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As 2020 comes to a close, there are a lot of hard lessons we have learned. But some great things have happened, too — our industry came together to help supply PPE and support essential workers. And as a brand, Products Finishing has changed and grown, too. One thing that remains steady through all the changes is our commitment to our audience.

We wanted to take this time to share the articles that readers found most insightful, inspiring and helpful — all in one place. Here are the top 10 articles of 2020 (in no particular order):

  1. How to Stay Safe in Manufacturing During COVID
    Unsurprisingly, readers found this post with recommendations from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) to be useful in the midst of the pandemic.

  2. Tips on Automating Your Brush Plating Operation
    Derek Kilgore from SIFCO ASC gave guidance on how to automate a brush plating operation.

  3. 40 Under 40: the 2020 Class
    Despite the pandemic and all the disruption that came with it, we honored an incredibly talented group of young people in the industry who persevered during these strange times.

  4. How to Improve Standard Operating Procedures for Powder Coating
    One of our most trusted industry experts, Rodger Talbert, offered advice for improving powder coating operations.

  5. Chest X-ray Systems Supported by Ecoat
    Editor-in-chief Scott Francis reported on how Giering Metal Finishing stayed busy during the COVID pandemic by supporting the medical industry.

  6. Long-term Performance in Powder Coat Systems
    Mike Withers of Axalta recommends electrocoat and a super durable powder coat as the best protection against corrosion and UV exposure.

  7. Andrews Powder Coating Goes to Space
    Editor-in-chief Scott Francis talked to Scott Andrews of Andrews Powder Coating about the company’s recent MIL-SPEC qualification and what it means for the industry.

  8. A Look Inside Antimicrobial Coatings
    I talked to industry experts (thanks, BioCote, Lux, Vitracoat, TST and LeKem!) to get the details on different types of antimicrobial coatings and how they fare in the time of COVID.

  9. Durr Group Expands Electric Vehicle Production
    Our assistant editor Evan Doran covered of the partnership between Dürr Group and Techno Smart, which aims to improve EV production efficiency.

  10. How to Minimize Plug Loss and Leakage During Coating
    Henry Asik and Dale Hirt of Custom Fabricating and Supplies give four tips for avoiding rework due to leaky plugs.