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The Powder Coating Institute (PCI) has released the first of a series of videos promoting powder coating technology to manufacturers. In this video, several original equipment manufacturers share the benefits they enjoy in using powder technology for their products.

PCI says powder coating is a tougher, more durable finish with lower applied cost, operational cost and reject rates than other applications. The organization also offers information about the benefits of powder coating at powdercoating.org/abetterkindofpaint

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Developed to help executives stay on top of the latest trends, innovations and issues affecting their manufacturing operations, the International ThermProcess and International Finishing and Coatings Summits bring together an impressive and diverse group of business speakers from July 30 – August 1 at the InterContinental Hotel Buckhead Atlanta.

Co-sponsored by the Industrial Heating Equipment Association (IHEA), the Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI), and Products Finishing, Summit organizer Anne Goyer says, “This combined event will provide a unique platform for industry intelligence and collaboration that drives manufacturing excellence. There is no other event like this in North America for executives in these manufacturing segments.”

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Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. has qualified PPG exterior paint systems to its PMS0600-52-01 specification for application on the PC-24 Super Versatile Jet; PC-12 NG turboprop airplane; PC-6 multirole aircraft; and PC-21, PC-9 M and PC-7 MkII military trainers.

Comprising the basic system are PPG Desoprime 7530 pretreatment wash primer, Desoprime 7065 primer, Desofill HS 8620 sanding surfacer, Desothane HS 8800 topcoat and Desothane HD 9008 clearcoat. Special effects options Desothane HS 8000 metallic topcoat and mica coat, and Desothane HS 8720 matte clearcoat are also qualified with the same primers and sanding surfacer.

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Axalta Coating Systems partnered with Atrium Health’s Jeff Gordon Children’s Hospital, Hendrick Motorsports, LP Building Products and GoBabyGo! to build custom vehicles for children from the Charlotte, North Carolina, area with mobility issues.

At Axalta’s Customer Experience Center (CEC) on the Hendrick Motorsports campus in Concord, North Carolina, company and partner representatives modified motorized toy cars for use by special needs children who have difficulty walking or crawling. The retrofitted cars are said to promote independent mobility, which helps to develop cognitive, social, motor and language skills in younger children who are not able to freely move on their own.

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Professional Plating hosted an open house in May that drew more than 600 visitors to its expanded facility in Brillion, Wisconsin.

Customers, vendors, and local businesses partners and area residents were given full-scale tours that encompassed the entire 200,000-square-foot facility as well as the new Team Center, Worklounge and Wellness Center, Collaboration Room, and Comfort Suite.

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