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May/June 2022 – Volume 46 Number 3 – ISSN no. 0264 2506

In this issue...

Inflation is up and I am sure the finishing industry knows this better than anyone. With

fuel costs having risen exponentially, the energy hungry finishing industry is bearing a

heavy price. It would be interesting to get some feedback as to whether these costs can

be passed on to customers or are companies having to suck up the increased costs? I

imagine it is a bit of both in order to stay in business. Also are companies embracing

energy efficient solutions to counter these rising costs?

We do have some good news stories in this issue, with Carlisle Fluid Technologies

opening a new training centre and the CBA’s annual lunch returning. I’m not so sure

that these are the green shoots of recovery, but it does show that life might be getting

back to normal and that people are now interacting again.


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Swings and roundabouts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10

Increasing output . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12

Enhanced sustainability . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14

Versatile measurement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16

How to measure gloss . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18

Under the spotlight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22

Slowing down the process . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26

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Annual lunch returns

The Chemical Business Association (CBA) has welcomed its member

companies and guests to its Annual Lunch, the biggest event of its

kind in the UK’s chemical supply chain. Returning after a Covid

enforced absence and often better known as the ‘Floggers Lunch’ it

took place at the prestigious Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane,

London, with over 900 people in attendance including VIP’s and

dignitaries from around the world

In a change to previous years, both the previous Chair and the CEO

gave speeches along with the current CBA Chair, Kate Mingay. The

speeches all recognised that the CBA has grown to be the voice of the

UK chemical supply chain industry since it was founded almost a

century ago, and that it has been able to adapt and evolve to continue

assisting and supporting members, not least through the challenges of

recent years.

Karen Harvey, membership manager commented, “All our members

have felt the impact of multiple and significant disruptions, and whilst

these brought many challenges, they also presented opportunities and

the CBA has been instrumental in helping our members throughout

these uncertain times.”

This year’s guest speaker, Clive Anderson, gave a witty and

entertaining speech.

Clive also joined Kate to present the prestigious Responsible Care,

Community Interaction and Young Person Awards and to recognise

the winners from the last two years. Michael Cooper, the CBA’s

Responsible Care Specialist commented “It was pleasing to see that

the calibre of entries continues to be high despite the challenges of

the last few years.”

Each year, the Chair chooses a Charity to support, and this year it

was ‘Societi’, the UK Foundation for Kawasaki Disease, a very serious,

yet little known children’s illness which can lead to lifelong heart

disease. Kate Mingay commented “This is an incredibly important

charity for me having had personal experience of this disease, and I

would like to thank everyone who contributed to the collection”

Tim Doggett commented “This was my first experience of the

Annual Lunch and it more than exceeded my expectations. Thank you

to the CBA staff for making this event such a success, and I am

already looking forwards to next year when we will be celebrating our

100th anniversary”

New at PhoenixTM

Phoenix Temperature

Measurement is pleased to

announce that Mark Herriman

has joined the PhoenixTM team

as UK sales engineer. One of

Mark’s key responsibilities is to

support the UK customer base

operating in the coatings

market. Mark is keen to

promote the extensive range of

thru-process monitoring

solutions offered by PhoenixTM

to help companies in the paint

and powder coating market

maximise the potential of their

oven cure coating operations.

Whatever the size of operation,

technical needs and budget, a

monitoring solution can be


Mark joins a team of

experienced engineers who

have worked extensively in the

field of oven and furnace

monitoring. Over the last 10

years PhoenixTM has prided

itself on driving innovation in

process monitoring and giving

customers performance and

choice. As shown in the

photograph Mark displays the

innovative PTM1520 Epsilon-x

the first ever intrinsically safe

ATEX certified profiling system

designed for safe approved

temperature profiling in ATEX

classified Zones 2 and 22

(Paint and Powder coatings).

Carlisle opens training centre

Carlisle Fluid Technologies has opened a new customer demonstration

and training centre in Bournemouth

The project to refresh the old training centre started in November

2020 with the intention to modernize its capabilities and aligning the

laboratory with the company’s newest acquired technologies.

The new Customer Demonstration and Training Center has over

300m 2 surface with two meeting rooms and six different technology

areas, containing the Carlisle Fluid Technologies’ latest products and

equipment: Robotic application of Sealants and Adhesives, Powder

application room, Liquid manual application booth, Liquid automatic

application booth with robotic atomization and multi directional

conveyor belt system leading to the BGK curing oven. Last but not

least, there is also a specific area for the newest acquired technology:

Foam insulation with the IntelliSpray system.

The demonstration areas in the centre are equipped with windows

to allow visitors safe observation of all the activities in the spray booths.

Furthermore, its Hi-tech AV system with live streaming capabilities

enables visitors to attend demonstrations and training sessions

remotely as well as in person, making it available to all collaborators

through the EMEAI region and globally. The intention behind this

investment was to help customers experience the laboratory without

the need to travel, allowing them the same benefits of upgrading and

improving their production installations.

On the 29th of September 2021 Carlisle Fluid Technologies held

the live-streamed video inauguration of the Bournemouth Customer

Demonstration and Training Center and demonstrated the AV system’s

capabilities. At the event the company presented its facilities through

six different technology workshops. The event was opened by the

European sales and marketing director, Bernard Choquel and closed

with the final word by the Carlisle Fluid Technologies President, Fred

Sutter. The workshops were presented by the company’s technology

experts. In June 2022 the company is planning an in-person

inauguration, inviting several distributors and partners with the

opportunity to network with their representatives as well as observe

demonstrations and hear all about the newest product development.

Carlisle Fluid Technologies believes this Center is essential to

demonstrate their diverse and efficient product ranges to distributors,

end users and collaborators. In addition, the center is also dedicated to

organized training sessions to continue developing and improving the

finishing community’s knowledge and expertise.

If you are interested to enquire about booking the Customer

Demonstration and Training Center at our Bournemouth facility in the

United Kingdom, please email marketing-eu@carlisleft.com.

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THE BCF has launched a new online guide,

as Finishing found out

Orders are up

Ystral gmbh recorded the highest order intake in the company’s

history to date. The medium-sized machine and plant manufacturer

grew particularly strongly in Asia.

ystral, the mixing and dispersion technology specialist, who has

been on the market since 1959, projects, constructs and produces

mixing, dispersing and powder wetting machines as well as process

systems for the chemical, paints and varnishes, food, pharmaceutical,

household and cosmetic industries, as well as for battery production.

Compared to the previous year, ystral could record a surplus of 19%

in 2021. Growth drivers were the three Asian subsidiaries of the

company in Singapore (since 2011), India (since 2013) and China

(since 2018). In the business year 2021, the machine and plant

manufacturer achieved around a third of his order volume in Asia. On

the German home market, ystral also recorded a positive development

in 2021.

With regard to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, there is

currently a mixed picture at ystral: On the one hand, commissioning at

customer’s premises on site, - which needed to be performed mostly

online in 2020 due to Covid-19 - is currently increasing again, while

the company was able to successfully limit time lost due to illness,

thanks to home office arrangements and health protection on site.

However, the supply chain of the machine and plant manufacturer

continues to be faced with bottlenecks - particularly with regard to

electronic components, which are required for controls and

automation. “The overall supply situation is currently very unclear, and

we continue to expect constraints in the next few months”, says

Dominik Seeger, Director Strategic Sales at ystral. “However, we are in

constant communication with distributors and manufacturers, to

minimise delays for our customers.”

30 years service

Vertik-Al transport manager, Tony Brown has celebrated 30 years’

service with the powder coating specialist. To mark the occasion, Tony

was presented with a celebration cake, cards, and gifts from the

management team.

During his 30 years Tony has worked in many departments

throughout the business. Currently, he is responsible for managing all

inward and outbound transport. All drivers and the yard team report

direct to Tony.

Commenting on Tony and his long-service, Vertik-Al managing

director, John Park-Davies says: “Tony is one of the ‘grandees’ of

Vertik-Al. His hard work, loyalty and dedication to the business is

greatly appreciated. 30 years’ service is an outstanding achievement,

and we look forward to celebrating many more milestones.”

