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...]

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...]

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...]