Products Finishing

SEP 2018

Products Finishing magazine is the No. 1 industrial finishing publication in the world. We keep our readers informed about the latest news and trends in plating, painting, powder coating, anodizing, electrocoating, parts cleaning, and pretreatment.

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NEWS / COLUMNS tECHNICAL EXPERTS 6 The Finishing Touch / Tim Pennington The Misguided Fear of Innovation 8 Finishing Industry News Researchers Create Super-strong Aluminum Alloys 50 Never Finished / Matthew Kirchner Sleep-deprived Employees Put Themselves at Risk 54 Gardner Business Index / Michael Guckes Finishing Industry Holds Gains in July 56 End of the Line: Stacey Bales Owner, Bales Metal Surface Solutions 14 TOP SHOPS: LIQUID / POWDER COATING The owner of Burkard Industries in Clinton Township, Michigan, has been gunning for the No. 1 spot in the Products Finishing Top Shops Benchmarking Survey since the program began. This year, Jay Burkard and his team came out on top. Check out the Top Shops from our 2018 Benchmarking Survey. 34 Plating / Mark Schario, Columbia Chemical Converting to Trivalent Chrome from Hexavalent 36 Liquid Coating / Steven Romer, Sames Kremlin Selecting a Touch-Up Gun for an Automatic Finishing System 38 Powder Coating / Rodger Talbert Fixing Adhesion Failures and Bubbles in Coating on Zinc 40 Anodizing / Mark Jozefowicz, Reliant Aluminum Pdts. Solving White Spots on Black Anodized Parts 22 28 42 INNOVATIONS LaRon Michelle Brown, a technical specialist at Ford Motor Co., says her experience with Elsyca PlatingManager software has enhanced the automaker's production process. 22 Aluminum and Acid-Etched Surfaces Decreasing the concentration can lead to problems. 28 Climate Control for Liquid, Powder Coatings Air make-up units can provide improved results. 32 Electronics: Rhenium as a Superconductor Plating process paves the road for supercomputers. PRODUCTS FINISHING (ISSN 0032-9940) is published monthly and copyright © 2018 by Gardner Business Media Inc. 6915 Valley Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45244-3029. Telephone: (513) 527-8800. Printed in U.S.A. Periodicals postage paid at Cincinnati, OH and additional mailing offices. All rights reserved. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Products Finishing Magazine, 6915 Valley Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45244-3029. If undeliverable, send Form 3579. CANADA POST: Canada Returns to be sent to IMEX Global Solutions, P.O. Box 25542, London, ON N6C 6B2. Publications Mail Agreement #40612608. The information presented in this edition of Products Finishing is believed to be accurate. In applying recommendations, however, you should exercise care and normal precautions to prevent personal injury and damage to facilities or products. In no case can the authors or the publisher accept responsibility for personal injury or damages which may occur in working with methods and/or materials presented herein, nor can the publisher assume responsibility for the validity of claims or performance of items appearing in editorial presentations or advertisements in this publication. Contact information is provided to enable interested parties to conduct further inquiry into specific products or services. 2 SEPTEMBER 2018 — ELECTRONICS CONTENTS VOLUME 82 / NO. 12 / SEPTEMBER 2018 EMPHASIS PRODUCTS FINISHING

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