MINASF Holds 2018 Midwest Seminar

The Michigan Chapter of NASF hosted the Midwest Seminar on September 13th-15th, 2018 at Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. Attendees enjoyed the magic of Grand Hotel while networking with fellow industry leaders.

MINASF would like to thank the following sponsors for their support!

Event Sponsors:

  • Coventya
  • Dynapower Company
  • North American Rectifiers
  • Palm Commodities

Golf Sponsor:

  • Columbia Chemical

Tabletop Sponsors:

  • Coventya
  • Dynapower Company
  • Haviland
  • KCH Services
  • North American Rectifiers
  • Palm Commodities

Conference speakers and topics included the following:

  • Frank Wagner, MacDermid Enthone Industrial Solutions
    “Hexavalent Chromium-Free Decorative Technologies”
  • John Pawlowski, MacDermid Enthone Industrial Solutions
    “New Developments in High-Speed, High Phosphorus Electroless Nickel Technology”
  • Carla Davidson, DEQ
    PFOS Update
  • PFOS panel discussion:
    • Susan Johnson – Butzel Long
    • Daniel Greene – Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Inc.
    • Steve Kuplicki – GLWA
    • Patrick Stanford – Rochem Americas, Inc.
  • Jim Rosenfeld, Butzel Long
    “How the #MeToo Movement has Impacted Companies”
  • Laurie Riegle, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
    “Strategies to Hire and Retain Talent – How to Become a Destination Employer”
  • Collin Peters, Atotech
    “Breaking New Ground with BluCr Trivalent Hard Chrome Technology”
  • Jeff Hannapel, The Policy Group / NASF, and
 Beth Gotthelf, Butzel Long
    MINASF – Regulatory Updates
  • Bill Barkeley, Keynote – Blind / Deaf / Adventurer / Storyteller
    “No Barriers”

Visit MINASF.org for photos from the event!

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MAMF Annual Golf Outing

On October 2nd, the MAMF held their Annual Golf Outing at Oak Hill Golf Club in Milford, NJ. 50 golfers enjoyed a nice day of golfing, food, and refreshments. The event raised over $6,000 for the New York / New Jersey Environmental Fund.

MAMF Annual Golf Outing

Pictured left to right are Platinum Sponsors Bob Chabot-Epic Industrial, Joe Tilton-Tilton Rack, Tony Alcaro-Alcaro Plating, and Tony Luccaro-Precious Metal Sales.

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Leadership Spotlight: Major Robert ‘Bob’ Baugh

Bob BaughAlmost a quarter century ago, Major Robert ‘Bob’ Baugh retired from his position as President of Precise Hard Chrome, A Dover Company, and became Executive Director of the Texas Association of Metal Finishers. While running Precise Hard Chrome, Bob was an active member of the Association, served on the Board of Directors, and eventually served as TAMF President. He was an absolute perfect fit as Executive Director for our small group and he transitioned to executive director quickly and smoothly.

A smooth transition into becoming executive director went unnoticed by most because that is how Bob was trained. Efficient and effective leadership honed by a 23-year career as an Air Force and Army aviator. Bob retired at the rank of Major, which speaks to his abilities but he also retired with proficiency in everything Army Aviation had in it’s inventory. He flew everything from the famous UH1-Huey to his personal favorite, the OV-1 Mohawk, a twin turbine, armed observation bird.

Bob served his country proudly in Viet Nam and earned a degree in Aeronautical Science as well as his MBA along the way. After his military service, Bob entered the industry and spent 15 years in Sales and Management positions for Precise Hard Chrome, a significant hard chrome provider in Waco, Texas. Precise Hard Chrome manufactured high quality hydraulic cylinders used in lift components of equipment and commercial construction. He spent his last 5 years with Precise Hard Chrome as their President and of course joined the TAMF almost 25 years ago after retiring once again!

His last day as TAMF Executive Director will be December 31, 2017. It is with great sadness we say good by to Bob, but in hopes of seeing him at least once a year on the golf course, we have extended him ED Emeritus status and have asked he and his lovely wife Gay, join us at our Summer Conventions or any regular meeting he would like. Bob Baugh is such a good man, such a good friend, and we will miss him dearly.

