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Scott Rusch Knows His Business!

New Website - Press Release

Newark, Ohio (June 18, 2012) – Anomatic Corporation, the global leader of high volume anodized aluminum packaging, is pleased to announce the launch of an enhanced web presence. The site aims to offer custom decorative anodizing and metal stamping solutions for global manufacturers. Offering manufacturers services and tools such as easy RFP requests, sample projects from start-to-finish, technology how-to’s, innovative technologies and processes, industry tutorials and more. The reinvigorated online presence will better illustrate Anomatic’s diverse manufacturing technology focused on providing custom precision metal stamping services, decorative color anodizing services, engineering & product development services with custom contract assembly services.

Continually working to best serve and innovate with a variety of customers, Anomatic’s new online presence has been improved for more visual appeal of the global companies capabilities. Providing clearer insight into the many industries to which the anodizing leader caters, the new website will also give visitors greater insight into the many benefits that Anomatic offers its clients, from a strong commitment to innovation and speed to market down to delivering a finished product with precise color matching from one to one billion.

Rooted in technology and innovation, Anomatic Corporation regularly works with many diverse leading packaging industries including pharmaceutical and medical, spirits, electronics and personal care. Industry professionals from these and other backgrounds will find the navigation bar to include manufacturing expertise, markets served, global locations, strategy and sustainability, as well as videos demonstrating Anomatic’s various packaging processes. Also included online will be current media kits, news releases and articles to stay atop industry news. New Website - Press Release

"Anomatic has long been the leader in anodized aluminum components for a multitude of industries," said Scott Rusch, President and CEO, Anomatic, "and through our recent expansions, the launch of our new web site, and dedication to innovation, we can better meet the needs of both current and potential customers."

About Anomatic Corporation

For more than 40 years, Anomatic has served as a well-diversified manufacturer of anodized aluminum packaging to the personal care, pharmaceutical, medical device, spirits, and automotive industries worldwide. Today, Anomatic's state-of-the-art facilities in Ohio, Connecticut and Suzhou, China offer expertise in product design, metal stamping, anodizing, decorating, tooling and assembly.

GreenByWBR

How One Packaging Manufacturer Handles Environmental Requirements & Safety Issues

By William B. Rusch, President

Anodizing, the electrochemical oxidation of aluminum, is widely used throughout the world for a variety of functional and decorative applications. In anodizing, a thin film of aluminum oxide forms on the surface of the aluminum part and acts as a barrier against further natural oxidation or corrosion.

Before it is anodized, the aluminum is treated in a variety of chemical baths to yield a bright, semibright, or matte surface finish. Then the prepared aluminum surface enters the anodizing bath, where a sulfuric acid electrolyte is present with a low-voltage DC charge, resulting in an electrolytic reaction and the formation of the oxide layer. This film subsequently can be colored using aqueous dyestuffs that are absorbed into the porous structure, and then finally sealed in boiling deionized water. The result is a decorative and durable finish. Anodizing is scratch-resistant and will not flake, peel, or fade and is suitable for high-speed bowl feeding applications.

Anodizing has been called the &"green," or environmentally friendly, finish in the metal finishing field for some time. The process releases few toxins into the environment, uses almost no heavy metals, and uses chemicals and metals that are recycled easily. Finished products made from anodized aluminum are nontoxic and safe to use in many packaging applications for consumer products, including cosmetics and beverages.

Over the past several decades, cosmetics container manufacturers have significantly reduced the use of buff and lacquered finishes, which produce solvent emissions as a byproduct, or plated finishes, which utilize heavy metals and have residual hazardous wastes, and changed to anodized aluminum finishes. Nearly all major cosmetics packaging manufacturers routinely use anodized finishes in their metal packaging applications.

Anomatic Corp. is one such container manufacturer. The anodized aluminum components it designs and manufactures are for packaging fragrance and lotion pumps, treatment caps and closures, mascaras, lipsticks, and eyeliner pencils, to name a few.

expense of harming the environment is not acceptable. In line with this Anomatic Corporation 1650 Tamarack Road Newark, OH 43055 Tel: (740)522-2203 Web: www.anomatic.com philosophy, the company has made a significant, long-term commitment to protect the environment through state-of-the-art waste treatment and recycling processes.

