NASF SUR/FIN 2016: Keynote Speakers from Raytheon, AIAG

Each year, a highlight of the National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF) SUR/FIN Manufacturing & Technology Trade Show & Conference is the distinguished Keynote Speakers. This year, NASF is pleased to host key speakers from the aerospace and automotive industry:

Sally Gestautas, Global Substances Program Manager for Raytheon Company

Sally Gestautas plays a leading role at Raytheon on addressing emerging global regulations aimed at reducing the use of hazardous materials in products and processes in the aerospace supply chain, including surface treatment and finishing. She also chairs the International Aerospace Environmental Group (IAEG) and has led the Aerospace Industries Association’s REACH Working Group and Chemicals Subcommittee.

Tanya Bolden, Corporate Responsibility, Automotive Industry Action Group

Tanya Bolden is the Director of Corporate Responsibility at the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG). She works with teams of AIAG member-company volunteers to develop and implement guidelines and share best practices to help companies manage their legislative, regulatory, and customer requirements on issues such as supply chain sustainability, environmental responsibility, and business ethics. She previously served at General Motors Company as corporate responsibility manager and was responsible for a broad range of global corporate responsibility issues impacting the company.

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.

Early bird registration begins February 15. Visit for more information on registration, travel, and more. Or contact Cheryl Clark at or (202) 457-8404.

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NASF Leadership Conference Special Group Rate Deadline Approaching!

The NASF Leadership Conference will be held at the Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, from February 28th to March 3, 2016.

While registration will still be available, the special group rate of $249 (single/double) a night will expire on February 5.

There is still time to join your industry peers at this enlightening conference. Don’t miss this year’s exceptional speakers – Tim Woods, Volvo Global Technology for Surface Treatment and Ben Porritt, Partner, Outside Eyes.

Visit for more information and to register today.

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NASF Welcomes New Members in January

The National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF) would like to extend a warm welcome to our newest members:

  • Lacks Enterprises, Inc.
  • Miller Plastic Products
  • Metrohm USA
  • Colorado Plating
  • Tulsa Metal Finishing Company

The NASF community links companies, professionals and technical experts together through its events, programs, updates and key committees, and services the total surface finishing sector. Our members and your engagement are essential to our success in advancing a sustainable future for the industry.

Visit for more information on how to get the most out of your membership.

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Federal Initiative to Increase Criminal Enforcement of OSHA Activities

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently joined with the Department of Labor to announce a new initiative to increase the number of criminal prosecutions for worker endangerment and worker safety cases. The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act) provides for criminal sanctions for three types of conduct impacting worker safety:

(1) willfully violating a specific standard, and thus causing the death of an employee;
(2) giving advance notice of an OSHA inspection activity; and
(3) falsification of documents filed or required to be maintained under the OSH Act.

Because these violations are misdemeanors punishable by a fine of no more than $10,000 and/or imprisonment for no more than six months, there are very few reported criminal prosecutions under the OSH Act.

In an effort to increase the number of criminal prosecutions for worker endangerment and worker safety issues, the DOJ issued a memorandum to 93 U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and executed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). In the memorandum to the U.S. Attorneys, DOJ urges them to charge companies with other crimes with felony provisions that frequently occur with OSH Act violations, such as false statements, obstruction of justice, witness tampering, and conspiracy.

DOJ also authorizes the Environmental Crimes Section of DOJ’s Environment and Natural Resources Division to coordinate with the appropriate U.S. Attorney’s Office to handle the investigation and prosecution of cases under the OSH Act and other laws. For example, DOJ may be able to environmental crimes into account when prosecuting OSH Act violations. A copy of the memorandum to the U.S. Attorneys is available here.

In conjunction with this memorandum to the U.S. Attorneys, DOJ and DOL entered into a MOU to increase the number of criminal prosecutions by DOJ. The MOU establishes a process and framework for notification, consultation and coordination between DOJ and DOL to aid both agencies in implementing federal workplace health and safety statutes more effectively. A copy of the Memorandum of Understanding is available here.

The initiative follows on the heels of provisions Congress passed in last year’s spending bill and signed by the President in December 2015, which would increase maximum civil penalties in OSHA citations to a maximum of 82% starting later this year. As a result, employers will need to continue to focus on its environmental, health and safety compliance programs to avoid more stringent penalties for any potential violations. If you have any questions or would like more information regarding this issue, please contact Christian Richter at or Jeff Hannapel at

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California Congressman Adam Schiff to Speak at NASF Washington Forum Reception

Join industry leaders and your peers at the Washington Forum on April 19-21 for briefings on what policies will be impacting the industry this year and take the opportunity meet with lawmakers and federal agency officials.

The annual event is held to discuss industry issues as well as communicate the value of the surface finishing industry and the vital role it plays in U.S. and global manufacturing.

In addition to receiving in-depth updates on pending regulation, legislation and litigation, participants will hear insightful commentary on issues facing decision makers on Capitol Hill from lunch keynote speaker Stuart Rothenberg. Mr. Rothenberg is Founding Editor and Publisher of the Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report and one of the nation’s most popular political analysts.

The popular NASF Capitol Hill Reception will be held during the Forum will feature Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA), who serves as ranking member on the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

Visit for complete details and registration information.

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Four Training Course Platforms Available Through the Foundation

Did you know that the Foundation has 4 different options to access the training you need?

