Products Finishing

SEP 2018

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PRODUCTS FINISHING — 9 Cleanliness Expert Day Conference Is Sept. 25 The Technical Cleanliness Expert Day Conference will be held September 25, at the Bertram Inn and Conference Center in Aurora, Ohio, just outside of Cleveland. This one-day event will focus on technical cleanliness concepts, and establishing production and assembly cleanliness standards. Lev Pekarsky, a contamination and filtration specialist from Ford Motor Co., will be one of the featured speakers. His topic of "Technical Cleanliness Concepts for Supply Chain Management" was recently featured in an article in Products Finishing and Production Machining magazines. Other speakers expected at the conference include Markus Roessler, vice president of Glaeser Inc.; Peter Feamster, in product management at Jomesa North America Inc.; and Ben Abraham, in business development at Gateway Analytical. Registration for the event is $120 per person, which includes refreshments/snacks during breaks and lunch, as well as a cocktail reception the night before the seminar. To register, contact Feamster at Products Finishing, Production Machining and parent Gard- ner Business Media are the media partners for this event. Nucor Invests in Environmentally Friendly Chrome Plating Trion Coatings, which owns an environmentally friendly chrome plating process developed through a partnership between University of Notre Dame faculty members and the startup com- pany based at the university's IDEA Center, has sold a minority equity position in its parent company to Nucor Corp. As part of the agreement, Nucor will work with Trion Coatings to commercialize the technology by building the first commer- cial facility for the plating process at Nucor Fastener in St. Joe, Indiana. Nucor will hold exclusive worldwide license agreement rights for the technology as applied to long steel products. "We are very excited to invest in this cutting-edge technology, working together with Trion Coatings and the University of Notre Dame to create a much safer work environment, and advancing this to the commercial level," says John Ferriola, Nucor's chair- man, CEO and president. "As the nation's largest recycler, we are constantly looking for ways to increase the sustainability of our business and reduce the impact on our environment." Trion Coatings, which incubated at Notre Dame's IDEA Center, was formed for the purpose of developing an environmentally friendly alternative to hexavalent chromium in chrome plating. Its patent-pending process uses trivalent chromium salts and a proprietary ionic liquid solution that is said to offer faster elec- troplating speeds, improved wear resistance and overall higher performance results than traditional hexavalent chrome, while also offering an excellent health and safety profile. "We believe this technology represents a major advance- ment in allowing steel manufacturers to produce chrome- plated steel in a way that is efficient, environmentally friendly and safe for workers," says Doug Morrison, president of Trion Coatings and a 1997 graduate of Notre Dame. Verta Opens Architectural Coating Operation Verta has launched an architectural metal coating operation in Delano, Minnesota. The company was established in 1985 as the exclusive finisher for its sister company, Industrial Louvers, but is now branching out to new customers. "We are really excited about the interest and opportunities we have received from the market," says Brett Reinhardt, di- rector of operations. "Our process is unique and offers signifi- cant advantages, including high-quality appearance, durability and sustainability." Verta is a certified applicator of Valspar and PPG aluminum extrusion formulations. Its standard finish is Valspar's Fluro- pon Pure line of coatings. Extrusions and sheets as large as 2 feet wide by 6 feet high by 20 feet long can be processed within a standard setup. Larger sizes are also possible with special setup, the company says. Reinhardt says Verta illustrates a commitment to sustain- ability throughout all of its operations in that: • Its f acility and new paint line feature high-efficiency ovens that use a fraction of the energy of traditional ovens. • The w ash system will use rainwater captured from the building's roof for the wash process, reducing the amount of water used and the processing required to pretreat water for the system. • Water is filtered and recycled multiple times through the five-stage wash process, minimizing the amount of fresh rainwater required to fill the system. • The c ompany's new facility was designed and built to be ready for photovoltaic panels in the future. Reinhardt say all of these innovations contributed to sister company ILI's achievement of the International Living Future Institute's Living Product Challenge Petal certification. Visit or call 763-972-7030. NEWS

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