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Materials & Material Processing, Green & Clean

3M Provides Effective Alternative to C8 Fluorosurfactants Facing EPA Restriction

August 19, 2015

The Environmental Protection Agency is taking steps that will lead to the restriction and possible phase-out of long-chain perfluoroalkyl carboxylate (LCPFAC) substances by Dec. 31, 2015. However, manufacturers won’t be left without an effective industrial surfactant for wetting and leveling because 3M anticipated the EPA action years ago. “We voluntarily phased out C8 fluorosurfactants... Read More

Materials & Material Processing, Paints & Coatings, Services, Green & Clean

Two Finishing Options Now Available for Oil and Gas Drilling Components - MicroLok And TRU TEMP Provide Efficient Corrosion Protection

September 9, 2013

Eden Prairie, Minnesota – Birchwood Technologies now provides two finishing options for oil and gas drilling components - MICROLOK® AO and TRU TEMP®. Both finishes provide robust corrosion protection using a safe, low temperature, environmentally friendly process. With U.S. oil and gas production at its highest level in 20 years, the need for finishing components used in the drilling... Read More

Adhesives & Sealants, Materials & Material Processing, Paints & Coatings, Services, Green & Clean

Polyurethane Sealant adds glossy, protective finish to metal.

May 6, 2013

CLEARLOK® is water-based polyurethane sealant that adds protective topcoat on most metal surfaces, including iron, steel, and aluminum. Non-polluting with no harmful VOC content, polymer sealant produces coating 0.0001–.00003 in. thick. It is rated for corrosion resistance of 12–24 hr of neutral salt spray or over 100 hr of humidity exposure. Available in 5 or 55 gal drums, product can be diluted with water for application using immersion tank process or with brush. Read More

Electrical Equipment & Systems, Machinery & Machining Tools, Materials & Material Processing, Software, Green & Clean

Our Capabilities: Fiberglass Pattern and Mold Making

September 13, 2012

Sigma Design used a suite of skills to develop the design for the base for WATTLOTS Power Arbor's(TM) solar parking lot canopy system. The system is designed to provide renewable electrical energy where it is needed to existing surfaces.<4444>The process began with designing a 3D model in CAD. The design was then printed in the fused deposition modeling (FDM) machine and the pattern for the... Read More

Materials & Material Processing, Paints & Coatings

Black Oxide Finish for Aluminum Parts has 30 min process time.

November 29, 2011

Accommodating manufacturers that require same-day black finishing of small lots, mini BK-LC products enable safe, in-house blackening of parts and achieve durable satin black finish. LUMICLAD® process, which utilizes one heated dip-tank and does not require electrolytic current, forms black oxide coating on aluminum. Process works on all cast and wrought aluminum alloys, forming smooth, black, 1.5 micron thick finish that adheres tightly to aluminum substrate without any rub-off. Read More

Materials & Material Processing

Nonionic Fluorosurfactants work with difficult to wet substrates.

September 30, 2010

Based on short chain fluoropolymer technology, APFS-70S and APFS-71S are considered to be non-PFOA contributing. Products optimize wetting and leveling characteristics of paints, inks, coatings, and polishes at low loading levels. They are especially effective on difficult-to-wet substrates such as plastics, oily or waxy surfaces, and silicone or fluoropolymer treated fabrics. Read More

Materials & Material Processing, Paints & Coatings

Aluminum Blackening Material works on prototype scale.

August 25, 2009

Suited for manufacturers that require same-day black finishing of small lots of aluminum parts, mini BK-LC series safely blackens parts in-house and achieves satin black finish. LUMICLAD process, which takes ~30 min, utilizes dip-tank procedure to form black oxide coating on aluminum while utilizing only one heated tank and eliminating requirements for electrolytic current. LUMICLAD finish is 1.5 microns thick and will not shrink hole diameters or add measurable thickness. Read More

Materials & Material Processing, Paints & Coatings

Cold Blackener is used for touch-ups in machine shops.

September 28, 2007

When applied to any clean ferrous metal surface, PRESTO BLACK® BST4 blackens within 30 sec and forms finish that can be topcoated to form protective black oxide finish. Brush-on liquid serves as fast-acting blackener of re-machined areas or reworked metal parts, repairing scratches or damaged areas. Suited for use on all iron and non-stainless steels, product blends with existing black oxide finishes and withstands same degree of salt spray exposure. Read More

Materials & Material Processing

Glass FIber Reinforcement is thermoplastic molding aid.

April 25, 2007

PerforMax® SP 798 chopped strand glass fiber reinforcement provides a heat resistant positive molding aid in computer and electronics applications. SP 798 helps to lower outgassing in combination with moldings using liquid crystal polymer and polyphenylene sulfide. Developed to withstand elevated temperatures associated with lead-free solder processes, product performs in temperatures exceeding 400°C. Read More

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