Reminder: Get Your 2016 Training Course Catalog!

If you’re still looking for training in the coming year, don’t get left behind! You and your company can benefit from a look at the 2016 training courses available from NASF’s training and education arm, the AESF Foundation. Throughout the year, the Foundation will offer In-Person, Web-Based and Home Study courses to sharpen your skills and knowledge to succeed in the industry.

With knowledgeable instructors and tested course materials, students will walk away with a high quality learning experience and the satisfaction of mastering new topics and concepts – from elementary to advanced – that can be put to work right away in the work environment.

Road to Master Surface Finisher (MSF)
The Foundation offers all primary, core and secondary courses for anyone interested in the “Master Surface Finisher” (MSF) certification program.

Primary: (Choose 1)
Airline & Aerospace Finishing (CAF)
Electroplating & Surface Finishing (CEF)
Core: (Choose 3)
Aluminum Finishing
Chromium Plating for Engineering Purposes
Electroless Deposition
Precious Metals Plating
Zinc & Zinc Alloy Plating
Secondary: (Choose 2)
Corrosion & Salt Spray
Environmental Stewardship: Pollution Prevention
Environmental Stewardship: Wastewater Treatment
Learn More Here

Web-Based Zinc & Zinc Alloy Plating
Eight Two-Hour Sessions | Tuesdays & Wednesdays 12-2PM EST
January 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27 February 2, 3
Cost: $615 Member | $800 Non-Member

This training program is designed to be beneficial for operators and supervisors of job shops and captive shops performing zinc & zinc alloy plating operations on a variety of substrates. The course can also benefit sales personnel at industry suppliers.

The goal of this course is to provide the student with a broad range of information related to the metallurgy and corrosion behavior of zinc coatings. Students will also know the difference between the various zinc plating processes and between the various zinc alloy plating process, including what can go wrong and how to solve plating problems.

Course Objectives:
1. Electroplating Basics for Zinc Platers
2. Introduction-Historical Development & Applications of Zinc Coatings
3. Preparing Parts for Zinc Plating & Post Plate Baking
4. Cyanide Zinc Plating
5. Alkaline Non-Cyanide Zinc Plating
6. Chloride Zinc Plating
7. Zinc Alloy Plating Part-1 Zinc-Nickel
8. Zinc Alloy Plating Part-2 Zinc-Cobalt
9. Zinc Alloy Plating Part-3 Zinc-Iron
10. Chromate Conversion Coatings over Zinc & Zinc Alloys
Register Here

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
Register Here

Posted in Education

EPA Proposed Regulatory Clarifications for Hazardous Waste Generators

As a reminder to NASF members who have inquired about pending changes to federal hazardous waste rules, EPA recently issued a proposed regulation on hazardous waste generator improvements. The proposed revisions are mostly clarifications of the existing requirements for generators, such as how wastes should be labeled and the need to follow closure requirements for hazardous waste tanks, containers, central accumulation areas, or containment buildings that are no longer used at a facility. The proposal also includes some changes in nomenclature (e.g., conditionally exempt small quantity generators, CESQGs, are renamed as very small quantity generators, VSQGs) without any substantive changes to the requirements for hazardous waste generators.

A few proposed changes are new requirements, including provisions to:

  1. document hazardous waste determinations with test results, test methods, QA/QC and basis for determination;
  2. maintain records until a generator closes rather than for only three years;
  3. and submit generator re-notification every two years.

The comment deadline was recently extended until December 24, 2015. Based on a review of EPA’s proposal and input from the surface finishing industry regarding the potential impact of the proposed clarifications, NASF did not submit comments on the proposed clarifications.

If you have any questions or would like additional information regarding the proposed clarifications to hazardous waste generator requirements and the potential impact to surface finishing operations, please contact Jeff Hannapel with NASF at

Posted in Law & Regulation

Senate Passes Major U.S. Chemicals Reform Legislation

On December 17, 2015, the U.S. Senate passed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act for the 21st Century (S. 697) to reform and modernize the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The U.S. House of Representative passed its version of TSCA reform legislation, the TSCA Modernization Act of 2015 (H.R. 2576) on June 23, 2015.

The bills would overhaul current chemicals laws under TSCA, which was last updated in 1976. The House and Senate will now hold a conference bill to reconcile the differences in the two bills, including how risks associated with metals shall be determined when setting priorities for chemicals to review.