Selecting Aluminum

The manufacture of an anodized aluminum component at Anomatic begins with the choice of base metal and alloy. Aluminum is the most commercially recyclable metal used today. Because recycled aluminum is already in the metallic state, all of the energy spent purifying the ore and reducing it to metal is saved when it is recycled. Simply melting the aluminum renders it usable again. All scrap parts at Anomatic (rejects for visual or dimensional nonconformance) are sent to local recycling facilities. In addition, the aluminum trim that comes off the stamping operation also is sent out for recycling.

While most products the company produces are made with conventional base alloys such as 5657 and 9020, some cosmetics packaging manufacturers have begun to specify recycled aluminum alloys such as 3004. Anomatic is participating in this initiative. Caution is warranted because recycled aluminum can contain heavy metals, particularly lead and cadmium. Heavy metals are a concern because the preanodizing finish steps entail metal removal, so these metals can end up in the wastewater discharge. The Coalition of Northeastern Governors (CONEG) limits are 100 parts per million (PPM) for the total of listed metals. Many of the recycled alloys have higher concentrations of the listed metals resulting from poor segregation of heavy metal sources from the aluminum scrap. However, with proper selection criteria, the recycled alloy can be used in conformance with CONEG limits.

Stamping and Degreasing

The fabrication step involves deep drawing aluminum coil stock into various shapes and sizes using high-speed transfer presses. The stamping oils are easily captured and reused. Oil-laden scrap is spun through a centrifugal chip wringer, and then the clean scrap is sent out for recycling while the oil is reused in the presses.

The stamped products go through aqueous degreasers, where the oils are captured through ultra filtration and coalescing filters, then sent to a fuels blending program. Because no solvents of any kind are used in the degreasing operation, the captured stamping oils are non-hazardous and easily blended into fuel oil. The stamping and degreasing processes produce no emissions or hazardous waste.

Anodizing

Several inorganic acids (nitric, sulfuric, and phosphoric) are used in the anodizing process. The acids are rinsed from the aluminum parts between the process steps to prevent bath contamination. Aluminum metal is dissolved in these acid baths.

The acidic rinse water must be treated before being discharged to the local wastewater treatment plant. Solids are removed using conventional hydroxide precipitation followed by clarification and filtration. The filter press produces a solid cake of aluminum hydroxide that is nonhazardous waste and is sent to a landfill. The clarified rinse water is neutralized and sent to the sanitary sewer system.

All effluent leaving the company is monitored using a continuous-sampling device that operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. An on-site, EPAcertified chemical laboratory that uses wet chemistry analysis and metals testing equipment is staffed by trained technicians during production hours. Effluent purity test results are shared daily with the local wastewater treatment facility.

Nickel is the one regulated heavy metal used in Anomatic's anodizing process. The nickel comes from the dilute solution of nickel acetate used in the sealing process, in which the anodic pore is closed (sealed) through hydrolysis. The rinse water from the sealing step is segregated and put through a separate nickel treatment system. The nickel metal is removed from the effluent through metal hydroxide precipitation followed by clarification and filtration. The resulting cake of nickel hydroxide is sent offsite to a nickel smelter for recycling. This anodizing process produces no residual hazardous wastes.

Finally, all acidic air emissions are captured and thoroughly cleaned by scrubbing systems, which are permitted and tested routinely by the Ohio EPA. Nitrous oxide (NOx) gases produced by the chemical brightening baths are chemically converted to nitrogen gas and water vapor. Acid gases are neutralized and odors eliminated through multistage packed tower scrubbers using high-pH caustic absorption.

Recycling

In addition to its efforts in recycling aluminum, stamping oils, and nickel metal, the company also has sophisticated processes and programs for recycling phosphoric acid and titanium scrap.

Its phosphoric acid recycling system uses ion exchange and vacuum separation equipment to purify and reuse phosphoric acid water segregated at the anodizing lines. More than 85 percent of all the phosphoric acid is recycled, thereby preventing large-scale phosphate contamination of downstream water systems.

Titanium is used in Anomatic's proprietary conveyor belt system and in its anodizing racks. As belts and racks wear out over time, the titanium scrap is captured and sold back to the titanium mills for reuse.

