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Anticipating a decision within the next week on the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Section 232 investigation into aluminum imports, the Aluminum Anodizers Council (AAC) warns that any tariffs placed on primary aluminum will have a boomerang effect on the downstream consumers of aluminum products. 

Such tariffs furthermore will make U.S. manufacturers of aluminum products even less competitive against low-cost producers like China, the AAC says.

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CCAI will present a Powder Coating and Curing Processes Seminar at Alabama Power’s Technical Applications Center (TAC) in Calera, Alabama, Feb. 20-21. The seminar is co-sponsored by the Infrared Division of the Industrial Heating Equipment Association and Products Finishing magazine.

The day-and-a-half seminar features an introduction to the powder coating process, including cleaning and pretreatment, powder coating materials, application equipment and booths, curing options, part movement, running an efficient system, and testing methods. All of the classroom training will be provided by industry experts from some of the leading companies in the finishing industry. 

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A new charge dissipative (CD) coating capability for ceramic parts was launched by the Technical Ceramics business of Morgan Advanced Materials at RSNA 2017 in Chicago in supporting the development of increasingly compact medical equipment.                 

The company says one of the biggest drivers in the medical diagnostic imaging equipment market is the need for smaller and lighter weight x-ray sources. For imaging systems such as computed tomography (CT) scanners, technology is shifting towards smaller size and reduced rotating mass. Likewise, the growing popularity of mobile X-ray machines places the emphasis on convenience and maneuverability.

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Ace Anodizing & Impregnating in Hillside, Illinois says their long awaited plant expansion is underway with a projected move in date sometime in the first quarter of 2018. The addition will bring total plant square footage to upwards of 80,000 sq. ft.

The expansion will allow for the addition of long length chemical polishing capabilities on aluminum for parts up to 282 inches. That and additional dock space will allow for streamlined product flow and increases in efficiency and throughput, says Mike Battaglia, vice president of sales and marketing at Ace.

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