The British Coatings Federation (BCF) have launched a new online

guide, ‘Green Claims Guide to Decorative Paints’, to tackle the rising

number of green claims emerging in the decorative paints industry.

According to the UK Government’s website, green claims

(sometimes called ‘environmental claims’ or ‘eco-friendly claims’) are

‘claims that show how a product, service, brand or business provides

a benefit or is less harmful to the environment’.

In an ever more competitive marketplace, the makers of

decorative paints often rely on unique selling points to make their

products stand out. Some companies, however, may be misleading

consumers with unsubstantiated green claims about their products.

A recent international analysis of websites conducted by the

Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) found that 40% of

green claims made online could be misleading.

‘Non-Toxic’, ‘Natural’, ‘Vegan’, ‘Child and Pet-safe’, Eco-friendly’

and ‘Organic’ – these are just some of the claims that businesses are

using to market decorative paint products to consumers. The BCF,

the UK’s Trade Association representing decorative paint

manufacturers, are urging consumers to consult BCF’s guide when

faced with claims in order to validate them.

BCF chief executive officer Tom Bowtell commented, “With

consumers becoming increasingly more inclined to make more

sustainably conscious purchases, BCF are recording increasing

numbers of news articles around the subject of ‘eco-paints’, as well

as reports from our members in the decorative paints industry of

emerging companies making unsubstantiated claims. Such claims, if

unproven, can be damaging to the decorative paints industry’s

reputation, as well as misleading consumers.”

BCF’s green claims guide breaks down the definitions of some of

the most commonly used phrases and buzzwords when marketing

decorative paints to consumers. The aim is to create a level playing

field within the industry, ensure businesses are complying with the

law and that consumers are not being misled.

Possibly the most used consumer product claim is ‘eco-friendly’ or

‘green’ which are often made as broad statements with no scientific

proof to back them up. As descriptors for paint products, these

words, often misappropriated from the food industry, are too vague

to adequately describe paint. These buzzwords may attract the

attention of consumers but are meaningless and often signal little

but greenwash.

Another key greenwashing issue the industry faces is ‘Zero

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)’. BCF takes the position that

the use of the terms ‘Zero-VOC’ and ‘VOC-free’ are false claims and

should not be used in the paint industry.

BCF members have now adopted the use of the statement

‘TRACE’ VOC to improve communication to consumers highlighting

which products have the lowest levels of VOCs. As the license

holders of the industry-wide standard VOC Globe scheme, BCF are

promoting the new ‘TRACE’ globe in the coming months as an

alternative to ‘Zero VOCs’.

To help businesses understand how to communicate their green

credentials while reducing the risk of misleading shoppers, the CMA

have published the Green Claims Code. This focuses on 6 principles

that are based on existing consumer law and make clear that

businesses ‘must not omit or hide important information’ and ‘must

consider the full life cycle of the product’.

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A new president in town

At the World Coatings Council’s annual meeting in March 2022, Tom

Bowtell, chief executive of the British Coatings Federation, was elected

president for a two-year term of office.

The World Coatings Council is made up of members representing

associations from the United States, China, European Union, Brazil,

Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Malaysia, Canada, South

Africa, Turkey, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom.

The Council, which provides a forum for exchange and cooperation

on major issues and priorities facing the industry, has established itself

as a global voice with the United Nations, Governments and NGOs

for over 30 years.

Tom Bowtell said of his presidency; “I’m incredibly honoured to

have the trust of my industry colleagues from across the world to hold

the president’s seat on behalf of the global coatings industry. I am

looking forward to representing the industry and contributing to our

global effort.”

Sustainability will be an important theme of Tom’s Presidency, with

the World Coatings Council publishing their first Sustainability Report

later this year.

Certificate renewed

Vertik-Al is pleased to announce

the successful renewal of its ISO

9001:2015 certificate.

Underpinning its commitment to

quality, the powder coating

specialist has held the

internationally recognised

standard since 1994.

ISO 9001:2015 encompasses

the whole business, from

management down to

manufacturing procedures.

Walking in the steps of a typical

Vertik-Al customer the auditors

conduct a robust assessment of

the entire organisation.

This audit was the first since

the company revamped its quality

management system. In the past

year, the powder coater has taken

a strategic approach to quality

and made considerable effort to

identify and manage risk through

continuous improvement.

“We have successfully reduced

defects using problem-solving

methods,” comments, Tristan

Pope, technical manager at

Vertik-Al. “We are also

emphasising the role that data

and customer feedback play in

highlighting areas for

improvement. This has been

invaluable. Packing was identified

as an area of concern, for

example, and changes here have

led to greater customer


Conference line-up launched

Following the formal launch of

the QUALICOAT UK & Ireland

conference 2022 – Futureproofing

Facades, the

QUALICOAT membership is

extremely excited to release the

first names from its speaker lineup.

Architect by trade, TV

presenter, and formerly the

President of the Royal Institute of

British Architects, Maxwell

Hutchinson is announced as

keynote speaker. A prolific

broadcaster and best-selling

author, Maxwell will draw on his

vast experience and incredible

work history to produce an

inspirational and enlightening


As an architect Maxwell is

best known for buildings such as

Skylines on the Isle of Dogs,

Aztec Row in Islington and Pink

Floyd’s recording studio in

Britannia Row. For ten years he

was Chairman of the Permorock

Group of Building Product

Manufacturing Companies, of

which he was founder.

Qualicoat held its first hybrid meeting recently

and it all went to plan

The first ‘hybrid’ members meeting of the year was held at the

Arden Hotel, Solihull in March and was well attended by members

both in person and online. Besides the continued growth of

QUALICOAT in the UK & Ireland, the main topic of discussion

was the upcoming ‘Future Proofing Facades’ event that is to take

place on the 14th June at the Building Centre, Store Street,


Aimed at facade specifiers, the ‘Future Proofing Facades’

conference aims to offer both an update as to where architectural

powder coating is today and an opportunity for members of the

Association to hear from specifiers and their needs, especially on

issues of safety and sustainability. An impressive line-up of

speakers has now been confirmed placing the event as a ‘must

attend’ for any specifier of architectural powder coatings.

Following the awarding of a QUALICOAT licence to Bradleys

Metal Finishers, applications for new licences continue to be

received by the secretariat. One Midlands based powder coater

has recently undergone their second pre-grant inspection of their

plant and processes and is close to being awarded their licence

confirming their adherence to the latest QUALICOAT specification.

With this licence granted, there will be twenty licensed applicators

across the British Isles who offer architectural powder coating

meeting the QUALICOAT standard. A further four coaters across

are in the process of working towards the standard and will be

undergoing inspections by the independent tests house IFO based

in the Netherlands.

It was raised that some specifiers still request coatings to meet a

fire rating of A1 where architectural powder coatings fall into the

A2, s1-d0 classification. It was agreed that this is an educational

issue as significant tests have been undertaken that prove the

safety of a A2, s1-d0 classification. This issue will be discussed in

detail at the forthcoming ‘Future Proofing Facades’ conference in


On environmental issues, the ‘National Resource Wales’ are

considering tightening tolerances on industrial discharge to surface

water, but the UK agencies feel that the tolerances being discussed

will damage general industry at this time. The secretariat will keep

members informed of any pending changes.

Training of Laboratory Technicians in the most up to date

production recording and testing requirements is a prerequisite of

holding a QUALICOAT licence. A training day for for 2022 has

been set for the 8th November, venue yet to be confirmed.

Training will be undertaken by QUALICOAT UK & Ireland’s

nominated independent test house IFO; all Laboratory Technician’s

must attend a standards update course at lease every two years.

The global QUALICOAT standard is incrementally revised in

realtime with regular update sheets and is revised to include all

updates each year end. The standard and any update sheets are

freely available for download at www.qualicoat.net. 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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Swings and roundabouts

Innovative Interpon Redox powder coatings

from AkzoNobel are helping HAGS, one of

Europe’s foremost manufacturers of outdoor

playground equipment, to protect its products

from the impact of costly and unsightly

corrosion, especially in difficult coastal

environments with a high salt content in the


HAGS, which recently celebrated a 25-year

partnership with Interpon, was one of the

pioneers in switching from a solvent-based

paint system to an Interpon powder coating

that was more sustainable, and that fully

supported its sustainability strategies.

