Canadian Finishing and Coatings Manufacturing


November 8, 2022


MazakAt this year’s FABTECH 2022, hosted at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, attendees were once again given a show floor mission to take an 18-gauge mild steel FABTECH memento and experience various finishing processes with participating exhibitors. This marks the fifth edition of the Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI) FAB to FINISH Production Experience.

This live workshop featured several production routes that led attendees from Mazak Optonics Corp., where they pick up the laser cut piece to the Finishing Pavilion for a variety of finishing processes.


From there, the part needed to be cleaned and pretreated. Atotech demonstrated this step using its UniPrep DAtotech Fabtech 205 LL, an alkaline immersion cleaner and Interlox 5705, a phosphate-free zirconium conversion coating pretreatment for multi-metal applications. Henkel was another exhibitor offering a pretreat process with its Bonderite M-NT 1455 wipes and a traditional liquid bath using immersion or spray equipment.


If you wanted to plate certain sections of the steel memento, Mighty Hook supplied high-grade masks to cover those areas and withstand the high heat curing step, while not leaving residue after removal. Mighty Hook also distributed a hook made from hard drawn spring steel to hang the parts.Gema Noelle


TrimacFor a powder coating, participants could visit Sames for green, Gema for white and Nordson for Red or Blue.
Trimac Industrial Systems offered a curing process with its electric infrared oven component of the Trimac Mini-Mobile System. Designed to roll in, plug in and go, the Mini-Mobile can powder coat and cure parts in five minutes or less.

To accent the masked sections, Quaker Houghton/SIFCO provided the SIFCO Process, which enables selective electroplating in a localized area without an immersion tank. After the curing process, the mask was removed and the exposed area was electrocleaned, etched and activated. A nickel strike was applied followed by a final plate deposit of a thin layer of Copper Acid 2050.CFCM Silco 200

Feature Video: DeVilbiss TEKNA Gun Flexes on Muscle Car Show

CFCM TeknaGun 400

Carlisle Fluid Technologies’ DeVilbiss TEKNA spray gun was recently featured on an episode of Detroit Muscle on Power Nation TV to bring a 1973 AMC Javelin back to life. Featuring a high finish quality and operator ergonomics, The TEKNA gun’s high transfer efficiency provides materials savings for solvent or waterbase paints.

The spray gun technology, which has been used in automotive refinishing processes for many years, is designed to spray all types of materials and comes with high efficiency or HVLP air caps that produce large spray patterns with even material distribution.


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New Bacharach Sling Psychrometer

CFCM slingpsychrometer 400Paul N. Gardner USA, global distributors, producers, and designers of quality physical and inspection instruments for the paint, coatings, and related industries, has introduced a new offering: The compact, portable Sling Psychrometer.

As an easy way to measure relative humidity levels quickly, this uniquely compact Bacharach Sling Psychrometer accurately determines per cent relative humidity without the necessity of consulting complex tables. There is no need to wet the wick each time a reading is taken, and it contains a slide rule calculator which correlates wet and dry bulb thermometer indications for direct reading of relative humidity. When not in use, the thermometer case telescopes into the handle for protection.

The Sling Psychrometer consists of two thermometers that are turned by vigorously swinging the handle and exposing the thermometers to rapid air movement. These two thermometers are called dry bulb and wet bulb. The bulb of one thermometer is placed in direct contact with the room air to measure dry-bulb air temperature. The bulb of the other thermometer is covered with a silk or muslin sleeve that is kept moist to record the wet bulb temperature. Evaporation cools the wet bulb more than the dry bulb, and the humidity is obtained as a function of change in temperature. The atmospheric humidity is determined by calculations, steam tables, or using a psychrometric chart.  

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