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The website GeekWire visited PPG’s coatings research and development lab outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for a look at the happenings inside one of the most sophisticated coatings facilities around.

“In this building, tucked away atop a hill in the Allison Park suburb, PPG conducts research and development for coatings that end up on everything from iPhones to airplanes,” the story says. “It’s a secretive 86-acre complex—at one point I was scolded by security personnel while taking photos outside—and a key center of innovation for a company that reported $14.8 billion in annual sales last year.”

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Dr. Doug Holtz-Eakin will kick off the NASF Washington Forum on Tuesday, April 17, at the Ritz Carlton-Pentagon City, in Washington, D.C.

Considered one of the nation’s top economists, Holtz-Eakin has served at the highest levels of government and is well-known on Capitol Hill and among Washington’s top think tanks. He served as chief economist of President George W. Bush’s Council of Economic Advisors in 2000-2001 and was director of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office in 2003-2005. He also reportedly was on President Trump’s short list of replacements for departing White House advisor Gary Cohn.

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A team from TE Connectivity of Norwood, Massachusetts, recently visited Bel Air Finishing Supply’s Process Technology Center in Kingston, Rhode Island, to get help in developing a very specific surface finish for a new automotive connector needed by a major automaker.

TE Connectivity designs and manufactures connectivity and sensor products for a variety of applications. Bel Air is a manufacturer and supplier of mass finishing technology. Bel Air President Steve Alviti says the team tested two or three of 23 different processing technologies, and four of about 5,000 varieties of honing media to reach a satisfactory finishing solution for the part, which was made on a Swiss-type CNC machine.

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The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that PPG has developed a team to look at how innovations in coatings can help autonomous and electric vehicles.

According to a recent article, “As cars change, so will the expectations and demands put on their coatings,” said Ranju Arya, who will lead the new team as senior business director of mobility.”

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Dr. Jude Mary Runge, a metallurgical engineer and surface scientist whose career spans more than 35 years in industrial, government and academic settings, has authored a new book on aluminum anodizing titled “The Metallurgy of Anodizing Aluminum: Connecting Science to Practice.”

From the publisher:
“In this book, the history of the concepts critical to the discovery and development of aluminum, its alloys and the anodizing process are reviewed to provide a foundation for the challenges, achievements, and understanding of the complex relationship between the aluminum alloy and the reactions that occur during anodic oxidation. Empirical knowledge that has long sustained industrial anodizing is clarified by viewing the process as corrosion science, addressing each element of the anodizing circuit in terms of the Tafel Equation. This innovative approach enables a new level of understanding and engineering control for the mechanisms that occur as the oxide nucleates and grows, developing its characteristic highly ordered structure, which impact the practical function of the anodic aluminum oxide.”

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