Born and raised in New England, Brian Kane moved to Chicago in 1998 and in 2000, began his career at S&C Electric Company as a Safety & Environmental Engineer. S&C is a leading manufacturer of high voltage switchgear located in northeast Chicago, operating a wide variety of manufacturing processes, including a captive plating operation. Brian moved into S&C’s finishing operations as a process engineer, overseeing the plating, galvanizing and wastewater treatment operations. It was here that he first became an active member of the local Chicago Chapter after taking a local offering of the CEF course. Brian credits the camaraderie, information-sharing and technical presentations that kept him coming back. After holding several positions on the Board of Directors, Brian played an active role in the merger of the two surface finishing bodies in Chicago, forming both the Chicago Midwest Chapter of the NASF and the Chicago Surface Finishing Foundation where he now serves on both Boards. Brian is constantly amazed and inspired by the dedicated leadership and volunteer work done by the local and national chapter and Board members he has had the opportunity to work with. He enjoys active participation in the various chapter/NASF outings and social gatherings, including holiday parties, the science fair, golf outings, education summits and Washington Forum.
Married for 20 years with two beautiful kids (ages 11 and 13), Brian received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Vermont and an MS in Environmental Engineering from Tufts University. Brian held positions as a US Navy Nuclear Reactor Plant Test Engineer and then as a Product EHS Engineer for a semiconductor fabrication equipment OEM prior to moving to Chicago. Brian recently returned to S&C’s Safety & Environmental Affairs group as senior manager, driving continuous improvement of the safety and sustainability efforts. He sees now more than ever the critical role that an active and engaged trade organization membership can bring to the health and welfare of individual companies and the industry as a whole.
In 2016, Brian received the Award of Merit from NASF/AESF and the Charlie Geldzhaler Award from the Chicago Chapter. Brian was also elected President of the AESF Foundation’s Board of Trustees in June of that year. Brian thanks his fellow chapter and board member’s generosity, support and mentorship for his longevity and certainly any accolades. Brian’s vision for the AESF Foundation includes expanded course offerings and accessibility, improved technical and educational resources, continued excellence in research and scholarship activities, and expanded chapter outreach.
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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!
Lockheed Martin’s Scott Fetter will join NASF at SUR/FIN® in Atlanta as a keynote presenter on Tuesday, June 20. Scott has more than 30 years of materials processes, environmental safety and occupational health (ESOH) work experience. He began his career with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Science in Hazardous Waste Materials Management. Scott is currently a F-35 ESOH Lead with Lockheed Martin and has served as the F-35 Air System ESH Integration Lead since the late 1990s. He is responsible for coating-related systems such as pollution prevention, materials substitution, identification execution and regulatory compliance, including REACH.
The NASF SUR/FIN show floor is already 80% sold out as of January, and we look forward to a record-setting event in Atlanta on June 19-21, 2017.
Here are some great reasons to attend SUR/FIN this year…
LEARN – Choose from 80 informative conference presentations, education and training courses and other technical presentations to keep you informed and remain competitive in your market.
From the Sustainability Summit and Automotive and Defense/Aerospace Forums to Coatings for Electronics and other topics, the SUR/FIN Conference Program will give you the latest, most relevant information available in surface technology industry.
Scott Fetter of Lockheed Martin will kick off the Sustainability Summit with a keynote presentation on Monday, June 19, and more speakers will be announced soon. Don’t miss your chance to hear from Scott and other experts from a range of backgrounds give insights and strategies to succeed in the industry in 2017.
COLLABORATE – Join more than 1,200 knowledgeable professionals from key industries such as aerospace, automotive and more
The southeast region’s automotive, aerospace and broader manufacturing presence continues to grow and provide opportunities for domestic and international surface finishing. SUR/FIN has not been located in the southeast for many years, so NASF is excited at the opportunity to welcome new attendees and exhibitors to Atlanta.
EXPERIENCE – Meet nearly 200 exhibitors with information on the latest innovations and solutions to address your most challenging surface technology issues. The show floor is already 80% sold out as of January, and we look forward to a record-setting meeting and show in Atlanta
A few early announcements are below with more ahead in the coming months…
New Start Time for SUR/FIN Conference Sessions
Monday, June 19th @ 10:00 am
Attendees and exhibitors alike will be interested to know that the SUR/FIN schedule has been revamped. SUR/FIN’s Manufacturing & Technology Conference will now begin at 10:00 AM on Monday, June 19. Starting the Conference sessions earlier will allow attendees more time on the show floor on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons.
