Equipment & Testing

Understanding Consumer Preferences for Architectural Paints Using the ART™ Device

Understanding Consumer Preferences for Architectural Paints Using the ART™ Device
While paint color can transform the way a room looks, how a paint “feels” is critical to those applying the paint—whether they are professional painters or do-it-yourselfers (DIY). Market research has confirmed this time and again. Manufacturers recognize that the ease or effort of paint application is responsible for the first, and possibly longest lasting, consumer impression and will strongly...

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Proteins and Peptides as Replacements for Traditional Organic Preservatives: Part I

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The utility of a high-throughput, spectrophotometric assay in screening over 23 enzyme and peptide-based additives against bacterial coating spoilage agents was evaluated. Candidate additives were then evaluated using ASTM D2574 for in-can coating spoilage challenges, and additives that may be used to substitute for traditional biocides were identified that eliminated recoverable bacterial growth. 

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How to Handle Hard-to-Change Factors or Components in a Designed Experiment

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The traditional approach to experimentation—often referred to as the “scientific method”—requires changing only one factor at a time (OFAT). Unfortunately, the relatively simplistic OFAT approach falls flat when users are faced with factor or component interactions, for example, the combined impact of time and temperature on a process, or two reactants in a mixture. Because interactions abound in the coatings...

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A Look at Ceramic Coatings

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Coatings serve many functions. Some are designed largely to provide a desired appearance or effect on a substrate. Others are intended to be mainly protective in nature. In many applications, paints are expected to afford a combination of aesthetics and protection. These properties can be achieved using a wide range of materials. Common coatings in the automotive, architectural, and special...

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Analytical Series: A Focus on Analytical Pyrolysis

Equipment & Testing
Gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) is an analytical technique for the identification and quantitation of a wide variety of volatile and/or semivolatile organic compounds in a mixture. This technique is an indispensable tool for analytical laboratories and may be used in a versatile manner to accommodate an assortment of sample types. Such versatility has led to the development of a technique...

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Technology Incubators

Technology Incubators
I often get questions from large companies with innovation-based teams about starting a technology incubator to advance their innovation process.  My answer to this question is, it depends on a lot of factors.  Most people know technology incubators as facilities that house a number of startup companies who work on early stage development of technology, which may or may not...

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Profiles in Coatings—Kevin Kirkwood

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Continuing our series profiling coatings professionals with diverse backgrounds in the industry, we interviewed Kevin Kirkwood, marketing coordinator of NETZSCH Premier Technologies, the North American subsidiary of the globally operated group of NETZSCH companies. NETZSCH is a manufacturer of wet grinding and dispersing machinery, including media milling, dispersing and de-aerating from lab research to full-scale production

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Polyurea Saves the Day for Aging Wastewater Treatment Infrastructure

Polyurea Saves the Day for Aging Wastewater Treatment Infrastructure
Investment in infrastructure is a hot topic these days in the United States. During his presidential campaign, candidate Trump promised to deliver a proposal for a massive infrastructure bill during his first 100 days in office, but it has not happened yet. He initially proposed a package including $137 billion in federal tax credits to private firms that back transportation...

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