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Electrocoating Seminar In Detroit, Sept. 22-23

8. June 2015



The Electrocoat Association and Chemical Coaters Association International is presenting the 2015 Electrocoating Seminar, to be held at the Sheraton Detroit Novi Hotel on September 22-23 in Detroit, Michigan.


This symposium has been tailored by industry technical experts to cover everything you need to know about electrocoat finishing. The format presents a morning of basic electrocoating topics before shifting to more advanced content in the remaining sessions, allowing for a more in-depth study of efficiencies and costs associated with electrocoating. 
Process control and troubleshooting techniques are presented, and you'll see actual samples of the most common imperfections and discuss ways to avoid them.


Day 1 consists of 8:30 - 5:00 classroom instruction followed by a "Meet the Speakers" networking reception from 5 - 6:00 pm.


Day 2 consists of 8:30 - 2:00 classroom instruction followed by a plant tour (depending on availability).


Printed brochures will be mailed in June, but complete Seminar details are available here.


Registration includes educational program, networking reception, group lunches and breaks, plant tour if confirmed, certificate of completion, and a copy of "Electrocoating: A Guidebook for Finishers" (a $79 value).

PPG Launches Metal Coatings Color Selector Web Tool

3. June 2015



PPG Industries’ coil and building products group has launched the PPG Metal Coatings Online Color Selector Tool at


The tool features digital versions of all 90 colors in the PPG Architectural Liquid and Powder Coatings Color Guide and each of the 80 colors in the PPG Building Products Coil Coatings Color Guide. Visitors can access large swatches for all 170 colors through two modules–for extrusion coatings and coil coatings–and filter searches by color family or by brand name.


Hovering a cursor over a color swatch reveals the descriptive name of the Duranar liquid coating in the extrusion-coatings mode or the Duranar Ultra-Cool coating in the coil-coatings mode, along with its unique product code and solar reflectance index (SRI) rating.


Clicking on a swatch expands the sample and unveils product codes for the same color in other PPG brands and resin formulations, as well as suggested uses for the coating. Another quick tap on the expand icon in the corner of the swatch enlarges it to full-screen size.


In the extrusion-coatings mode, a click on the “Request a Sample” icon takes visitors to the Sample and Literature Fulfillment Center on the site, where they can add the panel to the shopping cart.


Icons for email and social media embedded in each swatch enable architects to share colors instantly with clients and colleagues. Clicking on the name of an individual brand generates information about its basic resin technology, coating system and gloss range.


Sharon Bird, PPG marketing communications manager, industrial coatings, said the new color selector tool is designed to simplify and accelerate the color specification process.


“With a few quick clicks, architects and designers can find everything they need to learn about or compare specific metal coatings, from their solar-reflectance ratings to their resin formulations and suitability for particular applications,” Bird explains. “Our online sample-ordering system also is incredibly simple, which makes it faster and easier for architects to show clients and prospects the colors they are considering for any building project.”


With dozens of proven products in the Duranar, Coraflon and Durastar brand lines, PPG makes metal coatings to meet virtually every aesthetic, sustainability and budget demand. To learn more about coatings from the PPG coil and building products group, visit or call 1-888-PPG-IDEA (774-4332).

PC Symposium Is October 13-14; Call for Papers Now Open

1. June 2015


The PC (Powder Coating) Symposium is a two day short-course/lab demo/seminar that delivers the latest in powder coating innovation to engineers, technologists, scientists, marketing and management professionals.  This event is produced by the Powder Coating Research Group and the Powder Coating Institute, and will take place in Columbus, Ohio on October 13-14.


The PC Symposium expands its reach to include top researchers from the world’s preeminent coatings institutes. They do this in response to a revitalized energy they have seen at the university and scientific research levels.

Therefore in addition to their array of the industry’s engineers and formulators, they have also invited the top researchers from the world’s preeminent coatings institutes. Attendees will not only be enlightened with emerging powder technology that promises to change finishing processe,s but also to the fundamental research feeding these advancements.


Two Day Event:


Day One: The morning consists of an introductory Short Course designed for the novice professional. Topics include Resin Chemistry and Performance, Manufacturing Process, Fundamentals of Application, Curing Techniques and Troubleshooting.


Evening Day One: A networking session encompassing table top exhibits, student posters, refreshments and appetizers.


Day Two: Central to the symposium theme day two boasts a dazzling body of industry and research experts who will be delivering papers on the latest technology ranging from pretreatment chemistry to novel resin chemistry and curing techniques.


The PC Symposium brings you face to face with the prominent experts in the powder coating industry for two full days of intensive dialogue.


Sponsorship information: Lori Koning:


Presentation information: Kevin Biller:

'How It's Made' Features Graymills Parts Washer

28. May 2015



Graymills Corp., a Chicago based manufacturer of pumps and parts washers, was featured in the highly acclaimed Science Channel series, How It’s Made. The episode was first broadcast on June 11, and demonstrated the production of an Immersion Parts Washer. This machine was designed, engineered and produced at Graymills factory in Chicago, Illinois.


Viewers were taken through the steps of manufacturing this large unit, including laser cutting, metal folding, MIG welding, and powder coating to the final assembly of the washer before shipment. Ultimately, the unit ended up on the production floor of a large industrial manufacturing plant. 


To learn more, contact Graymills, 3705 N Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613;;; Phone: 773-477-4100.


DuBois Chemicals Acquires Heatbath Corporation

26. May 2015



DuBois Chemicals, Inc. has completed the acquisition of Heatbath Corporation / Park Metallurgical based in Indian Orchard, MA.  The acquisition combines DuBois paint pre-treatment, cleaning and metalworking expertise with Heatbath’s innovative and proven heat treating and metal finishing proficiency.  The Heatbath acquisition extends and significantly enhances the full range of cleaning and process chemical solutions that DuBois delivers to a diverse range of manufacturing customers. 


“With the addition of the expertise, products and services of Heatbath, DuBois is uniquely positioned with the most comprehensive metalworking, heat treating, metal finishing and paint pretreatment solution offering of any supplier in the market," said Jeff Welsh, CEO of DuBois Chemicals. "We expect to present many new solutions to support our mutual customers with broadened technology, innovative products and application know-how.”


Tripp Walen, Heatbath President & CEO, said: “The addition of Heatbath to the DuBois portfolio expands the ability of both organizations to assist customers to produce the highest quality, consistent and cost effective production in their facilities.  We are very pleased to join the DuBois team.  Based on their excellent reputation for quality and customer support, I am very confident we have identified the right organization to successfully extend the Heatbath story into the future.”  Shields & Company acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Heatbath.


Founded in 1920, DuBois manufactures and provides specialty cleaning and process 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.  The company is committed to creating innovative sustainable products including Pearl-Z bactericide free metal working fluids and PACRE heavy metal and phosphate free surface treatment.  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. For more information, please visit

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