July Issue: 40 Under 40 Finishing Industry Leadership Awards

Products Finishing’s July issue covers our 40 Under 40 leadership awards, the role of copper anode sludge formation, finishing industry supply chain insights, advice for replacing old rectifiers, and much more.
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Four Supplier Resources to Get More Out of Your Surface Finishing System

Get the most out of your paint and powder coating line by taking advantage of a few resources that can not only optimize your systems but ensure max productivity from installation and long after.

Acme Manufacturing Appoints COO, Promotes Five Others

Changes include promotions to various sales, marketing and quality positions.

Electroplating

Hard Chrome Enterprises Inc. Acquired

The plating company has served the aerospace, automotive, medical and consumer sectors since 1969. 
#automotive #plating #aerospace

Industrial Auction of Parts Finishing Plant Assets To Begin July 21

Preparing the way for Spectrum Industries to convert the plant for office use, the auction is said to include a variety of products finishing equipment.

SurfaceTechnology Germany and parts2clean Canceled for 2020

SurfaceTechnology GERMANY and parts2clean, which were scheduled for October, have been canceled due to the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Electroplating

The True Cost of SCR Versus Switch-Mode Rectifiers

Replacing old SCR rectifiers may help lower electrical costs, but choosing between modern SCR and SMPS rectifiers requires some careful consideration. 
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Electrocoating

A Conversation with George Giering of Giering Metal Finishing Inc.

George Giering is third-generation president of Giering Metal Finishing Inc., a leader in liquid coating, ecoating and powder coating.
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40 Under 40

Products Finishing is recognizing the industry’s top young talent through an annual 40 Under 40 program.

Electroplating

Copper Anode Filming and Sludge Formation

Clarifying the role of film formation and anode-sludge creation in connection with the use of phosphorus-containing copper anodes in electroplating.
#plating

Electroplating

A Conversation for International Women in Engineering Day

SIFCO ASC engineers Dr. Ani Zhecheva Brain and Danijela Milosevic-Popovich discuss the challenges of being a woman in a STEM related field, reflect on the achievements of women in engineering and talk about opportunities for women and girls interested in STEM.
#plating

Finishers Report Slowing Decline in Business Conditions for First Time Since COVID-19

Index signals decelerating contraction as all components report improved readings.

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July Issue: 40 Under 40 Finishing Industry Leadership Awards

Products Finishing’s July issue covers our 40 Under 40 leadership awards, the role of copper anode sludge formation, finishing industry supply chain insights, advice for replacing old rectifiers, and much more.
#40-under-40

UC Researchers Create Color-Changing, Touch-Sensitive Nanomaterial Film

Scientists at the University of California have created a color-changing, touch-sensitive film made of gold nanoparticles that can be coated onto surfaces to create a color-changing skin.

June Issue: Liquid and Powder Coating Benchmarking

Products Finishing’s June issue covers the top ranking shops in our Top Shops benchmarking survey for liquid and powder coating.
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Electroplating

Avoiding Adhesion Failure Due to Paraffin

Greg Terrell

Greg Terrell

Director of Business Development , Coventya

For plating applicators, paraffin residue can cause poor adhesion, delayed blistering or other poor-quality performance of the plated deposit, including poor corrosion resistance. Coventya director of business development Greg Terrell explains how to remove paraffin-based lubricants prior to plating. 

Q:  We recently ran into a rash of adhesion failures on our rack alkaline zinc line, and we traced it back to a new job. We obtained an SDS on the lubricant used and a main ingredient was a paraffin. What is the best way to remove this? First, why is paraffin a good additive? The metal-forming industry focuses on lubricants that extend the life of the tooling ...READ MORE

Powder Coating

What's the Best Coating Method for Extended Outdoor Performance?

For long-lasting powder coating that holds up outdoors, consultant Rodger Talbert suggests pretreatment and washing options, a primer layer and a top coat.
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Liquid Coating

Selecting PPE for Your Paint Shop

Guidelines for determining the appropriate personal protective equipment for a painting operation.
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Anodizing

Tips for Optimizing or Expanding Your Anodizing Line

Jim Acquaviva, director of business development for Technic Equipment, offers advice for assessing areas of process improvement for anodizing operations, outlining helpful steps for an end-user self-assessment.
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Liquid Coating

Understanding Paint Atomization

BASF coatings development expert Tim December explains how paint atomization works for both pneumatic spray applicators and high-speed rotary bell applicators.
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Electroplating

Troubleshooting Bright Nickel Processes: How to Identify the Problem

For bright nickel process troubleshooting, Doug Lay of Coventya suggests narrowing the scope with a checklist.
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Electroplating

Controlling Quality of Zinc Flake Coatings on Steel Fasteners

Scott McEuen, North American business development manager of zinc flake coatings at Atotech, explains how the quality of zinc flake coatings depends on good adhesion and bonding to the substrate of the fasteners.
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