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The U.S. Air Force has qualified PPG’s Aerocron aerospace electrocoat primer to provide corrosion resistance and enhanced topcoat adhesion for aircraft parts. The Air Force will initially coat test parts on a PPG ecoat system that it installed at its Advanced Technology and Training Center in Georgia near Warner Robins.

The Air Force has issued Airworthiness Circular AC-19-02 to announce the primer’s qualification for coating parts used on the outer surface of aircraft. The PPG ecoat primer will be added to Air Force Technical Order 1-1-8 – Application and Removal of Organic Coatings, Aerospace and Non-Aerospace Equipment – which will provide more detailed guidance when it is published.

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Registration is open for those wishing to attend Powder Coating Week 2020, which will be held Feb, 17-20 at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida.

The event is comprised of three separate programs, offering training, keynote presentations, technical sessions, tabletop exhibits, roundtable discussions, expert panels and social activities for everyone in the powder coating industry. 

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FANUC America Opens New North Campus Robotics and Automation Facility


FANUC America, a supplier of robotics and other machinery, held a grand opening celebration at its new 461,000-square-foot North Campus robotics and automation facility in Auburn Hills, Michigan, on Oct. 22. 

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U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), toured Brainerd Industries, a powder coating and stamping manufacturer in Miamisburg, Ohio, and met with the company’s leadership and local stakeholders to discuss career and technical education and how his bipartisan JOBS Act legislation will help more Ohioans get the skills and training they need to find in-demand jobs.

Brainerd Industries manufactures cosmetic trim parts for OEMs in the consumer electronics, appliance, television, computer and automotive industries. Its equipment and facility give it the flexibility and capabilities to meet a variety of application needs in the stamping, blanking, die cutting, printing and powder coating of metal and plastic.

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Top Shops Benchmarking Survey for Plating, Liquid and Powder Coating Open

The Products Finishing Top Shops Benchmarking Survey is open through Jan. 1 for those in the plating, anodizing, liquid and powder coating industry.

Finishers can select the plating/anodizing survey or the liquid/powder coating survey and will be reported separately. Those shops offering both plating/anodizing and liquid/powder services must fill out two different surveys in order to be considered.

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