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Enthone Six Sigma Black Belt Graduation Marks 10th Class

25. June 2014


Enthone Inc. says the upcoming graduation of the company’s 2014 Six Sigma Black Belt class marks the tenth black belt training certification held in the Americas and the twenty-third class worldwide since the inception of the company-wide program in 2001.


In the past thirteen years, there have been over 40 customer-focused Enthone Black Belt projects that have reaped in excess of $10,000,000 USD in customer financial benefits derived through higher operational efficiencies, increased production yields, and enablement of next generation manufacturing designed to meet OEM specifications. Each customer black belt project has yielded $150,000 to well over $1,000,000 in savings.


Today there are over seventy active Enthone Black Belts which are supported by 450 Green Belts from all sectors of the company, including technical applications engineers and research scientists, as well as operations, sales and marketing professionals. Since the program’s inception, over 750 Enthone employees have been completed Black Belt or Green Belt training.


“For more than a decade, Enthone has continued a deliberate and highly disciplined approach to expanding the company’s focus and resources on investing in our greatest resource – the Enthone Team---by driving a Six Sigma culture throughout the organization, and most especially to our technical application and sales engineers," said Jason Maupin, Vice President – Enthone Americas. "No other chemical supplier in the surface finishing and electronics industries offers a Six Sigma program to enhance the company’s overall skill set, while providing direct value to customers.”


For further information on Enthone Customer Value Six Sigma (CVSS), contact Gary Sutcliffe, Manager of Customer Value Six Sigma at or your local Enthone representative.

MetoKote Earns Honda Supplier Performance Recognition

23. June 2014

MetoKote Corporation receives the Honda Performance Award (Scott Corman photo)


MetoKote Corporation's Huber Heights, Ohio facility was among the top service suppliers honored at the annual American Honda Supplier Conference recently held in Toronto, Canada. 


Forty nine of the 300+ suppliers in attendance were recognized for outstanding key performance measures for service parts suppliers.  American Honda evaluates suppliers monthly in the areas of quality, value and on-time delivery and annually recognizes those with outstanding performance on the combined performance in all three categories. 

MetoKote Corporation receives Honda Performance Award at 16th Annual American Honda Service Parts Supplier Conference in Toronto, Canada

Frank Zack, Plant Manager, MetoKote Huber Heights was thrilled with their achievement. 


"We have worked diligently the past two years to align our service with the expectations of Honda," he said. "We always concentrated on delivering a quality coated part but we did not realize the essence of the supplier performance score card.  Once we engaged our team in the expectations of Honda, our overall scores took a giant leap."


MetoKote, Huber Heights has supplied American Honda with service sheet metal parts including bulk heads and bumper assemblies for over 20 years.  Many of the parts require specialized labeling and packaging and are sent directly to the Honda distribution warehouse.  Serving over 60+ customers around the greater Dayton area and across the US, the Huber Heights facility has two Electrocoating (e-coat) monorail systems and one liquid paint line.  Minor subassembly, custom packaging, bar coding and hem seal operations are also performed on finished parts.


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"Little John" Przybylinski Celebrates 50 Years With RPW/Elite

20. June 2014


John "Little John" Przybylinski celebrated 50 years of dedicated service to RPW/Elite in Milwaukee.


Company owner Jaime Maliszewski reports the following celebration took place, which included a new Cadillac SUV:


"Over 50 past and current customers and suppliers, as well as, family and friends showed up at Tuckaway CC to surprise John with a luncheon and roast. Jeff Maliszewski let John know that many of his co-workers really wanted to come to the party as well, but when they heard it was NOT a retirement party they all lost interest. John’s wife Sandy was there along with his son and daughters that came in from out of town with their families. There was a lot of talk about old times and many embarrassing and fun stories. It all built to a gift presentation for his loyalty. John was taken to the window and when he looked down there was a sign saying “Thank you for 50 Years!” next to a shiny new Cadillac SRX. This caused John to be speechless, which for those that know John, you know this was an absolute miracle in itself. Thanks again John, you deserve this and we hope you enjoy it with your great family."



Congratulations, John, from Products Finishing. Watch this video HERE:


DeFelsko Adds Wireless Access Point feature to PosiTector Advanced body

18. June 2014


DeFelsko has added a Wireless Access Point feature to the PosiTector Advanced body.


Available as a free update for existing users, the PosiTector Access Point feature allows you to directly connect your smart device or WiFi-enabled computer to a PosiTector Advanced body without the need for WiFi network access or a Mobile Hotspot. Ideal for use in the field or whenever a WiFi network is not available or out of range, PosiTector Access Point allows you to communicate directly with your Advanced gage body using a web browser or PosiSoft Mobile App. You can also wirelessly download measurement data to your computer using PosiSoft 3.0 Desktop Software.


Once connected, you will be able to take advantage of the features available on your mobile device such as keyboard and camera.


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PPG Publishes New Electrocoat Brochure

16. June 2014



PPG Industries’  industrial coatings business has published a new brochure detailing its electrocoat products, services and training.


The six-page booklet begins with an overview of e-coat technology, including the differences between cathodic and anodic e-coat, and the characteristics that make e-coat an efficient, economical and adaptable coating system. Two illustrations show a typical e-coat bath blend and a sample e-coat production line with a description of the coating process.


Related highlights include:


  • A chart devoted to identifying the best e-coat technologies for applications such as auto parts and accessories, heavy-duty equipment, appliances, consumer electronics, fasteners, aerospace and military equipment, and decorative and hardware finishes;


  • The “PPG Electrocoat Advantage,” which details PPG’s decades-long history with e-coat and technology-related benefits such as finish quality, product and process efficiencies, speed and productivity, and environmental friendliness;


  • A comparison between e-coat and liquid and powder coating technologies; and


  • A comprehensive chart-based review of PPG’s leading e-coat lines: the POWERCRON(R), ELECTROCOLOR(R), ELECTROTOUGH(TM), ELECTROPOLYSEAL(R), AEROCRON(TM) and ENVIRO-PRIME(R) brands.


The brochure also covers PPG’s training and support options such as the SECURE LAUNCH EXCELLENCE(TM) program for fast-tracking the development of commercial coatings and the KNOWLEDGE COLLEGE(R) training program, which encompasses customer-focused education seminars held at PPG research and development facilities.


Contact information for PPG’s regional headquarters in North America, South America, Europe and Asia are provided, along with a map showing PPG’s industrial coatings manufacturing facilities and design studios around the world.


Click HERE to download the brochure


For more information, visit or call 1-888-774-2001.

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