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Poly-Plating’s Nickel Plating Process Earns Accepted Status from FDA

15. January 2016



Poly-Plating Inc., a metal plating facility located in Chicopee, Massachusetts, has made its Device Master Files (MAFS) available for those seeking a Premarket Application (PMA) or 510(k) approval for medical devices with the Food and Drug Administration.



Poly-Plating’s submission for an MAF for its proprietary Poly-Ond process has been accepted by the FDA. MAFs are repositories of confidential information used in support of a PMA or 510(k) submission. To help preserve the trade secrets of the ancillary medical device industry and at the same time facilitate the sound scientific evaluation of medical devices, the FDA established the device master file system.


Those seeking FDA approval for a device that utilizes the Poly-Ondprocess may request authorization from Poly-Plating to allow information in the MAF to be submitted as part of the approval process.


Poly-Plating, Inc. is a cutting-edge, innovative nickel and metal plating company based in Chicopee, MA. The company excels in the plating of precision parts for an array of industries worldwide including military, mold-making, and medical applications. Along with the proprietary Poly-Ond®, company processes include Sulfamate and Electroless nickel plating.


For more information on Poly-Plating, Inc, call (413) 593-5477 or visit

Researchers Say Superhydrophobic Coating Protects Without The Price

13. January 2016



A new class of superhydrophobic nanomaterials might simplify the process of protecting surfaces from water. A material made by scientists at Rice University, the University of Swansea, the University of Bristol and the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis is inexpensive, nontoxic and can be applied to a variety of surfaces via spray- or spin-coating.


The researchers led by Rice chemist Andrew Barron reported their find in the American Chemical Society journal ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces.


The hydrocarbon-based material may be a "green" replacement for costly, hazardous fluorocarbons commonly used for superhydrophobic applications, Barron said.


"Nature knows how to make these materials and stay environmentally friendly," Barron said. "Our job has been to figure out how and why, and to emulate that."


To read more about the research, please visit: 

Min Zou, Mechanical Engineer and Coating Specialist, Named Arkansas Research Alliance Fellow

11. January 2016



The Arkansas Research Alliance announced that Min Zou, who holds the Twenty-First Century Professorship in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Arkansas, a 2016 fellow for her research and development of nanoscale surfaces like anti-reflective coatings for solar panels, friction-reducing coatings in electronics and coatings that keep skillets slick.


Zou is the scientific lead on a new $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation to create a Center for Advanced Surface Engineering. The grant enables the University of Arkansas and nine other state universities to partner with industries and create new products for manufacturing, aerospace, defense, agriculture, oil and gas, food packaging and health care.


The other 2016 ARA fellows include Brandon Kemp, associate professor of engineering at Arkansas State University; Michael Owens, professor of pharmacology and toxicology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences; Jessie Walker, interim coordinator of computer science at the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff; and Cang Ye, professor of systems engineering at the University of Arkansas Little Rock.


Check Out the ECOAT16 Video

10. January 2016




Electrocater Jay Burkard from Burkard Industries in Michigan is featured in a new video promotion the ECOAT16 conference, which is February 15-17 in Orlando.


Burkard talks about his first visit to the ECOAT conference, and what he is looking for when he visits in February.


For more information on the show, visit



Zinc Prices Down 30 Percent from 2014 Due to Falling Oil Prices

8. January 2016



According to FX Empire Analyst Barry Norman, the prices of zinc used for metal plating are down 30 percent from November 2014 due to falling crude oil prices.


"China's economic slowdown has accelerated a global slide in resource and materials prices as declining demand shrinks the nation's imports and leaves other markets swamped with Chinese products," Norman says. "The Thomson Reuters CRB Index has plummeted in November, reaching a 13-year low of 183.71 Tuesday. Copper prices have fallen 5 percent so far this week to their lowest in six and a half years, while steel product prices are down 35 percent this year."


To read more about his analysis, please visit:


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