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Asterion Launches New App For Finishing Calculations

9. January 2015



Asterion has launched a new mobile phone app called 'Asterion Tools,' which includes a set of calculations commonly used in metal finishing processes.


Matt Nettleton, Asterion's Director of Sales and Marketing, said the app provides quick calculations of data for electroplating; calculations include surface area, plating times, plating thickness and addition rates based on tank volumes. This also includes conversion calculators and a link to helpful articles, videos and troubleshooting guides on the Asterion website.

The platform includes calculators, conversions, and a reference table.

Calculator functions include:
- Plating Thickness: Calculate the plating thickness based on the electrolyte, time and current density
- Surface Area Calculator: Calculate surface area of common objects using the objects dimensions
- Tank Volume: Calculate the tank volume of a common object using object dimensions
- Addition Rates for Tanks: Calculate the total addition in liters or gallons based on Tank Volume and Percent by Volume add
- Current Capacity for Bussing: Calculate the amperage of an object based on metal, height and width

Conversion tools allow the user to convert from:
- English to Metric
- Metric to English
- English to English
- Mils, Microns, Tenths

Reference Table:
- Metal Content of Common Salts allows the user to easily find the formula, molecular weight, or percent metal for common salts

Additionally, the Asterion Tools App includes their latest blog posts, videos, information on Asterion and how to contact Asterion.


To app is available for iPhones, iPads and Android devices through these links:








Col-Met Engineered Finishing Solutions Breaks Ground On New Facility

9. January 2015



Col-Met Engineered Finishing Solutions’ team joined with city officials and development partners to celebrate the groundbreaking of their new facility being built in Rockwall, TX.


Eric Jones, founder and CEO, kicked off the ceremony explaining how this new expanded facility will allow Col-Met to achieve its aggressive growth strategy for the long term.


“We are excited to have Col-Met bring this state of the art facility to Rockwall.  Partnering with businesses to encourage their growth in our community remains a primary focus for Rockwall and our economic development," said Jim Pruitt, Mayor of Rockwall. "I applaud the success of Col-Met in our community and look forward to many years of economic growth for the company and our great city.”


Scheduled for completion year-end 2015, the new 150,000 sq.ft. building will have the capability to grow over 200,000 sq.ft. and will include office space needed to support expanded business, state of the art manufacturing space, and training room designed for distributor training that will hold over 50 people.


This is yet another step in Col-Met’s strategy to transform their organization to bring new innovative products and services to their distribution partners and to the industry.



Coventya Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

7. January 2015



Coventya Inc. is celebrating 10 years of supplying specialty chemicals to the U.S. surface finishing industry and the company's new president said the future couldn’t look brighter.


“It’s very rewarding to see our vision of a world class supplier come to reality in such a relatively short time," said Lon Thrasher, Coventya USA President. “Our success is directly linked to the efforts of our dedicated employees and an extremely loyal customer base.”


Since 2004, Coventya has invested significant resources to support the growing US business.  The total number of employees has more than doubled, several new labs have been built and a scanning electron microscope was purchased to satisfy our customer’s material science needs.


“Although Coventya has roots that date back to the 1920’s in Europe, we’re relatively new,” said Greg Terrell, U.S. National Sales Manager.  “Also, we’re an ideal size for a supplier … small enough to understand our customer’s needs but big enough to do something about it.”


Coventya Inc. operates from two U.S. facilities.  Manufacturing and general metal finishing R&D is in Cleveland, Ohio and a Technology Center for functional coatings is located in Oriskany, New York. Coventya is a multinational specialty chemical company with facilities in 14 countries and a presence in 50 more.


Eric WeylsOne of the strong points about the Coventya group is its ability to recognize the need for change, especially when it relates to growing our business on a global level.


Effective October 1, Erik Weyls will take on the role of Chief Operating Officer (COO), with a strong focus and involvement in Asia and corporate business development.


In parallel, Thrasher will assume the position of President of Coventya, Inc. 


For more information, please visit


Attend CEF Certification February 9-13

5. January 2015



Asterion, LLC will be hosting C.E.F. certification training from Feb 9-13 in Indianapolis. The C.E.F. certification is vital for anyone working in the metal finishing industry. It gives you the knowledge to improve every step of the metal plating process.


Typically, you can only get this certification through NASF twice a year. If you don’t have your C.E.F. certification yet, now’s the time to do it.


Asterion, LLC is offering the class in Indianapolis from February 9-13, with the certification test being held on February 13. You can reserve your seat and attend for a reduced rate by simply filling out the contact form by clicking HERE


Paint Pockets Offering Free Trial Of Filters

31. December 2014




Paint Pockets is offering a free trial of its filters to new and current customers. Shops must complete an online form at and they will receive a supply of filters to try from a Paint Pockets distrubutor.


Prior to starting the test, shops make sure to take a digital photo of their current filter in their spray booth and submit it to Paint Pockets. Once the test is completed successfully, it is time to ask for the "Zipper" Mounting System pieces to set up the conversion of your booth. Shops  can contact Paint Pockets to provide a CAD drawing of your booth to show how the conversion is achieved and a detailed parts list with instructions for installation.  


Once the conversion is complete, shops must take "after" photo to qualify for the conversion Bounty and fill out their Bounty Release Form.


Shops then send their two digital photographs and the Bounty Release Form to their distributor, and they will request from Paint Pockets the 50 percent reduction on the "Zipper" Mounting System. This Bounty is available if a shop has a single booth or are a large plant that has multiple booths.


Current Paint Pockets users are also eligible for the Bounty Program. Simply take a before and after digital photo of your booth and turn in the release form to qualify for the Bounty.


Check out this video about installing the "Zipper" Mounting System.



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