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Asterion Video On Interpreting Hull Cell Panels

7. July 2014


In its second of three videos on Hull Cell Testing, Asterion reviews the interpretation of the results of a variety of plating baths.


Patented in 1939, by R.O. Hull, the hull cell is one of the most useful qualitative test processes available to the metal finisher. It consists of a trapezoidal box which contains an anode of the material to be processed, a hull cell panel which is inserted against the sloping side of the trapezoid. A standard 267 ml hull cell is most commonly encountered.


To watch the video click below. To visit the Asterion site with all its videos, please click HERE



PCx 2015 Call For Cleaning Papers

3. July 2014


Products Finishing is hosting the Parts Cleaning Expo (PCx) April 21-23, 2015 at the Precision Machining Technology Show in Columbus, Ohio and is accepting abstracts for the Parts Cleaning Conference.

Suggested topics include:
• Cleaning Fundamentals
• Environmental Issues
• Assessing Cleaning Quality
• Cleaning Specifications
• New Cleaning Processes and Technologies


Abstracts should be 200-300 words in length and must be submitted by Aug. 1, 2014. Submissions also should include a cover page with the title of the paper; author and/or speaker’s name, job title, company name, address, telephone and fax numbers; and the email address of the primary contact person. All speakers must submit a presentation for inclusion in the Conference Proceedings by March 2, 2015.


Abstracts may be mailed, faxed or emailed to Allison Miller, Director of Events, Gardner Publications, 6915 Valley Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45244-3029; fax, 513-527-8801; email,


Heraeus Acquires Vulcan Catalytics Systems

1. July 2014


German-based Heraeus Nobelight has acquired Vulcan Catalytics Systems, a Rhode Island-based manufacturer of catalytic infrared heating equipment and powder coating ovens.


The acquisition of Vulcan Catalytics expands the process heating portfolio from Heraeus Noblelight to include both gas and electric heating systems for industrial applications.


Mike Chapman, John Martin and key personnel will remain with the company, supporting existing customer base and developing new markets.


“Vulcan Catalytics and Heraeus share a common goal: to consistently exceed customer expectations,” said Chapman, president of Vulcan Catalytics Systems. “Joining the Heraeus network will offer us numerous opportunities to introduce our products and expertise to new markets.”


Heraeus, the precious metals and technology Group headquartered in Hanau, Germany, is a global, private company. In fiscal year 2013, Heraeus achieved product revenue of $5.46 billion and precious metals trading revenue of $17.55 billion. The company has 12,500 employees in over 110 subsidiaries worldwide.


For more information, please visit


CCAI Hosts "Intro to Powder Coating and Curing Processes" Seminar At New Georgia Power

27. June 2014


CCAI is partnering with Georgia Power Company to present a one day "Introduction to Powder Coating and Curing Processes" seminar at their new Customer Resource Center (CRC).


The seminar is scheduled for October 9 at Georgia Power Company in Atlanta, GA.  The Infrared Division of the Industrial Heating Equipment Association will be co-sponsoring the seminar along with CCAI.


The daylong seminar will begin with a thorough introduction to the powder coating process, including cleaning & pretreatment, materials, application equipment & booths, curing options, part movement and running an efficient system.  The afternoon schedule will take attendees into the lab at the CRC 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.


“We are thrilled to be able to offer this outstanding educational opportunity to our members and industry,” noted CCAI Executive Director Anne Goyer.  “The Resource Center is a state-of-the-art, LEED-certified, experiential facility that features many of our members’ products.  We have kept the cost of this seminar extremely economical for attendees. With a mission to educate the industry, CCAI strives to hold our seminar costs very low. We plan on powder coating and curing a part that attendees can take home with them.”


Registration fee includes classroom training from powder coating industry experts, 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 plus a copy of Infrared Process Heating Handbook for Industrial Applications, published by the IRED division of the Industrial Heating Equipment Association.  Breaks and lunch are also included in the registration fee.  Fees to attend are $125 for CCAI members and $175 for non-members.


“This is an exceptional, state-of-the-art facility,” Goyer continued.  “We believe partnering with Georgia Power provides the perfect chance for those interested in learning more about powder coating to see the technology up close and personal.”


Attendees will walk away with increased knowledge of the complete powder coating process, including the various curing options available today and two excellent training manuals.  This is an exceptional value for an educational course of this caliber.  There is not another course available that offers such high quality training at such a reasonable price. 


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.  Call Kelly LeCount at CCAI at 859-356-1030 with questions.

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.

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