NASF continues to support modernizing the nation’s chemical management system with a practical and science-based risk approach for the highest priority chemicals, including metals and metal compounds. Given bipartisan support in Congress, TSCA reform legislation is expected to go to the White House for approval in 2016 after Senate and House leaders reconcile differences in the TSCA bills passed by each chamber.

Posted in Law & Regulation

NASF Announces 2016 NASF Washington Forum Luncheon Keynote (April 19-21, 2016)

Washington Forum Luncheon Keynote: Stuart Rothenberg, Founding Editor and Publisher of the Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report and political columnist for Roll Call

NASF will host Stuart Rothenberg, one of the nation’s most popular political analysts, as the 2016 Washington Forum luncheon keynote speaker.

Rothenberg – as Founding Editor and Publisher of the Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report and a political columnist for Roll Call – gives insightful commentary on election results, the issues facing decision makers on Capitol Hill, and the nature of politics itself. His lectures are as up-to-date as today’s newspaper, and he presents his insider views on hotly debated issues and how the future of politics is being shaped by our nation’s current newsmakers.

For years, Stuart Rothenberg has embodied the rare ability to report on all the political happenings in the nation with unbiased clarity and non-partisan precision. The publication he founded, the Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report, provides honest, nonpartisan reporting and clear-eyed analysis of American elections and their potential ramifications, looking at U.S. House, Senate, and gubernatorial campaigns, presidential politics, and political developments.

In addition to commentary that has been featured in newspapers throughout the country, Rothenberg also writes a column in Capitol Hill’s Roll Call twice a week, and his op-eds have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the New York Times, and other newspapers.

His expertise has made him a frequent guest on the network television news circuit, where he has appeared on Meet the Press, TODAY, This Week, Face the Nation, Nightline, and The McLaughlin Group. In 2008 and 2010, he was a regular contributor during the election cycles to PBS NewsHour, and in 2006, he served as a political analyst for CBS News. Before that, he served as a CNN political analyst for more than 10 years, which included extensive on-air election night analysis. He has also served as a political analyst for the Voice of America.

Rothenberg holds a BA from Colby College in Waterville, Maine, and a PhD from the University of Connecticut. He has taught political science at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, and at Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. Rothenberg has been speaking to audiences around the country for more than a decade, and helping people identify and better understand political trends.

Posted in Events, Government Relations, Law & Regulation

NASF Presents Bright Design Challenge Awards

The National Association for Surface Finishing California Chapters, in conjunction with the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, has just completed the 6th annual Bright Design Challenge. This year’s competition introduced students to the impact of decorative finishes in our everyday lives and challenged design students to create unique, one-of-a-kind consumer items utilizing an element of surface finishing.

The winning projects focused on innovative products such as interactive sculpture lighting fixtures, decorative metal briefcases, environmentally efficient pavers, kitchen utensil collections, and flatware.
The final five designs were then chosen by a select panel of industry leaders that included:

  • Wesley Turnbow, MFASC Board President
  • Ray Lucas, MFANC Board President
  • Jean Marie Saidler, NASF Director of Communications
  • Wendy Adest, Instructor, Art Center College of Design
  • Valerie Mitchell, Professional Jewelry Designer

Program participants represented not only the U.S., but several countries, including Canada, Japan, and Taiwan. Of the 16 participants, five students were awarded scholarships. These included:

Bernard Mitchell, a transfer student from San Francisco, was this year’s recipient of the first place $5,000 tuition scholarship award. Mr. Mitchell was inspired by the metal explorations lessons that took place early on in the course. His passion is environmentally responsible design, which he clearly demonstrated in his project representing eco-friendly decorative pavers.

When asked how he views his future, Mitchell stated, “My long term goals are to continue to design with sustainability as a focus … I want to thank everyone for their support and value all the advice and direction I received throughout the design process.”

Second through fifth place scholarship awards were granted to:

  • Krista Humphrey
  • Hiroshi Sakura
  • ChenFu Hsieh
  • Kira Song

All the participants presented a similar curiosity about the uses of various forms of surface technology and a desire to create something new and beautiful. Additionally, all the students said they plan to continue learning and to pursue careers in which they will use the knowledge and hands on experience they acquired during the Bright Design Challenge.
This is not unusual for Bright Design Challenge students. The vast majority of past scholarship winners have developed successful careers in the surface finishing industry and are true assets to their chosen professions.

The NASF Bright Design Challenge takes place each Fall in California, and again in the Spring, with the College of Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan. Both sessions invite students from around the country to think beyond traditional design theory and bring out their very best creative spirit in developing “next generation” engineering and design solutions.

