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In this issue...

As we roll into autumn it would be interesting to find out if the finishing industry is

being affected by the lack of lorry drivers and staff in general. Hopefully this a short

term issue, but there is also the knock on effect of inflation in all sectors of the

economy, which is something we do not need as we continue to manage the pandemic

and the consequences that it has had on our lives.

In the news a new ‘colour of the year’ has been announced, plus there is the

announcement of the BCF nominees for their awards. Good luck to all who have been

nominated.

I have also noticed that a number of shows in the industry are set to take place in the

coming weeks, another sign that we are getting back to normal.

This is great news, but let’s still stay safe out there!

News

Newsdesk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Features

Casting off . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10

Passed with flying colours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14

Perfect polish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16

The latest ‘big win’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22

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Peak performance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24

Getting a top finish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26

All bases covered . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28

Facts about fire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30

Taking a shot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36

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New colour of the year announced

After stay-at-home orders and

too few face-to-face moments

over the last two years, people

are craving authenticity, nature

and meaningful human

interaction after living in a

mostly digital world. Introducing

the Johnstone’s Trade by PPG

Voice of Colour 2022 Colour of

the Year: Olive Sprig (PPG1125-

4) – a grounded, versatile and

highly-adaptable grey-green,

that represents optimism in a

post-pandemic world, building

on nature’s resilience.

Voice of Colour’s Olive Sprig

is a relaxed and enticing green

that brightens any space, it is a

flexible colour that lives well

inside or outside, and blends in

well with nearly any

environment.

“As many of us know

following a year of lockdown,

the easiest way to shift your

mindset is to change your

environment. While we begin to

trade comfy clothing for our

going-out gear, recipes at home

for restaurant reservations, and

a night in for a night out, our

paint colour preferences are

shifting too,” said Donna Taylor,

PPG colour expert, Johnstone’s

Trade. “People are growing tired

of the stark, neutral palettes of

yesterday and opting for colour

in all forms. Call it rebellion, but

we are certainly here for the

resurgence of optimistic colours

to guide us into a new era of

home and commercial design.”

Lending itself to be paired

with natural materials, Olive

Sprig looks effective alongside

unique architectural elements

and furniture with curved forms

to create a comfortable and

grounded space. The colour can

help create a sanctuary in a

bedroom or an office, and pairs

with brass accents and wood

tones on lower cabinets or other

building features.

Resilience, the need for

connection and inspiration from

nature were recurring themes at

PPG’s Global Colour Forecasting

Workshop. This annual event

brings together more than 30

PPG global colour stylists from

the automotive, consumer

electronics, aerospace, and

home paint and stain industries.

Over the course of several days,

the stylists analyse the trends in

lifestyles, demographics,

geographies, global events and

cross-cultural societal

inspirations to determine what

colours will resonate and

represent the PPG global colour

forecast, including the Voice of

Colour 2022 Colour of the

Year.

HMG Paints supports defibrillator campaign

HMG Paints is continuing its

support of the Minutes Matter

Campaign, alongside the British

Coatings Federation and its

members. The campaign has

seen HMG Paints and other

paint companies donate paint to

the conversion of iconic red

telephone boxes into lifesaving

defibrillator stations.

Community Heartbeat Trust

and BT have been working

together with rural communities

to turn disused telephone boxes

into Community Public Access

Defibrillator sites or cPADs. The

British Coatings Federation’s

paint manufacturer members

have stepped in to help preserve

these iconic structures in

communities, by arranging the

donation of free paint and

undercoat for renovation.

Communities who want to

convert their iconic telephone

boxes into Community Public

Access Defibrillator sites can visit

www.minutesmatter.org.uk.

“The whole world witnessed

the importance of defibrillators

during the Euro 2020

championship and we’re proud

to support the British Coatings

Federation in partnership with

the Community Heartbeat Trust

and BT to promote the

installation of defibrillators in BT

phone boxes across the UK”

commented John Falder, HMG

Paints Chairman. “We were

honoured to have provided paint

for the first conversion in Long

Wittenham and are elated that

since then 668 further kiosks

have been converted.”

Through this campaign it is

hoped to not only help save the

lives of the 30,000 people who

suffer cardiac arrest every year

but to also preserve a part of our

British heritage and culture, that

is so well represented by the

good old fashioned red

telephone box.

Ambitious

acceleration

The cycling accessories team at

Rodi – the €30 million

Portuguese manufacturer of

aluminum rims and wheels –

has found an innovative way of

accelerating its environmental

ambitions by switching from

anodizing to a more sustainable,

energy-efficient process using

Interpon powder coatings from

AkzoNobel.

Rodi needed an alternative to

anodizing that was durable,

sustainable, and capable of

delivering style with a lower

gloss finish. The answer was a

bespoke Interpon powder

coating that delivers a smooth,

soft ultra matt finish – with just

3% gloss. It also comes with

AkzoNobel’s X-Pro technology

which delivers better protection

against scratches, UV light and

the weather.

Rodi’s partnership with the

Interpon team is built on a

shared ambition to protect

natural resources and reduce

energy consumption. Rui

Mendes, manager of Rodi’s

Rims and Wheels business, says

he already has plans to further

increase production capacity

with the team’s support: “It’s a

formula that attracts the trust of

some of Europe’s largest bicycle

manufacturers including

ACCELL, Pon Holdings and

Decathlon,” he explains.

“We are serving an

environmentally conscious

audience who are pushing a

more sustainable agenda which

we take very seriously. For us,

this starts with the suppliers we

work with and the products we

use, and it is why we use

Interpon.”

The partnership began two

years ago when AkzoNobel

demonstrated how switching

from a previous supplier to an

Interpon 610 Low-E powder

coating reduced Rodi’s energy

consumption by 25%. Interpon

610 Low-E requires much lower

curing temperatures (170°C

compared to 195°C required by

the previous brand) and allows

them to coat 20% more rims

per box than was previously

possible.

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BCF award nominees announced

Deburring Expo set for October

This year’s DeburringEXPO will be held from October 12 to 14 as an

attendance event at the Trade Fair Center Karlsruhe in Germany.

Finally, users from various industries with a wide range of tasks in the

production steps of deburring and surface finishing will be able to

exchange information with suppliers in face-to-face discussions again

and find out about their new and further developed solutions in

person. The integrated expert forum with simultaneously translated

presentations (German English) also enables the crucial transfer of

knowledge on current developments and trends in these

manufacturing sectors.

Whether it's the automotive and supplier sector, machine and

equipment industry, medical device and pharmaceutical industries,

measurement, precision mechanics and sensor technology, tool and

mould making or energy and environmental technology - demand is

booming again in many branches of industry. The component

manufacturing sector, however, is facing new and changed tasks. This

is due to transformation processes, different production technologies

such as additive manufacturing, new and optimized materials and the

trend towards the automation and digitization of production processes,

as well as new regulatory requirements. As different as these may be

in the various industries, burr-free and optimally-finished surfaces

tailored to product specifications are playing an increasingly important

role. “On the one hand, the aim is to improve quality, precision and

energy efficiency in deburring and surface finishing. On the other

hand, it is about reducing costs,” explains Hartmut Herdin, CEO of

fairXperts GmbH & Co. KG and organizer of DeburringEXPO,

describing some of the key challenges facing companies.

Cutting investment

Nottingham-based Sign Up Systems has invested in a Blackman &

White Genesis V flatbed digital cutting system from i-Sub as it looks to

speed up its finishing process, diversify its work and produce new

products.

The company, which started out providing aluminium systems for

the signage and graphics industry, first diversified into print in 2016

when it invested in a dye-sublimation machine and a 3.2m UV roll-toroll

system. A few years later it installed further large format printing

equipment; a move which opened up a host of potential new avenues,

but also left the company needing to upgrade its finishing options.

"Finishing was definitely the bottleneck in our business," explains

Sign Up Systems' managing director Jon Bromhead. "We could print a

lot of work; we just couldn't finish it. We realised that what we needed

was that missing link - and, as it turned out, that was the Blackman &

White Genesis V cutter."

The British Coatings Federation (BCF) are pleased to announce the

shortlisted entries for the 2021 Awards. Despite a difficult year for

many we received a huge number of high-quality Awards entries

which made shortlisting decisions really difficult. The winners will be

announced at the Awards dinner on October 14th in Manchester.

Sustainable Innovation Award shortlist:

PPG Automotive Refinish – Moonwalk

BYK-Gardner – Spectro2profiler

BASF – Agilis

Customer Service Award shortlist:

Sun Chemical

AkzoNobel – Dulux Decorator Centre

Young Leader of the Year Award shortlist:

Cameron Starkey, IPL

Steve Coppin, U-POL

Natasha Ram, PPG Architectural Coatings

Natalie Hood, Jotun Paints Europe

Corporate Social Responsibility Award shortlist:

PPG Architectural Coatings

AkzoNobel

HMG

Excellence in Training Award shortlist:

U-POL

Jotun Paints Europe

Dulux Academy

Marketing Campaign of the Year Award shortlist:

AkzoNobel – Dulux Decorator Centre

PPG – Leyland Trade Smart

BASF – Glasurit

Apprentice of the Year Award shortlist:

Daniel Bower, Rakem Group

Nathan Eckersley, HMG

Josh Taylor, HMG

George O-Reilly, IPL

Diversity and Inclusion Award shortlist:

PPG Architectural Coatings

Jotun Paints Europe

UL

The shortlisted companies for both Coatings Care Awards, and

those shortlisted for the Student of the Year Award will be

announced in September.

Five star safety

The British Safety Council’s renowned Five Star Occupational Health

and Safety Audit has been revised and updated. It now places greater

emphasis on assessing how effectively an organisation manages the

combined risks to workers’ health and wellbeing, as well as business

resilience and recovery.

The Five Star Occupational Health and Safety Audit provides a

quantified outcome with detailed recommendations; it goes beyond

the requirements of current health and safety management standards

such as ISO 45001 and provides a structured route toward best

practice status.

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’Introducing QUALICOAT 3.0’

By Angus Mackie - QUALICOAT UK & Ireland Chair

Targeted results

Guyson International has recently installed a Guyson Euroblast 7PF

(Pressure Fed) blast system into Merlin Archery, a leading designer and

manufacturer of tournament shooting archery bows. The blast cabinet

is used to deliver a uniform bead blasted cosmetic surface finish on

their range of machined compound bows and to enhance the surface

topography of components before anodising.

After successful blast trials to meet the surface finish requirements,

overseen by Ben Jones the owner of Merlin Archery, were conducted

at Guyson's Skipton headquarters and manufacturing site, which has

remained open and fully working throughout the pandemic, Mr Jones

was happy to sign off on purchasing the new blast system.

The chosen Euroblast 7PF blast system is from Guyson’s premier

industrial quality range and delivers exceptional component access,

with doors opening to the front, top and side, and facilitates easy

loading of components into the internal blast chamber; which in this

instance has the width of 1480 mm to accommodate the longest of the

CNC machines aluminium compound bow parts.

Merlin Archery's blast system comprises a Guyson Euroblast 7PF

blast cabinet, model 75/16 Cyclone Reclamator, G27 Pressure Pot and

Guyson C400 dust collection unit and delivers fast (up to four-times

faster than suction fed systems), effective blast finishing on a vast array

of components. Large armhole sleeve/glove assembly allows the

operator greater flexibility of movement when blasting and external

roof-mounted LED lighting coupled with light coloured rubber curtain

lining offers additional cabinet protection and good contrast for parts

visibility.