Safety Issues

Anomatic's anodizing process contains none of the regulated heavy metals (chromium VI, lead, mercury, cadmium, barium, arsenic, and selenium) as outlined by Z66.1-1964 (toy safety regulations), 16 CFR 1303 Consumer Product Safety Commission, ASTM F 963 (consumer safety specifications on toy safety), CONEG Heavy Metals Legislation, and Proposition 65.

The only heavy metals the company uses are nickel II (used in the sealing process) and chromium III (dyestuffs). The nickel hydroxide in the anodic coating is in microscopic concentrations and is either chemically bound to the anodic pore or precipitated inside the pores. It is stable both chemically and physically, and it is insoluble in water so it cannot be dissolved. Trivalent chromium is a naturally occurring form of chromium that is an essential element in our diets and is present in vitamin supplements. The chromium in the dyes used at Anomatic contains chromium III, not the toxic chromium IV. The chromium III dyes generally are regarded as safe and are completely sealed inside the anodized aluminum coating, preventing contact or degradation.

Anomatic Corporation's proprietary anodizing system and processes incorporate advanced recycling technologies allowing nearly 90% of all materials to be recycled in-house. For details on the latest advancements and our Sustainability Initiatives, please read the following.

Anomatic Sustainability NRF

Anomatic Corporation invests in new technology, practices and procedures to improve green products, overall.

Newark, OHIO ¨C Anomatic Corporation announces the completion of a comprehensive sustainability plan - designed to reduce energy, waste, water and air pollution while significantly increasing the company's ability to recycle and reuse materials. The company embarked on the initiatives in early 2008 in response to customers' needs to produce products to meet stringent consumer demand. The latest sustainability initiatives were designed to work in concert with the company's current and ongoing practices, implemented prior to the new initiatives.

As part of the overall plant and equipment improvements, Anomatic Corporation has significantly improved its ability to deliver environmentally-friendly packaging. Major landmarks include the following:

  • Up to 40% of process water is recycled and reused via Advanced Recycling Technologies ¡ú reducing demand for potable water throughout Anomatic's processes
  • New closed cycle vapor technology cleaning system to be installed September 2009, reduces 92% of carbon based energy for equivalent cleaning of raw parts prior to anodizing & recovers 80% ¨C 90% of stamping oil for reuse
  • Upgraded Waste Water Treatment System to "Semi-Intelligent" PLC Logic-based control ¨C lowering chemical usage by improving operation and automated control
  • Current Air Scrubber technology removes more than 98% of Nitrogen Oxides, operating at less than 40% of EPA Permits

"Anomatic is committed to being a socially responsible partner ¨C striving for sustainable development by optimizing current technologies and ongoing research and development," offers Mark A. Ormiston, Anomatic's Director of Research & Development.

About Anomatic Corporation

Anomatic is a global leader in high volume anodized components, consistently delivering innovation, unprecedented quality, the greatest selection and unsurpassed consistency for the cosmetic, beauty and health care, pharmaceutical, spirits industries and more. This dedication to quality is why over 100 companies internationally have partnered with Anomatic to give their products a unique and distinctive advantage through anodizing, metal stamping, decorating and assembly. www.Anomatic.com

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Anomatic has consistently earned customers confidence and awards, including being named as preferred vendor of the year by prestigious organizations and celebrated for our initiatives to make anodized packaging greener, safer and more sustainable overall.

Anomatic, Community Spotlight on Hiring
– February 2012

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Lean and Green: Energy Savings in Manufacturing
– February 2012

From scrutinizing the lighting operations of the facility to fundamentally rethinking the engineering and design of large systems.

Anomatic Set to Start Operations in New LEED Certified Facility
– February 2012

Anomatic is pleased to announce the opening of their fourth facility, which will feature two brand new anodizing systems and be home to the company's Innovation and Technical Design Center.

Packaging Leader to Build New State-of-the-Art Manufacturing Facility
– August 2011

Anomatic Adds New Anodizing Facility to Their Global Roster

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Anodizing Leader Expands Capacity at U.S. Facility
– April 2011

Anomatic adds more presses to their Connecticut metal forming operation

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Articles

Anomatic's New LEED Certified Production Facility on WBNS
WBNS, Channel 4, Columbus – January, 2012

Firm Looks to Fill 140 New Jobs in New Albany Business Park -
SNP – January, 2012

The global brand will open a new production facility in the New Albany Business Park this month and is looking for new employees.

