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It’s been difficult to keep up with the government at the moment, and hopefully by the time you read this we will have the same prime minister in position! The prime minister finally decided to go to COP 27 and it really does feel that governments around the world have to take climate change seriously. Investment in green infrastructure is vital to create a future for the generations to come and should be at the top of the agenda for any incoming government. Funny thing is, it’s not and maybe it won’t be until it’s too late. In the news we have investment from BASF in Germany and China. Let’s hope some of this comes to the UK. Also, there are the winners of the BCF Awards, plus news of some interesting projects from around the UK. Finally, I’d like to wish you all a merry Christmas and happy new year.

It’s been difficult to keep up with the government at the moment, and hopefully by the time you read this we will have the same prime minister in position!
The prime minister finally decided to go to COP 27 and it really does feel that governments around the world have to take climate change seriously. Investment in green infrastructure is vital to create a future for the generations to come and should be at the top of the agenda for any incoming government. Funny thing is, it’s not and maybe it won’t be until it’s too late.
In the news we have investment from BASF in Germany and China. Let’s hope some of this comes to the UK. Also, there are the winners of the BCF Awards, plus news of some interesting projects from around the UK. Finally, I’d like to wish you all a merry Christmas and happy new year.

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<strong>November</strong>/<strong>December</strong> <strong>2022</strong> – Volume 46 Number 6 – ISSN no. 0264 2506<br />

In this issue...<br />

It’s been difficult to keep up with the government at the moment, and hopefully by the<br />

time you read this we will have the same prime minister in position!<br />

The prime minister finally decided to go to COP 27 and it really does feel that<br />

governments around the world have to take climate change seriously. Investment in<br />

green infrastructure is vital to create a future for the generations to come and should be<br />

at the top of the agenda for any incoming government. Funny thing is, it’s not and<br />

maybe it won’t be until it’s too late.<br />

In the news we have investment from BASF in Germany and China. Let’s hope some<br />

of this comes to the UK. Also, there are the winners of the BCF Awards, plus news of<br />

some interesting projects from around the UK. Finally, I’d like to<br />

wish you all a merry christmas and happy new year.<br />

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Innovation driven by legislation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16<br />

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4 NEWS www.finishingmagazine.co.uk<br />

New China office opens<br />

The Surface Treatment global<br />

business unit of BASF’s Coatings<br />

division, operating under the<br />

Chemetall brand, opened its first<br />

regional innovation and<br />

technology center for applied<br />

surface treatment technology in<br />

Shanghai, China. The new 2,600<br />

square meter centre will focus<br />

on developing advanced surface<br />

treatment solutions and product<br />

innovations for a wide range of<br />

industries and market segments<br />

in Asia, for Asia.<br />

“The opening of this<br />

Innovation and Technology<br />

Centre is an important pillar of<br />

our growth strategy and<br />

strengthens our technical and<br />

innovation capabilities in Asia<br />

Pacific. It shows our commitment<br />

to further contribute to and<br />

support the long-term success of<br />

our customers in the fastestgrowing<br />

region,” said Christophe<br />

Cazabeau, senior vice president,<br />

surface treatment, coatings<br />

division, BASF.<br />

“Innovation is key to powering<br />

growth for BASF. This new<br />

center’s ability to develop<br />

customized surface treatment<br />

solutions closer to the market<br />

will further underpin our<br />

technology leadership and our<br />

customers’ success,” said Dr.<br />

Jeffrey Lou, president and<br />

chairman, BASF Greater China.<br />

Equipped with multiple<br />

technical capabilities and<br />

operated by a highly<br />

experienced technology team,<br />

the new laboratories can provide<br />

a comprehensive range of tests<br />

and services including analytical,<br />

application, salt spray and<br />

climate testing as well as<br />

development work on a range of<br />

applied surface treatment<br />

technologies and applications for<br />

various market segments<br />

including but not limited to<br />

automotive OEM and<br />

components, coil, general<br />

industry, cold forming,<br />

aerospace, aluminum finishing<br />

and glass.<br />

Net zero report launched<br />

The UK Aluminium Federation<br />

(ALFED) has announced the<br />

release of its Net Zero Report,<br />

which supports the need for<br />

decarbonisation, sustainable<br />

sourcing, and transition to a<br />

circular economy.<br />

These actions were previously<br />

outlined in ALFED’s early<br />

Roadmap and while they<br />

remain crucial, the new report<br />

includes contributions and<br />

challenge from members,<br />

stakeholders, and industry<br />

representatives to present a<br />

bolder and braver vision for<br />

greater collaboration and<br />

increased action.<br />

ALFED’s members ambition<br />

clearly identifies that the work<br />

towards Net Zero is not just a<br />

positive opportunity for change,<br />

but a direction that enables the<br />

UK industry to deliver on a<br />

vision which is in our best<br />

interests.<br />

In compiling the report, all<br />

responses from across industry<br />

were included and the<br />

overwhelming theme focused<br />

on collaboration and taking a<br />

systematic approach to solution<br />

development to realise greater<br />

opportunities for intervention<br />

and investment in the UK.<br />

The sector objectives are<br />

detailed throughout, with an<br />

emerging action plan to support<br />

a Net Zero transformation by<br />

2050, to drive innovation and<br />

develop a Sustain Aluminium<br />

centre in the UK, affiliated with<br />

many UK and Global Academic<br />

institutions.<br />

"This document vision and<br />

outlined action plan represents<br />

the best thinking of the<br />

stakeholders and knowledge<br />

partners involved to date. It is<br />

not the whole story, and we<br />

may not have all the right first<br />

steps, but the possibilities are<br />

endless; from more regular<br />

updates on a particular subject,<br />

through bid development, to<br />

involvement or leadership of an<br />

initiative or project.<br />

“Collaboration is going to be<br />

key within our sector and across<br />

others. We have more in<br />

common with our industry and<br />

manufacturing neighbours than<br />

we have differences, and we will<br />

need to work together to build<br />

bigger conversations and bigger<br />

opportunities for change and<br />

resilience in the UK.<br />

“To achieve this vision, ALFED<br />

will work collaboratively to<br />

maximise the contribution of<br />

the UK aluminium sector in<br />

achieving the transformation,<br />

such that all aluminium<br />

production and recycling will be<br />

Net Zero by 2050,” says<br />

Nadine Bloxsome, membership<br />

& sustainability manager,<br />

ALFED.<br />

New<br />

two at<br />

the<br />

CBA<br />

The Chemical Business<br />

Association (CBA has<br />

announced the recent<br />

appointment of two key team<br />

members.<br />

Douglas Leech, who was the<br />

CBA’s technical director, has<br />

been appointed to the newly<br />

created role of special projects<br />

director, whilst Elaine McGavin<br />

has expanded her remit and is<br />

now the association’s regulatory<br />

and responsible care lead.<br />

Both positions have been<br />

created in response to<br />

membership of the CBA<br />

growing to record levels, with<br />

the appointments being part of<br />

an ongoing structural<br />

reorganisation to ensure<br />

members receive the best<br />

possible value from their<br />

membership. In addition, to<br />

ensure that the CBA can best<br />

deal with current and future<br />

challenges, not to mention<br />

opportunities in the chemical<br />

supply chain.<br />

Leech joined the CBA in<br />

2003 following a 20-year tenure<br />

in the product formulation<br />

sector, where he worked in both<br />

research & development and<br />

health & safety.<br />

As special projects director,<br />

Leech’s focus will also involve<br />

overall strategy and objectives,<br />

and close collaboration with key<br />

stakeholders and organisations.<br />

In particular, he will focus on<br />

working towards an alternative<br />

UK REACH model.<br />

McGavin has been with the<br />

CBA since 2019 and boasts<br />

more than 20 years’ experience<br />

in various sectors, including<br />

research & development, supply<br />

chain and catalysis. In her new<br />

role, her core objectives will<br />

include supporting members<br />

with regulatory and sustainability<br />

issues. McGavin is also a<br />

Dangerous Goods Safety<br />

Advisor (DGSA).<br />

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The winners of the BCF Awards were announced in a<br />

ceremony last month.<br />

Colour of the year<br />

Colour, performance and protection for the Wild at heart. That’s the<br />

inspiration behind Wild Wonder, the Interpon Colour of the Year for<br />

2023, a colour imagined by an international team of colour experts<br />

and inspired by the rhythms of nature around us.<br />

Wild Wonder is one of a palette of eight new colours influenced by<br />

nature, its shapes, structures and colours. By learning from nature<br />

architects and designers can create even more comfortable, beautiful<br />

spaces in which to live and work.<br />

The unique colours in the palette are intended to help people reflect<br />

and reconsider their relationship with earth’s natural resources, with<br />

the warm, golden tones of the harvest, and the positivity and energy<br />

that flows from the happy promise of a new season and a world<br />

sustained.<br />

Expert colour scientist from around the world and within<br />

AkzoNobel’s Global Aesthetics Centre have accessed more than three<br />

decades of colour research and analysis to ensure the colours are ontrend.<br />

Each of the shades is also available digitally in the AkzoNobel<br />

Design App and the AkzoNobel Connecting Colors App.<br />

Bob Dirks, global segment manager, architecture at AkzoNobel<br />

Powder Coatings, says: “Everyone needs colour. Colours that dazzle<br />

and colours that hide, colours that stand out or blend in, in both 2D<br />

and 3D. Colours you can see and colours you can’t. Colours that<br />

enhance the buildings in which we work and live; the furniture on<br />

which we sit and relax; the everyday household products that integrate<br />

effortlessly and harmoniously with our everyday lives.”<br />

New chairman at the GA<br />

With nearly four decades of galvanizing industry experience,<br />

Galvanizers Association has decided that David Watkins, the current<br />

managing director of Hereford Galvanizers, has the vision to lead their<br />

membership through the current economic environment and help<br />

position galvanized steel as a core material within circular construction.<br />

The new Chairman is also CEO of Zinco International, a global leader<br />

in technical services and products to the galvanizing industry.<br />

Galvanizers Association recently that David Watkins will replace Ed<br />

Byrne, MD Galco Steel, as Chairman of the Board. Mr Watkins began<br />

working for Hereford Galvanizers in 1986 and after a variety of roles<br />

in galvanizing sales, marketing and operations, he became managing<br />

director in 2005. He takes up his position with GA as the industry<br />

faces difficult decisions around energy, inflation, and rising costs.<br />

Speaking recently Mr. Watkins said: “I am honoured to become<br />

chairman of our trade body and would like to give credit to the former<br />

chair for six years of hard work, helping the industry through Brexit<br />

and multiple Covid lockdowns. The challenges facing me today are<br />

somewhat different but by no means less, as we continue operating at<br />

a time of high inflation and amid unprecedented concerns around<br />

rising energy costs.”<br />

The winners of the British Coatings Federation (BCF) Awards <strong>2022</strong><br />

