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Cefla North America Grows Finishing Lab Team

 Thursday, January 28, 2021

Cefla North America has added a new position to its finishing laboratory team. Samuel Mask has been promoted to Lab Application Technician; he started his time with Cefla North America as a Lab Intern in October 2019. The team has expanded in preparation for increased lab testing, facility events, and equipment upgrades that will take place in 2021.

Since 2019, Mask has shadowed Mike Lowe, Lab Manager, and Senior Lab Technician Benny Smith, who have a combined 47 years of experience in finishing and digital printing industries. Mask’s training has also included instruction from Technical Director Lorenzo Pavone, Cefla’s senior technical expert in North America. Pavone personally oversees the company’s largest and most complex North American finishing installations. Mask’s position will provide additional coverage to daily lab activities surrounding customer testing as well as product research and development.

“Sam has a bright future,” states Managing Director Massimo Di Russo. “His attention to detail, technical abilities and personal interests make him a great fit for the role. Although Sam is not new to Cefla, we could not be happier to have him join the team in a permanent capacity.”

Mask’s education includes an associate degree in Computer Integrated Machining and is currently enrolled in a program that will gain him an associate’s degree in Science. In addition, Sam’s internship included more than a year’s worth of accelerated, hands-on training in Cefla’s North American finishing lab with emphasis on the latest digital printing and robotics technologies. His personal pursuits include astronomy, photography, astrophotography, 3D modeling, and robotics. Sam continues to learn alongside his team, including knowledge of substrates, fluid management, pump/gun/mixing solutions, robotics, industrial digital printing, and troubleshooting techniques.

Cefla North America houses the largest laboratory dedicated to finishing professionals second only to its global headquarters in Imola, Italy and is the company’s largest investment outside of Italy. The lab enables customers to test substrates and coatings in an environment that does not disrupt their company’s production. The lab also serves a center of research on the latest trends, techniques and technologies available to the finishing industry. Cefla North America in particular is a center for vacuum technology and manufactures a line of vacuum coating finishing systems under the name Delle Vedove, or DV-Systems.

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