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ACM Technologies Hosts Successful Open HouseOpen in a New Window

ACM Technologies, part of the ResinTech family of companies, held an open house at its new Gardena facility located in the South Bay section of Los Angeles. Customers, vendors and neighboring companies received tours of the new state-of-the-art ion exchange resin regeneration plant and laboratory. Guests enjoyed local barbeque and received raffle prizes. According to the company, the new plant will enable West Coast customers to send in spent ion exchange resins for regeneration and subsequent reuse. The resins are typically used to purify metal-bearing rinse waters, process waters, and other closed loop operations, the company says, as well as wastewater treatment prior to discharge and groundwater cleanup. ACM has an existing regeneration plant in the Baltimore, Maryland, area that has been in operation for more than 20 years.   “We are proud to operate this new regeneration facility and employ local workers here on the West Coast where there is an essential need for water recycling and reuse,” says Mike Warner, president of ACM. “This regeneration service enables many industrial and manufacturing companies to treat, purify and recycle their process streams and wastewaters.” ACM Technologies services the metal finishing, EDM, wastewater and groundwater market with ion exchange resin regeneration and related equipment and rentals. ACM is a sister company to ResinTech Inc., a manufacturer of ion exchange resins. For more information, visit


Top Shops: Lab Analysis SoftwareOpen in a New Window

The most prevalent lab analysis software used by plaing shops is those for solution adjustment, according to the 2017 Products Finishing Top Shops Benchmarking Survey. Just over 73 percent of all shops use the software, while 80 percent of the Top Shops use it. Software that tracks statistics and trends was next at 69 percent, followed by software to track required corrective actions at 67 percent, event logs at 66 percent, and scheduling at 59 percent. The use of analytical software is crucial in that it uses metrics to determine how certain functions are being followed in a shop, and to see trends and statistics over a certain period of time to gain information. To learn more about the Products Finishing Top Shops Benchmarking Survey, please click here. 


Products Finishing Co-Sponsors Powder Coating and Curing Processes SeminarOpen in a New Window

Products Finishing teams up with the Chemical Coaters Association (CCAI), the Industrial Heating Equipment Association (IHEA) and Georgia Power for the Powder Coating and Curing Processes Seminar held Sept. 26-27 in Atlanta, Georgia. The seminar offers classroom instruction and hands-on demonstrations on the following topics: powder coating and materials, cleaning and pretreatment, removal and rework, transfer efficiency, curing and test methods. For more information, visit


Electrocoating Seminar Offers Classroom-Style InstructionOpen in a New Window

The Electrocoat Association and the Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI) are pleased to announce the 2017 Electrocoating Seminar, scheduled for September 26-27 at the Cleveland Airport Marriott in Cleveland, Ohio.  Day 1 kicks off with an introduction to electrocoating with a classroom-style program to familiarize attendees with the ecoat technology before tackling more advanced topics in the remainder of the seminar. The discussion will center on cost and process efficiencies, quality control and innovative technologies used in the different components of a typical electrocoating line. Preventive maintenance and troubleshooting for defects will also be addressed and illustrated with specific examples.  At the end of the day, a networking event allows attendees to interact with seminar speakers more specifically on their company’s needs as well as interact with other attendees and potential partners.  This year’s event will conclude with a plant tour of PPG Coatings Services—MetoKote Corp. in Sheffield Village, Ohio. This facility houses two electrocoating lines—one monorail and one square transfer—as well as a powder coat line and a specialized cleaning line.   Registration includes the educational program, networking reception, group lunches and breaks, transportation to/from the plant tour and a copy of the Electrocoat Association’s textbook, “Electrocoating: A Guidebook for Finishers.” To review the complete program and to register, visit or call Anne Von Moll at 1-800-563-8831. Register before September 4 for an early discount.


Clear Pak BIO Corrosion Inhibitor Packaging Film Protects Metal ComponentsOpen in a New Window

Daubert Cromwell’s Clear Pak BIO corrosion inhibitor (VCI) film is designed to be an effective and environmentally safe protective packaging film for the industry. The corrosive inhibitor uses plant-based chemistry for protecting metal components during storage and shipment. The transparent, heat-sealable, recyclable film has been shown to excel in rigorous testing to international standards, including German product health and safety regulation TRGS 615. Clear Pak BIO is designed to prevent corrosion on ferrous metals, using VCI chemistry derived from plant extracts that is nitrate free, amine free, and non-toxic. The flexible, puncture and tear-resistant film is tinted purple to identify it as a product of Daubert Cromwell. According to the company, the packaging is compatible with the company's entire line of VCI packaging papers, films, foams, emitters and devices, and rust preventive liquids.


