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BASF says the need to stay authentic in a world where technology continues to blur the lines between reality and artificiality is the driving force behind its 2018-19 Automotive Color Trends theme, “Keep it Real.”

As innovations such as artificial intelligence, autonomous driving and robotic industrialization take hold, the return to the human element—people’s needs and emotions—becomes increasingly important, the company says. Designers at its BASF Coatings division translated these observations into a collection of 65 colors for automotive surfaces.

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From the manufacturing floor to the football field, delivering consistent performance excellence is critical to team success. That’s the topic Dr. Amber Selking will drive home at the International ThermProcess Summit (ITPS) and International Finishing & Coatings Summit (IFCS) taking place later this month in Atlanta, Georgia.

The mind is an often untapped and unrealized source of energy, efficiency and effectiveness. Through her experiences working in manufacturing for SPX Corp. and as the mental performance consultant for the University of Notre Dame football team, Dr. Selking developed a methodology for building a championship mindset. This methodology emphasizes the power of positive psychology and how we can exercise, train and discipline our brains to improve performance and leadership skills. Mastering that discipline enables us to begin to transform how we live individually and impact how our teams function at work.

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Arlington Plating Co. (APC) has received certification to the ISO 9001:2015 quality management system, having completed the registration process with zero infractions.

ISO 9001:2015 certification denotes that the company is compliant to the International Standards Organization (ISO) quality management system, and according to APC, has demonstrated its ability to consistently provide products and services focused on enhancing customer satisfaction.

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The Michigan chapter of the National Association for Surface Finishing will hold its Midwest Seminar September 13-15, on Mackinac Island, featuring topics related to PFOS and new technologies.

Confirmed speakers include Jeff Hannapel from the NASF/The Policy Group; Matt Martz from the NASF; Daniel Greene, a senior hydrogeologist from Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr and Huber; and Collin Peters, business manager at Atotech.

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