A Focus on Automation and Smart Technology

The June 2021 issue of Products Finishing puts a focus on the role automation and Industry 4.0 solutions are currently playing and will continue to play in increasing magnitude in the finishing industry.


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This tool rack, part of Norton │ Saint-Gobain’s new Abrasive Process Solutions (APS) center, includes traditional hand tools that can be used to show how effectively processes can be moved to robotic setups. 
Photo Credit: Norton | Saint Gobain

The June 2021 issue of Products Finishing is now available. This month we take a look at Industry 4.0 solutions, automation and new technologies and the role they are playing in the finishing industry – as well as how they might be incorporated more frequently by finishing operations.

Here are a few of the stories in this issue:

In addition, you’ll find Ask the Expert clinics and technical articles offering troubleshooting advice and best practices, as well as insightful interviews, columns and the latest trends and innovations in the surface finishing industry.  

If you have a story that might be of interest to a wide audience of coaters of finishers, get in touch with editor in chief Scott Francis at sfrancis@pfonline.com


  • Data Collection Trends in Metal Finishing

    The finishing industry is moving towards the automation of process and production data collection. Roger Smith outlines new technology to help finishers automate and streamline.

  • Let’s Finish Closing the Quoting Gap

    Sharing accurate, timely and actionable data is the key to an effective, respectful relationship between a finishing shop and a contracting machine shop. Software that streamlines the quoting process can make this happen.

  • Industry 4.0 Elicits Careers of the Future

    My classmates used to brag about their plans to become doctors, lawyers and investment bankers. Tomorrow’s “cool” careers may follow the rise of advanced manufacturing.