SFChina on track

The 34th edition of SFCHINA is

on track to open its doors from

November 16 to 18, 2021 at Hall

E1 of the Shanghai New

International Expo Centre

(SNIEC), P.R. China. This year

we have planned a total gross

exhibition area of over 11,000

square metres. Over 190

exhibitors from 15

countries/regions (as of Aug 9,

2021) will showcase their new

products, services and solutions

in 3 exhibit zones, including

‘Electroplating & Finishing

Technology’, ‘Environmental,

Safety & Protection’ and ‘Coating

Applications & Coating Products’.

In addition to the physical

exhibition, SFCHINA will be

accompanied again with an

Online Show this year, bringing

exhibitors and visitors together

and helping them to match

businesses in a hybrid format.

Although the global pandemic

has somewhat constrained

market growth, the finishing

industry is consolidating and

picking up the pace as global

manufacturing industry has

gradually recovered in the

second half of 2020. Asia is

taking the lead globally due to

thriving construction and

automobile industries in

developing countries like India

and China.

In 1986 several national associations encompassing coaters of

architectural parts formed a quality label organisation called

QUALICOAT. The aim was to standardise procedures and increase the

quality of powder coatings for its membership.

As an association it is our membership who continue to work

together and undertake research which enables the QUALICOAT

Standard to be updated on a yearly basis. The aim of the membership

continues to be to produce the highest quality coatings for extended

life expectancy. With membership that includes the coaters,

pretreatment suppliers and powder manufacturers QUALICOAT

licences members encompasses the complete supply chain.

QUALICOAT is a worldwide organisation which works to a single

standard, so a specification by an architect in London for a

QUALICOAT finish will be coated to the same standard in any city

across the globe. Membership continues to grow and includes all of

the professional architectural coaters in the UK & Ireland. To ensure

standards are maintained coating members welcome unannounced

inspections twice a year by an association nominated test house.

Members who fail the inspection could loose their QUALICOAT

licence.

As with any applied finish, pretreatment is crucial to ensure that the

bond of the finish is maintained, one of the crucial elements is the alloy

substrate and its cleaning. In the QUALICOAT standard and the BS EN

1279, the surface is to be etched with acid or alkaline to remove

impurities which is followed by a pretreatment system that seals the

substrate and creates the key for coating adherence. QUALICOAT 3.0

goes further by looking at the alloy structure itself.

With the extensive research completed by the QUALICOAT

membership it is now recognised that the alloy makeup can effect the

extended life expectancy of the powder coating. Enter the

QUALICOAT 3.0 Label for premium corrosion resistance class.

The QUALICOAT 3.0 Label allows for the use of both primary and

recycled aluminium and is to be awarded to the aluminium extruder.

Aluminium QUALICOAT 3.0 requires an aluminium grade 6060 or

6063 where the relationship between alloying elements, extrusion

quality, microstructure and corrosion potential meet the details laid

down in the appendix of the latest QUALICOAT Standard. A

QUALICOAT 3.0 specification will require a coating member to carry

the ‘Seaside’ class membership as this is a prerequisite coating

procedure for QUALICOAT 3.0.

The aluminium extruder will then get the "Aluminium QUALICOAT

3.0 grade" Label after a satisfactory result the following tests; an

Optical Emission Spectroscopy test; an Anodic Cyclic Polarisation test

and an Metallographic Study.

QUALICOAT 3.0 will be driven by specifiers who are looking to

achieve even higher levels of robust coatings for extended service life.

Further information is available from QUALICOAT UK & Ireland.

The next QUALICOAT UK & Ireland members meeting takes place

on 19th October 2021, at the Arden Hotel & Leisure Club, Solihull ,

please contact the General Secretary, Jan Lukaszewski, via the

QUALICOAT UK & Ireland website, should you wish to attend. For

details on the availability of various colours and finishes contact any

QUALICOAT UK & Ireland member for more information. For

updated information about the use and specification of QUALICOAT

in the UK and Ireland, please visit the UK & Ireland Association website

at www.qualicoatuki.org

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Casting off

Various crucible melting methods are

used up to date for metal melting in

investment casting. Although widely

used, they have some disadvantages. For most

(non-reactive) materials ceramic crucibles are

used which can result in impurities or ceramic

inclusions affecting the quality of the cast part.

Reactive metals, e.g. Titanium alloys, are

melted in cold wall crucibles. The low

superheat and high power consumption in the

cold wall sealing process is a price for a

cleaner melting process. For the first time,

non-contact levitation melting can be used as

an alternative on an industrial scale, as ALD

Vacuum Technologies GmbH has succeeded

in increasing the previous limited weight

quantity of only 50g to unprecedented 500g.

Using numerical modelling the melting

experts have devised a new system design

that works with two alternating magnetic

fields, which allows these higher weight

quantities to be kept in levitation. Now with

FastCast various metals and alloys like

titanium, aluminum, or super alloys can be

melted reliable in a non-contact levitation

process without contamination and

subsequently casted in a mold. The process

allows a gentle, less turbulent filling process of

the mold, which is favored by a high-speed

take-off of the mold and therefore the low

relative velocity between free-falling melt and

sinking mold. The special and extensively

patented design allows strong superheating

with comparatively low power input which

favors “defect”-free casting resulting in

economic benefits and lower mould

preheating temperatures. The integrated mold

centrifuge coupled with the high superheat

enables the casting of highly complex and

filigree investment castings made of reactive

titanium alloys.

Ceramic crucibles are widely used for

casting nickel-based or iron-based alloys. They

are cost-efficient and to a certain extent allow

superheating, i.e. raising the temperature

above the liquidus temperature of the alloy.

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12 CASTING

However, these crucibles are rather unsuitable

for melting extremely reactive materials at

high temperatures, as this leads to an

inadmissible contamination of the melt. This

prevents the manufacturing of high purity,

near net-shape casting parts made of metals

and alloys such as titanium. By comparison,

the competitive cold wall casting technique is

more suitable for such materials but requires

high amount of power for melting the material

in water-cooled copper crucibles. Furthermore,

overheating is not very feasible with this

method, because most of the power required

for this flows directly into the cooling water of

the crucible and is, so to speak, dissipated.

Therefore, a melting process without the

material coming into contact with the crucible

(non-contact) would be desirable. The ALD

Vacuum Technologies GmbH had set itself the

goal of converting this principle into a fully

functional plant fit for industrial use.

“One process fairly suitable to start with was

the so-called levitation melting,” reports Dr.

Sergejs Spitans, R&D Process Engineer,

Physicist & Simulation Expert at ALD Vacuum

Technologies. “A ‘conventional’ levitation

melting uses an axisymmetric coil to create a

magnetic field in which metallic samples can

be contact-free confined and melted. The

problem is that Lorentz force confinement

vanishes on the symmetry axis and the melt

leakage is prevented in this lowest point of a

levitated melt only by the surface tension.

Therefore, only small molten metal samples up

to 50 g can be levitated in this ‘conventional’

way.” As part of his dissertation work and

under the supervision of Prof. Dr.-Ing. (Doctor

of Engineering) Egbert Baake from the

Institute of Electrotechnology (ETP) at Leibniz

University Hannover, Dr. Sergejs Spitans from

ALD used numerical models and various

experiments to find a way to significantly

increase the melt weight. Together with

engineers from ALD, a pilot plant was

developed where numerous aluminum-,

nickel- and titanium- (Ti-6Al-4V) alloys up to

500 g were successfully melted in high purity

without inclusions. The method applies two

horizontal and orthogonal electromagnetic

fields of different frequencies in order to exert

a Lorentz force also at the bottom of the

levitated sample. Therefore, the weight of the

charge can be increased and the charge can

be melted drip- and leakage-free. Levitation

melting prevents contamination of the molten

metal with the crucible material and results in

significantly higher alloy purity. In addition,

heat losses from the liquid metal are limited to

radiation and evaporation only, which allows

much higher superheat temperatures to be

achieved. The high superheat opens up new

avenues for mold design and thus for thinwalled

and complex castings such as medical

or aerospace applications.

From concept work to

industrial-scale pilot plant

After an extensive series of simulation-aided

design iterations, the optimized process was

transferred into a functional plant including

feeder, preheating furnace and casing. “The

final scale-up configuration has a modular

levitation assembly group that consists of four

ferrite poles and four inductors, each is watercooled

and protected by heat shields,”

describes Spitans. “The opposing inductors

form a pair that operates at the same

frequency and produces an instantaneous

magnetic field in the same direction. The

orthogonal orientation allows to compensate

the regions of the zero Lorentz force that

occurs if only one field is activated.” “Levitation

melting is only slightly more efficient than the

cold wall crucible, however, the advantages

like predefined melt purity, absence of the

skull scrap, fast melting speed and

tremendous superheat up to 250 C at the

moment of mold filling makes the process

extremely attractive for complex castings,”

Spitans adds.

To meet the demands of industrial

production, the pilot plant offers a semiautomated

process chain with up to 10 molds.

The upper housing contains a vertical feeding

unit of the pre-alloyed metal electrode to be

melted. The lift moves the mold to the upper

position right below the melting zone. The

melting starts as the lower end of the vertically

oriented Ti-alloy electrode is immersed in the

region of two-frequency horizontal and

orthogonal electromagnetic (EM) fields. EM

fields rapidly melt up to 500 g of material

from the tip of the electrode and

simultaneously confine the liquid metal in a

levitation condition. The electrode is moved up

and detached, the levitated melt can be

superheated. After that the melt is released by

retracting poles and it falls down under gravity

in the awaiting preheated mold. Instantly the

mold is accelerated vertically down to reduce

the relative velocity and to catch the melt

without splashing. Further mold deceleration

to a full stop and consequent spinning

completes the smooth and qualitative mold

filling. After that, the form exits through the

unloading chamber and the next cycle can

start. All in all, the cycle times are rather short,

with less than 60 seconds, making the process

very economical.

Plant can be used for test runs by

interested companies

Up to this point, almost all relevant titaniumand

aluminum-based alloys as well as super

alloys were cast successfully using the pilot

plant. To ensure the suitability and efficiency of

the system, common investment casting

components such as turbocharger wheels

were cast using the plant. Based on this

design, ALD is going to develop a production

FastCast system in cooperation with interested

users, specifically for the needs of their own

production. Feeding and mold number

(adapted to the mold shell) in particular will be

taken into account. Therefore, the

demonstrator can be used for test runs.

Although the actual plant is semi-automated, a

special department at ALD is working on more

features that meet the requirements of

Industry 4.0. For example, a digital twin of

each casting part can be generated to ensure

highest quality control. Since they are

individual casts, each part can be tracked

down to defects that may show up before or

after the casting. “The high purity, excellent

reproducibility, and continuous and automated

single batch production line favors a very high

casting quality, making non-contact levitation

melting particularly suitable for investment

casting parts in demanding sectors such as

aerospace and medical technology. We can’t

wait to move this process to the next level

together with industry partners,” Spitans sums

up.

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Advanced Surface

Technology

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14 NADCAP

Passes with flying colours

The Wallwork heat treatment facility in

Manchester, UK, has again passed its

Nadcap audit with Merit, making it the

largest scope for a single site in the UK,

covering nine check sheets. This creates a

one-stop aerospace heat treatment facility.

Nadcap accreditation is the highest level of

international aerospace approval and is vital

to doing business in this high-value sector of

the economy.

"At over 95,000 square feet, this is the

largest single-site heat treating facility in the

UK with this level of aerospace scope. From

a wide range of available treatments, we

provide aerospace engineers with a one-stopshop,

backed by extensive laboratory, quality

testing and technical expertise. We work with

them to create specific processes that meet

their exact requirements and unique needs,"

explains Wallwork director, Simeon Collins.

