NASF Launches New Surface Coatings Guide

Advanced Surface Technology Vols. 1 & 2NASF announces a new resource for finishers, suppliers and the OEM community – Advanced Surface Technology.

Advanced Surface Technology is the most comprehensive reference to date for a wide range of coating and finishing applications.  The publication is both a practical guide for any professional or operation in the coatings value chain, as well as a core text for the teaching of engineers and scientists at all levels in the field of surface technology.

The two-volume hardcover set, authored by Drs. Per Moller and Lars Pleth Nielsen, contains the most current information in an understandable format and is filled with numerous easy-to-understand illustrations, charts and descriptive graphics.  It should serve as an inclusive, easy-to-use tool for finishers, suppliers, and the OEM community.

The book will also serve as the basis for future updates.  The authors aim to update the text with new information and link to additional online resources.

“We’re quite pleased to be a partner with the authors on this project,” said NASF President, Rick Delawder.  “Industrial surface finishers around the world now have a great new resource to both keep current and gain new knowledge to help benefit their companies and their customers.”

The two-volume hardcover set is now available for purchase online through the NASF website, NASF.org for $130.00 plus handling for domestic and international shipping.

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The Metal Finishing Association of Southern California (MFASC) Announces Appointment of MFASC Board Vice President

The Metal Finishing Association of Southern California (MFASC), an NASF Chapter, has announced the appointment of Wesley Turnbow, as MFASC Board Vice President. Mr. Turnbow is CEO of California based aerospace metal finishing company, EME, Inc. MFASC Officers unanimously voted to seat Mr. Turnbow at their monthly Board meeting last night in Los Angeles, CA.

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Funding Available for Environmental Technology Demonstrations

ALEXANDRIA, VA, February 11, 2014—The Department of Defense (DoD), through the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP), supports the demonstration of technologies that address priority DoD environmental requirements. The goal of ESTCP is to promote the transfer of innovative environmental technologies through demonstrations that collect the data needed for regulatory and DoD end-user acceptance. Projects conduct formal demonstrations at DoD facilities and sites in operational settings to document and validate improved performance and cost savings.

ESTCP is seeking proposals for innovative environmental technology demonstrations as candidates for funding beginning in FY2015. This solicitation requests pre-proposals via Calls for Proposals to Federal organizations and via a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Private Sector organizations. PRE-PROPOSALS ARE DUE BY TUESDAY, APRIL 1, 2014.

Detailed instructions for DoD, Non-DoD Federal, and BAA proposers are available on the ESTCP web site: http://www.serdp-estcp.org/Funding-Opportunities/ESTCP-Solicitations.

DoD organizations (Service and Defense Agencies) may submit pre-proposals for demonstrations of innovative environmental technologies in the following topic areas only:

  • Environmental Restoration — Assessment of Vapor Intrusion from Subsurface Volatile Organic Compound Contamination.
  • Weapons Systems and Platforms — Technologies to reduce, control, or eliminate the sources of wastes and emissions in the manufacturing, maintenance, and use of weapons systems and platforms.

The Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) and Non-DoD Federal Call for Proposals (CFP) are seeking pre-proposals for environmental technologies in the following topic area only:

  • Assessment of Vapor Intrusion from Subsurface Volatile Organic Compound Contamination

ESTCP is not seeking proposals in the Munitions Response or Resource Conservation program areas at this time.

WEBINAR – FEBRUARY 21: ESTCP Director Dr. Anne Andrews will conduct an online seminar “ESTCP Funding Opportunities” on February 21, 2014, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Eastern Time. This “how to play” briefing will offer valuable information for those interested in new ESTCP funding opportunities. During the online seminar, participants may ask questions about the funding process, the current ESTCP solicitation, and the proposal submission process. Pre-registration for this webinar is required. To register, visit https://cc.readytalk.com/r/9to6umr1diec&eom. A recording of the online seminar and the presentation will be posted to the SERDP and ESTCP web site in late February.

If you have any difficulties registering, please contact Sheri Washington at swashington@hgl.com or 703-736-4547.

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Design Students Compete to Brighten Chrysler Brand

The National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF) announced this week the launch of its 13th Annual Bright Design Challenge with Master of Fine Arts Transportation Design students from the College for Creative Studies (CCS) in Detroit, Michigan.

This competition will require CCS design students to explore innovative ways to incorporate bright finishes as a premium design element related to SUV’s and the Chrysler brand image, a brand that gave new meaning to Urban Luxury with its Chrysler 300 luxury sedan.

“CCS greatly values our long-standing partnership with NASF and Chrysler. Over the years, both industry leaders have provided opportunities for undergraduate students to apply their talents to exciting design projects,” said Alexander Klatt, MFA Chair of Transportation Design. “This semester, however, they have combined efforts to engage with the MFA Transportation Design faculty in CCS Graduate Studies where they will challenge the MFA students to create a new ‘luxury SUV brand concept’ for Chrysler through the application of premium materials. The classroom will simulate the immersive experience of working in a professional studio with feedback and evaluation from NASF and Chrysler.”