Top Shops: Order Lead TimeOpen in a New Window

The average order lead time between when a part is received and then delivered to a customer for electroplaters is 6.28 days according to the Products Finishing Top Shops Benchmarking Survey for 2016, down from 10 days in 2016. The Top Shops recorded 7.4 days for lead time, which is down from 9.0 days in 2016. All other shops checked in at 3 days, the same as the year before. The median score was 5 days, which rose from 4 days in 2016.


Dynapower Expands Industrial Sales TeamOpen in a New Window

Dynapower Co., manufacturer of power electronics for metal finishing, electrowinning for mining and electrochemical production, announces several important appointments in response to growing opportunity and global demands. The company names Bob Gladden as vice president of sales and business development for power systems and has also strengthened its industrial sales team. Dev Massimi has been named industrial sales manager; Matt Paul has been named aftermarket services sales manager; Mark Desantis joins Dynapower as a senior industrial sales engineer; and Ernest Bragg III has been named industrial sales associate. Bob Gladden is a sales and business development leader with over 30 years of experience in global industrial markets. In addition to leading industrial and high-power sales within the Power Systems Division of Dynapower, Gladden will also oversee aftermarket services with a goal towards extending the company’s service offerings and customer reach. Promoted to industrial sales manager, Dev Massimi will lead the industrial sales team response to increased demand for Dynapower products. Prior to being named sales manager, Massimi worked as a sales engineer at the company. Matthew Paul is appointed as sales manager of aftermarket services after working with Dynapower for over five years, beginning his career with the company in 2011 on the production floor. He later moved to do work for the sales and customer service departments, improving his knowledge of the company’s product, application and customer needs. Dynapower is pleased to announce the hiring of Mark Desantis as senior sales engineer for industrial sales. Desantis is a sales professional in the electro mechanical industry with over 30 years of experience in sales and business development. Rounding out the industrial sales team is the promotion of Ernest Bragg III to industrial sales associate after serving the company in customer services. Working at Dynapower is a family affair for the Braggs. Ernest’s father has worked with Dynapower for over 26 years as a team leader on the shop floor. Ernest began his career with Dynapower in 2011. Since then, he has worked in both the marketing and sales departments, supporting various initiatives for all business segments. For more information, visit  


Col-Met Engineered Finishing Solutions Acquires RP Paint ArrestorsOpen in a New Window

Col-Met Engineered Finishing Solutions announces the acquisition of RP Paint Arrestors, effective June 30, 2017. As of this date, RP Paint Arrestors, a business of Research Products, will be officially owned and operated by Col-Met Engineered Finishing Solutions. According to the company, this acquisition will allow Col-Met to expand its product portfolio by offering a complete line of exhaust paint arrestors. RP Paint Arrestors are disposable paint overspray collectors and designed as a cost effective, efficient way to handle overspray requirements, Col-Met says in its announcement. Well-known RP Paint Arrestor products include the 3000-3700 Series, Series S and Spra-Cube products. The acquisition will benefit valued customers by allowing Col-Met to offer a strong portfolio of paint arrestors that can be purchased with paint booths or to replace arrestors in current booths. The dry filter system is designed to offer a significant improvement over virtually all types and methods of overspray collection systems. RP Paint Arrestors also aim to reduce operating and disposal costs since the product is degradable and can be incinerated. Moving forward, the company says, Col-Met paint booths will be engineered to optimize the efficiency of these filters and ensure lower maintenance cost and higher performance. “We are very excited to add this product line to our business. It is an obvious extension to our current product line and will only enhance our ability to serve and support our distributors,” says Charles Cecil, president of Col-Met. Steve Houston, Col-Met’s chief marketing officer adds, “Col-Met has been on an aggressive growth trajectory for the past few years and an acquisition like this was always part of our strategy. We are extremely excited about this addition and the business opportunities it will bring our distribution partners.” For more information, visit


