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AAC Announces 2016 Winners for Student Research Poster Contest

By: Hannah Coombs 19. December 2016


(From left to right) AAC Academic Outreach Chair, John Thornton; Burcin Bilici from Istanbul Technical University; Abby Koczera from the University of New Hampshire; Flemming Jensen from Technical University of Denmark; and AAC Education Chair, Dr. Jude M. Runge. 


The Aluminum Anodizers Council (AAC) held its third Student Poster Session at the 25th Annual Anodizing Conference and Exposition this fall in Montreal, Canada. Students from around the world presented research projects in materials science, bioengineering, nanotechnology, electrochemical technology, corrosion science, and related engineering disciplines presented their work. 

The posters were presented to the three judges including AAC Education Chair, Jude M. Runge, Ph.D. of CompCote International; AAC Academic Outreach Committee Chair John Thornton of Apple, Inc.; and Mark Jozefowicz, AAC Education Committee Member of Reliant Aluminum Products. Three posters were chosen as equal winners and were each awarded a $500 scholarship.
Burcin Bilici of Istanbul Technical University in Istanbul, Turkey was commende for her poster, Investigating the Effect of DC Pretreatment on the Corrosion Behavior of Black Colored Anodized Aluminum Film. The focus of the research used AAO to study and control neuronal growth from stem cell precursors, according to the abstract.  
Abby Koczera from the University of New Hampshire was awarded for her poster, The Effects of Carboxylic Acid Additives in Anodic Alumina Coatings on Corrosion Resistance. Koczera’s research focused on stress corrosion cracking (SCC) and hydrogen-induced cracking (HIC) in aluminum alloys. According to the abstract, “the purpose of [the] study is to determine if the scanning vibrating/reference electrode technique (SVET/SRET/SVP) can be used to monitor the coupling current flowing through the solution.”
Flemming Jensen from the Technical University of Denmark in Lyngby, Denmark was awarded for his poster, In-situ Temperature Measurement during High Frequency Pulse Anodising of Aluminium. The poster addressed the search for an environmentally friendly anodizing process for magnesium alloys. “Nitric acid etching was extensively studied, influence of various operating parameters being clarified through a kinetic and thermodynamic study. Our study allowed predicting the etching rate and to clarify the different reactions occurring during pickling. Then an innovative anodizing process, performed in [an] acidic and environment-friendly medium, is studied,” the student noted in the abstract.
AAC will soon issue the Call for Student Posters for the 2017 Anodizing Conference and Exposition. The 26th Anodizing Conference and Exposition is scheduled for September 19-21, 2017 at the Westin Westminster in Westminster, (Denver) Colorado. For event information, visit the AAC conference website at

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Alexandria Industries Celebrates 50th Anniversary with Acts of Kindness

By: Hannah Coombs 16. December 2016



Marketing coordinator, Cindy Frederick (left) and Human Resources Manager Deb Moorman (right)


Alexandria Industries celebrates its 50th year in business as an aluminum extruder and provider of precision-engineered products. The company says it has found success over the years by serving a range of industries through decades of transformation and growth.


In honor of its 50-year anniversary, employees are participating in 50 community service projects, taking the initiative to help people in their communities. Projects include doing yard work, providing meals and spending time with elderly neighbors, fixing a college student’s garage door, and serving the youth ministry group at a local church. The random acts of kindness are meant to be simple, spontaneous and straight from the heart.


Starting in 1966, Alexandria Industries began supplying aluminum extrusions to companies such as IBM, Lennox and Honeywell. Today, the company continues to supply many leading companies in the medical device, electronics, solar, recreation and LED markets.


“I joined the company 29 years ago. With great fortune, we were able to build on a solid foundation created by excellent people who continue to serve our customers, communities and each other with their best,” CEO Tom Schabel says. “It is because of their efforts that we are able to create mutually successful and meaningful relationships, while staying true to our values throughout this journey we are on together.”


Alenxandria Industries produces customized aluminum extrusions and offers precision machining of ferrous and non-ferrous products, heatsinks, and plastic injection and foam molded components, as well as finishing and assembly services.


