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IMFormation June 2006
WATER EFFICIENCY AWARDS
The Environment Agency (EA) is calling on businesses and organisations to lead by
example and show their customers how environmentally aware they are by entering
the Water Efficiency Awards. Businesses use 14,000 million litres of water per day
and it is believed that most can save 30% or more of their water costs by
implementing simple measure.
The Surface Finishing industry could benefit even more since not only is water now
an expensive commodity it is further costly to put it down the drain, even if you do
not contaminate it.
Now in their fifth year, the awards are open to organisations in the public, private and
voluntary sections that have made the most outstanding contribution to saving water
and money. Environment Agency Director of Water Management, Dr David King said
the awards aimed to increase awareness about saving water, share good practice
and demonstrate water efficiency initiatives as cost effective. David King said "Water
efficient features in building such as dual flush toilets, smart technology in
manufacturing and staff training in water efficiency can improve water management
and reduce costs. Our Water Efficiency Awards provide organisations with the
opportunity to show-case the excellent work that is being done across the country in
saving our water resources.
The EA awards run every two years and nominations are now open for 2007. There
are seven categories and the winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in
London. For companies in the Surface Finishing and related industries the section
most appropriate would be the Envirowise Industry and Business - in which
companies which have improved water efficiency in manufacturing or day to day
water use at their premises, either through the installation of new equipment or
through encouraging staff to save water are nominated.
What the judges are looking for:
Rules of entry
- New & creative approaches to reducing water use or increasing water efficiency.
- Measurable savings both water and financial (no minimum amount).
- Wider environmental impacts, such as reduced waste and energy use.
- Continuing commitment to water efficiency.
- Practical and transferable measures that can be adopted elsewhere.
For many years our industry has been considered to be a wasteful user and polluter
of water – here is the opportunity to show this is not so.
- Projects must have been completed or been operational between September 2004 and March 2006.
- Entrants must use an official Awards entry form (Telephone EA on 01903 832 073).
- The closing date for entries is 31 August 2006.
- Judges reserve the right not to accept an entry if the rules have not been complied with.
- Judges reserve the right to move an entry from one category to another if they feel it is appropriate.
If you would like advice in identifying areas of savings of both water and waste, why not
contact the Institute who have members well versed in these areas and willing to help
Health, Safety and Environment
Reprieve for PFOS
The doom & gloom on the futuristic banning of PFOS
may have been lifted. Following a fresh look at the
risks that is imposed by this material, the EU has
concluded that under the present directive the small
specific uses in chromium plating coupled with the
small volume and emissions into the environment
would be very small.
They are proposing that a derogation will be granted to
permit the use of PFOS in mist suppressants used in
Toxic fears hits Highbury Auction
Arsenal have had to abandon plans to sell off 38,500
seats from Highbury to fans as souvenirs before the
move to the Emirates Stadium, because small traces
of cadmium toxic metal have been found in them.
A statement from the club explains that whilst the
seats are completely safe and are not a risk to health
when located within the stadium, it is understood that
if the seats are stored inside and used regularly over a
long period of time, there is a slight risk that very small
amounts of cadmium could be released.
The club has also received a directive from the EU that
it cannot sell any Highbury seats for individual
In Court today
The 1st quarter of 2006 has seen a significant number
of Prosecutions for Waste & Water offences some of
which are featured below.
Unloading a container of Hydrochloric Acid at the
wrong place cost a company a fine of £5,000 with
£2,017 cost. A valve on the container was damaged
such that the acid leaked and was then washed into a
rainwater drain that led to a river causing 750 fish to be
killed. The company had procedures that if obeyed
would have prevented the discharge to river.
A chemical blending company has been fined £10,000
with £4,354 costs for polluting a tributary of the River
Irwell and killing thousands of fish. The company
blends chemicals to make products for the building
trade including preservatives and damp proofing
agents and stores insecticides and pesticides. A
sample of rive water showed presence of permethrin,
an insecticide, and propiconazole, a fungicide, both of
which are toxic to fish and aquatic life.
