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IMFormation June 2014
Innovation in Action
The Institute was pleased to sponsor and promote the Surface Finishing Pavilion held
at the NEC, Birmingham, within the recent MACH 14 exhibition.
Over the five days we were very pleased to welcome both old and new friends to the
Seven of the Institute’s Sustaining Member Companies were exhibitors and we trust
they were happy with the outcome of the event in supporting our Pavilion.
Several of our Members reported receiving interesting and innovative enquiries which
we know they are pursuing.
Members of the Institute visiting our stand had the opportunity of meeting our new
Administration Manager, Helen Wood, and also wishing a happy retirement to Ken
Hoare who finished his career with the Institute at the show. Friday was a special day
as we wished him well and celebrated his successful time over a glass of champagne.
Environment, Health & Safety
In March, a working breakfast was held in the European
Parliament on “Surface Engineering – for a Global
Sustainable Future” hosted by MEP Paul Rübig and
organised by CETS and SME Europe. Speakers included
David Elliott, President of CETS, Malcohm Harbour, MEP,
Joanna Drake, Director, SME and Rosalinde van der Viles,
Deputy Head, Janez Potocnik, European Commissioner
The event attracted a near-capacity audience which was
attended by stakeholders for the EC, the EP, the EESC,
industry and relevant European Associations and SMEs
and members of Permanent Representative in Brussels.
The full report is too long to reprint here in this
newsletter but can be obtained on request to the IMF
1. HSE have amended the need to approve First Aid
training and qualifications, to make it easier for
businesses to understand how to comply with Health and
Safety Law, whilst maintaining standards. It is aimed at all
industries and takes account of amendments to
regulation 3/2 of L74 which removes the need for HSE to
approve the training and qualifications of first-aid
Advance copies of the regulations are available on the
2. Request in respect of the proposal to lower thr
WEL and STEL for hydrogen, potassium and sodium
cyanide from 5mg/m3 to 1mg/m3.
3 Notification of formal consultation on a number
of Approved Codes of Practice.
4. 61st, 62nd and 63rd REACH updates.
For further information look on the HSE Website
1. LAPPC and LAIPPC fees and charges frozen
2.Notification of publication of DEFRA’s better for
business strategic reforms plan for DEFRA’s regulations.
Company News & Products
Indestructible Paint Ltd
The company are pleased to announce the appointment
of John Bourke as their Technical Sales Manager taking
over from Graham Armstrong.
After 14 years in the role, Graham is reducing his
working week as he looks towards retirement, but will
still be available to support John in his new role.
For any enquiries regarding high performance surface
coatings please contact John Bourke on 0121 702 2485
Hart Coating Technology
Stainless Steel Flake in Barrier Coatings
Effective barrier coatings can be produced by
incorporating stainless steel flake pigments into twin pack
epoxy resin systems. This type of finish provides excellent
resistance to corrosion when used on metallic substrates
in aggressive environments. These flakes are
manufactured from corrosion resistant AISI type 3161
(UNS-S 31603) powder.
Formulations for typical coatings have included corrosion
test results available from been published in a leaflet by
Hart Materials which allow design engineers and product
specifiers to identify their needs.
For further information contact Dr Tony Hart, Tel:01902
896446 or Fax: 01902 097469
Pre-Treatment Technologies Limited
Corrosion Resistance testing
• Independent Accelerated Corrosion Testing
• Very Competitive Pricing
• Results, Advice & Consultancy
Used to check the performance of coatings and a variety of
other substrates and surfaces: protective coating, cosmetic
surface finishes, circuit boards and material
The company operates a simple pricing policy: based on
per panel or component per hour of duration i.e. if a
component fails after 48 hours, the cost is only £12.00.
Neutral Salt Spray Test ASTM B-117 BS3800 F4, Acetic
Acid Salt Spray Test to ASTM D3620-04, Copper
Accelerated Salt Spray Test to ASTM B368-97
For further information contact Helen Bridge on 01422
847671, or Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
HMG Paints Ltd
HMG have a long history of supporting the British
Coating Federation are pleased to announce that John
Folder their Managing Director has been appointed as
BCF’s CEO Tom Bowtell said “I am delighted to have John
bring his passion and enthusiasm to his role as President
which I’m sure will help the Federation’s course in the
Further information email: email@example.com
Riley Surface World – Latest news
Surface Treatment equipment due to closure of Lufthansa
Technik Airmotive, Dublin.
