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Christmas Lectures and Luncheon Report
Some 45 members and invited guests assembled at the Black Country Living
Museum for this prestigious event prior to the formal Annual General Meeting
of the Institute. As 11.00 am approached the Institute Event Organiser
(Ron Read) appeared to be very agitated - the first lecturer, Professor
David Gabe, was nowhere to be seen. Luckily, the second lecturer Dr Trevor
Pearson was on hand and agreed to be first in to bat.
His lecture "Electroplating - Past, Present and Future"
traced the various highlights in electroplating from the 1950s through
to the present day with reference being made to the notable developments
and patents by the world's process suppliers. Trevor concluded his presentation
by reference to the various items of legislation, which are imposing stringent
demands and threatening the future of the industry. Ron thanked Trevor
for his contribution and with a sigh of relief announced that the next
lecturer, David Gabe, had arrived.
David's tale of woe commenced with a initial rail breakdown en route
from Loughborough, eventually arriving a few miles away from the AGM venue
only to find the bus service was hourly and no taxi services were available.
David commenced his lecture "Electroplaters - where have they
come from?", showing no signs of his frustrating journey. With
the aid of OHPs and 35mm slides he traced the contributions of various
well known scientists such as André Marle Ampère, Humphrey
Davy, Aloisio Galvani, Michael Faraday, Benjamin Franklin and others through
to the Elkington Brothers showing both the individuals, their facilities
and the applications of their developments.
The audience appreciated both lectures which will, in due course appear
in full in the "Transactions of the Institute".
Following a short stroll from the lecture room to the Stables Restaurant,
members enjoyed excellent traditional Christmas Fayre, complete with crackers
and hats adequately washed down with wine. At 2.30 pm the formal business
of the Annual General Meeting commenced and the day concluded by the presentation
of the Institute's awards as listed below:
Westinghouse Prize (sponsored by Riley Industries Ltd)
Presented on behalf of the sponsors by the President to
G.Bennett, C.C Bocking, D.M.Jacobson & A.E.W.Rennie
Canning Bi-Centenary Medal (sponsored by MacDermid PLC)
Presented by Dr Trevor Pearson to
Connie Sieff Memorial Award
Presented by the President to
Eddie Marlow Memorial Award (sponsored by PMD (UK) Ltd)
Presented by Mark Naylor to
Health, Safety and Environment
HSE has published fully revised and updated guidance aimed at industries
dealing with combustible dusts.
Safe Handling of Combustible Dusts seeks to lower the risk of dust
explosions, present in many industries. The booklet is targeted at those
who operate plants handling dusts, which can explode. It explains in simple
language the tests used on dusts to assess their explosive properties,
precautions used to control the risks, and an outline of the health and
safety law that applies.
Copies of the booklet HSG103, ISBN 0 7178 2726 8, priced £10.95
are available from HSE Books, tel: 01787 881165 or Fax: 01787 313995
Working safely with electricity
Each year in the UK at least 20 people die from electric shock or electric
burns at work, and several hundreds suffer serious burns arising from
unsafe working practices, most of which are preventable.
HSE has recently updated and issued a second edition of Electricity
at Work: safe working practices (HSG85) ISBN 0 7176 2164 2 price £7.95
available from HSE Books tel: 01787 881165,fax 01787 313995 or from the
web at www.hsebooks.co.uk
New Isocyanate Paint Leaflet
A new leaflet that opens into a poster for display, provides practical
advice aimed at preventing workers getting asthma from isocyanate chemicals
in 2-pack paints used in the refinishing/repainting of motor vehicles.
Safety in motor vehicle repair: Working with 2-pack isocyanate paints
was launched in October. Dr John Powell, Head of the National Engineering
Group in HSE's Manufacturing Sector, said "Exposure to isocyanates
can cause long-term and life threatening illnesses. Isocyanates are the
number one cause of occupational asthma which affects 7000 people each
year in Britain".
The leaflet complements the practical guidance available from the COSHH
Essentials website, hhtp://www.coshh-essentials.org.uk
Copies of Safety in motor vehicle repair: Working with 2-pack isocyanate
paints INDG388 available from HSE Books reference ISBN 0 7176 2756
X or can be downloaded from www.hse.gov.uk
New publications from HSE Books
Four new Approved Codes of Practice were launched in November providing
practical guidance with respect to regulations 5 and 6 of the Dangerous
Substances and Explosive Atmosphere Regulations (DSEAR) 2002.
Design of Plant, Equipment and Workplaces -
C of P L134, ISBN 0 7176 2199 5
Storage of Dangerous Substances -
C of P L135, ISBN 0 7176 2200 2
Control and Mitigation Measures -
C of P L136, ISBN 0 7176 2201 0
Safe Maintenance, Repair and Cleaning Measures -
C of P L137, ISBN 0 7176 2202 9
All publications are priced at £9.50 each available from HSE Books,
Tel: 01787 881165
Company News and Products
Schloetter Company Ltd
Latest releases from Schloetter, additions to the family of plating and
SLOTOLOY ZK 40 - a new bright zinc-cobalt
alloy process with enhanced corrosion resistance with very even alloy
distribution within the range of 0.8 - 1.2 %.
The easiest of alloy systems to use, suitable for barrel and rack applications.
SLOTOPAS 100 - a new trivalent passivate designed specifically
for use on zinc-nickel coatings giving an attractive dark iridescent finish.
Excellent adhesion to subsequent topcoats e.g. use of SLOTOFIN sealant
10 gives a totally jet-black finish with excellent corrosion resistance.
