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PPG Highlights New Corrosion-Resistant E-Coats At NAIAS

29. January 2015



PPG Industries’ industrial coatings business highlighted new products during preview days at the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit’s Cobo Center, Jan. 12-15.


The products are designed to help global automakers fight metal corrosion and meet increasingly stringent environmental standards around the world. They include:


·  POWERCRON ADVANTEDGE and POWERCRON EPIC Tin-Free Electrocoats – Powercron AdvantEdge and Powercron EPIC e-coat systems are formulated with a proprietary catalyst that functions without tin, bismuth or other heavy-metal compounds, representing a significant environmental advance by PPG in corrosion-fighting products for the auto industry. In addition to helping auto manufacturers comply with new global environmental regulations, the technology enables PPG’s ninth-generation e-coats to cure at temperatures as low as 320 F to reduce energy consumption and related carbon emissions.


·  PPG Proprietary Zinc-Rich Primer with Electrocoat – PPG’s latest technology breakthrough is a duplex coating system that incorporates an “engineered” zinc-rich primer between the metal substrate and e-coat finish. Together, the primer and e-coat significantly improve the corrosion resistance of high-end underbody parts, subframe finishes and other vulnerable parts on trucks and passenger vehicles.


·  Metal Conditioner 257 (AMC257) for Mixed Metal Pretreatment Systems – A near-neutral pH pickle/descaler, Metal Conditioner 257 removes weld scale and light oxides from steel surfaces. The product is ideal for use in mixed-metal pretreatment systems because it preconditions welds and heat-affected zones prior to phosphating without significantly affecting white metals, galvanized steel and aluminum surfaces, enabling them to be processed at the same time as steel. As a mildly acidic pickle/descaler, AMC257 is more sustainable than conventional mineral-acid pickle solutions because it is non-fuming and operationally easier and safer to use.


·  VERSABOND Pretreatment System – In response to the increased use of aluminum in trucks and passenger vehicles, PPG has developed the Versabond pretreatment system, which employs the latest in zinc-phosphate hypernucleation technology to accelerate crystal formation and thereby reduce the production of sludge by up to 50 percent in some pretreatment systems. Other environmental and performance benefits associated with the Versabond pretreatment system include 10 to 20 percent lower processing temperatures and excellent corrosion resistance and adhesion due to its ability to uniformly deposit small, densely packed zinc-phosphate crystals.


For more information on the products featured or PPG’s hospitality suite at NAIAS, visit or call 1-888-774-2001.


PosiTector SmartLink Is A Smart New Way to Measure

27. January 2015



DeFelsko has introduced another industry first, the PosiTector SmartLink and a free mobile app turns a cell phone or tablet into a virtual PosiTector gage.


The company says that shops can wirelessly connect PosiTector probes to an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to take full advantage of the simplicity and utility of the device with or without an internet connection.


The PosiTector SmartLink allows you to take advantage of the features of your smart device including touch screen, keyboard, microphone, camera, email, WiFi, Bluetooth, cellular, dictation tools, and more.


With an internet connection, shops can share, backup, synchronize and report measurement data via email, apps and the cloud. Readings can be automatically backed up to or synced manually. Professional PDF reports and CSV data can be shared instantly via email, AirPrint, Dropbox, Evernote and other applications on a smart device.


The PosiTector app is available immediately on the Apple iTunes store. An Android app will be available later in 2015.


The PosiTector SmartLink accepts all PosiTector 6000, RTR-H, SPG and DPM probes easily converting to a coating thickness gage, replica tape reader, depth micrometer surface profile gage or dew point meter.


Call DeFelsko at 800-448-3835 or visit to get assistance selecting the optimal instrument.

Products Finishing Cover Photo Shows Espos Coating Columbia University Formula SAE Car

23. January 2015



The new issue of Products Finishing for January 2015 shows Espo's Powder Coating putting a finishing touch on a Formula SAE car owned by Columbia University's Knickerbocker Motorsport.


Formula SAE is a collegiate student design competition organized by SAE International. The concept behind Formula SAE Student Design is that a fictional manufacturing company has contracted a design team to develop a small Formula-style race car. The prototype race car is to be evaluated for its potential as a production item. The target marketing group for the race car is the non-professional weekend autocross racer.


Each college team designs, builds and tests a prototype based on a series of rules whose purpose is both to ensure onsite event operations and promote clever problem solving.


Vinod Nimmagadda from Columbia University's Formula SAE program saw the cover shot of Tom Esposito powder coating the frame.


"This makes me immensly proud," he said.


For more information on the program, click HERE

Clariant, Reliant Introduce New Range Of Metal-Free Anodizing Dyes Approved By NSF For Food Zone

21. January 2015




Clariant Corporation and Reliant Aluminum Products have introduced a new line of ultra-pure Sanodye P Dyes especially suited for use in food zone applications. These colors contain no heavy metals and offer distinct environmental advantages for aluminum anodizers.


The full range of Sanodye P Dyes is certified by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) International and approved by The Public Health and Safety Organization under NSF/ANSI 51: Food Equipment Materials. This standard establishes public health and sanitation requirements for materials and finishes used in the manufacture of commercial foodservice equipment and its components.
The eight new Sanodye P Dyes are:

  • Sanodye Red P-BR
  • Sanodye Red P-RL*
  • Sanodye Orange P-5B
  • Sanodye Gold P-3N
  • Sanodye Yellow P-8G
  • Sanodye Blue P-4R
  • Sanodye Blue P-NB
  • Sanodye Black P-2R*

* NSF Certified for Food Zone Non-Contact

For more information about Sanodye P Dyes, please contact Reliant Aluminum Products at 866-574-0790  or visit


MetoKote Corporation Opens New Facility in North Carolina

19. January 2015

Mike Gallagher, Director of Purchasing, US CVJ GKN; John Ring, Director of Engineering, US CVJ GKN; and Jeff Oravitz,  President & CEO, MetoKote Corporation.



MetoKote Corporation, the world's largest applicator of protective coatings, recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to commence the opening of their newest facility in Mebane, North Carolina.  Several company representatives, MetoKote's customer, GKN Driveline, and other local officials were on hand to commemorate the grand celebration.

MetoKote Corporation logo

MetoKote was approached by GKN Driveline in Roxboro, North Carolina in October, 2012, to collaborate with them on the coating of their steel drive shafts.  MetoKote was very familiar with GKN as they had already coated parts for them for several years in a few of their regional coating service centers around the United States.  With GKN having an additional facility in Mebane, NC, it was important for them to find a coater that could locate near both locations.  In less than 10 months from contract signing, equipment was built, installed and operating to begin the next chapter in the partnership between these two great companies.


"We were looking for more than just a supplier.  We wanted a company that offered the highest quality coating services in a location very close to our Roxboro facility, minimizing logistics costs," stated Mike Gallagher, director of purchasing US CVJ GKN.  "We felt MetoKote was a great option." 


MetoKote president & CEO, Jeff Oravitz, also expressed that "MetoKote was pleased to have been chosen by GKN & is looking forward to a great business relationship.  We have valued them as a customer for the past several years and are thrilled to move to the next level with them."


Over 30 employees are already employed in this facility with expected growth of up to 50 when at full capacity.  The plant has adequate room for expansion.

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