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A new paint shop being developed for Lamborghini in SantAgata Bolognese, Italy, will enable each of its Urus luxury marque SUVs to quickly and easily receive a customer-specific finish, thanks to intelligent production control provided by Eisenmann Industrial Software Co. (Enisco) E-MES software for flexible mass customization.

Eisenmann says it hopes the new plant will revolutionize the car painting process, discontinuing the conventional, rigidly linear configuration in favor of a highly flexible “workshop” with selected linear elements.

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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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H.I.G. Capital, a global private equity investment firm with $25 billion of equity capital under management, says its portfolio company, Vantage Specialty Chemicals Holdings, has acquired B&B Tritech of Hialeah, Florida. B&B is a global manufacturer of surface treatment solutions for defense and commercial aviation markets, including aircraft paint removers, MIL-spec cleaners, turbine engine gas path cleaners, exterior aircraft cleaners and more.

“We are excited about the addition of B&B's product offering to Vantage's cleaning and aerospace portfolio,” says Richard McEvoy, Vantage CEO. “B&B is an excellent strategic fit with Vantage's Performance Materials division and provides complementary products to serve our growing aerospace segment.”

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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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