were announced on 13th October at the Forest of Arden Marriott<br />

Hotel & Country Club. Over 150 delegates were there to watch Paul<br />

Sinha (Sinnerman from ITV’s the Chase) hand out the awards over<br />

10 categories.<br />

Tom Bowtell, BCF chief executive said “Given the hugely<br />

challenging times our industry is facing, it was great to come<br />

together face to face and celebrate the many achievements of our<br />

member companies over the last 12 months. It is also exciting to see<br />

so much young talent in our sector, demonstrated particularly in our<br />

Apprentice of the Year and Young Leader of the Year categories.<br />

Many congratulations to all those who were shortlisted, but<br />

especially to the winners”.<br />

The evening opened with the Sustainable Innovation Awards,<br />

split into Manufacturer and Supplier categories due to the record<br />

number of entries. The Sustainable Innovation Manufacturer Award<br />

was won by BASF for AGILIS, and the Sustainable Innovation<br />

Supplier Award was presented to Hexigone Inhibitors for Intelli-ion.<br />

The sustainability theme carried on through the evening with the<br />

Coatings Care Progress Award, and the Coatings Care Overall Best<br />

Performer Award. The Progress Award was given to joint winners<br />

Steyport and PPG Industrial Coatings, and Overall Best Performer<br />

was awarded to Farrow & Ball. The Corporate Social Responsibility<br />

Award was taken home by AkzoNobel for their True Colours<br />

Community Fund initiative.<br />

The Customer Service Award was presented to Sherwin Williams<br />

Consumer Brands Group. For Marketing Campaign of the Year, it<br />

was the ‘Dulux Simply Refresh, with Changing Rooms’ campaign<br />

that took home the award for AkzoNobel.<br />

The evening concluded by celebrating outstanding individual<br />

talent in the industry, recognised in the Apprentice of the Year<br />

Award, won by Andrew Roser from AkzoNobel; Young Leader of<br />

the Year Award, won by Emma Porter from hubergroup UK and<br />

Student of the Year Award, which saw Sam Gumbley from Belzona<br />

win.<br />

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’Specify BS EN 12206 or QUALICOAT?’ asks Angus Mackie -<br />

QUALICOAT UK & Ireland Chair<br />

German research centre<br />

BASF Coatings has inaugurated a new research centre for<br />

electrophoretic dip coating at its headquarters in Münster-Hiltrup,<br />

Germany. The electrophoretic or cathodic dip coat (e-coat) protects the<br />

surfaces, edges and cavities of a car body against corrosion, and evens<br />

out the roughness of the pre-treated metal surfaces, thus providing the<br />

optimum basis for the application of the subsequent paint layers.<br />

“We invested 15 million euros in the new building at the Münster<br />

site,” said Mathias Schöttke, managing director BASF Coatings GmbH.<br />

“The health and safety of our colleagues is particularly important to us<br />

at BASF. This is why, during the planning stage, we have not only<br />

given high priority to the quality and efficiency of the coating process,<br />

but also to ergonomics and occupational safety right from the start.”<br />

Frank Naber, head of the Automotive OEM Coatings Solutions<br />

EMEA business unit at BASF Coatings emphasized: “In our new e-coat<br />

research centre we can simulate our customers’ processes and paint<br />

systems. We can coat pre-treated original parts of our customers under<br />

the conditions of their individual paint lines in a 2,000-liter dip tank<br />

and bake them in a chamber oven. These parts can be doors, fenders<br />

or hoods.” In addition, the research centre has two ultra-filtration and<br />

filtration stands with which the quality and stability of new e-coats can<br />

be tested under the conditions of the customers already before the<br />

tank is being filled for the first time. “In this way, we can ensure that<br />

the coating quality is at a very high level immediately after having<br />

changed over to a new e-coat material, and that it meets the<br />

customer’s specification. Thanks to these technical conditions, we are<br />

making another significant contribution to the success of our<br />

customers,” said Naber.<br />

Perstop acquired by Petronas<br />

Perstorp has been acquired by<br />

PETRONAS Chemicals Group<br />

Berhad (PCG), Malaysia s leading<br />

integrated chemicals provider<br />

and part of PETRONAS Group.<br />

In May this year, PCG signed<br />

a Securities Purchase Agreement<br />

with Financière Forêt S.à.r.l, a<br />

company under PAI Partners, a<br />

European private equity firm, to<br />

acquire the entire equity interest<br />

in Perstorp, a leading<br />

sustainability-driven global<br />

specialty chemicals company<br />

based in Sweden. With the<br />

completion of the acquisition,<br />

Perstorp is now PCG’s whollyowned<br />

subsidiary.<br />

“This day marks a new<br />

beginning and exciting future for<br />

Perstorp as part of the PCG<br />

family. We are thrilled to explore<br />

the opportunities that can be<br />

unlocked by working closely with<br />

PCG. This will accelerate the next<br />

phase of growth and further<br />

strengthen us as a leading<br />

specialty chemicals company.<br />

Perstorp and PCG form a<br />

stronger business together,” said<br />

Perstorp’s President and CEO Jan<br />

Secher.<br />

During the recent QUALICOAT UK & Ireland conference held at<br />

the Building Centre in London, Chris Mansfield Commercial<br />

Director of Tomburn and licensed QUALICOAT Applicator, offered<br />

delegates an insight into the recently released BS EN 12206 for<br />

coated architectural aluminium having sat on the working group<br />

dealing with the revision.<br />

In the UK we generally specify British Standards or a Euro<br />

Standard (EN) as a minimum requirement for many of our<br />

construction contracts often to the exclusion of lengthy written<br />

specifications. Even though we are out of the EU, the UK remain<br />

members of CEN/CENELEC and has an obligation to implement an<br />

EN Standard as an identical national Standard and withdraw any<br />

conflicting national Standards. These Standards are based on a ‘fit<br />

for purpose’ minimum requirement and form a benchmark to<br />

qualify products and services. Standards are ‘self policed’ in other<br />

words, claimed as meeting the Standard by a producer who supplies<br />

a product.<br />

The revised Standard also expands on the Florida testing for<br />

‘super durable’ and 'hyper durable' powder formulations where<br />

coatings are less flexible ensuring that these high-performance<br />

products now fall within the Standard. Other changes to the<br />

Standard include testing that is required on a finished coated<br />

sample, rather than just referring to a metal Standard. On packaging<br />

the Standard now requires that boxes containing coating powders<br />

are clearly labeled with full details of their contents to further help in<br />

reducing failures.<br />

Current confusion regarding coating thicknesses has now been<br />

taken out of the Standard by removing the ‘average minimum<br />

thickness’ of 50 microns and just stating that the minimum thickness<br />

of coating should be 40 microns. Viewing distances for quality<br />

inspection has also been reduced to 1m from 3m in the previous<br />

Standard. This reduced distance allows for visual inspection to<br />

inclusions and scratches, however, for colour matching this distance<br />

can be increased as required. Furthermore on colour matching the<br />

new Standard also offers the option to use colour metric equipment<br />

to identify colour and variance.<br />

Basically the new BS EN 12206-1:2021 now more closely aligned<br />

to the current QUALICOAT Specification which is constantly being<br />

updated with new methodology and developments, so which should<br />

you specify? There is no reason why you can’t specify both together<br />

if you wish to cover all bases, however should you do so, you could<br />

lose out on what benefit a QUALICOAT specification can bring to<br />

architectural finishes. There are three things that clearly differentiate<br />

a QUALICOAT Specification:<br />

1. BS EN 12206 does offer a testing methodology, but does<br />

not state a frequency of production testing, QUALICOAT specifies<br />

both methodology and frequency of testing.<br />

2. BS EN 12206 is self policing, relying on a suppliers word<br />

that they meet the Standard. QUALICOAT licensed applicators are<br />

subject to twice yearly unannounced inspections by an independent<br />

test house to ensure the QUALICOAT Specification is being<br />

followed. A coater failing an inspection can mean an Applicator<br />

member losing their status as a licence holder.<br />

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10 COATINGS<br />

Sustainable<br />

titanium<br />

Singulus Technologies has developed a<br />

new layer system with titanium for the<br />

sustainable coating with the Decoline II<br />

production line. The innovative coating<br />

process reduces the necessary production<br />

steps and is therefore significantly more<br />

economical. Substrates made of glass no<br />

longer need to be lacquered with this process<br />

using titanium, as the coloring takes place<br />

during metallization. The coating process<br />

offers a choice of six basic metallic colors and<br />

mixed variants thereof: silver, bronze, gold,<br />

violet, blue and green. These colors can be<br />

individually selected by different parameters<br />

during metallization. Even on plastic<br />

substrates, one of the two coating steps<br />

normally required can be omitted. This<br />

reduces the number of layers and significantly<br />

simplifies the process. Components with a<br />

diameter of up to 68 or 90 mm and a length<br />

of 130 mm can be coated with the Decoline<br />

II.<br />

The process is particularly sustainable,<br />

environmentally friendly, and economical. No<br />

solvents, chemicals or organic coatings are<br />

required for most substrates. The energy<br />

required for the coating process is significantly<br />

lower than for anodizing, painting, or<br />

electroplating. Complex and cost-intensive<br />

painting steps can be completely or partially<br />

eliminated.<br />

The Decoline II by Singulus Technologies<br />

Integrates the vacuum metallization (cathode<br />

sputtering) as well as all lacquering and preprocessing<br />

steps in a single production run.<br />

Due to its high degree of automation a single<br />

employee can operate the system. Not only<br />

components made of plastics, but also glass<br />

and metal can be coated. For the product<br />

design, the clean vacuum coating offers<br />

attractive combination possibilities. The process<br />

of 3D-coating is completely chrome (IV)-free<br />

and energy-efficient. Due its flexibility the<br />

Decoline II offers the opportunity to finish<br />

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automotive as well as further consumer<br />

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production process and significantly reduces<br />

production costs with the short cycle times of<br />

around 6 seconds per substrate carrier.<br />

Depending on the product size, a substrate<br />

carrier can transport up to eighteen parts<br />

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<strong>Finishing</strong> - <strong>November</strong>/<strong>December</strong> <strong>2022</strong>


