in the Duranar, Coraflon and Durastar brand lines, PPG makes metal coatings to meet virtually every aesthetic, sustainability and budget demand. To learn more about coatings from the PPG coil and building products group, visit or call 1-888-PPG-IDEA (774-4332).

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