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IMFormation June 2009
10-11 June 2009
Royal Airforce Museum Cosford
Have you made a reservation !!!
IMFair ’09 is set to be the UK’s largest and most in-depth
surface coating and surface engineering conference and
exhibition, aimed at the aerospace industry.
An impressive list of high quality technical papers will be
presented by many well known names from the aerospace
and coatings industry from UK and International
Associated exhibitions will be held in adjacent rooms to the
Auditorium to support the conference from where morning
and afternoon refreshments will be served.
Lunch will be served from within the Cold War Exhibition
with time for delegates to peruse the various exhibits.
A conference dinner will be held at the **** Park House
Hotel, Shifnall with after dinner speaker on –
‘THE WORKSHOP OF THE WORLD’ -
by the well- known historian and passionate ‘Brummie’
Professor Carl Chinn MBE, FRSA, PhD.
Health, Safety and Environment
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic
Games and Paralympic Games has produced a 23-
page document under the title LOCOG Sustainable
Sourcing Code. Sustainable sourcing is defined as
the procurement of products and services with
environmental, social and ethical issues in mind.
In addition to listing acceptable materials, which
presumably are intended mainly for use on
construction sites, the document also has an
appendix of restricted substances and materials.
Suppliers and licensees are instructed to seek to
avoid supplying products, services or packaging
materials which includes substances and materials
identified in the published table. The list under the
sub-heading metals, including….’ Raises the
question of the knowledge and qualifications of
those who prepared this table, For instances Zinc is
listed. Which would exclude the use of galvanised
steel in the construction of buildings. Chromium is
also black listed, presumably banning the installation
of chrome plated taps and fittings in the washrooms
and toilets. Nickel is viewed as undesirable, thereby
outlawing the use of stainless steel for food
preparation and cooking within the Olympic
A number of trade associations are pointing out the
ambiguities contained in the list of restricted
substances. No doubt someone is working on the
second edition of the Sourcing Code and employing
the practical expertise and knowledge, which was
actually available from day one.
Thanks are expressed to John Swain of Anopol Limited for the
One of the big pluses for the area being used to stage
the 2012 Games was the benefit of the regeneration
of the area and the future use of its buildings after the
The use of zinc galvanising would significantly
increase their life span of building with inbuilt
steelwork like RSJ’s etc.
Chromium metal is NOT a banned substance, only
problems in the use of a hexavalent chromium salt
used when producing chromium plate by
Only ‘Low Energy Lighting’ bulbs are planned by
the Government to be available from 2011.
The medical profession is concerned that:
1. exposure to UV light emitted by these bulbs
can cause itching, skin inflammation, skin
allergies kidney problems and insomnia;
2. Breaking a low energy bulb can cause mercury
to leak out and be released to the atmosphere.
No doubt this ‘Sustainable Sourcing Code’ body
should turn its attention to these bulbs, otherwise the
Olympic facilities will be in the dark since the safe
conventional bulbs will no longer be available,
When will the various Government and EU
committees etc realise that in the UK we have a
wealth of expertise, by highly qualified people, in the
various trade and professional associations, who are
available to give accurate information, often for free?
Health & Safety Executive (HSE)
Warning to companies as firm fined after
man badly burned by molten metal
The HSE is advising galvanising companies to
check their operation procedures after a man was
badly burnt when colleagues underestimated the
weight of a beam. The company was fined £7,000
and ordered to pay costs of £ 4,465 after pleading
guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and
Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 by failing to ensure
the safety of its employees. The operator on his
third shift at the factory when wires holding a beam
being lowered into a bath of molten zinc broke.
One end of the beam fell into the bath (the biggest
in Europe - 21m long, 1.5m wide, 2.7m deep) and
splashed zinc over him. His body and face were
badly burnt and his eyesight has still not recovered.
Approved code of practice (ACOP) on
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have now
published guidance on working in confined spaces.
The revised and updated publication, containing an
Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) and guidance on
the duties in the Confined Spaces Regulations will
offer guidance and reference points to a range of
industries and businesses that deal with confined
The Health & Safety Regulator said ‘that industries
such as Agriculture, Brewery, Construction,
Maritime, Waste & Water were ones that all
contained examples of confined spaces. He added
that whilst potential problems with sewers were
recognised, more could be done to manage the risks
• Grain silos, storage tanks & slurry pits
• Brewery cellars and;
• Ships e.g. holds where shoreside workers
Commenting on the publication, Bob Daunton of the
HSE, said: “Over the years a simple failure to
recognise what is a confined space and not to think
about the risks involved in enclosed areas has led to
a number of fatalities “.
New Health & Safety Law Poster
HSE has published a new, simplified version of this
poster that is more accessible and easier to use.