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12 CLEANING<br />

Optimal efficiency<br />

The surfaces of parts that are coated or<br />

measured after machining must be<br />

exceptionally clean. To ensure that even<br />

small workpieces such as valve components<br />

and indexable inserts are cleaned reliably,<br />

more and more manufacturers are turning to<br />

the quattroClean snow-jet technology. This<br />

cleans single parts effectively and efficiently in<br />

a fully automated and integrated process.<br />

The demand for precision, process reliability<br />

and high efficiency is causing many<br />

companies to put the processes and<br />

technologies they use to the test and parts<br />

cleaning is no exception. This involves<br />

achieving the necessary level of cleanliness for<br />

the next production step, such as coating or<br />

measuring, reliably yet at reduced operating<br />

costs. At the same time, the trend towards<br />

automating and digitizing processes is playing<br />

an ever-more important role. Consequently,<br />

even where it concerns smaller components,<br />

manufacturers prefer a dry and fully<br />

automated cleaning solution such as the<br />

quattroClean snow-jet technology from acp<br />

systems AG.<br />

Partial cleaning to remove dried<br />

impurities before PVD process<br />

This was also the case with a valve<br />

manufacturer. The valve in question is a<br />

rotationally symmetrical part made of steel<br />

with a diameter of approximately five<br />

millimeters and a length of around five<br />

millimeters, which is partially coated in a PVD<br />

process. After machining, which generates<br />

heat, the surface is soiled with a mixture of<br />

dried-on machining medium (oil) and particles<br />

that is difficult to clean off. Although the<br />

amount of dirt is comparatively small, it is<br />

essential that it is removed from certain areas<br />

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14 CORROSION PROTECTION<br />

150 parts to be met.<br />

To optimally integrate the cleaning system<br />

into the existing workflow, buffer that holds<br />

five workpiece carriers is located on the input<br />

and on the output side. The carriers, which are<br />

marked with a digital matrix code to ensure<br />

seamless documentation of the cleaning<br />

process, are fed one at a time into the<br />

cleaning cabin via an appropriately-sized lock.<br />

As soon as the lock is closed, the cleaning<br />

process starts. Using a specific motion<br />

sequence, a robot moves the cleaning unit<br />

with jet nozzle over the valve components at a<br />

defined distance. A sensor system<br />

continuously monitors the consistency of the<br />

jet. Once all parts have been cleaned, the lock<br />

on the output side opens and the workpiece<br />

carrier is advanced to the encapsulated<br />

unloading area.<br />

in order to ensure optimum adhesion and a<br />

long-lasting coating. A wet-chemical cleaning<br />

process was ruled out because of the high<br />

effort, space requirements and energy<br />

consumption associated with drying.<br />

CO2 snow process optimally<br />

prepares surfaces for coating<br />

Extensive cleaning tests in the acp systems<br />

technical center demonstrated that partial<br />

cleaning with the quattroClean snow jet<br />

technology achieves the cleanliness needed to<br />

obtain an optimal coating result. The process<br />

uses liquid carbon dioxide as a medium. CO2<br />

is a by-product of chemical manufacturing<br />

processes and biogas energy generation, thus<br />

making it climate neutral.<br />

In the cleaning process, liquid carbon<br />

dioxide is passed through the inner ring of a<br />

wear-free, two-component ring nozzle and<br />

expands on exiting to form fine CO2 crystals.<br />

This jet of snow is then bundled by a separate<br />

jacket jet of compressed air (outer ring) and<br />

accelerated to supersonic speed. The easy-tofocus<br />

jet of snow and compressed air impacts<br />

on the surface to be cleaned at a temperature<br />

of minus 78.5°C, triggering a combination of<br />

thermal, mechanical, sublimation and solvent<br />

effects. The cleaning action brought about by<br />

the interaction of these four effects removes<br />

the dried-on mixture of machining oil and<br />

particles in a dependable and reproducible<br />

manner. The detached impurities are carried<br />

away by the aerodynamic force of the jet of<br />

compressed air and eliminated from the<br />

cleaning cell together with the sublimated<br />

CO2 in the gaseous phase. This reliably<br />

prevents parts from becoming<br />

recontaminated.<br />

Tailored fully-automated<br />

process<br />

To clean the valve components, acp built the<br />

fully-automated Jetcell cleaning system using<br />

standardized modules, tailoring it to the<br />

application and to the manufacturer’s<br />

production conditions. The workpiece carriers<br />

are used both for the cleaning step and for<br />

the partial PVD coating process. Process<br />

parameters, such as the volume flows for<br />

compressed air and carbon dioxide, type of jet<br />

nozzle, distance of jet away from the part,<br />

cleaning time, as well as the motion sequence,<br />

are appropriately adapted. This enables the<br />

required cycle time of six minutes for cleaning<br />

a fully-loaded workpiece carrier with around<br />

CO2 cleaning process integrated<br />

into measuring cell<br />

Indexable inserts, which are manufactured<br />

in small quantities with individual geometries<br />

and dimensions varying between ten and<br />

twenty five millimeters, have extremely tight<br />

tolerances that may not exceed one to two<br />

micrometers. To ensure this high accuracy, the<br />

entire contour of the carbide parts is<br />

measured at the manufacturer's after grinding.<br />

Since impurities on the surface from<br />

machining residues and grinding dust can<br />

cause measurement errors, in the past the<br />

inserts were cleaned manually at great<br />

expense. The manufacturer wanted to<br />

integrate this process into the automated<br />

production line. Here, again, after cleaning<br />

trials and defining process parameters, the<br />

decision was made in favor of the<br />

quattroClean technology.<br />

In this case, a cleaning module was<br />

integrated into the measuring cell, which is<br />

docked directly to the grinding machine. This<br />

solution allows the existing robot to remove<br />

the inserts from the grinding machine via a<br />

lock, move them in a defined short motion<br />

sequence under the snow jet and then set<br />

them down neatly in the measuring area. The<br />

motion sequences, jet-cleaning times and<br />

respective volume flows for the various<br />

indexable inserts are all stored in the control<br />

system as part-specific programs.<br />

By precisely tailoring the cleaning step to<br />

the application and cycle time specifications, as<br />

well as being able to operate the system as a<br />

stand-alone unit, inline and in interlinked<br />

manufacturing environments, the Industry 4.0-<br />

capable quattroClean snow jet technology can<br />

play a major role when it comes to automating<br />

and digitizing production processes. Thanks to<br />

standardized interfaces, it is no problem to<br />

integrate the cleaning system into higher-level<br />

host computers and control it via these. To<br />

ensure seamless documentation and<br />

traceability, all process parameters are<br />

automatically recorded and transmitted to the<br />

host computer.<br />

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16 CLEANING<br />

Innovation driven<br />

by legislation<br />

Vapour degreasing, with or with-out<br />

ultrasonics, is the oldest, simplest and<br />

most effective solvent degreasing and<br />

metal cleaning process used today. It has, until<br />

recently, been subject to little change since it<br />

was first invented in the early part of the last<br />

century. In the UK, Europe, United States and<br />

other advanced industrialized economies<br />

increasingly stringent legislation to control<br />

emissions of V02, Global Warming<br />

Compounds, Ozone Depleting Compounds,<br />

and those compounds associated with human<br />

health concerns has led to new formulations<br />

for precision cleaning solvents.<br />

Halogenated hydrocarbons are the solvents<br />

of choice for vapour degreasing and cleaning.<br />

The process is essentially simple. A tank with a<br />

sump to contain the solvent, heaters at the<br />

base and condensation coils around the top<br />

section to control the height of the vapour is<br />

all that is needed. When heated in the sump<br />

halogenated solvents produce, in most cases,<br />

a saturated vapour between 3 and 4 times<br />

heavier than air at a temperature greater than<br />

the ambient temperature of the parts to be<br />

cleaned. This allows the solvent vapour to<br />

condense on the surface of the parts. The<br />

condensate dissolves the contaminants such as<br />

oil, greases, flux, and soils returning the used<br />

solvent into the sump of the machine for<br />

recycling into vapour which continuously<br />

condenses onto the parts until they have<br />

achieved vapour temperature when, with no<br />

further condensation, the process is complete.<br />

Parts removed from the cleaning machines are<br />

very clean, warm and dry.<br />

The most common halogenated solvents, in<br />

use for commercial purposes, are nonflammable<br />

so present no risk in this process.<br />

Perchloroethylene, used mainly for dry<br />

cleaning, methylene chloride previously used<br />

widely in paint strippers, 1,1,1- trichloroethane<br />

and trichloroethylene used for vapour<br />

degreasing were the original materials used<br />

based on chlorine chemistry. However<br />

continuing concern about the environmental<br />

impact and danger to operators by exposure<br />

to chlorine-based solvents, especially<br />

trichloroethylene, has led to a continuing<br />

search for safer alternatives, such as ProSolv<br />

5408e, a trans-1,2-Dichloroethylene based<br />

solvent mixture that is non-flammable.<br />

The ProSolv 5408e vapour degreasing<br />

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solvent usage or environmental impact. With<br />

the new generation of sealed cleaning<br />

machines its future as the process of choice is<br />

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<strong>Finishing</strong> - <strong>November</strong>/<strong>December</strong> <strong>2022</strong>


