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IMFormation April 2012
The Institute of Materials Finishing is proud to announce their next major
conference and exhibition, will take place in June 2013.
The Surface Finishing Event for Aerospace & Transport Industries
Called TRANSFAIR13, the conference and exhibition will focus on the surface
finishing in the whole transport industry to include automotive, rail,
aerospace and marine requirements.
Building on the success of IMFair11, which mainly featured advancements in
surface treatments for the aerospace industry, TRANSFAIR13 will broaden
the scope to cover all forms of transportation.
The event will be held at the Heritage Motor Centre Museum, at Gaydon
Warwickshire, where delegates and visitors will also be able to take
advantage of the various exhibits tracing the history of the automobile.
This initial notice is not only to advise our members, but also to act as an
initial call for papers and/or expression of interest in exhibiting.
For more information about this exciting event for 2013, in the first instance
please contact Ken Hoare at Exeter House who will be happy to update you.
Membership representation on the Management Board
The present two Representatives retire at the next AGM in December 2012
and nominations for their successors are being sought.
Members and Affiliates interested in being part of the Management Board
should contact Exeter House for a nomination form which, when completed,
should be returned to Exeter House not later than 5 September 2012.
Normally nominations to the Board require six supporters, however if a
Nominee is unable to fulfil this requirement please contact the Secretary
General before the 26 July 2012 for advice.
Health, Safety & Environment
Solvent Emissions Directive (SED)
Two proposals in the just issued industrial emissions
Directive consultation relating to the SED which
invites response of your views by emails to:
Deadline for response is Wednesday 6 June.
1. Solvent activities registration. In brief, instead of
a new activity applying for a permit, the firm would
notify its name, address and basic details for
registration. Subject to local authority (LA) views,
it would seem likely that the LA would want to
inspect and ask for the sort of information that
would have been in an application and then inspect
periodically as now, in line with risk.
There would be no permit and therefore no
setting - out of conditions.
No proposals have yet been made as to whether the
statutory nuisance system in Part III of the
Environmental permitting Regulations or the
Clean Air Act controls would be reinstated in
relation to non - solvent emissions
2. Solvent activities BAT. Because there is no
requirement in the SED or IED that BAT must be
applied as well as the specific solvent emissions
provision, it is proposed to limit regulation of SED
installations (but not non - SED solvent
installations) to compliance just with the Directive
solvent requirements which it is estimated will save
regulated solvent firms a significant annual amount
Mike Etkind, Head of Local Authority Pollution
Control, invites people to contact him to explore any
issues before you respond to the consultation at Defra,
telephone 07979 530863
Company News & Products
Elcometer has opened a new division offering a range
of ultrasonic thickness gauges & mini flaw detectors.
Under the Elcometer NDT brand name the range
includes both corrosion and precious thickness gauges
plus handheld mini-flaw detectors, together with over
650 transducers and accessories to meet the demands
of the industry.
For more information and a full product brochure,
Elsyca Predicting Galvanic Corrosion
A new software tool called GalvanicMaster, which
considers the relevant factors to predict corrosion hot
spots and rates a 3D CAD software user-friendly tool
that takes into consideration:
polarisation behaviour of metal alloys
influence of coatings
This tool allows design engineers to assess the corrosion
behaviour and select materials for safe operation.
For more information go to: www.elsyca.com
Technology Strategy Board (TSB)
Funded Research from the Technology
The TSB has announced two competitions, which may
be of interest to companies in the Surface Engineering
Sustainable Manufacturing for the
Open on 27 February, registration must be done by 18
April in time for its closure on 25th April. It is two
parts: up to £4.6 million is available for collaborating
research projects. The project must be business led and
the consortium must include an end-user. The project
may last for between 1-3 years and will receive up to
50% public funding, the objective to develop faster
and more effective product design and manufacture,
so that the UK can better compete in the global arena.
Technology Inspired Innovation
This project opened on 12 March; registration must be
completed by 4 April and closes for applications on
11 April. It is specifically aimed at SME and Micro
enterprises, so it will fit very well with IMFs
members industries. The funding is for a maximum of
£25K, with total project costs not exceeding £3.3K and
with funding available up to 75% of the total project
For further information contact the TSB at
or the IMF Science Committee at Exeter House.
