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 NASFsurfin.com. 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 www.nasfsurfin.com.
Prompted by concerns over elevated air monitoring levels of hexavalent chromium in a southern California neighborhood, the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) is expected to propose revisions to its Rule 1469 – Hexavalent Chromium Emissions from Chrome Plating and Chromic Acid Anodizing Operations and Rule 1426 – Emissions from Metal Finishing Operations.
Local air officials have indicated that hexavalent chromium levels of more than 0.2 nanograms per cubic meter would pose unacceptable risks to human health. AQMD has already required one metal finishing shop to cease operations for exceeding 1 nanogram of hexavalent chromium per cubic meter at air monitors at the property boundary.
Focus is on Fugitive Emissions
The AQMD staff stated that they are concerned primarily about fugitive emissions from plating operations, rather than emissions from stacks, scrubbers and other control devices. To address the fugitive emissions from plating shops, AQMD may add the requirements below to the current rules for chromic anodizing and chrome plating operations.
- Monitoring on the premises using multiple monitors ($5000 each) with immediate abatement when levels exceed acceptable risk thresholds
- Total enclosures for plating and anodizing operations
- Buildings with negative air pressure
- Controls and/or covers on all tanks that are heated or agitated and may contain hexavalent chromium, including sealer and rinse tanks
- More stringent controls on abrasive blast cabinets and grinding operations
- New housekeeping requirements, including:
- Daily vacuuming of floors with a HEPA vacuum that is emptied in a clean room environment
- Daily cleaning of flat surfaces and wall
- Cleaning of roofs two times per month
Expansion to Other Metals
AQMD is also considering applying similar requirements for metal finishing operations pursuant to Rule 1426 to control fugitive emissions of other metals such as cadmium, lead, nickel, zinc and tin.
AQMD has indicated that it expects to issue the proposed rule by July 2017 and finalize it by the end of 2017. The industry is concerned that it may not be technologically or economically feasible to meet the proposed revisions. California state industry leaders and NASF representatives have met with AQMD officials this month. The industry is now in the process of evaluating options to address this significant and precedent-setting challenge to finishing operations in the region and beyond.
To view a summary of the pending regulatory actions from South Coast air regulatory officials, please click here.
The Bright Design Challenge in Detroit this week featured automotive design students showing their first research concepts for this year’s project at the College for Creative Studies. Key to their early learning was a face to face meeting with NASF leaders and experts on the role of surface treatment and finishing applications.
Instructor Raphael Zammet facilitated the student presentations. The class has done some initial research on the history of automobile brands and how to use finishing to enhance brand identity.
The industry briefings and input on the students’ work were given by a group of NASF leaders who lead the Bright Design Task Group, including:
Brian Harrick, KC Jones Plating
Bernie Haviland, Haviland USA
Mitch Marsh, Finishing Services
They were joined by a special panel of industry supplier experts from NASF member companies who provided an overview of the wide range of finishing uses and applications for automotive.
Doug Lay, Coventya,
Rob Pawson, HavilandUSA
Joe Randazzo, Atotech
Mark Wojtaszek, MacDermidEnthone
Focus on Finishing in Design
NASF Board member Brian Harrick, who helped lead the session with key sponsors, was pleased with the outcome so far. “We were excited to have our group give an overview of surface finishing — this session really helped the students focus on designs. I think we had a lot of good information exchange and it was great to hear the questions from the students and CCS staff.”
This semester’s course – sponsored by NASF and it’s training arm, the AESF Foundation, is a studio-focused session of top students in the College for Creative Studies’ Master of Fine Arts program. Past graduates from the school who have been involved in NASF-sponsored Bright Design courses have gone on to successful careers working for global automotive and other companies.
The objectives of the course this year are to:
1. Create new conventions of identity on both the brand and vehicular level through the unconventional research and application of materiality, color, texture, pattern, and form as expressed through surface finishes.
2. Employ the concept of researched “aesthetic messaging” to elevate the use of surface finishes beyond styling decor, into ‘communicative language devices’.
3. Celebrate the full creative and expressive potential of surface finishes through the creation of visually compelling video animations that highlight the surface concepts (by targeting viewers focus to those areas on vehicle).
More details of the session will be available shortly and an update on the progress of the course will be given at the NASF Leadership Conference next month.
Thanks to all NASF and event sponsors!
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.
Dec. 7-9, 2016
Hampton Inn & Suites Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Hotel
1801 South Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Join the NASF Palmetto Southeast Chapter for the 8th Annual Technical Conference & Christmas Party. There is still time to send in your registration to take advantage of this opportunity to network, celebrate 2016 and look to the new year. Don’t miss your chance to reconnect with fellow Chapter members and meet new industry professionals.