18 CLEANING<br />

Slimline tonic<br />

Fraser Technologies is now offering the<br />

SlimLine PLW 6011 & PLW 6111 aqueous<br />

cleaning systems from Miele Professional.<br />

The exclusive supplier of this equipment in<br />

the UK, Fraser Technologies works with<br />

customers to create a bespoke cleaning<br />

system and process to meet their individual<br />

needs and standards. These machines are<br />

single chamber aqueous cleaning systems<br />

offering time, energy and cost-saving<br />

efficiencies, and can meet the stringent<br />

cleaning requirements for high-reliability<br />

industrial sectors.<br />

At only 65cm wide, the footprint is very<br />

compact, whilst still providing a large and<br />

flexible internal chamber space. This size,<br />

flexibility and smart load system allows a<br />

variety of components to be cleaned highly<br />

efficiently all at once, whilst utilising much less<br />

space compared with a standard sized<br />

machine.<br />

Suitable for a wide variety of components<br />

and specialist electronics cleaning applications<br />

in the automotive, medical devices and<br />

aerospace industries, the Miele SlimLine PLW<br />

6011 & PLW 6111, combined with the right<br />

chemical combination, are especially effective<br />

for flux removal and for other parts cleaning<br />

and degreasing applications.<br />

Aqueous chemical cleaning solutions,<br />

which can be used in this system, can be<br />

applied to a variety of metals such as copper,<br />

stainless steel, and brass to remove grease,<br />

cutting fluids and general particulate.<br />

Graham Fraser, Managing Director of<br />

Fraser Technologies, said: “The equipment<br />

offers a high level of flexibility with intelligent<br />

controls, including a wide range of load<br />

carriers and accessories. And with the added<br />

value of our custom made chemical isolation<br />

tank, this system can recirculate and reuse the<br />

chemistry, further reducing costs and<br />

environmental impact.<br />

“We have already completed a number of<br />

successful customer trials with the system and<br />

have a fast-growing customer base. This<br />

includes a specialist in the assembly of PCBs,<br />

who were so impressed by the results of the<br />

Miele system in their trials that they placed an<br />

order immediately. We also switched a leading<br />

defence systems manufacturer from an inline<br />

batch cleaning system to the new Miele<br />

system, saving time and space, reducing<br />

energy costs, and increasing efficiency.<br />

“We have a strong relationship with Miele<br />

after years of collaboration, and very much<br />

share their values for high quality, sustainable<br />

and innovative cleaning systems. As the only<br />

UK distributor of this equipment, we have<br />

been really pleased with the results our<br />

customers have seen to date. We’re looking<br />

forward to rolling the system out to more<br />

manufacturers across the country.”<br />

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20 CLEANING<br />

Twin time is here<br />

Guyson International, the UK's leading<br />

manufacturer of industrial finishing<br />

equipment has recently manufactured<br />

and installed into a UK manufacturing<br />

company an automated Multiblast RSB twin<br />

spindle blast system for externally blast<br />

etching various sizes of tubular components.<br />

This new blast system incorporates two<br />

rotating blast stations with matching top<br />

clamps, to hold the product securely, whilst<br />

two vertically traversing blast guns produce a<br />

uniform blast etch finish over the length of the<br />

components.<br />

The twin spindle and top clamp design<br />

provide optimum manual process capacity<br />

with an operator being able to easily load and<br />

unload two components simultaneously. Once<br />

the safety interlocked front door is opened the<br />

operator simply centres the components<br />

between two pairs of conical spring-loaded<br />

clamps for processing with one of the stored<br />

pre-programmed recipes for the appropriate<br />

component size. An optional bar-code<br />

scanner can be specified for recipe /<br />

programme selection.<br />

A roof-mounted servo drive vertically raises<br />

and lowers the twin Guyson Model 900 blast<br />

guns, with blasting taking place on the<br />

upwards vertical traverse and a compressed<br />

airwash to remove any residual surface dust or<br />

blast media on the downwards stroke. The<br />

servo drive allows for different speeds to be<br />

programmed for the blast and airwash phases<br />

of the programme, delivering greater<br />

productivity and shorter cycle times.<br />

The blast system is fitted with a large front<br />

opening door allowing easy parts loading and<br />

a side door provides further access for<br />

maintenance and adjustment purposes.<br />

Interior lighting permits a clear view of the<br />

blast etching operation.<br />

After blasting, the used blast media is<br />

extracted via a Guyson CY600/12 cyclone<br />

reclamator. This separates the reusable blast<br />

media from the dust, blast debris and<br />

undersized media, thus reducing the<br />

possibility of contamination in the blast media<br />

which could reduce the consistency of the<br />

surface finish. A media storage hopper (with a<br />

level sensor), for storing the reusable blast<br />

media, is fitted to the bottom of the cyclone<br />

cone and is also the pickup point for the blast<br />

media to be fed into the two blast guns.<br />

The system is completed with a Guyson<br />

model C800 twin cartridge dust collector for<br />

filtering out and collecting the dust-laden air<br />

drawn from the cyclone reclamator. A<br />

Magnehelic differential pressure gauge is<br />

fitted to the C800 to monitor the filter<br />

cartridge condition and indicate when<br />

replacement is required.<br />

Control of the entire blast system is<br />

achieved via a Mitsubishi PLC/ ‘Graphic<br />

Operator Terminal’ (GOT), with a full-colour<br />

display screen, which facilitates repeatable<br />

blast settings to be easily stored and retrieved<br />

in quick access menu systems. The panel also<br />

display control settings, production data and<br />

system feedback such as sensor and fault<br />

indications or maintenance prompts.<br />

Prospective users of Guyson automated<br />

blast systems are encouraged to submit<br />

sample components for free feasibility testing<br />

to the manufacturer's extensive development<br />

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large surfaces (Advanced models only)<br />

