Valence Eastman Gains Multiple Approvals from Sikorsky

Valence Surface Technologies Eastman operations receives an extensive list of process approvals to support Lockheed Martin's Sikorsky rotorcraft programs.

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The Missouri S&T Coatings Institute Offers Paint Courses

The “Introduction to Paint Formulation” course offered, August 15-19, 2022, is intended to give fundamental knowledge of how to approach a starting formulation and troubleshoot it.

Valence Wichita Receives Processing Approvals for Military Aircraft

Obtaining these new approvals further expands Valence’s ability to support all Lockheed Martin sub-tier supplier partners in the Central United States from the its central-region locations in Wichita, Kansas and Grove, Oklahoma.

Register Now for NASF's Airline & Aerospace Finishing Course

The course provides attendees with a broad range of information related to metal finishing operations that are common in the airline/aerospace industry.


Novaria Acquires Hohman Plating

Novaria continues to grow aerospace and defense capabilities with the acquisition of Dayton-based Hohman Plating.

Valence Wichita Receives Lockheed Martin F-35 Approvals

New approvals expand Valence’s ability to support all Lockheed Martin programs.


Improving the Wear Performance of Functional Trivalent Chromium Plating Via Pulse-Reverse Electrodeposition

This paper covers work on improving the wear performance of a functional chromium coating from a trivalent chromium plating bath.  Wear resistance is a critical aspect of chromium coatings when used in components of both ground-based and aerospace vehicle systems.  Traditional hexavalent chromium coatings have shown exceptional wear resistance in these applications, while the wear resistance of trivalent chromium coatings has been less satisfactory.  Using pulse-reverse electrodeposition to control various characteristics of the chromium coating, the wear performance of trivalent chromium plated panels could be improved.  A multivariate regression model of the electrodeposition conditions shows that bath chemistry parameters within the range of viable plating are not a large contributor to the variance in wear performance, while the roughness and size of macro-cracks is very important for wear-related applications.  The multivariate analysis approach undertaken in this study may find potential applications in broad areas of the plating and finishing industry.


Global Metal Finishing Achieves Nadcap Accreditation

Aluminum anodizing and precision hard coating company Global Metal Finishing receives Nadcap accreditation.


Modeling and Simulation for the Finishing Industry - the 55th William Blum Memorial Lecture

As Dr. Keith Legg, 2019 recipient of the NASF Scientific Achievement Award, watched the changes in industry over the past decade or so, he has seen modeling and simulation move from one industry to another.  Seeing how and where it is used elsewhere, he concludes that modeling could be more widely and profitably used in the surface finishing industry.  In his Blum lecture, he discusses how modeling for surface finishing is a recognized approach today.  It is proving to be very useful for plating and some finishing processes and is finding new uses as it develops, but there is a lot to learn.  The aim is to make modeling a standard, integrated approach to coating development and corrosion protection.

How to Avoid the Common Pitfalls of a Nadcap Audit

Suppliers within the aerospace industry can easily avoid many of the most common pitfalls of Nadcap audits by properly preparing in advance, explains Ethan Akins, Senior Business Development Manager at the Performance Review Institute, which is responsible for administering the Nadcap Program.

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Mingo Aerospace Achieves Nadcap Accreditation

The company has been granted 18-month merit for Nadcap accreditation for Coatings—Thermal Spray and Grinding, AC710/1 and AC7109/8.

Nasmyth TMF Achieves NADCAP Accreditation for Non-destructive Testing

Metal finishing, painting and non-destructive testing specialist Nasmyth TMF has achieved NADCAP accreditation for non-destructive testing services for the aerospace and defense industries.

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Valence Surface Technologies Acquires H&W Global Industries

H&W provides a wide variety of metal finishing services, including anodizing, electroplating, and industrial painting for leading defense applications. 

Surface Finishing and the Aerospace Supply Chain

The state of aerospace business in the finishing industry.


HighTech Finishing Adds National Sales Manager

Amanda Gilley Taylor has been named as new National Sales Manager for HighTech Finishing. 

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Sherwin-Williams Next Generation Aerospace Coatings Qualified by Textron Aviation

Sherwin-Williams Aerospace’s SKYscapes coatings have been qualified for use on Cessna, Beechcraft and Hawker aircraft.

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Oerlikon Balzers to Coat Next-Gen Aero Engine Components

Oerlikon Balzers signs 10-year contract with MTU Aero Engines to coat next generation aero engine components used in the Airbus A320neo aircraft.


Valence Gains C-130 Hercules Approvals

The aerospace finishing company’s Wichita location recently received a range of processing approvals to support the Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules.

English University Receives Funding to Advance Aerospace Ceramic Coating

A materials expert at the University of Nottingham has secured over £2.1m to develop new coatings for aerospace that could cut jet plane emissions and help spacecraft venture further into our solar system.


Electro-codeposition of MCrAlY Coatings for Advanced Gas Turbine Applications - Complete Project Report

This is the complete final project report of the three-year AESF Foundation Research project (2018-2020) at the Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, TN., to optimize the electro-codeposition process for improved oxidation/corrosion performance of MCrAlY coatings on critical superalloy components in gas turbine engines.


Electro-codeposition of MCrAlY Coatings for Advanced Gas Turbine Applications - 12th Quarterly Research Report

The aim of this research is to seek a sulfur-free plating solution for electro-codeposition of (Ni,Co)-CrAlY composite coatings.  In this quarter, the coating plated in the sulfur-free, all-chloride plating solution with sodium lauryl sulfate wetting agent showed the best oxidation performance. This coating also demonstrated much better oxidation resistance that the bare CMSX-4 alloy.


Episode 3: Tractors in the Sky

In this episode of PF’s On the Line podcast, we hear about an electrocoating facility installed by Air Tractor, a manufacturer of cropdusters and firefighting airplanes.


Valence Everett Obtains Range Rare Lockheed Martin Approvals

Valence Everett has received approval for several Lockheed Martin Aeronautics processes, including a rare approval for Thin Film Sulfuric Anodize.

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Lacquering Solution Enables Aerospace Coatings

Aerospace industry coating provider Aero-Coating GmbH invests in Venjakob multi-purpose lacquering system.

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