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Parker Trutec recently completed an internal building expansion that was required for the addition of a third solid lubricant paint line to its coatings application facility in Urbana, Ohio. This new line complements two existing solid lubricant paint lines, and is expected to launch mass production in May.

The line, which features racks rated to 25 pound and a processing paint window of 12 inches wide by 30 inches high, is a fully automated chain-on-edge system that will allow an increase in production capacity for both existing and new customers, says Geoff Smith, the plant’s general manager. “It will also allow us to achieve tighter industry quality standards for steel, galvanneal and aluminum substrates,” he says.

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The Products Finishing Top Shops Benchmarking Survey for liquid and powder coaters — an industry-wide program to determine best practices and statistical data from hundreds of finishing shops across North America — will launch May 1.

This program — and the benchmarking data that shops receive from the survey — has been a tremendous help for many shops which use the data and series of reports they get back to set operational goals and objectives in order to improve efficiencies increase profits.

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The wings of dragonflies and cicadas inspired a group of researchers from the Agency for Science, Technology and Research's Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) to invent an anti-bacterial nano-coating that could be used to disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as door handles, tables and lift buttons.

The scientists say studies have shown that the wings of dragonflies and cicadas prevent bacterial growth due to their natural structure. The surfaces of their wings are covered in nanopillars making them look like a bed of nails.

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Nasmyth Group, an aerospace metal finisher based in the United Kingdom, opened a new facility in the Valencia area of southern California on March 22. 

“Opening a new facility in the Santa Clarita Valley is a great opportunity for Nasmyth Group as well as for our customers,” CEO Peter Smith says. “We will be able to deliver finishing services to the very best standards with all the certifications required by our customers.”

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Cleaning and pretreatment are an important part of any painting process. As new environmental regulations, material supply issues, process efficiencies and need for ever-increasing performance push on the industry, an upcoming webinar will discuss where these external influences are driving future technology and product developments.

Chris Berger, vice president and director of product development for Calvary Industries, will present “Emerging Technologies in Cleaning and Pretreatment: Where the Industry is Going in the Next 5 to 15 Years and Beyond” at 2 p.m. on May 8. 

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