Automatic Diagnosis and Auto Calibration performed<br />

upon power-on using the protective base plate<br />

with integrated calibration standard (tile)<br />

Compatible with PosiSoft Software Solutions for<br />

managing measurement data and creating<br />

professional custom reports<br />

Conforms to national and international standards<br />

including ISO and ASTM<br />

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22 CLEANING<br />

Contamination<br />

prevention<br />

Due to their chemical properties,<br />

refractory metals have unique<br />

performance characteristics which allow<br />

their use under extreme conditions, for<br />

instance in heat exchangers or other chemical<br />

apparatus engineering. Their material<br />

characteristics make refractory metals essential<br />

for electronic industry applications as well.<br />

However, only limited melting processes are<br />

suitable for the refining of such materials. The<br />

high melting point and chemical reactivity<br />

excludes utilizing ceramic crucibles,<br />

atmospheric melting conditions as well as<br />

most melting techniques. Electron Beam<br />

Melting (EBM), meets the higher temperature<br />

requirements as well as providing inert<br />

melting conditions. Nevertheless, furnace<br />

design and process need to be adapted for<br />

such dedicated requirements to match<br />

material purity and economical requirements.<br />

ALD Vacuum Technologies provides a<br />

specialized EBM service with its own electron<br />

beam gun design that allows for precise<br />

power distribution, process-optimized material<br />

feeding and refining, as well as selected<br />

superheating above 3.500 °C. Thanks to an<br />

independent parameter control including<br />

power profile, melt rate or vacuum level, the<br />

process is highly flexible and cost-efficient. All<br />

parts of the plant in contact with the melt<br />

itself are removable or easy to reach, so<br />

cleaning can be carried out quickly during<br />

material changes. In addition, the company<br />

operates two furnaces for melting refractory<br />

metals for customers who do not have<br />

internal capacity available.<br />

Despite their rarity, refractory metals are<br />

key materials for innovative high-tech<br />

industries that require chemical resistant and<br />

highly conductive parts. “However, such<br />

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continues on page 24


24 CLEANING<br />

metals like hafnium, niobium and tantalum<br />

have very high melting points of even over<br />

3.000 °C and therefore require<br />

correspondingly high temperatures, which<br />

many conventional induction furnaces and<br />

refractory crucibles cannot provide,” Jochen<br />

Flinspach, operational manager electron beam<br />

melting service at ALD Vacuum Technologies,<br />

explains. “Reaction of the melt pool with the<br />

crucible made of refractory material like<br />

Zirconium oxide can lead to inclusions of<br />

foreign particles in the melt, which can have<br />

problematic consequences for subsequent<br />

processing, like worse conductive properties or<br />

lower resistance of the fabricated parts.”<br />

Furthermore, these metals are reactive in a<br />

higher temperature range, i.e. above liquidus<br />

temperature. Therefore, even minimal oxygen<br />

input leads to a severe impairment of the<br />

material quality and melting under vacuum or<br />

inert gas conditions is required. In addition,<br />

with conventional melting methods, the gas<br />

value inside the melting chamber can often be<br />

too high, causing the material to become<br />

brittle.<br />

With Electron Beam Melting, not only<br />

required temperatures for the melting process<br />

are achievable. The flexible power distribution<br />

and high vacuum conditions feature unique<br />

refining capabilities. Typically, one or multiple<br />

electron beam guns are connected to the melt<br />

chamber, depending on required power level<br />

and melt surface area to be scanned. ALD<br />

Vacuum Technologies features in-house<br />

process expertise, furnace design and own<br />

gun development resulting in a furnace design<br />

matching the requirements of this specific<br />

industry. The gun control is fully integrated in<br />

the furnace control concept and not an add-on<br />

function as offered by other vendors. Thus,<br />

interactions between individual furnace<br />

functions and implementation of process<br />

related logic is ensured. Modern melting<br />

furnaces offer semi-automated operation<br />

where human interaction is requested for<br />

corrective functions only. High reproducibility<br />

on process results as well as reliable furnace<br />

operation are the benefits of such a<br />

development.<br />

ALD Technologies GmbH has developed<br />

unique EBM plants for various applications<br />

over the years with their own gun and furnace<br />

design. Thanks to their expertise and R&Dcapabilities,<br />

the plant types are suitable for<br />

processing high purity, chemical or thermal<br />

resistant metals. As specific application, the<br />

refining of tantalum or other reactive<br />

refractory metals as alloying agents for<br />

superalloys may be mentioned. “The EBmelting<br />

has been established as a variable<br />

process capable of producing material with<br />

highest purity and gas contents lower than 10<br />

ppm. It is also suitable for mass production of<br />

reactive metals or alloys required for<br />

aerospace or chemical applications,” Flinspach<br />

adds.<br />

Special electron gun allows<br />

precise melting and power<br />

distribution<br />

ALD offers complete EBM solutions for a<br />

wide range of plant configurations, which<br />

differ primarily in terms of customer-specific<br />

material feed or process implementation.<br />

Thanks to decades of know-how, assembly<br />

and operation can be guaranteed by process<br />

support and production assistance from ALD’s<br />

specialized engineers. “The heart of every<br />

system is our electron beam gun, a highperformance<br />

heat source that can reach<br />

temperatures above the melting or even<br />

vaporization point of all materials at the<br />

beam’s point of impact,” Flinspach explains.<br />

Magnetic deflection and fast, high-frequency<br />

scanning processes allow the electron beam to<br />

be precisely directed to work areas of different<br />

shapes while maintaining a strong and<br />

uniform power distribution. The gun and its<br />

operation are tailored to the specific plant<br />

concept. This allows the user to adjust<br />

parameters like the shape of the beam pattern<br />

and dwell-time or the positioning to their<br />

liking, thus avoiding shadow effects that could<br />

negatively impact material quality. In addition,<br />

the plant runs in vacuum conditions typically<br />

below 10-4 mbar down to even 10-6 mbar. In<br />

combination with the deliberate superheating<br />

of the melt through the strong beam, refining<br />

the metal to the highest purity and lowest gas<br />

content is feasible, which facilitates the further<br />

processing of the material.<br />

For maximum beam efficiency, ALD offers<br />

the automated beam control system ECOSYS,<br />

which ensures optimal energy distribution. The<br />

handling is practice-oriented, processes are<br />

largely automated and the operator only<br />

performs a corrective task. Process<br />

visualization provides relevant data clearly<br />

arranged on a screen, while details can be<br />

called up on corresponding pages if required.<br />

“Furthermore, simple and safe cleaning of the<br />

equipment is as important as flexible control,<br />

since the metal to be melted can change<br />

frequently during production schedule,” adds<br />

Ulrich Biebricher, remelting & melting<br />

specialist at ALD Vacuum Technologies.<br />

Therefore, particular attention is paid to easy<br />

maintenance of the equipment. Robust design,<br />

good accessibility and quick replacement of<br />

components in touch with the melt are<br />

features of the plant design. Thus,<br />

maintenance of equipment and EB guns can<br />

be carried out by the operator alone.<br />

Test melts and recovery of<br />

metals from used parts<br />

ALD offers more than just customized EBM<br />

systems to interested parties. In addition, the<br />

company operates two EBM furnaces of<br />

different sizes at their headquarter and can<br />

therefore optimally adapt to customers who do<br />

not have sufficient capacities for processing<br />

refractory metals at their disposal. “Our 60 kW<br />

EB plant is suitable for ingots up to 100 mm<br />

in diameter and 500 mm in length. It is used<br />

for smaller material quantities or laboratory<br />

and research applications as well as precious<br />

metals melting,” Biebricher explains. “Our 600<br />

kW plant was designed for ingots starting at<br />

42 mm up to 300 mm in diameter and 2,000<br />

mm in length.” The range of melting materials<br />

at ALD includes refining high-purity metals for<br />

the electronics industry, preparing refractory or<br />

reactive metals for chemical usage, as well as<br />

consolidating return material from a wide<br />

variety of applications. Test melts for customers<br />

to qualify new process steps are also part of<br />

the portfolio, as is the preparation of metal<br />

samples. “In a recent project, tantalum was<br />

recovered from used capacitors. We processed<br />

it from the scraps into a semi-finished product<br />

and conditioned it further for the customer. In<br />

the end, the product quality was good enough<br />

for reuse in further processing or selling it as<br />

precursor,” Flinspach sums up.<br />

<strong>Finishing</strong> - <strong>November</strong>/<strong>December</strong> <strong>2022</strong>


26 INSTALLATIONS<br />

Agreement signed<br />

Daimler Truck and Gehring Technologies have signed an agreement<br />

on a strategic partnership focusing on building up expertise in process<br />

development and prototype construction of commercial vehicle specific<br />

electric motors. The strategic partnership with Gehring covers the<br />

prototypical construction of so-called "truck-e-fied" e-motors as well as<br />

the further development and testing of innovative production<br />

processes.<br />

Gehring will also supply equipment for the technical centre, which is<br />

being set up at the Gaggenau plant, Daimler Truck's competence<br />

centre for electric drive components.<br />

Bernd Nagel, partner and CEO of the Gehring Group: "For a long<br />

time, we have experienced that coordinated development of products<br />

and manufacturing processes at an early stage leads to highperformance<br />

production systems. We are therefore all the more<br />

pleased to be able to work together with Daimler Truck to deepen our<br />

hairpin technologies specifically for the electric powertrain of trucks and<br />

buses. We are convinced that this strategic cooperation will enable us<br />

to significantly advance e-mobility in the heavy-duty vehicle sector."<br />

Slovakian supplies<br />

SECO/WARWICK will supply a heat exchanger manufacturer with a<br />

continuous CAB line for aluminum brazing scheduled to be delivered<br />

to their plant in Slovakia.<br />

The client is a European manufacturer specializing in modern and<br />

efficient heat exchanger production. The solution chosen by the Partner<br />

will meet the production challenges associated with the brazing process<br />

and will enable the company to increase its overall production.<br />

The continuous line for Controlled Atmosphere Brazing (CAB) is the<br />

first SECO/WARWICK system purchased by this client. The CAB<br />

solution will be used for the mass production of various heat<br />

exchangers. The new CAB line is designed with modern technology,<br />

providing both reliability and energy savings, while meeting<br />

environmental requirements. The project is a solution that is<br />

distinguished by full automation and production reliability within a<br />

continuous system. The furnace will be delivered with a gas heating<br />

system; however, the design is flexible and can be adapted to a future<br />

modification to fully electric heating.<br />

“This is another partner from the automotive sector who decided to<br />

purchase our continuous aluminum brazing line. When it comes to<br />

CAB lines for heat exchanger production, we are definitely the<br />

company of the first choice due to our extensive experience as well as<br />

our reputation for performance. CAB lines “made by<br />

SECO/WARWICK” operate on five continents in the most famous<br />

automotive plants. Our cooperation with the largest brands, dynamic<br />

market development, as well as meeting the challenges of future<br />

technologies demonstrate how we remain actively engaged in this<br />

sector growth,“ said Piotr Skarb, SECO/WARWICK Group.<br />

Coating locked down<br />

Staff Ironmongery’s hugely<br />

popular National Key Scheme<br />

lockset is now even better, with a<br />

new BARY Bac coating. BARY<br />

Bac is a form of nanotechnology<br />

which helps reduce the spread of<br />

bacteria and viruses on any<br />

surface it is applied to.<br />

The new BARY Bac National<br />

Key Scheme (NKS) provides<br />

maintenance free anti-bacterial<br />

protection to door handles<br />

without compromising on<br />

security. BARY Bac works by<br />

killing bacteria immediately and<br />

is proven to prevent the<br />

spreading of COVID-19, MRSA,<br />

and E Coli.<br />

BARY Bac acts as an antibacterial<br />

coating for NKS locks<br />

and is immediately effective on<br />

millions of harmful bacteria. The<br />

handle itself is made of stainless<br />

steel and is designed to last in<br />

Forging ahead<br />

high usage environments such as<br />

public toilets.<br />

Toby Staff, MD for Staff<br />

Ironmongery says “BARY Bac is a<br />

game changer, which renders a<br />

crucial contact point for the<br />

spread of viruses and disease to<br />

be neutralised. After washing<br />

their hands, people are still<br />

susceptible to passing on<br />

bacteria. BARY Bac eliminates<br />

risk without the need for<br />

additional cleaning.”<br />

American titanium producer Perryman Company has placed an order<br />

with SMS group for the supply of two new forging machines. The<br />

order comprises a 40/45 MN high-speed open-die forging press in the<br />

pull-down design and an SMX 500/15 MN hydraulic radial forging<br />

machine with two forging manipulators as well as the order and<br />

production control system for the entire forging line.<br />

The open-die forging press will be used to forge cast titanium billets<br />

first to the required size so that, in the next step, they can be finishforged<br />

in the radial forging machine to produce bars – round, square<br />

or flat – up to a maximum length of 14,000 millimeters.<br />

By making this investment, Perryman is able to expand its own<br />

holistically integrated production processes and extend the forged<br />

product portfolio based on its expertise in titanium.<br />

"We supply customers in a wide range of industries. We see strong<br />

growth in the aerospace industry and medical sector in particular. With<br />

this new forging line, we are ideally equipped to meet the growing<br />

demand. This enables us to produce forgings for turbines and safetyrelevant<br />

structures that comply with our high quality standards. What<br />

convinced us was SMS' technological know-how and the impressive<br />

plant concept with fully integrated process and production control<br />

system that is all supplied from a single source," emphasizes Frank<br />

Perryman, president and CEO of Perryman Company.<br />

<strong>Finishing</strong> – <strong>November</strong>/<strong>December</strong> <strong>2022</strong>


28 PROFILE<br />

Giving support<br />

As part of its culture of Continuous<br />

Improvement, Fischer Instrumentation<br />

(GB), part of the global Helmut Fischer<br />

Group, set a plan to be more easily accessible<br />

for its customers and more centrally based in<br />

the UK, after being sited previously in the<br />

south of the country, in Hampshire.<br />

The company has now completed a<br />

successful relocation to a new Customer<br />

Applications and Support Centre in Pershore,<br />

Worcestershire.<br />

Darin Enefer, Fischer GB general manager,<br />

explained more:<br />

“We took the opportunity during the<br />

pandemic lockdown to step back from the<br />

business and make decisions that would help<br />

provide optimised customer service, whilst<br />

supporting our business growth ambitions.<br />

We are pleased with our Pershore facility<br />

and welcome new and existing customers to<br />

discuss their measuring requirements and<br />

challenges, evaluate their materials and<br />

samples, try our range of measuring<br />

equipment, and participate in useful ‘handson’<br />

learning workshops.’’<br />

The relocation has helped the company<br />

grow sales and this has been achieved<br />

through supporting clients in Aerospace,<br />

Automotive, Engineering, Electronics and<br />

Precious Metals sectors, with high quality<br />

measuring solutions, supported by pro-active<br />

service and maintenance plans.<br />

‘‘We know from survey feedback how much<br />

our customers like collaborating with a<br />

supplier that has UK based service personnel,<br />

available parts, and country wide support.<br />

Customers can be supported on site or<br />

alternatively use our fully equipped Service<br />

Centre at Pershore.<br />

We hope our new location will help to<br />

continue to support our customers and enable<br />

us to continue our current business uplift’’<br />

As a full-service supplier in the field of<br />

surface testing, Fischer has been developing<br />

instruments for non-destructive material<br />

analysis, coating thickness measurement and<br />

material testing since 1953.<br />

Fischer offer a wide range of measuring<br />

devices for different industries: from simple<br />

handheld devices for quick testing on the go<br />

to fully integrated, high-end systems that<br />

automatically monitor your production.<br />

Darin believes that the company is leading<br />

the way in terms of product quality and<br />

customer service.<br />

“We have a high customer service<br />

orientation and a passion for helping the<br />

customer measure more accurately, more<br />

reliably, and efficiently.<br />

Our core values include Expertise and<br />

Passion, along with Trust and Commitment.<br />

These values help drive our behaviours and<br />

activities.<br />

The whole aim is to make our customer’s<br />

lives easier, underpinned by our Fischer<br />

mantra ‘‘Measuring Made Easy!’’<br />

<strong>Finishing</strong> - <strong>November</strong>/<strong>December</strong> <strong>2022</strong>


