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Techmetals Earns Boeing BAC 5680 Zinc Nickel Approval

8. June 2016


Techmetals in Dayton, Ohio says it is the first job shop worldwide to be approved for Boeing’s BAC 5680 specification for low hydrogen embrittlement (LHE) zinc nickel, an approval that helps support the replacement of using cadmium in the aerospace and defense markets.


BAC 5680 establishes the requirements for the electrodeposition of a zinc-nickel alloy containing 5 to 15 percent nickel. Plating within the scope of this specification is intended for use on low alloy steels heat treated to 220 ksi and above.


Boeing said it is working to minimize or avoid the use of potentially hazardous materials, including cadmium. Boeing research has been working to identify and test replacements for cadmium-based measures to prevent corrosion, and this Zn-Ni alloy plating process is designed to provide an environmentally preferred method to Cadmium-Titanium Alloy Plating BAC 5804.


“There is an intense level of training that takes place at Techmetals, so we are very happy to be selected for the BAC5680 approval process,” said Phil Brockman, the company’s president.


Techmetals is AS9100 certified and a merit status Nadcap Chemical Processing and Coatings facility for many OEM aerospace and defense companies, as well as medical, automotive, nuclear, power generation, and others.


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PPG Expands Aerospace Coatings Development, Capabilities at UK Facility

6. June 2016


PPG has expanded development and technical-service capabilities for aerospace and military coatings at its Shildon, England, facility with a $2 million investment supporting installation of advanced-technology equipment for evaluating paint characteristics. Environmentally controlled spray booths and a suite of complementary rooms now enable the PPG site to streamline new-product launches and produce more-exact color matches.


One paint spray booth, which can house an aircraft section or small military vehicle, provides variable temperature and humidity settings for product development and training. A second paint spray booth, which maintains constant temperature and relative humidity settings, is designed for applying coatings to panels for customer color-match requests. An expanded testing laboratory has a dedicated color-mixing area and constant temperature and humidity settings. New sanding, drying and oven rooms afford the full range of application processing from preparation to drying in controlled environments.


According to Peter Wind, PPG technical manager, the aerospace industry is seeing increased demand for custom color as well as an accelerating pace for commercializing new coatings technologies, and the new capabilities at the Shildon facility strengthen PPG’s responsiveness to these trends.

“With color being used more in airline liveries and on business aircraft, PPG customers will be able to see more precisely how we can make their vision a reality,” Wind said.

“PPG aerospace and military coatings are designed for global application and service,” he added. “These new capabilities enable us to simulate different environmental conditions that could be encountered by our customers anywhere in the world from Dubai, where summers are hot and dry, to humid Singapore and even Russia, where a maintenance and repair operation might apply our products in damp, cold conditions. As we develop coatings that have new characteristics, we will be able to streamline their launch.”

The two paint spray booths and a viewing gallery are located in a two-story, 3,400-square-foot addition, while the testing laboratory and related rooms occupy the former spray booth space.

The Shildon facility, which has been in operation since 1967, also produces aerospace sealants and operates an application support center. It has nearly 200 employees.

PPG’s global aerospace business ( offers coatings, sealants, transparencies, packaging and application systems, and transparent armor, as well as chemical management and other services.

June Go-To Gal: Debi Warren, Coating Technologies Inc.

3. June 2016

Debbi Warren, Coating Technologies Inc.


Warren is responsible for reviewing orders that come into the facility and generating work instructions. CTI says she is a dedicated, loyal employee of 15 years with a terrific attitude and outstanding customer service skills.

Know a guy or gal in the industry who should be recognized? Email Jess Larkin at


Originally published in the June 2016 issue.


PPG Opens New Liquid Coatings Application Development Center in Wisconsin

2. June 2016

House Speaker Paul Ryan (third from left) joined PPG on opening day of their new coatings center in Oak Creek, WI.


PPG opened a $3 million liquid coatings application development center at its Oak Creek, Wisconsin, plant. The new center includes advanced equipment that helps simulate industrial coatings customers’ manufacturing environments to ensure PPG coatings will be properly and consistently applied during their production processes. 


The new coatings application development center houses multiple curing ovens, robotic paint applicators and spray booths with temperature and humidity controls to mimic a wide range of liquid coatings application conditions. These capabilities will further enhance the product launch process and application validation capabilities of PPG’s industrial coatings business.


“It’s important to our customers to have liquid coatings products that work well in specific climates and environments,” said Steve Wirtz, PPG liquid application manager, industrial coatings. “If they’re applying liquid coatings in the searing heat of summer with high humidity, or in cold-weather environments, we can simulate those conditions in our climate-controlled coating rooms to ensure that PPG products will perform as desired. The abilities to mimic actual production conditions and to test coatings applications on large and complex shapes and parts will enable our technical experts to work more closely with customers during development, offering new opportunities for identifying and addressing potential problems and for coatings application training.”


PPG offers a comprehensive array of powder, electrocoat, pretreatment and liquid products for metal finishing to manufacturers in numerous industries. In addition to providing a broad range of coatings and a full spectrum of color choices, PPG backs its products with 50 years of experience in industrial coatings and technical expertise delivered through an international customer support network to help solve tough coatings challenges. For more information, visit or call 1-888-774-2001.



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Innovance Acquires Minnesota's Mass Finishing, Inc.

31. May 2016


Innovance has acquired Mass Finishing, a Howard Lake, Minnesota-based supplier of high-energy centrifugal barrel finishing machines, media, compound, supplies, and services. Innovance has acquired all the assets of Mass Finishing, Inc. and is continuing Mass Finishing’s operations out of Howard Lake, MN.


Mass Finishing brings new dimensions to Innovance’s current product and service offerings with the addition of high-energy centrifugal barrel finishing systems which will complement Almco’s vibratory finishing systems.


“We are very excited about acquiring Mass Finishing, as it brings new dimensions to our current product and service offerings, and we have acquired a very talented and experienced workforce," said Mike Larson, CEO, Innovance. "This move adds high energy centrifugal barrel finishing systems to our product line-up, which complements our Almco vibratory finishing systems. In addition, it expands our distribution network, and fits nicely within our overall manufacturing capabilities”


“I started out by operating the mass finishing division at Timesavers, Inc. in 1987," said Tommy Mathisen, Vice President, Mass Finishing. "In 1995, without any knowledge on running a business, my brother Mike and I bought MFI. We worked ambitiously and turned MFI into a profitable and reliable company. Now it's time to take another step and have a company that is a known leader in the industry take MFI to the next level. We look forward to working with Innovance/Lou Rich/Almco; their experience in sales, service and marketing will make MFI even stronger in the mass finishing industry.”



Innovance is a 100 percent employee owned company and the holding company for subsidiaries, Lou-Rich, Inc. ( and Almco, Inc. ( Lou-Rich provides contract engineering and manufacturing services. Almco is a state-of-the-art manufacturer of industrial deburring, parts washing, and vibratory metal finishing equipment. For more information on Innvoance, Inc., please visit


Mass Finishing sells equipment and services to a wide range of market segments around the world including: aerospace, automotive, medical, firearms, and other industrial sectors. For more information on Mass Finishing, Inc., please visit


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