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NASF Report

NASF has partnered with Products Finishing to present "The NASF Report" a periodical resource for information about NASF and the surface finishing industry.

Click Here to Read the Report



NASF Announces 2017 Scholarship Winners

POSTED: September 25, 2017

With the goal of encouraging students to engage and continue their study in the field of surface finishing, each year, the NASF/AESF Foundation awards scholarships to deserving undergraduate and graduate level students who major in the areas of chemistry, chemical engineering, environmental engineering, metallurgical engineering, materials science engineering, metallurgy, or materials sciences.  We are pleased to announce awarding scholarships to two graduate level students for the 2017 school year: 

Nivyan Musavvir
Masters Degree Program: Materials Science & Engineering: Corrosion Engineering
Texas A & M University

Baraka Lwoya
Doctoral Degree Program: Chemical Engineering: Polymer Engineering & Surface Coatings
Tulane University

NASF is now accepting applications for our 2018 Scholarship Program. For deadlines and applications, please click here.

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Valuable Technical Resource at Your Fingertips: Explore

POSTED: May 22, 2017

Did you know, as an active member of the National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF), you have access to one of the most comprehensive online tools for surface finishing?

Launched in early 2017, NASF, in partnership with the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) and continued grant funding through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), launched the Surface Technology Environmental Resource Center (

STERC offers a fresh new look with additional menu options, an expanded library, combined training and education products from the AESF Foundation and NCMS, highlights of pending new rules and compliance deadlines, and other planned features. The STERC library is now home to thousands of searchable technical articles and papers from Plating and Surface Finishing (P&SF) magazine to SUR/FIN conference papers, as well as articles and papers from many other sources. Under the new partnership, the content of the library is included in your NASF membership.

STERC is a valuable one-stop resource for the latest compliance information and best practices for reducing pollution for the surface fishing industry. Like the old National Metal Finishing Resource Center (NMFRC), STERC will continue to include:

  • Easy-to-follow regulatory overviews
  • Tips on how to comply
  • Best-practice solutions that can help the environment while saving companies money
  • Industry calculators
  • Links to other useful resources

For more information on STERC, contact Jeff Hannapel at or Matt Martz at

CATEGORIES: Business, Education, Government Relations, Law & Regulation, Research

Register Today for SUR/FIN Atlanta – Sessions Begin at 8:30 AM on Monday, June 19, 2017

POSTED: March 30, 2017

The NASF SUR/FIN® Manufacturing & Technology Trade Show & Conference has expanded and is shaping up to be the event you can’t afford to miss. Because the 2017 event has so much to offer, the conference program will now begin at 8:30 AM on Monday, June 19. This is a departure from recent years when the conference program kicked off in the afternoon. The new schedule allows attendees to take advantage of the full range of conference sessions without sacrificing time on the show floor.

The conference program can be viewed at In addition to the key session offerings such as Advances in Surface Finishing and Automotive and Technical Responses to REACh, there will also be sessions on Aerospace & Defense, Technology for Increasing Performance, and more. Attendees and exhibitors will have a total of 14 sessions from which to choose, plus complimentary sessions such as the Sustainability Summit, Nadcap and keynote presentations from Executive Director of the Automotive Industry Action Group J. Scot Sharland and Scott Fetter with the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program at Lockheed Martin.

More than 180 companies will showcase the latest equipment, supplies and services in more than 100 product categories. SUR/FIN exhibitors will provide their expertise in surface technology to make your company more efficient and profitable. Looking for a particular product or service from our exhibitors? You’ll find it here.

Registration is now open at

CATEGORIES: Education, Events, International, NASF Chapters, NASF Members, New Members, Uncategorized

Bright Design West Coast Winners Announced!

POSTED: January 13, 2017

Bright Design West Coast supported fourteen students as they brought innovative ideas to surface finishing . NASF, MFASC and MFANC teamed up to sponsor the Challenge for the seventh year with the Pasadena Art School of Design. Final presentations took place on Dec. 14, 2016, with $15,000 in scholarships being awarded.

First place went to Sunny Innsun Park for her design of UNION key. Anthony Fernandez and Rosalia Hosseinzadeh also received awards for their projects Ascender and Iridess, respectively.