HAGS first started using Interpon in 1998,

looking for a more sustainable solution to

protect its products against corrosion and

general wear and tear. The switch coincided

with a move to a new manufacturing facility in

Egham, UK which the Interpon team

supported with practical advice, training and

support. Since then, AkzoNobel has helped

HAGS to seamlessly integrate its powder

coating processes into three more sites

including Aneby in Sweden (2013) and

Sosnowiec in Poland (2019).

Mark Grace, Marketing Director of HAGS,

says that he particularly values the expertise of

the Interpon team through its process audits

for its ‘Approved Applicator’ registration: “It

gives our customers peace of mind that our

installed products will last for many years with

minimal maintenance required to the power

coated finish, as well as being based on a

sound environmentally friendly solution. And

because Interpon is a globally available

powder coating system, we have been able to

develop a standardize finishing system across

all our European factories.”

Tomasz Kluczewski, Regional Director North

Europe of AkzoNobel’s Powder Coatings

business, says he is proud of the 25-year

partnership with HAGS: “Since helping HAGS

make the switch we have continued to

support them through partnership and

innovation. These have been the key drivers

not only in helping our customer to meet their

sustainability goals, but also in establishing an

unbeatable platform that brings benefits to

both companies and reflects our heritage in

building long-term relationships.”

Among the first to use Interpon’s Redox

Duplex system – a two-layer system with a

zinc-rich Interpon Redox PZ epoxy primer

and topcoat, HAGS now offers its customers

the Redox Triplex three-layer system. This

provides enhanced corrosion protection in

environments up to the highest corrosivity

category of C5.

Most recently, HAGS introduced an

optional Interpon AM topcoat, which can

reduce microbial growth such as bacteria and

mold by up to 99.9%. These powder coatings

have been especially popular for those

procuring its outdoor fitness products used in

public places, since they tend to attract a high

number of users from all age groups.

Andy Yates, Technical Director at HAGS,

says that as a major supplier to local

authorities and councils, quality and reputation

are key: “What is vital to our customers is that

the products have a long life-span and reflect

well on the people who procured them. What

is crucial to us, therefore, is working with a

partner like Interpon whose products protect

and enhance our equipment and ensure they

keep performing in a variety of different

global climates and environmental conditions.”

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is minimised by using water

cooled main drive motors; a hi-cool

discharge adaptor and non-stick coating

minimise product hang-up at discharge.

MAX³ benefits

The MAX³ feed system incorporates a

fundamental re-design of the intake feed port

and screws. It improves the flow of material

into the extruder barrel and air out of it to

eliminate material build up in the extruder

infeed that leads to restricted output and

torque surges.

The system brings proven 40 to100%

throughput benefits; top feeding creates

improvements in operation that significantly

reduce cost-of-ownership.

Side feeders force product into the screws,

causing high levels of wear and the frequent

cost of replacement . The process creates

heat which can affect quality through pre-melt

of resin on the screws, which causes loss of

conveying capacity and is also a quality issue.

In contrast, top feeding directs material into

the process section of the extruder, without

pressure. There is minimal screw wear, no

heat build up, no pre-melt and no quality

problems. A major benefit is that lightweight,

low density materials are now handled more


State-of-the-art controls

State-of-the-art control features a touchscreen

HMI developed specifically for the

complete range of Baker Perkins extruders.

This provides clear, at-a-glance visualisation of

the process, including current status of all

major components and parameters. Options

include systems integration of upstream and

downstream equipment into a single control

point for the line.

All Baker Perkins equipment is supplied

Industry 4.0 Ready. This harnesses data

from all the machines, devices and sensors in

any manufacturing operation and enables

them to communicate with each other via the

Internet to make informed and timely

decisions. Alarm management and date

gathering are included.

Complete line capability

In addition to the extruder, a complete

process line comprises ingredient weighing

and feeding before, and cooling, flaking and

grinding after the extruder. Baker Perkins

works with a number of different partner

companies who can supply all the pieces of

equipment required to put together a full

process line. Each of our partner companies

specializes in their particular technology so

customers are assured of excellent

performance throughout the process.

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Enhanced sustainability

Since 1986 QUALICOAT has continued

to work as a membership run

organisation to standardise and improve

the quality of powder coatings by setting a

standard that is regularly updated following

evidence-backed research. Today

QUALICOAT, based in Zurich, can claim a

global licensed membership of powder

manufacturers, pretreatment systems providers

and powder coaters who are all third party

inspected to the current QUALICOAT


In the UK & Ireland QUALICOAT has its

own Association that inspects and awards

licences across the region. Membership in the

UK & Ireland continues to grow and now

encompasses virtually all of the major

architectural powder coaters across the British


Over the years the QUALICOAT Standard

has been improved and updated to ensure

that current powder coating best practice is

undertaken by all licence and approval

holders. Part of a licence holders responsibility

is the provision of regular coated samples for

extended ‘acetic salt spray’ and in some cases

‘filiform corrosion’ testing at the appointed test

house, in the case of QUALICOAT UK &

Ireland, this is at IFO Netherlands BV. In a

very small number of these test samples it was

noticed that premature failure could occur

following these very corrosive and accelerated

tests. With the cause of the issue unknown,

QUALICOAT set up a working group of

Members to try to identify what was causing

the issue and how this could be eliminated to

further enhance powder coating durability.

It became obvious during research that the

aluminium alloy itself was the contributing

factor, so the working group began to develop

a specification for the alloys used in

fenestration, namely alloy 6060 and 6063.

The resulting alloy specification, which forms

Appendix A13 of the QUALICOAT

Specifications 2022, requires the alloys to fall

within the EN573-3:2019 Standard, which can

be met using primary or secondary (recycled)

aluminium and requires the following three

tests to be carried out:

1. Optical Emission Spectroscopy (OES)

2. Anodic Cyclic Polarisation (ACP)

Angus Mackie

3.Metallographic Study for Aluminium

All requirements of these tests need to be

undertaken and passed by an independent

test house before an approval is awarded. By

ensuring that the alloy is of the correct

standard, with reduced inclusions and

improved grain consistency, it has been

demonstrated by QUALICOAT that

architectural powder coat finishes can be

further enhanced for sustainability, especially

when used with Class 2 powders (superdurable)

and Class 3 powders (hyper-durable)

Appendix A13 of the QUALICOAT

Specifications is aimed at specifiers who have

large facade projects and wish to take

advantage of the additional protection that

comes from a ‘QUALICOAT 3.0’ Specification.

Whilst the current QUALICOAT supply chain

includes powder manufacturers, pretreatment

systems providers and architectural powder

coaters, QUALICOAT 3.0 introduces for the

first time the aluminium extruders into the

QUALICOAT powder coating supply chain.

Specifiers who wish to take advantage of

QUALICOAT 3.0 should in the first instance

contact QUALICOAT UK & Ireland for

guidance on specification and help in

choosing the correct supply chain.

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Versatile measurement

BYK-Gardner GmbH – worldwide partner

of the automotive, paint and plastics

industries for quality control of color,

appearance, and physical properties – is

announcing the new byko-visc RT Rotational


The byko-visc RT is the instrument for

precise measurement results with each test

condition recorded for detailed results analysis

and review. This precision is repeatable day-today

and instrument-to-instrument thanks to

BYK-Gardner’s rigorous quality control. An

ISO 17025 calibration certificate is supplied

with each instrument to confirm this


Joining the BYK-Gardner offering of

viscosity instruments – flow cups, bubble

viscometers, the digital stormer viscometer,

and cone and plate viscometers – the bykotest

RT now brings a comprehensive solution

for customers’ QC needs.