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30 PROFILE<br />

Sport support<br />

As part of its environmental, social and<br />

corporate governance (ESG) agenda, Hiline<br />

Industries, a UK-based leader in the<br />

design, manufacture and installation of<br />

energy-efficient compressed air purification<br />

equipment, provides extensive support for the<br />

sporting community in the Burton upon Trent<br />

area. The company is a main sponsor at both<br />

Burton Albion Football Club and Burton<br />

Rugby Football Club.<br />

Hi-line Industries, which has its<br />

headquarters in Burton’s Green Street, is a<br />

member of the British Compressed Air Society<br />

and also supports the ‘Made in Britain’<br />

campaign, highlighting the passion around<br />

British brands and UK manufacturing. The<br />

company’s broad range of energy-efficient<br />

compressed air equipment includes air dryers,<br />

nitrogen/oxygen generators and filtration<br />

equipment.<br />

A local and national success story, Hi-line<br />

showed 27% growth in like-for-like sales at its<br />

recent year-end (31 July <strong>2022</strong>), underpinned<br />

by a record 12 months for the company’s N2<br />

nitrogen generator systems and HPSA<br />

desiccant dryers. Hi line feels it has a<br />

responsibility to return some of its profits to<br />

the local community, and what brings people<br />

together more than sport?<br />

At Burton Albion Football Club, Hi-line is<br />

currently sponsoring defender Tom Hamer,<br />

the club’s highly popular 22-year-old right<br />

back, for the second season in a row. The<br />

company also provides match sponsorships at<br />

Burton Albion, which was formed in 1950 and<br />

currently plays in League One of the Football<br />

League. In addition, Hi-line regularly sponsors<br />

the ‘man of the match’ and takes an executive<br />

hospitality box at the club’s Pirelli Stadium,<br />

providing yet more income for the club.<br />

Hi-line’s extensive sponsorship and support<br />

programme is similar for Burton Rugby<br />

Football Club, which has origins dating back<br />

to 1870 and is currently Staffordshire and<br />

Derbyshire’s highest ranked senior rugby club,<br />

playing in the Midlands Premier division. The<br />

company is the main shirt sponsor for the first<br />

team, a Patron member and has an<br />

advertising board at the club’s Battlestead<br />

Croft ground.<br />

“We take our corporate and social<br />

responsibilities very seriously at Hi-line,” states<br />

Managing Director Steve Smith. “The<br />

company is very proud to be based here in<br />

Burton, which has been the perfect location to<br />

grow our flourishing business. It’s only right,<br />

therefore, to show our gratitude and<br />

commitment to the town by supporting some<br />

of its community treasures. The town’s football<br />

and rugby clubs provide pleasure to<br />

thousands of local people on a weekly basis,<br />

but they need funds. Hopefully our support<br />

goes some way to ensuring that our local<br />

sporting heritage is maintained for many years<br />

to come.”<br />

To keep pace with growing order levels, Hiline<br />

is currently in the process of expanding its<br />

Burton production facility with a new building<br />

extension. The company has several six-figure<br />

projects to complete before year-end. They<br />

also participate in the BCAS apprenticeship<br />

scheme and are currently looking to take on<br />

more apprentices from the local area, with<br />

positions available immediately.<br />

<strong>Finishing</strong> - <strong>November</strong>/<strong>December</strong> <strong>2022</strong>


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32 PROFILE<br />

Paint partnership<br />

HMG Paints has announced a new<br />

distribution partnership with fellow<br />

family run business Rabart Decorators<br />

Merchants. The partnership will see Rabart<br />

distribute the HMG range across South Wales<br />

and the South West of England. This includes<br />

HMG’s most popular products from 2K<br />

Industrial coatings to specialist UPVC coatings,<br />

C71 and QAD Enamels.<br />

Rabart is an independent family run<br />

merchant, that has been supplying and<br />

distributing paints for over 30 years. This new<br />

partnership will see them expand their<br />

offering with HMG’s market leading industrial<br />

portfolio, including PVC Pro the company’s<br />

popular product for uPVC Windows and<br />

Doors.<br />

“We are looking forward to opening up<br />

new market places for both Rabart and HMG<br />

across South Wales and the South West”<br />

commented Richard Thomas, Rabart Group<br />

Sales and Operations Manager. “HMG have<br />

been very welcoming, and are a key part of<br />

our industrial division plan.”<br />

The partnership launch coincides with the<br />

opening of Rabarts new branch in Plymouth.<br />

Where customers will be able to order and<br />

collect HMG products. A key to this new<br />

partnership is HMG’s UNIT Tinting System<br />

which will allow Rabart customers access to a<br />

library of over 95,000 colour formulations.<br />

Colours available in HMG’s UNIT Tinting<br />

system include RAL, BS, Pantone, Industrial,<br />

OEM, commercial fleet, agricultural machinery<br />

and more.<br />

“We’re really pleased to welcome Rabart to<br />

the HMG family and we look forward to<br />

working with their customers and supporting<br />

their business growth in the South West of<br />

England and South Wales” added Anthony<br />

Beard, HMG Key Account Manager. “We have<br />

already started to build up a strong<br />

relationship with the Rabart team having<br />

visited HMG for product training. Both<br />

companies are focused on providing<br />

customers with the products, support and<br />

service to get the job done.”<br />

HMG products, such as its EP2 Epoxy<br />

Primer, Monothane and Multi-Surface Topcoat<br />

will be stocked at Rabart branches in<br />

Plymouth, Cwmbran and Stroud. They, and<br />

other products from HMG’s extensive<br />

portfolio of paints will also be available for<br />

order and next day collection at Merthyr,<br />

Cardiff, Swansea, Pembroke, Bath, Warminster,<br />

Torquay and Redruth.<br />

In 2021, Rabart acquired S.G Bailey Paints<br />

Ltd, a paint manufacturer and distributor<br />

based in Stroud, Gloucestershire. Bailey Paints<br />

has sold HMG products for over 15 years, and<br />

can provide all HMG single pack synthetic<br />

and cellulose paints in aerosols – now<br />

available to the entire Rabart Group.<br />

<strong>Finishing</strong> - <strong>November</strong>/<strong>December</strong> <strong>2022</strong>


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34 COATINGS<br />

Lighting clean up<br />

Adistinctive, English Electric (Lightning)<br />

P1 Fighter has been returned to its<br />

former glory and is now a shining star<br />

in the Boscombe Down Aviation Collection in<br />

Wiltshire. The English Electric Lightning,<br />

which served as an interceptor for the RAF<br />

and other national forces, remains the only<br />

UK-designed-and-built fighter capable of<br />

Mach 2.<br />

Boscombe Down Aviation Collection’s<br />

aircraft – the second prototype of the English<br />

Electric Lightning that first flew from<br />

Boscombe Down – was in a sorry state after<br />

sitting on display as a guest at another<br />

museum for several years. The Collection’s<br />

team of volunteers, who are dedicated to<br />

restoring the past and educating the future,<br />

turned to surface coatings company,<br />

Indestructible Paint, for support. Armed with a<br />

supply of Wadpol – a trusted solution for<br />

cleaning and polishing weathered or corroded<br />

aluminium and painted surfaces – the team<br />

soon had the aircraft gleaming.<br />

Wadpol’s impregnated wadding is<br />

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and is so effective that it is still used on aircraft<br />

and helicopters flying around the world today.<br />

The solution is often used for polishing wing<br />

leading edges and removing stains and<br />

exhaust deposits from engine cowlings. It is<br />

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aerobatic team and remains popular due to<br />

the long-lasting protection offered by in-built<br />

corrosion inhibitors.<br />

Indestructible’s experts are renowned for<br />

being pioneers of high-performance surface<br />

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“We’re very grateful for the supply of<br />

Wadpol donated by Indestructible Paint,” said<br />

Graham Horner, Visits Manager, Boscombe<br />

Down Aviation Collection. “One of our<br />

volunteers — who was once an RAF Airframe<br />

Technician (Rigger) — said this would be the<br />

best solution for brightening up our English<br />

Electric Lightning and we’re delighted to<br />

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<strong>Finishing</strong> - <strong>November</strong>/<strong>December</strong> <strong>2022</strong>


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Next, Hoist & Winch Ltd had to install the<br />

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beam and raising the new hoist unit the<br />

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40 DEPOSITION<br />

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Ponticon has introduced its new pE3D<br />

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In additive manufacturing, the DMD<br />

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Highly resistant coatings for surfaces of<br />

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The process can also be used to cover<br />

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can be used in these applications, the process<br />

provides the benefit that the coatings are<br />

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Back in shape for extreme use<br />

When the system is used for pinpoint<br />

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that requires the nozzle and the workpiece<br />

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Once in the aligned position, the system starts<br />

to apply the new material onto the workpiece.<br />

The material is specifically adjusted to the<br />

properties of the substrate material. As the<br />

heat transfer into the base material is minimal,<br />

the material properties of the repaired<br />

components are not affected during the<br />

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Ponticon will supply the system shown at<br />

the trade fair to the wbk Institute of<br />

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Whilst systems companies products will<br />

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the Association recommends that if in doubt,<br />

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On more complex home improvement<br />

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Finally, one important area which has<br />

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when powder coated products are installed<br />

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44 EXHIBITIONS<br />

Back for the future<br />

By the end of the third and final day of<br />

the 19th parts2clean, it was abundantly<br />

clear that the requirements for cleaning<br />

industrial parts are becoming increasingly<br />

diverse and demanding, with no end in sight.<br />

One major indicator consisted of the tasks and<br />

projects which some 2,300 visitors (up by<br />

around 15% from 2021) brought with them to<br />

Stuttgart. The share of trade fair attendees<br />

from outside Germany was 25 percent, with<br />

the strongest nations (apart from Germany)<br />

being Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands,<br />

the Czech Republic and Poland. “We are<br />

satisfied with the course of this year's<br />

parts2clean in the face of the prevailing<br />

conditions,” says Hendrik Engelking, Global<br />

Director at Deutsche Messe. “More important<br />

for us, however, is that participating in the<br />

tradeshow was worth it for our exhibitors.”<br />

And indeed it was, as most of the 140<br />

exhibitors from 16 countries who presented<br />

their new, enhanced and established products<br />

and services for industrial parts and surface<br />

cleaning on over 4,300 square meters of<br />

display space, were able to hold highly<br />

detailed discussions. This was confirmed by<br />

Michael Höckh, Managing Director of Höckh<br />

Metall-Reinigungsanlagen GmbH: “For us it<br />

was an acutely interesting trade fair. Our<br />

visitors here were overwhelmingly devoted to<br />

finding solutions to projects they are planning<br />

to implement in the near future. Often, this<br />

involves making replacement investments in<br />

order to meet higher cleanliness<br />

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Trade audience with high level of decisionmaking<br />

