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An industry safety expert suggests testing methods to detect hexavalent chromium needs to adapt to ever changing industrial environments to provide shorter time-sample results, such as 5- or 10-minute increments and with accuracy near laboratory testing.

Alex Mazzotta, a mechanical engineer at Figure Engineering based in Lorton, Virginia, writes in an article that appears in the September 2019 issue of Occupational Health and Safety that such capability will significantly enhance visibility on exposure, but he says what’s even more impactful is the ability to determine potentially unknown sources of dust or fumes that expose unprotected personnel.

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The U.S. Army Research Lab in Aberdeen, Maryland, has approved Powder Technology’s MIL-PRF-32348 Type III, Class I, Tan 33446 powder topcoat.

The new product listing is now shown online on the ARL’s ‘Qualified Products Database,’ and the manufacturer’s designation is product number PT-QS01-TS0001. This latest product marks  Powder Technology’s ninth ARL-approved powder coating.

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Here is your top news from the finishing world for the week of September 11.

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A partnership between the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) and Elm Plating Company in Jackson, Michigan, has paid off big for the shop.

Elm Plating is a family owned company operating in Jackson since 1951. As a metal finishing business, it applies protective coatings to fasteners, stampings and other metal compounds. In 2015, Air Quality Division (AQD) staff became aware of a new plant and initiated a compliance inspection. Following this regulatory evaluation, it was determined that due to the significant level of emissions released by the coating process, additional steps would be necessary in order to get this plant into full compliance with state and federal air pollution rules.

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The Technical Cleanliness Expert Days event is back again this year, this time with a two-day event, held Oct. 29-30, at the Bertram Inn and Conference Center in Aurora, Ohio (outside of Cleveland). The conference will focus on parts cleaning concepts achieving technical cleanliness limits in production and assembly, the influence of environment and logistics on cleanliness specifications, and cleanliness in assembly and in-process cleaning. Other topics include extended particle analysis for process optimization, quick methods for process monitoring and human influences and guidelines.

Speakers include Markus Roessler, vice president of Glaeser Inc.; Peter

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