As a key supplier of metal heat treatment

processes to aerospace engineering primes

such as Airbus, BAE systems and Rolls Royce,

many commercial and defence aircraft are

flying today with components that have been

heat treated by Wallwork. From complex jet

engine and landing gear parts, to fasteners

and fixings, the company provides the same

attention to detail, quality and customer

service across all its sites based on the high

standards of its aerospace approvals.

Aerospace components sometimes require

the design and casting of special jigging and

furnace fixings. These optimise efficiency and

best value for the customer and provide a

platform for component stabilisation. To

ensure bespoke castings are made on fast

turnarounds to match customer

requirements, the company has its own onsite

foundry equipped with CAD/CAM

pattern making machines dedicated to this

process.

"Safety and traceability are vital to

aerospace, and retaining Nadcap

accreditation gives our customers confidence

that we have the quality processes in place to

partner with them. Our quality team and

staff work hard, and have been doing so

since our initial involvement with Nadcap in

2006, to ensure that we maintain these high

standards," added Simeon.

As always, the company's dedicated

commercial vehicle fleet is poised for speedy

pick-up and delivery of orders anywhere in

the UK – adding to the complete service the

company provides to the aerospace industry.

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16 POLISHING

Perfect polish

ABlack Country manufacturer that puts

the finish on boutique hotels, nuclear

reactors and life-saving medical

equipment has just completed its latest

investment drive.

Professional Polishing Services (PPS), which has

increased its workforce by 25% since lockdown

eased, has just installed a new dull polishing line

to help it boost capacity and achieve its target of

£2m sales by the end of 2022.

The company has spent over £250,000 on

the latest purchase and this gives it the

capability to apply a variety of finishes, such as

dull polish and satin finish, onto stainless steel,

aluminium, brass and copper sheet.

It comes just two years after it took

ownership of new extraction equipment, pick

and place systems and two Autopilot PHA

bright polishers with automated handling,

acquisitions that were only operational for six

months before Covid-19 struck.

“Anyone in the world can touch up to 30

things we have polished every day - not bad

for a small manufacturer based in West

Bromwich is it?” explained Kirsty Davies-

Chinnock, managing director of PPS.

“Like many firms, we’ve had to withstand

some tough times over the last eighteen

months, but the recovery is now back on and

we’re trying to put in place the technology we

need to meet escalating demand from pretty

much every sector, including automotive,

construction, food and drink, nuclear and

leisure.

“In the early days of the lockdown, we

furloughed everyone except two senior

managers and myself, who moved to the

shopfloor to ensure work for the medical

sector was completed. Before long we had to

call staff back, as we were polishing steel that

was going into ventilator stands and the big

vats that were helping to develop the

vaccines.”

She went on to add: “More than £750,000

has been invested in reinforcing our position

as a market leader in the last three years and

we are confident this will play a key role in us

achieving record performance over the next

twelve months.”

Professional Polishing Services offer a

bespoke stainless steel and non-ferrous

polishing service to a client base that spans

the world, with its efforts seen as far afield as

Hong Kong and Australia.

The company’s reputation for quality - all

processes are governed by ISO 9001:2015 -

and its commitment to fast lead times has

seen it grow sales by £500,000 in the last

twelve months, taking it to £1.7m by the

financial year-end.

Its strategy focuses on combining

investment in the best equipment and the

best people with a desire to tap into the

knowledge of local Universities, already taking

on two interns from WMG to improve

manufacturing efficiencies and process flow.

Kirsty continued: “There are plenty of

challenges in manufacturing, but I think we

are all really pleased with how the economy

appears to be bouncing back and we want to

make sure we play our role in the recovery.

“The latest investment will give us capacity

to take on new work and deliver faster lead

times, yet it isn’t the end of our spending. I’ve

already got my eye on another two machines,

which would be UK firsts for the polishing

sector.”

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18 PRE-TREATMENT

Aluminium surface treatment

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unit of BASF's Coatings division,

operating under the Chemetall brand,

which provides technologies with a sustainable

focus to optimize pre-treatment and anodising

processes with a complete product portfolio

for all types of aluminium finishing

applications.

Aluminium is one of the most commonly

used metals worldwide for many different

applications and industries. The requirements

for excellent paint adhesion and long-term

corrosion resistance are long established for

the pre-treatment of aluminium alloys.

Excellent long-lasting adhesion and corrosion

performance are achieved with Chemetall’s

GSB, Qualicoat and Qualanod approved

products and customised processes.

Chemetall offers a one stop supply package

providing the following:

• cutting fluids and coolants used in

extrusion and die shops

• cleaners, etches/pickles, conversion

coatings and additives used in pre-treatment

process

• cleaners, decorative etches, brighteners,

desmuts, anodising, colouring and sealing

systems used in anodising process

• waste water treatment products

• paint strippers

• extrusion die cleaning products

• Laboratory analysis one-off/contract basis.

Gardobond X products and Oxsilan

products meet the most demanding quality

requirements and combine eco-friendly

properties i.e. chrome free and heavy metals

free to multi metal applications and are now

widely used via all types of process

applications in the aluminium finishing

industry as the alternative to hexavalent

chromium.

Anodising aluminium offers an aesthetic

finish and long-lasting corrosion protection.

Chemetall’s anodising product range including

Gardo cleaners, additives for alkaline etching,

Gardacid desmut and the Gardo® Seal series

for sealing processes help the customer in

optimising the anodising process, maximising

efficiencies, and producing high quality in the

form of appearance and function.

Anodising finishes add creativity and

vibrancy into the construction industry,

bringing an element of uniqueness.

Examples of Chemetall s portfolio for

aluminium pre-treatment and anodising,

meeting all requirements of GSB, Qualicoat

and Qualanod specifications:

• Gardoclean – silicate free, borate-free and

phosphate-free cleaners and alkali etching

series.

• Gardacid – acid etches, free of HF with

special additives to avoid plant material attack,

reducing sludge build up, leading to lower

maintenance cost and extended bath solution

lifetime.

• Gardobond X Cr free series Nitrogen free

and Oxsilan thin film technologies for the

conversion stage, all Qualicoat and GSB

approved.

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20 INSTALLATIONS

Colour match

New filters launched

Hendor has launched its new filters for the surface finishing industry.

After years of research and testing, a completely new and significantly

improved design has been created. With this, we take a pioneering

step in manufacturing high quality filtration systems.

With the advent of new technologies and the search for optimum

efficiency, the company has developed a new, innovative design under

the leadership of its technical director Hessel Bohncke.

The new Hendor filters are even more user-friendly and efficient.

Completely new are the double-welded bases that ensure less pressure

loss, more flow, more reach and more energy efficiency of the filter.

Absolutely no concessions have been made on the quality of raw

materials, features or service-friendliness. The new filters consist of

fewer components, but are of course realized at the same high quality.

The filters will be offered in three series and will thus replace the

current variant. All available with filter plates or candles, in combination

with a magnetic drive or mechanical seal pump. These include the

series 3, 7 and 15. And that is just the beginning. More series and

products will follow in the future.

Aerospace alternatives

Indestructible Paint Ltd.’s commitment to developing alternatives to

chrome-based products has been enhanced through a further focus on

the aerospace industry by the performance paint and coatings

manufacturer. The company is set to continue its commitment to this

key field of corrosion protection for light alloys – one of the most

challenging application areas – as a result of new chrome replacement

target dates that have now been set for specific products by the

European Chemical Agency (ECHA).

“REACH authorisation for specific products that use pentazinc

chromate octahydroxide has been granted for 12 years to January

2031,” says Brian Norton, Indestructible Paint’s managing director, at

the company’s Birmingham office. “This relates to supplies of a

particular anti-corrosion primer that is used by our aerospace customers

on components that relate only to flight operations such as engine fan

cases and fuel tanks.” He points out that time is now available for

thorough certification of the latest generation of Indestructible Chrome

Free Coatings that meet the demands of these harsh environments.

“However, the overall company strategy, which has been a key focus

of Indestructible Paint’s highly regarded research and development

department for a number of years, is to continue development of

products that can replace those that include chrome pigments,” adds

Brian Norton. In Indestructible Paint’s case, this has pointed towards

developing specific anti-corrosion primers that are particularly relevant

to one of the world’s leading aerospace manufacturing companies.

“The agreement to extend the use of this particular primer beyond

the sunset date for pentazinc chromate octahydroxide recognises the

importance and complexity of the subject – which, of course, has an

important health and safety significance,” continues Brian Norton.

Datacolor has launched its latest

color tool, the RAL

COLORREADER for

professionals and consumers.

Combining the renowned color

legacy of RAL with the color

management expertise of

Datacolor, the RAL

COLORREADER lets you scan

the flat surface of any color to

instantly find its precise RAL

color match via its feature-rich

companion app. In addition to

providing accurate color matches,

users can tap on their color

match to find coordinating

colors, conveniently organized

into monochromatic, analogous,

triad and complementary color

Artistic effect

palettes, simplifying and

facilitating the color matching

and coordinating processes.

For the professional, the RAL

COLORREADER streamlines the

workflow process, allowing

architects, interior designers, and

painters the ease and ability to

accurately match paint colors

right from the job site without

having to remove wall samples

and take them to the paint store.

RAL COLORREADER also

provides precise color data (CIE

Lab, RGB, Hex, CMYK, LCH and

LRV) for digital design work,

allowing users to easily convert

color matches to other palettes if

needed.

The team at Hull-based Humber Galvanizing Ltd has helped protect

the long-term future of an iconic sculpture created to mark the 50th

anniversary of a local mineral mine.

Boulby Mine, situated near Staithes, North Yorkshire, is the UK’s

deepest working mine and was the first in the world to undertake the

commercial production of polyhalite – a rare mineral commonly used

as fertiliser. To mark its half a century, owners of the mine (ICL

Boulby), commissioned artist Katie Ventress to produce a

commemorative bench to showcase life underground.

A replica of the ‘Bait Tables’ that are located at the bottom of the

mine and where the miners sit to have lunch and conduct meetings,

the artwork comes complete with a ‘communications board’ featuring

tannoy, phone, and light plus a full-size figure of a modern-day miner.

The table-top itself is produced from a sheet of laser cut stainless-steel

incorporating information about the mine, as well as detailed map of

the underground tunnels.

The elaborate picnic-style bench took just over three months to

produce, after which it was sent to the team at Humber Galvanizing,

part of Wedge Group Galvanizing Ltd, for processing. After being

galvanized to protect it from the outside elements, the artist then used

acid etching to create striking highlight effects.

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22 CASE STUDY

The latest ‘big win’

The commissioning of a new MecWash

MWX400 has led to “big wins” for the

quality team at Croom Precision Medical,

the Co. Limerick based manufacturer of

medical implants and instruments.

Set up in 1984, the company is a FDAregistered

contract manufacturer of

orthopaedic implants, specialising in designing

and manufacturing components for the

medical device industry, and machining and

handling precious metals for use in a sterile

environment. Croom Precision Medical

supplies precision components and high value

consultancy services for medical applications,

like orthopaedics, trauma and extremities,

cardiovascular and vascular.

Croom Precision Medical, located in county

Limerick, Ireland, has invested €8.6 million

into its new production facilities,

manufacturing Class I, II and III medical

implants and instruments. Part of the

investment went into a MecWash MWX400

to support the exacting cleanliness standards

required of medical equipment, increasing

decontamination levels, according to Patrick

Byrnes, chief executive officer of Croom

Precision Medical.

“In the manufacture of Class II and III

medical implants here at Croom Precision

Medical, we must raise the bar on

qualification criteria to ensure that every

implant is prepared for sterility. After all,

everything we produce here ends up in a

human body somewhere around the world,”

Byrnes said.

“The MecWash system is utilised in our

validated production process. The system has

undergone full qualifications in installation,

operation and process. These conditions test

the process under ‘worst case cleaning

conditions’ according to a set of parameters

defined by our quality team.