The byko-visc RT offers an intuitive

navigation, a multitude of control options, and

a large capacitive color touch-screen display,

which includes preset buttons to quickly recall

often used measuring parameters. These

benefits reduce operator time, so less time

waiting and more time getting your work


Available in two models, the byko-visc RT

and byko-visc RT Lite, each feature versatility

and compatibility with three different

sensitivities and optional accessories.

Measuring viscosity – lacquers, paints,

primers, resins, lubricants, pharmaceuticals,

creams, lotions, liquids soaps, beverages,

dressings, sauces – from a near water-like,

very high viscosity to even the most viscous

epoxies, sealants, and pastes, the byko-visc RT

line will exceed expectations.

The byko-visc RT features an easy snap-on

spindle attachment saving valuable operator

time while protecting the instrument, and an

adjustable stand to allow the user to easily

raise and lower the viscometer head. The

instrument is ready right out of the box – no

assembly needed!

The new line is also compatible with many

other rotational viscometer models in terms of

results, measurement parameters, and

accessories, like spindles. This will also allow

users to seamlessly transition to a byko-visc RT


The byko-visc RT is ideal to test the viscosity

of your liquids and pastes in compliance with

ASTM D2196, ISO 2555 and ISO1652

standards. With this level of precision, you can

be sure that your measurements will be

accurate every time.

The byko-visc RT line will be shipping at the

end of May 2022. More information can be

found at byk-instruments.com.

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How to measure gloss

Consumers love gloss—this can be seen in

almost every industry from automotive,

to electronics, to baby toys. No matter

the industry, gloss tends to be associated with

luxury and wealth. Studies suggest that

humans’ innate love for glossiness could be

based on the biological need for water: the

glossier an object, the more likely to ‘quench


From an industry standpoint, gloss can have

a very specific purpose. By definition, gloss is

an optical property that indicates how well a

surface reflects light in a specular (mirror-like)

direction—or, how lustrous or shiny an object

appears. While many industries prefer a

glossier finish, some require a more matte


Why Measure Gloss?

Gloss meters like the PosiTector GLS

measure gloss after a product has been

manufactured, improving the production

process by identifying process issues,

maximizing consistency, reducing waste, and

improving overall quality. Surface texture,

coating properties, and paint application can

all have an effect on a coating’s appearance.

While it’s easy for the human eye to detect

large differences in gloss, like comparing a

matte finish on a military asset to a glossy red

sports car, smaller differences in gloss can be

harder to see—but can still have a big impact

on process control.

What is Reflectance?

When light hits a surface, some of it is

absorbed, and some is reflected. The reflected

light is responsible for how the object is

perceived. The nature of the reflection is

generally related to the surface finish of the

object. On a smooth, polished surface like a

mirror, light is reflected opposite to the angle

at which it arrives; this is referred to as

‘specular’ reflection. On a rough surface, light

is reflected at all angles and a relatively small

amount of light reflects at the specular angle.

What is Percent (%)


Reflectance is a measurement of the

amount of light detected versus the amount of

light sent and is expressed as a percentage.

Gloss meters such as the PosiTector GLS can

display both Gloss Units and percent


What is the Gloss Value? What

are Gloss Units?

Per ISO 2813, the Gloss Value is a ratio of

the reflectance of the test specimen to the

reflectance of a standard polished black glass

surface “with a refractive index of 1,567 at a

wavelength of 587.6 nm in the specular

direction”, multiplied by 100. It is expressed in

terms of Gloss Units.

What is Haze Index?

Haze is the appearance of a “milky” halo or

bloom perceived in reflective surfaces caused

by microscopic imperfections in the surface’s

texture. Haze Index is calculated and is

defined by ASTM D4039 as the difference

between gloss values measured at 60° and

20°. The PosiTector GLS 20/60 and 20/60/85

are capable of calculating haze when selected

within the Setup menu.

How is Gloss Measured?

Digital gloss meters measure the surface

using a calibrated light source and light sensor

at opposite, specular angles to each other.

Reflectance is determined by comparing the

amount of light energy emitted by the source

with the amount of energy received by the

sensor. Gloss is then automatically calculated

using a look-up table.

Gloss Meters include a reference standard

built into the base of the unit. When turning

the unit on or when selected from the menu,

the instrument automatically calibrates itself

using the known Gloss Unit values of the


Choosing the Best Angle for

Gloss Measurement

On most surfaces, as the viewing angle

increases, the reflectance and Gloss Value

also increase. This is often apparent to the

naked eye: for example, on the case below

there is little apparent reflectance when

viewed from above, but when that same tile

is viewed from a wider angle (nearer to the

surface), visible reflectance can be seen. This

phenomenon can be used to provide greater

measurement resolution on high-gloss and

matte finishes.

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Sliding in

Two community focused brands have joined forces with HMG Paints

becoming sponsors of Belle Vue Aces. Belle Vue Speedway has the

unique distinction of being the longest continually-operating Speedway

club in the world. HMG Paints, formed in 1930, is a family-owned

manufacturer of industrial, commercial vehicle, decorative and specialist


Belle Vue CEO Mark Lemon said: “We are delighted to welcome

HMG Paints on board with Belle Vue Speedway for the new season.

As a family-run business, their values in this respect very much mirror

our own and the enthusiasm for the sport, especially amongst their

staff, makes this a perfect partnership.”

As part of the partnership HMG Paints will provide its paints for use

at The National Speedway Stadium in Manchester which is home to

the Aces. The Aces start their 2022 campaign at the end of March

and will be hoping to go one step further than 2021, which saw them

narrowly miss out on the British Speedway Premiership title.

HMG marketing manager Paddy Dyson added: “As a proud

Manchester company we’re delighted to be partnering with Belle Vue

Aces, a true Manchester institution. Belle Vue Aces have always been

innovators and leaders in the sport and their commitment to the local

community and fans perfectly aligns with our values as a business.”

Plasma processing

A new electrochemical plasma process that reduces the surface

roughness of 3D printed metal parts is to be added to Fintek's

subcontract services and machine sales in an exclusive agreement with

Wallwork Heat Treatment.

Palms, which stands for Plasma Additive Layer Manufacture

Smoothing has been developed by Wallwork's Cambridge research

and development centre and the Manchester machine build division,

who pioneer plasma coating equipment used by aerospace

manufacturers, motorsport engineers and research and development

departments in universities.

Wallwork Director, Simeon Collins, explained, "Additive

manufacturing offers great design freedom to produce optimised

components with little material waste and that are impossible to make

in any other way. Despite the progress made in AM, the surface

roughness of the parts produced can constrict their use in industries

such as aerospace and medical devices, where the surface finish of

components is highly critical. 3D printed metal components require

post-processing to achieve a viable surface finish. Having worked

closely with Fintek we know that they are the UK's foremost experts in

meeting the real-world surface finishing needs of engineers. Palms

gives them a new tool that is especially effective for metal parts made

by 3D printing as well as machined parts."

"Applying our plasma coating machine build experience to the

problem of surface finishing seemed logical and Palms is the result. A

key benefits of this environmentally friendly process is that no toxic

waste is produced compared with some other traditional surface

finishing methods. We look forward to continuing the development of

Palms with input from the Fintek team," added Wallwork engineering

director, Mike Jarvis.

"Fintek is delighted to be partnering with Wallwork Heat Treatment.

Palms is an exciting new technology and continues our aim to provide

UK manufacturers with a comprehensive problem solving capability

that can draw on the very best and newest surface finishing

technologies for subcontract services or machine sales for inline

production," Jonathan Dean, managing director of Fintek, concluded.

10 year contract

Zinco International was

established in 2007 in Hereford,

United Kingdom to provide

advanced technical services to

the hot dip galvanizing industry


The company has entered into

a 10-year partnership

arrangement to supply & license

equipment to Valmont Coatings

who are Australia’s largest hot

dip galvanizing Company with

operations also in New Zealand.

Valmont Coatings will utilise

specialist ultrasonic technology

developed by Zinco International

to measure the corrosion of

galvanizing kettles using its Zinc

Immersion Probe (ZIP).