CCAI Installs 2017-18 Board and Officers at Annual MeetingOpen in a New Window

During the 2017 CCAI Annual Meeting in New Mexico, the Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI) installed its 2017-18 national board of directors and officers. The association is pleased to announce the leadership of the following individuals to serve as the officers of national board of directors for 2017-18: President:  Ron Lum, Coral Chemical Co. – Southern California Chapter Vice President: Bill Oney, Therma-Tron-X – Wisconsin Chapter Treasurer:  Duane Fudge, Chemetall – Unaffiliated Recent Past President: Kevin Coursin, Engineered Finishing Systems – Northern Illinois Chapter   In addition to the officers, serving on the national board of directors for the 2017-18 year will be:  Shivie Dhillon, SunDial Powder Coatings – Southern California Chapter; Jim Gallagher, Harley Davidson – Wisconsin Chapter; Kevin Irving, AZZ Metal Coatings – Iowa/Central Illinois Chapter; Loren Keene, Pneu-Mech Systems Mfg. – Central States Chapter; Dan Labrecque, Tiger Drylac USA Inc. – West Michigan Chapter; Todd Luciano, Products Finishing Magazine – Greater Cincinnati Chapter; Jim Malloy, Kolene Corp. – Unaffiliated; Ron McMahon, – Northern Ohio Chapter; Tim Milner, JIT Powder Coating – Twin Cities Chapter;  Tony Sclafani, AR Iron, LLC – Las Vegas Chapter; Mark Walsworth, Nordic Ware Inc. – Twin Cities Chapter; Bob Warren, – West Michigan Chapter; Sam Woehler, George Koch Sons – Unaffiliated; Serving as Ex-Officio Board member is Larry Melgary, Northern Coatings and Chemicals – Wisconsin Chapter.   For more information, visit


CCAI Announces 2016-2017 Award Winners at Annual MeetingOpen in a New Window

During the 2017 CCAI Annual Meeting in New Mexico, the Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI) held its Annual Awards Ceremony to recognize the CCAI Chapter User and Supplier of the Year and announce the 2017 James F. and David J. Wright Lifetime Achievement Award. CCAI’s highest accolade, the prestigious James F. & David J. Wright Lifetime Achievement Award, was presented this year to Kevin Coursin of Engineered Finishing Systems for his dedication and commitment to the association. CCAI has honored twelve recipients in the eleven years it has presented this award.  Coursin joined CCAI in 2003, and during his 14 years of membership, he has been incredibly active, serving his chapter as treasurer and acting as a member of the chapter board for many years. Coursin regularly attends chapter events and ensures his staff is involved in all chapter events and activities.  In addition to supporting his local chapter, he has served on the CCAI National Board for ten years; he has served in all of the National officer’s positions, including National President and currently serves as chair of CCAI’s Membership Committee. Upon receipt of this respected award, Coursin remarked "I would like to thank CCAI for bestowing the James F. and David J. Wright Lifetime Achievement Award upon me. It is a great feeling to be recognized by your peers for work put in on behalf of the organization. It is a great honor to be counted among the best in the finishing industry who have already received this award. We, and all the staff at CCAI continuously work towards a common goal of improving our industry. I hope to continue to serve CCAI for many years and help the association achieve many more of our goals. Thank you again for this honor." The association also honored its Chapter User and Supplier of the Year recipients at the Awards ceremony. Each year, chapters recognize a user and supplier member for their service and dedication to their respective chapter. Chapters are the foundation on which the association is built, CCAI says, and it is grateful for the service and dedication of those who continue to support its mission to build a better finishing industry. The 2016-17 Chapter Award winners are:  Central States Chapter – Nathan Finney, IHD Powdercoat Services Inc. and Josh Gilmore, IntelliFinishing; Georgia Chapter – Derek Dennis, Matrix Powder Technology; Iowa/Central Illinois Chapter – Seth Padilla, Macon of Kewanee and Kevin Irving, AZZ Metal Coatings; Las Vegas Chapter – Tony Sclafani, AR Iron LLC and Sercy Spears, Coral Chemical Co.; Northern Illinois Chapter – Kevin Coursin, Engineered Finishing Systems; Salt Lake City Chapter – Ginny Phommavongsay, Martin Door Manufacturing and Ron Lum, Coral Chemical Co.; Southern California Chapter – Shivie Dhillon, Sundial Powder Coating and Antonio Tapia, Coral Chemical Co.; Twin Cities Chapter – Angela Kokesh, Life Fitness and Pat Cullen, Cullen Equipment LLC; West Michigan Chapter – Marc Sanchez, Techno-Coat Inc. and Dale Mulder, ChemQuest Inc.; and Wisconsin Chapter – Will Hochschild, Wacker Neuson Corp. and Terry Welch, Prime Coatings Co.   For more information, visit