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Modified Metals for Space Engineering Produced in Submilliseconds

27. January 2017


Maria Rygina and Professor Yuri Ivanov.



Scientists from Russia's Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) and the Institute of High Current Electronics, Siberian Branch Russian Academy of Sciences, have developed a method to apply wear-resistant coatings on metals, followed by fusing them into the substrate.


Such modified materials, through a combination of lightness, strength and corrosion resistance, can be used in mechanical engineering, aviation and space engineering. New materials are based on aluminum and silumin—an alloy of aluminum and silicon.


“These metals have low weight, good corrosion resistance. For use in air and space engineering, we only need to modify their strength and tribological properties: to improve hardness and wear resistance,” Maria Rygina says, a graduate student of the TPU Department of Nanomaterials and Nanotechnologies.


As coatings, polytechnicers use titanium, titanium nitride and silumin containing 25-percent silicon. The peculiarity of the developed method is that the coating is not deposited onto a substrate but fused into it by means of an intense pulsed electron beam. Experimental studies have shown that it resulted in almost six-fold improvement in the hardness of metal and three times the wear resistance.


World experts on materials science remark that the main challenge is now adhesion of the coating and the substrate. If the coating is simply deposited, then it can be easily removed. Foreign research teams are looking for a solution to this issue by forming multi-layer coatings. However, multi-layer deposition takes a long time.


"We offer fusing the coating in the substrate: this takes microseconds, and the adhesion is significantly improved,” says the project’s scientific head, Professor Yuri Ivanov, the TPU Department of Nanomaterials and Nanotechnologies.


To form coatings by such a method is possible due to specific electron-ion-plasma installations created by the scientists from IHCE SB RAS and TPU. As the developers say, the installations are unique and are supplied to Japan, China, Canada.


According to Maria Rygina, the modified metals can be used for manufacturing internal mechanisms’ parts in spacecrafts: It is those that are the most wearable. Currently this method is used in the production of woodworking tools and components for mechanical engineering.


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Precision Engineering Talks of Benefits of In-House Powder Line

25. January 2017


Liora Stone, the president of Precision Engineering in Uxbridge, Massachusetts, extolls the benefits of having an in-house powder coating line in a story published in the Worcester Business Journal Online.


Stone said, "One of the big differentiators for us is lot of small- to medium-sized metal fabricators don't have in-house powder coating capabilities, which we do. It makes us more of a one-stop shop for our customers."


Read more of Stone interview, and how her company has survived because of its in-house coating line HERE

McAlpin Industries Opens New Facility, Powder Coating Line

23. January 2017


New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the opening of a new McAlpin Industries manufacturing plant in the Town of Walworth, Wayne County that will feature a new powder coating line and operation.


The family-owned metal working company will also continue its operations in Rochester, New York, where it has been headquartered for more than 50 years and employs 148 workers. According to the company, the new, 120,000-square-foot manufacturing plant and warehousing facility will allow the company to create at least 24 new full time jobs. 

"This expansion is the latest success of our strategy to drive economic growth across the state by investing in the strengths of each region," Governor Cuomo says. "By creating new jobs and generating new economic activity, the new plant of this family-owned business will contribute to our successful initiatives to grow the regional economy and drive the Finger Lakes forward."

Economic support and assistance from local and state agencies allowed this project to move forward. Empire State Development will provide McAlpin Industries up to $400,000 in performance-based Excelsior Jobs Program tax credits in return for job creation commitments. The investment from McAlpin Industries totals $5,850,000. 

“All of us at McAlpin Industries are thrilled that we are expanding our business into Wayne County," McAlpin president and CEO, Ken McAlpin says. "This new building provides us with the opportunity to grow a product line through complete integration of robotic welding, powder coating and assembly.”


McAlpin Industries is an international, diversified precision metal working company that provides a variety of services to the telecommunications, computer, business machine, office equipment, medical, transportation, voting equipment, electronic, warehouse management and automotive sectors. The new plant will be home to metal stamping, robotic welding and powder coating operations as the company expands its assembly and warehousing functions. For more information, visit


Axalta to Acquire Ellis Paint Company

19. January 2017




Michael Cash, Senior Vice President and President, Industrial Coatings of Axalta Coating Systems and Sandy Berg, President and CEO of Ellis Paint Company, joined by members of Axalta and Ellis management. (Photo: Axalta)



Axalta Coating Systems announces its acquisition of Ellis Paint Company, a prominent manufacturer of industrial and automotive refinish paint in North America. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.