Commenting on the new

partnership Aaron King – vice

president Asia Pacific, Valmont

Coatings said “Zinco International

have extensive strength &

knowledge in this area and are a

leading contractor in corrosion

profiling of zinc kettles. Having

our own equipment in Country

will allow our own personnel to

carry out regular safety checks to

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Under the spotlight

HMG Paints has been featured in the

latest Spotlight by Made in Britain.

Made in Britain brings together the

British manufacturing community and

highlights the best of British manufacturing

with its members products carrying its iconic


Made in Britain CEO John Pearce: "We

were delighted to visit HMG Paints for this

video, as the company embodies several of

our organisation's core values - British

provenance, innovation and longevity. HMG is

one of many family businesses within the

Made in Britain community, and we play a

vital role in bringing more public awareness to

the stories of how these companies evolve as

they pass from generation to generation."

The Made in Britain feature explores HMG

and the Manchester home of the fifthgeneration

family-run business that has coined

the catchy phrase ‘One name that covers

everything'. Not only does the showcase

discuss the world of paint, it highlights the

values of the business in interviews with

Jonathan and Rebecca Falder whose greatgrandfather

founded the company in 1930.

Report shows consumers feel it’s important

to buy British

In the third annual report into “Buying

British”, 90% of respondents believed it is

important to buy British Made products.

Additionally, forty-six per cent believe that

their purchasing habits will change post-

Covid-19 and they will look to buy more

British made products, the 2021 'Buying

British' Survey was conducted by Made in

Britain and OnePoll.

“2021 saw us working with a number of

companies and customers who’ve been

impacted by the pandemic and Brexit. Many

have struggled to acquire paints and coatings

which were previously imported from abroad

due to supply chain disruptions” commented

Paddy Dyson, HMG Marketing Manager.

“We’re exceptionally proud to be a British

paint manufacturer in an industry dominated

by Multi-National Enterprises. All of our

products are made right here in Manchester,

and this allows us to quickly service our

customers paint and coatings requirements.”

Buying British for better quality, ethical and

environmental standards

People and paint are at the heart of what

HMG does. This was recognised by a number

of recent awards in recognition of HMG’s

support of key workers and essential services

during the pandemic. HMG was recognised

with awards from the British Chamber of

Commerce, British Coatings Federation and

Family Business United.

Known primarily for its Industrial and

Commercial Vehicle coatings, the company now

produces an environmentally friendly range of

decorative paints which are water based, low

VOC and quickly becoming the go-to choice

for professionals and home owners.

“We supply market leading products across

a number of industries including Industrial,

Commercial Vehicle and Decorative and

believe our agile production facilities, high

quality products and superior technical

support are exactly what our customers are

looking for.” added Paddy Dyson. “Made in

Britain has opened up a host of opportunities

for HMG to work with other inspiring British

manufacturers and suppliers, and we’re

excited to develop some long-term

partnerships that benefit the whole


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The Choice for the Professional Powder Coater

Gema UK

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Overspray-free painting in

the test laboratory

Big things start small: since late summer

2021, end customers have been able to

test paints, substrates and the

corresponding application for a low cost at the

French research company Rescoll for

compatibility with Dürr's EcoPaintJet in order

to prepare optimally for series production.

Dürr's overspray-free painting process has

been on the market since 2019 and is already

being used in the automotive industry. The

tests offered should make it possible to use

the EcoPaintJet in other industries as well.

Rescoll is a private company offering

technological services at three sites in France

– Pessac, Bayonne and Rochefort. With more

than 7000 m² of laboratory space, the

research company is able to conduct testing

and industrial research on polymer materials

applications in numerous industries. These

include medical device, energy, transportation

and construction. Rescoll works for its

customers from the early stages of product

definition and polymer formulation, but also in

the context of regulatory qualification and

material analysis through physicochemical

analysis, mechanical testing, aging or fire tests,

and for the validation of resistance under

harsh environmental conditions.

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itself in the automotive industry is now to be

used in other industries as well. All

applications in which paint is applied in lanes

are possible.

Multi-stage test setup

Originally founded for the aerospace

industry, the private research institute Rescoll,

has increasingly opened up to other industries.

In addition to the EcoBell2 equipped

ready2spray robot, which has already been in

use, Dürr's EcoPaintJet is now being added to

the test portfolio at then Pessac laboratories.

The test process takes place in several stages:

First, the customer sends the relevant paint or

substrate to Rescoll, where it is checked

whether the material is suitable for carrying

out the test at all, which is then performed.

Once the test has been successfully

completed, the results are sent to the

manufacturer, who is then able to adjust the

paints and substrates to ultimately adapt Dürr's

technology. Dürr already refers to the

possibility of testing inks as well as the

substrates first at Rescoll in use with the

EcoPaintJet in consultation meetings with its

customers. If the results are satisfactory to the

customer, a suitable integrator is then found in

the integrator network who will bring the Dürr

equipment to the customer's premises ready

for operation.

Best practice from the

automotive industry

As early as 2019, Dürr's overspray-free

technology called EcoPaintJet was introduced

in the automotive industry, where it is already

being used in series production. The process is

characterized by its high efficiency, as masking

is completely eliminated. This is ensured by a

completely new type of applicator that applies

the paint with absolutely sharp separation. This

means that the coating lands exactly on the

intended surfaces, but not off them - even in

very small quantities. What has already proven

No more overspray

The EcoPaintJet achieves its high precision

because the applicator works completely

without overspray. This describes the paint

mist consisting of tiny droplets that is

produced by other atomizers and ends up

outside the target area. In the case of the

EcoPaintJet, a filigree nozzle plate measuring

just a few square centimeters prevents

overspray from occurring. The nozzle plate

forms the underside of the rectangular

applicator and is provided with around 50

barely visible holes, which have a diameter of

around 1 tenth of a millimetre. The paint is

applied in parallel jets from a distance of 30

millimeters through them.

EcoPaintJet paints live at

PaintExpo 2022

PaintExpo is the world's leading trade show

for industrial painting technology and gathers

the who's who of the industry every two years.

This year, the trade show will be held in

Karlsruhe from April 26 to 29, where Dürr will

not only be represented with an impressive

booth but will even demonstrate the

overspray-free technology live to visitors with

its EcoPaintJet.

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Slowing down the process

The shutdown and failure of equipment

due to corrosion can cause major

setbacks for any industry, especially

when experiencing equipment failure or

replacement, leading to loss of productivity

and efficiency. This is why comprehensive

research is undertaken to identify the effects

and risks of corrosion to better understand

which types of metals are most likely to be

affected as well as developing the best

preventative measures to reduce corrosion.

The challenges facing

engineering, manufacturing and


There are a variety of challenges when it

comes to preventing corrosion especially

when working in hot and humid

environments, and even not wiping off

chemicals or cleaning equipment can result in

issues. However, having a proper maintenance

schedule which includes keeping both

machine and equipment clean as well as

being situated within an air-conditioned

environment will extend equipment and

machine life.

As well as being economically important,

there is the additional sustainability issue when

it comes to corrosion protection. While

accounting for depreciation might set the

expected lifetime for a certain number of

years for a specific piece of equipment or

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component, by adding corrosion protection

you have the ability to further extend that

lifetime which is far more sustainable than


Types of metals at risk of


Carbon and high strength steels are very

susceptible to corrosion because these alloys

have been designed primarily for strength and

lack the chromium content found in stainless

steels that prevent corrosion. The aerospace

industry is a prime example of the necessity of

corrosion prevention, due to the wide variety

of environments that materials are exposed to,

especially the high strength steel landing gears

on planes. With this type of steel, hydrogen

embrittlement adds an element of risk.

Another alternative electroplated deposit for

corrosion protection is tin zinc, however, one

of its disadvantages is it has less optimum

wear properties when compared to zinc nickel.

Corrosion protection relies heavily on

testing, and it produces a great deal of data

which needs to be analyzed. This research

helps to benefit businesses within engineering,

manufacturing, and the aerospace industry.

R&D departments’ regularly work on different

projects and corrosive scenarios. One major

product that the team at SIFCO ASC are

involved with is a cadmium replacement

technology – a zinc nickel alloy. The two

primary forms of corrosion that are most likely

to affect substrates that have traditionally been

electroplated with cadmium are hydrogen

embrittlement and general corrosion. By

adjusting and homing in on a variety of

plating parameters, zinc nickel has met or

exceeded cadmium selective plating, especially

during salt spray testing.

