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Purdue University Professor Offers Chemical Coatings Scholarship

Purdue University Northwest (PNW) faculty member John Cox has turned his passion for the chemical coatings field into opportunities for PNW students. Cox, a past president of the Chicago Society for Coatings Technology, has established the Dr. John Cox Chicago Society for Coatings Technology scholarship.

Cox, who earned a doctorate degree in organic chemistry from the University of Louisville and has been active in the chemical coatings industry for more than 40 years, has a unique understanding of this continually evolving field. From household paints made with organic compounds to applications providing soundproofing for military aircraft, he believes that the chemical coatings specialty promises endless job opportunities for new graduates.

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Here is a look at some of the products and services that will be on display at the FABTECH conference, which will be held Nov. 11-14 in Chicago at McCormick Place:


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A New Way to Corrosion-Proof Thin Atomic Sheets

A variety of two-dimensional materials that have promising properties for optical, electronic or optoelectronic applications have been held back by the fact that they quickly degrade when exposed to oxygen and water vapor. The protective coatings developed thus far have proven to be expensive and toxic and cannot be taken off.

Now, a team of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and elsewhere has developed an ultrathin coating that is inexpensive, simple to apply and can be removed by applying certain acids.

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After a year of construction on a new 50,000-square-foot expansion, Pries Enterprises in Independence, Iowa, has opened its new anodizing line for aluminum extrusions, anodizing and fabrication. The expansion will open several new doors for the company and its customers.

“Our new anodizing line will allow us to dramatically reduce our lead times for our customers,” says Matt McMahon, president. “We will now be able to anodize over 25 million pounds of aluminum per year.”

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Dürr has put in place its 13,000th robot, this one in a new paint shop for General Motors in Changwon, Korea. This is the first installation of the new Dürr robot generation for GM.

It is an EcoRP E043i and will be used to paint the interior of passenger cars at GM in Changwon. Dürr says  this specific robot is special for many reasons: it is the first time Dürr’s third-generation robot will be used at GM, as the automaker relies on fully automated painting with the latest application technology. The equipment for the new paint shop, which Dürr was commissioned to build, includes a total of 78 third-generation robots. The total order is also the biggest order Dürr has received, to date, as a general contractor in Korea. GM will put the robot into the planned plant in 2021, and paint the new Chevrolet Spark as well as compact SUVs using the 3-wet method.

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