CCAI Finishing Pavilion And Conference Sets Records at FABTECH 2012

By: Tim Pennington 14. December 2012


CCAI’s third Finishing Pavilion and Conference at FABTECH – which took place from November 12 – 14 at the Las Vegas Convention Center ‑ was the best yet, says CCAI Executive Director, Anne Goyer.
FABTECH drew a Las Vegas record 25,903 attendees with 5,300 evaluating paint and powder coating, and more than 3,000 evaluating plating processes. More than 160 individuals attended CCAI FINISHING Conference sessions at FABTECH as well.
“We received many terrific comments from exhibitors during tear down and following the show and all of the conference attendees I had a chance to chat with told me the conference sessions provided great information,” Goyer said. “A quick flip through the conference evaluations showed that our sessions were very highly evaluated as well.”
Goyer provided these important show and conference statistics:
•CCAI’s 2012 FINISHING Pavilion at FABTECH was the largest yet, encompassed more than 25,000 net square feet – approximately 2,000 more than last year in Chicago and double of our first event in Atlanta in 2010.
•CCAI’s FINISHING Conference exceeded all expectations with a total of 351 FINISHING educational sessions sold to more than 160 FINISHING Conference attendees. That’s a 30% increase over last year in Chicago and double of that in Atlanta. 
•The opening day of the show in Las Vegas set an all-time record high for first day attendance, meaning that more than 15,000 people picked up badges that day (FABTECH does not send out badge prior to the show).
•Final overall attendance (measured by number of people that actually pick up a badge on site at the show) was 25,903, up 4,000 from the last time the show was in Las Vegas and exceeding the projected attendance of 25,000.
•An outstanding State-of-the-Industry panel that included CCAI Custom Coater member Shivie Dhillon drew several hundred people to the FABTECH Theater.
•The FABTECH Student Mentoring Program brought local Las Vegas students through the show floor to give them a firsthand look at finishing processes. Special thanks to John Cole of Parker Ionics and Mark Schmidt of DeVilbiss/Ransburg/BGK/Binks for volunteering to serve as mentors and escorting students through the FINISHING Pavilion.


Lose Your Shirt at Fabtech in Vegas? Your Friends at Products Finishing Have Got You Covered

By: Tim Pennington 31. October 2012

Just in case your lose your shirt at the blackjack table while at Fabtech in Las Vegas Nov. 12-15, Products Finishing magazine will have you covered.

Stop by our booth (C-2254) at the Fabtech Finishing Pavilion and pick up a FREE limited-edition Products Finishing T-shirt that is custom-designed to highlight your "activities" in Las Vegas. We're betting more than a few finishers might end up losing their shirts while in the world's most exciting city. The PF shirts are available while supplies last.

"We're always looking out for our readers, so what better way than to help if their luck runs out on them," says Todd Luciano, Products Finishing publisher and resident blackjack guru. "I can't say that I've ever lost at the blackjack table. I have, but I just won't say it outloud."

Products Finishing readers also can go home with a souvenir cover of the magazine, complete with their very own photo emblazened on it ... maybe even with a "Top Finisher of 2012" headline that will be sure to make him or her the envy of any shop. We'll email it to you so that everyone can see how big you made it in Las Vegas.

For more information about Fabtech, please visit

PPG Introduces 'Secure Launch Excellence' Process for Rapid Coatings Development

By: Tim Pennington 8. August 2012


PPG Industries’ industrial coatings business has published a brochure highlighting its new "Secure Launch Excellence" process, a proprietary four-phase process created by PPG to accelerate the development of new coatings colors and formulations.

The brochure details how PPG guides customers through four distinct and highly structured product development stages, from documenting customer requirements in Phase I through product commercialization and evaluation in Phase IV. The goal of the Secure Launch Excellence process is not only to speed up the development of new coatings but also to transition them quickly and seamlessly into customer manufacturing processes.

In addition to describing the Secure Launch Excellence process, the brochure highlights PPG’s global sales, technical service and problem-solving capabilities as well as the numerous industries PPG serves, from automotive and consumer electronics to architectural, industrial and heavy-duty equipment applications.

Visit to download the brochure, or call 1-888-774-2001 to request a hard copy.

CCAI’s Finishing Conference at FABTECH to Include First Session in Spanish

By: Tim Pennington 6. August 2012


The Chemical Coaters Association International will offer 38 hours of industrial finishing programming during the technical conference at FABTECH from November 12-14  in Las Vegas, including an "Introduction to Powder Coating" two-hour session conducted completely in Spanish.


Long known for offering new and innovative programming, CCAI’s 2012 Finishing Conference offers a wide array of sessions for those new to finishing and for those who have been finishing a long time.


Visitors will find everything from running an efficient liquid system, building blocks of a powder system, advances in porcelain enamel, an introduction to electrocoating, a wide variety of finishing case histories, finishing essentials that cover racking, conveyors, testing, cleaning/pretreatment, infrared technology and more.


“We are very proud to offer programming in Spanish for the first time,” says CCAI Executive Director Anne Goyer. “All promotion and all content for the session will in Spanish. This type of educational offering is so important, not just in the U.S. but around the world. We are developing an outstanding introductory session that has been much needed. Each attendee will also receive a copy of CCAI’s Powder Coating training manual in Spanish.”


Ron Lum of Coral Chemical, CCAI Southern California Chapter president and CCAI National Board of Directors Treasurer, is spearheading the development of our Spanish session.


“This is a much needed educational session,” says Lum. “There really isn’t much in the way of manufacturing educational opportunities conducted in Spanish in the U.S. This session will be appropriate for Spanish-speaking individuals new to powder coating, those operating a powder coating line or those interested in getting into the powder coating business.”


To download the complete list of CCAI’s FINISHING Conference Abstracts, click here.


To view the Conference Schedule at a Glance, click here

To register, visit and click the gold "Register Now" button in the upper right-hand corner of the home page. Select the conference sessions you wish to attend during the On-Line registration process. Conference registration includes admission to the show floor all week long. Register before


Visit and click FABTECH for the latest information, or call Kelly LeCount for more information at 859-525-9988.

SIFCO ASC Featured on FOX Business Network

By: Tim Pennington 26. July 2012

SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts is sharing their unique SIFCO plating process on national TV on the “Manufacturing Marvels” segment on The Willis Report on FOX Business Network. The episode airs Friday, July 27 from 9:00-10:00pm EST.
The segment will include an inside look at the SIFCO ASC headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio. Detailed electroplating scenes showing The SIFCO Process are highlighted throughout the video.
There is an inside view of the chemical manufacturing area, where SIFCO ASC manufactures critical plating deposits. Additionally, the audience will see the dedicated team of individuals who work diligently to provide excellent customer service and quality products.
“This is a great opportunity for SIFCO ASC to introduce selective electroplating to the industry and further show the world our capabilities, ” says Rick Wilson, Director of Sales at SIFCO ASC
SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts technologies and services have been utilized for over 50 years on both OEM components and on parts requiring refurbishment. SIFCO ASC offers selective plating products and job-shop plating services on-site and at all of their locations worldwide. For more information, visit, email or call Technical Support at (216) 524-0099.

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