Reinvigorating the Workforce

Do education and outreach hold the key to solving manufacturing’s workforce problem?
#workforcedevelopment #surfin #education

Liquid Coating

Cortec Releases New Rust Preventative

The new VpCI-330 rust preventative offers corrosion protection with an improved user experience


California Metal Finishers React to Proposed Hex Chrome Regulations

California Air Resources Board proposes aggressive deadlines for a transition from hexavalent chromium plating to trivalent chromium.

EPA Announces Formation of PFAS Council

The EPA will form a council devoted to addressing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in an effort to escalate the Agency’s work on the issue. 

OSHA Sends COVID Emergency Temporary Workplace Standard (ETS) to White House for Final Review

OSHA's COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) has been submitted to the White House's Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval.

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The Plating Insight Series

Products Finishing Editor Scott Francis hosts the IMTS Spark Plating Insights Series Wednesdays through Dec. 2.

Trends in Automotive

What's Next for the Automotive Industry? The Editors of AutoBeat explore the industry's transition to one where automotive manufacturing is safer, simpler, more regulated … and possibly reshored.

The Parts Cleaning Series

ON DEMAND: Learn how to use the latest technology and stay within environmental limitations with this 6-part webinar series.

Trends in Parts Cleaning

The latest cleaning trends point toward environmentally friendly ways to clean effectively, involving the replacement of harmful chemical solvents within a cleaning process or switching to a mostly aqueous method.


Powder Coating

Saving the Family Glider

How awesome is powder coating? It might just preserve precious family memories.

2021 PMTS Parts Cleaning Exhibitors Help Determine ‘How Clean is Clean’

Taking advantage of trade shows and conferences geared toward parts cleaning processes, best practices and technologies, such as PMTS, is a great way to become educated about parts cleaning for your company.

On the Line Podcast

PF’s On the Line podcast presents stories from the world of finishing in the voices of those who are in the trenches doing the work. Subscribe on your favorite podcast platform.


An Interview With Stacey Bales, Bales Metal Surface Solutions

Bales discusses growing up in the electroplating business, her experience as a woman in leadership and the value of industry associations.

Powder Coating

A Look at the Finishing Supply Chain and Workforce

The May 2021 issue of Products Finishing puts a focus on supply chain disruptions and the workforce skills gap.

How Artificial Intelligence Will Revolutionize Your Business

11 predictions of how AI and related technologies will revolutionize finishing in the next 10 years.



A Focus on Evironmental Stewardship

The April Issue of Products Finishing puts a focus on environmental concerns.
#regulation #sustainability

40 Under 40: Class of 2021

Each year, PF editors comb through a long list of nominees with a wide range of skill sets to select the 40 Under 40 class. This year's finalists include engineers, operations managers, chemists, general managers, sales professionals and entrepreneurs working in the finishing industry. 
#sales #workforcedevelopment #40-under-40


Episode 3: Tractors in the Sky

In this episode of PF’s On the Line podcast, we hear about an electrocoating facility installed by Air Tractor, a manufacturer of cropdusters and firefighting airplanes.


Conveying Long Parts Horizontally

Industrial finishing line consultant Dan Davitz offers advice for designing racking for navigating long parts along a monorail conveyor.

Davitz Q. Do you have advice for how to best hang long parts on a conveyor? Designing a rack to hang long parts horizontally on a monorail conveyor requires two main elements. First, a special load bar, and second, two vertical uprights which hang from the load bar, designed to hold the parts. When a conveyor makes turns, the distance between the pendants actually becomes shorter. Consequently, when holding a ...READ MORE


Avoiding Roughness and Pitting in Decorative Bright Nickel

Doug Lay of Coventya Inc. offers a troubleshooting guide for avoiding roughness and pitting in decorative bright nickel processing.

Liquid Coating

Adjusting Viscosity in Liquid Coatings

Mike Bonner of Saint Clair Systems discusses the problems that can arise from adding solvents to liquid coatings to adjust viscosity. 


Control of Trivalent Passivates

Stephen Roberts of Columbia Chemical discusses ways to better control passivate solutions to improve quality.

A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Custom Masking

Is a custom masking design worth the investment? John Gill of Caplugs outlines the considerations to keep in mind when choosing between an off-the-shelf masking solution or a custom-made one.
#asktheexpert #masking

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Paint Booth Exhaust Filter Disposal

Steve Love, parts and filters sales manager, Global Finishing Solutions, discusses proper paint booth filter disposal.


Avoiding Tank Failure

Gary Kriesch leads the business unit at Tri-Mer Corp. that specializes in turnkey anodizing, electrocoating and other metal finishing systems. In this helpful article, he offers insights into the design, selection and maintenance of tanks that are the heart of those systems.