We’d like to extend special thanks to our judges: Ray Lucas, Vince Noonan, Justin Guzman and MFASC President Wesley Turnbow. Alan Olick of General Brite Plating and Bryan Leiker of K&L Anodizing also supported the competition by providing the surface finishing processes for all student projects this year.

Look for updates on the Detroit Bright Design Challenge, kicking off this week, and the 2017 West Coast Challenge to begin in early September.


CATEGORIES: Education, Events, NASF Chapters, NASF National

The NASF/AESF Foundation 2017 Course Catalog is Here!

POSTED: December 7, 2016

Click Here to download the course schedule and catalog

Four Approaches to Education

In-Person Classroom Courses:

  • Taught across the country over 2-4 days
  • Electroplating & Surface Finishing (CEF) and Airline & Aerospace Finishing taught at SUR/FIN 2017

Web-Based Training:

  • Foundation courses in a series of web-based sessions
  • Live, online interaction with industry experts
  • 2-hour sessions take place Tuesdays & Wednesdays from 12:00-2:00PM EST
  • Course recordings available for 30-days after original posting date

Home Study:

  • Learn any Foundation course at home and at your own pace
  • Receive hard copy materials which include lessons and homework
  • Technical Education Director responds to questions, grades homework and offers insight on improvements
  • Proctored exams at your location are also available

Custom Courses:

  • Design your own course to meet your company needs
  • Mix and match 110 available course modules
  • No travel required, we come to you

Visit our Education page for more information.

Road to Master Surface Finisher (MSF)

The AESF Foundation offers all primary, core and secondary courses for anyone interested in the “Master Surface Finisher” (MSF) certification program. Starting with either the CEF or CAF certification, students can progress to MSF by completing five of the additional courses and exams listed below.

Primary: (Choose 1)

  • Airline & Aerospace Finishing (CAF)
  • Electroplating & Surface Finishing (CEF)

Core: (Choose 3)

  • Aluminum Finishing
  • Chromium Plating for Engineering Purposes
  • Electroforming
  • Electroless Deposition
  • Precious Metals Plating
  • Zinc & Zinc Alloy Plating

Secondary: (Choose 2)

  • Corrosion & Salt Spray
  • Environmental Stewardship: Pollution Prevention
  • Environmental Stewardship: Wastewater Treatment

Visit our Certification page for more information


NASF Secures EPA Pollution Prevention Grant with National Center for Manufacturing Sciences

POSTED: December 1, 2016

Focus: Advancing Industry Environmental Performance & Sustainability

NASF’s research and training arm, the AESF Foundation, has been awarded a pollution prevention grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA). The grant proposal was submitted earlier in the year to the agency under the NASF joint partnership with Ann Arbor, Michigan-based National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS).

The new project will focus on evaluating and benchmarking current and emerging industry pollution prevention practices. NCMS and NASF will initially prepare a comprehensive list of pollution prevention options for the industry, develop a survey and audit tools for evaluating pollution prevention options at surface finishing facilities. The project will engage approximately six potential facilities from the Michigan Chapter of NASF to participate in survey and audit phases for the implementation of pollution prevention practices.

NCMS and NASF will then provide training and technical support for implementing pollution prevention options, prepare company case studies on the participating facilities, and incorporate the results of the project into the association’s technical education courses. They will also conduct workshops for the surface finishing industry to promote the implementation of effective pollution prevention practices.

The new project will generate useful information to promote effective pollution prevention practices and further improve the environmental performance of the surface finishing industry. If you have any questions or would like additional information regarding this project, please contact Christian Richter of Jeff Hannapel with NASF at or

CATEGORIES: Business, Education, Government Relations, NASF Members, Research

NASF Provides Training Session for EPA on Plating Industry Air Rule

POSTED: December 1, 2016

EPA Region V Office of Enforcement recently identified some common problems with compliance with the plating and polishing NESHAP rule for area sources (40 CFR Part 63, Subpart WWWWWW), and then asked the state Small Business Environmental Assistance Programs (SBEAPs) in Region 5 (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI) to see if they can work with the industry to facilitate compliance.

The SBEAP representatives contacted NASF representatives in each state and invited them to participate in a dialogue to develop the best approach to facilitate further compliance with the plating and polishing area source rule. During these discussions the NASF representatives noted that some of the compliance issues identified by EPA may be the result of misinterpretations and confusion regarding the implementation of the rule requirements and indicated the industry’s willingness to assist in the development of guidance to ensure continued compliance with the requirements of the plating and polishing rule.   Specifically, NASF agreed to present a compliance training session on the rule for SBEAP and EPA officials.

