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...]

Asterion Welcomes Back Doug Trageser, Southeastern US Regional Manager

INDIANAPOLIS, August 2, 2017 – Doug Trageser recently rejoined Asterion, LLC as the company’s Southeastern US Regional Manager. Acknowledged as a trusted and relied upon industry expert, Mr. Trageser is responsible for the sales and technical service of the company’s high performance chemistries, equipment and powder coatings in Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Georgia and South Carolina. Mr. Trageser was president of Southeastern Chemical, Inc. prior to the company’s acquisition by Asterion in August 2014. A metal finishing veteran for over decades, Mr. Trageser’s hands-on … [Read more...]

Jake Fisher a “40 Under 40” Products Finishing Honoree

We are proud to announce that our very own Jake Fisher, Technical Sales Representative, has been named a  "40 under 40 Future Leader of Surface Finishing" by Products Finishing Magazine.  In 2013, Jake graduated from Wabash College with a chemistry degree and shortly thereafter joined Asterion. In just over three years he has risen from a technician to field service to his current technical sales territory management responsibility. Working closely with customers, Jake employs his knowledge of chemistry and skill as a certified electroplater finisher (CEF) to provide … [Read more...]

Alkaline Zinc Systems Answer the Call for Integrated Solution

As published in Products Finishing Magazine, May 2017 issue. Asterion introduces a comprehensive plating system covering demands for productivity, corrosion resistance and appearance. Alkaline zinc plating is often met with a range of requirements including cost, corrosion resistance and aesthetic appeal. Providing plating processes, pretreatment chemistry and powder coatings to the surface finishing industry, Asterion introduces an integrated system it believes meets those demands, increases productivity and reduces rejects. According to the company, several chemical suppliers have … [Read more...]

Asterion® Ultra™ Alkaline Zinc Systems Reduce Rejects, Increase Productivity

INDIANAPOLIS, March 12, 2017 – Asterion® Ultra™ alkaline zinc systems have been introduced by Asterion, LLC. Providing the ultimate in corrosion protection, the RoHS compliant systems are engineered to reduce rejects, increase productivity, and enhance appearance. Each Asterion Ultra system includes the TECHNIBRITE™ Ultra Zn alkaline zinc process. The process delivers bright, ductile deposits with uniform and precise thickness distributions over a wide current density range. Offering exceptional chromate adhesion, TECHNIBRITE Ultra Zn is highly tolerant to zinc brightener levels and … [Read more...]

TECHNIPLATE™ E-NIC 1200 High Speed, High Phosphorous EN Introduced

INDIANAPOLIS, November 29, 2016 – TECHNIPLATE™ E-NIC 1200 high speed, high phosphorous electroless nickel process has been introduced by Asterion, LLC. Providing exceptional corrosion and wear resistance, the process imparts a semi-bright deposit that is RoHS compliant and meets the stringent requirements of the ELV and WEE directives. TECHNIPLATE E-NIC 1200 is production-proven to achieve up to 10% higher throughput versus other conventional electroless nickel processes. The pH self-regulating process affords multiple metal turnovers and may be employed for both rack and barrel … [Read more...]

White Paper Details How Water Selection Impacts the Plating Process

INDIANAPOLIS, October 17, 2016 – Asterion, LLC has published the white paper, “Water and the Plating Process.” Authored by Asterion Technical Sales Engineer, Jake Fisher, the paper details how water plays an integral and critical role in the plating process. Specifically, the paper offers guidance on the selection and use of three types of water: hard, soft and purified. The document details how each interacts in distinct and important ways when used in a rinse tank or process solution. The impact of Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) contained within each water type, as well as cost … [Read more...]

Asterion New Sample Submission Process Delivers Enhanced Customer Experience

INDIANAPOLIS, September 19, 2016 – Asterion, LLC announced today the launch of a sample analysis submission process for the company’s proprietary plating and pretreatment chemistries. Designed to ensure ease-of-use and quick customer response, the submission process meets growing customer requirements to optimize plating line efficiency and productivity at a low cost of ownership. Customers may submit up to ten sample requests per submission. Every sample is assigned an identifier number for testing at Asterion’s advanced analytical laboratory.  Furthermore, free sample submission kits … [Read more...]

Blair Vandivier Bestowed the Distinction of Fellow by the NASF

INDIANAPOLIS, August 16, 2016 – Mr. Blair Vandivier, President and CEO of Asterion, LLC was recently bestowed the distinction of Fellow by the National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF). The honor recognizes those NASF members that have made significant and lasting contributions through their leadership and dedicated service to the association and the surface finishing industry. An industry veteran, Vandivier has been previously recognized by his peers, while earning the respect of his customers and competitors over a career that spans more than thirty years. Prior to being honored … [Read more...]