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Products Finishing 2020 Top Shops Announced
Products Finishing recently conducted its sixth annual Top Shops Benchmarking Survey for the liquid and powder coating industries. Analysts from the Gardner Intelligence team combed through aggregate data submitted by hundreds of survey participants from the U.S., Canada and Mexico to identify trends indicating how finishers are performing and how companies can use those data to identify areas for growth and improvement. Shops were measured based on more than 50 operational metrics including lead time, on-time delivery, first-pass quality yield and finishing equipment usage, among others.
Some of our members were on the list:
Autotech Production Services Inc.
Oklahoma Custom Coating
Spectrum Metal Finishing
Winona Powder Coating Inc.
Therma-Tron-X – Mask Cleaning Machines
Therma-Tron-X, Inc. (TTX) and Michigan Technological University (MTU) developed a design and two (2) prototypes for a Mobile Thermal Utility Decontaminator. This is an oven that can heat contaminated PPE in order to kill the COVID-19 virus. MTU researchers collaborated with the CDC to establish the time and temperature needed to accomplish this task and TTX collaborated with MTU on the design and engineering of these prototypes. The first prototype, built at MTU, is complete and in the hands of the MI National Guard. TTX built the second prototype here in Sturgeon Bay. The MTU team is working on FDA approval and clinical testing. We hope the device will be approved for use within the next 1-2 weeks. Sanitizing can be done with either a dry or humid heat and this unit can run either methodology. The design was meant to be massively available. The racks for the PPE for the first prototype were borrowed from local restaurants and MTU dining services, and that process could be replicated nationally. Various Rack designs are also being considered if a turn-key solution is needed.Read more
FAST International, Inc Poised to Make 1,000,000 N95 for Doctors, Nurses, First Responders and Essential Workers
FAST International, Inc. (FAST) is pleased to announce that they are poised to make 1 Million N95 mask in response to the urgent needs of doctors, nurses, first responders and essential workers. FAST International, Inc has of 40 years of experience in many areas of filtration and have dedicated their key welding equipment and facility to the production of these masks. With the help of the employees FAST has procured contacts for all the materials needed for these critical masks including the filter material, elastic straps, metal nose clip, cushioning material, plastic bags, and boxes to package them. FAST has perfected the process to create the masks and have masks ready to send out for fit testing...Read more
2020 Brewer Award Winners Announced
Dr. George E. F. Brewer is generally credited with the original idea of electrodeposition of paint through his work and research during the late 1950’s at Ford Motor Company. By loaning his name to this prestigious award given during the ECOAT Conference, recipients stand out among the best in the field of electrocoating.
Our Winners for 2020 are:
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