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of whom are involved in operational<br />

procurement decisions. Another value that<br />

ensured exhibitor satisfaction at this year’s<br />

parts2clean consisted of investment plans,<br />

which were the decisive factor for around<br />

85% of all attendees. This facilitated a high<br />

number of promising leads, as Dr.-Ing.<br />

Günther Schmauz, CEO of acp systems AG,<br />

reports: “Even though we still have quite a<br />

ways to go to reach the visitor numbers of the<br />

pre-Corona events, this year’s parts2clean<br />

went better than expected for us. This year we<br />

were able to observe shifts in our attendees’<br />

industries. For example, more than 80% of<br />

the discussions at our booth revolved around<br />

tasks from the so-called high-purity area, for<br />

example in the semiconductor supplier<br />

industry, electronics, optics, medical, defense<br />

and sensor technology, as well as high-tech<br />

measurement technology. We were able to<br />

make some really interesting contacts with<br />

domestic and foreign companies here.” Ronald<br />

Holzleitner, Head of New Business at the<br />

Austrian Fronius International GmbH, also<br />

achieved his company’s trade fair goals: “We<br />

met up with a highly qualified trade audience<br />

from different industries here, were able to<br />

optimally present our technologies and<br />

products and, after some excellent discussions,<br />

have already scheduled subsequent talks.” For<br />

Stefanie Borst from the management of BO-<br />

INNO GmbH, parts2clean <strong>2022</strong> also went<br />

well: "We were very satisfied with our<br />

participation at the trade fair and had the<br />

impression that the discussions were even<br />

more concrete and intensive than in years<br />

past. It became clear that many companies<br />

need to meet higher cleanliness requirements.<br />

This enabled us to make many new contacts,<br />

but we also used the tradeshow to intensify<br />

our cooperation with our partners.” This<br />

networking aspect was also appreciated by<br />

Chuck Sexton, Global Product Line Manager,<br />

Industrial at the US cleaning media<br />

manufacturer Kyzen: “We can always generate<br />

first-rate leads at parts2clean. But the<br />

tradeshow is also an excellent opportunity for<br />

us to establish new contacts with partners and<br />

intensify existing ones.”<br />

<strong>Finishing</strong> - <strong>November</strong>/<strong>December</strong> <strong>2022</strong>


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46 WORKSHOP<br />

Next generation<br />

Powder perfect<br />

Interpon is helping ESSE to become even more sustainable by<br />

switching from an enamel coating process to a powder coating for its<br />

new range of electric powered cookers.<br />

Finding an alternative to enamel was a challenge and not only driven<br />

with sustainability in mind. The powder coating still had to perform and<br />

protect the cooker at very high temperatures and deliver the same<br />

quality ‘feel’ in line with a premium-priced product.<br />

“The Interpon team excelled,” says ESSE’s production manager,<br />

Andy Pilkington. “Enamel has a reflective quality, and it was important<br />

in switching to a powder coating that it retained the aesthetic<br />

appearance. It was also important that our partner could replicate<br />

existing colours in our range since they prove extremely popular and<br />

have the stand-out appeal people are looking for.”<br />

Mark Blewitt, sales director at ESSE says colour is very important:<br />

“Our products are high value items and are an important part of<br />

kitchen and interior design. The colours, therefore, have to be on-trend<br />

to meet our customers’ expectations.”<br />

On the can<br />

AkzoNobel Packaging Coating’s non-BPA beverage can coating –<br />

Aqualure G1 50 - is now listed as an Evaluated Alternative by<br />

Chemsec on their global online Marketplace. The designation identifies<br />

this coating as a safer alternative which does not contain any materials<br />

on the ChemSec SIN list. In addition, Aqualure G1 50 has already<br />

been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), EU<br />

regulators and other local and regional legislation for use anywhere in<br />

the world based on its established safety profile.<br />

Aqualure G1 50 is a high-performance acrylic-based coating suitable<br />

for use on any beverage can and for most drink types including water,<br />

juice, carbonated soft drinks, beer and energy drinks. Aqualure G1 50<br />

is applied like traditional epoxy coatings, allowing for easy and efficient<br />

transitions between coating technologies.<br />

Aqualure G1 50 offers more choice to can makers and brand<br />

owners who are ready to transition away from traditional bisphenolbased<br />

technologies without sacrificing performance. Customers can<br />

easily comply with changing global food packaging regulations in<br />

response to increased concern surrounding BPA and bisphenol-based<br />

coatings. Ultimately Aqualure G1 50 will protect the current food<br />

supply and the long-term interests of can makers and food<br />

manufacturers.<br />

Phoseon Technology has introduced a new generation of UV LED<br />

curing systems designed primarily for fiber and wire coating<br />

applications, including optical fiber, electrical and structural wire, and<br />

threads for smart fabrics. Phoseon offers complete UV LED systems<br />

that bring many advantages such as fast and more consistent results<br />

around the full diameter of the fiber and wire, reduced operation costs,<br />

higher yields, and energy savings up to 70% compared to traditional<br />

mercury-based UV curing. Both air-cooled and water-cooled lights<br />

sources are available depending on the application requirement.<br />

Both air-cooled and water-cooled lights sources are available<br />

depending on the application requirement<br />

Phoseon’s Fiber Curing System consists of a high intensity UV LED<br />

light source, which cures the coatings protecting the glass fibers, along<br />

with a Fiber Reflector Unit (FRU) to direct the UV energy around the<br />

circumference of the fiber.<br />

Processing productivity<br />

As demand for additive manufacturing processes continues to grow,<br />

BOFA’s filtration technology is now in demand to support the post<br />

processing environment that is key to productivity.<br />

Post-processing in the world of 3D printing is an important step in<br />

the production chain and is vital to transforming the commercial<br />

potential of additive manufacturing into high-quality finished products.<br />

As Luke Ziolkowski, international business development manager,<br />

BOFA International explains: “Post-processing is a catch-all term and<br />

means different things to different manufacturers – but the ultimate<br />

aim is the same… to create a product ready for market. This typically<br />

includes curing, polishing, deburring, mechanical cleaning or air<br />

blasting – all of which emit particles or gases that require BOFA<br />

filtration to help maintain a healthy working environment and to<br />

contribute to a high-quality end product.”<br />

BOFA is responding to demand with a number of 3D print filtrations<br />

systems that are suitable for post processing environments. These<br />

include the FumeCAB enclosure technology which is ideally suited to a<br />

stereolithography system where the off-gassing from the print gets<br />

extracted. It can also help with the off-gassing from a washing station<br />

and contribute to filtration for most other post-processing applications.<br />

<strong>Finishing</strong> – <strong>November</strong>/<strong>December</strong> <strong>2022</strong>


Products & Services<br />

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mobile: 07746 373 545<br />

email: s.freshwater@turretgroup.com • web: www.turretgroup.com<br />

Leading manufacturers of<br />

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products for the Anodising & Electroplating industry<br />

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

abrasive blast cleaning equipment<br />

coating applications<br />

computer systems<br />

HODGE CLEMCO LTD<br />

Abrasives<br />

Blast Rooms<br />

Blast Cabinets<br />

Portable Blast Machines<br />

Paint Spray Equipment<br />

Abrasive Recovery<br />

Safety Equipment<br />

Dust Collection<br />

Spray Booths<br />

Servicing<br />

Training<br />

Tel: 0114 254 8811<br />

36 Orgreave Drive, Sheffield, S13 9NR<br />

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Supplier and manufacturer of<br />

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●<br />

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T. 01926 813111<br />

sales@niko.co.uk<br />

www.niko.co.uk<br />

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complete finishing plant<br />

(paint or powder coatings)<br />

abrasives<br />

boilers<br />

R.D.M. Engineering Ltd, Est. 1951<br />

Stakehill Lane, Stakehill,<br />

Middleton,<br />

Manchester M24 2RW<br />

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Fax: 0161 655 3467<br />

Web: www.rdmengineering.co.uk<br />

E-mail: sales@rdmengineering.co.uk<br />

Contact: Mr R. Horwich<br />

spraybooths • rooms • ovens •<br />

conveyors • pretreatment • powder<br />

plant • air replacement units<br />

CALDAN Conveyor Ltd.<br />

Kirkleatham Business Park<br />

Redcar • TS10 5SH<br />

Tel. +44 1642 271118<br />

salesuk@caldan.dk<br />

www.caldan.dk<br />

Caldan Conveyor Solutions -<br />

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Full Technical Support.<br />

Tel: 01952 299777 Fax: 01952 299008<br />

Email: sales@pometon.co.uk<br />

Modern Coil Type Steam<br />

Generators & Fire Tube Boilers<br />

• 100Kg/h – 25,000Kg/h<br />

• High efficiency – up to 96%<br />

• Low overall emissions<br />

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To advertise<br />

please call<br />

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on 07746 373 545 or email<br />

s.freshwater@turretgroup.com<br />

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48 for all your classified needs call Stewart Freshwater on: 07746 373 545<br />

drying racks & spray tables<br />

effluent treatment plants<br />

laquers<br />

MOBILE DRYING RACKS<br />

EXPANDING<br />

MOBILE DRYING RACKS<br />

MOBILE<br />

SPRAY TABLES<br />

hooks & jigs<br />

SPRAY SHOP<br />

FILTERS<br />

...PLUS MUCH MORE!<br />

WWW.SPRAY-SHOP-SUPPLIES.CO.UK<br />

01920 822 404<br />

www.neutralac.co.uk<br />

TENNANTS<br />

TENNANTS DISTRIBUTION LIMITED<br />

electrophoretic coatings supplier and applicator<br />

Polypropylene Tanks<br />

PVC Tanks<br />

PVC/GRP Tanks<br />

Bund Tanks<br />

Tank Linings<br />

Rubber Linings<br />

HDPE Tanks<br />

Established 1976<br />

Fume Scrubbers<br />

Fume extraction<br />

Pipework<br />

Ducting<br />

Repairs & Refurbishment<br />

Flexible PVC Linings<br />

Guards in all materials<br />

One off Fabrications and installation<br />

Tel: 01543 462 802<br />

Email: plasbrun.plastics@outlook.com<br />

Web: www.plasbrunplastics.co.uk<br />

MANUFACTURERS AND<br />

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• BESPOKE COLOURS AND EFFECTS TO CUSTOMER SPECIFICATIONS<br />

• ALL FINISHES AVAILABLE WITH ANTI-BACTERIAL CAPABILITY<br />

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T: +44 (0) 1384 483019<br />