The Environment Agency were informed that an
investigation of soil supplied to a waste carrier as part
of a development process, by a construction
company, was contaminated with metals and
chemicals. The Agency served the construction
company with a Notice requiring them to provide
documentation showing that the contaminated soil
removed from the site had been correctly described to
the waste carrier and that it had been disposed of in
the correct way.
No such information was received by the Agency and
in fact the soil had been described as inert sub soil
and had been dumped at an inert landfill.
The construction company was fined the sum of
£10,000 with £1074 costs.
A building firm hired a company not licensed to carry
waste, to dispose of roof material that contained
asbestos. Under caution, the owner admitted he knew
it contained asbestos because a previous company
had refused to remove the material since it contained
asbestos. The court showed the seriousness of this
offence with a fine of £9,000 and £1,800 costs.
Speaking after the hearing an Environment Officer said
"This case should send a clear message to all
producers of waste to make sure they know how to
safely manage their wastes and check that the
companies they deal with are registered".
A scrap car dealer was fined £8,000 with £1,985 costs
under the End of Life Vehicle Legislation, which states
that scrapyards storing vehicles with potentially
polluting substances such as oils, batteries and
antifreeze needed a waste management licence. The
owner was charged with not having this licence and
further that he had kept vehicles in a manner likely to
cause pollution. The Agency had informed the owner
on three occasions – by two letters and in person, but
he had failed to respond. On visiting the site office
there were 20 vehicles with polluting substances
present stored in a wooden floored building next to the
Leeds Canal. The floor of the building was not sealed
to prevent fluids escaping, and there was no
interceptor drain to catch pollution.
A nursery near Glasgow was prosecuted for failure to
dispose of waste correctly and for illegally burning
other wastes. The case was heard after the Scottish
Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) submitted a
report to the Procurator Fiscal.
When SEPA officers visited the site in response to a
public complaint they found waste items being burnt
and waste being stored without the necessary waste
management licence. The owner was instructed to
remove the waste from the site but failed to do so.
An investigating officer for SEPA said "SEPA prefers to
work with individuals and organisations to prevent
pollution but the accused did not work with us in this
instance. When officers confirmed that the notice had
not been acted upon, it became clear that further
action had to be taken against the accused to ensure
he understood his responsibilities to the environment.
Company News and Products
New from Fluid Solutions a DynoFilter cutting fluid
cleaning and regeneration system which can be
supplied as stand-alone units for single machines, or
as a fully automated centralised system serving a
number of machines where high throughput and 24/7
operation are a requirement.
The equipment has been designed specifically for the
grinding industry where ‘fines’ removal to maintain
clean fluids and full coolant recovery from waste
stream is required. The equipment is also suitable for
use with machining cells involving a variety of metal
cutting/removal operations. DynoFilters can be
supplied for fluid capacities up to 100,00 litres/min.
The effective removal of fines and other particulate
matter to maintain a clean coolant flow leads to more
productive use of fluids, maximum production
efficiency and full compliance with HSE and ‘best
working practice’ procedures.
Further information contact Barrie Taylor Tel/Fax:
0161 370 6293
New Appointments at Chemetall PLC
Bletchley based surface finishing chemistry supplier;
Chemetall PLC has announced a number of new
For further information please contact Chris Miller –
Tel: 01908 361805
- Per Vannerberg has been appointed Managing Director of the UK company whilst retaining his position as MD of Chemetall Scandinavia Ytteknik AB.
- Martin Ings has been appointed Sales Director for Chemetall PLC with overall responsibility for Surface Treatment sales and marketing for the UK and Ireland.
- Rob Rydings becomes Finance Director.
- Nigel Wood takes responsibility in the UK and Ireland for Chemetall’s Aerospace sales with direct reporting to Chemetall GmbH.
Riley Industries, in conjunction with auctioneers Henry
Butcher, is holding a Live and Webcast Auction Sale at
its premises in Perry Barr, Birmingham on 15 June.
This represents a major disposal of used surface
finishing plant & equipment prior to the companies
move to new 5,000 square metre premises in Aldridge
More details from Michael Riley – Tel: 0121 3562020
Versa-Matic Pump Company
Versa-matic (part of IDEX corporation of the USA)
announces a new pump product that fits all dependable performance of their full-size pumps into
a versatile and compact design. The E8 3/8" Minimatic
weighs just three pounds, yet is capable of
pumping up to 6.8 USgal/m (26l/m) and delivering
pressures up 10 11psi (6.8 bar) – making this
convenient, adaptable pump ideal for a range of
demanding application. The pump can be mounted in
virtually any position and suitable for an extensive
range of uses.
Further information – www.versamatic.com
DTI promotes new class of metals
A revolutionary new class of metals that combine the
strength of steel with the moulding capability of
plastics are coming of age – so says DTI International
Technology Promoter Cliff Young. Already appearing in
mobile phones, tennis rackets and memory sticks,
glassy metal alloys have huge potential yet remain
relatively unknown by UK industry.
Researchers have been trying to transform metal’s
orderly crystalline structure into a jumbled atomic
structure – as in glass – for over 50 years. Being able
to combine the traits of both metals and glasses in this
way promised materials with remarkable properties.
For example, where metals dent and deform as their
crystalline lattice shift and rearrange, glassy or
amorphous metals don’t have this mechanism for the
co-ordinated movement of large numbers of atoms.
The result of this disordered structure is strength,
hardness, near-immunity to corrosion and behaviour
that is close to plastics.
Advantages can be summarised as:
To find out more contact Cliff Young – Tel: 01664
505555, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Two to three times the strength of crystalline metals
- Extreme hardness, durability and scratch resistance
- The ability to bend and bounce back when hit
- Can be injected like a polymer or cast into ultrathin precision net-shaped parts
- Excellent acoustic features
- Greater corrosion and wear resistance
- Potential as a finishing or coating material
David Elliott, the Chief Executive of the SEA, and a
member of the Institute’ s Council has been appointed
to the Environment Agency’s Midland Regional
Environment Protection Advisory Committee. It is an
advisory body, which specifically concentrates on
pollution control, water resources, air quality, control
of complex industrial processes and disposal of
controlled wastes and makes recommendations on
operational performance issues of concern in the
region and implications of national policy proposals.
New Sustaining Members
1, Disc Drive, Springtown Industrial Estate
Londonderry, Northern Ireland BT48 0BF
Tel: 02871274000, Fax: 02871274248
Seagate is a worldwide leader in design,
manufacture and marketing of hard disc drives,
providing products for a wide range of Enterprise,
Desktop, Mobile Computing and Consumer
Electronic Applications. At the Springtown facility,
state-of-the-art plating techniques are used in the
development and manufacture of recording headsthe
drive components that writes information onto
and reads information from the recording disc.
Langford Lodge Eng Co Ltd
97, Largy Road, Crumlin, Co.Antrim
Northern Ireland BT29 4RT
Tel: 0289445251, Fax: 02894451414
Langford Lodge Engineering, established in 1959 is
situated on a 400 hectare site in Northern Ireland
and has comprehensive manufacturing, assembly
and processing capabilities within a 12,000 square
metre factory area employing 280 people.
Education & Training
The next ‘Induction Session’ for persons who are
proposing to enrol to study any of the Distance
Learning Modules – Foundation, MF1 General
Principles, MF2 Plating Practice, MF3a
Electrochemistry, MF3b Material Science, MF3c
Surface Coatings, MF4 Process Management or the
Environment Modules will take place in September. To
register contact David Measham at the Institute’s
Exeter House office - Tel: 0121 622 7387
Recent Examination Results
Distance Learning MF1 General Principles
Fuller T - HBC Engineering Solutions
New members and transfers
Affiliate - Armstrong G - Solihull
Fellow - Wurm J - Germany
American Electroplaters and Surface Finisher
Papers are invited for presentation at SUR/FIN 2006
to be held 18-21 September in Milwaukee, USA
For more information visit: www.sur-fin.net
Metallurgy & Materials at Nottingham University
Celebrate 50 years of Metallurgy & Materials with an
Alumni Dinner - Friday 23 June at the East Midlands
Conference Centre, University Park.
Contact Sue Daley – Tel: 0115 846 6940
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