Industry Night Event
The College Football Hall of Fame
While SUR/FIN is full of great networking opportunities, we are particularly excited about this year’s Industry Night event, which will take place at the College Football Hall of Fame. The venue is conveniently located right next door to the Georgia World Congress Center. More details will be available soon on what is sure to be an enjoyable evening for everyone!
SUR/FIN registration will soon be open at NASFsurfin.com.
February 26 – March 2, 2017 | Naples, Florida
Register today for the NASF Leadership Conference! This year is a great opportunity to meet with industry peers, share knowledge and gain new insights to help you achieve both your business and personal goals. Our host hotel, LaPlaya Resort, is quickly filling up and only a few spots remain to attend.
Keynote Lee Cockrell will speak on “How to Deliver World Class Service” and “Increasing Your Productivity in Business and Life.” Cockerell is the former Executive Vice President of Operations for the Walt Disney Resort.
Complete information can be found on the NASF Leadership Conference website. For questions or assistance with registration or hotel arrangements, please contact NASF Event Director Cheryl Clark at email@example.com.
Get an advantage with a free membership with AIAG
if you join NASF this year!
In an effort to further strengthen our commitment to providing an advantage for our members, NASF has partnered with the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) to provide NASF members FREE, unlimited access to knowledge assessments, training, standards and best practices in the areas of quality, materials management & sustainability.
We highly encourage you and your colleagues to familiarize yourselves with AIAG by visiting their website. In fact, we are committed to working with AIAG to shape and guide the automotive industry, and we would like to invite you to work with us to become a member of AIAG. Through NASF’s new member program, AIAG is providing a free membership for most NASF corporate members whose total annual revenue is under $20 million. If you meet these criteria, your AIAG membership is free and will be locked in for five years!
To see if you qualify for free membership, contact NASF Membership Director Matt Martz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Even if you don’t qualify for a sponsored membership, the process improvements you get from using the industry-developed best practices exponentially outweigh the small membership investment. Memberships in AIAG are corporate; when your company joins, everyone in your company is a member and has:
- FREE and unlimited access to Quality Core Tools e-documents (PPAP, APQP, SPC,MSA, and FMEA) and online training
- Unlimited access to both practitioner and enterprise knowledge self-assessments, guidance documents, best practices and associated e-Learnings
- Access to ALL technical committees, work groups and subject matter experts
- Opportunities to collaborate and build relationships with customers, peers and competitors
- Member discounts for training, events and networking sessions produced by AIAG
We are excited about NASF’s partnership with AIAG and the advantage it brings to your company.
For more information or an information packet, please contact NASF Membership Director Matthew Martz at email@example.com.
The NASF Board of Directors recently kicked of the 2017 year with their first quarterly meeting in Atlanta. The Board welcomes three new members: Waasy Boddison of American Plating Power, Jeff Brassard of Palm International and Charles Morgan of Triple Cities Metal Finishing. In addition, the following members have been elected for another two-year term: Steve Brown of Broco Products, Curtis Goad of the GOAD Company, Brian Harrick of KC Jones Plating, Bernie Haviland of Haviland Products Company, Brad Majoy of Pavco and Jim Miille of Chemical Solutions.
The NASF Board of Directors discussed a goals for the year, a variety of new initiatives and upcoming events, including Leadership Conference and Washington Forum. While in Atlanta, they spent additional time reviewing preparations for the SUR/FIN Manufacturing & Technology Trade Show & Conference, taking place in June in Atlanta, and how it will support NASF’s Surface Technology Initiative through education, advocacy, networking and enhanced membership value.
New officers for 2017 Executive Committee were also elected at the January Board meeting. Please join us is thanking these individuals for their leadership and service to NASF.
- President: Paul Brancato, Epner Technology
- Vice President: Brian Harrick, KC Jones Plating
- Secretary/Treasurer: Steve Brown, BroCo Products
- Member at Large: Bernie Haviland, Haviland Products
- Immediate Past President: Erik Weyls, Coventya
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.
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