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IMFormation December 2012
THE Institute of Materials Finishing
At the 2011 Annual General Meeting, the membership in attendance was informed that
a proposal had been received to change the title of the Institute to:
The Institute of Materials Finishing
and that the Institute’s governing Management Board undertook to assess the implication
of this change and, if it considered appropriate, to include it as an agenda item at the
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
5TH DECEMBER 2012
Birmingham Medical Institute
The IMF board having considered the implications and reviewed the actions required to
implement this change have decided that it would be significantly beneficial to the
Institute as it moves forwards into the 21st century to recommend this change to the
membership. The cost of making the change is negligible, the benefit of being able to
show the world at large that the Institute, formed in 1951, has grown up from the days of
it being just the Electroplaters and Depositors Technical Society, formed in 1925, to an
organisation able to encompass all the modern forms of surface treatments and coating
processes onto a range of substrates far wider than just the mainstream metallic surfaces.
As such the Management Board will recommend the adoption of the change at this year’s
The time will shortly be with us to vote on whether to accept this proposal.
This is your opportunity to have your say.
It is your Institute – if you agree or disagree, now is the time to offer your thoughts and
your opinion. If you do not attend you cannot put forward your views or vote on the
The schedule for the AGM is:-
10.30 Coffee & Biscuits
11.00 Invitation lectures
11.45 Presentation of Institute Awards
12.45 Christmas Luncheon
14.15 Annual General Meeting
Please advise Ken at Exeter House if you propose to be present and your choice of main
course – Beef, Turkey or Vegetarian.
Health, Safety & Environment
Health & Safety Executive
A solvent company has been prosecuted and fined after
an unsafe decanting operation caused a huge fire which
engulfed its Harworth base.
Employees were transferring toluene from a bulk
container into smaller drums from the container.
The pipe was too short which meant the liquid dropped
into the drum, a process called ‘splash filling’ that is
known to generate static electricity – a potential
The Magistrates Court was informed that the flash
point of toluene is just above 4oC, so on a hot June
evening, when the process took place, the toluene
would have a flammable vapour over its surface.
The build up of static electricity in the drum is thought
to have ignited the vapour, sparked a fire which quickly
took hold, spread to other containers of other flammable
solvent and mixture, some of which exploded.
The workers present at the time all managed to escape
due to the action of a quick-thinking supervisor
Investigation by HSE found the ‘splash-fill’ was totally
inappropriate, a clear risk, which was not properly
assessed – the pipe was not earthed and worker
protective clothing was not anti-static. The company
had been twice warned of the dangers of the
The company was fined £20,000 with £8,860 costs.
Reduction of Chromium (V1) OEL
An EU Working Party on Chemicals (WPC) meeting
in October discussed hexavalent chromium TWA
values and intend to make a decision at their next
meeting on a proposal to implement an 8hr TWA value
within the range of 0.025 –0.050 mg/m3.
Defra – Apology
In the October issue of IMFormation reference the
inclusion of 10 substances in an Annex of the REACH
directive it should read Annex X1V.
Reach – Letter of concern re Annex X1V
A letter has been received from the Netherlands -
(Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment) on
the proposed inclusion of chromium trioxide and
chromic acid in this annex. They have concerns
regarding the disproportional economic impact on this
measure for the industry sectors involved in the current
The letter is 3 A4 pages, too long for printing here, but
IMF members can receive a copy on request to Ken
Hoare at Exeter House.
HSE Inspectors aged 5 !
The following appeared in the daily Telegraph –
The claim of the Jesuits was “Give me child until he is
seven and I will give you a man”. But give your
four-year old to a Primary school in Essex and it will
give you a fully trained health and safety inspector,
complete with hard hat and clipboard. While the desire
to prevent needless accidents in the playground is
commendable, training under-fives to perform risk
assessments before they run around outside must have
consequences – as their parents will no doubt discover.
“That shoe, mummy, is a trip hazard”. “This soup
came with no caution that it is piping hot”. “Daddy,
you’ll need to pick those wet leaves off the drive
tonight, before one of us breaks a leg”. Small children
love to be bossy, officious and intransigent with their
elders – and can call it homework.
Response from HSE’s CEO
It is sad to read about children being kitted out in
hi-viz jackets and clipboards to undertake risk
assessments in school grounds.
No one would disagree that young people need to learn
about risk but not like this. It sets the scene for
continued misuse of ”elf n safety” and overly
bureaucratic nonsense for generations to come.