Home Study: The AESF Foundation Home Study program is a wonderful way to take courses if you are unable to attend our in-person training or wish to have more time to study the materials. The Home Study program courses are based around the course materials that you receive in the mail when you sign up for the program. The materials include lessons as well as homework that you will work through with our Technical Director. He’ll be a source of answers to questions about the material, will grade homework and offer suggestions to improve your skills.

In-Person Training: This option is offered in specific locations across the country at a hotel no more than 10-15 minutes from the airport. In-Person courses are in a classroom setting where you will receive course materials and work through them over 2-4 days depending on the course. This is optimal for someone looking to have live instructor interaction and a dedicated time to take the course.

Web-Based Courses: Get your questions answered without leaving the office. Participants will dial into the training session and access the web to follow along with the presentation. Questions can be asked and will be answered directly from the instructor teaching the course. This is a great option if you cannot travel but still want to participate in a live course.

Custom Training: A qualified training instructor will develop and teach a curriculum according to your company’s needs. You can pick and choose which modules or course(s) you would like presented and we come directly to you to teach. Custom proposals are put together for each training.

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

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In-Person Airline & Aerospace Finishing (CAF) Course

April 4 – 7 | Optional Exam April 8 – Indianapolis, IN
Parts 1 & 2: April 4 – 7
Part 1 Only: April 4 – 5
Part 2 Only: April 6 – 7

Both Parts 1 & 2: Member – $1,400 | Non-member – $1,680
Cost: Part 1 or Part 2 only: Member – $760 | Non-member – $910
Optional Exam: Member – $150 | Non-member – $250

This training program is designed to be beneficial for employees and supervisors working in Airline/Aerospace OEMs, aircraft rework facilities and suppliers to the Airline/Aerospace industry. The goal of this course is to provide the student with a broad range of information related to metal finishing operations that commonly conducted in the Airline/Aerospace Industry.

Course Objectives:

1. Electroplating Basics
2. Corrosion of Metals
3. Hydrogen Embrittlement
4. Metals & Alloys Utilized in Aerospace
5. Chemical Surface Preparation of Substrates for Plating Substrates
6. Mechanical Surface Preparation
7. Masking Techniques
8. Quality Conformance Testing
9. Plating Solution Maintenance
10. Chem Film
11. Zinc and Manganese Phosphating

12. LHE Zinc-Nickel Alloy Plating
13. Cadmium Ti-Cad and Nickel-Cad Diffused Coatings
14. Copper & Silver Plating
15. Sulfamate & Nickel Strike Plating
16. Hard Chromium Plating
17. Anodizing Aluminum
18. Electroless Nickel Deposition
19. Brush Plating
20. Stripping
21. Thermal Spray & PVD

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Register By March 15

For more information: contact Matt Martz at or (352) 445-7294

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Bright Design Challenge “Kick Off” with Lacks Enterprises

2016 Theme: Detroit Reflections of the Future: Designing for Detroit Branded Mobility

Another Bright Design Challenge has begun, and this year’s Detroit program promises to be one of the most ambitious in the history of the event. The global automotive industry is at a pivotal turning point. The traditional automotive model is being seriously challenged and this “challenge” is now being extended to student participants in the 2016 NASF Detroit Bright Design Challenge.

Lacks Enterprises Takes a Leading Role as 2016 NASF Partner
Program sponsors play an important role in the progress of this program, and the NASF would like to announce Lacks Enterprises, Inc., as this year’s partner and major Bright Design Sponsor. Their generous contribution has allowed this program to expand its visibility throughout the country. Lacks also recently became a new NASF corporate member.

Lacks manufactures and finishes interior and exterior components and is looking to inspire the next generation of designers to continue the use of surface finishing on these components as mobility choices continue to change. The use of surface finishing is essential to the look, feel, performance and branding of the components Lacks manufactures.

Students will work with NASF, Lacks Representatives and instructors from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. Their task will be to create futuristic exterior brand and design options that meet emerging mobility opportunities.

Focus on Finishing for the Convergence of the Automotive and Technology Industries
This 15 week program will be intense and require participants to emphasize surface finishing processes that will remain relevant in a connected and electric mobility future. Participants will be required to build clay models incorporating surface finishing and include supporting package description, concept documents and renderings. Judging will take place on April 28 and will include representatives of the NASF, Lacks Enterprises, Inc. and faculty from the College for Creative Studies. Judging will be based on the following criteria:

  • Overall ability to capture essence of the key design influences as outlined in project brief
  • Creative use of Surface Finishing and a demonstrated knowledge of these finishes
  • Overall appeal and creativity of concept

Award recipients will receive scholarships which will be applied directly to student’s tuition.

The convergence of the automotive and technology industries is beginning to increase. Today, the automotive industry is evaluating how it will navigate the realities of transportation, and potential pathways to future designs. The NASF is proud to being taking part in this process and to help to inspire and engage young people in the field of surface technology.

Become a Sponsor
In an effort to continue the growth and success of this competition, we welcome your support. Competition sponsors play an important role in the progress of this program, and we appreciate the opportunity to server our sponsors in ways that guarantee mutual benefits. Information on sponsorship opportunities at the national level is available by visiting, or by contacting Erin Burns at Michigan NASF ( or Cheryl Clark at NASF Headquarters (

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