“It’s imperative that our products for the

medical industry are cleaned with the

sophistication required. Everything in the

machining process, all oils, contaminants,

swarf, tissue papers; all of these elements

must be removed in the cleaning process as

the standards for medical equipment are so

stringent,” he adds.

Patrick said: “Previously we used a series of

single modular ultrasonic baths. We were

limited by volume, pressure and power. The

MecWash machine meets all of our

requirements and more by giving a

controlled, validated outcome on each

processing cycle. This was a big win for our

quality team where operator interference was

completely removed. In addition, the system’s

cycle time is a great deal faster, enabling our

operations team to get more production

through on a shift basis. It’s a big win.”

Croom Precision’s investment also brings

new advanced grinding machinery, CNC,

finishing and metal inspection machinery to a

factory floor being expanded by 30,000ft2.

Patrick Byrnes, chief executive officer of

Croom Precision, said: “In order to position

ourselves for continued success on the global

stage and attract new customers from the

North American and European markets, we’ve

made the necessary investments into new

equipment for our manufacturing facility.”

John Pattison, managing director of

MecWash, said: “This application of the

MWX400 is further proof of our credentials

within the healthcare industry. We have a

proud history of providing the immaculate

cleaning standards required by the medical

and precision engineering industries.”

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24 CASE STUDY

Peak performance

The performance paint and coatings

expertise that has long seen

Indestructible Paint Ltd. play an

important role in commercial and military

aerospace has now extended into one of the

most celebrated sectors of the industry. The

Birmingham-based company has developed

coating solutions for a series of propeller

blades that have been fabricated for the

famous Spitfire – meeting specific challenges

associated with the wooden material used.

Hercules Propellers, who have a leading

reputation for the production of propeller

blades for the leisure aircraft sector, have

been commissioned to manufacture propellers

as part of a Spitfire restoration programme

being undertaken by the Biggin Hill Heritage

Hangar. The need to ensure each blade is

fully protected from the rigors of operation

and the elements has prompted the

organisation to make the most of

Indestructible Paint’s expertise.

John Bourke, technical sales manager at

Indestructible Paint, emphasises key

considerations that have had to be

accommodated –

“Spitfire propellers are manufactured from

hydro lignum – an extremely dense wood

substrate that requires the protective coating

to bond and perform to the highest standard,”

he says. “We have therefore worked with

Hercules Propellers to design a coating system

that comprises a two-pack epoxy base coat,

two-component erosion coating, yellow

tipping paint and a clear semi-matt

polyurethane lacquer.“

The coatings were applied following the

shaping of the propellers from timber in a

dedicated machining centre installed by

Hercules Propellers at its premises in Stroud.

Trials were completed on a non-flight

prototype to prove the system before the first

set of four propellers for flight was completed.

“There can be few aircraft that are better

recognised or more iconic than the legendary

Spitfire which has a history that will be

acknowledged by millions of people in this

country and much further afield,” adds Brian

Norton, Indestructible Paint’s managing

director. “We have extensive experience in

developing coatings that are used in

aerospace manufacturing and maintenance

worldwide so are delighted to apply this

knowledge to a dedicated and significant part

of the industry.

“Rupert Wasey, managing director at

Hercules Propellers, and his team deserve

huge credit for the work they do in helping to

keep memories alive – with a little help from

the most advanced and modern coatings

technology available.”

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26 SPRAY GUN

Getting a top finish

In addition to the automatic model

TOPFINISH GA 1020/1030, the product

family of WAGNER airspray guns also

includes the manual gun TOPFINISH GM

1030P with paint connection. The new

TOPFINISH GM 1030G with gravity cup can

also be used for a wide range of applications

in a wide variety of industrial sectors, such as

the wood, metal or plastics industries.

Flexible application possibilities

For flexible processing of low- to highviscosity

materials with a high solids content,

the GM 1030G, just like the GM 1030P, has

a nozzle with a maximum material passage of

9 mm. All components in contact with the

material are made of durable stainless steel.

Solvent-resistant seals allow uncomplicated

use of the gun with both water- and solventbased

materials. Depending on the

application, a wide range of proven air caps,

nozzle sizes and other accessory components

can be used, each of which is also compatible

with the GA 1020/1030 and GM 1030P

models. The different hard plastic cups can be

used several times.

Proven technology for efficient

results

Just like the GM 1030P, the new gravity

cup variant also produces an extremely

uniform spray pattern thanks to various

functions. The optimized air channel ensures

very low paint mist and saves material

consumption. For process-reliable coating with

a consistent material flow rate, the GM 1030G

is equipped with a fixable needle stroke

adjustment. "This additionally optimizes

material use. Overall, an application efficiency

of up to 88% can be achieved during

coating," reports Peter Neu, senior product

manager at WAGNER. The large material and

air passages of the components also support

perfect atomization and at the same time

allow very fast working.

Durable components & easy

operation

As with all other WAGNER guns, great

importance has been attached to a long

service life and easy handling of the GM

1030G. Thanks to the two-part nozzle,

consisting of nozzle head and nozzle nut, it is

sufficient to replace only the nozzle head

when necessary instead of replacing the

complete nozzle. But that's not the only

reason for a significant reduction in the cost of

wearing parts: long-life needle packings and

solvent-resistant seals made of polyethylene

contribute to lower maintenance costs and

high availability. The desired spray jet width

can be set with just one rotary knob. The

gun's low weight and ergonomic design

support fatigue-free work even over longer

periods.

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28 CLEANING

All bases covered

Whether it is precision cleaning for parts

with particulate cleanliness

specifications in the nanometer range

and highest thin-film cleanliness levels,

complex deburring and cleaning

requirements, or application-specific

degreasing and cleaning – Ecoclean will be

presenting a complete program that provides

the technically and economically optimal

solution for every task at this year’s

parts2clean (hall 4, booth C 28). Some of the

systems will be showcased live. The

presentation also includes innovative

developments for automating and digitizing

the cleaning process as well as services

tailored to customer requirements.

Sectors such as the medical, optics,

electronics, machine tool industries and

manufacturers of production equipment for

the semiconductor as well as jewelry and

watch-making industries place different but

invariably extremely high demands on

component cleanliness. The SBS Ecoclean

Group will be presenting solutions to these

tasks in the high-cleanliness section of its

trade fair booth at this year's parts2clean (Hall

4, Booth C 28). This is also the first time the

new UCMSmartLine will be on show at a

trade fair. Thanks to its modular concept with

three to nine wash and rinse stages, the

compact ultrasonic immersion system can be

individually configured for preliminary,

intermediate and final cleaning tasks and

adapted to changing market conditions at any

time.

The general industry, which includes a

broad spectrum of sectors, produces parts

from a wide range of materials using very

different manufacturing technologies. Products

include, for example, cast and machined parts,

stamped, bent, pressed and deep-drawn parts,

or additively manufactured components. Not

only subsequent steps such as heat treatment,

coating, bonding, and assembly processes, but

also a long-lasting flawless functionality,

necessitate cleanliness levels in line with

requirements. For these tasks, the equipment

manufacturer - with probably the most

comprehensive range of cleaning equipment

in the main sector - will be providing

information on standard and customized

chamber systems for aqueous and solvent

cleaning, as well as on in-line immersion

systems. Equipped with application-specific

process technologies, such as high-pressure

cleaning, deburring, ultrasonic cleaning,

pulsed pressure cleaning, plasma cleaning,

passivation/preservation and drying, the

systems ensure that the increasingly stringent

requirements for particulate and thin-film

cleanliness levels in many sectors are met

reliably and at the lowest possible operating

costs. This also applies to the solutions that

will be presented to meet the new and

changed requirements arising from

transformation processes in the automotive

and supplier industries.

Ecoclean will also be showcasing futureoriented

solutions at parts2clean for

automating and digitizing cleaning processes.

Among these is an innovative cloud solution

that transmits defined data generated by the

machine control system via a secure

connection in encrypted form. They are

stored, evaluated, analyzed and intelligently

linked in the IoT platform using the latest

technologies and infrastructures. This results in

added value for the machine user in terms of

condition monitoring, production planning,

documentation, predictive maintenance and

connectivity.

Experienced customer service staff at the

“service island” will be on hand to answer any

questions on the use of the service app,

customized service concepts, training and

continuing education for customer employees,

as well as on machine modernization and

adaptation.

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30 QUALICOAT

Facts about fire

There has been a great deal of discussion

that has taken place of late over the

combustibility of the external envelope of

some of our high-rise dwellings where

aluminium composite panels (ACM)

containing flammable cores have been used.

These panels are in the process of being

removed and replaced to meet stringent new

standards. Insurance companies, mortgage

providers and other property stakeholders

have also had their part to play to mitigate

risk and have forced building owners to check

for ACM and other issues such as areas of

timber decking. All this will ensure a safer

building stock for our city’s high-rise

dwellings.

The surface spread of flame on a high-rise

dwelling can cause fire to spread quickly from

floor to floor and legislation is now in place to

ensure construction designs slow down the

spread of a fire through the building

envelope, or to stop it altogether, by correctly

specifying the materials used in the building

project. As a result, new and refurbished

buildings deemed to be high-rise, over 18m in

England (11m in Scotland), will be

considerably safer.

Of late members of QUALICOAT UK &

Ireland have seen a rising number of powder

coating specifications that request an ‘A1’

classification for combustibility under BS EN

13501-1. When traced back through to the

specifier, the origin of this requirement largely

stems from property stakeholders who are

misguidedly attempting to mitigate their risk

by exceeding the current guidance, standards

and legislation currently available. This can

add both complexity and costs to projects

without any benefit or reduction of risk.

When applied at standard industry

thicknesses, architectural Polyester Powder

Coating (PPC) achieves an ‘A2-s1,d0’

classification. This classification is required for

compliance to the amended Building

Regulations 2010 (Approved Doc B: Fire

Safety) Nov 2018 and accepted as providing

the necessary protection from the surface

spread of flame on high-rise construction and

other legislated buildings.

Ultimately, PPC does not promote

combustibility or fire spread when tested to

BS EN 13501-1. This is further supported by

the testing required for London Underground

approval, often lauded as a barometer of fire

safety. This requires compliance to EN 45545,

where spread of flame is measured objectively

(ISO 5658-2) unlike BS EN 13501-1 which

involves visual assessment only. Furthermore,

PPC smoke production is extremely low or

non-existent (s1) with no flaming droplets

(d0). On the chart of combustibility, ‘A2-s1,d0’

sits just under the ‘A1’ classification.

It is important to assess the cladding

system holistically and not just the

performance of the constituent parts under

BS EN 13501-1.

The predominant fire test for the whole

external cladding system is BS 8414. This

provides another route to compliance for

buildings under 18m which requires materials

to meet the performance criteria given in BRE

report BR 135 for external walls using fullscale

test data. The test itself involves a 9m

high wall with a complete cladding installation,

including the fixing of panels and insulation. It

is therefore a through-the-wall test.

When tested to these stringent fire safety

standards, PPC performs as well as anodised

and pre-coated aluminium sheet material. The

three images for each of the tests show the

cladding after the test, then with cladding

removed and then with insulation removed to

show the membrane.

A blanket specification of ‘A1’ restricts the

choices of colour for the facade, also it will no

doubt incur increased supply costs and shows

a lack understanding of the standards and

current best practice. But, irrespective of

whether aluminium cladding is ‘A1’ or ‘A2-

s1,d0’ classified, the critical aspect is to ensure

the full system is specified, configured and

installed correctly. This ultimately governs all

safe cladding installations.