Written by J. Kelly Mowry, TAMF President

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Chapter Highlights at SUR/FIN 2017

SUR/FIN Chapter Leadership Meeting:

We will be hosting a Chapter Leadership meeting on Tuesday, June 20, from 1:00PM – 2:00PM at the NASF pavilion and are encouraging all chapter leaders and administrators to attend. At this meeting, we will give a general association update, review the 2017 membership strategy and answer best practices questions.

SUR/FIN Job Shop Task Group Meeting:

We will be hosting a Job Shop Task Group meeting on Tuesday, June 20, from 2:00PM – 3:00PM, directly following the Chapter Leadership Meeting. We strongly encourage job shop owners and leaders to attend, as we will cover a range of topics pertinent to the industry on a local level.

SUR/FIN Association Meeting Schedule

Tuesday, June 20th

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM
NASF Annual Meeting

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM
NASF Awards Ceremony

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
NASF Chapter Leadership Meeting (NASF Pavilion)

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
NASF Job Shop Task Group Meeting (NASF Pavilion)

Wednesday, June 21st

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
NASF Supplier Committee Meeting

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
NASF Technology Advisory Committee Meeting

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Register Today for SUR/FIN Atlanta – Sessions Begin at 8:30 AM on Monday, June 19, 2017

The NASF SUR/FIN® Manufacturing & Technology Trade Show & Conference has expanded and is shaping up to be the event you can’t afford to miss. Because the 2017 event has so much to offer, the conference program will now begin at 8:30 AM on Monday, June 19. This is a departure from recent years when the conference program kicked off in the afternoon. The new schedule allows attendees to take advantage of the full range of conference sessions without sacrificing time on the show floor.

The conference program can be viewed at NASFsurfin.com. In addition to the key session offerings such as Advances in Surface Finishing and Automotive and Technical Responses to REACh, there will also be sessions on Aerospace & Defense, Technology for Increasing Performance, and more. Attendees and exhibitors will have a total of 14 sessions from which to choose, plus complimentary sessions such as the Sustainability Summit, Nadcap and keynote presentations from Executive Director of the Automotive Industry Action Group J. Scot Sharland and Scott Fetter with the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program at Lockheed Martin.

More than 180 companies will showcase the latest equipment, supplies and services in more than 100 product categories. SUR/FIN exhibitors will provide their expertise in surface technology to make your company more efficient and profitable. Looking for a particular product or service from our exhibitors? You’ll find it here.

Registration is now open at www.nasfsurfin.com.

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Regulatory Alert: California Targeting Finishing Air Emissions Below Nanogram Levels

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.

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NASF Bright Design Challenge: Detroit Students Learn from Industry

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.

Representatives included:

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.

Course Objectives

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!

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Bright Design West Coast Winners Announced!

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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Don’t Miss-This Week: Palmetto Southeast Chapter Annual Conference & Holiday Party

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Dec. 7-9, 2016

Hampton Inn & Suites Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Hotel

1801 South Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Join the NASF Palmetto Southeast Chapter for the 8th Annual Technical Conference & Christmas Party. There is still time to send in your registration to take advantage of this opportunity to network, celebrate 2016 and look to the new year. Don’t miss your chance to reconnect with fellow Chapter members and meet new industry professionals.

Schedule

Wednesday, Dec. 7:

4 pm – Registration
5-6:30 pm – Social hour
7:30 pm – Dinner

Thursday, Dec. 8:

8:30-11:45 am – Conference sessions
12:30 pm – Golf at Prestwick Country Club
7 pm – Social hour/Dinner

Friday, Dec. 9:

8:30-12 pm – Conference sessions
5:30-6 pm – Duplin Winery Tour
7-10 pm – Christmas Party at Greg Norman’s Australian Grille

Click here for more information and to register.

 

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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 nasfsurfin.com for a complete list of details on submission requirements.

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