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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


Dürr Group Holding Grand Opening of Southfield HQ

27. May 2016
The new facility in Michigan will be dedicated June 17

The new facility in Michigan will be dedicated June 17


The Dürr Group has consolidated all of its Michigan based business from three locations — Plymouth, Auburn Hills and Wixom — into one engineering, research and equipment testing center in Southfield. The company will hold a grand opening and ribbon cutting June 17.


The new facility was selected due to its location and architectural uniqueness; however, it requires major renovations and modification that cost over $40 million. The resulting campus will enable increased collaboration, communication and creativity, benefiting employees and customers alike.


“It’s very centrally located and very convenient,” said Dave Meynell, chairman of Durr. “The city and the local community have helped us; we’ve been to several town hall meetings, and everybody was very helpful in pushing things through.”


The project included renovating the lobby and office space, restrooms and updates to the existing courtyard. A 99,507-square-foot addition was constructed south of the existing building footprint that includes a test center, training center and validation center.


The relocation of the Dürr Group North American headquarters brings approximately 485 new jobs to the city of Southfield.


The Dürr Group is one of the world's leading mechanical and plant engineering firms. Products, systems and services offered by Durr enable highly efficient manufacturing processes in different industries. Business with automobile manufacturers and their suppliers accounts for approximately 65 percent of Durr’s sales.

Call for Papers for Parts Cleaning Expo 2017

26. May 2016


The Parts Cleaning Expo 2017 (April 25–27, 2017) is now accepting abstracts from those interested in presenting during the conference. The conference will be held during the Precision Machining Technology Show (PMTS), which has seen record attendance at the past two events.

Please submit your 200- to 300-word abstract by August 22, 2016 to be considered. With your abstract, please include a cover page with the title of your paper, author and/or speaker’s name, job title, company name, address, telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail address of the primary contact. All speakers must submit a presentation by March 2, 2017, for inclusion in the Conference Proceedings.

To maximize the exposure and longevity of each speaker's work, we will also provide pre-show promotion in both Production Machining and Products Finishing magazines, as well as the opportunity to publish the written paper within the online sites for both magazines. We will also consider each paper for possible publication in the print versions of both magazines.

Suggested topics include Cleaning Fundamentals, Environmental Issues, Assessing Cleaning Quality, Cleaning Specifications, and New Cleaning Processes and Technologies. Abstracts should be submitted at Jessica Jeffries with questions.

Update: FDA Releases Draft Guidance for Additive Manufacturing of Medical Devices

By: Barbara Kanegsberg 25. May 2016
3D printer at work

3D printer at work


Readers of Products Finishing will benefit from reviewing and commenting on the new FDA draft guidance document about additive manufacturing for medical devices. Not concerned about medical devices? Not even thinking about AM? Read the document anyway, because the wave of (AM) impacts not only medical devices but also automotive, aerospace products and consumer products.


 The document, “FDA’s initial thinking on technical considerations specific to devices using additive manufacturing, the broad category of manufacturing encompassing 3-dimensional (3D) printing,” (1) includes items from a 2015 FDA workshop on AM for medical devices. The document contains a range of aspects of design, printing, and processing. Our area of specialization is critical cleaning and surface quality; and as invited participants to the workshop at FDA headquarters we addressed challenges with cleaning AM devices. As indicated in Section VI(E), of the draft guidance, cleaning processes can be more difficult in AM devices than with those produced by traditional (non-additive) means.


The benefits of AM may result in cleaning challenges. The layer-by-layer process of AM allows complex internal support structures and tortuous internal channels; the result can be a product with desirable features.  In addition, products are becoming more complex, including instances where, in post-printing operations, AM is combined with traditional manufacturing processes. This means that particles (including residue of powder from the printing process) and/or metalworking fluids can become entrapped. Manufacturers have to design and demonstrate effective cleaning processes.


To assure that the FDA considers comments before it begins work on the final version of the guidance, they request that comments be submitted by August 8, 2016. (2)



1. “Technical Considerations for Additive Manufactured Devices, Draft Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff”


2. Federal Register announcement:


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