Bhopal gas tragedy victims say ‘black
day for justice’
The Supreme Court’s rejection of the petition seeking harsher punishment for the accused in the Bhopal gas tragedy case evoked strong reactions here with some terming it “a black day”.
“We had pinned our hopes on the judiciary but we are disappointed because the apex court did not understand the seriousness of the matter,” said Abdul Jabbar of the Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Udyog Sangathan (BGPMUS), adding that the SC should have looked at the larger picture. “Victims got neither compensation nor justice,” Jabbar said.<more>
Brands focus on safety on perceived consumer demand
Government legislation and intervention are also among the key drivers of safety that encourage demand for safer products
Jacob P. Koshy
New Delhi: Consumer goods companies in India—from makers of cellphones to cars to paints—are increasingly underlining the safety features in their products as an integral part of their marketing campaigns.
From a Nerolac paints advertisement that shows actor Shah Rukh Khan playing an expectant father promising his unborn child that the paint in their house will be free of toxic chemicals, to Alcatel ICE3, a mobile phone that claims its instruments emit substantially lower radiation.
The emphasis on safety, experts say, results mainly from the emergence of a richer demography that is more health conscious.<more>
Asian Paints minimizes environmental impact and maximizes new operational efficiencies
Asian Paints Ltd. operates in 22 countries around the world. It maintains 27 paint manufacturing facilities and serves consumers in 65 countries. As a truly global enterprise, Asian Paints is aware of the impact its operations have on the environment and is strongly committed to following the latest best practices for “green productivity.” Specifically, the company is working to assure environmental compliance and sustainability by focusing on waste minimization and water conservation at all of its plants across India.
To achieve this goal, Asian Paints’ team of environmental experts recognized that they needed to find a better way to track water parameters and hazardous waste from the point of generation to disposal and monitor reuse and recycling processes across their plants. Assuring continued compliance with all applicable water and waste management mandates was a major challenge for such an expansive enterprise.<more>
Jazz repaints aircraft with advanced PPG Aerospace ‘green’ system
First commercial aircraft in Canada to use PPG system for weight, maintenance savings
MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, May 24, 2011 – Jazz Aviation LP (Jazz) has repainted two regional aircraft with the most advanced, “green” coatings system by PPG Industries’ (NYSE:PPG) aerospace business. This chromate-free PPG coatings system reduces environmental impact, lowers weight, and provides a smooth, glossy and highly durable finish.
The two Jazz airplanes were repainted by Springer Aerospace, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, with DESOTHANE(R) HD/CA 9000 basecoat/clearcoat, DESOPRIME(TM) CF/CA 7502 epoxy primer and DESOGEL(TM) EAP-9 metal pretreatment, all from PPG.
“Jazz is excited to be able to pioneer these new PPG products in Canada,” says Richard Steer, vice president, maintenance and engineering, for Jazz. “We are a company that is committed to seeking innovative ways in which to reduce environmental impact as well as fuel cost and consumption. The new PPG products are lighter weight, more durable and longer lasting, which subsequently provides a ‘greener’ paint system that is more environmentally friendly and also reduces costs.”
According to Ron Nakamura, PPG general manager and business manager for aerospace in Canada, Jazz is the first airline in Canada to specify the complete green PPG system.
“Jazz jumped on the opportunity to be the first commercial operator in Canada to have aircraft painted with the newest green coatings technology,” Nakamura said. “One aspect of going green is the chromate-free pretreatment and primer formulations of our coatings system, which require no special handling or waste disposal. A second aspect is that the PPG green coatings system reduces the weight of painted aircraft by more than 30 pounds, resulting in fuel savings and lower emissions. Third, because Desothane HD/CA 9000 basecoat/clearcoat features high durability, we expect the repaint cycle to be extended by several years, leading to additional cost savings and green benefits.<more>
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I am working in private concern as a junior manager. We are going to do powder coating on nearly
15mm thickness plate. We feel that the available powder in markets are not suitable to our process .
If we use such a powder, we need spend lot of energy to bake it. So please give me solution to run our
process without spending much energy .
Thank you kindly for your question. As you are aware heating 15 mm plate takes considerable energy.
This being the case it is still quite common for powder coatings to be applied to substrates this thick.
There are a number of measures you can take to satisfy your requirements and still use powder
coatings. Here are a few suggestions:
1. Use a low cure powder coating. There is technology that allows for complete cure at around 150 deg
C. These product chemistries include: polyester-TGIC, hybrid (epoxy-polyester) and epoxy. In sound
cases these materials can cure as low as 130 deg C.
2. Consider using infrared heat to cure the coating. Infrared delivers heat to the surface of the coating
and the plate. If carefully engineered you can concentrate most heat on the surface without having to
completely heat the substrate.
Alternately you can use a 2K urethane liquid paint. These are rather difficult to handle (toxicity and
reactivity). They have limited pot life and the viscosity changes with time which affects the appearance
and performance of the coating.
I hope that my comments are helpful.
Regarding last month’s discussion regarding pinholing problems associated with hot dipped galvanized
steel Mr. Venkatesh advises:
Thanks for your valuable inputs given while replying Mr. Sanjay Sapkal. I wish to advise applicators
in India on passivated HDG surfaces. Most HDG companies do chromate rinsing as final rinse
and I doubt the rinse water concentration is kept within limits. This is done to avoid "White Rust"
during transit or storage. This chromate passivated surfaces pose a real challenge to pre-treatment.
Powder coaters are compelled to treat at higher acid concentration which in turn bring non-uniform
pretreatment & undesired pinhole problems. Hence I would advise Mr. Sanjay Sapkal to look in to this
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