Optimizing this deposit and plating

parameters, along with the subsequent

research and testing are driven by regulations

which aim to reduce the use of harmful

chemicals like cadmium, which is a

carcinogen, whereas zinc nickel is less harmful.

A lot of the testing within zinc nickel helps to

support businesses with their corrosion

protection goals and, in some instances, helps

them work with the military to roll the system

out where advances in corrosion protection

are vital.

Translating the data into real

world problem solving.

Data gained from testing can be used to

work on other projects that will help to

advance corrosion protection. The ASCS

(Advanced Solution Control System) is one

such project, which is a fully automated,

dripless, selective electroplating system from

SIFCO ASC. One of the many benefits of this

type of technology is that due to the dripless

design the plating solution is vacuumed away

during the plating process, allowing an even

tighter control on testing parameters and

reducing hazardous waste.

Additional testing has involved looking at

the effects of the appearance and morphology

of the deposit and how it affects the overall

performance. As well as ensuring that the part

or component is protected and performs to

the highest standard possible, in some cases it

is important that the end result looks

aesthetically pleasing which is why further

testing here is key.

Supporting the customer.

With a considerable amount of time and

research going into the development of

corrosion protection technologies, the industry

and customers’ needs are always changing

which in turn will change our priorities and

determine how we can advance selective

electroplating further. As a business SIFCO

ASC helps customers to meet their selective

plating requirements, by using engineering

expertise and continuous innovation through


This is important during the concept,

design, and production phase of a project.

Our process is a vital resource when you need

to enhance, repair, and rebuild your critical

components. We work closely with our

customers to develop solutions to fulfil specific

application requirements. Ultimately, plating

can be used to repair, enhance, and increase

the lifecycle of a product, protecting them

against the onset and risk of corrosion,

thereby improving performance and reducing

component failure.

The future of corrosion


There is so much more to learn when it

comes to corrosion protection, particularly

focusing on other types of materials and

substrates that are less susceptible to

corrosion. The use of titanium is one

alternative that companies might look at, as it

forms a natural protective layer of oxidation.

Testing the effects of plating on titanium is

ongoing, with the intended use of having

natural corrosion protection plus the benefit of

additional electroplated deposits on top that

can serve a variety of purposes. The increasing

use of titanium is in large part because it is

inert, strong, and lightweight in comparison to


One other material that has been identified

for plating on is graphite epoxy composite

materials, which are conductive and very

lightweight, and ideal for aerospace

applications. This application presents similar

challenges to plating on titanium and while

some preliminary testing has been conducted,

the results still need to be studied and

developed further. Corrosion presents a

significant challenge within engineering and

manufacturing industries and scientists and

corrosion prevention engineers are working

hard to find ways to slow the process down.

Innovations in corrosion protection

processes and testing will continue to be a

driving force for success. SIFCO ASC

continues to focus its attentions on corrosion

protection research and development, working

closely with customers to develop effective

solutions to their challenges. Corrosion will

continue to present engineering and

manufacturing challenges, but with

advancements in plating technology such as

with the ASCS more is being done to slow

down and reduce the effects of corrosion.

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In industry in general there’s been a lot of

talk given to sustainability and carbon

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than not been a welcome added benefit

coming from reducing costs, rather than the

goal itself. But times are changing. With

COP26 making headline news across the

world, climate change is being taken seriously.

In line with the UK’s landmark Net Zero

Strategy, from April 2022 new legislation will

require Britain’s largest businesses to disclose

climate-related financial information. The aim

is to get businesses to consider the risks and

opportunities they face as a result of climate

change and encourage them to set out their

emission reduction plans and sustainability

credentials. But companies of all sizes and

across all sectors are now examining their

own strategies to achieve net zero by the

earliest date possible.

For many businesses this will require

significant changes in the coming years, from

energy sources and usage, through to

production processes and equipment, and

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giant leap to get where we need to be. If

anyone has ever shown even a passing

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The marginal gains idea is not only

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At Brammer Buck & Hickman, we have

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applied across our customers’ businesses to

improve productivity and reduce costs. We

have applied this same theory to issues of

sustainability and one area where it has had

the most impact is in compressed air usage.

Generating compressed air is energy

intensive and, as a result, expensive. Up to

73% of the total cost of ownership of

compressed air installations can be attributed

to the cost of energy consumed by the

compressor and ancillary equipment over a

ten-year period. Is it possible to reduce this

energy usage without negatively affecting a

machine’s performance and without significant

expenditure? The answer is a resounding yes!

Here are our top five tips to reducing

energy consumption when it comes to

compressed air:

Tip 1: Choose the correct components

Switching to high flow couplings could

increase the productivity of air tools by some

50% and reduce energy consumption by up

to 30%. In more than half of all applications,

the pneumatic drive is too large for the

intended purpose. Simply downsizing the

cylinder or using single acting cylinders are

often all that is required of a pneumatic

system and can help reduce air consumption.

Also look at the connectors you are using.

Every tube run, fitting and filter causes a

pressure drop. Every 1 bar pressure drop

means an increase of 7% to the cost of

compressed air generation. A 90 elbow can

be the equivalent of a 1.6 metre pipe length.

Check to see if you can change elbows to

straight connectors and Tee’s to Y pieces.

Tip 2: Hose and tubing sizes

Opting for a tubing size with a smaller

diameter for valves and cylinders can reduce

air consumption, while choosing a larger

diameter hose for air tools can save money.

Using tubing with low drag co-efficiency can

increase air flow and reduce pressure drops to

optimise compressed air systems to achieve

yearly savings of around £15,000.

Tip 3: Reduce the pressure

Incorporating pressure regulators at point of

use can very quickly pay dividends. Reducing

the pressure by just 1 bar can see up to a

10% reduction in energy usage. Installing a

regulator means the pressure may be reduced

without having a negative effect on the

operation of the machinery. As well as wasting

compressed air, operating at too high a

pressure can increase wear on the

components leading to burnout and the

associated maintenance and replacement costs.

Tip 4: Switch off and save

Pneumatic equipment left idling can

consume between 20-70% of its full load

power. Apply responsible usage principles to

pneumatic components such as: installing

manual shut off valves and switching off when

machinery is not in use; implementing timeoperated

solenoid valves which allow the

operation of pneumatic components only if a

subsequent piece of equipment is in use; or

installing sensor-operated interlocks which

detect the need for compressed air equipment

to operate can isolate or apply air as


Tip 5: Stop leaks

In a pneumatic system, leakages can

account for between 5-10% of the air

supplied, although some systems record a loss

of 40-50% of the air input. One of the biggest

sources of air leaks are push-in fittings,

although It’s probably not the fitting that’s to

blame but the tube. Using scissors, box

cutters and the likes to cut pneumatic tubing

can compromise the seal and cause the fitting

to leak. Using a tube cutter ensures a good


Consider installing a flow meter, which is

the most effective way of reducing leaks and

energy consumption, by monitoring leaks as

part of a facility wide maintenance

programme. You might also want to consider

investing in a Compressed Air Leak Audit to

fully identify leaks so you can take remedial


These small adjustments are easy to make

without the need for any costly equipment or

intervention from third parties. In fact, they

can be done by some of the most junior

employees, including Apprentices, ensuring

everyone can participate in the move to more

sustainable processes.

We regularly run workshops on compressed

air under the name of ‘REHAB’, which stands


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• Education

• Health & Safety

• Autonomous Maintenance

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These workshops are designed to empower

customers to make changes for themselves

and the response is always one of

astonishment when we can prove together,

with hands on training, how these minor

adjustments can generate significant results.

When you consider that compressed air

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With climate change an inescapable fact and

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Paul Abram, head of technical services for

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reduce the productivity of the operation and

adversely affect the surface finish.”