From Biodegradable to Recyclable: Packaging Choices for Beauty Brands-
GCI – January, 2012

It's a given that today's consumers have grown to expect eco-friendly packaging to envelop their sustainably sourced beauty products. And, in an increasing amount of countries, it's becoming a requirement.

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Anomatic Putting its Stamp on New Albany With New Plant  -
Columbus Business First – Dec, 2011

As the Newark-based manufacturer of caps, covers and packaging components for the cosmetics industry turns the calendar to 2012, it will be turning the keys to a new production facility in New Albany that will increase capacity by 50 percent and bring 185 jobs to the area.

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Anomatic Set to Start Operations in New LEED Certified Facility
– February 2012

Anomatic is pleased to announce the opening of their fourth facility, which will feature two brand new anodizing systems and be home to the company's Innovation and Technical Design Center.

Packaging Leader To Build New State-of-the-Art Manufacturing Facility
– August 2011

Anomatic Adds New Anodizing Facility to Their Global Roster

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Anodizing Leader Expands Capacity at U.S. Facility
– April 2011

Anomatic adds more presses to their Connecticut metal forming operation

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Packaging Leader Reintroduces Double Anodizing With Improved Sustainability – February 4, 2011

Anomatic Corporation, the global leader of high volumeanodized aluminum and personal care and medical packaging, announces its new multifunctionaland sustainable process for double anodizing ...

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Worldwide Anodizing Authority Expands Executive Team
– July 8, 2010

Anomatic Corporation Adds New Leadership with VP Manufacturing and VP Sales ...

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International Anodizing Expert Establishes New Sustainability Forum
– June 17, 2010

Anomatic Corporation Develops First Green Industry Group ...

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Global Anodizing Leader Offers New Web Resources for Manufacturing Customers – June 8, 2010

Anomatic Corporation Centers New Web Site Around Best of Anodizing and Extended Manufacturing Technology ...

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Anodizing leader introduces sustainability initiatives geared to aid the environment and customers
– August 20, 2009

Anomatic Corporation invests in new technology, practices and procedures to improve green products, overall.

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Anodizing leader introduces new technology  to industry
– Jan 8, 2009

Anomatic Corporation develops new technology offering Antique finishing option to the industry.

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Articles Archive

Anomatic has consistently earned customers confidence and awards, including being named as preferred vendor of the year by prestigious organizations and celebrated for our initiatives to make anodized packaging greener, safer and more sustainable overall.

Anomatic's New LEED Certified Production Facility on WBNS
WBNS, Channel 4, Columbus – January, 2012

Firm Looks to Fill 140 New Jobs in New Albany Business Park -
SNP – January, 2012

The global brand will open a new production facility in the New Albany Business Park this month and is looking for new employees.

From Biodegradable to Recyclable: Packaging Choices for Beauty Brands -
GCI – January, 2012

It's a given that today's consumers have grown to expect eco-friendly packaging to envelop their sustainably sourced beauty products. And, in an increasing amount of countries, it's becoming a requirement.

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Anomatic invests in two new anodizing lines -
Premium Beauty News – Nov, 2011

Anomatic, the U.S. firm specialized in the processing of aluminium parts intended among others for the perfume and cosmetic industry, has announced an investment of over US$10 million for the commissioning, in its plant of New Albany, Ohio, of two new anodizing lines of a capacity of 250 million units.

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State of Packaging 2011 -
  GCI – Nov, 2011

Beauty industry packaging providers weigh in on trends through 2011 and into 2012, packaging as part of the marketing mix, emerging market impacts and more.

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Anodized Device Delivery: The New Face of Medical Packaging -
Medical Design Technology – Oct, 2011

Traditionally, the appearance of medical devices was an afterthought and not considered a crtical element of design. However, with more devices being used directly by the patient, aesthetics have come to the forefront. This article looks at a technology that helps maintain a high level of functionality in the packaging of a device and couples it with great appearance.

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A Deeper Shade of Green:
GCI Magazine – August, 2011

According to beauty market research conducted by The NPD Group, Inc., total U.S. prestige beauty generated $8.4 billion in 2010, an increase of 4%, compared to $8.19 billion in 2009.

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Anomatic to open packaging plant at New Albany Business Park
In Pharma – July, 2011

The company - which specialises in high volume metal packaging and custom anodizing process for the medical, pharmaceutical, personal care and cosmetic packaging industries - are pumping in $8.7 million into the new facility.