Students work within strict, realistic guidelines and focus on specifics such as utility, design, marketability and serviceability. Time management skills play a strong role in this intense competition due to the tight project deadlines in the six week competition.

The 2016 Spring Session of the Bright Design Challenge will begin in January with the College of Creative Studies in Detroit, with more announcements on new developments in the Detroit program coming in the new year.

Posted in Events

NASF SUR/FIN Exhibit Floor is Sold Out: Wait List is Forming

The NASF SUR/FIN Manufacturing Conference and Trade Show exhibit floor is completely sold out! The association is currently reviewing options for expanding the size of the exhibit area. This year’s event – scheduled for June 6-8, 2016 in Las Vegas – will include 230 booths featuring an expanded selection of technologies and services offered by over 160 suppliers. SUR/FIN will again be the largest trade show in North America exclusively dedicated to the surface treatment industry and the only industry specific tradeshow sponsored by the industry’s leading association, the NASF.

SUR/FIN 2015 survey results showed over 80 percent of this year’s attendees agreed or strongly agreed that they connected with exhibitors who were valuable to their job or business. This is a strong indicator of why the event continues to grow.

“Even though we are sold out at this point, we have a growing list of companies who wish to be part of the event that we are trying to accommodate,” said Mark Norton, SUR/FIN Committee Chairman. “This is the earliest in recent history that all of the trade show space has been reserved. It’s a solid sign of the interest that more suppliers are showing in the surface finishing market.” Interested companies are encouraged to contact NASF’s Cheryl Clark at

Exhibitors will showcase current and new products and services to more than 1,200 owners, CEOs, and managers representing a wide range of industries, including automotive, aircraft and aerospace, electronics, agricultural and industrial equipment, medical device manufacturing and more. Over 21 countries are expected to participate in the three day event at the South Point Hotel and Conference Center in Las Vegas.

The NASF SUR/FIN conference kicks off with a Sustainability Summit and other sessions on Monday afternoon, June 6, followed that afternoon by an exhibit welcome reception held on the show floor, with the floor then open again on June 7 and 8. The full conference will take place June 6-8.

The NASF SUR/FIN Manufacturing & Technology Conference and Tradeshow has established a top reputation as a “must-attend” event for industry professionals, decision makers and buyers seeking knowledge, products & services and new technologies to help drive their business.

Learn more about this year’s annual event and register now for the early-bird rate at

Posted in Events

Application of European REACH Rules to U.S. Industry: What’s the Impact on Surface Treatment?

NASF has recently received questions from members on the applicability of the European Union’s (EU) chemical regime to U.S. industry. The brief summary below the EU’s regulation on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization of Chemical Substances (REACH) became law in June 2007 and created new obligations to manufacture, import or use new and existing chemicals in the EU. The REACH process includes registration, evaluation, prioritization and authorization of chemicals.

The first part of these chemical management controls is the requirement to register chemicals that are used in the EU. Most, if not all, plated parts are exempt from the registration requirement because they are “articles” as defined by REACH.

Chemicals are then evaluated as part of a hazard classification process to determine if they should be included on the Candidate List of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC). Some commonly used chemicals in the surface finishing industry that are on the Candidate List include boric acid and chromium trioxide (i.e., chromic acid). A complete list of SVHCs is available here. The EU has a goal to include up to 1,000 substances on the Candidate List by 2020.

Articles Imported into the EU: Letters from Customers

Articles (i.e., plated parts) imported into the EU that contain 0.1 percent or more of a SVHC (by weight of the substance compared to the total weight of the article) must provide immediate information sufficient to ensure safe use of the article to their customers and notify the European Chemical Agency (ECHA). Many companies may have received letters from customers asking if the plated part is in compliance with these REACH requirements.

Although it is unlikely that the weight of a SVHC in a coating would exceed more than 0.1 percent of the weight of the article, platers will either have to obtain appropriate assurances from their suppliers, or have to conduct some testing, to demonstrate to EU customers the amount of SVHCs that may be in the article. Without some type of documentation that the article is not subject to the notification requirement, customers may be forced to request that surface finishes not contain any of the SVHCs.

Getting Authorization for Use

The SVHCs are then subject to a priority setting process to determine if additional controls and restrictions are needed for their continued use. EU member states may recommend that a SVHC should not be used without authorization. The ECHA will then make the final decision and could impose restrictions and management options for the continued use of the SVHC.