New members & transfers
Norkus, Eugenijus )State Institute
Rimantas, Ramanauskas )Vilnius, Lithuania
Vanes, Ronald LVH Coatings
Chater, Richard Poeton Industries
New Sustaining Members
PMD (UK) Ltd
Broad Lane, Coventry CV5 7AY
Tel: 02476 466691, Fax: 02476 473034
One of the UKs longest established companies
specialising in the supply of chemical systems and
plating services to the metal finishing, electronics and
PCB industry. Offering both gold and silver, and nonprecious
electroplating services along with proprietary
Bridge Works, Station Yard
Kingsbridge, Devon TQ7 1ES
Tel: 01548 853717
PolcoatTM is a high value engineering polyimide
coating formed by electrodeposition and valued as the
best performing conformal polyimide coating for large
area thin film metal finishing applications.
Lufthansa Technik Landing Gear Services Ltd
Unit 3, Dawley Park, Kestral Way
Hayes, Middlesex UB3 1HP
Tel: 0208 589 1900, Fax: 0208 589 1901
This company (were previously known as Hawker
Pacific) provides independent overhaul and repair
services for Aerospace Landing Gear and other
components to airlines and repair agencies
Oil Sites Road, Ellesmere Port
Cheshire CH65 4EY
Tel: 0151 355 3611, Fax: 0151 356 2349
Manufacturers of speciality chemicals including
biodegradable chelating agents for controlling
metal ions in surface treatment, metal finishing and
Teer Coatings Ltd
West Stone House
Berry Hill Industrial Estate
Droitwich WR9 9AS
Tel: 01905 827550. Fax: 01905 827551
Teer Coatings offer PVD coatings and deposition
equipment. Coatings include TiN, CrN and the low
friction, wear resistant coatings including MoSTTM,
Graphit-iCTM and Dymon-iC (DLC).
Bespoke coatings can also be developed.
Vilnius Centre for Physical Sciences
Gostauto 9, Vilnius
Tel: +3705 264 8844, Fax: +3705 264 9774
The State Budget Institution carrying out investigations
of electrochemical, catalytic and sorption processes in
solutions, material science and metal corrosion,
environmental chemistry, synthesis and research of
Education & Training
The next enrolment for student for all courses and
modules is Friday 25th May. Early registration is
recommended. Contact David at Exeter House.
Tutors. Demand for the wide range of IMF courses
has created the need for additional tutors to teach
students within industrial companies. Applicants must
have an industrial background that covers inorganic or
organic surface finishing.
Interested? Send CV to IMF fao David Meacham.
Out and About
The NanoEngineering Event
Tuesday 24th April 2012
Savoy Place, London
HiPerNamo 2012 is all about bringing together the
technology innovators with end-users who can exploit
new materials, coatings and devices to solve engineering
challenges, aimed at engineering industries including
aerospace, automotive, offshore, energy, defence and
construction and is a unique opportunity to meet and
hear experts in a range of technology areas:
There will be a poster session running throughout the
day. Interested in the poster session and to receive further
details of the event including a reservation form, email:
Surface Analysis for Surface Finishing
-how to use surface analysis techniques to understand
production issues and customer returns.
Wednesday 2nd May 2012
Aston University, Birmingham
Cost £100 (including vat & lunch)
One-day technical workshop designed to give
engineering personnel from a diverse range of industrial
sectors a clear understanding of how surface analysis &
depth profiling techniques can be used to help with a
variety of challenges that relate to surface finishing.
For further details and to register please contact Mike
Petty, Tel: 07767 390227 or by email to:
Science City Research Alliance
(University of Birmingham & University of Warwick)
Surface Characterisation of Materials (Training
Course for Industry)
University of Birmingham
School of Chemical Engineering
18th & 19th April 2012
This 2-day course couples lecture-style training,
demonstrations hands-on experience with informal
discussion and workshop sessions.
Further information/booking please contact:
Dr Karl West: K.S.West@Warwick.ac.uk