In closing, QUALICOAT UK & Ireland

firmly believe that the ‘perceived’ reduction in

risk is not necessarily mitigated by moving

from ‘A2-s1,d0’ classification to ‘A1’.

Members of QUALICOAT UK & Ireland

believe education on the subject is required

and will be approaching the relevant

property stakeholders, such as insurance

companies, local councils, developers and

building funders. QUALICOAT UK & Ireland

will make representation to protect the

industry, to ensure specification freedom and

to negate unnecessary surface finish costs.

A more detailed guidance note is available

on the QUALICOAT UK & Ireland website.

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32 ELECTROPLATING

A cost-effective solution to

retouching electroless nickel

Widely used across multiple industries,

nickel and nickel alloy surface coatings

create a tough finish that can possess

significant wear and anti-corrosion properties.

This makes these coatings indispensable for

critical applications, especially where harsh

conditions are prevalent such as in aerospace,

marine, petrochemical, and the oil and gas

industries. In particular, Nickel-Phosphorous

plating alloys have grown in popularity due to

several unique physicochemical properties.

While Nickel-Phosphorous alloys can be

applied electrolytically, they are more

commonly applied through an electroless,

autocatalytic process due to the unique ability

to provide coating uniformity across complex

geometries – making them ideal for OEM

components. Known as electroless plating, this

technique does have some drawbacks though.

Namely, this is when you need to repair or

replate electroless Nickel-Phosphorous (ENP)

coated parts.

To explain, as ENP plating happens in an

immersion tank, replating of already coated

areas can cause the part to be out of

tolerance due to excess buildup of material.

To overcome this, there needs to be either

significant – if not cost prohibitive – masking,

or risky chemical stripping of the entire part

before replating.

There is an alternative to the above though,

and that is selective electroplating. This

process is focused only on limited, specific

surfaces of a part rather than the entire

geometry, so the issue of coating uniformity

across varying geometries is no longer a

concern. Consequently, when it comes to

repair, touch-up and refurbishment of ENP

coated parts, the selective plating process

provides a viable option that can save

significant time and cost. Components that

might ordinarily be scrapped, can be saved all

without compromising the quality or integrity

of the part.

The Traditional ENP repair

option:

The traditional method of retouching or

repairing ENP components, involves stripping

and replating the entire part; requiring the

removal of the component from its setting,

immediately creating downtime.

There are other significant

drawbacks to the traditional

method of ENP repair as well.

The repair of damaged ENP components

often involves chemical stripping of the entire

part which can come with the substantial risk

of damaging the part beyond repair. While

masking is possible, it can be complex and

time consuming. Similar issues apply with

original equipment manufacture, where mismachining

after plating can compromise

quality, leading to scrap and waste. Equally,

even small damage such as minor scratches in

transit can result in rejection of the part.

So, while returning components for

electroless nickel plating is an option, it

inevitably involves more time, cost and risk.

Which is where selective plating such as the

SIFCO Process® really come into its own, as

many world-class manufacturers have

discovered.

The advantage of being

selective.

With selective plating, the key word is

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34 ELECTROPLATING

definitely ‘selective’. Nickel plating that mirrors

the performance characteristics of ENP can be

applied accurately to small and clearly defined

areas without the need to immerse the part in

a plating bath. This does away with the need

to replate the whole part, and in many cases,

the need to disassemble components too.

More importantly perhaps, the plating

equipment can be taken to the part and

applied in situ, eliminating the need to remove

it and all the associated costs of downtime and

delays.

So how does it work, and how

effective is it?

Selective electroplating is actually a longestablished

technology, originally developed in

1938. Today, the SIFCO Process® of selective

plating has approvals across multiple

industries, including military, aerospace, and

energy, and comes with powerful

recommendations.

In selective (or brush) plating, an electric

current is run through a circuit which is

completed when an anode – the plating brush

– touches the component to be plated. This

allows the deposit to flow onto the negatively

charged part. This entire process is done

without the need to immerse the part in a

traditional plating tank. The deposit can be

applied accurately and reliably to very

localized areas without the need for postmachining.

Deposition rates are also up to 60

times faster than tank plating, further

minimizing downtime.

Plating portability.

Though it can be automated, selective

electroplating is an effective manual process

requiring minimal equipment – typically a

portable kit which can be easily carried to

facilitate the spot retouching.

Apart from portability and being able to

repair specific areas, the plating quality of the

SIFCO Process® is comparable to tank plating

in terms of performance, hardness and

adhesion. Just like traditional tank plating

methods, selective plating forms a

metallurgical bond to the base material. The

selective plating process can also deliver good

results on aluminum substrates that may

require ENP touchup.

An Electrolytic Nickel-

Phosphorus Option for Selective

Repair:

SIFCO ASC has a specially developed

coating - 5709 Nickel-Phosphorous – the

same plating alloy used in electroless nickel

plating. What is unique about 5709 Nickel-

Phosphorous is the ability of the plating

operator to adjust plating parameters to apply

different levels of phosphorus content

depending on the specific application. Thus,

with one plating solution, both low and high

phosphorous type coatings can be applied

depending on the desired surface

characteristics. When applied with a high

phosphorous content, the coating structure

changes from crystalline to amorphous,

resulting in a coating with superb corrosion

resistance properties.

Finally, the SIFCO Process offers a range of

environmentally safe alternatives. It also uses

less energy and produces less effluent waste

than tank plating, and brings considerable

environmental benefits too.

For operations committed to in-house

resources, the process can also be automated

to deliver consistent application during both

pre-treatment and plating. Data logging and

traceability can be added to the list of benefits.

An optimal solution.

Electroless nickel plating is an established,

effective and necessary process, improving the

corrosion resistance of components across

virtually all industry sectors. However, it is not

an ideal solution for repairs and retouching,

largely because for repairs, it requires the

removal and replating of the whole

component. This, in turn, adds time and cost

to operations.

As a tried and tested alternative, selective

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ease, speed and convenience. Most

importantly, it creates a tough, corrosion

resistant finish on even the smallest areas,

preserving the function and integrity of the

component while minimizing downtime and

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36 SHOT BLASTING

Taking a shot

The beginning of the B+S

Metallbearbeitung GmbH dates back to

the year 1959. The company, founded

by Herbert Bickel, specialized early on in

jobshop services in the field of mechanical

surface treatment, such as mass finishing. In

1991 Mustafa Sahin became an employee of

the B+S Metallbearbeitung GmbH located in

Murr in Southern Germany. Since 2004 he

held a 50 % share in the company. When the

founder decided to withdraw from the

business in 2007 for health reasons, Mustafa

Sahin became the general manager. He

recognized quickly that in order to remain

competitive and run the business successfully

in the future, the outdated equipment had to

be replaced with modern machinery. In

addition, to strengthen the company’s

competitive position in the market he decided

to expand the service portfolio with additional

finishing operations. An important aspect of

this expansion strategy was to process the

customer’s work pieces safely and consistently

and to use high-quality equipment that could

be operated round-the-clock.

The best equipment technology

for each mass finishing

application

The general manager remembers: “In a first

step I talked with different suppliers of mass

finishing equipment. Among them was also a

Rösler employee. I was impressed by the

broad Rösler equipment range and the

excellent engineering of the high-performance

machines, which can be utilized for all kinds

of finishing tasks. Another important

consideration was that Rösler produces all its

mass finishing consumables in-house. This

means that equipment, media and compound

can be perfectly adapted to our requirements

and that I can resort anytime to the

experience and knowhow of the Rösler test

lab. Above all, the relationship with the

colleagues from Rösler is excellent.” In 2008

Mustafa Sahin decided to purchase a linear,

continuous flow mass finishing vibrator, model

R 425/6600 DA, that was technically adapted

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SHOT BLASTING 37

to the company’s requirements. In subsequent additional shot blast machines. The general

years the company purchased two additional manager continues:

continuous flow machines, 14 rotary vibrators “Generally, shot blast equipment is subject

and three centrifugal disk finishing machines, to significant wear. Therefore, depending on

all from the equipment manufacturer in how intensively they are used, we are selling

Untermerzbach.

our shot blast machines after 3 to 5 years as

used equipment. This allows us to always be

Service portfolio expanded by technologically up-to-date and to offer our

shot blasting and work piece customers the best possible results at

cleaning

competitive prices.

Irrespective of the first negative effects of With the work piece cleanliness

the financial crisis, in 2008 the entrepreneur requirements becoming more demanding, the

invested in a shot blast machine to expand his company took advantage of another

service package. In this case Mr. Sahin opportunity to expand its service portfolio.

decided to also purchase Rösler equipment. “I Mustafa Sahin reports: “In numerous

assumed that the quality of the shot blast conversations with our customers we learnt

equipment was comparable to the excellent that many companies wanted to outsource the

quality of the mass finishing machinery. cleaning of their work pieces and that they

Through intensive consultations and the deep were looking for a reliable job shop for this

knowledge about shot blasting we could gain service. We found that work piece cleaning

through our discussions with the Rösler was an excellent opportunity to expand our

experts, we determined that a continuous flow surface treatment activities.” After

shot blast machine was the right product for comprehensive research and a thorough

us,” reports Mustafa Sahin. A major

market analysis the customer chose a water

characteristic of the shot blasting process is based cleaning system from Rösler. The work

that the equipment is subject to considerable piece cleaning operations are taking place in

wear. Therefore, a good technical service with conjunction with mass finishing, shot blasting,

short turnaround times were key factors in the a 100% quality control and/or packaging. But

decision for Rösler. “As a job shop we cannot the cleaning services are also offered

afford long wait times for a service engineer separately. In the meantime, work piece

and spare parts,” adds the general manager. cleaning has become a core competency of

Through the continuous expansion of its shot the company and will be further expanded. In

blasting job shop services, in the meantime this respect the general manager is looking for

B+S Metallbearbeitung has purchased six a cooperation with a laboratory specializing in

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A market position that has been

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With its philosophy to react to the individual

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38 FILTRATION

Time to upgrade?

Hi-line Industries is able to offer a costeffective

and proven way of meeting

the ongoing demand for replacement

compressed air filters. Rather than pay for

expensive and often low-efficiency OEM

filters, an increasing number are turning to

Hi-line’s vast range of alternative elements,

which frequently provide an ‘upgrade’ on

competitor solutions at less cost.

Hi-line is not only renowned for its

proprietary range of high-quality filter

housings and energy-efficient elements, but

its vast range of alternative elements to

‘upgrade’ and replace competitor products.

There is no longer any need to pay a

premium for replacement compressed air

filters as Hi-line’s alternative range of flow

elements can cost circa 60-70% less than

those available from compressor

manufacturers. When considering there could

be four elements on one system, the saving

is significant.

The alternative elements produced by Hiline

provide an exact match with the size and

connection specifications of the originals. Hiline’s

elements offer at least the performance

of the original, although in many cases they

actually provide higher performance because

the company upgrades the technology. For

instance, Hi-line uses pleated filter media

rather than wrapped as it offers four times

the cross-sectional area of standard elements.

The larger cross-sectional area provides a

number of important advantages, including

lower pressure drop, which in turn saves

energy as the compressor does not have to

work as hard to force air through the filter.

Further benefits include higher

contamination-holding capacity, longer service

life and greater flow characteristics - all for

less financial outlay.

Hi-line alternative filter elements with

‘pleated’ media allow the original housing to

give users the high-performance, low-cost

filtration features enjoyed by Hi-line filter

elements. However, Hi-line can of course

supply its own die-cast aluminium filter

housings, which are subject to alu-chrome

treatment on both external and internal

surfaces, and finished (externally) with a

tough epoxy baked-on paint in compressed

air blue (RAL 5015). These treatments provide

long-term protection, even when subject to

the harshest of conditions.