Wednesday, Dec. 7:
4 pm – Registration
5-6:30 pm – Social hour
7:30 pm – Dinner
Thursday, Dec. 8:
8:30-11:45 am – Conference sessions
12:30 pm – Golf at Prestwick Country Club
7 pm – Social hour/Dinner
Friday, Dec. 9:
8:30-12 pm – Conference sessions
5:30-6 pm – Duplin Winery Tour
7-10 pm – Christmas Party at Greg Norman’s Australian Grille
Click here for more information and to register.
The deadline for abstract submissions for NASF SUR/FIN 2016 has been extended until January 15, 2016. SUR/FIN’s technical conference covers a broad range of topics, from the basic to the most cutting-edge advances in surface technology.
The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), chaired by Brad Durkin of Coventya, Inc., has been expanding its opportunities to bring the highest quality knowledge resources to the surface technology industry through new a variety of educational opportunities.
On June 6-8, 2016, SUR/FIN will return to Las Vegas and speakers will have a key opportunity to present on emerging technologies and processes that aim to revolutionize surface technologies to conference attendees from around the world.
Topics to consider for SUR/FIN 2016 include (but are not limited to):
- Additive Manufacturing and Finishing
- Advances in Surface Finishing Technology
- Aerospace – Organic and Inorganic Coatings
- Automotive Coatings – Functional and Decorative
- Coatings for Electronics
- Light Materials Finishing
- REACH and Regulatory Responses
- Waste Management
Visit nasfsurfin.com for a complete list of details on submission requirements.
The MAMF held their annual awards dinner at the Chart House in Weehawken, New Jersey. Over 60 attendees enjoyed the celebration on a beautiful night overlooking the Hudson. Past Presidents Awards were awarded to Phil Fusco and Marc Aleksinas. Special Awards of Merit were given to Bryan Murphy, Jason Potts, Steve Rudy and Dan France for their outstanding work in assisting with the MAMF Plating School. Awards were given by JR Candiloro, Vice President, MAMF and Joe Tilton, President.
September 24th-26th brought beautiful weather and a crowd from the metal finishing industry to Boyne Highlands in Harbor Springs, Michigan. The 3-day event included a golf outing, networking opportunities, and many informative speakers. An update was given from the NASF, as well as updates on the state of the U.S. and Michigan economies, the Affordable Care Act, and Advocacy. Additional discussion topics included Electroless Nickel, Global Surface Treatment Directions, Regional Economic Development, a Decorative Trim Corrosion Workgroup Update, and Passing on Family-Owned Businesses to the Next Generation.
The evenings were filled with socializing, cocktails, and dinner. Thursday’s keynote speaker was Ruth Holmes from Pentec, Inc. Ms. Holmes is a renowned handwriting specialist who entertained the group with stories of her unique career and high-level court cases. Attendees at the event also received a personal handwriting analysis.
Friday’s keynote speaker was Tom Walsh from the Detroit Free Press. Tom delivered an entertaining presentation filled with hi-lights from his career as a newspaper reporter, including his story about former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.
Thank you to all the presenters and attendees, and to our Sponsors, American Plating Power, Atotech International LLC, Columbia Chemical, Coventya, Dynapower, Enthone, Haviland, KCH Engineered Systems, KC Jones Plating, Palm Commodities, Pavco, Univertical, Wagner Enterprise, and Walgren, who made the 2015 Midwest Seminar a complete success. Plans are being made for the 2016 Midwest Seminar – the date will be announced soon.
Visit MINASF.org for updates.
The Michigan Chapter of NASF (MINASF) will be hosting their annual auto show meeting during Industry Preview Week of the North American International Auto Show on January 13th, 2016. The meeting will take place at the Butzel Long Office in Detroit, Michigan and will include a presentation by Mike Wall, Director of Automotive Analysis at IHS Automotive.
Don’t miss this event! Details and registration information will be available soon at MINASF.org.
The Metal Finishers Association of Southern California (MFASC) and Metal Finishers Association of Northern California (MFANC) will each be conducting Chapter Legislative Updates in November. Chapter members are encouraged to register for a meeting in your area today. These important meetings will feature guest speakers Jerry Desmond, Jr., from the law firm of Desmond & Desmond, MFASC and MFANC Legislative Advocate in Sacramento, along with Jeff Hannapel, Executive Vice President of The Policy Group and the NASF Government Relations Office in Washington, D.C. Each will present upcoming legislation and other government action that could impact your business.
The MFASC, MFANC, and NASF continue to maintain a strong presence in the region, in Sacramento, and in Washington, D.C. as we influence the legislative process.
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