School grounds are low risk environments, where
children should be encouraged to enjoy the outdoors
and not see them as a place full of danger.
Company News and Products
The 2012 – 2013 edition of the Handbook and
Directory is now available – a valuable edition to
companies and surface finishing technician. If you
subscribe to the Surface World monthly periodical you
will receive a copy. If not or need extra copies they can
be purchased at £25/copy.
Contact Alison or Nigel tel: 01442 826826
Umicore Speciality Material
ECOS ND15 – Novel cobalt based accelerator for
oxidatively curing coatings.
The implementation of REACH provides more hazard
data which can impact or restrict the future use of
cobalt carboxylates The unique chemistry of ND15 has
been proven to be a far less hazardous alternative to
traditional cobalt carboxylates.
GLOSS measurement of surface shininess
HAZE milky finish on high gloss coatings
DOI distinctness of image
RIQ reflected image quality
Respec peak gloss reflection
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a unique solution for the measurement of haze and
other effects that, although being visible to the eye, are
unnoticeable when using a standard glossmeter.
By measuring the quantity of the reflected image the
Rhopoint IQ is a hand held instrument that truly
profiles how light is reflected from a surface.
In one quick, easy operation the IQ not only measures
Gloss at three angles but also measures Haze, DOI /
RIQ and Respec providing a detailed analysis of any
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Hart Materials Limited
Hart Materials Limited announce the appointment of
Dr Paul Lansdell as Operations Director. Dr Tony Hart,
Chairman of the Company commented that since
September 2011, Paul has been General Manager and
he has made very significant contributions to the
operation of the company.
Schlöetter Co Ltd – Celebrating its 100th Anniversary
On 12th September, the company founded by Dr-Ing
Max Schlöetter, celebrated its 100th anniversary. The
IMF is pleased to offer its heartfelt congratulations.
The company has various international subsidiaries the
first one was initially set up in 1969 in Birmingham
and later relocated to its present location in Pershore.
In addition to electroplating chemistry the company
develops and manufactures highly specialised
industrial paints and lacquers used mostly in glass
A new brochure celebrating the 100 years can be
obtained on request to: sales Tel: 01386 552331
Meggitt PLC, the international aerospace, defence and
electronics group, has acquired Precision Micro, Europe’s
leading high precision, photochemical machining
manufacturer. Meggitt’s Equipment Group division
will manage the business.
John Gobbi has been appointed General Manager with
immediate effect, replacing former Managing Director,
Anthony Marrett, who will continue to work with the
business as a consultant.
Mr Gobbi commented: “The acquisition sits well in
the Meggitt portfolio and will open up new opportunities
for the Precision Micro business.”
Transaction – Corrigendum
In a paper by Kosta et al in the September 2012 issue
of Transactions (p252 -) an unedited comment was inadvertently
allowed implying that hard Cr coatings
from Cr (6) baths were banned. This of course is not
the case and many hard Cr platers continue to produce
quality coating for many applications.
New Members and Transfers
Haghbin, Ahad ) Poeton (Cardiff) Ltd
MacKenzie, Sean ) Poeton (Cardiff) Ltd
Gower, Matthew )
Hughes, Kieran )
Kenyon, Antony )
Kiciak, Tomasz )
Llewellyn, Geoff ) Poeton Industries Ltd
Love, Derek )
Peeters, Luke )
Stanke, Marte )
Vaughan, Dane )
Hanson, Marc ) Royle Mint
Sales, David Technical Metals Ltd
Recent Examination Results
Foundation Certificate –Distance Learning
Biundo, Anthony Goodrich Actuation
Briggs-Price, Dennis# NMB – Minebea UK Ltd
Galbraith, Julie Aerospace Metal Finishers
Mounga-Njandjo* Turbine Surface Tech. Ltd
Scott, Hazel Aerospace Metal Finishers
Smith, Tim* Tewkesbury (Diamond Cr)
Walker-Shelton, Paul# WEP & Index Locking Ltd
Technician Modules – Distance Learning
Principles of Electroplating
Churchill, Ronald * Interplex PMP
Dunn, John TMD Technologies Ltd
Halliday, Martin # H C Stark
Kirkpatrick, Robert * Interplex PMP
Mason, Liam * Daido Industrial Bearing.
Milne, Derek # Interplex PMP
Blair, Lynn * + Abbey Metal Finishing
Tudela-Montes, Ignacio# Daido Metal HER R&D
Whittaker, Thomas Sandwell UK Ltd
* pass with merit
# pass with distinction
+awarded Technician Certificate
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