Another major advantage of using Hi-line

is availability. The company stocks alternative

elements worth a total of more than £1

million at its Midlands factory, ensuring circa

167,000 filter elements/cartridges are

available for next-day delivery and installation.

The Hi-line sales team takes advantage of

fully computerised cross-referencing software

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40 ABRASIVES

Abrasive action

With new advances in abrasive

technology, machining center

operators are able to complete surface

finishing simultaneously with other machining

operations, to speed cycle times, improve

quality and save on off-line finishing time and

costs. As a result, contract machine shops are

increasingly turning to abrasive finishing tools

that can be easily integrated into CNC

machines carousels or tool holding systems.

However, in doing so, questions inevitably

arise about the use of abrasive materials in

expensive CNC machining centers. The

concern is often a generalized impression that

“abrasives” – like sandpaper – release large

amounts of grit and debris that could clog

coolant lines or damage exposed slides or

bearings.

“These are very expensive, very accurate

machines,” says Janos Garaczi, president of

Delta Machine Company, LLC, a machine

shop specializing in complex, tight tolerance

parts made of titanium, nickel alloys, stainless

steel, aluminum, plastics and other exotic

alloys. “I wouldn’t do anything to jeopardize

the accuracy or lifespan of the equipment.”

Fortunately, a closer examination of abrasive

tools demonstrates that these concerns are

largely unfounded. Although “abrasives” are

often all lumped into the same category, a

distinction must be made between abrasives

used for aggressive material removal and

abrasive finishing tools. Finishing tools release

little to no abrasive grit during use, and the

amount generated is comparable to the metal

chips, grinding dust and tool abrasion created

during the machining process itself.

Even if minimal fine solids are produced,

the filtration requirements for abrasive tools

are not much different than for machining.

Any particulate can be easily removed using

inexpensive bag or cartridge filtration systems,

according to Jeff Brooks of Filtra Systems, a

company specializing in industrial filtration

systems including for CNC coolant.

“A disposable media vacuum filter or

pressure filter is the most cost-effective option

for the end user for filtration that will achieve

the high clarity levels required,” explains

Brooks.

“For fine honing work, I would recommend

a 20-micron bag or cartridge filter at

minimum to catch any fine solids and

adequately protect the tool, the sump pump

and keep the coolant ports from clogging,”

says Chris Erato, director of sales at Oberlin

Filter, another leading manufacturer of

separation filtration for CNC coolant systems.

For CNC operators interested in a fully

automated pressure filtration systems, there

are units that eliminate the need to remove

bags or clean magnetic separators that

maximize production uptime.

Case Studies from the CNC Shop

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According to Tim Urano, quality manager at

Wolfram Manufacturing, any additional cost

for filtration related to the use of abrasive

tools is so negligible it is “not really a

consideration because filtration systems are

already required to remove particulate from

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ABRASIVES 41

the coolant generated during the machining

process itself.”

At his shop, that includes scale, grit and rust

created by cutting through raw stock.

Wolfram Manufacturing is also machining

more 3D parts made of Inconel, which can

release fine metal powder into the coolant that

isn’t fully sintered.

As for abrasive tools, Urano says Wolfram

Manufacturing has, “never ever experienced

any problems caused by abrasives in our

cutting fluids.”

For the past eight years, the machine shop

has incorporated the Flex-Hone in all CNC

machines for cross-hole deburring and surface

finishing. The Flex-Hone from Los Angelesbased

Brush Research Manufacturing (BRM).

Characterized by the small, abrasive globules

that are permanently mounted to flexible

filaments, the product is a flexible, low cost

tool utilized for sophisticated surfacing,

deburring and edge-blending.

Removal of burrs and sharp edges in crossdrilled

holes and other difficult-to-access areas

such as undercuts, grooves, slots, or internal

holes is critical. Failing to remove burrs can

cause blockages or create turbulence in the

flow of fluids, lubricants and gases through

critical passages.

“On a given part, we might deploy two to

three different size Flex-Hones, depending on

the number of cross port intersections and

different hole sizes,” explains Urano.

The Flex-Hones are added to the tool

carousel and are used daily, usually several

times an hour, on some of the shop’s highest

volume parts.

“The volume of abrasives that could even

possibly come off of the Flex-Hone is

insignificant compared to the rest of the

particulate that gets into the coolant,” explains

Urano.

At Delta Machine in Gardena, Calif.,

automated crosshole deburring is also

integrated into the CNC machining process.

“When you use the Flex-Hone for

deburring, all you are doing is removing the

burr. It doesn’t create much dust,” adds Delta

Machine’s Garaczi. “So, for me, any grit or

dust released is zero concern. It is not like we

are grinding inside the machine with powder

everywhere – this is not the same at all.”

Abrasive Nylon Filaments

For Eric Sun, founder of Orange Vise

Company in Orange County, Calif., even

cutting tools such as carbide drills and end

mills can create debris that must be filtered

from the coolant.

“Some machine shops might say, ‘I don’t

use any abrasives in my process; therefore, my

machine is completely free of all particulate

matter,’ but that is not the case. Even cutting

tools can wear down and the carbide can

come loose and get into the coolant,” says

Sun.

Although Orange Vise is a contract

manufacturer, the company primarily

machines vises and quick-change fixturing

components used in CNC machines out of

aluminum, steel and cast iron. The company

utilizes four Mori Seiki NHX4000 high speed

horizontal machining centers and two vertical

machining centers.

According to Sun, many of the vises are

made of cast iron with selectively hardened

surfaces. To match the surface finish of the

hardened surfaces, Orange Vise uses

NamPower abrasive disc brushes from Brush

Research.

Composed of flexible abrasive nylon

filaments bonded to a fiber reinforced

thermoplastic base, the NamPower abrasive

disc brushes contain a unique combination of

both ceramic and silicon carbide abrasive. The

abrasive filaments work like flexible files,

conforming to part contours, wiping and filing

across part edges and surfaces to deliver

maximum burr removal rates along with an

ideal surface finish. Other common uses are

edge blending, part cleaning, and rust

removal.

To complete the surface finishing operation,

abrasive nylon brushes are installed in the tool

loading system of each CNC machine.

Although abrasive grit is involved, Sun says

the NamPower brush is a “different type of

abrasive” because it is essentially “selfsharpening.”

Because of its linear construction,

sharp new grains constantly come in contact

with the work surface and wear off exposing

fresh cutting particles.

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Finishing - September/October [...]

2021


42 DIGITAL FINISHING

Binary solution

Since the first DM-Liner was introduced

in 2014, LEONHARD KURZ has

continuously developed its digital

finishing solutions. Based on a foundation that

has been installed worldwide, KURZ's third

generation of DM-JETLINER and DM-

UNILINER 2D delivers tried-and-tested

technology with improved design and customtailored

features.

From foil to paper labels: The

Panorama Portfolio

In addition to optimizing digital finishing unit

functions, this KURZ innovation has also

increased the number of potential substrates:

From plastic to paper, a broad assortment is

available. Thanks to this recent expansion, the

lineup ranges from products like shrink sleeve

labels to coated and uncoated papers

Thanks to the unique ‘inkjet on transfer layer’

technology, the surface to be printed remains

unchanged, despite the large number of

possible substrates. For customers this means,

on the one hand, precision control of

processes, and on the other, less time and

effort, because no in-depth knowledge is

required for production at consistently high

quality. It has never been easier to facilitate

design options and add shimmering

metallization when refining your own products.

DM-JETLINER: A wide range of

capabilities

The DM-JETLINER is ideal for companies

that already produce digitally printed labels

and would like to expand their design options.

This digital finishing module is easily

integrated into the production chain of an HP

Indigo 6900, thus allowing metallization

without changes to existing processes. The

DM-JETLINER applies finishes inline during

the preprint process, subsequently

overprinting them in the same process step.

DM-UNILINER 2D: The

independent all-rounder

The DM-UNILINER 2D also applies finishes

with glossy metallization and bright color

effects. This stand-alone production unit can

be used independent of printing systems and

processes. It is a solution that provides

preprint or postprint finishing, making the

DM-UNILINER 2D system suited to

companies that value flexibility with a high

degree of finishing automation. In particular,

because order size is not decisive here,

appealing decorations can be applied to

smaller product runs and special editions as

well.

Sustainable, efficient solutions

from a single source

Both the DM-JETLINER and the DM-

UNILINER 2D combine the advantages of

digital finishing over those of classic

embossing processes. They are foil-saving

units with minimal set-up time and high

printing speed, and are thus a sustainable

finishing solution that significantly reduces

energy consumption. Embossing tools are

moreover no longer necessary, while waste is

also held to a minimum because fewer test

runs are required than with conventional

methods.

And there is another factor which increases

process efficiency. As a one-stop shop,

LEONHARD KURZ provides perfectly aligned

systems, from the machine and consumables

such as transfer products and ink, to service.

The experts at KURZ are glad to assist

customers with queries related to technology

and production, both via remote support and

on-site service.

Finishing - September/October 2021


44 HEALTH & SAFETY

Safeguarding lone workers

with technology

Communication amongst teams is an

essential part of conducting an efficient,

effective and safe business. But when it

comes to selecting a communications device

to appropriately safeguard the lone workforce,

with a growing number of options, choosing

the right solution that addresses the needs of

employees and the business as a whole, can

be challenging.

Businesses need a way to combine

different functions, such as communication

and lone worker protection into one

streamlined device. A smartphone is often the

first choice for procurement managers in this

instance. We’re all familiar with them in our

personal lives, but is this necessarily the best

option for every job role?

There are a number of considerations to

take into account. For example – do staff

need to be contactable all of the time? What

if employees work in remote parts of a plant

alone, in the evenings or at weekends? For

those workers to feel safe and the employer

to fulfil its duty of care, there must be a way

for them to raise an alarm to get the

immediate support they require in the event

of an emergency.

Providing lone workers with a

communication device to contact staff in an

emergency would mitigate some of the risk.

But bear in mind that in 2019-2020 there

were 20 fatal incidents and 66,000 non-fatal

injuries within the manufacturing sector alone.

Having a communication device would

certainly be better than nothing at all but if a

worker falls from height, gets struck by a

moving object or comes into contact with

machinery – does a communication device

offer enough protection? If workers can’t call

a number or communicate easily and inform

colleagues where they are, then this form of

protection will leave them and the business

horribly exposed.

However, providing staff with a device that

is easy to raise an alert such as a panic button

and can trigger alerts automatically if they’re

rendered unconscious, can ensure that staff

are better protected against the ongoing

incidents that occur within the sector every

year.

Better still by combining different functions

into one streamlined device means that

workers don’t need to carry around multiple

different handsets, which can be a common

occurrence when businesses address lone

worker challenges in isolation. While this isn’t

necessarily an issue, it can mean unnecessary

expense as hardware is duplicated. Most

importantly, organisations should work with

experts to ensure they have the right device

for their requirements and infrastructure

setup, for example buying lone worker

devices that work in areas with limited mobile

connection if required. Additionally, panic

buttons, tilt and no-motion sensors and other

comprehensive lone worker protection

functions can all be integrated into one

device. Based on smartphone technology,

devices can be compact and robust, capable

of reliably transmitting communications and

alerts over 2G, 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi networks.

While technology is important in detecting

an emergency situation, the process that

follows to ensure a timely and appropriate

resolution to an incident is just as critical. If an

incident were to happen, how quickly and

easily could the emergency services locate

and treat the individual? Consideration of

how responders can locate the member of

staff in an emergency must therefore be a

priority. Any lone worker solution should have

the ability to provide location information,

such as GPS, or for indoor location, WiFi

access points or beacons, as staff could be

spread over a huge distance on a

manufacturing site, for example.

