Asterion TECHNIBRITE™ Alkaline and Acid Zinc Systems Approved by Harley-Davidson

INDIANAPOLIS, January 8, 2019 – Asterion, LLC is pleased to announce that Harley-Davidson has approved TECHNIBRITE™ alkaline and acid zinc plating systems for providing optimum corrosion protection on the company’s legendary motorcycles. Specifically, the TECHNIBRITE systems have met the stringent specifications of Harley-Davidson’s “Zinc Plate and Seal per ESPEC 805-050,” and “Zinc Plate per ESPEC 805-051” for use on powertrain components. The approved zinc plating systems include the use of TECHNIBRITE AZ 130 alkaline, non-cyanide zinc or TECHNIBRITE ZN 200 chloride acid zinc, followed by … [Read more...]

Asterion Receives ISO 9001:2015 Certification

INDIANAPOLIS, September 19, 2018 – Asterion, LLC is pleased to announce that it has received certification to the ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System (QMS). Verisys Registrars conducted the independent, third party certification and issued Certificate Number A101013. ISO 9001:2015 certification denotes that Asterion is compliant to the International Standards Organization (ISO) quality management system and has demonstrated its ability to consistently provide products and services focused on enhancing customer satisfaction. It is the only standard in the ISO 9000 family against which … [Read more...]

Graham Torr Appointed Asterion Director of Technical Services

INDIANAPOLIS, September 13, 2018 – Graham Torr has been appointed Director of Technical Services by Asterion, LLC. Mr. Torr is responsible for the direction of the Asterion technical services team, including the company’s advanced analytical laboratory, customer product training, application support and installation of Asterion® pretreatment, plating and powder coatings processes. Mr. Torr possesses a wealth of surface finishing manufacturing and chemical expertise that spans from job shop management to specialty chemicals sales and service. Prior to joining Asterion, Mr. Torr was the U.S. … [Read more...]

Heather Lemieux Appointed Asterion Technical Sales Engineer

INDIANAPOLIS, August 15, 2018 – Heather Lemieux is the latest addition to Asterion, LLC joining the company’s growing team of technical sales engineers. Ms. Lemieux is responsible for creating customer value through the sales and service of the company’s plating processes, pre-treatment chemistries, and powder coatings in Ohio and Kentucky. Ms. Lemieux comes to Asterion with a diverse background in technology and customer service, which includes five years of experience in the oil and gas industry. Ms. Lemieux’s prior responsibilities include serving as a field service manager with … [Read more...]

Tyler Lawson a “40 Under 40” Products Finishing Honoree

We are proud to announce that Tyler Lawson, Manager of Asterion's Technical Laboratory has been named a "40 under 40 Future Leader of Surface Finishing" by Products Finishing Magazine. A certified electroplater finisher (CEF), Lawson joined Asterion in 2016 and has become a skilled analytical chemist that is trusted and relied upon by colleagues and customers alike. Asterion President and CEO, Blair Vandivier said, "Since his arrival, Tyler has eagerly embraced all aspects of electrochemistry and has spent countless hours improving his knowledge." Lawson added, "I intend to seize every … [Read more...]

Clifford Riley Appointed Asterion Technical Services Engineer

INDIANAPOLIS, April 3, 2018 – Clifford Riley has been appointed Technical Services Engineer by Asterion, LLC. Based in Indianapolis and supported by the company’s onsite analytical laboratory, Mr. Riley will be responsible for customer installations, technical applications support, and training on the proper use of Asterion® surface finishing technologies. Prior to joining Asterion, Mr. Riley was a process engineer at Arlington Plating Company (Palatine, IL). During his tenure, he was responsible for the high yield production of the company’s decorative chrome and electroless nickel plating … [Read more...]

Asterion to Present at SUR/FIN 2018 Technical Conference

INDIANAPOLIS, March 19, 2018 – Roger Sowinski, Asterion's CTO and Vice President, will be presenting, "Chemical Oxygen Demand in Acid Zinc Electroplating Solutions: Impact on NSS Corrosion Results," on Wednesday, June 6th, 9:00 a.m. Co-authored by Alex Beck, Asterion Technical Services, the presentation will detail how COD analysis of acid chloride zinc electroplating solutions can be employed as a valuable tool in predicting NSS corrosion performance of trivalent passivates. Specifically, Asterion's comprehensive study examines how COD levels of mixed … [Read more...]

Asterion to Host Certified Electroplater-Finisher Training

INDIANAPOLIS, February 19, 2018 – Asterion is pleased to once again host a Certified Electroplater-Finisher (CEF) training course to be presented by the AESF Foundation at the Drury Plaza Hotel, Indianapolis, April 30th - May 4th, 2018. This initial training course consists of 40 hours of classroom instruction in the basics of electroplating and surface finishing technology.  The course runs the gamut from electro-chemistry to anodizing, copper plating, nickel plating, zinc plating, corrosion protection, rinsing and cleaning. Upon course completion, the student has the option of … [Read more...]

Blair Vandivier Inducted into Finishing Hall of Fame

INDIANAPOLIS, February 5, 2018 – Mr. Blair Vandivier, President and CEO of Asterion, LLC has been selected for the Finishing Hall of Fame, a program developed by Products Finishing magazine. The program recognizes, "those individuals whose contributions to the finishing industry have been significant and impactful." Vandivier said, “I am truly honored and humbled to be named to the Hall amongst this year's group of finishing pioneers which I have admired and respected throughout my entire career. I am also grateful and share this award with the Asterion team that helped make this … [Read more...]

Asterion Publishes Equipment Capabilities Guide

INDIANAPOLIS, December 27, 2017 — To support the surface finishing industry’s continued and growing investments in new equipment, the Asterion® Equipment Capabilities Guide has been published. Entering what is forecast by leading economists to be a strong 2018 for U.S. manufacturing, the guide summarizes the following criteria to ensure equipment purchases meet surface finishers’ increasing application and productivity requirements. Equipment Selection Construction and Design Process Line Productivity Impact Total Cost of Ownership Health & Safety Ease of … [Read more...]