On November 15, 2016, NASF representatives, Joelie Zak and Jeff Zak of Scientific Control Laboratories and Jeff Hannapel of The Policy Group, went to the EPA Region 5 offices in Chicago and provided a training session and informal discussion on the plating and polishing rule for a small group of SBEAP and EPA Region 5 officials.  The group included SBEAP representatives from Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, as well as officials form EPA Region 5 enforcement and air toxics offices.

The training sessions focused on fundamental plating processes and the requirements of the rule, particularly with regards to how the industry demonstrates compliance with the management practices and the use of wetting agents and fume suppressants. The presentation and discussion was well received and much appreciated by the audience of regulators.  While the EPA enforcement officials did not necessarily agree with NASF and SBEAP representatives on the scope of the potential compliance issues with the rule requirements, all parties agreed to develop guidance that could provide further clarification for industry and agency inspectors on how the rule must be implemented.  This guidance will be shared with surface finishing facilities that may be subject to the rule and agency inspectors and other regulators who are charged with implementing and enforcing the requirements of the rule.

The partnership among the NASF, EPA, and the SBEAP representatives continues to be a very constructive process. NASF will disseminate compliance assistance and guidance on the applicable requirements of the plating and polishing rule to promote ongoing compliance with the rule for the surface finishing industry.

For more information regarding the plating polishing area source rule and the industry’s efforts to promote compliance with EPA and the states, please contact Jeff Hannapel with NASF at

CATEGORIES: Education, Government Relations, Law & Regulation

New Introductory Training Course Announced

POSTED: February 26, 2016

Designed for line operators and maintenance personnel
September 6 through 21

NASF’s training arm, the AESF Foundation, is announcing the expanded version of its popular SUR/FIN 2015 Boot Camp to help meet the need for training qualified workers. This course is written and provided in a non-technical fashion and assumes no formal math or technical knowledge. The training program consists of 9 lessons on the following subjects listed here.


Four Training Course Platforms Available Through the Foundation

POSTED: January 29, 2016

Did you know that the Foundation has 4 different options to access the training you need?

Home Study: The AESF Foundation Home Study program is a wonderful way to take courses if you are unable to attend our in-person training or wish to have more time to study the materials. The Home Study program courses are based around the course materials that you receive in the mail when you sign up for the program. The materials include lessons as well as homework that you will work through with our Technical Director. He’ll be a source of answers to questions about the material, will grade homework and offer suggestions to improve your skills.

In-Person Training: This option is offered in specific locations across the country at a hotel no more than 10-15 minutes from the airport. In-Person courses are in a classroom setting where you will receive course materials and work through them over 2-4 days depending on the course. This is optimal for someone looking to have live instructor interaction and a dedicated time to take the course.

Web-Based Courses: Get your questions answered without leaving the office. Participants will dial into the training session and access the web to follow along with the presentation. Questions can be asked and will be answered directly from the instructor teaching the course. This is a great option if you cannot travel but still want to participate in a live course.

Custom Training: A qualified training instructor will develop and teach a curriculum according to your company’s needs. You can pick and choose which modules or course(s) you would like presented and we come directly to you to teach. Custom proposals are put together for each training.

Web-Based Environmental Stewardship: Wastewater Treatment

Eight Two-Hour Sessions | Tuesdays & Wednesdays 12-2PM EST
March 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23

Cost: $615 Member | $800 Non-Member

This training program is designed to be beneficial for operators and supervisors of wastewater pretreatment systems at job shop and captive shops performing metal finishing operations such as electroplating and or anodizing. The course can also benefit personnel at wastewater treatment equipment suppliers.

The goal of this course is to provide the student with a broad range of information related to methods of removing, neutralizing and/or destroying a broad range of pollutants found in metal finishing wastewater.

