MINASF Holds 2018 Midwest Seminar

POSTED: October 29, 2018

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

POSTED: October 9, 2018

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: Waasy Boddison

POSTED: July 16, 2018

Waasy Boddison is President of American Plating Power, LLC (Fort Myers, FL.). He holds a B.S Degree in Electrical Engineering. Waasy has been actively involved in the metal finishing industry for 18 years, serving currently as the President of the Florida Finishers Association. Waasy is an active member of the NASF, having served on the Sur/Fin committee for 10 years, including as Chair; he participated for 3 years on the NASF nomination committee, and has served since 2016 as an NASF board member. He also serves on the membership and education committee for the AAC.

Waasy originally became involved with the NASF for education, networking, and the belief that “you give back what you take.” He is enthusiastic about continuing to help the metal finishing industry grow and create new opportunities.

 



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NASF/AESF Foundation and College for Creative Studies (CCS) Announce 2018 Program Winners

POSTED: May 14, 2018

The 2018 annual Bright Design Challenge sponsored by NASF/AESF Foundation in collaboration with the College for Creative Studies (CCS) located in Detroit, Michigan are proud to announce the winners of the Spring 2018 semester program. This year’s program, “Advancing Identity for the Next Automotive Era” was taught by Associate Professor Raphael Zammit, MFA Chair of Transportation Design, and asked students to reimagine conventions for automotive identity that will be relevant in the coming age of fully electric and autonomous vehicles for the years 2025-2035.

For the past century, vehicle identities (faces) have evolved almost primarily from the design of major functional components such as air intakes (grilles) and lighting (headlamps). Next generation vehicles, however, may rely less (if at all) on such components due to continual advances in technology. While modern vehicles have already been incorporating faux versions of old technologies (grilles & lighting) purely for the sake of familiarity or to maintain the invested brand equity of an ‘established face’, next generation vehicles will need to establish new conventions to convey signature identities in order to not appear antiquated or inauthentic. The exploration, development, and innovation of surface finishes offer an exciting and wholly appropriate avenue for expressing identity in an entirely new context (of the coming era) of advanced mobility.

Course Objectives:

  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).

Out of the eight students who participated in the program, five stood out as they skillfully applied finishing to their futuristic automotive concept designs.

Winners:

1st – Sung Hyun Kim
2nd – Won Choi
3rd – Zinan Nui

Honorable Mentions:
Yeong-soo Choi
Deven Khatri

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Leadership Spotlight: Kyle Hankinson

POSTED: February 14, 2018

Kyle HankinsonKyle Hankinson is the President of KCH Engineered Systems. For nearly 40 years, KCH has been a technology leader in the design and manufacture of industrial ventilation systems and wet process lines for various markets within the surface finishing industry.
Kyle is a second-generation owner at KCH, which was started by his Father Ken Hankinson in 1979. Kyle holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from North Carolina State University, along with Commercial and Airline Transport Pilot Ratings in Helicopters and Airplanes with the FAA. He is a Certified Electroplater-Finisher (CEF), and is very active within the Surface Finishing industry. Kyle has served on the NASF Board of Directors and SUR/FIN® Steering Committee for several years now. Kyle also represents the surface finishing industry on the American Society of Safety Engineers, Z9 Committee for Industrial Ventilation Standards. While on the NASF board, Kyle has focused much of his efforts toward growing the NASF organization and SUR/FIN® Tradeshow through expanding its reach into areas such as the Southeastern US. He also believes “If you build it, they will come” strongly supporting continued development and growth of the AESF Foundation’s training program.
Kyle served in the US Army for nearly 10 years as an Aviator and Pilot in Command of the AH-64D Helicopter, and is currently in an inactive status with the Ready Reserve. He often talks of how critical our industry is to the people and machines that perform the very dangerous missions of the United States Military.


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NASF Launches 2018 Industry Awards Program

POSTED: January 26, 2018

During SUR/FIN 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio NASF will again recognize strong leaders who have selflessly dedicated their time and resources to the Surface Finishing Industry. These volunteers work to further the association on both the local and national stages so the next generation of professionals have even greater support and opportunities. This recognition of key leaders who have gone above and beyond, demonstrate what is unique and admired about our association and I hope you will join us at the NASF Annual Meeting held during SUR/FIN to thank those for their efforts.