Founded in 1887, Ellis Paint Company is a well-known manufacturer and distributor of a strong portfolio of coating products suited for an extensive array of industrial applications and substrates including steel, concrete and wood, shipping vessels and construction equipment, and indoor and outdoor furnishings and fittings. Ellis Paint Company products include the Hy-Lux line of multi-purpose coatings, the Shaft-Lac line of solventborne coatings, the Maximus line of low-VOC industrial maintenance coatings and the Engard line of heavy-duty industrial coatings. The automotive segment of Ellis, Pacific Coast Lacquer, developed Poly-Primer, a legacy product that was the original solution to high-VOC lacquer primer in the vanguard of the evolution of low-VOC coatings in the automotive industry. Pacific Coast Lacquer is a name with a strong reputation in body shops, custom shops and auto design studios.


“We are excited to have the extensive range of high quality Ellis Paint Company brands join Axalta’s portfolio of products,” Michael Cash says, Axalta Senior Vice President and President, Industrial Coatings. “Ellis Paint’s commitment to providing innovative and sustainable coatings is renowned in the industry and will align well with our focus on technology and business strategy. We are committed to the continued support of Ellis Paint’s current customers and look forward to leveraging Axalta’s market strength to extend the reach of Ellis Paint’s fine brands to new customers.”


Ellis Paint Company has developed a vision and entrepreneurial spirit that has led to global solutions such as lowest VOC formulations, best transfer technologies and spent material recycling practices. From product development, manufacturing and application systems to its ability to respond to the evolving environmental priorities, Ellis Paint Company has fostered a reputation of being a partner that contributes to the success of its customers.


“It has been a dream of ours to take our quality products even further,” President and CEO of Ellis Paint Company, Sandra Berg says. “Our company has proven itself in California through three generations. It is tremendously exciting to know that Axalta will not only help us better serve our current customers, but also make our assortment of environmentally responsible products available to a wider range of national and international customers.”


For information about the Ellis Paint Company line of products, visit



CCAI Chapters Support Local Charities

17. January 2017
There was a tremendous turnout for the Southern California chapter golf outing and Toys for Tots toy drive

There was a tremendous turnout for the Southern California chapter golf outing and Toys for Tots toy drive.


Several Chemical Coaters Association International chapters held events during December to benefit charitable organizations.  The Southern California, Central States and Wisconsin chapters conducted toy drives during their December chapter events.  In addition, the chapters made cash donations to their local charity organizations. 


The Southern California Chapter held its 5th annual Toys for Tots Golf Outing on December 5 in Pasadena.  There were approximately 70 golfers who participated in the outing and toy drive.  Sixteen marines attended to help collect toys.  Chapter president Ron Lum was especially pleased to report they collected a record-breaking 662 toys this year.  The evening festivities were sponsored by Sundial Powder Coatings and held at Kings Row Gastropub where attendees gathered for an amazing close to the day's events with dinner and award presentations.


The Central States Chapter held a dinner meeting alongside their annual Toys for Tots campaign.  The meeting included a presentation by Tim Welch with AZZ Galvanizing on Natina steel, a surface treatment that chemically reacts with galvanizing to create a rustic brown finish that blends into surroundings for a more aesthetically pleasing appearance. More than 20 people attended the event where several hundred dollars in toys was collected.   The chapter made an additional $250 donation to make for happier holidays for children in the Kansas City area. 


The Central States chapter collected toys and money for their local Toys for Tots program at their December meeting.


For the second year, the Wisconsin Chapter conducted a toy drive during their December meeting.  They collected over 500 toys, more than double from last year, for the Kids 2 Kids Program. They were also excited to present a chapter donation of $500.  A few companies in the chapter held internal toy drives and members from the chapter delivered the toys in person to the local Kids 2 Kids organization.  The chapter is proud of the terrific community support and looks forward to watching this effort grow every year.

The Wisconsin chapter donated over 500 toys to the Kids 2 Kids Program.

The Wisconsin chapter donated over 500 toys to the Kids 2 Kids Program.


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