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Beauty Buzz
Beauty Packaging – April/May, 2011

Gone are the days when the label of "natural" was enough to differentiate a beauty product and lure shoppers. Customers have grown leery of products that claim to be earth-friendly without much explanation or information to back up the claim. In fact, Just Green It!, a guidebook designed to instruct consumers how to dodge specific products making such claims (including beauty products), was recently featured on the Today show and is lauded by celebrities across the U.S.

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Pelatonia -
Pelotonia has become a community of riders and volunteers working toward a common goal: ending cancer. There comes a moment – or series of moments – for these riders and volunteers when they realize this is more than a bike ride and is something special, often life changing.

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Juvenile Diabetes Walk -
The Walk draws people together in a healthy activity for a worthy cause, raising money to help find better treatments and a cure for diabetes. It's fun for families and builds camaraderie among company employees. Above all, it's an event you will feel good about being a part of.

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Anomatic announces $1.2M CT expansion -
Hartford Business Journal Online – March, 2011

Ohio metal processor Anomatic Corp. announced a $1.2 million expansion of its Naugatuck plant that it says will increase facility's output of treated metals by 70 percent.

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Sustainable from Start to Finish - Industry Week – January, 2011

Anomatic strives to make the aluminum anodizing process a shining example of green manufacturing.

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Packaging Company Reintroduces Double Anodizing -
PMPNews.com – October, 2010

Anomatic strives to make the aluminum anodizing process a shining example of green manufacturing.

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How One Packaging Manufacturer Handles Environmental Requirements & Safety Issues – June, 2010

Anodizing, the electrochemical oxidation of aluminum, is widely used throughout the world for a variety of functional and decorative applications. In anodizing, a thin film of aluminum oxide forms on the surface of the aluminum part and acts as a barrier against further natural oxidation or corrosion.

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Anodized Packaging – Green & Sustainable - CORP! – April, 2010

You may not realize it, but the anodized finish commonly found on medical components, cell phones, iPods, lipsticks, and automotive trim holds an opportunity for green manufacturing.

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Raw Material Risks – November, 2009

Manufacturers must remain vigilant and agile in the face of volatile costs and possible supply squeezes.

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Communiqué Archive

Anomatic's Communiqué is an exclusive e-newsletter, created in an effort to bring more state-of-the-art developments to your desktop.  Be in the know about everything anodizing for the personal care, medical/pharma, spirits, electronics category and more.  Sign up to receive your monthly issue of The Communiqué, or check out our archive, below.

Global Anodizing Leader Displays Diversity at LuxePack New York

Anomatic Corporation, the global leader of high volume anodized aluminum packaging, is pleased to announce their participation in LuxePack NYC on May 18 and 19. The 9th Annual Luxe Pack exhibition is the only showcase in America dedicated to creative and innovative packaging.

Anodizing Leader Expands Capacity at U.S. Facility

Anomatic Corporation, known for their unique, high volume metal anodizing process for the medical, pharmaceutical, personal care and cosmetic packaging industries, is expanding their Connecticut production facility.

Welcome to the renewed Anomatic Communiqué

Anomatic emphasizes green manufacturing and the ability to deliver custom colors for many applications along with the announcement of a new product for
Bath & Body Works.

Anomatic Sets Standards In China Facility

With the grand opening of Anomatic Suzhou and all the concerns regarding consumer products being produced in Asia, Anomatic felt it was best to open its doors and discuss its plans to be a global, socially responsible citizen.

Revlon 3-D Extreme Features New Fabrication Capability of Anomatic

Using new technology in Anomatic's metal stamping process, Revlon's 3-D Extreme uses a custom-designed cap fabricated by Anomatic creating a dimpled-effect. The cap was anodized in a bright-chrome finish to match the base component.

Handling Environmental Requirements & Safety Issues

Anodizing, the electrochemical oxidation of aluminum, is widely used throughout the world for a variety of functional and decorative applications. In anodizing, a thin film of aluminum oxide forms on the surface of the aluminum part and acts as a barrier against further natural oxidation or corrosion.

New Tooling Facility Opens Its Doors

Anomatic has opened a new site in the state of Connecticut. The facility will be used to develop tooling for Anomatic's new products, make final readjustments and test-run new product parts.