Unwanted oil and grease can enter the

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Typically, this reduces the cleanliness and

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Additionally, contaminated operating mix

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separator and filtration system. This will

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An operating mix needing purification will

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After introducing Amapure to the operating

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blasting operation costs.

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While Amapure can add value to almost

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“Initial response to Amapure from a

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test connector sealing continuously allowing

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flexing of the connecting cables allows

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produces failures in supply. Regular

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Rub test results

SuperCORR A is an aerosol lubricant

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A manufacturer of connectors tested

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Whether for downstream processes or

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In industries such as the medical device

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way, appropriately-adapted equipment is


Cleanroom compatible dry cleaning cell

Such a cleaning solution is offered by acp

systems AG - its new quattroClean JetCell- HP

cleaning cell with snow-jet cleaning technology

in cleanroom-compatible design. The cleaning

process is dry and uses climate-neutral carbon


The compact cell for flexible automated

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and has smooth, homogeneous surfaces

without any external screws. It can be easily

integrated into a connected production line or

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The key to the quattroClean system’s

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are also integrated into the system housing.

The system is put into operation simply by

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and carbon dioxide supply (cylinders or tank).

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“The Solo 600 can clean both our large and

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The MecWash Aqua-Save system also

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Brompton’s continual investment in green

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John Pattison, managing director at

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Cadmium, Cobalt,Zinc, Nickel

Copper, Tin, Gold, Silver


2 Bordon Trading Estate Old Station Way, Bordon, Hampshire GU35 9HH

T. +44 (0) 1428 651246 F. +44 (0)1428 661471



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Quick and easy

For any company looking to improve the

life and energy efficiency of its

compressed air system, Hi-line Industries

now offers its range of class-leading Vertical

Air Receivers from stock to help factories and

plants quickly take advantage of these

innovative devices. Hi-line’s high-quality

painted and galvanised vessels are available

immediately at extremely competitive prices.

Vertical Air Receivers are a type of pressure

vessel that receive air from the compressor

and hold it under pressure for future use.

Storing compressed air allows the system to

average the peaks in compressed air demand

over the course of a shift, delivering steady air

flow. The air in the tank is even available

when the air compressor is not running.

Importantly, Hi-line’s Vertical Air Receivers

can reduce the load/unload cycles on the

system compressor, potentially extending its

service life and reducing maintenance/repair.

In addition, introducing an air receiver tank

markedly improves the energy efficiency of a

compressed air system, typically by reducing

any wasted compressed air from excessive

sump blowdowns and lowering the pressure

requirements for the air compressor and air

network. All of these benefits contribute to

lower total cost of ownership (TCO).

Four sizes of Hi-line Vertical Air Receiver are

in stock at to suit virtually any application:

300, 500, 1000 and 2000 litre variants.

Immediate shipping or collection is available

from the company’s UK headquarters and

manufacturing facility, which is centrally

located in Burton on Trent, Staffordshire, with

excellent access to the motorway network.

A core component of Hi-line’s Vertical Air

Receiver is the company’s Activated Carbon

Tower, which contains either zeolite minerals

or carbon to suit the suit the application.

Activated Carbon Towers adsorb contaminants

like oil vapour and odour, making them an

increasingly popular addition to compressed

air circuits, particularly in sectors that demand

high purity levels, such as food and beverage,

oxygen/nitrogen generation, electronics,

pharmaceuticals, and healthcare. It is possible

to achieve “technically oil free air” without the

expense of an “oil free” compressor, which in

some applications is a requirement e.g. food

and beverage, pharmaceutical etc.

All of the Vertical Air Receivers in stock at

Hi-line are PED compliant to 2016/68/EU and

powder-coated in compressed air blue (RAL

5015). Built by robots to ensure consistent,

high-quality welding, the vessels are extremely

robust in design and come with a 10-year

warranty. 5mm plate and fittings are present

throughout the build, ensuring that the

Vertical Air Receivers are double the weight

(pro rata) of standard catalogue vessels.

Hi-line’s Vertical Air Receivers offer 11 bar

working pressure. However, the company can

manufacture high-pressure vessels up to 400

bar, as well as customised tanks and vessels in

any colour or design code in line with

customer requirements. Hi-line can also

supply the vessels with or without fitting kits

to suit individual preference. Gauge and drain

are included, along with a safety valve to suit

the operating pressure.

Finishing - May/June 2022


Pull-Off Adhesion Testers

Measure the adhesion of coatings to

metal, wood, concrete and more

Automatic Features

n Impact and scratch resistant color Touch Screen display with keypad

n Wirelessly connect the PosiTest AT-A to your smart device using our free app

n Record the results as pass/fail and the nature of fracture —

cohesive, adhesive and glue failures





Also available

AT-M Manual Model

DFT Instruments UK LTD

16A Long Drive, Meadway, Berkhamsted, Herts HP4 2PN

t: 01442 879494 f: 01442 879595

www.dftinstruments.co.uk e: sales@dftinstruments.co.uk

Proud supplier of DeFelsko Inspection Instruments


Optimise design

Coat of metal colours

A range of 70 new metallic colours have been made available by

HMG Paints for their HMG ColourBase Colour Box. The new metallic

colours are available in a range of HMG products and are ideal for

industries such as Commercial Vehicle, Horseboxes and ACE

(Agricultural and Construction Equipment) amongst others.

“Our colour team have worked tirelessly to bring these new metallic

shades to our distributor network and customers, the new colours have

been developed based on extensive collaboration with our customers

and partners” commented Danny Cleary, HMG Sales Director. “The

new metallic colours are a great compliment to the existing 2,400

colours and will be popular across a number of industries.”

The new range provides enhanced colour matching capability for

HMG’s customers and distribution network. With the system utilising

HMG’s existing Unit Lite colourants there is no need for expensive

investment and the colours are available simply via a software update

of ColourBase, the bespoke HMG colour formulation software which

already boasts over 90,000 colours.

Fully automatic

Walther Trowal has introduced the MV 50 multivib vibratory finishing

machine for the fully automatic surface finishing of large components

for aircraft turbines like blisks, but also for forging dies. With an internal

diameter of 1,650 mm the MV 50 is the largest machine of its kind

ever built by the company.

The first of this new generation of mass finishing machines will be

used for finishing blisks (“blade integrated disks”) for aircraft turbines. To

a considerable extent the quality of the surface finish on these

components determines, how well they are performing under

operational loads. A good surface finish allows the turbulence-free

airflow through the integrated blades. This helps decrease the fuel

consumption and noise emissions and optimizes the overall efficiency

The company who purchased the first MV 50 finishing machine

chose the mass finishing technology, because blisks require an

extremely smooth surface, but with the sharp edges of the blade

segments remaining intact.

With a usable diameter of 1,300 mm the MV 50 can also handle

planetary gears for wind turbines, where the finishing of internal surface

areas is especially critical. Likewise, it can also be used for large forging

dies, which, to date, could not be treated in a mass finishing machine.

The new finishing system was designed for fully automatic operation.

Once the work piece has been mounted into the bottom of the

processing bowl, no additional manual operations are required.

Compared to previous finishing methods this improves the process

consistency and stability. Moreover, the new finishing system saves time,

because on average the finishing process requires cycle times of less

than three hours.

The new TIP 2.0 is an optimized

design for enabling

communication with diaphragms

as part of Industry 4.0

interconnectivity. Using RFID

chips in conjunction with

CONEXO, diaphragms can be

positively identified and relevant

data can be read out.

To enable communication with

membranes, they are equipped

with an RFID chip.

Until now, RFID chips have

been integrated into diaphragms

by adhesive bonding. The

integration method for the new

TIP 2.0 has been adapted and

Speedy process


The TIP 2.0 is a substrate with

an RFID chip. The substrate

made of high-quality plastic

protects the chip from external

influences and is firmly anchored

in the diaphragm during the

manufacturing process. The TIP

2.0 is colour-coded red so that it

can be quickly and positively

identified and its data can be

read out using a CONEXO pen.

From now on GEMÜ will start

equipping diaphragms that come

under GEMÜ code 17, code 19,

code 54 and code 5M with the

TIP 2.0.