For example, on December 21, 2011 the ECHA determined that chromium trioxide and chromic acid should not be used in the EU without authorization. As a result an industry consortium formed to prepare a draft authorization application that includes the specific uses for the SVHC. The application must demonstrate that the risks arising from the uses of chromium trioxide and chromic acid are adequately controlled. In addition, the application must examine if substitutes are available for chromium trioxide and chromic acid. The authorization, if approved, could impose restrictions or limitations on the use of chromium trioxide and chromic acid.

The authorization process can be very expensive, as much as 3.5 million Euros for one substance. The authorization is also use- and user-specific and not substance specific. In other words, each individual surface treatment company that wants to continue using chromic acid in the EU must be part of the authorization process.

What Happens in September 2017?

The sunset date for the continued use of chromium trioxide and chromic acid in the EU without authorization is September 21, 2017. After that date only authorized users may use chromium trioxide and chromic acid in the EU. Parts plated in the U.S. using chromium trioxide or chromic acid after that date may be imported into the EU without restrictions, provided that they do not contain 0.1 percent or more of chromium trioxide or chromic acid.

Even though the REACH requirements may not directly apply to most surface finishing operations in the U.S., they may prompt changes to chemical hazard classifications and chemical management requirements in federal and state regulations applicable in the U.S. In addition, many global plating customers may revise their procurement process to require vendors in their supply chain to comply with some standards from the REACH legislation for consistency across their global supply chains.

If you have any questions or would like additional information regarding the application of the REACH requirements to surface finishing operations, please contact Jeff Hannapel with NASF at

Posted in Law & Regulation

Don’t Delay, Register Today for the NASF Leadership Conference (February 28 – March 2, 2016)

The rules of manufacturing are changing. Companies of all sizes must manage and perform in new ways to succeed. The upcoming NASF Leadership Conference is just around the corner, and will focus specifically on change, with trends and lessons from the auto industry as well as insights on dealing with media during a business crisis. This year’s meeting will offer a distraction-free setting for learning, discussion and networking.  Among several topics this year, the event will host two keynote speakers:

Tim Woods, Volvo Global Technology for Surface Treatment

Mr. Woods has spent 26 years in the surface treatment industry with experience in the automotive, transportation and industrial segments. He has worked for Volvo Truck for the last 7 years and is currently responsible on a global level for purchasing / supplier network surface treatment applications, strategic sourcing, surface treatment supplier evaluation process ownership, supplier approvals, efficiency improvements and product and standards development.

 Ben Porritt, Partner, Outside Eyes

Mr. Porritt is a specialist in branding and crisis management and a frequent on-air contributor for FOX, MSNBC and ESPN.  Regarded by many political and corporate leaders as one of the nation’s top crisis media experts, his diverse experience includes working in the West Wing and with companies of various sizes.

NASF’s Leadership Conference will give attendees a timely perspective on business challenges, an opportunity to see new and familiar colleagues and develop valuable connections to stay competitive.

The association recently renamed the popular annual meeting the “NASF Leadership Conference” to align with what attendees themselves say is the reason they attend.  It reflects the organization’s ongoing commitment to bring top caliber events to the surface technology community and better inform today’s and tomorrow’s industry leaders.

The Leadership Conference will be held at the beautiful Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.

For registration or to get more information, please visit Conference (link). For assistance with registration or travel, please contact Cheryl Clark at (302) 436-5616.

Reminder: The registration deadline is February 5, 2016.   Register Today!

Posted in Events, NASF National

SUR/FIN 2016 Abstract Submission Deadline Extended

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 for a complete list of details on submission requirements.

Posted in Events, NASF Chapters, NASF National

NASF Welcomes New Leadership

Following its recent election, the National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF) has announced the Board of Directors that will be starting new two-year terms in 2016.

  • Rebecca Bennett, Precision Plating Co., Inc., Illinois
  • Paul Brancato, Epner Technology, New York
  • Phillip Brockman, Techmetals, Inc., Ohio
  • Christopher J. Capalbo, New Method Plating Company, Massachusetts
  • LaVaughn Daniel, Danco Metal Surfacing, California
  • Kyle Hankinson, KCH Engineered Systems, North Carolina
  • Steve Kocka, Atotech USA, South Carolina
  • Mitchell T. Marsh, Marsh Plating Corporation, Michigan
  • James Sullivan, Schumacher Companies, Texas

These new members will join the other nine Directors whose current two-year terms expire at the end of 2016.

Posted in NASF National