E: sales@hawking.co.uk • W: www.hawking.co.uk<br />

electroplaters<br />

COPPER n CHROME n POLISHING n IRIDITE NCP n GOLD and SILVER<br />

BRIGHT ACID TIN n MANGANESE PHOSPHATE<br />

n CHEMI BLACK COLD and HOT n ZINC and CLEAR/COLOUR/BLACK<br />

NICKEL BRIGHT/DULL n ANODISING CLEAR/COLOUR/BLACK/HARD<br />

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www.hitekproducts.com<br />

Hi-Tek stocks not only an extensive range of<br />

masking products including plugs, tapes, caps and<br />

discs, but also has the distinction of being the<br />

European distributor for the US based TOLBER<br />

range of lacquers and<br />

associated products. Hi-Tek<br />

imports bulk supplies from<br />

Tolber and converts or<br />

decants into commercially<br />

usable volumes for the UK,<br />

and European trade. The<br />

association with Tolber has<br />

evolved over many years.<br />

masking<br />

Hi-Tek Products Ltd<br />

2A Dawkins Road Industrial Estate<br />

Hamworthy, Poole,<br />

Dorset BH15 4JP<br />

Tel: 01202 661300<br />

E-mail: jane@hitekproducts.com<br />

Web Site: www.hitekproducts.com<br />

Contact: Jane McMullen<br />

Masking Caps • Tapes/Discs • Tapered<br />

Plugs • Tubing • Pull-Through Plugs<br />

• Custom Design • Stopping-Off<br />

Lacquers • PTFE Lubricant<br />

To advertise<br />

please call<br />

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on 07746 373545<br />

or email<br />

s.freshwater<br />

@turretgroup.com<br />

finishing systems<br />

jigs & baskets<br />

Masking • Hooks • Jigs<br />

HangOn Ltd<br />

Leintwardine, Craven Arms,<br />

Shropshire, SY7 0NB, UK<br />

Tel. +44 (0) 1547 540 573<br />

Fax. +44 (0 1547 540 412<br />

Email. sales@hangon.co.uk<br />

Web. www.hangon.co.uk<br />

• Water wash spraybooths<br />

• Water treatment chemical additives<br />

• Paint separation solids removal systems<br />

• Dry filter spraybooths<br />

• Fixed or portable spraybooths<br />

• Sprayroom enclosures<br />

• Air replacement systems<br />

• Full installation and commissioning<br />

• After-sales service and maintenance<br />

• Spray process engineering<br />

Product complies fully with current environmental<br />

protection and health and safety legislation<br />

Unit 4 Brook Road Industrial Estate,<br />

Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 2BH<br />

T: 01202 840900 • F: 01202 889477<br />

www.dynaclean.co.uk • sales@dynaclean.co.uk<br />

• Automotive • Aerospace<br />

• Oil & Gas<br />

• Petrochemical<br />

• Defence • Medical<br />

• Precision Engineering<br />

Specialist manufacturers in:<br />

Jigs • Baskets<br />

Coils • Heaters<br />

Fasteners • Tanks<br />

0121 622 3887<br />

info@saltandsadler.co.uk<br />

www.saltandsadler.co.uk<br />

Leading manufacturer of Jigs,<br />

Racking systems, Baskets, Heaters,<br />

Coils and many other products for the<br />

Anodising & Electroplating industry<br />

www.Supreme-Eng.com<br />

Tel: 01283 529314<br />

Fax: 01283 529316<br />

Sales@Supreme-Eng.com<br />

<strong>Finishing</strong> - <strong>November</strong>/<strong>December</strong> <strong>2022</strong>


for all your classified needs call Stewart Freshwater on: 07746 373 545<br />

metal plating and polishing<br />

oven stoving & curing<br />

R.D.M. Engineering Ltd, Est. 1951<br />

Stakehill Lane, Stakehill,<br />

Middleton,<br />

Manchester M24 2RW<br />

Tel: 0161 643 9333<br />

Fax: 0161 655 3467<br />

Web: www.rdmengineering.co.uk<br />

E-mail: sales@rdmengineering.co.uk<br />

Contact: Mr R. Horwich<br />

spraybooths • rooms • ovens •<br />

conveyors • pretreatment • powder<br />

plant • air replacement units<br />

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nylon coating powders<br />

Tel: +44 12 96 43 37 54<br />

Fax: +44 12 96 39 22 85<br />

Email: sales@nyloncolours.co.uk<br />

precision cleaning & degreasing<br />

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NYLON<br />

A TOUGHER COATING<br />

Nylon Colours Ltd manufactures<br />

Nylon Coating Powders for<br />

Electrostatic or Fluid Bed.<br />

A wide range of colours including<br />

metallics is available.<br />

Nylon Colours is also the UK distributor<br />

for RILSAN range of Nylon Powders.<br />

ptr treatment<br />

Aqueous Cleaners/Degreasers<br />

Metal Brightening Solutions<br />

Alkaline and Acid Etches<br />

Desmuts/Deoxidisers<br />

Chrome passivates and treatments<br />

Qualicoat Approved Non-Chrome<br />

treatments<br />

Phosphates and Non-phosphate<br />

treatments<br />

Pickling Solutions<br />

Paint Strippers<br />

Special Formulations<br />

and Approved Systems<br />

Supplied with technical support<br />

and advice<br />

Tel: + 44 (0) 1978 660 297<br />

Fax: + 44 (0) 1978 661 104<br />

E-mail: info@almetron.com<br />

Web: www.almetron.co.uk<br />

rectifier equipment<br />

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salt spray environmental<br />

cabinets<br />

49<br />

UKAS/NADCAP CERTIFIED SALT<br />

FOR SALT SPRAY TESTING<br />

Supplied in 5Kg and 25Kg Packs<br />

To meet the requirements of:<br />

ASTM B117 • ISO 9227 • DIN 50 021<br />

and all other standards.<br />

Full traceability guaranteed.<br />

SPECIALIST LAB SALT LTD<br />

Paytoe Lane . Leintwardine . Craven Arms.<br />

Shropshire . SY7 0NB<br />

Telephone: 01547 540573<br />

Email: sales@specialistlabsalt.com<br />

Website: www.specialistlabsalt.com<br />

To advertise email<br />

Stewart Freshwater<br />

s.freshwater@turretgroup.com<br />

spray nozzles<br />

To advertise<br />

please call<br />

Stewart Freshwater<br />

on 07746 373545<br />

or email<br />

s.freshwater<br />

@turretgroup.com<br />

pumps & filters<br />

Switchmode and SCR DC Power Supplies<br />

for any metal finishing process.<br />

Options include:<br />

Local / Remote control.<br />

Constant Current / Constant Voltage.<br />

PLC controllable. Touchscreen control.<br />

Process timer. Ampere hour / minute meter.<br />

Digital meters. Outputs fully recordable.<br />

Outputs from 10 Amp x 6 V to 6000 Amp x 200 V.<br />

Prices available on request<br />

For more information please contact us on:<br />

Tel: +44 (0) 121 526 6847<br />

Fax: +44 (0) 121 568 8161<br />

e-mail: sales@britishelectrical.co.uk<br />

Website: www.britishelectrical.co.uk<br />

powder coating manufacturers<br />

To advertise please call<br />

Stewart Freshwater on<br />

07746 373545 or email<br />

s.freshwater@turretgroup.com<br />

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spray nozzles<br />

pump & filtration specialists<br />

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Systems<br />

TITAN Auto Backwash Filter<br />

Carbon Purification & Cartridges<br />

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Drum and Air Diaphragm Pumps<br />

● Electric Immersion Heaters<br />

Tel: 0161 775 1910<br />

Fax: 0161 775 3696<br />

SERFILCO delivers<br />

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SPRAY NOZZLE PRODUCTS FOR PRE-TREATMENT<br />

• Quick Release Nozzles<br />

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• Eductors<br />

• Air Knives<br />

• Pipe Supports<br />

• Complete Pipe Systems<br />

Tel No. 01273 400092 • Fax No. 01273 401220<br />

E-mail. info@beteuk.com<br />

BETE Ltd, PO Box 2748, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 4HZ<br />

<strong>November</strong>/<strong>December</strong> <strong>2022</strong> - <strong>Finishing</strong>


50 for all your classified needs call Stewart Freshwater on: 07746 373 545<br />

spray booths<br />

thermal fluid<br />

Thermal Fluid<br />

Heating<br />

Technology now<br />

for the future<br />

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Editorial Calendar<br />

Each issue of <strong>Finishing</strong> Magazine includes the following regular columns:<br />

4 News and views 4 Products 4 A-Z company shorts<br />

4 Business and technical issues 4 Personnel changes 4 Company focuses<br />

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4 Plus monthly special features<br />

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<strong>Finishing</strong> - <strong>November</strong>/<strong>December</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />

The most important guide to the UK surface treatment industry, the <strong>Finishing</strong> Industries<br />

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THIS IS HANGON<br />

HangOn is a partner who helps customers to find smart solutions to increase<br />

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Poison under control.<br />

SLOTOLOY ZN „Generation VX“<br />

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

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

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

content is reduced actively.<br />

Advantages of the zinc-nickel<br />

processes „Generation VX”<br />

· No cost-intensive membrane technology necessary.<br />

· Improvement of current efficiency and appearance.<br />

· Simple conversion of existing electrolytes.<br />

· Low additive consumption.<br />

· The formation of cyanide is significantly reduced and<br />

may falls below the detection limit.<br />

· Since there’s less non-active tetracyanonickelate there’s<br />

a lower demand of nickel.<br />

Decrease of the cyanide content after the conversion to<br />

SLOTOLOY ZN „Generation VX“<br />

cyanide content [mg/L]<br />

500<br />

400<br />

300<br />

200<br />

100<br />

0<br />

0 500 1000 1500 2000<br />

bath throughput [Ah/L]<br />

Schloetter Co. Ltd.<br />

Abbey Works<br />

New Road, Pershore<br />

Worcestershire WR10 1BY<br />

United Kingdom<br />

T +44 (0)1386 552 331<br />

info@schloetter.co.uk<br />

www.schloetter.co.uk

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