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DuBois Chemicals Launches PACRE Paint Pretreatment

10. December 2014



DuBois Chemicals has launched patent pending PACRE, a non-toxic, organic, micro paint pretreatment.


The company says that PACRE has the flexibility to manage a wide variety of metals and parts, and improve line density by expanding the capability of existing paint pretreatment equipment.


"This innovative polymer technology addresses difficult to finish edges and weld areas by pickling and treating in one step," said Bruce Dunham, Technical & Marketing Lead at DuBois Chemicals. "PACRE improves finish performance by removing laser scale, addressing weld burn and carbon smut on inconsistent steel while eliminating costly buffing and grinding steps.  PACRE is a sustainable phosphate-free and heavy metal free alternative to traditional pretreatment processes that contain phosphates and consume energy for heat."


A before (left) and after (right) photo of smut removal.


Founded in 1920, DuBois manufactures specialty chemical solutions. DuBois has substantially increased its position in metal working fluids and surface treatment recently through the acquisition of Perkins Products, Galaxy Associates, Angler Industries and American Finishing Resources. 




DuBois specializes in the areas of metal finishing/paint pretreatment, metalworking/lubricants, water/wastewater treatment, maintenance/equipment cleaning, paper chemicals, food processing cleaning/sanitizing, and transportation cleaning.


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CCAI’s Powder Coating and Curing Processes Seminar Returns to Georgia Power Company’s Customer Resource Center

8. December 2014



Following the great success and sold out crowd in October, CCAI has set the date for the next Powder Coating and Curing Processes Seminar at Georgia Power’s Customer Resource Center (CRC) in Atlanta, GA. 


The seminar is scheduled for February 24-25, 2015.  The encore event will again be co-sponsored by the Atlantic Coast Chapter of CCAI, the Infrared Division of the Industrial Heating Equipment Association and Products Finishing magazine.


The day and a half seminar will feature a thorough introduction to the powder coating process, including cleaning & pretreatment, powder coating materials, application equipment & booths, curing options, part movement and running an efficient system.  All of the classroom training will be provided by industry experts from some of the leading companies in the finishing business including: Nordson Corp., Axalta, George Koch Sons LLC, Coral Chemical Co., Pneu-Mech Systems, KMI Systems and Fostoria, a division of TPI Corp. 


Along with the educational instruction, attendees will spend time in the state-of-the-art 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.  Attendees will have the chance to powder coat and cure a part onsite to take home with them.



Registration fee includes classroom training, 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 cost.  Fees to attend are $150 for CCAI members and $225 for non-members.




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.

MFASC 'Bright Design' Event is Dec. 9

3. December 2014


Bryan Leiker (right) and Alan Olick (left) with instructors from the Art Center of Design.


The Metal Finishing Association of Southern California's West Coast Bright Design Challenge will hold their annual judging of the students from the Art Center of Design in Pasadena on Tuesday, Dec. 9 at the school.


Students from the college are asked to think beyond traditional design theory and bring out there very best creative spirit in developing "next generation" creative and engineering solutions incorporating various types of surface finishing coatings. About $15,000 in scholarships are awarded each year to students who present the best product using surface finishing techniques.


About 15 students from the Art Center of Design toured K&L Anodizing and General/Brite Plating in September to get a look at what it takes to anodize and plate metal components. After the tour,  K&L Anodizing's Bryan Leiker and General/Brite Plating's Alan Olick taught a class for four hours on the basics of anodizing and plating. The students over the past three months have been working on projects leading up to the final class on December 9, and at that time $15,000 will be awarded to the three winners, $5,000 each.


The students listening to Leiker and Olick at K&L Anodizing.


“After five years of being involved in this program, I continue to be amazed at how fast the students  learn the surface finishing processes,” said Leiker,  MFASC president and K&L Anodizing president. “The students are very involved and seem to love this program especial having the ability to work directly with finishing shops. For many of the students they continue to work on their projects long after the class has ended.”


The sponsors for this project so far MFASC, NASF, K&L Anodizing, General Brite Plating, Uyemura, EME Plating, Miles Chemical and Ronatec.








First Deburring Expo is Oct. 2015 in Germany

3. December 2014


More and more complex component geometries, ever stricter requirements for quality and precision and new materials are placing greater demands on manufacturing technologies in all industries. As a result, deburring and polishing processes are gaining significance. DeburringEXPO will now provide these qualitatively decisive manufacturing steps with their own platform. The trade fair for deburring and polishing technology will held for the first time at the Karlsruhe Exhibition Centre by fairXperts from October 13-15, 2015.


Regardless of whether the respective parts are made of metal or plastic – more or less pronounced burrs occur in nearly all manufacturing processes. Due to the fact that, on the one hand, these unwanted “production remnants” impair further processing of the component as well as its quality and function, and on the other hand result in the risk of possible injury, they must be removed. Ever stricter requirements for deburring quality and process reliability have to be fulfilled in this respect. At the same time, increasing cost pressure in global competition is making it necessary to use more and more economical deburring processes.


“The production steps involving deburring and polishing have gained tremendous amounts of significance in recent years. They represent a sizable cost factor for today’s manufacturing companies,” said Hartmut Herdin, managing director of fairXperts GmbH & Co. KG.


The programme offered by DeburringEXPO will be rounded out with an integrated expert forum at which visitors will be provided with information and knowledge about innovative deburring and polishing technologies, practical examples and benchmark solutions, how to avoid costs resulting from errors and how functional reliability can be achieved while maintaining uniformly high levels of quality.

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Bonnell Aluminum to Expand Its Anodizing Capacity

1. December 2014


Bonnell Aluminum, a subsidiary of Tredegar Corporation, has announced its plans to expand and upgrade its anodizing capacity to serve the commercial-architectural construction market.


In response to increased demand for anodizing products, the company expects to invest approximately $5 million to expand and modernize the anodizing line at its Carthage, Tennessee facility. The company anticipates that the upgraded line, which is planned to be fully operational in the second quarter of 2015, will increase the plant’s anodizing capacity by an additional thirty-five percent.


“Not only will we increase capacity to better service our customers’ anodizing requirements, but the upgrade in equipment will further enhance our quality and consistency,” said Ira Endres, Vice President Sales and Marketing.


“Our 2012 acquisition of AACOA increased our expertise in the field of anodizing, particularly in terms of processes and technology,” added Brook Hamilton, President of Bonnell Aluminum. “This project will benefit from our added knowledge and will raise the bar for anodizing quality and consistency in the commercial-architectural construction market.”


Bonnell Aluminum is a subsidiary of Richmond, VA, based Tredegar Corporation. The company produces soft and medium-strength alloy aluminum extrusions for nonresidential building and construction, automotive and specialty markets.

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