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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.


Visit for more information.




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.

Photo Slideshow of 2014 NASF Sur/Fin Show

12. June 2014


The NASF Sur/Fin tradeshow finished up in Cleveland on Wednesday, June 11 and Products Finishing has the photos to prove it.


The home of the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame was a very pleasant host to the plating industry during the week, and especially the Ohio Association of Metal Finishers, who hosted a bowling event on Monday evening. Special thanks to OAMF president Steve Brown, vice president Ken Roth, treasurer Randy Solganik, and board members Jim Kelly, Mike Kelly, Brad Majoy, William Saas, Peter L. Sobey and John Sparano, and also executive administrator Angela Rich.


To see a slideshow of nearly 50 photos from the show, please CLICK HERE.


Sur/Fin 2015 will be in Chicago.

Florida Finishers Group Seeks Industry History, Films

9. June 2014

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The Florida Finishers Corp., a chapter of the NASF, is seeking historical documents about the plating industry that can be presented at their January 2015 conference, "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow."


Dave Roach is asking anyone with historical information and photos about the metal finishing industry in Florida to contact him as he prepares a possible binder to share with conference attendees.


"Most all of us have heard stories, fact or fiction, over our years in this interesting industry," Roach said. "We all have stories about people, companies, events, discoveries, changes, etc., that we would like everyone to share. These can be in the form of written or printed documents, films, slides or simply voice recordings if someone just wants to 'tell us the story' rather than having to put it into writing."


Specifically, Roach is seeking a copy of a film that was possibly made in the 1970s called “History of Electroplating,” a presentation that was made by Al Weisberg, then president of Technic.  He traveled, visited and documented people and places in Europe complete with photos of great historical significance to our industry. Al’s humorous delivery made this a wonderful and memorable talk given to AES/AESF branches from Florida in 1974 and to many other regions.


Anyone who has any information, please contact: Dave Roach via email at, or by mobile phone 407-234-9059, or at his work 407-291-1023.


For more information on the conference, please click HERE




Sifco and Bell Helicopters Present at Sur/Fin

5. June 2014


Scientific research on a less toxic alternative to rotorcraft corrosion protection will be presented by SIFCO ASC and Bell Helicopter experts at the National Association for Surface Finishing’s SUR/FIN Manufacuring & Technology Tradeshow & Conference 2014 in Cleveland.


Zhimin Zhong, research scientist at world-leading supplier of selective plating technology and solutions SIFCO ASC, and Peter McCallum, engineer of American rotorcraft manufacturer Bell Helicopter, are the technical experts behind the paper, and will be speaking about their findings on Tuesday June 10 at 10:00 a.m. at the Cleveland Convention Center.


High strength steel requires corrosion protection when used in rotocraft to prevent failure of flight critical components. Cadmium electrodeposit is traditionally used for these applications due to its excellent corrosion protection, however it is also highly toxic. In order to adhere to new design requirements, Zhimin and Peter evaluated zinc-nickel coatings as a less toxic alternative.


“By working with Bell Helicopter we have unearthed a viable alternative for corrosion protection in the aerospace industry while minimising toxicity,” Zhimin Zhong said. “Peter and I are thrilled to be invited to share our research with delegates of the SUR FIN conference and hope that they go away with a  fresh perspective on surface finishing.”


For more information on SIFCO ASC visit and to register for the event visit


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