In any emergency response scenario,

response teams will need to work together to

locate the critical employee and to coordinate

the first aid team and emergency

services. When seconds count instant

communication is critical to ensure a timely

resolution – especially if a worker’s life may

be at risk. But rapid communication is also

important for a critical machinery incident – if

experts or support can be reached with

simply the press of a button, then any parts,

tools, actions or advice needed can be

delivered immediately. Companies that

deploy technology solutions such as

integrated Lone Worker and communication

devices – for example, Push to Talk over

Cellular (PoC) or Digital Radio – can ensure

that all employees are connected, optimising

communication, collaboration and employee

welfare.

Finishing - September/October 2021


Gas Process Burners

Lanemark gas burner systems offer users reliable, high efficiency,

process heating solutions.

FD-C high turndown oven/

dryer air heating burners.

Midco HMA high efficiency,

high turndown, air replacement

or “make-up” air heating burners.

FD-GA modulating gas + air

process air heating burners.

FD-E low cost high turndown

oven/dryer air heating burners.

TX high efficiency small diameter

immersion tube tank heating

systems.

FD Series Packaged Oven/Dryer Burners

• Specifi cally designed for process air heating applications in convection

ovens and dryers

• High turndown/short flame lengths providing accurate process

temperature control

• High effi ciency gas + air modulation, gas only modulation and simple

high/low control options

• Heat Input Range: 9 kW – 1550 kW

TX Series Gas Fired Process Tank Heating Systems

• High effi ciency (80%+) heating of all types of spray and dip process tanks

• Compact high effi ciency small diameter immersion tube heat exchangers

occupying minimum tank space

• Accurate performance modelling using Lanemark TxCalc design software

• Heat Input Range: 15 kW (1½") – 1150 kW (8")

Midco HMA Series Air Replacement or “Make-Up” Air Heating Burners

• Direct fired, high effi ciency burner systems, for high volume air heating

applications such as paint spray booths, ovens and dryers.

• Supplied either as Midco burner heads for OEM system integration or

as Lanemark DB or FDB complete packaged systems including modulating

gas valve trains and controls

• Wide range of firing rates to suit alternative temperature rise and air

velocity system requirements

• DbCalc system design software

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46 WORKSHOP

New bulk blast machine

Precision Blast Systems is a

supplier of abrasive blast

equipment and has launched a

new large bulk blast machine

capable of running several

operators. This is new to the UK

and part of the company’s

redesigned ECO range which is

unique in the field of abrasive

blasting.

The machine is a new size in

the redesigned ECO range. It is

designed for large scale jobs

where it is capable of running up

to 3 operators working

independently, there is an

optional bulk bag frame which

allows a bulk bag of abrasive to

be mounted above the machine

for easy refill.

The ECO range is designed

for more precise blasting with

economic and environmental

benefits as follows:-

• No slow abrasive starting

shot, the pre-pressurised vessel

gives instant response

• Fast decompression by the

two decompression valves with

double silencers

• Can be set up for dry or

wet-blasting

• Precise abrasive metering for

Laser data capture

Lasering touches an enormous

range of industrial processes and

consumer products around the

world, with operators adopting

ever faster systems to drive

productivity.

To support this growing

market, BOFA – a leader in

portable fume and dust

extraction – has adopted a

global approach to diagnostics

and data capture through its new

iQ2 operating system, launched

on its latest AD Oracle

technology for the laser market.

iQ2 unlocks more

performance data than ever

before, but to ensure this

translates into value adding

information for operators, BOFA

has incorporated smartNAV

reduced abrasive consumption

and less dust.

• (Spare) parts can be easily

removed for quick maintenance

• No pressure drop due to

large pipework

• Reduced waste and

environmental pollution.

• Less energy needed to attain

the required blasting pressure

• Less compressed air

consumption means less

compressor fuel / power

consumption.

This new size compliments the

existing range of sizes from 40

litre to 200 litre which have also

been redesigned to make them

more compact.

layout and multiple language

options as part of the platform.

As Richard Heard, product

manager at BOFA International

explains: “BOFA extraction

technology for lasers reaches just

about every corner of the world,

thanks to technological

innovation and the drive for

productivity gains.

“With iQ2, we have

introduced internationally

recognisable icons, real-time

system visualisation and smart

navigation to make it easier than

ever before for customers to

view key performance data,

overcoming any local language

barriers.

“As a result, users can quickly

review system filter status,

temperature, percentage motor

running and operating efficiency,

along with any visual alarms–

which can help maximise filter

life and head-off potential issues

before they impact on

production.

In control

GEMÜ now offers its control valves GEMÜ 567 BioStar control, 567

eSyDrive and 567 servoDrive in new nominal sizes.

The GEMÜ 567 BioStar control, 567 eSyDrive and 567 servoDrive

control valves are designed for aseptic applications and are based on a

unique sealing concept: PD design. This type of design has been

developed by GEMÜ in order to unite the advantages of diaphragm

valves with the advantages of globe valves. The valve's geometry allows

for a hermetic separation of the actuator from the media flow and a

high level of control accuracy. Quantities of 80 l/h right up to 63,000

l/h can be safely controlled, as well as batched quickly and precisely.

The GEMÜ 567 BioStar control, 567 eSyDrive and 567 servoDrive

aseptic control valves are now available in nominal sizes DN 8 to DN

50.

New to the UK market

Fraser Technologies is offering its latest halogen-free (HF) solder paste

to the UK market.

Newly developed by leading global soldering solutions provider,

KOKI, the HF S3X58-HF1100 solder paste provides a market leading

powerful wetting performance, equivalent to conventional halogen

containing solder pastes, whilst still complying with the Halogen-Free

standard (Cl+Br = 0ppm): BS EN14582.

The S3X58-HF1100 paste offers all-round soldering performance for

general purpose applications, along with improved environmental and

health and safety credentials.

Despite being HF, the solder paste maintains a low activation level at

room temperature while still providing excellent melting and wetting

performance during the reflow process. It also excels for ICT testing,

flux splattering, voiding, printing performance, tackiness and electrical

reliability by adopting powerful-wetting and flux coagulation

techniques.

The paste also offers enhanced usability, exhibiting superior printing

response with over one hour stencil idle time.

FinishingSeptember/October 2021


PMD Chemicals Limited

401 Broad Lane • Coventry • CV5 7AX

T: 024 76 920 168

info@pmdchemicals.co.uk

www.pmdchemicals.com

PMD CHEMICALS ……Your trusted, reliable partner for all your Chemical

processing requirements, in an industry where supplier choices have

become limited, dependability really matters.

PMD was formed as a limited company

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experience of research, development and

supply of its own formulated products from

its modern facilities in Coventry, England.

Success has been achieved through

continuous development of process

chemistry and a consistent understanding

of the ever changing requirements of the

GMF Industry. Our focussed approach of

dedicated customer service is unrivalled

and our ability to work alongside our

customers to solve problems and create a

process that is technically advanced and

cost effective makes PMD a reliable partner

in today’s market.

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Anti-Tarnish Corrosion Protection

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Ancillary Products

Base Chemistry

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Contact a member of the team

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Products & Services

Stewart Freshwater

tel: 01923 437615 • fax: 01923 432770

email: s.freshwater@turretgroup.com • web: www.turretgroup.com

Leading manufacturers of

Jigs, Racking systems, Baskets, Heaters, Coils and many other

products for the Anodising & Electroplating industry

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abrasive blast cleaning equipment

coating applications

computer systems

HODGE CLEMCO LTD

Abrasives

Blast Rooms

Blast Cabinets

Portable Blast Machines

Paint Spray Equipment

Abrasive Recovery

Safety Equipment

Dust Collection

Spray Booths

Servicing

Training

Tel: 0114 254 8811

36 Orgreave Drive, Sheffield, S13 9NR

www.hodgeclemco.co.uk

Supplier and manufacturer of

abrasive blast cleaning and surface

treatment equipment since 1959

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conveyor systems

Overhead Conveyors

& Lifting

Equipment


EM/RF shielding

A business unit of Curtiss-Wright Surface Technologies

Please contact us on:

01386 421444

www.emcoatingsuk.co.uk

T. 01926 813111

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complete finishing plant

(paint or powder coatings)

abrasives

boilers

R.D.M. Engineering Ltd, Est. 1951

Stakehill Lane, Stakehill,

Middleton,

Manchester M24 2RW

Tel: 0161 643 9333

Fax: 0161 655 3467

Web: www.rdmengineering.co.uk

E-mail: sales@rdmengineering.co.uk

Contact: Mr R. Horwich

spraybooths • rooms • ovens •

conveyors • pretreatment • powder

plant • air replacement units

CALDAN Conveyor Ltd.

Kirkleatham Business Park

Redcar • TS10 5SH

Tel. +44 1642 271118

salesuk@caldan.dk

www.caldan.dk

Caldan Conveyor Solutions -

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High Carbon Steel Shot and Grit.

Medium Carbon Steel Shot and Metal

Bead. Stainless Steel Cr and Cr/Ni.

High Chrome Grit.

Aluminium Oxide.

Full Technical Support.

Tel: 01952 299777 Fax: 01952 299008

Email: sales@pometon.co.uk

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Modern Coil Type Steam

Generators & Fire Tube Boilers

• 100Kg/h – 25,000Kg/h

• High efficiency – up to 96%

• Low overall emissions

• Improved safety

• Simplicity of control

• Quiet, clean & cool in operation

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49

effluent treatment plants

electrophoretic coatings supplier

infra red emitters

www.neutralac.co.uk

TENNANTS

TENNANTS DISTRIBUTION LIMITED

Polypropylene Tanks

PVC Tanks

PVC/GRP Tanks

Bund Tanks

Tank Linings

Rubber Linings

HDPE Tanks

Established 1976

Fume Scrubbers

Fume extraction

Pipework

Ducting

Repairs & Refurbishment

Flexible PVC Linings

Guards in all materials

One off Fabrications and installation

Tel: 01543 462 802

Email: plasbrun.plastics@outlook.com

Web: www.plasbrunplastics.co.uk

t Bruest ATEX-certified

Flameless Gas

Catalytic Infrared Heaters

t Gas-saving industrial ovens

t “CATBOX” box ovens for

wood-finishing

t Servicing, spares & repairs for

most brands of catalytic heaters

electrophoretic coatings supplier and applicator

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• BESPOKE COLOURS AND EFFECTS TO CUSTOMER SPECIFICATIONS

• ALL FINISHES AVAILABLE WITH ANTI-BACTERIAL CAPABILITY

Hawking Electrotechnology Ltd

T: +44 (0) 1384 483019

E: sales@hawking.co.uk • W: www.hawking.co.uk

electroplaters

COPPER n CHROME n POLISHING n IRIDITE NCP n GOLD and SILVER

BRIGHT ACID TIN n MANGANESE PHOSPHATE

n CHEMI BLACK COLD and HOT n ZINC and CLEAR/COLOUR/BLACK

NICKEL BRIGHT/DULL n ANODISING CLEAR/COLOUR/BLACK/HARD

Units 1 & 2, Dawkins Road Industrial Estate, Hamworthy, Poole, Dorset BH15 4JP

Tel: 01202 677939

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hooks & jigs

Masking • Hooks • Jigs

HangOn Ltd

Leintwardine, Craven Arms,

Shropshire, SY7 0NB, UK

Tel. +44 (0) 1547 540 573

Fax. +44 (0 1547 540 412

Email. sales@hangon.co.uk

Web. www.hangon.co.uk

Unit 1b Brown Lees Road Ind. Est. Forge

Way, Knypersley, Staffordshire ST8 7DN

Tel: + 44 (0) 1782 511880

www.thermocatalytic.com

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laquers

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Hi-Tek stocks not only an extensive range of

masking products including plugs, tapes, caps and

discs, but also has the distinction of being the

European distributor for the US based TOLBER

range of lacquers and

associated products. Hi-Tek

imports bulk supplies from

Tolber and converts or

decants into commercially

usable volumes for the UK,

and European trade. The

association with Tolber has

evolved over many years.