In coil coating, galvanizing, pickling or other coil processing

applications, the drying and thermal processes are key contributors to

the healthy bottom line of business.

With more than 20 years’ experience in thermal processing, adphos

Thermal Processing GmbH, is proud to introduce aNIR-BAT

technology, the Best Available Technology in Coil Processing, which

ensures the utmost in speed, efficiency, and profitability in coil

processing – and guarantees the lowest CO2-emissions.

aNIR-BAT allows:

Extremely compact and dynamic operations beyond that of all other

technologies including induction

Flexibility and energy efficiency that surpasses infrared based


Adaptability and energy costs, unattainable with the best-in-class hot

air convection ovens.

All this results in the lowest operation costs and the lowest CO2


aNIR®-BAT are perfect for upgrades, replacements and greenfield

installations. It s the best available technology in the market and is ideal

for the following applications:

rinse water drying, primer and water based pretreatments, organic

wet or powder based coatings, thermal treatment in galvanizing,

annealing or pickling lines.

FinishingMay/June 2022

Products & Services

Stewart Freshwater

mobile: 07746 373 545

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

T: 01283 529314 • E: Sales@Supreme-Eng.com • W: www.supreme-eng.com

abrasive blast cleaning equipment

coating applications

computer systems



Blast Rooms

Blast Cabinets

Portable Blast Machines

Paint Spray Equipment

Abrasive Recovery

Safety Equipment

Dust Collection

Spray Booths



Tel: 0114 254 8811

36 Orgreave Drive, Sheffield, S13 9NR


Supplier and manufacturer of

abrasive blast cleaning and surface

treatment equipment since 1959

abrasive blast cleaning equipment













(Est 1971)


Tel: 01924 274887

Fax: 01924 262219

M/C Sales 07850 744377 Txt/WhatsApp 24hr

Email: paul@dougbooth.co.uk (machines)

jonny@dougbooth.co.uk (parts & service)

Website: www.dougbooth.co.uk





Delivering highly

engineered, critical

function products

and services to

the commercial,

industrial, defense

and energy markets

n Shot Peening

n Laser Peening

n Coating Services

n Analytical Services

Please contact us on:

01635 279621


Engineered coating solutions:

● High lubricity/low friction


E/M Coating Services

Resistance to erosion/galling



Do you know what your production

line is doing? ORPHEUS DOES!

ORPHEUS... Proven Production

control software

Barcode technology provides




Why not give us a call for a


Mark Dimmock

Acton Gate Systems Ltd,

Essington, Staffordshire, WV11 2BQ

01902 249299 actongate

www.actongate.co.uk • enquiries@actongate.co.uk

To advertise please call

Stewart Freshwater

on 07746 373 545 or email


conveyor systems

Overhead Conveyors

& Lifting


EM/RF shielding

A business unit of Curtiss-Wright Surface Technologies

Please contact us on:

01386 421444


T. 01926 813111



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complete finishing plant

(paint or powder coatings)



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

Stakehill Lane, Stakehill,


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



Caldan Conveyor Solutions -

simply perfect.

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

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

Tel: 020 8953 7111



To advertise

please call

Stewart Freshwater

on 07746 373 545 or email


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May/June 2022 - Finishing

48 for all your classified needs call Stewart Freshwater on: 07746 373 545

drying racks & spray tables

effluent treatment plants

hooks & jigs





Polypropylene Tanks

PVC Tanks


Bund Tanks

Tank Linings

Rubber Linings

HDPE Tanks

Established 1976

Fume Scrubbers

Fume extraction



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

electrophoretic coatings supplier and applicator





To advertise

please call





01920 822 404

Stewart Freshwater

on 07746 373545 or email


electrophoretic coatings supplier









Hawking Electrotechnology Ltd

T: +44 (0) 1384 483019

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






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

Tel: 01202 677939


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


T: 01202 661300 jane@hitekproducts.com


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.

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


• Automotive • Aerospace • Oil & Gas

• Petrochemical • Defence • Medical

• Precision Engineering

Specialist manufacturers in:

Jigs • Baskets

Coils • Heaters

Fasteners • Tanks

0121 622 3887



Leading manufacturer of Jigs,

Racking systems, Baskets, Heaters,

Coils and many other products for the

Anodising & Electroplating industry


Tel: 01283 529314

Fax: 01283 529316


Finishing - May/June 2022

for all your classified needs call Stewart Freshwater on: 07746 373 545


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infra red emitters


pump & filtration specialists

t Bruest ATEX-certified

Flameless Gas

Catalytic Infrared Heaters

t Gas-saving industrial ovens

t “CATBOX” box ovens for


t Servicing, spares & repairs for

most brands of catalytic heaters

Unit 1b Brown Lees Road Ind. Est. Forge

Way, Knypersley, Staffordshire ST8 7DN

Tel: + 44 (0) 1782 511880




Hi-Tek Products Ltd

2A Dawkins Road Industrial Estate

Hamworthy, Poole,

Dorset BH15 4JP

Tel: 01202 661300

E-mail: jane@hitekproducts.com

Web Site: www.hitekproducts.com

Contact: Jane McMullen

Masking Caps • Tapes/Discs • Tapered

Plugs • Tubing • Pull-Through Plugs

• Custom Design • Stopping-Off

Lacquers • PTFE Lubricant

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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

To advertise please call Stewart Freshwater on

01923 437615



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.

or email s.freshwater@turretgroup.com

pumps & filters


Pumps, Filters

and Agitation


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


metal plating and polishing

powder coating manufacturers

precision cleaning & degreasing

To advertise

please call

Stewart Freshwater

on 01923 437615 or email


The Sherwin-Williams Company

To advertise

please call

Stewart Freshwater

on 01923 437615 or email


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oven stoving & curing

pre treatment chemicals

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

Stakehill Lane, Stakehill,


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







Contact: Brian Carroll

Specialist in Phosphate Pretreatment Chemicals




Tel: 01204 495818


ptr treatment

Aqueous Cleaners/Degreasers

Metal Brightening Solutions

Alkaline and Acid Etches


Chrome passivates and treatments

Qualicoat Approved Non-Chrome


Phosphates and Non-phosphate


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

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

May/June 2022 - Finishing

50 for all your classified needs call Stewart Freshwater on: 07746 373 545

spray booths

salt spray environmental


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spray nozzles

Excellent surfaces

WAGNER offers a wide range

of systems and products for

perfect coating solutions in

liquid and powder.





Booths & Systems

Wagner Spraytech (UK) Ltd.

Tel. 01327 368410



Finishing - May/June 2022



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.


Paytoe Lane . Leintwardine . Craven Arms.

Shropshire . SY7 0NB

Telephone: 01547 540573

Email: sales@specialistlabsalt.com

Website: www.specialistlabsalt.com

spray nozzles

tanks & protective linings

Polypropylene Tanks

PVC Tanks


Bund Tanks

Tank Linings

Rubber Linings

HDPE Tanks

One off Fabrications and installation

web design

Established 1976

Fume Scrubbers

Fume extraction



Repairs & Refurbishment

Flexible PVC Linings

Guards in all materials

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.





thermal fluid

• Up to 50% energy savings

• Compact size

• Easy & safe to use

• Works up to 350°C

• Low exhaust emissions

• High efficiency

• Requires no specialist


Web Design

& Development

Thermal Fluid


Technology now

for the future

Tel: 020 8953 7111



water purification

Water Purification Plant Experts

Personal & Professional Service at

Competitive Prices

• Reverse Osmosis


• Water Softening


• Particulate Filtration

• Wastewater Recovery

• De-Ionisers

• Water Treatment


Tel: 01543 462 802

T: 01622 871 877

Email: plasbrun.plastics@outlook.com

Web: www.plasbrunplastics.co.uk

E: sales@puretechsystems.co.uk

W: www.puretechsystems.co.uk

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T. 01932 567505


• 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



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following regular


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4 Products

4 Business and

technical issues

4 Personnel changes

4 Company focuses

4 Questions & answers

4 Special reports

4 Employment


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n Wet Paint

For Editorial

enquiries please


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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]







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



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