As an employer, you are required by law to either
display the HSE approved poster or to provide each
of your worker with the equivalent ‘leaflet’. Existing
copies of the 1999 poster are now no longer valid
and need to be replaced with the new 2009 version,
HSE Books, PO Box 1999 Sudbury
Suffolk CO10 2WA
Tel: 01787 881165, Fax: 01787 313995
Decision of the European Parliament and of the
Council amending Council Directive 76/769/EEC
on restrictions on the marketing and use of DCM
The proposal is for:
• a ban on the placing on the market of DCM
based paint strippers for use by consumers:
• a ban on the placing on the market of DCM
based paint strippers for use by professionals,
with the option for Members States to permit
continued use subject to certain conditions:
• additional safety measures for the use of DCM
based paint strippers in industrial installations:
• improved labelling of DCM based paint
The final text of the decision has been agreed in a
‘first reading deal’ between the Council and the EU
Parliament and will be published in the Official
Journal, later in 2009
Company News & Products
Fraser Technologies Ltd
Fraser are holding a FREE ½ day seminar entitled
‘Maximise Component Cleaning Process’
Thursday 18 June 2009
The seminar will commence at 9.30am. Sponsored
by Honda Barnsley, specialist speakers will discuss
all aspects of Metal, Electronic and Plastics
Reservations contact Denise Litster, tel: 01506
443058 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
PAL and Elsyca
PAL and Elsyca join forces to transform paradigm
of electroplating equipment acquisition. These two
companies have entered a partnership to provide a
one-stop source for electroplating optimisation
PAL Surface Treatment Systems Ltd is a member of
the PAL group of companies and is one of the world’s
major suppliers of plant and equipment to the
Electronics and Surface Finishing industries.
Elsyca, Belgian based company, has an unequalled
expertise in electrochemical process, cell and tooling
design & optimisation in the Electronics, Surface
Finishing and Corrosion Protection industries.
For further information on PAL contact Jonathan
Timms at: email@example.com and from Elsyca at:
WHEELABRATOR and DISA
These two companies have merged to form a world
leader metallic parts enhancement company. Owned
by Mid Europa Partners they have been given
approval by the German Bundeskartellamt to
complete the merger.
DISA is a leading supplier of moulding, sand and
core technologies and metal finishing systems.
Wheelabrator is a leading provider of equipment to
clean, strengthen and polish metallic surfaces.
For further information contact Vanessa Riding tel:
0044 161 9286399 or by email at:
New members and transfers
Southworth, William Atotech UK
Transfer from MIMF
New Sustaining Member
14 Berkeley Court, Manor Park
Runcorn, Cheshire WA7 1TQ
Tel: 01928 579627, Fax: 01928 579627
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Web: www.Ionotec.com
Ionotec is a world leader in coating of metals using
electrophoretic deposition (EPD). Examples of
coating supplied include alumina, zirconia and
glasses. Ionotec also design and provide prototype
Education changes – Foundation
The format for the Foundation Course and Module
has been subjected to extensive revision. Units have
been technically updated, further subjects have been
introduced, and the examination format changed.
With effect from 1 July 2009, students will now
study 15 units – 7 mandatory (shown with * in list
5 from their elected ‘technology block’ (headed
Electroplating OR Organic Coating OR
Aerospace and 3 optional units of students choice.
Units are now available on:
Surface Finishing* Corrosion*
Environment & Surface Finishing * Health & Safety*
Cleaning & Pretreatment* Sacrificial Coats*
Principles of Electroplating** Services*
Electroplating Plant &Equipment Co, Ag & Au
Nickel Plating Chromium Plating
Zinc & Cadmium Plating Electroless Plating
Surface Improvement Alloys/Composites
PCB Processes Care/Maint.of Soln.
Electrophoretic Paint Paint Processes
Paint Application Methods Coating Powders
Testing Paint/Pow.& Coatings Conversion Coats
Anodising of Al/ Al Alloys Vacuum Deposition
Vitreous Enamelling Duplex Coatings
*Mandatory ** counts as 2 units
Some unit titles have been abbreviated due to space limitation.
Full details of the above are available from Exeter
House tel: 0121 622 7387 in ‘Introduction to the
Surface Finishing Foundation Course or Module’,
including some changes to the examination format.
Out and About
June 10-11. IMFAIR CONFERENCE – Royal Air
Force Museum Cosford, Shifnal, Shropshire
June 15–21.Paris Air Show, Le Bourget Exhibition
Centre. Details: paris-air-show.com
June 17-18. North West Manufacturing Technology.
Reebok Stadium, Bolton.
October 27-29 NEC, Birmingham. SURFACE
WORLD 2009 with CORREX 2009.