Selection of shot blasting, heat treatment, cleaning and
other ancillary equipment.
Electroplating, raw and waste water treatment plants.
Equipment includes DC rectifiers, filter
pumps,transporters and waste treatment facilities.
Further information please contact Helen Wilkinson on:
+44 (0) 1922 749284
or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Atlas 2 of Coating Defects
Due to the success of the first atlas, an updated and much
expanded version has been produced which covers 9
categories of defects covering welding faults, surface
coatings, microscopy and marine fouling conditions with
Further information contact Amy Beth West on 01252
732220 or email: email@example.com
New Sustaining Member
Thomas Keating Limited
Daux Road, Billinghurst
West Sussex RH14 9SH
Tel: 01403 782045. Fax: 01403 785464
Contact: Mr Simon Paul Croucher
A Queen’s Award winner company, they provide an
electroforming service for copper and nickel for the
microwave and physics industry, making microwave and
RF screening devices from 2 to 100GHz.
Support services include gold and silver plating, full CNC
machining facilities and HFSS analysis to ISO9001 Part 1
Kraft CPS Ltd now Kraft CON UK Ltd
New Members/Grade Change
Saunders. Lee – BMW Oxford
Borghasini. Paolo – Kalynan Lighting, China
Education & Training (E & T)
It is good to report that the first enrolment for 2014 was
very successful. Our E & T Manager David Meecham
enrolled over 30 students for Distance Learning courses
complementing the students already currently receiving
tutored education at companies with IMF approved
A unit on Nanotechnology is now included for the
Foundation Certificate making a total of 30 from which
15 can be selected for study.
The E & T Committee with its new Chairman, Mike
Smith, is currently working on the introduction of a
Functional Plating Course comprising selected units
supplemented with new in-depth unit contents on
electroless nickel and hard chromium process technology,
planned for introduction later this year.
Work is also underway to review some of the modules for
the Technician Certificate.
Senior Members Meeting – 21 May
This was one of the best we have held. The subject was
Gunpowder Technology. The speaker was Geoff Smith,
who is a member of the IMF’s Southern Branch.
The talk commenced with information on the 3
constituents – Potassium Nitrate (Nitre), Sulphur and
Charcoal (note not carbon) and the specific type of these
and where they are obtained.
It was generally accepted that it originated in the east,
China, but how it came about has long been a subject of
speculation, given that only a limited range of proportion
result in noteworthy reactions. Images of monks blowing
up their mortars were shown, but do not stand critical
examination given that the materials were both rare and
expensive. How gunpowder ignites well below the melting
point of any of its constituents is another question.
The development of the technology was traced from
sourcing the ingredients and early crude mixtures to
developed industry of the 19 century still in use today.
The talk concluded with an overview of some less well known applications of gunpowder.
Various articles were circulated around which utilise the
use of gunpowder.
The speaker was thanked and applauded.
The next meeting will be in the Autumn 2014
Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC)
AMRC in partnership with Manufacturing Technology
Association (MTA) is running a free one-day event at the
AMRC Centre in Rotherham during the Machining
Festival 24-25 June
Further details from Chloe Lidster by email
Surface World Exhibition
29th September – 1st October 2015
Reservation are now being taken for this show in 2015.
Book your stand now, no payment required until early in
Contact Nigel Bean Tel : +44 (0) 1442 826826
Lucy Switchgear Ltd
Howland Road, Oxfordshire, OX9 3UJ
Tel: 01844 267267 Fax: 01844 267225
Contact: Mr Ian Hodgson – Snr Operations Manager
A leader in power distribution solutions with over 100 year’s
industrial experience. Specialising in high performance medium
voltage switchgear for utility, industrial and commercial
Russell Laboratories Ltd
Austin House Units A-c
Wotton Road, Kingsnorth Ind Est
Ashford, Kent, TN23 6LN
Contact: Mr John Tolliday – Works Manager
Technical surface engineering including electroless nickel,
sulphamate nickel, zinc-nickel, zinc cobalt, cadmium, silver, gold,
rhodium and copper. ISO 9001 2008, AS9100revC.