Course Objectives:

1. Chemistry of Water: Part-1
2. Chemistry of Water: Part-2
3. Water Quality
4. Introduction into Wastewater Treatment
5. Process Instrumentation
6. REDOX Treatments
7. Alternate Treatments
8. Suspended Solids Separation
9. Carbon Treatment of Wastewater
10. Treatments of Oily Wastewater

View Detailed Course Description

In-Person Airline & Aerospace Finishing (CAF) Course

April 4 – 7 | Optional Exam April 8 – Indianapolis, IN
Parts 1 & 2: April 4 – 7
Part 1 Only: April 4 – 5
Part 2 Only: April 6 – 7

Both Parts 1 & 2: Member – $1,400 | Non-member – $1,680
Cost: Part 1 or Part 2 only: Member – $760 | Non-member – $910
Optional Exam: Member – $150 | Non-member – $250

This training program is designed to be beneficial for employees and supervisors working in Airline/Aerospace OEMs, aircraft rework facilities and suppliers to the Airline/Aerospace industry. The goal of this course is to provide the student with a broad range of information related to metal finishing operations that commonly conducted in the Airline/Aerospace Industry.

Course Objectives:

1. Electroplating Basics
2. Corrosion of Metals
3. Hydrogen Embrittlement
4. Metals & Alloys Utilized in Aerospace
5. Chemical Surface Preparation of Substrates for Plating Substrates
6. Mechanical Surface Preparation
7. Masking Techniques
8. Quality Conformance Testing
9. Plating Solution Maintenance
10. Chem Film
11. Zinc and Manganese Phosphating

12. LHE Zinc-Nickel Alloy Plating
13. Cadmium Ti-Cad and Nickel-Cad Diffused Coatings
14. Copper & Silver Plating
15. Sulfamate & Nickel Strike Plating
16. Hard Chromium Plating
17. Anodizing Aluminum
18. Electroless Nickel Deposition
19. Brush Plating
20. Stripping
21. Thermal Spray & PVD

View Detailed Course Description

Register By March 15

For more information: contact Matt Martz at or (352) 445-7294


Bright Design Challenge “Kick Off” with Lacks Enterprises

POSTED: January 29, 2016

2016 Theme: Detroit Reflections of the Future: Designing for Detroit Branded Mobility

Another Bright Design Challenge has begun, and this year’s Detroit program promises to be one of the most ambitious in the history of the event. The global automotive industry is at a pivotal turning point. The traditional automotive model is being seriously challenged and this “challenge” is now being extended to student participants in the 2016 NASF Detroit Bright Design Challenge.

Lacks Enterprises Takes a Leading Role as 2016 NASF Partner
Program sponsors play an important role in the progress of this program, and the NASF would like to announce Lacks Enterprises, Inc., as this year’s partner and major Bright Design Sponsor. Their generous contribution has allowed this program to expand its visibility throughout the country. Lacks also recently became a new NASF corporate member.

Lacks manufactures and finishes interior and exterior components and is looking to inspire the next generation of designers to continue the use of surface finishing on these components as mobility choices continue to change. The use of surface finishing is essential to the look, feel, performance and branding of the components Lacks manufactures.

Students will work with NASF, Lacks Representatives and instructors from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. Their task will be to create futuristic exterior brand and design options that meet emerging mobility opportunities.

Focus on Finishing for the Convergence of the Automotive and Technology Industries
This 15 week program will be intense and require participants to emphasize surface finishing processes that will remain relevant in a connected and electric mobility future. Participants will be required to build clay models incorporating surface finishing and include supporting package description, concept documents and renderings. Judging will take place on April 28 and will include representatives of the NASF, Lacks Enterprises, Inc. and faculty from the College for Creative Studies. Judging will be based on the following criteria:

  • Overall ability to capture essence of the key design influences as outlined in project brief
  • Creative use of Surface Finishing and a demonstrated knowledge of these finishes
  • Overall appeal and creativity of concept

Award recipients will receive scholarships which will be applied directly to student’s tuition.

The convergence of the automotive and technology industries is beginning to increase. Today, the automotive industry is evaluating how it will navigate the realities of transportation, and potential pathways to future designs. The NASF is proud to being taking part in this process and to help to inspire and engage young people in the field of surface technology.

Become a Sponsor
In an effort to continue the growth and success of this competition, we welcome your support. Competition sponsors play an important role in the progress of this program, and we appreciate the opportunity to server our sponsors in ways that guarantee mutual benefits. Information on sponsorship opportunities at the national level is available by visiting, or by contacting Erin Burns at Michigan NASF ( or Cheryl Clark at NASF Headquarters (

CATEGORIES: Education, Events

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