Further information please contact: Paul Griffiths tel: 01386 552331 or
Wolfson Heat Treatment
The "Understanding Heat Treatment" course which attracted a
record-breaking attendance last October will be repeated on April 20-22
and October 12-14 in the Business School at Aston University. Full details
and registration forms can be obtained from the course administrator tel:
0121 359 3611 ext.5212.
Serfilco Europe Ltd
Serfilco Europe Ltd, a manufacturer and supplier of filters and pumps
to the Metal Finishing, PCB and related industries announce the appointment
of two distributors in the south of the UK.
Ardleigh Technical Ltd will cover the East Anglia and the Home
Counties whilst RCS Engineering will serve the South Coast.
Contact Mike Hollis for Ardleigh - 01206 230532 or
Richard Stanford for RCS - 01903 239852
"Transactions"- Publications Apology
The Institute would like to apologise to its members on the late arrival
of the Transactions. The change of Managing Editor, whilst some upheaval
was to be anticipated, produced further unexpected difficulties.
By now you should have received your September edition, which will be
closely followed by the November edition. We anticipate we will be back
on stream within about three months.
New Members and Transfers
Student: Murphy M, Loughborough
Yg Affiliate: Templeton D, Olney, Bucks.
Affiliate: Abeyrathne M.M, Sri Lanka; Clarke S.J, Sittingbourne;
Sarac C, Istanbul, Turkey
Member: Gill N.D, * Glasgow
Fellow: Baker K.R**, Exeter; Fang J.L*, Taoyuan,
Taiwan; Mawby J**, Sutton Coldfield
* Transfer from Affiliate ** Transfer from Member
Foundation Certificate - November 2003 at Seagate
Bell M * Carlin M *
Clafferty N Davis J #
Galligan E # Logue S *
McCausland D # O'Neill A #
Steele D * Tracey S *
Automotive Surface Finishing Module - October 2003 at BMW, Oxford
Barwell J * Dutton J #
James B Ross K *
Rowland D * Sedwell J
Technician Certificate - June 2003
Doyle D Poeton Industries Ltd
Spiers D Poeton Industries Ltd
* with merit # with distinction
Branch Events & News
March 31 - Symposium & Tabletop Exhibition entitled "Legislation
Updates (IPPC, SED,WM) and new technologies for the treatment of wastewaters".
See brochure enclosed with this mail shot.
May 25 Joint seminar in conjunction with NiDI on the "Nickel
Details of Midland Branch events from Ron Read, tel\fax 0121 308 0777
SHEFFIELD & NE BRANCH
13 February - Annual Dinner & Dance at Tapton Hall, Sheffield.
Details and tickets from Brian Grieves - Tel: 01924 864 889
19 February - New Techniques in Processing of Metals commencing
at 19.00 hours at Cookson Electronics Woking Facility
Programme, including a laboratory tour, is:
Horizontal Plating (Steve Price, Atotech UK Ltd)
Immersion Silver (Peter Jackson, Cookson Electronic)
Pumped Flow Eductor Agitation of Electroplating and Associated Solutions
(Huw Williams, Serfilco Ltd)
Paul Cave from Fischer Instrumentation will be on hand during the laboratory
tour to answer questions and demonstrate/discuss the use of XRF.
Apply to Nick Sawyer, ITT Cannon, Basingstoke RG22 4BA, fax:01256 311387
Irish Branch Presentations
At an awards ceremony at Seagate Technology, medals were presented by
Dr Conor Dullaghan, the course tutor, to:
Students of the year 2002: Mary Tommons, Richard Henderson
Student of the year 2003: Paula Goodall
Draft Standards for Public Comment
03/317245 DC ISO 22778 Metallic coatings.
Vapour deposited coatings of cadmium on iron and steel. Specification
and test methods
03/317246 DC ISO 2081 Metallic coatings.
Electroplated coatings of zinc with supplementary treatments on iron and
03/317247 DC ISO 22779 Metallic coatings.
Vapour deposited coatings of aluminium. Specification and test methods
New or revised
BS EN 13858:2003 Corrosion protection of metals. Non-electrolytically
applied zinc flake coating on iron or steel components
(No current standard superseded)
BS ISO 16862:2003 Paints and varnishes.
Evaluation of sag resistance
(No current standard superseded)
BS EN ISO 4628:- Paints and varnishes.
Evaluation of degradation of coatings. Designation of quantity and size
of defects, and of intensity of uniform changes in appearance.
BS EN ISO 4628-7:2003 (BS 3900-H7:2003) Assessment of degree
of chalking by velvet method.
(No current standard superseded)
BS EN ISO 4628-10:2003 (BS 3900-H10:2003)
Assessment of degree of filiform corrosion.
(No current standard superseded)
BS EN ISO 18265:2003 Metallic materials.
Conversion of hardness values
(Supersedes BS 860:1967)
Out and About
SITS 2004 + INDUSTRIE 2004. 22 - 28 March at Paris
Nord Villeprinte. www.sits.com
Electrocoat 2004 Conference.14 - 16 April at Disney
Coronado Springs Convention Centre, Orlando, Florida. Further information
++ 513 527 8800
MACH 2004 + SUBCON 2004. 19 - 23 April at the NEC,
6th World Surfactants Congress. 20 -23 June Berlin.
Details: tel +49 30 300 6690
Exeter House - Office Manager
Regrettably, Peter Griffin, our office manager, is leaving us for a new
appointment, thus creating the vacancy for an office manager. Prospective
candidates should send full CV details for the attention of the Honorary
Secretary General, Barry Gay at the Institute's Office marked Private
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