Dow Chemical agrees to pay $2.5M in settlement
MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) -- Dow Chemical Co. said Friday that its operations in Michigan have agreed to pay $2.5 million as part of a settlement with the federal government over air, water and waste issues discovered during an inspection.
The inspection was conducted over a 20-month period between August 2005 and March 2007. The chemical company said its Michigan unit in Midland has been working with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice since the since the inspection to review and resolve the issues from the audit.<more>
OSHA Regional News Release
DEFIANCE, Ohio – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Advantage Powder Coating in Defiance for 15 safety violations following an inspection resulting from the January death of a pedestal grinder operator who was killed when the abrasive wheel on the grinder exploded and struck the operator on the head.
"Employers have a responsibility to protect the safety of their workers, and that includes having proper machine guards installed and following appropriate safety procedures to prevent tragedies like this one," said Michael Connors, OSHA's regional director in Chicago, Ill. "No worker should ever risk injury or death to earn a paycheck."
Two willful violations were cited for a lack of properly adjusted safety guards and work rests on pedestal grinders. A willful violation is one committed with intentional knowing or voluntary disregard for the law's requirements or with plain indifference to worker safety and health.<more>
Reliant Finishing Systems Announces “Green Aware Initiative”
Reliant Finishing Systems, a leading U.S. manufacturer of powder coating systems, has expanded their commitment to going “green” by revising the company’s packaging methods to eliminate tons of incidental waste each year. Reliant’s “Green Aware Initiative” focuses on a new method of crating the company’s equipment that significantly reduces the volume of wood materials being used by replacing wooden components with recyclable steel scrap.<more>
New Green Technologies to Boost Epichlorohydrin Production in China According to Merchant Research & Consulting, Ltd.
LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Total global epichlorohydrin market is reported today to be relatively balanced in terms of supply and demand. Asia and Eastern Europe remain the key importers of the material and most prominent and open for the market development. The demand for epichlorohydrin is expanding extremely fast in Asia, especially China, which is driven by new technologies used in the production, development of epoxy resins and polycarbonate industries.
Chinese epichlorohydrin market takes up around 29% of the global market today. The application areas are growing along with the growth of electronics, automotive sector, aerospace and wind turbine industry. New capacities with environmental sustainable technologies based on renewable resources are planned to come online in the coming years in China. They are projected to boost the production volumes and reduce energy and water consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.<more>
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We are in the process of establishing an assembly plant here in South Africa. One of the topics on my agenda is the question regarding the following:
Can an e-coated vehicle shell (body) be shipped overseas and painted at the destination? If so, what would the processes be to implement something like this i.e. paintshop
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Indeed this process is quite feasible. In fact it is a very good idea. It would be essential to thoroughly clean and prepare the electrocoated surface before applying the next coating. You would need to clean the surface to remove any soils deposited during transit and handling. A simple alkaline cleaner followed by a tap water rinse then a deionized water rinse should suffice. Sufficient drying before the next coating is applied would be the final step. This will provide a clean surface that will readily accept a powder coating.
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I need your help.......... What type of chemistry one should use for below absolute temperature i.e. 0°C up to -30°C? Should I go with Pure Polyester, or Hybrid? Will Super Durable PP work? Or should I go for some higher percentage of resin, around 80%? Please Reply when you get time.
Rahul Dusane, Mumbai-Nashik, India
I would start with a 50:50 hybrid with minimal (but some) filler such as blanc fixe or perhaps mica.
Is there a gloss or colour specification? A 50:50 (polyester to epoxy) hybrid will provide toughness,
adhesion and thermal stability at a relatively low formulation cost. I would be careful not to incorporate too high a concentration of filler. Some filler is good, however excessive amounts will compromise flexibility, toughness and corrosion resistance.
It is a glossy and semi-glossy. Could not I use PP Super Durable? Sir, I want to request to you about some literature which relates to powder coating formulation, which will help me to get me help in resin and filler selection. Thanking you.
The 50:50 hybrid still makes the most sense. It can be formulated easily in a gloss or semi-gloss product and will provide the best flexibility and toughness for the price. Super-durable polyesters provide excellent resistance to sunlight and intense UV radiation. They typically possess significantly less flexibility than other powder chemistries including epoxy, hybrid and pure polyester types.
As for a really good book on powder coating formulation I recommend: Powder Coatings Foundation for the Novice Formulator, BNP Media, 2004. You can order it at: this link
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