Design students will study ways to re-establish the Chrysler 300 as a luxury-SUV, differentiated from its American counterparts as well as European and Asian luxury brand. Participants will be required to work within strict, realistic guidelines. Time management skills will play a role due to critical deadlines placed throughout the intense, 12 week competition. Final designs will be chosen by a select panel of industry leaders in late April of this year. Contest awards will then be applied directly to the winning students’ tuition.

“The future of surface finishing depends on the innovative ideas of our youth”, stated NASF Board President, Rick Delawder. “The NASF strongly believes that it is the responsibility of those currently serving this industry to foster and nourish these ideas” stated, Delawder. This program is produced as part of the association’s Surface Technology Initiative to proactively promote the surface finishing industry.

About College for Creative Studies (CCS)

Located in the heart of Detroit, the College for Creative Studies (CCS) educates artists and designers to be leaders in creative professions. A private, fully accredited college, CCS enrolls more than 1,400 students pursuing Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degrees.

Students in the BFA program can major in Advertising Design, Advertising: Copywriting, Crafts, Entertainment Arts, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Photography, Product Design and Transportation Design, in addition to a dual major Art Education program. Students in the MFA program can major in Interdisciplinary Design and Transportation Design. The college also offers non-credit courses in the visual arts through its Continuing Education programs and opportunities for youth through its Community Arts Partnerships programs.

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Employment for January 2014

Dr. Ken Mayland | ClearView Economics, LLC

1. The Numbers
The rise of nonfarm payrolls again fell well short of expectations. The January increase amounted to just 113k (compared to a consensus estimate of 180k). The dismal growth of December payrolls, of 73k, was revised only 1k higher. The November increase of establishment employment, however, was restated upwards by 33k (to +274k). The January unemployment rate dipped another 0.1%, to 6.6%, and this was a “higher quality” decline than seen in the past (see the arithmetic below, #3).

2. When “Better” is Not Good Enough
The January increase in payrolls was better than that seen in December, but still short of expectations, and far short of where it really should be, cyclically (perhaps +450k/month). I’ll grant that there are some weather effects in these numbers, and that could continue to run through the February data, too. (Next week is the crucial survey week.) But after taking weather into effect, the conclusion must be that there is something seriously amiss with this economy. Not enough policymakers are doing enough soul-searching to come up with the causes, causes that are destroying dreams of future prosperity, creating personal economic tragedies, and ruining retirements.

3. Adventure Time!
It always seems to be an adventure de-constructing the unemployment rate. There apparently was a “legitimate” (or “honest”) January reduction in unemployment of 117k. What makes this a believable figure is that 331k discouraged workers came back into the labor force, and with a natural population rise, caused the total labor force of either working or actively looking for work persons to increase by 499k. (This resulted in a 0.2 percentage point increase in the labor force participation rate, to 63.0%.) Employment, as measured in this Household Survey, swelled 616k, a “top-4” rise for the past six years.

4. Good for “Goods,” Bad for “Services”
Construction employment jumped 48k and manufacturers added 21k workers to its payrolls. These are pretty solid gains. But information industry jobs went unchanged, retailers trimmed their ranks by 13k, government payrolls were cut 29k (reductions at all levels), and the normally dependable health care world clipped their payrolls by 400 positions.

5. Part-timers
The number of persons working part-time for economic reasons (slack work, or could only find part-time work) fell by about a half-million persons, and the number in January 2014 was well below its level of January 2013. Those working part-time for noneconomic reasons (due to child care or other family needs, school/training scheduling, etc.) rose about 430k. To date, there is no macro case for ObamaCare causing full-time positions to be replaced by part-time jobs.

6. In the Weeds
For the record, this employment report encompasses some technical changes, updating of seasonal adjustments, and benchmark revisions. The population estimates that underlie the Household Survey were updated. Strictly speaking, this makes Household Survey figures for 2014 not exactly comparable to 2013’s figures-which happens every year-but a detailed analysis of December-January under both set of assumptions suggests that the differences are tiny. The benchmark revisions lifted March 2013 payrolls by 369k, but mostly due a reclassification of a Household Survey employment category not previously included into the Establishment count. The month-to-month changes in payrolls for all of 2013 were raised a net 136k, for an average of +11k per month-a very minor change.

7. Tie to Tapering
While the stock futures market initially sold off significantly with the release of this news, it nevertheless opened positively. Bond yields dropped, but came back some. The dollar was “flattish,” as are the prices of precious metal (at this point in time). Despite the big miss, the markets appear to be yawning. The Fed’s policy course right now is “tapering.” There is not enough adverse evidence at this point in time to diverge from this policy course; to do so could send the wrong message.

Heads-up: next week’s major economic news item will be released on Thursday and Friday. Until then…

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