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Imagineering Finishing Technologies has added an expanded stainless steel passivation line at its South Bend, Indiana location. The facility also is registered to ISO-9001, AS9100, IATF16949 and Nadcap certified for chemical processing and non-destructive testing.

Andrew McDonald, director of marketing and business intelligence, says the new line will allow the company to better serve its customers by increasing both the physical size and volume of parts it can process, while allowing it to maintain quality standards and short lead times.

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Jay Tourigny, senior vice president of MicroCare Medical, says that advances in medical devices come with many benefits but also bring new challenges related to cleaning and coatings. He discusses how advances in cleaning and coatings are driving medical device innovation in an article he wrote for the Medical Design and Outsourcing website.

“Innovative thinking around medical device design helps move the industry forward and create new devices that address more health issues than ever before,” He writes. “This innovation is driven not only on the manufacturers’ side, but on the patients’ side. For example, patient demand for more portable and lightweight devices is driving a trend toward smaller, wireless devices. Touchscreens are replacing hardware controls and wearable devices are increasingly popular. As with most innovation, these advances come with many benefits, but they also bring new cleaning and coating challenges—and therefore, a need for new solutions.”

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Nebraska-based Lincoln Industries has acquired SourceOne, which provides custom manufacturing, design services and tooling, powder coating and specialty machine-build services.

Founded in 1974 by Nick Cusick and Elmer Wessell, SourceOne sits adjacent to Lincoln Industries, one of the largest finishing operations in North America. It is Lincoln’ third acquisition in the past three years. The company bought DS Manufacturing in Pine Island, Minnesota, in 2015, and in May, it acquired Southwest Metal Finishing, based in New Berlin, Wisconsin, and its facilities in Texas and Mexico.

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Here’s one last preview of what visitors to FABTECH 2018 can expect to see on display in the CCAI Finishing Pavilion, including products and services from Col-Met, Gema, George Koch Sons, Dürr Systems, Bex and Elcometer.

FABTECH 2018 takes place November 6-8, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. Visit fabtechexpo.com for more information.

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SUR/FIN, the surface finishing industry’s premier event organized by the National Association for Surface Finishing, is accepting proposals to present papers at the 2019 conference, which will be held June 3-5 in Chicago at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.

The NASF’s Technology Advisory Committee is seeking speakers with surface finishing experiences or a focus on new technology to give exclusive, informative, non-commercial presentations for the SUR/FIN technical program.  Each 30 minute presentation should cover the latest surface engineering and finishing technology topics that are seen impacting business today or trending for tomorrow.

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