$5 million Illinois initiative announced today, supports State manufacturers

By Julie Wernau, Chicago Tribune reporter

Rick Delawder’s company specializes in coatings that prevent rust and applies them on parts for Ford, Caterpillar, Deere and Chrysler. But every 100 times or so, the angle of the machine that applies the coatings isn’t quite right and the coating pools where it shouldn’t.

“Now we have a defect,” said Delawder, president of SWD Inc. in Addison. “If it gets to an assembly plant, it actually has the ability to shut the assembly line down.”

And Delawder’s reject rate and costs go up.

Thanks to a high-tech manufacturing initiative to be announced Friday, Delawder will be able to turn to a University of Illinois-based supercomputer, which can work through every tilt, speed and permutation for running that coating machine until it finds a solution.

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DoD Requesting Proposals for Non-Hex Passivates for Electrical Systems

DoD and its partner agencies – EPA and the Department of Energy – are soliciting proposals for a non-hex chrome passivate for ZnNi, primarily for electrical connectors, that will reliably meet the requirements for contact resistance.  The project is open to those with potential solutions to the problem of getting ZnNi on electrical connectors to pass contact resistance testing reliably and consistently.  The effort, which is being launched under the Strategic Environmental Research & Development Program (SERDP), typically involves a one-year project of $100,000, which can lead to a three-year, $1.5 million project if successful.  The deadline for proposals is March 11, 2014.

For more information, click here for the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP).  For specific information on the project, go to WPSEED-15-02 – Development of a Low Contact Resistance Passivate for Electrical System Components.  The key contact for the project is NASF Technology Advisory Committee member Dr. Keith Legg, ASETSDefense Technical Manager, at Rowan Technology.  Email: klegg@rowantechnology.com.



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West Coast Bright Design Challenge Winners Announced

Officials from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California along with members of the NASF West Coast Chapters: the Metal Finishers of Southern, Northern and San Diego, California have announced the winners of the West Coast Bright Design Challenge.

Students from the College were asked to think beyond traditional design theory and bring out there very best creative spirit in developing ” next generation” creative and engineering solutions incorporating various types of surface finishing coatings. A total of $15,000 in scholarships were awarded to the following students:

  • Martin Francisco
  • Nicole Eng
  • Woosung Kim
  • Kasia Burzynska

What is the Bright Design Challenge?

The National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF) believes that the future of surface finishing depends on the innovative ideas of our youth. We consider it the responsibility of those currently serving the industry to foster and nourish these ideas. As part of this mission, and to spotlight the impact we have on millions of products and households, the National Association for Surface Finishing each year proudly presents The Bright Design Challenge. This ground-breaking creative program is produced as part of the association’s “Surface Technology Initiative” to proactively promote our surface finishing industry.

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