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Parts Cleaning Expo Registration is Open for April 25-27 Show

14. December 2016


Registration for the 2017 Parts Cleaning Expo is now open. For manufacturing professionals focused on optimizing cleaning processes, the parts cleaning pavilion and conference once again returns to the Precision Machining Technology Show (PMTS) in 2017.


Co-located with PMTS, the expo takes place April 25 - 27 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. Presented by the Precision Machined Products Association (PMPA), the show is co-hosted by Products Finishing's sister publications, Modern Machine Shop and Production Machining.



The Parts Cleaning Expo offers the opportunity to see new cleaning products, technologies and services in addition to educational and networking opportunities that provide the resources necessary to improve cleaning operations.  


Conference educational sessions include a variety of key topics ranging from chemistry concepts to cleaning system implementation. Explore equipment including aqueous, solvent, ultrasonic and vacuum products and find new technology for treatment and recycling systems. 


To register and view the conference agenda, visit 




PPG Coatings Selected by Airbus for A350-1000 Launch Aircraft

12. December 2016

MSN059, the first A350-1000 test aircraft, was recently fitted with its engines and will soon undergo a preparatory phase of tests. It is on track for its first flight in the fourth quarter of 2016. Photo by Airbus.


One of three Airbus A350-1000 flight-test aircrafts has been painted in the Airbus livery with a selectively strippable system by PPG that shortens repaint cycle time using Desothane HD 9008 basecoat-clearcoat for high-intensity, long-lasting color. A PPG low-density fuel tank and fuselage sealant provides the three flight-test aircrafts with weight savings compared to traditional sealants and will be used on production A350-1000 airplanes to benefit operators.


For the selectively strippable system, chrome-free Desoprime HS 7049 primer by PPG was applied over the existing base primer and F565 intermediate coating added over it, and then the aircraft was painted with Desothane color basecoat and clearcoat. When it is time for repainting, only the intermediate coating, basecoat and clearcoat will need to be removed for new applications, leaving Desoprime primer and the underlying base primer intact, reducing aircraft downtime by about 30 to 40 percent.


Desothane HD 9008 basecoat-clearcoat has a color-saturated basecoat that achieves opacity with less paint than direct-gloss topcoats and a high-shine clearcoat for exceptional service life.


“PPG is proud that Airbus has chosen advanced PPG paint systems for an aircraft that launches the new A350-1000,” says Daniel Bencun, PPG aerospace coatings segment manager for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. “Airlines can see the superior aesthetics provided by the PPG basecoat-clearcoat topcoat system and can specify it for their aircraft. They also can select the PPG selectively strippable system to benefit from its cycle time reduction when repainting is needed.”


PR-1782 low-density aircraft fuel tank and fuselage sealant by PPG offers as much as a 30 percent weight saving by volume over traditional sealants used for those applications, affording enhanced aircraft fuel economy. It is qualified by Airbus for all of the aircraft manufacturer’s airframes.


The coatings, sealant and associated products for the A350-1000 aircraft are sourced from PPG facilities in Shildon, England, Gonfreville, France, and Mojave, California, U.S.; and from the Bezon, France, plant operated by PPG joint-venture Sealants Europe.


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Georgia Powder Coating Wins Chamber Award

8. December 2016
From left, Stanley Phillips, vice president of production; Dallas Cooley, vice president sales; and Ramiro Lopez, shift production manager.

From left, Stanley Phillips, vice president of production; Dallas Cooley, vice president sales; and Ramiro Lopez, shift production manager.


Georgia Powder Coating—a Products Finishing Top Shops Benchmarking Survey award recipient—received an award from the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce's eighth annual industry appreciation luncheon for their work on shop safety.


The Gainesville Times reports that "Georgia Powder Coating walked away with the safety culture award. The Gainesville company provides powder coating to companies throughout the nation and employs 49 people. Recently it implemented an employee safety committee and has seen a reduction in safety issues since."



Business leaders in the area gathered to also celebrate Gainesville and Hall County’s 43 new and expanded businesses that have created 1,800 jobs and $427 million in capital investment since the start of 2015.


Georgia Power Coating has grown into one of the most experienced and respected metal powder coat finishing operations on the East Coast. They now employe over 45 professionals and operate out of a large facility in Gainesville, Georgia. 


For more information on the awards presented, click HERE.


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