NASF will recognize a number of well deserving individuals to receive the following awards:

Award of Merit
Outstanding service of a local and/or national nature – Recipients truly deserving of this award have given a great deal of time, effort and devotion to the industry on either a local or national level.

Taormina Award
One of NASF’s most prestigious awards given to an individual who has performed outstanding service to the finishing industry. Past award winners have been among the most dedicated individuals to improving our industry.

August P. Munning Award
Given to a supplier member who, in the opinion of his peers, has significantly contributed to the future well-being of the Association and exemplifies the traits of August P. Munning—his great interest, hard work, dedication and selfless devotion to the metal finishing industry.

Scientific Achievement Award
Recognizes a person who has contributed to the advancement of the theory and practice of electroplating, metal finishing and the allied arts; raised the quality of processes and products; enhanced the dignity and status of the profession; or has been involved in a combination of these efforts. The first recipient of this award was Dr. William Blum, Sr., who was instrumental in the establishment of fundamental research in the Society.

Presidential Award
Focuses on the extraordinary service put forth by an NASF member who is actively participating on the national level, going above and beyond the capacity of most.

NASF will be accepting nominations for these awards until March 30th and will be approved by the NASF Awards Committee.

Submit Your Nomination Today!



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The Personal and Industry Advantages of NASF Membership

POSTED: January 26, 2018

Many times, “benefits” or advantages of membership can be broken into two groups – Personal and Industry. What do I get and what does the industry get for being a member of NASF? Below are just some of the many advantages of being a member of NASF.

Personal Value:

  • Access to credible, up-to-date regulatory information
  • Access to world-class industry training provided by the NASF/AESF Foundation
  • Networking opportunities during top-notch professional events: SUR/FIN, Leadership Conference, and Washington Forum
  • Opportunity to gain leadership experience in the industry: local and national NASF boards
  • Discounted member rates for industry training and events
  • Complimentary access to technical articles located at STERC.org
  • Complimentary membership with the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG)

Industry Value:

  • Contribute to industry standards and guidelines to support quality
  • Influence legislation and regulation on local, state, and national level
  • Promote greater public awareness for the industry in your communities
  • Participate and gain access to industry surveys
  • Ability to support student education and encourage entry in the field
  • Sponsorship opportunities across many industry programs


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Call for SUR/FIN 2018 Abstracts Extended to January 12, 2018

POSTED: December 21, 2017

Submit an abstract today for the 2018 SUR/FIN Technical Conference. NASF has opened the online submission for papers and informative presentations on key, technical information for the surface finishing industry.

General Abstract Topics:

  • Aerospace & Defense
  • Automotive
  • Advances in Surface Finishing Technology
  • Light Material Finishing
  • Research Sustainability
  • Electronics Sustainability
  • Tech Responses to Reach and Environmental Regulations
  • Applications, Equipment or Technology Improving Productivity/Efficiency
  • Waste Management/Environmental
  • Surface Modifications/Surface Treatments

Abstract Submission Deadline is December 15, 2017 January 12, 2018.

To submit an abstract today, visit NASFsurfin.com or contact us at info@nasf.org.



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NASF/AESF Foundation Scholarship

POSTED: December 14, 2017

Award Amount: $1,500.00
Application Deadline: February 6, 2018

Each year, the National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF) and the AESF Foundation awards financial scholarships to academically well-deserving students studying in the areas of: Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Material Science & Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, and Chemistry.

Each scholarship award is in the amount of $1,500.00 and requires:

  • A statement describing applicant’s career objectives
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors
  • A professional resume
  • Official undergraduate or graduate transcript

Students are judged on four major factors: (1) Academic record, (2) Personal Statement, (3) Working Experience, and (4) Extracurricular Activities. Selection is based on, but limited to: career interest in surface finishing, academic achievement, motivation and potential.

To qualify for the undergraduate scholarship, students must have a 3.0 GPA or higher and be currently enrolled in an accredited college or university.

To qualify for the graduate scholarship, students must have a 3.3 GPA or higher and be currently enrolled in an accredited university.

To learn more about the NASF/AESF Foundation Scholarship Program or to submit an application, click here or contact Annika Mikkelsen at amikkelsen@nasf.org. Deadline to submit an application is February 6, 2018.



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Leadership Spotlight: Major Robert ‘Bob’ Baugh

POSTED: December 14, 2017

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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