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Posted on Saturday, December 1, 2012

COATING 2012 Wrap-Up

Held at America’s Center in St. Louis from October 9-11, COATING 2012 was an industrial coating event dedicated entirely to paint and powder coatings. The show offered unique opportunities to network with peers, make contact with key coating professionals, enhance professional development, and do business with leading manufacturers, distributors and suppliers, all there for one reason—coatings.

Going Once, Going Twice, Sold!

The Live Auction was new to the COATING 2012 Show this year. This event was developed to offer a high-energy event where attendees could purchase various products and services at great prices while also donating to charity. The event was a huge hit, and nearly $20,000 was raised to go to each donator’s selected charity.

Product Innovations Award

The New Product Showcase was the launching pad for the hottest new products and services making their debut at COATING 2012. Exhibitors who entered became eligible for the prestigious Product Innovations Award, which recognizes the top innovative product of the year. This year’s winner is DeFelsko’s product, the PosiTector 6000 Coating Thickness Gage. The new PosiTector 6000 coating thickness gage accepts all DPM, SPG and UTG probes easily converting from a coating thickness gage to a dew point meter, surface profile gage or ultrasonic wall thickness gage. Advanced models now have WiFi.

Congratulations to the Daily Raffle Winners! 

On Day 1, a $250 AMEX Gift Card went to Monica Salizar, Hi-Tech Metal Finishing. Eric Pelak of PorterCorp, was the lucky winner of BlueTooth-enabled Bose Speaker System on Day 2. And Larry Christ from Litelab Corp. took home a Samsung Galaxy Tablet on the final day.

Virtual Painter’s Competition 

Using VRSim’s newest virtual reality training system, SimSpray is designed to augment traditional training of painters. Scores were recorded and a prize was awarded for the individual with the highest score each day.

Chemetall Opens Michigan Facility

On October 24, 2012, Chemetall celebrated the inauguration of its state-of-the-art facility in Blackman Township, Mich. The $25 million manufacturing plant will cover 200,000 square feet to house administrative, manufacturing, warehousing operations, and a physical testing laboratory. Nearly 1,000 Chemetall products will be produced at the 40-acre Blackman site for applications in surface treatment, metal fabrication, cleaning and sanitizing. “The new cutting-edge facility demonstrates our goal to further expand our surface treatment business in the NAFTA region. We are committed to set equally high standards around the globe with regard to superior quality for our customer and to low carbon footprint” says Joris Merckx, president of Chemetall. Chemetall installed a semi-automated waste treatment system to reduce process waste water by 90 percent. Automation advancements, including bulk material handling systems, mixing vessels, and packaging lines, have been incorporated into the facility to increase productivity as well as improve product yield and quality for customers. Visit for more information.

Pneu-Mech Announces Staff Appointments

Pneu-Mech Systems Mfg., a member of the Brawtus Group, has announced some staff changes. Jerry Trostle has been named sales manager. With more than 30 years of experience in the finishing industry, Trostle comes from Wagner Systems where he served as GM for the last 8 years. He will be responsible for managing the sales efforts of the company in North America. Bill Brawley has been appointed to system sales. Brawley comes from AccuSport International Inc., Winston Salem, N.C., where he was responsible for growing Accu- Sport from an early stage startup company to a multi-million dollar company in 7 years. He will be responsible for System Sales with a focus on growing sales into new and emerging markets. Pneu-Mech Paint Facilities (PMFP) has appointed Lee Howard to sales engineer. Lee comes to PMPF with over 17 years of wet paint and powder coating experience. This experience ranges from supervising paint lines to being instrumental in the design and upgrading of major paint projects, including industrial and automotive. Lee has spent his time since May of 2011 in a sales position at Pneu- Mech Systems Mfg. In Lee’s new position he will draw upon his engineering experience in the heavy truck and equipment industries.

Say Hello To PCI’s Newest Members

We have nine companies that have recently joined The Powder Coating Institute. Please help us welcome them.


Special Masking, a div of Focused Solutions LLC Willoughby, Ohio


Advanced Powder Coating & Sandblasting Sparks, Nev.

Figure Finishing Manassas Park, Va.

Mid-South Soda Blasting Germantown, Tenn.

BTU Powder Coating LLC High Ridge, Mo.

Suburban Steel Supply Co. Gahanna, Ohio

Powder Coating Solutions Inc. Lake City, Minn.

Icon Signs Duncansville, Pa.

CATEGORY 6 Amariko Inc. Clarendon Hills, Ill.

PCI Certification

PCI has developed the PCI 3000 Certification Program, which is available to all custom coaters applying powder coatings, to acknowledge coaters who can meet a standard of product quality that fits their market and meets or exceeds all of their market needs and advertised standards. One such member, Keystone Koating, is featured in this edition (see page 28). In addition, PCI offers the PCI 4000 Certification Program, which is designed and offered to all original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) applying powder coatings.

The audit process exposes the powder coater to a thorough examination of their equipment and process used for application. It also examines their business operation from raw materials to finished products. This includes the safety culture within the company, inventory control, quality control, process control, and customer satisfaction. The entire operation is examined to make sure that the powder coater can deliver their expressed level of quality on a regular basis. In addition to the initial audit, the coater is required to perform routine internal audits and they are required to schedule an annual audit by PCI to reaffirm their continued compliance with the goals of the program.

During the auditing process PCI closely examine each of 12 operating elements. These elements include:

1. Pretreatment of the substrate 

2. Ovens used for drying and curing 

3. Application of the powder coating 

4. Incoming material quality control 

5. Training practices and competencies 

6. Maintenance of the system 

7. Customer satisfaction 

8. Safety record and practices within the operation 

9. Process control 

10. Warranties, guarantees and performance expectations 

11. Final quality control practices 

12. Loading, unloading and packaging 

Within each element, the powder coater must meet a minimum required score in order to receive the approval of PCI and become certified. To learn more about PCI’s Certification Programs, contact PCI’s technical manager, Mike Wittenhagen via email at As of press time, the following companies are PCI Certified.

Firings Reach Highest Since 2010

According to an October 25, 2012, blog entry by Mike “Mish” Shedlock, a registered investment advisor representative for Sitka Pacific Capital Management, firings have reached their highest since 2010. Ford (F), Dow Chemical (DOW), DuPont (DD), and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) all announced mass layoffs in mid-October. Shedlock reports that North American companies have announced plans to eliminate 62,600 positions at home and abroad since September 1, the biggest two-month drop since the start of 2010, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Firings total 158,100 so far this year, more than the 129,000 job cuts in the same period in 2011. For more information, visit: