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IMFormation February 2014
The IMF are having a dedicated Pavilion within the
MACH 2014 Exhibition entitled
‘Innovation in Action’
at the NEC, Birmingham
from 7th – 11th April
A number of the Institute’s Sustaining Member Companies will be exhibiting
Exhibitors at MACH 2014 make the products or supply the machinery for producing
them and here is the opportunity for Materials Finishing companies to show how the
coatings and finishes they produce can either extend the life of products or give them
a decorative finish. This is an opportunity not to be missed.
This is the ideal platform to showcase your capabilities
to the thousands of decision makers and buyers.
Act now - For more information contact Ken Hoare at Exeter House
Health, Safety & Environment
Official statistics published show that the number of
workers fatally injured in the year April 2012 to March
2013 was 148 compared to 172 in the previous year.
Britain has had one the lowest rates of fatally injured
workers in leading industrial nations in Europe
consistently for the last eight years.
Changes have been published to RIDDER which will
simplify the mandatory reporting of workplace injuries
The information is available on the HSE website at:
HSE has changed its contact arrangements to better
direct those wishing to report an incident, notify
workplace concerns or seeking interpretation of the
Visitors to www.hse.gov.uk/contact will be directed to one
of four options:
• report an injury at work
• notify HSE of a workplace concern
• make Gas Safety enquiries and notification
• obtain technical advice or interpretation of
HSE urges businesses and the public to use the website in
the first instance.
A small team will be available during office hours to deal
with calls from those unable to use the website or who
require technical information.
Company News and Products
Guyson International Ltd
This leading international finishing equipment
manufacturer, based in Skipton, North Yorkshire is
delighted to announce it has achieved yet another
milestone in this, its 75 years of business by being
awarded BS OHSAS 18001:2007 for “Occupational Health
and Safety Management” by The British Standards
Riley Surface World
New site clearance from manufacturer of aerospace parts,
Sale of paint/curing plant and other support equipment
due to company closure. Items include dust extractors,
chillers and shot blast machinery.
Site clearance from Remploy factories in the UK.
Range of powder coating support equipment – heat
treatment and dust extractors from sites in Blackburn,
Neath and Sheffield.
For further information on both of the above
Tel: 01922 450000, Fax: 01922 458001
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
PMD (UK) LIMITED
Important developments within PMD
Building on the excellent work done in 2012/3 in both the
UK and internationally, PMD is strengthening the team to
take full advantage of the opportunities that are available
in the coming years and beyond.
Joining the team is Andy Busiakiewicz as Sales Technical
Development Manager having a wealth of experience in
the PCB industry.
Joining the technical team in March is Debbie Pratt who
will be responsible for quality and product development
having had a huge amount of analytical, technical and
customer based experience working in all sections of the
surface finishing industry.
ZeGage Optical Profiler
ZeGage is a non-contact profiler for quantitative
measurements of 3D form and roughness on precision
machined surfaces. The industrial design provides fast,
accurate metrology in a compact, cost-effective package
that can be located directly on the factory floor without
the need for vibration isolation or specialised enclosures
and interactive control software. ZemapsTM, provides easy
and detailed visualisation to help control your process.
For further information contact Russell Evans
Tel: 01978 844155 or Email: email@example.com
Inspired by industry: shot-peened steel at
Architects choose shot-peened stainless steel for 21st
century Paddington station.
As part of the Paddington Integrated Project,
Wheelabrator Impact Finishers has delivered a total 1,500
sqm of shot peened stainless steel surface for interior and
exterior building elements for the new station. Following
a consultation with the experts at Wheelabrator Impact
Finishers, an innovative ceramic shot-peened process was
specified, which achieved a particularly high-spec, clean
hard-finish. The main challenge when subjecting high
volumes and large areas of steel to a precision process like
shot-peening is to ensure an absolutely even and
consistent finish without flaws or patches. The result of
the team’s effort is now visible throughout the new
London Underground station and the Paddington
Mainline Station Taxi rank For more information please
visit Chris Pallot, Business Development Manager for
Wheelabrator Impact Finishers at:
Hart Materials Limited
Dr Tony Hart and Dr Peter Crouch (respectively
Managing Director and Consultant of Hart Materials
Limited) have worked alongside the Nickel Institute and
the UK Surface Engineering Association to produce a
publication describing the many applications of nickel
electroplating essential to our technology dependant
Nickel electroplating provides a very familiar surface
finish, although it is normally erroneously described as
‘chrome plate’.(the coating actually consists of 99%
nickel with 1% of chromium on the surface). Bathroom
fittings are one of the most commonly seen applications.
Nickel/chromium coatings provide a finish that is nononly
extremely attractive but also resistant to corrosion
and wear as well as exceptional hygienic qualities which
is very important in domestic uses but absolutely critical
in medical applications in hospitals and surgeries
Few people, however, are aware of the many other uses of
nickel plating and the impact that it has on their life style.
The many other arcane but essential applications, for
electroplated and electroless nickel will be featured in the
planned publication available early spring 2014.
To secure an electronic copy please contact:
Phoenix County Metals Ltd
Phoenix County Metals Ltd are pleased to announce that
their bespoke computer system “MIDAS” is now up and
Currently MIDAS will be used for the day to day
administration of Jobs, Quotes, Samples &
Accumulations of materials for despatch. It will also
produce automated job reports which can be emailed
directly to the customer.
Moving forward Phoenix intend to develop MIDAS to
include financial transactions & invoicing
Chemical Incidents – Are you fully prepared?
Hazardous chemicals are ever-present in our industry, so
there will always be the risk of personal exposure or the
potential for spillages to cause damage to property or the
Recent news stories have shown how chemical incidents
can significantly impact on business continuity - not just
for the company involved but for neighbouring
businesses too. Moreover, the unwanted local (or
national) press reporting of this type of event is not
usually good publicity. Making the right decisions and
taking the correct actions from the outset can minimise
the impact of an incident.
At the time of an incident involving hazardous goods
there are three recognised levels of response:
• Level 1 = Advice over the telephone
• Level 2 = Advice at the scene
• Level 3 = Clean-up and Remediation
IMF Sustaining Member, 24-7 Response, can provide
fellow members with a complete Level 1, 2 &3 response
service for just a few hundred pounds per year. Their 24-
hr Level 1 Emergency Line is always answered on a landbased
phone by an expert chemical Incident Advisor who
can give guidance to the caller on the most appropriate
action to take to safely resolve an incident. This advice
can help to control remediation costs, reduce down time
and avoid triggering a response that is disproportionate to
the scale of the incident.
24-7 Response can also mobilise a Level 2 and/or a Level
3 team to the site immediately.
As part of OHES Environmental, 24-7 Response has direct
access to a UK wide network of on-call Level 2 Incident
Managers. Many of these OHES consultants are exenvironmental
regulators and they are all experienced in
managing incidents and working with the emergency
Should the incident warrant such intervention, a Level 3
response from OHES, or a team from an accredited cleanup
contractor, can be activated (at pre-agreed, nonspeculative
rates). The company keeps a national
database of specialist contractors with information on
their resources, capabilities and geographical coverage.
This means that they can facilitate the quickest and most
effective response for any incident.
Providing your staff with suitable training may help to
prevent incidents from occurring. IMF members are
entitled to preferential rates for the Chemical Hazard
Awareness and Practical Spill Response courses run by
For further information please contact Richard Shreeve,
Business Development Manager:
Tel: 0118 902 9373
Mob: 07792 707691
New Sustaining Member Company
T E Connectivity
Faraday Road, Dorcan
Swindon, Wiltshire SN3 5HH
Tel: 01793 572185, Fax: 01793 572209
Contact: Mr Matthew Stubbs – Ind. Engineer
Aerospace raceways for commercial aircraft.
Senior Member Meeting
The next meeting is proposed for the Spring (date to be
announced). We do not have a speaker at present and we would
be grateful for a volunteer!
Offers to David/Ken at Exeter House.
IMF Staff Vacancy
Due to the imminent retirement of the current incumbent
there is now a vacancy for the above post at the Institute’s Head
Office in Birmingham
Brief Job Description
A full time position, to be responsible for the day to day
management and administration of the Institute Head Office
and business affairs.
An efficient administrator with excellent interpersonal skills to
be able to relate to his/her colleagues, Institute volunteers,
members and other organisations.
* Salary negotiable based on experience and
* 36 hours per week
* Paid holidays
Applications and CVs to be sent by email to:-
Tutored Foundation Course - Electroplating Technology, held at
Langford Lodge Eng. Co – Northern Ireland and Ronaldsway –
Isle of Man, December 2013
Boyle, Steven )
Donnelly, Eugene )
Glanville, Sarah * ) Langford
Graham, Gary * ) Lodge
Hanley, Alan * )
Ogborne, Lee * )
Azarcon, Alexander )
Kneen, Patrick * ) Ronaldsway
Quirk, Lee )
* Pass with Merit
6th European Pulse Plating Seminar
March 7th 2014 -9.00am to 7.00pm at the
Congress Casino Baden, Kaiser-Franz-Ring 1,
2500 Baden, Austria
For more details please visit homepage at