Valuable Technical Resource at Your Fingertips: Explore

Did you know, as an active member of the National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF), you have access to one of the most comprehensive online tools for surface finishing?

Launched in early 2017, NASF, in partnership with the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) and continued grant funding through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), launched the Surface Technology Environmental Resource Center (

STERC offers a fresh new look with additional menu options, an expanded library, combined training and education products from the AESF Foundation and NCMS, highlights of pending new rules and compliance deadlines, and other planned features. The STERC library is now home to thousands of searchable technical articles and papers from Plating and Surface Finishing (P&SF) magazine to SUR/FIN conference papers, as well as articles and papers from many other sources. Under the new partnership, the content of the library is included in your NASF membership.

STERC is a valuable one-stop resource for the latest compliance information and best practices for reducing pollution for the surface fishing industry. Like the old National Metal Finishing Resource Center (NMFRC), STERC will continue to include:

  • Easy-to-follow regulatory overviews
  • Tips on how to comply
  • Best-practice solutions that can help the environment while saving companies money
  • Industry calculators
  • Links to other useful resources

For more information on STERC, contact Jeff Hannapel at or Matt Martz at

Posted in Business, Education, Government Relations, Law & Regulation, Research

NASF Member Survey of Job Shops, Suppliers Shows Optimism in 1st Quarter

The latest NASF “Business Barometer” survey points to optimism from member suppliers and job shops in the first quarter of 2017. Click here to see detailed results for suppliers and here for job shop results, including outlook by geographic region.

For Job Shops, business conditions are favorable and expected to tick up further in the next six months. In light of broader confidence in key sectors and the expectation of pro-business policies from Washington, including less regulation, confidence in the industry tracks trends other business surveys, including the NFIB “Optimism Index” – where first quarter optimism reached a historic high.

Job Shop owners said the biggest challenge this year will be finding qualified employees as the labor market continues to tighten. The Job Shop survey just kicked off this quarter, following the success of the NASF Supplier Business Barometer. See the summary here.

For Suppliers, business conditions in North America are the most favorable since the survey launched in 2015, with nearly 49 percent of suppliers reporting conditions are “good” and nearly 9 percent reporting “excellent.” See the summary here.

Thanks again to all members participating in the survey. Be sure to take one minute and complete the next survey in the second quarter. Your contributions help create a more accurate picture of current and emerging business conditions for the industry.

Posted in Business, Economy, NASF Members, Research

NASF Finalizing Metals Discharge Study: Presentation to EPA at April Washington Forum

The NASF through its Government Advisory Committee is nearing completion of a milestone review and case study of the industry’s progress in reducing wastewater discharges throughout a nearly 30-year period. The study compares metals discharged by permitted finishing operations in Milwaukee from 1989 to 2016. It evaluates total metals reductions from companies to the municipal treatment plant, average reductions on a per facility basis, and the relative contribution of the finishing industry versus the larger universe of industrial dischargers in the community.

The draft version is under review by the committee this month and, as anticipated, preliminary findings show the industry’s reductions to be significant. The results of the study will be presented at the NASF Washington Forum in a discussion led by GAC Committee Member John Lindstedt, Advanced Plating Technology. Committee representatives will also present the study’s findings to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency during the April meetings. The findings will substantiate the association’s position that protecting the nation’s waterways has been an overwhelming success, and that future, more stringent discharge standards are unnecessary.

Further details will be available shortly after the committee’s review and the report is finalized.

Posted in Government Relations, Law & Regulation, NASF Members, Other Publications, Research

NASF Secures EPA Pollution Prevention Grant with National Center for Manufacturing Sciences

Focus: Advancing Industry Environmental Performance & Sustainability

NASF’s research and training arm, the AESF Foundation, has been awarded a pollution prevention grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA). The grant proposal was submitted earlier in the year to the agency under the NASF joint partnership with Ann Arbor, Michigan-based National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS).

The new project will focus on evaluating and benchmarking current and emerging industry pollution prevention practices. NCMS and NASF will initially prepare a comprehensive list of pollution prevention options for the industry, develop a survey and audit tools for evaluating pollution prevention options at surface finishing facilities. The project will engage approximately six potential facilities from the Michigan Chapter of NASF to participate in survey and audit phases for the implementation of pollution prevention practices.

NCMS and NASF will then provide training and technical support for implementing pollution prevention options, prepare company case studies on the participating facilities, and incorporate the results of the project into the association’s technical education courses. They will also conduct workshops for the surface finishing industry to promote the implementation of effective pollution prevention practices.

The new project will generate useful information to promote effective pollution prevention practices and further improve the environmental performance of the surface finishing industry. If you have any questions or would like additional information regarding this project, please contact Christian Richter of Jeff Hannapel with NASF at or

Posted in Business, Education, Government Relations, NASF Members, Research

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, for $130.00 plus handling for domestic and international shipping.

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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:

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 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 or 703-736-4547.

Posted in Research

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:



Posted in Business, Research

DoD Seeking Environmental Research & Development Proposals

The Department of Defense’s Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) announced November 7 it is seeking environmental research and development proposals for funding beginning in Fiscal Year (FY) 2015. Projects will be selected through a competitive process. Details are available on the website under Funding Opportunities here.

The Core Solicitation provides funding opportunities for basic and applied research and advanced technology development. Core projects vary in cost and duration consistent with the scope of the work proposed. The Statements of Need (SON) referenced by this solicitation request proposals related to the SERDP program areas of Environmental Restoration (ER), Munitions Response (MR), Resource Conservation and Climate Change (RC), and Weapons Systems and Platforms (WP). All Core pre-proposals are due Thursday, January 9, 2014.

The SEED Solicitation provides funding opportunities for work that will investigate innovative environmental approaches that entail high technical risk or require supporting data to provide proof of concept. Funding is limited to not more than $150,000 and projects are approximately one year in duration. This year, SERDP is requesting SEED proposals for the Environmental Restoration and Weapons Systems and Platforms program areas. SEED proposals are due Tuesday, March 11, 2014.


Webinar for the SERDP Solicitations: The SERDP Executive Director will conduct an online seminar “SERDP Funding Opportunities” on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, from 2:00-3:00 PM EST. This “how to play” briefing will offer valuable information for those interested in new SERDP funding opportunities. During the online seminar, participants may ask questions about the funding process, the current SERDP solicitations, and the proposal submission process. Pre-registration for this webinar is required. To register, click here. If you have difficulty registering, please contact the SERDP Support Office at 703-736-4547 or by e-mail at

Posted in Business, Government Relations, Research