Canadian aviation services provider Cadorath Group has completed a nearly $1 million renovation to its chrome-plating facility. Among the upgrades are new plating tanks, the latest rectifiers, improved pollution control and a modern air scrubber to meet current and future environmental standards. Chrome plating is used to repair and protect areas of components that are prone to wear. “Chrome plating is what started our aerospace companies,” said CEO Gerry Cadorath.
Based on three years of experience using FAA-approved, chrome-free paint processes at its Lincoln, Neb., and Battle Creek, Mich. facilities, Duncan Aviation has updated, and made available on its website, its “Chrome-Free Aircraft Paint Systems” field guide.
Ruag Aviation’s Munich-Oberpfaffenhofen paint shop received a second-place besser lackieren (better paint) Green Award in the category of in-house coating: companies with fewer than 50 employees. The award emphasizes the development of coating technologies and know-how through learning from industry leaders. It further aims to highlight the importance of properly performed coating, from extending product and platform service life to enhancing appearances.
U.S.-based AkzoNobel Aerospace Coatings, a division of International Paints, has reported qualification of one of its base-coat products to the Aerospace Material Specification (AMS) standard, which governs the use of metals for aircraft manufacture and MRO.
Lufthansa Technik is introducing its environmentally friendly clear varnish to the business jet completion market. Like all the other materials used in aircraft construction, the high-gloss polished wooden surfaces that are typically installed in aircraft cabins have to meet safety standards set by the aviation authorities. For optical purposes and to comply with fire protection regulations, these surfaces have to be treated with effective flame retardants and clear varnishes containing a high proportion of organic solvents.
For decades, painting airplanes has been a craft passed down in tribal fashion from one generation to the next, but with more understanding of how than why any particular process worked.
Eight StandardAero aircraft paint technicians have completed the Embry-Riddle Aeronautics University/Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC) program in aircraft painting. The six-week program confers a license in Aerospace Coatings Application (ACA) to those paint technicians who complete the course and pass an examination administered by an SSPC proctor.
StandardAero is the first MRO to implement the ACA program into its paint operations.
AkzoNobel Aerospace Coatings has introduced a new chrome-free pre-treatment to simplify the aircraft maintenance process.
Under the brand name Metaflex SP 1050, the pre-treatments can be applied over several metals and composites. According to the European company’s Waukegan, Ill. center, Metaflex SP 1050 brings time- and cost-saving benefits to the paint shop, and reduces VOC emissions by as much as 75 percent.
Another new product is the Alumigrip base coat and Alumigrip clear coat technology, which AkzoNobel claims will reduce cycle time by up to 40 percent.
Techno Coatings wasn’t exhibiting at the NBAA Convention in November, but the North Miami, Fla. metal plating specialist put quite a shine on the show when it played host to some 200 attendees at a fashion show at Seasons 52 restaurant in Orlando.
Television personality and author Sir Brian Sterling hosted the gala, costumes were created by students from the Calvary Christian Academy and “America’s Next Top Model” personality Lauran Kirkpatrick headlined the selection of models.
Sherwin-Williams Aerospace Coatings (Booth No. 4547) has launched a new website to assist aircraft coatings specifiers and paint applicators with what it calls one of the most detailed online information sources in the aircraft coatings industry. The aerospace unit of paint giant Sherwin-Williams is demonstrating to convention-goers how the revamped website is easy to maneuver and provides more connectivity for visitors.
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