metal plating and polishing

finishing systems

jigs & baskets

• Water wash spraybooths

• Water treatment chemical additives

• Paint separation solids removal systems

• Dry filter spraybooths

• Fixed or portable spraybooths

• Sprayroom enclosures

• Air replacement systems

• Full installation and commissioning

• After-sales service and maintenance

• Spray process engineering

Product complies fully with current environmental

protection and health and safety legislation

Unit 4 Brook Road Industrial Estate,

Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 2BH

T: 01202 840900 • F: 01202 889477

www.dynaclean.co.uk • sales@dynaclean.co.uk

SALT&SADLERLTD

• Automotive • Aerospace • Oil & Gas

• Petrochemical • Defence • Medical

• Precision Engineering

Specialist manufacturers in:

Jigs • Baskets

Coils • Heaters

Fasteners • Tanks

0121 622 3887

info@saltandsadler.co.uk

www.saltandsadler.co.uk

Leading manufacturer of Jigs,

Racking systems, Baskets, Heaters,

Coils and many other products for the

Anodising & Electroplating industry

www.Supreme-Eng.com

Tel: 01283 529314

Fax: 01283 529316

Sales@Supreme-Eng.com

September/October 2021 - Finishing


50 for all your classified needs call Stewart Freshwater on: 01923 437615

masking

pre treatment chemicals

pumps & filters

BC METAL FINISHING

B C

M F

METAL FINISHING TREATMENTS

FINISHING PLANT AND EQUIPMENT

METAL FINISHING CONSULTANTS

Contact: Brian Carroll

Specialist in Phosphate Pretreatment Chemicals

B C METAL FINISHING SERVICES

7 RAVENSWOOD DRIVE

HEATON, BOLTON BL1 5AJ

Tel: 01204 495818

brian@bcmetalfinishing.co.uk

ptr treatment

Hi-Tek Products Ltd

oven stoving & curing

2A Dawkins Road Industrial Estate

Hamworthy, Poole,

R.D.M. Engineering Ltd, Est. 1951

Dorset BH15 4JP

Stakehill Lane, Stakehill,

Tel: 01202 661300

Middleton,

E-mail: jane@hitekproducts.com

Manchester M24 2RW

Web Site: www.hitekproducts.com

Tel: 0161 643 9333

Contact: Jane McMullen

Fax: 0161 655 3467

Masking Caps • Tapes/Discs • Tapered Web: www.rdmengineering.co.uk

Plugs • Tubing • Pull-Through Plugs E-mail: sales@rdmengineering.co.uk

• Custom Design • Stopping-Off Contact: Mr R. Horwich

Lacquers • PTFE Lubricant

spraybooths • rooms • ovens •

conveyors • pretreatment • powder

plant • air replacement units

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nylon coating powders

Tel: +44 12 96 43 37 54

Fax: +44 12 96 39 22 85

Email: sales@nyloncolours.co.uk

powder coating manufacturers

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NYLON

A TOUGHER COATING

Nylon Colours Ltd manufactures

Nylon Coating Powders for

Electrostatic or Fluid Bed.

A wide range of colours including

metallics is available.

Nylon Colours is also the UK distributor

for RILSAN range of Nylon Powders.

precision cleaning & degreasing

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pump & filtration specialists





Aqueous Cleaners/Degreasers

Metal Brightening Solutions

Alkaline and Acid Etches

Desmuts/Deoxidisers

Chrome passivates and treatments

Qualicoat Approved Non-Chrome

treatments

Phosphates and Non-phosphate

treatments

Pickling Solutions

Paint Strippers

Special Formulations

and Approved Systems

Supplied with technical support

and advice

Tel: + 44 (0) 1978 660 297

Fax: + 44 (0) 1978 661 104

E-mail: info@almetron.com

Web: www.almetron.co.uk

SERFILCO

Pumps, Filters

and Agitation

Systems

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TITAN Auto Backwash Filter

Carbon Purification & Cartridges

Premier Washed & Pleated Reusable

Drum and Air Diaphragm Pumps

● Electric Immersion Heaters

Tel: 0161 775 1910

Fax: 0161 775 3696

SERFILCO delivers

clear solutions

E: sales@serfilco-international.com

www.serfilco.co.uk

salt spray environmental

cabinets

rectifier equipment

Switchmode and SCR DC Power Supplies

for any metal finishing process.

Options include:

Local / Remote control.

Constant Current / Constant Voltage.

PLC controllable. Touchscreen control.

Process timer. Ampere hour / minute meter.

Digital meters. Outputs fully recordable.

Outputs from 10 Amp x 6 V to 6000 Amp x 200 V.

Prices available on request

For more information please contact us on:

Tel: +44 (0) 121 526 6847

Fax: +44 (0) 121 568 8161

e-mail: sales@britishelectrical.co.uk

Website: www.britishelectrical.co.uk

To advertise email

Stewart Freshwater

s.freshwater@turretgroup.com

spray nozzles

The Sherwin-Williams Company

UKAS/NADCAP CERTIFIED SALT

FOR SALT SPRAY TESTING

Supplied in 5Kg and 25Kg Packs

To meet the requirements of:

ASTM B117 • ISO 9227 • DIN 50 021

and all other standards.

Full traceability guaranteed.

SPECIALIST LAB SALT LTD

Paytoe Lane . Leintwardine . Craven Arms.

Shropshire . SY7 0NB

Telephone: 01547 540573

Email: sales@specialistlabsalt.com

Website: www.specialistlabsalt.com

media services

R

V

E

A

Web Design

& Development

The shoemaker’s son always goes barefoot.

It’s the same in many industries, we never get the time to look after ourselves. We’ve been far too busy creating beautiful websites and

building successful email campaigns for clients that our site relaunch has been pushed back again. This is not a complaint though, it’s what

we at Reva call a nice problem, plus it shows that with us the customer indeed does come first. If you would like to push our website

further down our to-do list contact us for a chat.

T. 01932 567505 • chat@reva.co.uk

Finishing - September/October 2021


for all your classified needs call Stewart Freshwater on: 01923 437615

spray booths

Excellent surfaces

WAGNER offers a wide range

of systems and products for

perfect coating solutions in

liquid and powder.

Applying

Feeding

Mixing

Controlling

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spray nozzles

SPRAY NOZZLE PRODUCTS FOR PRE-TREATMENT

tanks & protective linings

Polypropylene Tanks

PVC Tanks

PVC/GRP Tanks

Bund Tanks

Tank Linings

Rubber Linings

HDPE Tanks

Established 1976

Fume Scrubbers

Fume extraction

Pipework

Ducting

Repairs & Refurbishment

Flexible PVC Linings

Guards in all materials

One off Fabrications and installation

Tel: 01543 462 802

Email: plasbrun.plastics@outlook.com

Web: www.plasbrunplastics.co.uk

thermal fluid

Thermal Fluid

Heating

Technology now

for the future

• Up to 50% energy savings

• Compact size

• Easy & safe to use

• Works up to 350°C

• Low exhaust emissions

• High efficiency

• Requires no specialist

knowledge

Tel: 020 8953 7111

info@babcock-wanson.com

www.babcock-wanson.com

• Quick Release Nozzles

• Quick Release Stand pipe couplers

• Eductors

• Air Knives

• Pipe Supports

• Complete Pipe Systems

Tel No. 01273 400092 • Fax No. 01273 401220

E-mail. info@beteuk.com

BETE Ltd, PO Box 2748, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 4HZ

water purification

Purified Water Systems

■ Deionisers

■ Reverse Osmosis

■ Filtration

■ Rinse Water Recovery

Fast Responsive Service

Your problems solved

Unit K, Country Park,

Avenue Two, Station Lane,

Witney, Oxon, OX28 4YD

Tel: 01993 892211

Fax: 01993 892212

www.wychwood-water.com

Water Purification Plant Experts

Personal & Professional Service at

Competitive Prices

• Reverse Osmosis

Plants

• Water Softening

Plants

• Particulate Filtration

• Wastewater Recovery

• De-Ionisers

• Water Treatment

Consultancy

T: 01622 871 877

E: sales@puretechsystems.co.uk

W: www.puretechsystems.co.uk

To advertise

please call

Stewart Freshwater

on 01923 437615 or email

s.freshwater@turretgroup.com

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The most important guide

to the UK surface treatment

industry, the Finishing

Industries Yearbook 2022,

will be published in

November 2021. Now in its

44th year of publication,

the Finishing Industries

Yearbook has evolved

to be the comprehensive

reference source to this ever

changing market.

The Finishing Industries

Yearbook 2022

edition will be the

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most comprehensive

ever published,

with over 950+

businesses and over

450 products.

The Finishing

Industries Yearbook

2022 will also

contain –

n A comprehensive

A-Z section

complete with full

company contact

details

n An up-to-date

Classified Guide

listing finishing

products by supplier

n An up-to-date

Regional Guide

listing sub-contract

finishers by their

area of operation.

n Up-to-date

information relating

to the ownership

and description of

key Trade Names.

n Directory of

key Associations

representing the surface

finishing industry.

To advertise contact:

Stewart Freshwater

(Display) on

+44 (0)1923 437615

or Barbara Williams

(Classified) on

+44 (0)1923 437616

Booths & Systems

Wagner Spraytech (UK) Ltd.

Tel. 01327 368410

enquiries@wagner-group.com

www.wagner-group.com

Editorial Calendar

Each issue of Finishing Magazine

includes the following

regular columns:

4 News and views 4 Products

4 A-Z company shorts

4 Business and technical issues

4 Personnel changes 4 Company focuses

4 Questions and answers

4 Special reports 4 Company forecasts

4 Industry comment

For Editorial enquiries please contact:

John Hatcher, EDITOR, • E: j.hatcher@turretgroup.com

4 Plus monthly special features

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2021:

n Robotics n Anti Corrosive Finishing

n Advanced Surface Technology

n Precious Metal Finishing n Annual Review

PLUS FINISHING INDUSTRIES

YEARBOOK 2022

JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2022:

n Solvent Recovery n Pre-Treatment Chemicals

n Conveyors n Mechanical Handling and Jigs

n European Legislation

September/October 2021 - Finishing


Poison under control.

SLOTOLOY ZN „Generation VX“

The alkaline zinc-nickel processes SLOTOLOY ZN „Generation VX“ are operated with an anode (special anode VX 1)

specially adapted to the process and respective additives. Because of this, the formation of breakdown products and cyanide

on the anode is inhibited. The practical application at customers showed in converted electrolytes that even the cyanide

content is reduced actively.

Advantages of the zinc-nickel

processes „Generation VX”

· No cost-intensive membrane technology necessary.

· Improvement of current efficiency and appearance.

· Simple conversion of existing electrolytes.

· Low additive consumption.

· The formation of cyanide is significantly reduced and

may falls below the detection limit.

· Since there’s less non-active tetracyanonickelate there’s

a lower demand of nickel.

Decrease of the cyanide content after the conversion to

SLOTOLOY ZN „Generation VX“

cyanide content [mg/L]

500

400

300

200

100

0

0 500 1000 1500 2000

bath throughput [Ah/L]

Schloetter Co. Ltd.

Abbey Works

New Road, Pershore

Worcestershire WR10 1BY

United Kingdom

T +44 (0)1386 552 331

info@schloetter.co.uk

www.schloetter.co.uk

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