Finishing Index Jumps 9 Points to All-Time High

Survey Respondents Report Troubled Supply Chains and Strong Demand

Mechanical Finishing

Viking Releases 600R Shot Blaster

Viking Blast and Wash Systems releases 900-pound belt load capacity shot blaster in its industrial line of tumble blasters, the 600R.


Chemcoaters Line Approved for Body-in-White Systems

Chemcoaters' anti-corrosion products have been approved for use in BIW automotive applications.

Parts Cleaning

MicroCare Appoints Chief Financial Officer

MicroCare LLC has announced the appointment of John Stardellis as the company’s new Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

Liquid Coating

Axalta Launches Mobility Coatings Business

The redefined transportation coatings business will focus on supporting e-mobility and its evolving coatings needs.

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Digital Manufacturing

From machine monitoring and machine tool dynamics to out-of-the-box digital tools, discover the digital manufacturing technologies becoming a requirement for competing in the marketplace as well as simplifying and improving businesses.

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.

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.

The Plating Insight Series

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


A Microscopic Study of Chromium Plating (1964)

This 1964 paper describes the first time that anyone had been able to photograph work of this type on chromium - the direct microscopic observation of the deposition of chromium on nickel and other basis metal surfaces.  This classic study provided information on the effect of the surface condition of the substrate and plating variables on the initial stages of deposition, covering the growth to form a coherent deposit, and the later development of the cyclic pattern of cracking with its associated hydrogen gas evolution.  


Electro-codeposition of MCrAlY Coatings for Advanced Gas Turbine Applications - Complete Project Report

This is the complete final project report of the three-year AESF Foundation Research project (2018-2020) at the Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, TN., to optimize the electro-codeposition process for improved oxidation/corrosion performance of MCrAlY coatings on critical superalloy components in gas turbine engines.
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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.

How To Do Business With the CEO

Dress, act and speak like one. Wearing a suit and tie and communicating with a high degree of confidence and precision can give you access to the big business deals. 

Powder Coating

High Fives for the Surface Finishing Industry

National Surface Finishing Day offered what seems to have been a missing component in our makeshift gatherings over the past year, which is a chance to celebrate together.
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Rising Supplier Delivery Reading Sustains Expansionary Index Trend

Industry Signals Slowing Business Expansion Excluding Rocketing Supplier Delivery Activity


Expanding Medical Coatings and More

Products Finishing's March issue covers one company's expansion in medical coatings, how powder coating enables at-home recreation and more.

A Focus on Aerospace

Products Finishing looks into how coaters and finishers enable the aerospace industry, what trends and technology are emerging and more in February 2021.


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.



Control of Trivalent Passivates

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

Stephen Roberts is a Technical Support Representative at Columbia Chemical. Visit Q. My corrosion protection is erratic due to variances in concentration.  How do I better control the passivate solution to improve quality? Control of trivalent passivates is an important focus due to the stringent quality requirements set by OEMs. At the core of every trivalent passivate, there are four parameters that are critical for control: concentration, ...READ MORE

Powder Coating

Blistering Defects and How to Avoid Them

Verney Denerville of TIGER Drylac discusses recommendations for avoiding or mitigating blistering defects in powder coatings.

Liquid Coating

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.


Moving Your Shop to the Next Level

New technology can be both enticing and threatening. Steve Schneider of John Schneider & Associates, Inc. offers insights for evaluating potential investments.

Liquid Coating

Can a Flawless Liquid Coating Finish be Achieved?

What are the best practices to achieve a flawless liquid coating finish? J.B. Haydell from Accudraft shares the details on avoiding dust, debris and other contaminants while spraying.

Powder Coating

What Impacts Transfer Efficiency?

Powder coating consultant Rodger Talbert discusses measuring transfer efficiency (TE) and determining ways to improve.