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Col-Met Oven App Enables Remote Monitoring

Col-Met Engineering Finishing Solutions’ SmartConnect
batch oven app enables technicians to remotely view batch oven status when connected to an active internet connection.Technicians can monitor temperature, process time remaining, hours of operation, system faults or burner status remotely via the app. According to the company, users can receive email and/or text notifications for batch complete, oven temperature out of range, system faults or preventative maintenance. The app is also designed to provide email updates with temperature and batch time reports. It is said that SmartConnect is simple and easy-to-use with user-friendly screens that mirror the oven touchscreen panel. The App can be accessed using any Android, PC or Apple device.

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DuPont Sustainable Solutions (DSS) has announced that it has acquired the assets of Lodestone Partners, a global consulting firm recognized for helping companies in the resource industry achieve sustainable improvements in operating performance. The acquisition, which was effective February 29, deepens DSS’ knowledge and capability in the area of operations excellence, particularly in the natural resource and mining industry.

“Combining Lodestone’s highly respected operational improvement expertise with DSS’ risk management capabilities will now enable us to deliver an integrated operations transformation capability that is not currently available in the marketplace,” says Davide Vassallo, Chief Executive Officer of DuPont Sustainable Solutions. “This acquisition significantly expands DSS’ ability to help our clients protect their people and improve operations and is a significant step forward in our strategy to accelerate growth in select geographies and industries since becoming an independent company in September.”

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Solvay PEEK Powders Coat Metal Tubes for Electrosurgery


Solvay’s (Alpharetta, Ga., U.S.) KetaSpire PEEK powders have been chosen by Surgical Coatings, LLC (Sedalia, Colo., U.S.) to coat metal tubes used in electrosurgery. KetaSpire polyetheretherketone (PEEK) powders were selected for their chemical and fatigue resistance while maintaining excellent mechanical properties and dimensional stability at high temperatures. 

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Dassault Systèmes (Vélizy-Villacoublay, France) is collaborating with Geico Taikisha (Milano, Italy), global leader in the planning and construction of turnkey automotive car painting systems, on a joint initiative to improve quality, production rates and production efficiency in auto body painting.

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Atotech introduces new passivate for electroplating market

Atotech (Berlin, Germany) recently introduced Tridur ZnNi H5.2 to the electroplating market; a black passivate, which is applicable to alkaline and to acidic zinc-nickel surfaces. Tridur ZnNi H5.2-plated parts can be combined with aluminum alloys and used in the automotive industry to minimize contact corrosion.

Like Atotech’s other passivates, the new passivate exceeds the requirements of DIN EN ISO 19598. The application of Tridur ZnNi H5.2 is said to result in an extended lifetime compared to the market standard. Tridur ZnNi H5.2 forms a long-lasting, homogeneously spread, deep black color to surfaces at 12-13% incorporation rates of nickel (well within OEM standards), ensuring very high corrosion protection against red rust.

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