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Tabletop Electroplating Machine Hot Item On Kickstarter

4. May 2015



A start-up company is seeking funds through for its Orbit1 machine, an electroplater that allows people to plate just about everything made through 3D printing.


The company says that using Orbit1, a person can coat their works in metal, even gold, in three simple steps. First, they clean and polish their object, then they spray the conductive paint, then click start. They say Orbit1 will metallize a design, empowering a person with the Midas touch from your tabletop.


More information can be found here:


IHEA Webinar on IR Ovens Now Online

29. April 2015



The Industrial Heating Equipment Association's free webinar on "The Ins and Outs of IR: Efficient Curing," is now available for viewing online.


The webinar focused on infrared curing for industrial finishing applications.  The presentation provided an in-depth look at infrared technologies including what it is, how it's produced and its characteristics.


It also reviewed all equipment sources of infrared followed by a discussion of a wide variety of IR applications for industrial finishing which showcase the many ways in which IR can be utilized to provide efficient curing in today's industrial environment.


The presenters of the webinar were Wayne Pettyjohn, Georgia Power; John Podach, Fostoria Process Equipment - a div. of TPI; and Mike Chapman, Heraeus Noblelight America.


To view the free webinar, please visit:


PPG Aerospace Solar-Control Coatings Use Eggplant-like Technology for Cooler Plane

27. April 2015



A new solar-heat-management coating system by PPG Industries’ aerospace business helps keep aircraft passenger cabins cooler.


A novel PPG Aerospace solar-heat-management coating system can reduce external aircraft skin temperatures up to 25 degrees F, helping keep interior cabin temperatures cooler by 5 to 7 degrees.


“Airlines often avoid dark colors for airplane liveries because they can absorb as much as 90 percent of solar energy, which in turn heats the interior while a plane is on the ground,” said Mark Cancilla, PPG global director for aerospace coatings. “Our innovative paint technology means airlines no longer have to avoid dark colors. In fact, the darker the color, the greater the difference there is in total solar reflectance. There is no compromise of other coating properties.”


PPG solar-heat-management coatings technology is based on development of novel pigment dispersions, or stainers, that increase transmittance of near-infrared energy, or heat, through a dark coating and increase the subsequent reflection from a white underlayer. Cancilla said the technology is modeled after the eggplant, which naturally remains cool to the touch even when exposed to intense sunshine. The eggplant’s dark purple skin does not absorb near-IR radiation but transmits it to the white interior flesh, where it is reflected and transmitted out through the skin.


PPG’s technology works in the same way. Cancilla said PPG’s solar-heat-management coating system is being evaluated by several airlines and aircraft manufacturers.


PPG Aerospace is the aerospace products and services business of PPG Industries. PPG Aerospace – PRC-DeSoto is the leading global producer of aerospace sealants, coatings, and packaging and application systems. PPG Aerospace – Transparencies is the world’s largest supplier of aircraft windshields, windows and canopies. For more information, visit

Michigan NASF Golf Outing Is May 29

23. April 2015



The 2015 Michigan NASF Golf Outing will take place May 29 at The Golf Club at Thornapple Pointe in Grand Rapids.


The event is broken into threecategories:


The "Traditional" ticket is part of a four-person scramble with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start, a boxed lunch, a mixed grille dinner, two drink tickets and a door prize gift pack. Tickets are $120 each.


The "Pro Tour" ticket is $130, and allows golfers to test their skills against the area's best golfers. It includes a two-person best-ball skins game, an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start, a box lunch, a door prize and a $1,000 prize purse. This event is limited to 36 golfers.


The "Dinner" is $50 per ticket, and includes a mixed grille dinner and two drink tickets, plus five 50/50 tickets.


All golf events include a GPS navigation system, free driving rnge, and closest-to-the-pin and long drive contests, plus tickets to the 50/50 raffle.


For tickets, call Ken Vernon (616-245-1228, ext 224), Gary Kriesch (616-942-8910),  Laura Jakel (616-514-3600), or Paul Filan (260-463-3100).


If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please contact Gary Kriesch at or call 616-942-8910.


Visit the Michigan NASF website at



Global Finishing Solutions Wins Sherwin-Williams ProVisions Vendor Award

21. April 2015

Jack Vold, Vice President, Parts & Filters Sales, GFS; Joe Radle, Industrial Sales Estimator, GFS; Lisa Mayer, Account Manager, GFS; Scott Failing, Vice President Industrial Sales, GFS; Bob McElroy, Marketing Manager – Sales Program Support, Product Finishes Division of Sherwin-Williams; Bruce Irussi, Senior Vice President, Sales – North America, Product Finishes Division of Sherwin-Williams; Laura Kelleher, Vice President – Marketing, Product Finishes Division of Sherwin-Williams; Randal Cain, Technical Sales Representative, Touch-Up Solutions; Troy Pait, President, Touch-Up Solutions.



Sherwin-Williams named Global Finishing Solutions as a winner of its sixth annual ProVisions Vendor Awards during an appreciation program at the Cleveland Convention Center in Cleveland in March.


Global Finishing Solutions, a provider of capital equipment solutions for the finishing industry, delivered excellent marketing and support, driving spray equipment sales through multiple Sherwin-Williams Product Finishes regional sales teams.


Through the ProVisions program, OEMs and job shops have access to more than 10,000 of the supplies and equipment they use most, including test and safety equipment, abrasives and spray equipment. This complete product finishing solution saves customers time and transaction costs by offering all of their coatings and finishing supplies on a single invoice.


Our award-winning vendors offer expertise and innovations that help our customers succeed,” said Bruce Irussi, Sherwin-Williams Product Finishes Division, Senior Vice President of Sales, North America. “They grew sales substantially within the ProVisions program in 2014 and provided the support needed to continue to expand our capabilities.”


For more information about the Product Finishes Division of Sherwin-Williams, visit


For information on Global Finishing Solutions, please visit

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