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Green design. Eco design. Environmental design. There are many different terms for it, but the idea of sustainable design is all around us in a wide range of products we use every day. 

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Almost everywhere I’ve gone for the past several years, the top issue facing  American manufacturing and industrial finishing is the lack of skilled workers.  From meetings and conventions to trade shows, everyone is saying the same thing: “We can’t find and keep skilled workers!” 

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Whether you’re new to powder coating and need to build a new system or you’ve been at it for years and need an upgrade, you undoubtedly have a lot of questions. 

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You can have the greatest, most beautiful coating in the world, but without decent pretreatment, it’ll be worthless and flaking off in sheets within days. 

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Every product that you coat has its own unique characteristics. And even though every product hangs differently on a rack, the temptation is to find a one-size-fits-all solution. 

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Selecting the best powder coating for your application may seem straightforward; however, providing your powder supplier a detailed description of the coating performance needs for your parts will avoid headaches with the ultimate quality of your products.

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The program offers two certification types; PCI 3000 was designed for custom coaters, while PCI 4000 applies to OEMs with in-house powder coating operations. A primary goal of the program is to raise the bar of the industry by recognizing commitment to quality and minimizing coating failures that threaten to tarnish powder coating’s reputation.

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To review the latest developments in application technology, these advancements have been delineated into the various components of a powder spray system including guns, delivery devices (e.g. hoppers, pumps, hoses, etc.), reclaim systems and gun movers. Color change technology and equipment specifically designed for non-traditional substrates is also included. Some really cool developments have emerged, ranging from something simple and perhaps obvious, like an LED light attached to a manual gun body, to sophisticated electrostatic charging systems.

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The PCI Scholarship Program was designed to assist students studying in areas that advance powder
coating technologies and includes the PCI General Scholarship, as well as corporate member-sponsored scholarships. Over the past four years, 19 scholarships totaling more than $60,000 have been awarded.

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What will our workforce look like in the future? More and more manufacturers are asking this question as they search for new employees from an aging, slower growing, and often less experienced labor pool. After considering how to shape its own next generation of workers, Texas-based powder coating manufacturer IFS Coatings chose a proactive approach: create an innovative internship program.

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