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Aluminum oxide abrasive products meet challenging applications

October 22, 2014

Norton | Saint-Gobain has expanded its Norton Rapid Prep™ nonwoven surface conditioning product line. The Bear-Tex® portfolio now includes a regular flex (RF) line of aluminum oxide (A/O) products that are suitable for demanding belt and quick-change disc applications. Combining A/O abrasive...

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Former Burbank mayor awarded lifetime achievement award for metal finishing

October 20, 2014

The Metal Finishing Associations of Southern California (MFASC) and Northern California (MFANC), chapters of the National Association for Surface Finishers (NASF), honored Bill Wiggins, former Burbank mayor and owner of Glendale-based Automation Plating Corp., with its Lifetime Achievement Award....

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Putting the finish first

October 16, 2014 | By Eric Lundin

R & B Wagner, Milwaukee, has had a primary role in the construction industry for more than 100 years. From its early days as a blacksmith shop, the company has grown to become a designer and manufacturer of handrail components and systems; a contract manufacturer for OEMs; and a first-rate finishing company, providing top-notch polishing services for other fabricators and manufacturers. Manufacturing Operations Manager Kane Behling and President Rick Kettler shared the company’s story with Editor Eric Lundin.

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AkzoNobel Powder Coatings opens Southwest service center

October 7, 2014

Global paints and coatings company AkzoNobel Powder Coatings, based in Amsterdam, Netherlands, has opened a service center in Tempe, Ariz., allowing local same-day delivery. The distribution expansion allows the company to market the more than 300 items in its Ready to Ship Generation III...

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Nylon abrasive disc brushes available

October 3, 2014

Brush Research Mfg. offers NamPower nylon abrasive brushes for surface finishing and deburring in OD applications. Suitable for use with automated equipment, the abrasive disc brushes come in a variety of sizes. Small diameters are available with a specialized toolholder for flow-through...

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Aqueous parts washer designed with modular features

September 30, 2014

Fountain Industries has introduced ECOMASTER™ series 7000 modular aqueous parts washing systems. Available in three models, the system has modular features that allow optional upgrades as required. The nonheated EM7000 parts washer has a 440-lb.-capacity working tray and 26-gal. soaking...

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Brush system offered for deburring

September 17, 2014

Hans Weber offers the MRB brush system for deburring. Using two round brushes per head and multiple rotating heads, the brushes mesh together during the combing procedure to create even deburring results. The modular design allows for deburring of parts of any material thickness from 0.04 in....

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Want to take up powder coating?

September 15, 2014 | By Larry Savage

As more metal fabricators look to increase value-added activities, they are considering adding a powder coating line. Before they do that, however, they need to know what's involved. They need to select a system that fits a specific footprint, can deliver the customers’ surface appearance and corrosion protection requirements, and meets budget constraints. In other words, they really need to do their homework.

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NASF accepting applications for science and engineering scholarship competition

September 8, 2014

The National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF) Educational Foundation, Washington, D.C., is accepting applications for its 2014 Scholarship Award Program. Open to national and international applicants attending an accredited college, the program supports student research in plating and...

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SAF names senior project manager

September 8, 2014

SAF (Southern Aluminum Finishing Co. Inc.) has promoted Kelly Marino to senior project manager at SAF Metal Fabrication division, Villa Rica, Ga. Marino, who served previously as junior project manager, has been employed at the company since 2006. In her new position, she does take-offs from...

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Stainless steel weld cleaning system delivers passivation, metal surface finishing

September 5, 2014

The TIG Brush® stainless steel weld cleaning system from Ensitech Inc. combines electricity, heat, and chemistry to deliver weld cleaning, passivation, and metal surface finishing. Its proprietary conductive brush applies cleaning fluid to the work surface, producing an electrochemical cleaning...

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Two-coat powder process fights corrosion

September 3, 2014 | By Dan Davis

A powder-on-powder process developed by Hartford Finishing in Wisconsin is providing customers with corrosion protection that they weren't getting with e-coat or other powder finishes.

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Coating tank delivers consistent heating

September 3, 2014

Marco Group Intl. has introduced the new Spraymaster® heated coating tank. The round tank, which features a stainless steel liner, provides superior mixing capability and simplified cleaning, says the company. The tank is available with general and intrinsically safe heating elements, and with...

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Chief Fabrication to open powder coating operation in Nebraska

August 22, 2014

Chief Fabrication, a division of Chief Industries Inc. in Grand Island, Neb., will open a newly built powder coat facility in August 2014. Once in full production, the facility will be one of the largest powder coat operations in the country, according to the manufacturer. The facility will...

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Specialty Metals Processing purchases Thomson Steel Polishing equipment

August 21, 2014

Specialty Metals Processing, a toll processor of special flat-rolled metals in Stow, Ohio, has acquired 13 abrasive belt polishing/grinding machines from Thomson Steel Polishing, a toll processor in Chicago that has closed its doors. The new equipment expands the company’s capabilities and...

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