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The Color of Things to Come

The Color of Things to Come What are the biggest challenges facing the coatings market in the coming year? A panel of industry experts answers the questions that are affecting the future of coatings and pigments, including those on the economy, globalization, and new technologies. Find out what the experts think about trends and strategies, such as the new coatings used in solar cell technology, the latest pigments for automotive paints, or changes to the supply chain. Is your company creating new coatings or coating methods?

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High Reflective Coatings
Cascade Optical Corp.

High Reflective Coatings

All-dielectric, high-reflective (HR) coatings offer a very high efficiency and a much higher laser induced damage threshold than enhanced and protected metal mirrors. They are designed for high reflection over one or more spectral bands, or as broadband reflector coverings.

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National's Audio Solutions Available from Digi-Key
Digi-Key Corporation

New Pressure Sensor Solution Starting at €97 National's high-performance series brings dramatically improved sound quality to high-fidelity consumer and professional audio equipment. National manufactures Class AB and Class D amplifiers and audio subsystems for speakers, headphones, and ceramic and piezoelectric speakers. National makes it easier to design better, richer-sounding systems with our acclaimed Boomer® and Overture® lines. With the capability to process an order, from order entry to shipping, in as little as 15 mins., Digi-Key processes more than 99% of its orders the same day.

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Finishing First and Fast

Finishing First and Fast It seems appropriate that a new paint system for the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Formula 1 race car team can cure coatings in half the time, speeding up the process of painting bodywork parts. The new system had to be VOC compliant while also able to produce the race car's distinctive, winning chrome finish.

Ensuring a Safe Landing

Ensuring a Safe Landing One company's high velocity oxygenated fuel (HVOF) thermal spray coating will protect the landing gear components produced for the Air Force's F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft. The HVOF system is a more environmentally-friendly method to the hard chrome plating typically used, while offering the same high performance.

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Way to Spray

Way to Spray Automotive sound systems are made of complex circuit boards that are not always suitable for coating. One company has developed a spray system that is equipped with a spray head to cover large areas and an articulated needle valve for coating small areas. The dual approach keeps connectors, switches, and other areas free from being coated without the need to mask the circuit boards.

Cartridge Design Seals It

Cartridge Design Seals It Manual mixing of adhesives and sealants is a messy business, requiring pouring, squeezing, and weighing of the separate components. Four different cartridge systems offer a solution, including precise mixing and easier disposal of waste material. Find out which type of cartridge — from coaxial systems to side-by-side dispensers to injection-style kits — are perfect for your sealing operation.

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Safe Cleaning for Precision Stampings
JENFAB

Safe Cleaning for Precision Stampings Designed for cellular manufacturing and as stand alone parts washers, our machines use environmentally-safe "aqueous chemistry" for "aqueous cleaning" as opposed to hazardous solvent-type cleaning.

The Lean Clean series of rotating basket parts washers will benefit your company by removing dirt, grease, and oil from hundreds of components requiring cleaning without damaging the environment.

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Sticking It to the Enemy

Sticking It to the Enemy A sticky web-like wallpaper can protect troops in combat by keeping walls from flying apart and sending debris everywhere during an explosion. The material, called X-FLEX, is made from a polymer composite reinforced with fibers, making it strong and flexible. Application is easy — wipe away particles from the surface of the wall, peel away the protective film, and adhere the web to the wall. We did learn things from Spiderman comics...

Resin Replacing Pre-treatment

Resin Replacing Pre-treatment A new polyester resin coating system designed for topcoat and primer applications can significantly reduce or even eliminate the need for chemical pre-treatment steps in the metal coating process, making it much more environmentally-friendly. The new resin, developed for corrosion resistance, can also replace traditional epoxy-based primer systems and reduce the likelihood of layer delamination.

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Insulating Against Corrosion

Insulating Against Corrosion One company's nanotechnology-based coating system provides a myriad of solutions: coating both metal and non-metal substrates, insulating against high heat, and providing corrosion resistance. Nansulate®, an industrial coating that contains approximately 70% Hydro-NM-Oxide and 30% acrylic resin and performance additive, can also be used in lead abatement, rust prevention, and mold resistance applications.

Coating Catches Rust in Action

Coating Catches Rust in Action A smart coating created by scientists at Battelle's Advanced Materials Applications Department can help detect corrosion on metal long before the rust is obvious to the naked eye. The coating uses a functional nanomaterial that could be applied between a primer and topcoat on a metal surface. The smart coating fluoresces once particles of corrosion form on the metal. The tiny particles of corrosion could then be detected by a handheld device and corrected before ever becoming problematic.

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Micro Air CAB — Clean Safe Work
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Micro Air

Micro Air CAB — Clean Safe Work Environment The Micro Air Clean Air Booth, a self-contained, ductless system, is a unique blend of simple modular construction, quiet power, and leading edge air cleaning technology that provides maximum manufacturing flexibility while protecting workers from airborne hazards associated with multiple applications such as cutting, welding, grinding, abrasive blasting, sanding, finishing, mixing, and powder coating.

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